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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.

mewkins Fri 22-Mar-13 20:45:29

I think it's just ok. A friend's mother used to apply the rule that if it sounds like a "maid's name" it was no good. Thought this was very snooty...but can sort of see her point - Mabel and Margaret (a name I loathe) both sound like they should be bellowed by the housekeeper in a costume drama.

AThingInYourLife Fri 22-Mar-13 16:43:31

I love the name Mabel and have since I was a girl.

LeslieWrinkle Fri 22-Mar-13 16:37:01

does your sur name begin with B? that might not sound great. Mabel Barker. hmm. buhbuhbuh.

CheerfulYank Fri 22-Mar-13 16:19:51

I hadn't thought of that Tante, but it is rather a lot of B's.

It's coming up so quickly! Only 62 day until my due date apparently. shock

Manoodledo Fri 22-Mar-13 09:41:25

I like Mabel, there is one in DS1's school. I love Maggie. Before DS1 was born DH's dad had been doing their family tree and the name Maggie Bella appeared on it several times, short for Margaret Isabella. We were so tempted by it, family were horrified, alas no girls yet and now we have a Magnus, so we can't really have a Maggie as well (currently pregnant with no. 3).

TanteRose Fri 22-Mar-13 01:27:33

Hey there CY

I don't mind Mabel, but was thinking maybe it wouldn't go quite so well with your surname? too many "b"s?

only a few weeks to go...

bet you can't wait to meet your little girl smile

CheerfulYank Fri 22-Mar-13 01:20:45

Yup, Anon, her name was Melba like the toast. smile

I remember Mad About You, frika. I was actually thinking of that yesterday! I was a kid when their Mabel was born and I remember thinking "ewwwwwww." grin

Also I am American so Margaret Thatcher (and Princess Margaret) don't immediately jump to mind.

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

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

Yy agree. Tired and emotional here as they say.

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 23:24:36

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

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

Maribelle is poncy.

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.

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.

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

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

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


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.

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

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

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

My mums dogs called Mabel confused

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

Yes, I love it. I love Mavis too.

I hate Maggie and Peggy

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"

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!

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...

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

Mabel is lovely , Maggie is hideous

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.

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