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Florence, Maude, Mabel or Iris?

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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.


kaumana Sat 02-Mar-13 20:36:20

Iris would be my choice from your list, but having grown up with "an old lady name" I would think twice before choosing one. I can't count the times I've heard "ooh you don't look like a ......"

jollygoose Sat 02-Mar-13 20:27:21

really like mabel or florence, not maud it sounds so hard

SurreyWithAFringeOnTop Sat 02-Mar-13 20:19:37

I have an S surname, and had DS been a DD, I would have used Iris. Don't let that put you off - it is a gorgeous name.

Maude is lovely. Mabel is ok, Florence very overused IMO.

How about Martha? Also gorgeous.

PixelAteMyFace Sat 02-Mar-13 14:28:02

Yes, more like that.

I`m not keen on Depeche as a first name though grin

WormCanner Fri 01-Mar-13 22:35:11

Pixel What, like Depeche Maude?

CheeseStrawWars Fri 01-Mar-13 20:36:47

Maude is too close to maudlin for my tastes.

PixelAteMyFace Fri 01-Mar-13 20:35:06

Another vote here for Clara and Flora.

Sorry, but I think Mabel is dire.

Maude is pretty if you are going to pronounce it the French way.

MumOfTheMoos Fri 01-Mar-13 20:28:06

I think Iris is a lovely name!

Pleasenomorepeppa Fri 01-Mar-13 20:08:35

I have a Florence & a Martha. Florence was nearly a Queenie & Martha was nearly Enid. DH said no to both!

UnrequitedSkink Fri 01-Mar-13 20:07:52

I love Iris and DS2 would have been one, but for the 'S' surname thing. Maude is lovely too, had you considered Flora rather than Florence? It sounds so nice when you say it.

Also love Elsie.

FriggFRIGGisPoorlySick Fri 01-Mar-13 20:04:43


In order of preference from your list grin



From my own ridiculously long list...

titan Fri 01-Mar-13 19:11:00

All nice. Maude probably my favourite followed by Mabel. I know several babies called Florence - it seems to be getting quite popular.

telsa Fri 01-Mar-13 19:07:28

No Iris won't go with an s surname,, but Nancy and Ivy are also grand.

forgetmenots Fri 01-Mar-13 18:37:01

Love Joan too, really chic

Blowninonabreeze Fri 01-Mar-13 18:02:56

What about Nora or Nell (Eleanor)

Blowninonabreeze Fri 01-Mar-13 18:01:59

I love your names.....
Am currently pg with dd3 who will be either Dorothy (Dot/Dotty) or Harriet (hettie/hattie) depending upon who convinces the other first between DH and I.

We both love Florence but can't have it due to our surname. I adore Maude but DH has vetoed it..... Might add Mabel into th mix and gauge reactions.....

VodkaJelly Fri 01-Mar-13 17:55:49

My gran is called Maude, she was pushing me to call DD Maude - was never going to happen! Just reminds me of pensioners, same with Mabel.

Etta is nice

meggy22 Fri 01-Mar-13 11:36:56

Love florence or mabel, violet is also a favorite of mine

emmyloo2 Fri 01-Mar-13 05:26:23

Sleepywombat - Ivy was another I considered. I like this a lot. And Nancy is fantastic! I might add that to the lost.

Janet might be a little retro for me....

sleepywombat Fri 01-Mar-13 04:49:49

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Wishfulmakeupping Fri 01-Mar-13 04:21:21

Like Mabel best from list- also like Clara as suggested unthread

emmyloo2 Fri 01-Mar-13 03:15:10

Dewdrop - I love Iris as well, but our surname starts with an "S". It's a bit like Saneson. So Iris Saneson. Merges a bit I fear.....

DewDr0p Thu 28-Feb-13 22:48:23

I ADORE the name Iris. Please use that one (I have 3 boys so couldn't really get away with it!!)

I do also love Florence but the Cameron/machine thing is a slight downside. I don't know any Iris's but people seem fairly conservative in name choices where I live.

tootsietoo Thu 28-Feb-13 22:43:44

Ah, I have a 6 year old Florence. And then that Cameron man decided to give his baby the name, and Florence turned up with her Machine and they seem to be everywhere.

I loved Ottolie too.

How about being a generation ahead of the curve and going for Janet, Barbara or Beryl?

I like all your names.

Baffledandbewildered Thu 28-Feb-13 22:30:20

My mother and grandmother are Florence maud !!!! Not one of each first and middle names

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