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scatterpuss92 Tue 24-Jun-14 12:36:39

Not finding out the sex of bump so hoping for opinions on two lists please:


Destiny (worried this could be a bit of a marmite name)
Esmeralda, ( Possibly more a middle name)


Jamal, ( is this acceptable as we are both white British ?)

I realize a lot of these names are either "love or hate," so honestly won't be offended by honesty.

scatterpuss92 Tue 24-Jun-14 12:39:01

Also, although it's a different style, I quite like "Billie," as a girls name

BlueStarsAtNight Tue 24-Jun-14 12:57:31

Belle - quite like
April - quite like
May - not a fan, it's a bit boring
Zelda - don't like I'm afraid
Maya/Maia - ok, fairly popular tho
Destiny - sounds like a stripper's name, sorry
Esmerelda - ok as middle name, don't like as a 1st
Billie - quite like, would prob use as nn for Belinda

Deano - dislike, sounds trashy to me
Zayden - dislike, sounds made up and a bit trashy too
Jay - like this
Jamil - definitely odd if both White British, don't like
Zack - quite like, prefer Isaac

I think we have very different tastes!

scatterpuss92 Tue 24-Jun-14 13:01:58

Yep that is the problem bluestars, I do like "unusual" names but I do not wish to sound trashy, both myself and DP have fairly normal names and so obviously have no experience of living with an unusual name but I would not wish to cause problems for my child with C.V's etc in future life.

MalibuStacy Tue 24-Jun-14 13:02:43

Belle & Deano. Fabulous names.

DiamondsAndRust Tue 24-Jun-14 13:18:30

I think we have quite different styles OP, but I do like both May and Maya and I also think Zelda's pretty cool in a '1920s flapper' kind of way! Belle and April are OK. Not keen on the rest, and strongly dislike Destiny - it just screams 'stripper' to me, but as you say it may well turn out to be a bit of a marmite name. A lady I once worked with called her daughter Destiny Breeze, and had to put up with constant snide comments that it sounded like an air freshener!

Not a fan of any of your boys' choices I'm afraid. I do think Jamal would be slightly odd coming from an entirely White British background. If I had to pick one it would be Jay.

DiamondsAndRust Tue 24-Jun-14 13:22:22

Meant to say that I think Dino can work it spelt like this and particularly if the child has some Italian/Spanish heritage - but Deano to me just sounds like a daft nickname for a Welsh footballer! (Sorry but you did ask for honest opinions! smile)

Rhubarbgarden Tue 24-Jun-14 13:25:08

I love April. Belle and May are ok. Dislike the other girls names.

Jay is the only boys name I like there, but I like it a lot.

gymboywalton Tue 24-Jun-14 13:27:44

Belle-disney princess
April-ok but nothing special
May-as above

Zelda- best of the bunch
Maya/Maia- prefer mia
Destiny (worried this could be a bit of a marmite name)-stripper
Esmeralda, ( Possibly more a middle name)-the hunchback of notre dame's girlfriend


Deano- NO NO NO NO-
Zayden-again a big no
Jay-ok if a shortening of james i guess
Jamal, ( is this acceptable as we are both white British ?)-odd if white british
Zack-best iof the a bad bunch

MerryMarigold Tue 24-Jun-14 13:31:06

Belle - don't like. Bit too pretty pretty and limiting on career options. She may grow up to be a builder! I really love the name Starr but I think it is a little less twee
April - love it
May - ok, bit old lady for me
Zelda - nah it's a game
Maya/Maia - too pop and I always get mixed up: "Is that one Maya or Mia?"
Destiny (worried this could be a bit of a marmite name) - nah
Esmeralda, ( Possibly more a middle name) - Ez would be a cute nickname, but there ain't no way you can expect teachers to be calling that full name all the time. (Although ds2 does have Michaelangelo in his class and it is NOT shortened!).


Deano - He'll be the naughty one in the class then
Zayden - It's ok, makes a change from Jayden but it's a bit made up
Jay - ok
Jamal, ( is this acceptable as we are both white British ?) - Too try-hard if you are not Muslim
Zack - nice but fairly pop.

BlueChampagne Tue 24-Jun-14 14:14:58

Like Zelda; would you consider Vashti?

None of your boy names rock my boat - how about Jago?

BlueChampagne Tue 24-Jun-14 14:16:56

Torin any good for your boy list?

Oriunda Tue 24-Jun-14 14:17:06

Hard one this as it's clear OP has very different taste in names to myself.


Belle - ok. Prefer Isobel/Isabelle/Isabella with Belle/a as nn
April- not keen
May - not keen
Zelda- no
Maya/Maia - not keen
Destiny (worried this could be a bit of a marmite name) - no
Esmeralda, ( Possibly more a middle name) I actually prefer Emerald


Deano - absolutely not. Sounds like Beano comic or nn for Dean
Zayden - made up name
Jay - like this
Jamal, ( is this acceptable as we are both white British ?) answer : no
Zack - if short for Zachary, yes

scatterpuss92 Tue 24-Jun-14 14:23:12

Well thanks for the honest "Zane" any better as a boys name or "Zeina/ Zaina/ Zayna" as a girls name or is it back to the drawing board lol.

gymboywalton Tue 24-Jun-14 14:25:30

back to the drawing board

do you really like the sound of those names or do you just want an 'unusual' name?

what are your criteria for a name? do you want it to be classic? trendy? bohemian? do you like soft sounds or harder sounds?

gymboywalton Tue 24-Jun-14 14:25:51

all those zane names are horrid

scatterpuss92 Tue 24-Jun-14 14:26:33

Also middle name for a boy would be "Barry" to honor my husbands Grandad, ( yes I do realize it's completely awful lol,) if that helps with suggestions. Girls middle name can be whatever we fancy !

FellReturneth Tue 24-Jun-14 14:27:02


April and Maya are lovely. All the rest are awful.


Are you even serious?

scatterpuss92 Tue 24-Jun-14 14:28:50

I've always liked "Z" names and met a girl called Zeina which I though was really pretty, am aware it is not to everyone's taste though which concerns me as I wouldn't want my child growing up hating their name. I do still really like Deano, but i'm concerned that everyone else hates it !

gymboywalton Tue 24-Jun-14 14:31:38

deano is anickname -like deano in gavin and stacey

Dino is a real name for people of italian and spanish origin

or even just Dean?

how about Zara for a girl?

Belle - Disney princess
April - a bit bland
May - equally bland
Zelda - just no
Maya/Maia - best of the girl's name here
Destiny (worried this could be a bit of a marmite name) - no
Esmeralda, ( Possibly more a middle name) - no way, worst of the lot


Deano - sounds like a nickname and Dean is dated 80s sounding
Zayden - sounds made up
Jay - OK
Jamal, ( is this acceptable as we are both white British ?) - no
Zack - OK but not with Barry!

gymboywalton Tue 24-Jun-14 14:33:01

or daniel-that has that hard d and n sound in it-could be danny for short?

HilariousInHindsight Tue 24-Jun-14 14:33:30

An old friend of mines Mum was called Zena - what do you think of that?

I agree Isabelle/a is better as if she's a small child she can be Izzy, Belle as a teen and Isabella as an adult.

Mia is a lovely name - how about Gaia or Zara?

Isaac instead of Zachary personally but I don't mind it just reminds me of Saved by the Bell.

Jay is nice though.

What about Jason/Jace?

RiverTam Tue 24-Jun-14 14:33:52

Belle, Billie and Maia are all nice.

only like Jamal on your boys list but don't know if it would be odd on a white British boy. Maybe, maybe not.

RiverTam Tue 24-Jun-14 14:34:50

I don't hate Deano, it's quite entertaining, but I couldn't ever take an adult seriously if he had that name, sorry! Sounds like an Aussie nickname.

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