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we have a shortlist for dd6 (dc10) opinions please

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oldbutnotpastit Tue 18-Mar-14 15:02:50

dd6 due in early July we have a short list i'll list them in order of preference

we both love these 2

however ,we have others on our longer shortlist just in case she doesn't suit either of these .
they are

Cecilia i love this dh likes it but doesn't love it and dd5's mn is Cecily
Clarissa we both like this a lot but with the death of clarissa d-w will everyone just think 2 fat ladies .

then we have the wild cards which we both love but are not 100% certain about
Winifred we both love this .we love it's meaning but are surname begins with W and ends in D. Is it too clunky . we're not sure it fits with her sisters' names
Merewen we both love it's meaning and it's sound but is it too out there and is the fact it rhymes with heroin/heroine an issue .
Priscilla is the nn prissy a deal breaker?

any advice opinions greatly received but please be gentle .

oldbutnotpastit Thu 27-Mar-14 20:16:00

frigg i think it's lovely especially it's nn potential and meaning, i think you may have inadvertently drawn my attention to it . i am a huge fan of the british baby names blog and i think you may have requested Merewen as name of the week
i now have to persuade my dh that it's not to out there .

FriggFRIGG Thu 27-Mar-14 17:47:47

Merewen was on my list for DC3,but it was too long really with our surname...I definitely think you should go with it,it's so pretty and has lovely potential nn's.

oldbutnotpastit Wed 26-Mar-14 10:01:11

i think we have narrowed it down to Hermione or Merewen . i worry that ahve 4 daughters with names ending in a may be a bit too samey . also that Miranda may be about to have a maassive spike in popularity due to Miranda hart .

Pinkcustardpurplecustard Mon 24-Mar-14 19:14:31

Clarissa and hermionie

Buttercup27 Mon 24-Mar-14 18:47:26

I love winnie but would be worried about winnie the pooh

Allalonenow Mon 24-Mar-14 18:42:36

Miranda and Clarissa are my favourites, I don't think you should let Two Fat ladies put you off as it will soon fade into obscurity.

I also like Cecilia a great deal, but it is close to Celia, what does your DD with that name think?

I think the HP link with Hermione spoils it a little. I'm not keen on Merewen, and I'm glad you've crossed off Winifred.

If you like the OE names what about Rowena?

GwennieF Mon 24-Mar-14 18:18:54

Either Merewen or Winifred would be my choice. I would have loved the nn Freddie. ..

oldbutnotpastit Wed 19-Mar-14 11:19:43

choosing names is so difficult and doesn't get easier .

i really like hermione it fells strong yet gentle . i know there is the harry potter connection but i think that is much less than it would have been 10 years ago . hermione grainger is not a bad role model for a little girl is also the only name dh has come up with indepently .it really surprised me because any name related to a tv / film character he normally vetoes

Miranda i like alot it's meaning is brilliant but it fee ls maybe slightly haughty .i'm not sure why it is so low in the popularity rankings .i worry the fame of miranda hart will make it increase in popularity and make it date quickly .

merewen i also really like it's meaning and it's nn potential . really pleased with the positive responses to it .We have a tudor so not sure why i'm worried about merewen being to out there

Cecilia i love the name and the nns celia or cece but i dislike it's meaning although i have heard it also interpreted it as meaning hidden /obscure or posibbly from the welsh for sixth but i think that link is tenuous .My dh is less keen on it because i have a light lisp and he worries it's to sibilant

noodlebum Wed 19-Mar-14 09:22:38

I like Hermione and Merewen best, from your choices.

HippoCritic Wed 19-Mar-14 04:18:11

Congratulations! I LOVE Merewen, it sounds beautiful. Sorry, really dislike Priscilla. I think the Cecilia/Cecily thing is similar, but it doesn't matter. The name is beautiful and elegant imo. Would Celia work if you were more concerned about the Cecily similarity?

Marcipex Wed 19-Mar-14 00:23:17

What lovely names you have chosen.
Miranda or Merewen would go with that list.

I think St Cecilia was blind, I think that's the link with blindness mentioned above.but then, Amelia means missing limbs, and that's a popular name now, so many people can't have learnt their Latin.

Miranda Cecilia or Merewen Cecilia are both great names.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Tue 18-Mar-14 22:41:21

Ooo - I love the name Tudor! I was going to say Hermione after your first post, and after seeing your other DCs names I think it definitely sounds the best grin.

Congratulations on DC10!

Ilikepancakes Tue 18-Mar-14 22:35:42

Sorry forgot Merewen - sorry I don't like it as much as the other names on your list.

Ilikepancakes Tue 18-Mar-14 22:35:00

Miranda and Hermione are lovely.

Cecilia is beautiful and uncommon and her nickname could be Celia or Cece both of which are pretty. I don't think it matters that you have a DD with Cecily as a middle name already.

I live Clarissa and don't think long-term people will think of Two fat Ladies.

Winifred is okay - made a lot better when Winnie is used as a nickname for it but it doesn't sound like it will work with your last name at all.

I like Priscilla but the nicknames Prissy and Cilla put me off a bit, neither are very attractive.

DramaAlpaca Tue 18-Mar-14 21:18:30

I love your final shortlist. Merewen in particular is gorgeous.

I'm glad you've discounted Winifred, Priscilla & Clarissa - urrgh grin

HopelessDei Tue 18-Mar-14 20:53:11

Is nobody going to say Cecilia means blind or something? Come on, where are all the nobs who like to say "Oh, such a sad meaning...or perhaps I've studied too much Latin, fnar, fnar".

mouses Tue 18-Mar-14 19:10:54

wow what lovely names your dc's have. love tudor, fab!

there is a little girl in my dd's class called mireya pronounced me-ray-ah. it almost Miranda and merewen fused :-)

good luck im sure any name you choose would be great going by dd6's siblings smile

CyberMuddle Tue 18-Mar-14 18:52:10

I love Merewen, I'd never heard of that one before! Adding it to the list of possible middle names for mine...

florascotia Tue 18-Mar-14 18:02:13

All your chosen four are lovely, but I prefer Merewen or Cecilia. Just in case it matters, Merewen is not Scottish, as an earlier OP suggested, but early English. See []] As I'm sure you know, Cecilia is the patron saint of music, with some smashing compositions in her honour. But both are very pretty. Many congratulations on so many DCs.

manicinsomniac Tue 18-Mar-14 17:13:45

gorgeous set of names. What a lovely big family. I'm sure new little girl will be very lucky having all those siblings to make a fuss of her smile

oldbutnotpastit Tue 18-Mar-14 17:02:44

sorry in my original post should have been gratefully receive not greatly . baby brain strikes again
i think for the reasons everyone has said we are highly unlikely to use winifred is highly unlikely .i'm not sure what she'd look like if she pops out and we go oh she looks just like a winifred .

i like clarissa but dh has mentioned the double ss sound as being to hissy and the eponymous heroine in the samuel richardson has a very tragic life which although not making it a definite no makes me rate it less highly than i otherwise would

priscilla we had discounted because of it's potential nns so i think it will remain discounted

so it looks like our shortlist is

our older dcs have 2 mns each which means we are really running out of name options
older dcs' names

MoonHare Tue 18-Mar-14 16:52:54

Miranda is lovely, I would go with that of all the names you mention.

Thinking about your other ideas - Hermione I quite like this but it is a bit clunky. Cecilia is not as nice as Cecily and you've already decided to use that as a mn rather than a first name so it can't be one of your all time faves. Clarissa is a bit uptight sounding I think but if you wanted to use it I wouldn't worry about the Clarissa D-W association, sad fact but true by the time DD6 arrives in July everyone will have forgotten who she was. I really don't like Winifred, it sounds ugly. Merewen sounds pretty, I also like Meren - have you thought of that? Priscilla would be a no for me, it just sounds prissy and any name that shortens to an insult isn't a great idea imo.

10 children must be amazing, we've stopped at 3 but it doesn't stop me longing for more.......

ImAThrillseekerHoney Tue 18-Mar-14 16:45:26

I think Clarissa Dickson-Wright's death will have slipped out of the public consciousness by July. If you were in labour today you might have a point (but probably not). Pretty name IMO.

SimplySara Tue 18-Mar-14 16:44:49

Miranda is nice but out of all those mentioned, I like Cecilia the best. We have a similar issue with a name that we both love being a variant of our ds middle name. I kind of like to think that they link the siblings together though.

It must be a joy naming 10 children though! I could probably name 15 at this point and am getting sad that will have to come down to just 2-3 names out of all the lovely possibilities.

defineme Tue 18-Mar-14 16:43:26

Clarissa definitely!
With all due respect the cook was not that well known, whereas the comedian Miranda has just done a sell out arena tour!

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