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Beachballfamily Wed 19-Feb-14 23:11:27

Going in for a c-section tomorrow. We know its a girl. After much agonising, think we've decided on Stella. DH is particularly keen and I really like it too - my only worries are the connection to the beer, and the fact that it can't really be shortened. What do you think? Can you reassure me?

Other options are Tessa and Merryn, if anyone thinks those are much better!

akachan Fri 21-Feb-14 11:09:23

I love the name Stella.

DIddled Fri 21-Feb-14 00:02:52

Stella Maris = star of the sea. How lovely is that? X There is a lovely hymn which references this.

DIddled Fri 21-Feb-14 00:00:55

Stella is a beautiful name- would be no 1 if I would have had a daughter. And I love beer as well. Xx I know a Stella, an older lady who is truly inspirational x

Davidhasselhoffstoecheese Thu 20-Feb-14 23:54:45

Stella is nice. Tessa is stunning though

DramaAlpaca Thu 20-Feb-14 13:48:01

Fabulous, feisty, graceful, strong girl's name if it can be all those at the same time grin

As you might have guessed, I love it!

YouGrateMyCheese Thu 20-Feb-14 13:45:25

Go for Stella! She'll love the meaning and you can teach her the Sir Philip Sidney sonnet: "Stella, the only planet of my light, Light of my life, and life of my desire..." And who wouldn't love Marlon Brando screaming their name? grin

KatherinaMinola Thu 20-Feb-14 11:55:49

Superb name. A name for a strong woman. Makes me think of Stella McCartney, Stella Rimington (former head of MI5), and Stella Gibbons. And Stella Maris. Absolutely timeless, and by far the pick of the bunch of the names you've mentioned. Zoe is nice, but Stella is fab!

squoosh Thu 20-Feb-14 11:51:31

That's funny florascotia about Stella Tennent, never occurred to me she had a double beer name!

SilveryMoon Thu 20-Feb-14 11:50:04

I love it. Stella is a beautiful name.

MrRected Thu 20-Feb-14 11:45:35

I have never encountered any teasing about my name. It was my grandmas name too.

aoife24 Thu 20-Feb-14 11:39:17

Lovely name, only idiots would bother her by referring to lager.

Sundaedelight Thu 20-Feb-14 11:37:38

Stella is a wonderful name and I have it on my secret future list as number 1! Hope you get to meet your little Stella soon - maybe you have by now! Have known two Stellas, one old, one young. Never made any association with a beer and no one around did either. STELLA!

florascotia Thu 20-Feb-14 10:13:06

Just as a ps - you could use more than one of your choices. Stella Merryn or Stella Merryn Zoe (depending on your surname) would make a good combination.

florascotia Thu 20-Feb-14 10:01:10

Agree that Stella is lovely. It means 'star' - what a great name to give a baby! As others have said, it certainly hasn't hindered Stella Macartney's career. Her clothes are elegant and classy and unfussily feminine - all good associations. And Stella Gibbons' Cold Comfort Farm is vv funny.

In western Scotland, it would be the 'Tennent' part of Stella Tennent's name that made people think of beer, anyway. Not the Stella! Tennents is the name of a massive brewery in Glasgow, where beers of various kinds have been made for centuries. One can even go on guided tours...

AnnabelleDarling Thu 20-Feb-14 09:31:24

I don't think of beer, I think of stars. It's a beautiful name. In my experience of MN, people are far too concerned about what other people will think of the name when what really matters is what you think of the name.

Anyone who would tease a young girl because her name reminds them of a beer is an idiot who doesn't deserve the time of day.

My friend wanted to name her dd Flora, her mil was dead against it, saying she would be teased because of the margarine. Well, Flora is 10 now and no-one has ever mentioned margarine to her.

Call her Stella if you love it, it is a beautiful name.

HyvaPaiva Thu 20-Feb-14 09:21:58

From your list, I love Merryn, it's beautiful!

Stella is too beery. I really love 'Estelle' though.

Don't like Zoe (to me it sounds dated) or Tessa. Sorry OP!

Edgarallan Thu 20-Feb-14 09:17:29

Stella is a beautiful name- classic and timeless x

Blueuggboots Thu 20-Feb-14 08:30:18

I LOVE Stella. I think it's a fantastic name. Merry is nice but I think Tessa and Zoe come a long way down the list after those two.

Cezella Thu 20-Feb-14 08:23:07

I think Stella is the loveliest name on your list followed by Merryn, then Tessa and then Zoe. Good luck with your c section! Come back and let us know what you decide to go for!

baskingseals Thu 20-Feb-14 07:23:27

Stella is by far the loveliest name on your list. Beautiful name.

PlumSykes Thu 20-Feb-14 07:23:11

I love Stella, and Zoe too, actually. One of my best friends has a little Stella, it's a beautiful name. It makes me think of Stella McCartney, not a lager.

bakingtins Thu 20-Feb-14 07:23:05

Much prefer Merryn, but who cares what we think? Good luck today!

atthestrokeoftwelve Thu 20-Feb-14 07:22:42

Beer=- she would be popular with men in pubs with a name like that- sorry.

Yika Thu 20-Feb-14 07:22:05

I love Stella, and don't think of the beer (but then again, I don't drink beer).

Thrillybumsmum Thu 20-Feb-14 07:21:45

I love Stella. I think it's very elegant and classy. If I thought of anything It would be Stella from a street car named desire or Estelle from Great Expectations. Good luck!

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