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Iona or Annabel??

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Juliealpha Wed 20-Nov-13 09:41:49

Due to have our 4th baby in Feb, we have decided on Louise for a middle name but can't decide between Iona or Annabel for a first name. Thoughts please??

putthecrispsDOWN Wed 20-Nov-13 09:54:59

Iona....such a beautiful place, have you been? Absolutely beautiful with a hidden beach that is deserted and looks as though it could be the Caribbean. We would have used this if our surname wasn't also a noun (i.e. it would sound like 'I own a...').

louise3louise3 Wed 20-Nov-13 09:55:51

Absolutely love Annabel - wanted it for my daughters but a very close friend got in there first. Iona is pretty and unusual - maybe if you have a Scottish connection. Louise is my middle name and really like that too - you very rarely hear it now.

Sammie101 Wed 20-Nov-13 09:57:00

How do you pronounce Iona? I'm probably being dense hmm if it's how I think then I like it! And I've never really liked Annabel unfortunately

Catchhimatwhat Wed 20-Nov-13 10:49:28


BlueChampagne Wed 20-Nov-13 12:29:10


sandfrog Wed 20-Nov-13 13:52:38


peppapigmustdie Wed 20-Nov-13 14:01:56


daughterofafarmer Wed 20-Nov-13 14:15:46


It's a lovely name and a stunning place. God I miss Scotland! grin

TrueBoo Wed 20-Nov-13 14:16:44


MummyofIsla Wed 20-Nov-13 14:22:27

You literally say it as it's spelt so "I own a (not the ay way)" hope that makes sense.

DD is an Isla and when I was pregnant it was that or Iona so definately Iona.

Not keen on Annabel sorry, its a little posh for me.

TheTruffleHunter Wed 20-Nov-13 14:24:53

Iona. Beautiful!

hulabaloo Wed 20-Nov-13 15:45:51

Iona is lovely - classic, elegant and not oversused. Great name and goes will with Louise!

Arabesque1 Wed 20-Nov-13 15:52:49


Leeds2 Wed 20-Nov-13 16:40:25


Noggie Wed 20-Nov-13 16:43:11

Iona grin

ElizabethBathory Wed 20-Nov-13 16:44:57

Iona is gorgeous.

I like Annabel too, but Iona has the edge as it's less cute.

AcrylicPlexiglass Wed 20-Nov-13 16:48:13

I like Annabel because it is my daughter's favourite doll. Agree it could have connotations of being a relatively "posh" name, if that matters to you. Quite like Iona.

MrsBungleScare Wed 20-Nov-13 16:50:48

Iona for sure (provided it goes with your surname)

HyvaPaiva Wed 20-Nov-13 16:52:13


cloggal Wed 20-Nov-13 16:53:44

Like Iona a lot. Annabel a little frilly for my taste.

Sammie101 Wed 20-Nov-13 17:27:05

Thank you Mummyofisla! I really like Iona, it's unique and very pretty! I also adore the name Isla smile

Juliealpha Wed 20-Nov-13 17:45:55

Wow, thanks everyone, that answers that! I prefer Iona too so I think that's settled.

mumbaisapphire Wed 20-Nov-13 17:48:45


GrandstandingBlueTit Thu 21-Nov-13 07:31:17

Iona is lovely.

Has the rare quality of being timeless, i.e. not associated with a particular era, and so you'd be able to tell the age of an Iona.

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