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girls names - Astrid, Freda/Frida, Iris, Josephine

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Brodicea Thu 10-Apr-14 15:03:53

Astrid: I always liked Astrid, but then watched an episode of American office where the name was mistaken for Ass-Turd sad - not sure if I can use it now.

Freda/Frida: I like Freda or Frida - my name and my mum's names have unusual 'i' spellings so hence the Frida, but I am worried people might pronounce it Fridda or mistake it for Friday. I like the idea of calling her "free" for short.

Iris: DH's favourite, but I think it might sound a bit fey? I like that it's a character from the Blind Assassin.

Josephine: Josephine was my nan's name, and I like Josie but don't like Jo (someone I don't get on with), hence considering as a middle name.

guineapig2014 Thu 10-Apr-14 16:07:00

Love iris OP - beautiful name.
Also I think Astrid is gorgeous. I don't think the ass-turd should stop you from using the name.

UriGeller Thu 10-Apr-14 16:11:29

Iris is gorgeous. So is Astrid. But Freda is awful, however its spelled.
Thought about Freya?

ToffeeJungle Thu 10-Apr-14 17:13:53

Iris is best by far.

mathanxiety Thu 10-Apr-14 19:18:45

Frida is one of my all time favourite names so I would choose that.

No matter what name you choose you are going to run into a small group of people who people who can't read or spell some time in your life. I know women whose names are Anne and Jane who have encountered people who called then Ann-eh and Jannay. And men named John and Patrick who have been called Joan and Patricia.

The problem is not the name. It's stupidity.

DessieLou Thu 10-Apr-14 19:39:56

Aelfreida is my guilty pleasure name so freda/frida would be my choice. Iris and Josephine are lovely too but Astrid is not so good. It just doesn't sound pretty to me...maybe it's the 'Ass' sound. ��

nyldn Thu 10-Apr-14 19:41:33

i like astrid! knew one growing up, its a pretty name and no one ever got it wrong or teased her!

RhondaJean Thu 10-Apr-14 19:45:26

One of my daughters middle name is astrid. It's a beautiful, strong, creative name and it means "beautiful as a goddess"

It also makes me think of stars.

You have to be able to carry astrid off mind you. It's a challenge of a name to have.

Leeds2 Thu 10-Apr-14 19:47:12

I love Iris.

pilates Thu 10-Apr-14 19:47:33

Josephine - I like the family connection.

mummybare Thu 10-Apr-14 19:56:50

What a lovely list, OP - I actually like them all. If you don't like Jo, though, it would probably be wise to steer clear of Josephine. Even if she's Josie for 11 years, it could still get shortened.

Astrid and Frida are just gorgeous and Iris is also very pretty.

SweetPenelope Thu 10-Apr-14 21:07:03

We have an Astrid at school and I heard her father call her "Ass" the other day. Not nice.

tznett Thu 10-Apr-14 21:52:41

Josephine (Josie) is a lovely name.

Boygirl5 Thu 10-Apr-14 23:27:11

I love Josie

MyBatman Thu 10-Apr-14 23:38:22

I like Josephine most, and then Iris.

indigo18 Thu 10-Apr-14 23:43:36

Think Iris is going to be in the Most Popular list soon..

Brodicea Fri 11-Apr-14 09:53:22

Thanks all - and thanks for the suggestion of Freya ( but a friend has chosen that one already). Astrid is a challenge, both to carry off and to avoid any 'Ass' comments or shortenings. I had thought I would wait until I saw her to chose, but I am a bit worried I just won't make up my mind!

I think there will be lots of Irises cropping up (pardon the pun!) in the coming years. Also we like the boys name Idris so if we have another and it's a boy, it would be effectively used up already! But it is very pretty, compared to the more strident Frida.

Thanks for your input though, really helpful to dwell on in my final weeks before she gets here - still undecided! thanks

telsa Fri 11-Apr-14 18:57:03

Iris is so fey, indeed. but Astrid is gorgeous and nothing to do with asses! Josie is great too.m

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