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williamjacksmum Fri 24-May-13 22:18:42

With only one week to go I just can't decide on a name for my baby girl and would appreciate any input I can get. So far my shortlist is looking like this;


Would really appreciate some feedback or other suggestions for first names and middle names that go with the above. Thanks

She has an older brother - William Jack

adogforme Fri 24-May-13 22:20:36

I'd maybe avoid Harriet. William and Harry wink

I love Caitlin.

ShadowStorm Fri 24-May-13 22:23:21

I love Verity.

I love Harriet too, but PP has a good point about William and Harry.

exoticfruits Fri 24-May-13 22:32:05

Harriet or Verity.

JumpingJackSprat Fri 24-May-13 22:35:15


OutragedFromLeeds Fri 24-May-13 22:46:10

It's a really good shortlist <steals names for own list>

Harriet - really like it. Lovely as it is, can have Hattie or Harri as a nn so good choices and like both of them.

Verity - not keen on this one.

Ava - lovely, classic, simple, but just too popular for me (but the so is William so maybe that doesn't bother you as much?)

Caitlin - lovely, like Cate and Katie as nn (though I'd be more worried about William and Kate, than William and Harri)

Millie - lovely, but I'd have it as a nn for a more formal name just because it sounds a bit cutsey/babyish and doesn't give any choices to the child. I like Emily a lot.

MoonHare Fri 24-May-13 22:48:23

Definitely Harriet or Verity, two of my personal favourites. I would lean towards Verity I think.

Ava - lots of them and lots of the similar Evie, Ella etc - she would be one of many, but you might not mind that.

I don't know what the William and Harry reference is?

OutragedFromLeeds Fri 24-May-13 22:49:23

Prince William and his brother Prince Harry

Prince William and his wife Kate.

MoonHare Fri 24-May-13 22:49:35

Oh I see, didn't read your post properly, with a brother William I would definitely go for Verity.

Elquota Fri 24-May-13 23:18:55

Millie and Ava both lovely. Also quite like Harriet.

Verity is a little starchy and I'm never sure how to pronounce Caitlin.

Hummuschocolate Sat 25-May-13 16:35:26

Verity is the loveliest of the list, a great unusual, classy name

MortifiedAdams Sat 25-May-13 16:36:55

Harriet, with the nn Hattie.

JojoMags Sat 25-May-13 18:03:10

Second Harriet nn Hattie. Like Verity and Caitlin too. Ava and Millie are sooo done.

Madamecastafiore Sat 25-May-13 18:06:06

Love Harriet.

We have one but she doesn't have a nn, only answers to full name.

Verity is a bit serious.

Caitlin I'd be concerned about William and Kate and every third kid in my DS's school is Milly.

I'd pronounce Caitlin as Cat leen, so not too much like Kate.

Harriet is lovely, Verity a bit 'Little Women' for me.

Ava is nice, is it really getting popular, I don't know any?

I know William and Millie twins, short for Amelia.

Harriet then Verity. Hatty as nn for Harriet.

You might also like Hester.

Harriet Posy
Harriet Daisy
Harriet Clover
Harriet Maeve
Harriet Niamh
Harriet Sylvie
Harriet Prudence
Harriet Constance
Harriet Joy

ChippingInLovesSpring Sat 25-May-13 18:32:10

Matilda - Milly? Then she has a more 'formal' name like her brother?

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 25-May-13 18:40:23

I think in England it's almost always Kate-Lyn. In Ireland I think it's Cat-leen or Cath-leen. Caitlin Moran is Cat-lyn though....confused.

I guess it depends where you are OP?

MyNameIsSuz Sat 25-May-13 18:41:14

Ava and Caitlin are lovely. I don't see the problem with Harriet, but... Millie and Willie?

Kate Lyn, I think of as the American anglicisation/mispronunciation of the name, though.

OutragedFromLeeds Sat 25-May-13 21:01:16

I think that's right Ellen, but if the OP is American or English she's likely to pronounce it the 'incorrect' anglicised way. That's how I would mispronounce it anyway.

williamjacksmum Sat 25-May-13 21:48:54

Thanks everyone, really helps to get perspectives I haven't considered.

I'm 1/2 English 1/2 Irish and Kathleen was my mothers name. She passed away 10 years ago; hence the choice of Caitlin as yes you're right OutragedFromLeeds that's how it's pronounced in Ireland but I don't like the idea of spelling it the American way, or it being mistaken for an American name; although that is how I would pronounce it "Kate Lyn"

Looks like my top two are sailing ahead (Harriet & Verity)

Thanks for the Ava and Milile popularity warnings. DS is only 21 months so I haven't yet got a feel for duplicity at school yet...very helpful!

CarriMarie Sun 26-May-13 19:14:18

What about Verity Kate ?

fussychica Sun 26-May-13 19:19:01

Lovely list. Love Ava but everyone goes on about the popularity thing. Harriet is great. I love Oleander - Ollie or Andi for short.

BettyYeti Sun 26-May-13 19:19:43

DD (8) says Ava or Harriet.

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