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Which one do you prefer?

(35 Posts)
WorkWankWail Wed 10-Apr-13 21:54:39

Shortlist of girls names at the moment:


Any thoughts? Also love Amelia but it's popularity is a little off-putting.

Haylebop12 Thu 11-Apr-13 10:43:38

My Amelia is a 2009 one. Only one in her class (and year group) so I'm pleased about that. We don't shorten it, as its commonly shortened to Millie which I really don't like. (I know Bout 5 dogs called Millie)

Very jealous you get to use Harriet as dh won't consider it. Also not keen on the nn for Harriet too. hmm

dizzyhoneybee Thu 11-Apr-13 09:45:11

The Verity that I knew was always called Vee as well, it's either a common nn for Verity or we knew the same one. Did she have ginger hair and work in human resources? grin
I like the name Poppy but DD went to ballet with a Poppy and she was such a cute little girlie girl (Poppy, not DD) and I couldn't imagine the name suiting her if she grew into a tomboy.
Harriet is great, it reminds me of the Harriet the Spy book smile She might end up as Harry but you never know, she might be one of those children like my own DD who has a name that can be shortened but you risk your life if you do it...

WorkWankWail Thu 11-Apr-13 08:35:46

Thanks grin

fan - Amelia was the most popular girls' name of 2012 and it's also quite dated in the sense I don't know many Amelias outside of 2009-2012; I think Grace and Amelia may become the Claires and Helens of the 80s. Lovely names though.

Leaning towards Harriet at the moment.

HorryIsUpduffed Wed 10-Apr-13 23:51:35

Verity or Harriet

Two main reasons: knew a beautiful, elegant, intelligent and kind example of each at school and they have the distinction of being well-known without being popular.

fanoftheinvisibleman Wed 10-Apr-13 23:45:57

I like Harriet and Verity.

It is interesting you have rejected Amelia based on popularity though as (with the exception of Verity) I have come across the other names on your list much more often than Amelia. Ds is 7 now and I can only recall meeting one Amelia but have heard the others lots.

GwendolineMaryLacey Wed 10-Apr-13 23:41:35

I have a Harriet and I desperately wanted dd2 to be a Verity. I nearly killed DH over it angry. She has Verity as her middle name, best I could get sad

Still18atheart Wed 10-Apr-13 23:40:16

Like them all. But prefer Harriet or Poppy

Allalonenow Wed 10-Apr-13 23:35:40

Verity is my favourite, very elegant, Poppy is my least favourite, and Caitlin is a minefield to pronounce correctly.

FriggFRIGG Wed 10-Apr-13 23:20:31


GW297 Wed 10-Apr-13 23:02:30

Go for Amelie, it's beautiful and popular enough for people to recognise it.

olivertheoctopus Wed 10-Apr-13 22:55:37


AcrylicPlexiglass Wed 10-Apr-13 22:49:13


thermalsinapril Wed 10-Apr-13 22:44:57

Emily or Poppy

WorkWankWail Wed 10-Apr-13 22:18:24

LOVE Amelie, but would she spend the rest of her life correcting people who call her Emily? grin

practicality Wed 10-Apr-13 22:18:08

Amelie is lovely.

Skygirls Wed 10-Apr-13 22:13:28

I love Verity and Emily.
Have you looked at Amelie instead of Amelia?

Sebastian is a great name for a boy.

WorkWankWail Wed 10-Apr-13 22:10:46

Thanks grin It's hard, this choosing babies' name business - have found lots of names I like and not many I love! I think it's going to be a toss up between Harriet and Verity!

StellaNova Wed 10-Apr-13 22:08:43

Love Sebastian as well.

StellaNova Wed 10-Apr-13 22:07:37

I think Harriet OnesyllablesurnamestartingwithH sounds great!

WorkWankWail Wed 10-Apr-13 22:05:49

Hayle - gorgeous name! grin I love Amelia but just keep thinking about how in the early 80s every girl was named Rebecca or Helen ... But I have an unusual name and spelling it and saying it does get really annoying, hence I've tried to choose pretty but 'normal' names for girls.

decided on Sebastian for a boy - what do you think people? Have had mixed reactions ranging from hmm to smile

Haylebop12 Wed 10-Apr-13 22:03:36

Slightly biased here as dd is Amelia Caitlyn!

However I LOVE Harriet and want to use it for dc2. Also really like Poppy from your list.

exoticfruits Wed 10-Apr-13 22:02:58

Harriet, Verity and Emily.

Jojay Wed 10-Apr-13 22:00:48


I knew a Verity, and it was shortened to 'Vee'
Not the most attractive nickname, whereas Harriet has more choices.

WorkWankWail Wed 10-Apr-13 22:00:00

jkk - constance or connie would be on my shortlist if it wasn't for the fact a good friend has a Connie. sad

WorkWankWail Wed 10-Apr-13 21:59:27

dizzy - you sound like my friend, who keeps insisting that Poppy is a child's name! I do love it but our surname is one syllable as well and I do wonder if it makes Poppy sound like a dog's name! No idea why!

I have always loved Harriet but have a one syllable surname beginning with H and one friend says it sounds a bit strange - don't think it does myself but there we are. Also like Hetty/Hatty for Harriet: I like names with options really.

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