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Is Daphne a bit too old-fashioned/unattractive?

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DuPainDuVinDuFromage Thu 24-Apr-14 16:10:35

I have the perfect girl's name for DC2 (we already have a DD) but DH really doesn't like it...I am working on him but won't force him to agree to a name he hates so am trying to come up with some others. I want something that ends in an "ie" syllable (will work with our surname, won't be too similar to DD's name) and wondered if Daphne would be an option? I don't think I like it very much though so wondered if you lot could persuade me?

And what about other names ending in an "ie" syllable? I have a few possibles but am open to suggestions!

(I came across Gorgophone - presumably pronounced "Gor-GO-phony" - on a baby names website: that one is definitely not an option grin)

EyelinerQueen Thu 24-Apr-14 16:14:02

I love love love Daphne.

I think I'll be in the minority though grin .

Gorgophone is really quite something isn't it? Wowzers. Wasn't he the bad guy in the Smurfs?!!

DuPainDuVinDuFromage Thu 24-Apr-14 16:26:33

It sounds like it could be, although I haven't seen the Smurfs! It means Gorgon-killer apparently...

CheeseStrawWars Thu 24-Apr-14 16:29:35

Daphne wasn't unattractive in Scooby-Doo!

I like it, as a name. I don't like the nickname of "Daff", or the "daffy" association. Daphnia is a type of plankton, I think (vague recollections of GCSE Science).

NigellasDealer Thu 24-Apr-14 16:30:27

sounds really old lady or even ancient drag queen sorry. someone with a huge upholstered bust anyway.

MrsRuffdiamond Thu 24-Apr-14 16:34:14

What's the name your dh won't agree to? <nosey> grin

I think Daphne is a great name, but as has been said, may be prone to nicknames.


DuPainDuVinDuFromage Thu 24-Apr-14 16:52:17

Ruff - the name is Ottilie. What do you think - should I keep trying to change DH's mind?

I'm not that keen on your first three suggestions (perfectly nice names but I don't love them), and Ariadne is a bit close to DD's name...thanks for coming up with some though!

MrsRuffdiamond Thu 24-Apr-14 17:10:49

I really like Ottilie, but can forsee a lifetime of "Sorry, how's that spelt?", and being called something completely different, a bit like my RL name. Not that that's a reason not to have it, of course!

If Ottilie is your perfect name, then I would keep on chipping away grin

Would just Tilly/ie be a possible alternative?

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muttonjeffmum Thu 24-Apr-14 17:18:03

I have an Auntie Daphne and love the name. I think as the trend seems to be reverting to "old fashioned" names it won't stand out that much once she starts school. And so what if it does - at least it's a real name and not made up! I don't like Ottilie at all (sorry).

EyelinerQueen Thu 24-Apr-14 17:19:45

I really dislike Ottilie. Every time I hear it I think of this.

Don't like Tilly either.


TattyCatty Thu 24-Apr-14 17:22:27

My mum is a Daphne and whilst I think that it is a very classic and distinguished name, she absolutely loathes it and bitterly regrets that she didn't get called Margaret as her mother had originally intended!

holfin Thu 24-Apr-14 17:23:06

How about Emily or Hollie ?

ElkTheory Thu 24-Apr-14 17:27:02

I love Daphne. It's a wonderful name IMO, classic and beautiful. I much prefer it to Ottilie.

Ludways Thu 24-Apr-14 17:28:20

I love Daphne, I have a beautiful friend called Daphne.

linspins Thu 24-Apr-14 17:34:18

We have an Ottilie at dd school, but I didn't know this for ages as she's only ever called Tilly. But it's a beautiful name.

linspins Thu 24-Apr-14 17:36:29

Daphne is nice too, but bound to end in Daffers or something, as so many names seem to get turned into nicknames or shortened theses days.

areyoutheregoditsmemargaret Thu 24-Apr-14 17:41:35

Don't like Daphne or Ottilie, which is very in vogue right now - another reason to avoid. Sorry!


Artandco Thu 24-Apr-14 17:47:42


Not overly keen on daphne in afraid

florascotia Thu 24-Apr-14 17:48:33

I rather like Daphne.

On the same classical theme: Athene, Chloe, Chrysanthe, Hebe, Ianthe, Irene, Myrrine, Penelope, Parthenope, Pherenike, Phoebe, Xanthe, Zoe

And there are zillions of names/nicknames ending in 'ie' or 'y' : from Annie and Amy via Molly and Polly to Stephanie, Tammy, Winnie and Zizie .... Do you have any other likes/dislikes to help choose among them?

mawbroon Thu 24-Apr-14 17:52:09

Daphne Broon

flavourflave Thu 24-Apr-14 17:58:01

I know a Daphne, older lady. I love her name but she dislikes it. Don't know why! Mollie, Hermione, Lexie, Lanie, Delaney...? Know they don't all end in is but same sound. Jonie?

Gugglebum Thu 24-Apr-14 18:37:18

Was going to suggest Delphine too, but Artandco beat me to it. smile Also Delphi. Matilda with nn Tillie or Millie?

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