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Florence, Maude, Mabel or Iris?

(61 Posts)
emmyloo2 Wed 27-Feb-13 07:31:11

Ok, I have been back and forth on names for girls. This is my latest list. Not endorsed by DH although he has agreed that Florence and Mabel can be on the list. DS is George so I want it to have the same old-fashioned feel as George.

I know old-fashioned, granny names are not to everyone's taste but it is definitely my taste, so I would be grateful for your views on the names above. None are popular where I live. Maude and Mabel would raise eyebrows I suspect but this doesn't bother me in the slightest. Surname starts with "S" and so I think Iris might be tricky and Florence may also not flow as well. If I had my way, I would go with Maude but DH is currently saying no to this one although I am working on him.


Lollybrolly Wed 27-Feb-13 07:37:30

Florence is lovely. That is favourite from your list. Mabel seems to be getting popular at the moment. Iris and Maude still rare. Personally I prefer Iris to Maude.

Bluestocking Wed 27-Feb-13 07:40:29

I like Mabel best from your list.

nicelyneurotic Wed 27-Feb-13 08:00:05

Iris and Mabel are the nicest

flossy101 Wed 27-Feb-13 08:01:01


In that order!

TobyLerone Wed 27-Feb-13 08:03:28

I love them all. They were all on my lists for a baby girl 12 years ago and I was vetoed. DD got Iris as a middle name instead.


cashmere Wed 27-Feb-13 08:04:58

I know an Iris, Florence and Mabel and have a relative called Maud!

I like them all but in this order:-

Have you considered Betsy, Olive, Agatha, Etta and Violet too? (know of all these)

emmyloo2 Wed 27-Feb-13 08:06:31

Thanks everyone. TobyLerone, Maude and Iris are currently getting vetoed. Mabel is a "maybe". The only one DH likes is Florence. Men - they have such poor taste don't they??

I am currently wheeling out the "I have to be pregnant for 9 months and give birth" excuse to justify why I should get the deciding vote.

emmyloo2 Wed 27-Feb-13 08:10:37

Cashmere - have considered Elizabeth (with nn Betsy). Olive was rejected by DH. I like Violet but it's a bit popular where we are from and it doesn't go with our surname very well.

Is Etta a nickname for something? I like that.

BeeBawBabbity Wed 27-Feb-13 08:13:41

Oh I love Maude(e), but it was also vetoed here sad.

Umlauf Wed 27-Feb-13 09:00:06

DH loves Florence, I'm not so keen. I love love love Iris. I was at school with a beautiful Maude but she changed her name when she went to uni as she hated it so much :-( Mabel is nice too but not my favourite.

ceramicunicorn Wed 27-Feb-13 09:11:53

My favourite is Maude too.

How about Winifred, Ursula, Flora, Ethel

telsa Wed 27-Feb-13 09:19:30

Mabel is lovely. Etta gets used as a name on its own, but could be a nn for Henrietta, Georgette, Marietta, Claudette, Rosetta, Violetta, Loretta.
Betsy is really lovely.

hatsybatsy Wed 27-Feb-13 09:22:49

friend has an etta who is just etta - think it does stand up quite well in its own right?

love all your names by the way.. am wondering whether hattie (harriet), connie (constance) and annabel might suit you?

hatsybatsy Wed 27-Feb-13 09:23:08

or clara - i love clara!!

WormCanner Wed 27-Feb-13 20:47:49

Mabel, no contest.

DickdastardlyAndMutley Wed 27-Feb-13 20:49:29

Mabel, Iris and Florence in that order!

nectarini1983 Wed 27-Feb-13 20:51:30

None... !!!!!are you having a baby or a pensioner! !!!!!?????

emmyloo2 Wed 27-Feb-13 22:27:52

Nectarin - it's true, I am giving birth to an 80 year old woman!! grin

nectarini1983 Wed 27-Feb-13 22:32:56

He he ;-).

ChompieMum Wed 27-Feb-13 22:37:44

Mabel. Florence is getting very popular

Squeakygate Wed 27-Feb-13 22:47:50

I love Iris. What about Patience?

ENormaSnob Wed 27-Feb-13 22:56:30

Iris, Florence nn florrie and Clara are all on my girls list for dc4.

echidnakid Wed 27-Feb-13 23:08:51

Mabel is the best IMHO. I really like Florence and Iris but not sure of the flow with an S surname. Maude is okay but it's not a name I instantly connect with.

echidnakid Wed 27-Feb-13 23:10:13

Martha is lovely too.

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