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Which names do you like?Holly, Olivia, arabella, genevieve

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Tweediewalker Mon 29-Jul-13 22:39:57

Which names do you like
Holly Jane Auty
Olivia Jane Auty
Arabella rose Auty
Genevieve rose Auty
Please let me know your favourite if any :-s lol

Kikibee Mon 29-Jul-13 22:41:11

Olivia Jane sounds best IMHO

DizzyPurple Mon 29-Jul-13 22:44:02

All quite pretty although I always imagine Genevieve would be a nightmare for a child to learn to spell!

Tweediewalker Mon 29-Jul-13 22:44:44

Lol it's a nightmare for me to spell too!

manicinsomniac Mon 29-Jul-13 23:56:41

Arabella Rose hands down - beautiful.

The other three are all lovely too but that's definitely my favourite

GW297 Tue 30-Jul-13 00:22:18

Olivia and Arabella go best with your surname I think. Olivia is my favourite of the two.

Mollie272 Tue 30-Jul-13 02:48:48

I think Genevieve Rose is my favourite - very pretty!

EatYourCrusts Tue 30-Jul-13 03:19:46

I only like Holly!

everlong Tue 30-Jul-13 05:14:46


howcomes Tue 30-Jul-13 05:18:40

Arabella Rose sounds gorgeous, genevieve is lovely too but I think it would get shortened to Gene (Jenny) which is not quite as special sounding.

Onyabike Tue 30-Jul-13 07:48:05

Arabella by far - a beautiful name.
As pp said, wouldn't like Jen/Jenny as a nn for Genevieve.

Tweediewalker Tue 30-Jul-13 07:51:47

I agree on the Jen thing, that's what has stopped is so far I think. The only thing we have thought of is using Eve as her nn :-(

mummybare Tue 30-Jul-13 07:52:29

Not keen on Arabella. Holly is sweet and Olivia is pretty, but Genevieve wins it for me, and great nn potential.

mummybare Tue 30-Jul-13 07:54:36

X post - the nn thing could be good or bad depending on your pov. But there's always Vee, Vivi or Viv if you don't like Gen/Jen/Genni/Jenny.

Tweediewalker Tue 30-Jul-13 07:59:31

Thanks mummybare, I do like Viv and Vivi. I wouldn't mind any of those, I think my husband is scared that when she gets to school kids will nn her gen. I am wondering if I shorten her name to eve or Evie on a daily basis she might introduce herself as eve or Evie at school. Although I love genevieve so much I would rather not lol!

TheRealFellatio Tue 30-Jul-13 08:00:48

I am not keen on vowels butting together, as would be the case with Olivia Auty, Holly Auty and Arabella Auty. I find it doesn't flow well as a sounds and is quite difficult to say.

Also I think Genevieve is the prettiest name there of the lot so I'm voting Genevieve.

Onyabike Tue 30-Jul-13 08:06:07

She would definitely need to go by the name Eve or Evie on a day to day basis by the time she goes to school if you want to avoid any shortenings you don't like as once she's at school, you will have no control over her nicknames!

Ra88 Tue 30-Jul-13 08:10:23

Olivia .. because its my daughters name I love it grin

Tweediewalker Tue 30-Jul-13 08:11:26

Do you think that would work? My husband is worried that Evie isn't a natural nn an sounds a little forced?

Onyabike Tue 30-Jul-13 08:20:32

Re TheRealFellatio's point - 2 of my DDs and I have a vowel butting onto another vowel (surname inherited from dh!). Whilst I accept that there may be other names that might sound "better" with our surname, it meant disregarding so many names I liked. In the end I decided to go with names I loved rather than get too bogged down with our awful difficult surname!

Onyabike Tue 30-Jul-13 08:28:24

Evie sounds fine from Genevieve, I think that it's a natural shortening and definitely doesn't sound forced at all. Go with the name you love the most. You honestly have no control over what your DC become known as once they get older so don't worry about nicknames that may or may not ever happen, particularly at the expense of a name you love!

Morgause Tue 30-Jul-13 08:32:37

Arabella sounds a bit "panto" to me. Or a spinster aunt. Not sure it goes with the surname two "a" sounds one after the other don't flow well.

outtolunchagain Tue 30-Jul-13 08:34:53

I know a delightful Arabella , but I adore the name Genevieve

ShowOfHands Tue 30-Jul-13 08:50:05

Arabella and Genevieve are both lovely, but Genevieve is prettier by a country mile.

Holly and Olivia are just meh. You can't move for tripping over them. I also wouldn't shorten Genevieve to Eve or Evie due to its popularity. I wouldn't choose such a beautiful name and then shorten it to a ten a penny nickname. All that said, pick the name YOU like and sod popularity and the opinion of a miserable old MNer.

BTW, my dd's name has a popular shortening which I particularly despise and I've never used it. We do shorten her name but in a way that felt natural once she was here. She's at school and doesn't recognise the shortening I dislike. I think somebody used it once and she just looked blankly at them.

yournotfat Tue 30-Jul-13 09:34:18

My friends daughter is Genevieve. They have always called her Evie. When she started school she just introduced herself as Evie. No problems at all.

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