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Please help me shorten my rather long short list

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oldbutnotpastit Thu 23-Jan-14 10:43:42

ds5 or dd6 is due in July

Cecilia nn Celia
Winifred love this
Theodora or Dorothea or Dorothy (ds4's suggestion)
Hester or Esther i love these but our surname starts with West so don't think it will work
Merewen nn Merry or Winnie
Josephine nn Posy
Rosanna nn Posy
Rosemary nn Posy
not sure about mns yet

Edmund /Edmond
Jeremiah nn Jem

boys first mn will be Peter

oldbutnotpastit Sun 26-Jan-14 16:59:49

i adore Cecilia but dh needs more persuading of it's merits . he like it but prefers some of the other names .
Edmund is probably in the top 2 on both are lists . Would Edmund Peter have too much of a Narnia theme ?

Oriunda Sun 26-Jan-14 14:13:07


oldbutnotpastit Sun 26-Jan-14 12:32:00

names not ames and both not bot

oldbutnotpastit Sun 26-Jan-14 12:31:16

dh and i wrote a shorlist and a few ames appeared on bot lists so we may have a shorter short list .



i have rediscovered the name Trevelyan which might i like .

newyearhere Sat 25-Jan-14 17:38:08

From the shortlists I like Miranda, Cassandra, Jeremiah, Edmund.

pencilsharpener Sat 25-Jan-14 12:27:52

Just thought - maybe Wilfred would get shortened to Fred too, so perhaps best avoided?

pencilsharpener Sat 25-Jan-14 12:26:07

If you like Sabrina but are not sure of the connotations, what about Serena as an alternative? Maybe Nina as a nn?

I like Miranda and Josephine (nn Posy) from your list of girls. Not at all keen on Winifred (sorry) which sounds far too old granny to my ears.

I think Edmund (Ed, Ted, Ned etc), Wilfred and Jeremiah (Jem) are the most usable out of your boys' shortlist.

AGoodPirate Sat 25-Jan-14 08:08:11


oldbutnotpastit Fri 24-Jan-14 22:16:01

i don't think Raphael is poncey . dh ,however, has a very active but not necessarily accurate "ponceometer" . he ruled out Gabriel for ds4 for the same reason but when ds arrived he looked like a Gabriel (still does for that matter ) and dh then agreed so there may yet be a chance to change his opinion .

ODearMe Fri 24-Jan-14 22:05:55

Lol, that is v true!!! Best to avoid ��

I don't think Raphael is poncy, my friend has baby Raphie, which I think is sweet.

oldbutnotpastit Fri 24-Jan-14 21:46:02

ohdear i was quite keen on rosanna and wilfred until someone further up the thread pointed out that with our surname beginning with West Rose or Fred might not be a good idea.
majedtic i Really like Theodora and Raphael but Dh thinks they are "Poncy" and won't be persuaded otherwise

BabyMummy29 Fri 24-Jan-14 21:39:39

Nope, don't like any of those at all. They're all a bit fancy for my liking.

MajesticWhine Fri 24-Jan-14 21:39:35

Miranda and Edmund.
But preferred Theodora and Raphael from your original list

ODearMe Fri 24-Jan-14 21:37:23

Rosanna or Wilfred

oldbutnotpastit Fri 24-Jan-14 21:36:39

squoosh never heard of the italian popstar but i do associate Sabrina with the Teenage witch not sure whether that's a positive or negative especially as we already have a Tabitha.

Oriunda Fri 24-Jan-14 21:32:33

Miranda, Cassandra, Cecilia, Clarissa ..... prefer Cassandra

squoosh Fri 24-Jan-14 21:21:27

Sabrina is one of those names that half my brain associates with Audrey Hepburn and the other half associates with that topless Italian popstar who sang Boys Boys Boys.

MadIsTheNewNormal Fri 24-Jan-14 21:17:54

Sabrina is lovely and totally under-used.

ladypete Fri 24-Jan-14 21:17:45

Girls : not keen on any so can't help there
Boys: Jeremiah, Josiah

oldbutnotpastit Fri 24-Jan-14 21:13:10

i have at last managed to reduce the shortlist to
your feedback has been really helpful

Cecilia nn Celia
Winifred love this
not sure about mn

Edmund /Edmond
Jeremiah nn Jem

MadIsTheNewNormal Fri 24-Jan-14 12:39:10

Raphael or Frederick for a boy.

Georgiana, Cecelia, Theodora or Genevieve for a girl.

oldbutnotpastit Fri 24-Jan-14 12:36:44

oriunda that is a much more positive meaning . i needto start persuading dh that it is a useable and lovely name,

Oriunda Fri 24-Jan-14 12:33:17

See I think of Persephone as being the bringer of spring.The 6 months she spends in the underworld are autumn/winter, then she returns to the surface and everything starts to grow again.

oldbutnotpastit Fri 24-Jan-14 11:29:41

we can't use Rosalind as an immediate close family member has that name but i do really like the idea of Shakespearean name .
i really like Persephone and Cassandra but the meaning of Persephone bothers me and the mythological story of both is not exactly positive .
Miranda and Celia both have lovely meanings which is important to me . This baby was a surprised I really don't want him or her to feel short changed by their name iyswim which is why i would like the name to have a positive meaning .
Cecilia is a favourite but i have a slight lisp and i worry it might be to sibilant.
Greta simplicity and the fact that it is strong yet feminine also make it a contender .
Josephine is also lovely because it has so many potential nns i especially like posy .It's potential to suit any character from tomboy to dainty is in its favour .
I've also thought about the name Sabrina today and wonder what anyone thinks ?
for boys i really like Edmund nn Ted /Teddy as a baby/toddler but i'm not keen on Ed /Eddie as nns and once their named you have minimal control about how nns evolve and that once you love your child any nn that occurs you'd embrace as it is their name. Having said none of the other children like to be called by anything but their full names .
i like Raphael but wonder if it is to much of a theme with Gabriel and might be a bit twee .
Naming babies while fun just doesn't get any easier . i think i may have just keep trying names out and see which one sticks .

Oriunda Fri 24-Jan-14 07:24:35

What a fabulous list of girls' names!

I love Persephone, that was my first choice if DS had been a girl.
Cassandra and Cecilia also good (although prefer Celia, As You Like It being one of my favourite Shakespeare plays .... Have you considered Rosalind?)
Miranda and Georgiana fine too.

Not so keen on boys' but like Edmund and Raphael.

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