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Aaaaargh GIRLS name :(

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BoyMeetsWorld Thu 27-Jun-13 19:37:18

I'm going (possible pregnancy led) bonkers!!!!

I've put so many posts on here, so many shortlists & had to delete the recent (most helpful) one because in my baby brained state I revealed my highly unusual surname.

I just loathe virtually all girls names sad and those I do like, DH detests sad he's French...that's important in our choice.

Please help us pick before baby arrives!!

Current short list = Aurora, Isolde, Jasmine or Juliette. I accept that Juliette is the most mainstream of those & therefore likely to be the favourite but I'm concerned it's becoming popular v fast plus I don't like the fact it means 'little Julie' (has to be the French version). None of our short list names feel 'perfect'.

Also v open to other suggestions I might like based on that short list - please think outside the box!!!

Thank you so much, someone has to be able to figure this out for me!

JumpingJackSprat Thu 27-Jun-13 20:58:52

You seem to have similar taste in names to me i love jasmine and aurora. i also love francesca and claudia which coulld sound good in french? Also like aurelia.

JumpingJackSprat Thu 27-Jun-13 20:59:20

What about sylvie as well?

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BoyMeetsWorld Thu 27-Jun-13 21:17:04

Claudia is nice but can't get past the 'claw' sound in English. DH said no to Sylvie.

For those loving would you pronounce it? My main concern is its a name that could get pronounced a million ways and when first announced people might just go "eh???"

LynetteScavo Thu 27-Jun-13 21:28:28

I know some have already been mentioned, but...


Juliette is lovely (Jasmine is very popular around here,. DS! would hve been Jasmine, and I'm now glad he is a boy...)Isolde is too German for English/French prents, IMO. Aurora is a bit like roar...I personally prefer Aurelie.

I also love Julietta.

Zeenah Thu 27-Jun-13 21:41:18

in the year 2000 Juliet was 623
in the year 2001 Juliet was 564
in the year 2002 Juliet FELL back to 593
in the year 2003 it was at 602
in 2004, # it fell back to 649
in 2005 #588
in 2006 # 581
in 2007 #518
in 2008 #453
in 2009 #319
in 2010 #285
in 2011 #250
in 2012 # fell back slightly to #253

These stats are American but they show that Juliet's rise up the charts is really steady. If you compare that with almost any other name that is in fashion now, it would have jumped higher quicker.

MortifiedAdams Thu 27-Jun-13 21:45:09

Prefer Juliet to Juliette and love Aurora but can I suggest Aurelia? Just sounds less Disney.

Really like Isolde. Not certain on the pr. but would hazard a guess at Iz Old Uh

lastnightidreamt Thu 27-Jun-13 21:46:11

Quite like all of your names, but love Aurelie!

MortifiedAdams Thu 27-Jun-13 21:46:20

I worked with a Fabienne andalways lived that name

KateCroydon Thu 27-Jun-13 21:48:49

love Isolde.

BoyMeetsWorld Thu 27-Jun-13 21:53:49

Thanks for those stats Zeenah that's really interesting. I wonder if the uk is the same? The name just seems to be cropping up on every other mumsnet names post ATM!

NutsinMay Thu 27-Jun-13 21:56:30

Solange, Clotilde, Camille- Beautiful French names

Yasmine is a French name similar to Jasmine.

frutilla Thu 27-Jun-13 21:57:31

I love Isolde. Beautiful.

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Thu 27-Jun-13 22:01:53

I like Claudia (but if you can't get past Claw...) Elodie, Matilda, Nathalie.

ELR Thu 27-Jun-13 22:13:31

I love Juliette!

ExitPursuedByABear Thu 27-Jun-13 22:16:42

Love Isolde


Elquota Thu 27-Jun-13 22:18:11


BoyMeetsWorld Thu 27-Jun-13 22:26:03

Wow surprised Isolde is so popular! That's interesting.

You don't think it's too Germanic for a half French baby?

Fantail Thu 27-Jun-13 23:21:17

Why are you concerned about top 50/top 100? Remember there is always the chance, no matter how unusual your choice is, that there will be another girl with the same name in your child's class at school.

I do like Isolde too. Remember that Germany and France fought various times, so there will be some crossover with names.

Also I am sure that you will be aware that the pool of French names is smaller because of the tradition of naming after saints and of name day celebrations.

Breton names might be worth a look? Maelle for example.

peanutMD Fri 28-Jun-13 00:25:28

Clarissa, Melodie, Darcey, Cally, Elena.

Fantail Fri 28-Jun-13 02:39:33

Actually, I think that Isolde is Celtic in origin, rather than French.

BumbleBee2011 Fri 28-Jun-13 04:05:43

We have a similar situation (I'm French and DH British, I was veto-ing a lot of his favourites as they sounded awful in French).

Isolde is lovely, would be "Izz-old" in French though rather than "Izz-ol-duh" (that's the more German/English pronunciation)

One of the things I wanted to avoid was names that sounded completely different in either language, so for example nothing starting with H (where you'd drop it in French) and nothing too heavy on the R front (so of course DH wanted Harriet confused)

We wanted "unpopular" names so have a Beatrice and an Emmeline, were also considering Emilie, Cecilie/Cecilia, Louise...

I love Breton names but DH wasn't keen - there are some beautiful and definitely unusual names which are easy to pronounce in English.

Good luck smile

fuckwittery Fri 28-Jun-13 04:19:29

Here's a stats graph for Juliette popularity in the UK since 1996
717th 1996
482nd in 2010

To put that into context, there were 84 baby Juliettes in 2010 in England and Wales

May I offer my current favourite which is Emmeline

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