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ThinkIveBeenHacked Fri 06-Jun-14 12:04:03

Bit of a mash up between mine and DHs preferences, surname Cavendish. Middle name likely to be Juliet (not fussed about whether it goes with the FN as I barely use DDs FN amd MN together). DD is Meg (just Meg) if that helps with the critiquing:

Evelyn (could I use this without the inevetable Evie nn?)

Sorry......its not that short yet!

littlegreengloworm Fri 06-Jun-14 12:05:57

The only two I dislike are Erin and Petra

Love kate and think it would be great with your surname

Nora is dated

Liv is maybe too short

Love the rest smile

Youdontneedacriminallawyer Fri 06-Jun-14 12:09:59

Erin - lovey, and not too common
Kate - nice, but quite a lot of them about
Olive - I hate this name because I'm a 70s child and makes me think of On The Buses
Liv - not a name
Ivy - sounds like a Victorian maid's name
Matilda - love it
Evelyn (could I use this without the inevetable Evie nn?) - not bad, but you will get nn Evie
Petra - love it
Lilian - not keen
Nora - bloody awful
Orla - OK if you're Irish
Robyn - OK
Iris - not keen
Ruby - makes me think of Ruby Murry (curry) every time, so no. Also quite common atm

manicinsomniac Fri 06-Jun-14 12:10:11

Erin - very pretty, I really like it.
Kate - not keen, it seems unfinished to me. prefer Katie
Olive - don't like this at all. I think it's the hard O (rather than Oh)
Liv - not keen, it doesn't seem like a name. Livia or Olivia for me.
Ivy - pretty and still relatively unusual I think (where I am, anyway)
Matilda - love it. Very popular but for a reason!
Evelyn - quite like it. I think you'd struggle to avoid Evie though.
Petra - it's ok.
Lilian - don't like this
Nora - it's ok. Can't get the granny image out of my head though.
Orla - not overly keen
Robyn - love it.
Iris - really like it.
Ruby - not keen but I've never been sure why.

Matilda Juliet would be my pick, I think that's gorgeous.
Second choice - Iris Juliet or Erin Juliet

FourForksAche Fri 06-Jun-14 12:11:25

not keen on Nora or Matilda, but the others are lovely.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Fri 06-Jun-14 12:14:53

Its going to be so difficult whittling down this list confused

soontobeslendergirl Fri 06-Jun-14 12:20:28

Erin - like it but not sure if it sounds great with Meg for some reason
Kate - like it but again not sure it sounds great with Meg
Olive - God awful and On the Buses for me too
Liv - like it and like pp said, would maybe go for Livia
Ivy - dislike - Coronation Street for me
Matilda - a bit twee and fussy compared to Meg, but Tilda is nice
Evelyn (could I use this without the inevetable Evie nn?) like it
Petra - not sure about this one - think I want to like it.
Lilian - Like it - also like Lilias
Nora - Love Eleanor
Orla - bit bored of it now
Robyn - like it and it goes well with Meg
Iris - not that keen
Ruby - been done to death I think but does go well with Meg

HattyMonkey Fri 06-Jun-14 12:30:12

Only dislike Olive & Iris
I have a Robyn (3) and have yet to meet another.
I love Nora.

BikeRunSki Fri 06-Jun-14 12:33:36

See, Erin sounds cluncky to me, and is really common in U3s around me!

WhereHas1999DissappearedToo Fri 06-Jun-14 12:34:16

Erin- Really like, simple and classy
Kate- Not keen, seems a bit dated
Olive- it's ok, but does go well with Meg
Liv- Love this name!
Ivy- not keen. Coronation street to me too
Matilda- meh, their seem to be quite a few around
Evelyn (could I use this without the inevetable Evie nn?)- It's very pretty, but not sure about Evie.
Petra- gorgeous name and not very popular
Lilian- wonderful name (name of my lovely DM)
Nora- terrible.
Orla- ok
Robyn- not keen
Iris- don't like it
Ruby- nice name but sooooo popular.

BikeRunSki Fri 06-Jun-14 12:35:01

Evelyn could be nn Lynnie
I like Robyn, Iris and Matilda

Viviennemary Fri 06-Jun-14 12:36:32

I like Petra, Lilian and Iris best. Don't really dislike any except Liv and Nora.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Fri 06-Jun-14 12:42:38

I strongly dislike Petra - it is just a very ugly sound to my ears for some reason (have never knowingly met one).

From your list I really like;

Lilian (although I would use Lily as an everyday name)
Nora (but am probably biased because it is a family name)

Matilda - not bad but very common/popular here. I've become a bit fed up of hearing it TBH blush.

Orla - ditto Matilda.

Olive - not to my taste, but not awful either.

Robyn - again, not to my taste, but not awful.

Erin - nice but just doesn't seem that 'special'.

Kate - meh.

Liv - nice nn, but people would inevitably either ask what it was short for or assume it was short for Olivia. Would that bother you?

Evelyn - love Eve & quite like Evie but not so keen on Evelyn. Not sure why.

Ruby - nice name.

In terms of looking for something to go well with Meg and your other names I would go for Iris Juliet Cavendish. Sounds quite distinguished! grin

Viatrix Fri 06-Jun-14 13:12:36

Erin - no, 80s American cheerleader name, also reminds me of the word 'urine'
Kate - really like it but I prefer it as a nn for Catherine or Katharine
Olive - not bad, better than the overused Olivia
Liv - not bad, would prefer it as a nickname
Ivy - clingy plant, poison Ivy
Matilda - like it but it is getting popular
Evelyn (could I use this without the inevetable Evie nn?) - ditto Matilda
Petra - like it
Lilian - not keen
Nora -dislike the 'gnaw' sound
Orla - like it
Robyn - prefer it without the y
Iris - love it!
Ruby - too popular

My favourite is Iris Juliet - so pretty!

squoosh Fri 06-Jun-14 13:21:32

Liv is a real name!

Guin1 Fri 06-Jun-14 13:22:12

My favourites are Iris, Nora and Petra. No strong feelings about the others, although I think Liv as a full first name, rather than a nn, is odd.

OnlyLovers Fri 06-Jun-14 13:22:36



Don't like:

Too old-ladyish (but I just don't like old-lady names)

Petra, Lilian, Orla and Kate are boring IMO (Sorry).

Don't like Evelyn BUT really love Evie and would actually just give her that as her name, not Evelyn.

skinmysunshine Fri 06-Jun-14 13:25:04

Erin - I like this
Kate - not for me. Too many peers called Kate
Olive - great name
Liv - love this
Ivy - I like old fashioned names like this
Matilda - too popular for me
Evelyn - just lovely but I also don't like Evie
Petra - really nice and quite unusual
Lilian - ditto Ivy but don't like the nn Lily as is too popular
Nora - ditto Ivy
Robyn - love it
Iris - ditto Ivy
Ruby - too popular for me

MrsBungle Fri 06-Jun-14 13:29:01

My favourites are orla, Erin and iris. I've not met any other children called these.

Raskova Fri 06-Jun-14 13:30:04

Erin - 6/10
Kate - 10/10 - can't go wrong with this
Olive - 3/10 - people will think its short for Olivia or she will get teased for marrying popeye
Liv - 3/10 - real name?
Ivy - 8/10
Matilda - 2/10
Evelyn - my daughter is Evee, I imagine we will shorten it to Eve
Petra - 4/10 - reminds me of an old lady
Lilian - 4/10 - too old
Nora - 8/10 - lovely
Orla - 9/10 - becoming increasingly common
Robyn - 7/10 - a bit 90s
Iris - 5/10 - old lady
Ruby - 7/10 - again common

been as honest as possible but someone will find a problem with anything you call them! Its what you think that matters!

squoosh Fri 06-Jun-14 13:31:10

Erin - strongly dislike
Kate - nice, unassuming name
Olive - HATE
Liv - love
Ivy - meh
Matilda - okay
Evelyn (could I use this without the inevetable Evie nn?) - love it if pronounced evva-lin, agree that Evie is not great.
Petra - okay
Lilian - nope
Nora - like
Orla - boring
Robyn - meh
Iris - like
Ruby - waaaaaaaaaaaay overused.

squoosh Fri 06-Jun-14 13:32:15

Liv is very much a real Scandinavian name.

BiscuitCrumb Fri 06-Jun-14 13:33:07

Evelyn or Petra sounds best with your surname. The only name I dislike on your list is Robyn.

NorksEnormous Fri 06-Jun-14 13:33:27

Love Ruby!! I have one, and she's awesome!

Montsti Fri 06-Jun-14 13:34:11

I think Kate works best with Meg and your surname. I also like it the best from your list!

The only other one I like is Matilda but don't think it goes well with Meg. How about just Tilda or Tilly?

I really dislike Olive, Ivy, Evelyn, Petra, Nora, Iris & Ruby. Indifferent to the others.

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