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Tabitha has been vetoed, what do you think of Orla?

(46 Posts)
mummabug Mon 25-Mar-13 21:29:28

3 weeks to go! DH (and MIL) has vetoed my fave, Tabitha.

He likes Matilda and also doesn't mind Orla. I think I prefer Orla out of the two...what do you think?

Also, any middle name suggestions to go with Orla?

Her big sister is Amelie Lola.

GlitterySkulls Mon 25-Mar-13 21:33:41

i personally prefer matilda out of those two. (although tabitha is much nicer- why does mil's opinion matter, btw? it's not her child!)

i'd go for a longer middle name if you do go for orla, i think it balances it out better. (although that's totally dependent on surname, of course.)

birdofthenorth Mon 25-Mar-13 21:34:35

Both Orla and Matilda are lovely. Important you both like whichever you plump for though.

tipp2chicago Mon 25-Mar-13 21:35:16

Orla is lovely, one of my favourites. Try to persuade your DH that you want to spell it Orfhlaith pretty please? It's still pronounced the same.

mummabug Mon 25-Mar-13 21:37:55

MIL's opinion ultimately would not have a bearing...if DH liked Tabitha I wouldn't be bothered about mil (although she does make such a song and dance about her hatred of the name).

I would spell it Orla...for the sake of her being able to spell it herself if anything!

BehindLockNumberNine Mon 25-Mar-13 21:48:51

I love Orlaith but not Orla as that spelling looks a bit harsh and like a continental brand of detergent.
I love Matilda and I think that fits best with Amelie.
How about Matilda Orla, that sits well alongside Amelie Lola ?

GlitterySkulls Mon 25-Mar-13 21:49:33

ahh, but does dh really hate it, or is he just saying that to avoid mil having a tantrum? wink

NotInMyDay Mon 25-Mar-13 21:51:24

I think Orla is beautiful. My secret name crush is Audra though. Both beautiful.

OrangeLily Mon 25-Mar-13 21:52:34

Orla and Matilda are lovely

Maybe use one as a first and one as a middle.

DuPainDuVinDuFromage Mon 25-Mar-13 21:56:15

If you go for Matilda you could end up (once kids at school shorten their names, even if you don't) with Tilly and Milly grin

Having said that, I love Matilda (and Tabitha, for what it's worth) - unfortunately dh wouldn't let me have either of them - but not too keen on Orla. I like someone's suggestion above of Matilda, with Orla for the middle name.

mrstowers Mon 25-Mar-13 22:37:52

Matilda definitely goes better with Amelie

TheSecondComing Mon 25-Mar-13 22:40:13

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PurpleStorm Mon 25-Mar-13 22:40:25

I like Matilda better than Orla

BaronessBomburst Mon 25-Mar-13 22:44:35

Why not both? Orla Mathilda Surname.

squoosh Mon 25-Mar-13 23:04:21

If you're English and you go for Orla, spell it just like that. Not Orlaith/Órfhlaith, there's just no need, unless it's a horrendous birth and you want to punish your child wink

I find Orla a bit dull and 70s, I'm an Irish child of the 70s so I can say that. Much prefer Tabitha, sorry it's been vetoed.

DessieLou Tue 26-Mar-13 01:39:53

Love Matilda! Orla is also lovely though. How about Una?

mathanxiety Tue 26-Mar-13 03:13:19

I like Orla (Orla spelling is fine in my book) and am glad to see it's becoming popular in the UK. I know at least a half dozen from school and university in Dublin.

I like Orla Matilda as suggested. I think Orla goes well with Amelie - nice soft, graceful sounds.

How about:
Orla Roisin
Orla Rosemary
Orla Serafina
Orla Maeve
Orla Naomi
Orla Genevieve
Orla Madeleine

Chubfuddler Tue 26-Mar-13 05:20:37

Please don't call your child Orla. She will be mercilessly teased.

3boysgirlontheway Tue 26-Mar-13 06:09:49

As another Irish child of the 70's I also urge you not to call her Orla. It's pretty dull.

MiaowTheCat Tue 26-Mar-13 10:42:25

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hatsybatsy Tue 26-Mar-13 10:45:12

why would an Orla be teased? DD has friend called Orla - lovely child, lovely name.

Of the two, I would go for orla -simpler and less frilly IMO.

Chubfuddler Tue 26-Mar-13 11:54:28

Seriously? Why would Orla be teased?

ZolaBuddleia Tue 26-Mar-13 11:58:06

Not keen on Orla, sorry.

I like Matilda, although isn't it getting very popular? Tabitha is the best, register her that and present it as a done deal! grin

badtasteflump Tue 26-Mar-13 12:00:51

I would go with Matilda Orla.

Tabitha is a cat's name to me - probably because I know two cats with that name smile

Ponders Tue 26-Mar-13 12:02:23

Why don't they like Tabitha?

I know a 1-year-old Matilda & a nearly-4-yr-old Tabitha ("Tabby") & love both names

(fwiw smile)

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