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CheerfulYank Wed 20-Mar-13 20:38:59

I kind of like beloved grandmother was Melba and I like that it has the same letters.

What are your thoughts?

I'm due in May and don't really love any girls' names yet...our front runner so far is Margaret with Maggie as a nickname. We already have a Sam.

ripsishere Thu 21-Mar-13 01:07:01

Noooooo. It's awful IMO. Maggie or Peggy are great. Specially Peggy.

ScumbagCollegeDropout Thu 21-Mar-13 02:12:36

Like it smile

Do prefer Maybelle though...

emmyloo2 Thu 21-Mar-13 03:14:51

Love it. I want it for DD but have not been able to convince DH to even let it on the list so have had to let it go. Also wanted Margaret but again that was a no. Very jealous that you are considering both!

Between the two - I would probably go Margaret just because it's a little more classic and elegant. Mabel is quirkier though.

sleepywombat Thu 21-Mar-13 03:26:20

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notimefors Thu 21-Mar-13 03:35:31

I like it, and Mavis too.

buckingfollocks Thu 21-Mar-13 04:11:26

I really like it, but it is fairly unusual so guess it depends how confident you are

moreyear Thu 21-Mar-13 04:52:06

Adore it.

anonymosity Thu 21-Mar-13 05:57:40

I love it but it is in that category of fashionable names like Molly and Alfie, isn't it? I wouldn't be surprised if in 15 yrs it was like Sarah or Jennifer were.

buttercrumble Thu 21-Mar-13 06:07:02

Mabel is lovely , Maggie is hideous

CheerfulYank Thu 21-Mar-13 17:26:37

DH says it reminds him of an old woman in curlers and an apron, making eggs for her mean husband hmm. Which apparently rules it out...

Beatrixpotty Thu 21-Mar-13 20:20:54

Sorry ,don't like it,had a great aunt called that and to me it is v old lady.I actually prefer Melba!

Frikadellen Thu 21-Mar-13 20:42:21

I dont mind it reminds me of Mad about you the sit com (not sure if any recalls it) they name their baby Mabel as it is short for an anagram of " Mother Always Brings Enormous Love"

MirandaGoshawk Thu 21-Mar-13 20:43:55

Yes, I love it. I love Mavis too.

I hate Maggie and Peggy

Coffee1Sugar Thu 21-Mar-13 20:54:44

My mums dogs called Mabel confused

anonymosity Thu 21-Mar-13 22:34:34

Melba? As in Melba toast? (that must age me, terribly)

Trinpy Thu 21-Mar-13 22:52:35

I love old lady names but I don't think Mabel is very pretty. Reminds me of the char lady in the BBC series You Rang M'Lord

Obviously not an association for your dc's generation though. If you love it and you think your dd would love it then go for it.

BlueBowTie Thu 21-Mar-13 22:54:48


thegreylady Thu 21-Mar-13 23:00:24

I love Mabel too.I know one aged 3 nn Mabs smile

fruitpastille Thu 21-Mar-13 23:11:42

Mabel sounds very old lady and the opposite of a strong character to me. Am i the only person who thinks 'Thatcher' when they hear Maggie? Meg is ok and i love Esme.

tigerdriverII Thu 21-Mar-13 23:15:10

No, she is a tweeny in some dreary bonnet drama like Downton. More ambition needed! Maribelle is nicer and more modern and sounds the same but isn't a very old lady.

anonymosity Thu 21-Mar-13 23:22:38

Maribelle is poncy.

tigerdriverII Thu 21-Mar-13 23:24:36

My pal Maribel isn't poncy. Sorry, shouldn't have added the le at the end.

anonymosity Thu 21-Mar-13 23:26:19

I do think that makes a lot of difference, like with Isabel etc.

tigerdriverII Thu 21-Mar-13 23:27:11

Yy agree. Tired and emotional here as they say.

MidnightMasquerader Thu 21-Mar-13 23:41:57

You are way ahead of the curve with names like Margeret and Mabel, Cheerful.

In another 5-10 years' time, everyone will be going for names like these, as the trend for frilly, feminine names starts to wane. Well, it already is.

Get in now and when your DD is a teen she'll have a name that's the height of chic. wink

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