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Verity or Primrose for middle name? Is Primrose too unusual?

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Namehelpplease Sat 30-Mar-13 22:31:57

Just what the title says really. We're having a DD and are thinking Harriet Verity or Harriet Primrose. Which is nicer? Is Primrose a bit OTT?

Posterofapombear Mon 08-Apr-13 18:46:06

Primrose is lovely. Just lovely.

EspressoMonkey Mon 08-Apr-13 18:43:46

My daughter is Primrose (Primrose Georgiana Valentina) so i definatly think you should go with Primrose. Not had one Primrose Shipman association but a few Primrose, from Darling Buds of May, associations, and she was a stunner.

A few people raised their eyebrows when she was born but now i only seem to get great comments. Go for it!

pilates Mon 08-Apr-13 13:37:51

Love Primrose, go for it!!!!

The only thing that springs to mind is what a pretty name.

cuillereasoupe Sat 06-Apr-13 12:33:24

There's no suggestion that Primrose Shipman was guilty of anything. I just remember her from the trial as being really downtrodden and mousy.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 05-Apr-13 15:45:27

Another fan of Harriet here and either Primrose or Verity would go well, perhaps Primrose has the edge.

Cate29 Fri 05-Apr-13 14:43:34

Primrose is gorgeous, so pretty! Have loved it since watching The Darling Buds of May back in the 90s. The Hunger Games association is also cool.

CruCru Wed 03-Apr-13 20:48:12

I like both Primrose and Verity. I think Primrose Shipman was innocent - she didn't know what her husband was doing.

It's a middle name - if Harriet doesn't like it, she doesn't have to use it.

MadBraLady Tue 02-Apr-13 17:11:27

I really like more unusual middle names smile. Makes a change from being able to date people to a decade by their middle name (mine Emily = 1970s)

Namehelpplease Tue 02-Apr-13 17:08:10

Thanks frog smile

cuiller - I'm hoping prim once hitting her teens grin

Frogman Tue 02-Apr-13 16:54:16

What a beautiful name Harriet Primrose is.

cuillereasoupe Tue 02-Apr-13 12:15:08

I think the problem I have with Primrose (other than the Shipman connection) is the "prim". I wouldn't want a prim daughter, I want one that kicks ass. (Though technically I know the "prim" in "primrose" doesn't mean that).

MamaMimi Tue 02-Apr-13 02:18:20

The only Primrose I think of is Fifi's friend (flowertots)!! That's not a bad connection at all even though she can be a bit snobby grin

It's lovely for a middle name, ie,not used to often but nice to say when it is.

I have a new niece named Harriet (is it becoming more popular?) so I like your choice OP.

mrsmootoo Mon 01-Apr-13 23:01:10

Primrose is pretty, but as a Verity myself I think it's more unusual and has a bit more about it than just being a flower name. People always remember you and notwithstanding the comments above, I've never met anyone who didn''t like it. Agree with the comments about too many Ts in Harriet Verity though. My DDs are Eleanor and Mirabel.

snuffaluffagus Mon 01-Apr-13 22:56:08

I loved primrose wood mouse is Bramley hedge so think it's a fab choice!

AmandaPayntedEgg Mon 01-Apr-13 22:47:29

It's not out there. Flower names were really popular in the past (Victorian times?). Primrose, Rose, Lilac, Hyacinth...

I have soooo many middle names I would love to use.

Namehelpplease Mon 01-Apr-13 22:43:10

Thanks Amanda!!!! It would feel quite brave for me (even though I know it's not totally out there - or even that unusual). I think I still might get a few people having a bit of a giggle but for a middle name I think you're right - you can take a little risk grin Thanks for your input!

AmandaPayntedEgg Mon 01-Apr-13 22:29:26

I know you've had loads of opinions, but Primrose is lovely. I fully believe that middle names are for being brave, or outlandish or honouring someone.

I love it as a middle name.

I do love Verity too though.

Thewhingingdefective Mon 01-Apr-13 21:16:22

Harriet Primrose sounds lovely.

Namehelpplease Mon 01-Apr-13 20:59:09

Thanks Oliver!

olivertheoctopus Mon 01-Apr-13 20:50:07

Harriet Primrose is beautiful!!!

Namehelpplease Mon 01-Apr-13 20:41:34

Thanks Trazzle grin

Trazzletoes Mon 01-Apr-13 20:37:26

Me either name I really wouldn't worry about it.

Primrose is a lovely, traditional name and, whilst not very commonly used at the moment, it's not like you are calling her Myra or something where it's pretty likely most people's minds would make a connection.

I think Primrose is a beautiful name.

Namehelpplease Mon 01-Apr-13 19:37:39

I am choosing to ignore the Harold Shipman thing. I'm a fairly average Joe and had no idea that's what she was called...

Trazzletoes Mon 01-Apr-13 18:27:07

I didn't think Harold Shipman's wife had anything to do with the murders. Or did I miss something fundamental?

VivaLeBeaver Mon 01-Apr-13 17:31:35

Harriet Primrose is lovely.

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