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Florence or Matilda ?

(25 Posts)
Ali398 Fri 14-Mar-14 11:13:00

That's it really. 4 weeks to go and undecided

TheGinSoakedBoy Fri 14-Mar-14 11:16:16

Florence. Beautiful choices though. Have you got a middle name?.

Ali398 Fri 14-Mar-14 12:55:11

We have a few ideas for middle names but nothing definate, depends on final choice of first name

EyelinerQueen Fri 14-Mar-14 12:56:25

Florence. Definitely Florence.

Matilda is twee and everywhere right now.

Mrsindecision Fri 14-Mar-14 13:09:00

I know lots of both - they have quite a similar "feel" to each other. Which one sounds better with your surname? Are you planning on shortening? If so, which name do you prefer the shortening of?

Rtfairy Fri 14-Mar-14 13:29:57

I like both, probably prefer Matilda slightly, don't find it twee it's an old name.

NadiaWadia Fri 14-Mar-14 13:36:55

Matilda is nice. Really don't get all the love for Florence at the moment - what is so great about it? It is just the English name for an Italian city. Seems stodgily Victorian and associations are 1. Florence Nightingale 2. the girl on 'Magic Roundabout' 3. pop group 'Florence and the Machine' - but don't really know anything about them. Flora is nicer.

Don't like names ending in 'ence/ance' as a rule. I know Florence is a Mumsnet favourite though.

EyelinerQueen Fri 14-Mar-14 13:38:28

Flora is margarine to me. An unattractive stout woman name.

It's all subjective innit. Which makes me wonder why any of us post on Baby Names at all smile

NadiaWadia Fri 14-Mar-14 13:43:26

Maybe someone could explain why they like Florence and what sort of feeling and associations they get from it?

In fact, maybe everyone should do that more on the Babynames forum, a bit like one of those slightly loopy winetasting people that used to be on TV a lot and say things like 'This is a delightfully presumptious white. I'm getting wood shavings and cinnamon .... ' etc. You could do the same with names.

BethGoLightly Fri 14-Mar-14 13:51:38


MrsBungle Fri 14-Mar-14 13:53:01

Florence. I find Matilda quite harsh.

indiana7 Fri 14-Mar-14 13:53:58

Just posted a similar thread about our mn, we are going with Matilda & 96.5% using Florence as the mn. For me I love Florence as IMO it adds a romantic, boho air to Matilda, which already has a vintage feel. Great choices op. I know Matilda is supposed to be v popular but I don't know any personally, we choose the name as both DH & I were huge Roald Dahl fans as children & both adored the book Matilda!

squoosh Fri 14-Mar-14 14:02:36

They are both very much in the same vein. I'm sure there are lots of young sisters called Florence and Matilda.

Both names say 'middle class, South East England' to me.

Definitely not boho. The polar opposite I think.

indiana7 Fri 14-Mar-14 14:09:46

As I said Sqoosh, IMO!!!! Someone asked to explain why they loved Florence & I said what it means to me, it's fabulous how everyone perceives names differently & what makes names so interesting!

squoosh Fri 14-Mar-14 14:12:11


pilates Fri 14-Mar-14 16:38:48


PunkAssMoFo Fri 14-Mar-14 18:21:40

Florence. It sounds nicer & not quite as popular.
I know 52 million little girls called Matilda ATM, I keep getting them mixed up.

florascotia Fri 14-Mar-14 18:38:32

Florence = 34th out of top 100 baby names in England and Wales 2012, Matilda = 47th.

TheVictorian Fri 14-Mar-14 18:40:19


ShadowFall Fri 14-Mar-14 18:40:40

I think Matilda is much nicer.

Mireio Sat 15-Mar-14 01:24:25


sleepingbeautiful Sat 15-Mar-14 05:43:20

Matilda is nicer. Good strong historical connection, plus girlie nn options. Know a handful from 5 to 30s in age.
Florence will date worse I think as is very right now, and is a bit wishy washy to me.

Ali398 Sat 15-Mar-14 08:36:55

Lots of good comments and seems to be a fairly even split. I think I am swaying towards Florence now

neversleepagain Sat 15-Mar-14 08:41:50

I wanted my twin girls to be Florence and Matilda smile We settled for different names in the end. Good choices, I love both.

HolidayCriminal Sat 15-Mar-14 09:02:03

I like Florence, Matilda sounds awful to me. Tilda is ok, though. Flory is decent nn, too.

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