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What would you think if you heard a child being called any of these names?

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nappyaddict Tue 19-Feb-13 15:08:23


hatebeak Thu 21-Feb-13 15:03:20

I love Vera. I know it has Coronation Street associations, but if you can just see beyond that it's such a beautiful name and definitely due a comeback. I would think "good work, parents!" if I heard a child being called Vera.
Guinevere's a bit much - isn't it the root of Jennifer?
Verena I would think had German heritage and Elvira I would think Goth parents (not that there's anything wrong with that!)
I quite like Valerie, too - also due a revival - and Elfride.

znaika Thu 21-Feb-13 14:43:36

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Eskino Thu 21-Feb-13 14:13:28

Oops, meant to add, how about Vivienne?

Eskino Thu 21-Feb-13 14:12:57

Veronica is lovely. The others are not.

Elvira was a slutty vampire goth who used to appear on telly. Can't for the life of me remember which programme but I bet it comes up if you google it.

simplesusan Thu 21-Feb-13 14:08:28

Verena - a bit made up.
Veronica - old fashioned but maybe due a revival.
Guinevere - too extreme for me but a strong name.
Elvira - shampoo
Vera - an elderly relative, possibly due a revival.

SoggySummer Wed 20-Feb-13 22:52:15

Sorry typo - Venetia not ventia

SoggySummer Wed 20-Feb-13 22:51:42

Vera is quite nice actually. Not one I would have considered before but I think its quite a good name.

From your list:

Veronica - yep, like alot
Verena - not keen
Elvira - Shampoo
Guinevere - OKish
Vera - growing in me since seeing this thread. Think it could be quite cool.

How about Ventia or Vanessa??

nappyaddict Wed 20-Feb-13 22:23:11

DP's nan was Vera and he'd like to name a baby after her. I'm not sure if I like Vera although it is growing on me so was trying to find some similar alternatives. Hate Verity (have a cousin with the name who I don't get on with)

Darmont Tue 19-Feb-13 16:32:49

Elvira, that's a shampoo for the more mature person isn't it?

FloatyBeatie Tue 19-Feb-13 16:25:31

Oh yes lancelottie, so it is!grin

Scootee Tue 19-Feb-13 16:11:20

Frankly (which I presume is what you are after) I'd think the parents were a bit poncy/try hard. You don't have to take a name from the top ten if popularity doesn't appeal to you, but you do need to bear in mind why names are popular and that is simply because lots of people like them.

EvenIfYouSeeAPoppy Tue 19-Feb-13 16:11:03

Verena's a common name among Germans aged about 35-50 (ve-ray-na). I knew a girl who hated it so much she called herself Candy instead.

Veronica and Guinevere are OK, not great, don't like the others.

How about Verity?

ARightOldPickle Tue 19-Feb-13 16:06:23

No sorry not keen on any of them.

Especially Veronica - this was DHs favourite for DD1, I thought it old fashioned then and still do. Likewise Lavinia which was his favourite for DD2 grin. Needless to say he was outvoted both times!

OneHundredSecondsofSolitude Tue 19-Feb-13 15:45:47

Anyone got any Vera's? Soooooorrrted

I don't usually comment negatively on baby name threads but personally I think they're quite an ugly bunch. Sorry

CheeseStrawWars Tue 19-Feb-13 15:45:20

Veronica - reminds me of verucas, or the bratty girl from Charlie & Choc Factory
Verena - in my ignorance, I would think it was a typo of Verbena (i.e the flower)
Guinevere - is always going to be King Arthur's adulterous missus
Vera - Duckworth, but there is Vera Wang at the other end of the scale...
Elvira - does remind me of the vampire. Also sounds a bit like viral.

SirEdmundFrillary Tue 19-Feb-13 15:42:20

I'd think that's their name so fair enough.

I liked Elvira in Blithe Spirit too, atthewelles smile

atthewelles Tue 19-Feb-13 15:38:36

Was Elvira the dead wife in Blithe Spirit? I always liked her. Maybe I could come around to the name. smile

atthewelles Tue 19-Feb-13 15:36:58

I think Verena, Guinevere and Elvira sound pretentious, Veronica is frumpy and old fashioned and Vera should have a pinny and hair curlers.

Sorry, OP.

Lancelottie Tue 19-Feb-13 15:30:40

Umm, Floaty, isn't that Genevieve not Guinevere?

Gwennan Tue 19-Feb-13 15:27:32

Meant to say that Vera reminds me of Vera Brittain, Vera Lynn, etc.

FloatyBeatie Tue 19-Feb-13 15:22:09

Verena and Veronica: verrucas
Guinevere: old banger, in charming old British movie with mouth organ
Elvira: wicked elf queen
Vera: Imelda Staunton in film about abortion

kikid Tue 19-Feb-13 15:21:28

veronica is making a comeback not sure why but ok name
elvira is the obem baby named after the resort, i like it
vera a bit old fashioned & i'm not keen,
verena is unusual, nice
guinevre is old fashioned but lovely

Gwennan Tue 19-Feb-13 15:21:08

Verena - That the child came from an artsy family. Would have to ask whether it rhymes with Serena or is pronounced veh-ren-uh. Could you enlighten me?

Veronica - That the child's parents had picked a rather dated name.

Guinevere - That it's a bit pretentious and the nickname Guin sounds like a man's name. Difficult for a child to pull off!

Elvira - I'd assume the child was Spanish.

Vera - Sweet, old-fashioned choice. I would raise an eyebrow at first but could come to really like it. It's easy to spell and say.

mollymole Tue 19-Feb-13 15:19:07

Like Veronica and Guinevere, both could have very lovely nick names.
Agree with above - verena sounds like a sexually transmitted disease, or a
conraceptive coil
Elvira - just don'y like it
vera - YUK !

Greensleeves Tue 19-Feb-13 15:16:33

pmsl "slutty vampire"

I don't like any of those names

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