Can anyone look at my shortlist of girls names please, all opinions welcome

(39 Posts)
fuckwittery Fri 20-Sep-13 00:43:44

Would like a wide range of opinions, and an idea of names that incite strong feelings. DD3 and we've sort of run out of girls names we both like

Lydia
Felicity
Jemima
Pippa / Phillippa
Brona
Emmeline
Cassandra
Petra
Cora
Coraline
Alexia
Linnea

Thank you!

BettyBi0 Wed 25-Sep-13 09:33:50

Lydia - reminds me of someone frumpy I know
Felicity - bit ditzy
Jemima - puddleduck
Pippa / Phillippa - too horsey
Brona - like
Emmeline - like
Cassandra - like
Petra - reminds me of petulant
Cora - like but also sounds like an old American grannie
Coraline - love but would it annoy you being mixed up with Caroline?
Alexia - posh
Linnea - sounds a bit sci-fi / maths-ish

BlueBowTie Sun 22-Sep-13 23:56:14

Definitely Lydia!

georgettemagritte Sun 22-Sep-13 23:35:13

Not keen on:
Felicity
Brona
Pippa
Cassandra
Cora
Coraline
Alexia

Like:
Lydia - v pretty
Jemima - unusual and nice diminutives for a little one (Jem, Mimi)
Emmeline - retro and cute
Petra - ok, less keen than the three above
Linnea - lovely; I know a little Linnea actually and the pronunciation hasn't seemed to be an issue at all in practice despite what posters above suggest.

Harrin Sun 22-Sep-13 22:00:48

Emmeline is a really pretty name imo, Lydia is nice too

sleepingbeautiful Sun 22-Sep-13 18:05:36

I think the Cass-ia v Cash-a is a UK v US thing like Alice-ia v Aleash-a for Alicia.
I prefer Cassandra nn Cassie to Calinda/Calandra, which sound 'made up' to me (I know they're not, just first impressions).
There is also Calla (lily) and Cassiopeia
As you seem to be liking "C" - Clarissa, Carina, Caitlin, Catrin, Catriona, Carmen, Carrie, Camille, Camilla, Corinne, Caroline, Carys, Cara, Ceri, Clara, Claudia, Claudine...

fuckwittery Sun 22-Sep-13 17:43:24

I'm really loving Cassandra / Cassie NN
or Calandra or Calinda / NN Callie now .... any views? smile

fuckwittery Sun 22-Sep-13 17:35:56

Oh no, just googled Cassia, and there are different pronunciation, Cass-ia, and Cash-ah

But Calla has come up as a suggestion..... I do like that. Too similar to Orla?

fuckwittery Sun 22-Sep-13 17:34:08

I love Emmeline but the different pronounciations do put me off! I think I started a thread on it a while ago...... I would say it Emme-leen rather than Emme-line.

Sleepingbeautiful, I love Cordelia from your suggestions but I don't think it's DH's sort of name (he is anti- "posh names", Cassia is also really lovely, DH might go for that one.

sleepingbeautiful Sun 22-Sep-13 16:38:03

I like Lydia, Felicity, Cassandra best.
The Felicitys I've known have been Fliss not Flick.
Used to like Emmeline til I came on here and found out there were different pronunciations, which is just annoying imo.
I Like Corinne. What about Delphine, Cordelia, Callista, Calliope, Cassia

feelingvunerable Sun 22-Sep-13 13:11:45

I like Lydia and Felicity best.

fuckwittery Sat 21-Sep-13 18:31:59

Thanks everyone for your comments, it hasn't made the decision easier though smile

Looks like Linnea would be mispronounced by about 90% of people as Linear, but not a favourite anyway for me.

My favourite is Emmeline, nickname Emmie.

Lydia and Pippa are the ones DH and I agree on, but I don't love LOVE either.

Interesting views on Petra!

I didn't think about Cora as being too similar to Orla, so that one is probably out. Good point about Coraline / Caroline misunderstandings!

Dh likes Corinne but I am not so keen (sounds too much like Colin). Corinna a possibility.

InfiniteJest Fri 20-Sep-13 13:22:00

I like Emmeline and Lydia!

fanjodisfunction Fri 20-Sep-13 13:20:35

Linnea is very popular in Sweden (I think) its in homage to Linneaus who created the latin naming system for all species on earth.

MummyBeerest Fri 20-Sep-13 13:02:44

LOVE:
Lydia
Jemima
Emmeline
Cora
Coraline

OK:
Felicity
Cassandra
Pippa/Philippa
Alexia

DON'T LIKE:
Petra
Brona
Linnea

Great list though!

Viviennemary Fri 20-Sep-13 13:02:31

I like Philippa, Cassandra, Petra best. Two I don't like at all are Brona and Linnea. Are they made up names.

ZZZenagain Fri 20-Sep-13 13:01:02

From that list I would choose Lydia

Saffyz Fri 20-Sep-13 12:57:51

I like these:

Lydia
Felicity
Pippa / Phillippa
Emmeline
Cassandra
Linnea

coraltoes Fri 20-Sep-13 12:54:25

Felicity - love this, also Felicia. the nicknames work ok too.
Jemima - i nearly chose this for DD, our surname starts with J and i fancied alliteration for a short while. NN of Jem (80s cartoon i loved) and Mimi could work?
Cora - really like this one, elegant, will serve her well through all ages.

not so keen on rest. Especially not bronagh

IslaValargeone Fri 20-Sep-13 12:47:17

Love Petra, it is so unusual to hear, but not keen on the others tbh.

Lydia - a bit old fashioned, a bit drippy
Felicity - OK, but hate NN Flick
Jemima - a bit too girly
Pippa / Phillippa - much prefer Phillippa
Brona - prefer the spelling Bronagh, but yes, quite like that one
Emmeline - no, properly old fashioned, I dont like Emma or Emily either.
Cassandra - Only fools and Horses, no, just don't like it
Petra - Blue Peter dog, but that was a long time ago. Strong name, quite like it
Cora - Downton Abbey, but I do like it.
Coraline - no, cartoon character and too girly
Alexia - yes, like that one
Linnea - too off the wall, hard to spell, will be pronounced wrongly IMO.

cantthinkofagoodone Fri 20-Sep-13 12:44:49

Lydia - love it but it sounds like Olivia and might be mistaken
Felicity - okay. Not a fan of Flick (neighbours)
Jemima - puddleduck. Can't get passed that.
Pippa / Phillippa - liked it before KM's sister which will pass, so a yes from me.
Brona - like the Irish Bronagh? OK
Emmeline - As in Pankhurst (sp?) I quite like the nicknames or Emmie, Emma or Emily
Cassandra - like is but once had a cat called Cassy.
Petra - Ecclestone
Cora- love it
Coraline - prefer Cora
Alexia - OK
Linnea - HoF own brand and linear is just a word

IAmADonkeyOnTheEdge Fri 20-Sep-13 12:42:03

Lydia - like it, not too popular and sounds good as both child or adult
Felicity - I quite like ' flick' as a nicname - but perhaps a bit ' Malory Towers ( showing my age!)
Jemima - nope- thats for a duck
Pippa / Phillippa - very popular around our way.
Brona - like thats its different, but not very pretty sounding
Emmeline - beautiful name, sounds romantic
Cassandra - only fools and horses
Petra - the blue peter dog from years ago ( again showing my age)
Cora - lovely, is is Dora
Coraline - agree with littlecherublegs
Alexia - too dynasty
Linnea - not sure.

I think Emmeline is by far the prettiest name on your list, but also themes are lovely - so if you have an artist theme, then Linnea would also be lovely.
I met a baby caller 'Bryer' yesterday, named after the scilly isle - I thought it was lovely !

You just need to have the one you like the best - you will be yelling it at the top of your voice for years to come ! ( My personal fave name was Fenella - but 3 girls later and I still haven't been allowed !)

MrsBungle Fri 20-Sep-13 12:39:54

Oh, didn't notice coralline - lovely. I also love coral (although not on your list !)

MrsBungle Fri 20-Sep-13 12:39:06

I have an orla too smile

From your list I really like Brona and Cora. I also quite like Lydia.

twentyfourcarat Fri 20-Sep-13 12:37:53

Lydia - always "fat girls" that I've known, not that that's a problem necessarily!
Felicity - Love, also love Flicky, Flick and Fizzy as nicknames
Jemima - I really like, but will get puddleduck etc
Pippa / Phillippa - Love Pip / Pippa, Phillippa doesn't have the same grace / coolness
Brona - Nice enough, don't love it, don't dislike it, if you love it, go for it!
Emmeline - little bit whiny, but I like none the less
Cassandra - Not personally a fan, but nothing wrong with it!
Petra - Cool
Cora - Really cool
Coraline - Even cooler
Alexia - Prefer Alexa, but cool
Linnea - House of Fraser bed linen (/own brand)

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