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Opinions on these names please?

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mumtobealloveragain Sun 25-Aug-13 23:36:21

Hi all. We are having a baby girl (very soon) and we want a name that is neither really common where she will be one of 6 in her class nor a name that is too strange/bullying fodder, if that makes sense. We aren't posh, upper middle class or rich, so don't want a name that sounds like we are trying to be either smile

So far our shortlist is..


None have any real "connection" ie not grandma's name etc. Just names we like.

Any thoughts / other suggestions?

williaminajetfighter Sun 25-Aug-13 23:39:36

Love Matilda as name of my 7 year old DD.

Sophia is a bit too popular. Elodie becoming more so; would avoid both if you're looking for something unique.

Like Eloise.

williaminajetfighter Sun 25-Aug-13 23:40:47

Also Ariya is interesting but I think most people will hear 'Maria' when it's said and that may mean a lifetime of correcting people...

JumpingJackSprat Sun 25-Aug-13 23:41:00

I like matilda and felicity. good solid names which are common enough that they arent unusual but arent everywhere.

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 25-Aug-13 23:41:55

I love Matilda - but sadly it always get shortened to Milly, Tilly or Tilda - which are all 'ok', but not as nice.

I love Eloise - but don't like Lou or Ellie (well, Ellie is OK, but just a bit top10)

I love Felicity - I even like Fliss or Flick.

I don't like Sophia & really dislike Ariya.

Blimey - you have done well! I normally hate all of them grin

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 25-Aug-13 23:43:15

williamina does your DD get called Matilda or one of the nick names?

looki Sun 25-Aug-13 23:43:45

I like Matilda.

ImaginaryHat Sun 25-Aug-13 23:44:42

Love Felicity, Sophia is nice but popular, Matilda's OK, not keen on the others myself, although I do like Aria.

HystericalParoxysm Sun 25-Aug-13 23:45:07

Matilda isn't favourite but very common where I am, there are 4 in DS' nursery class!

HystericalParoxysm Sun 25-Aug-13 23:45:25

Isn't?! *is my favourite

peanutMD Sun 25-Aug-13 23:52:26

Matilda (Tilly) and Sophia are v.popular in these parts but not bad names.

I like Eloise but really dislike Elodie and Felicity for some reason.

Ariya I think personally sounds a bit too "try hard" and its also the name of a very crappy village on the book i'm currently reading grin

MichaelBubleBath Sun 25-Aug-13 23:54:35

My goldfish was called Eloise not named after the Damned song, oh no
Tis a lovely name and Ellie is a lovely nn

my tuppence worth:

-Matilda 4 but prefer tilly
-Elodie 2
-Sophia 3
-Eloise 1
-Ariya 5
-Felicity 6 prefer Hope

Also like Elise and Alisa and Lydia

williaminajetfighter Sun 25-Aug-13 23:58:05

Chipping -- my DD gets called Matilda or Tilda or Tildy. Never Tilly.

I love Tilda too ESP because Tilda Swinton is so darn cool!

It is a much more popular name but luckily she's only one in her school. For now!

mumtobealloveragain Sun 25-Aug-13 23:59:33

Wow, thanks guys! I just can't find a name that I love so much that I have no niggling doubts about..

Matilda is my favourite, although I am worried it will be shortened to "Mattie" which I think sounds awful. I don't mind "Tilly" but I know you can't have a say over nicknames.

Eloise I love but again I don't like "Ellie" or "Elle"

Elodie just sounds so lovely to me but I mentioned it to my mum and she thinks it means a lifetime of our child saying "no, it's Elodie NOT Melody" smile

Ariya me and DP both love but it's pronounced AR-ee-a and I forsee people pronouncing it as "A-REE-a" which I don't like.

So hard....

WafflyVersatile Mon 26-Aug-13 00:04:49

You could use Aria instad? I'd assume Ariya was pronounced ArEEya.

If she introduces herself as Tilly she will probably be called that, mostly.

Arianna? Ariella? Adelene?

I don't think Melody is so common a name that people would mishear.

FriedaPintoBean Mon 26-Aug-13 00:05:07


FriedaPintoBean Mon 26-Aug-13 00:06:05


mumtobealloveragain Mon 26-Aug-13 00:13:43

Yes, you're right Waffly, Aria may well stop the pronunciation confusion. Although I admit we heard it on a TV series, which is a bit trashy, but hopefully not so common that everyone would know! smile

PintoBean, I feel like Amelie is too common, although a lovely name. Eloise I do love though!

MorphyBrown Mon 26-Aug-13 00:18:33

I assume Game of Thrones? That's what came to mind when I saw how you'd written it.

TheSecondComing Mon 26-Aug-13 00:21:40

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

FriedaPintoBean Mon 26-Aug-13 00:42:41

Clara and Alice I love those!

I also don't like Ariya, it doesn't really seem to fit with the other names you like.

Viviennemary Mon 26-Aug-13 00:49:31

They are all nice names except Ariya. Not keen on that. I think I like Elodie best and Eloise second.

ems1910 Mon 26-Aug-13 01:09:12

I like Felicity the most out of those grin)

ems1910 Mon 26-Aug-13 01:09:44

Also, Verity may fit with your choices.

peanutMD Mon 26-Aug-13 01:16:26

How about Cara, Cassandra (purely because I love Cassie) or Carys?

Cara and Carys can't really be shortened and I don't think any of the 3 are top 50 and they're certainly not "unique" names.

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