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angeltreats Thu 26-Jun-14 11:15:13

This is a bit pre-emptive as I'm only 18 weeks! DH and I like lots of boys names but there very few girls names we agree on, and as we're not finding out the gender we need to think of both. Unfortunately we have a difficult surname which means we can't use any name beginning with an S, and I am adamant that I want a name with only one spelling that will be dead easy to pronounce (having gone through life constantly spelling my name and people still getting it wrong).

Two we both like are Amber and Emma, with Amber probably the favourite - however I read somewhere that Amber was considered a bit chavvy. Apologies if this offends anyone but I don't want my child to be judged by his or her name.

Any thoughts? I don't know any real life Ambers.

scottishmummy Sat 28-Jun-14 23:44:08

Amber is a lovely name btw

VirkeligRodet Sat 28-Jun-14 23:39:37

I love it. I only know one. I also love the name Jemma, which is not mumsnet-approved either. :-/

scottishmummy Sat 28-Jun-14 21:52:12

Your child will be judged by someone on the chosen name,thats just how it goes

Coral2094 Sat 28-Jun-14 21:39:30

Amber is such a lovely name. Emma is nice too but so popular, I'd much rather be called Amber

UriGeller Fri 27-Jun-14 18:09:47

One of my closest friends is called Amber. She's lovely.

The word is such a nice sound in the mouth.

OublietteBravo Fri 27-Jun-14 18:05:18

I know two Amber's - one is an Oxbridge graduate in her 30s and one is 10 and a friend of my DD. Neither is 'chavvy'

maggiethemagpie Fri 27-Jun-14 18:02:06

Also think its got the American beauty pageant /cheerleader vibe

trinitybleu Fri 27-Jun-14 14:27:00

our DD's middle name is Amberley ... flows better with her other names smile

angeltreats Fri 27-Jun-14 07:19:26

Oh definitely not Ember, the poor child would spend half her life correcting people who called her Amber. Out of all the names I liked, Amber was the only vaguely unusual one. Having gone through life with an unusual name that has been a major inconvenience, I definitely don't want to pass that on to my offspring...

DramaAlpaca Thu 26-Jun-14 22:09:17

I have a preference for Emma, but Amber is lovely too.

Really like Amber Elizabeth.

PunkAssMoFo Thu 26-Jun-14 21:49:51

Both lovely names.

Rhubarbgarden Thu 26-Jun-14 20:03:08

Amber is lovely. Emma is dull.

Spottybra Thu 26-Jun-14 19:39:58

Would it be too awful to combine the two and have an Ember? Sounds very similar.

Benchmark Thu 26-Jun-14 19:37:51

Love both, probably prefer Amber smile

Sidthesausage Thu 26-Jun-14 19:05:53

Amber is nice. Emma also. There's also Emmeline or Emmie.

Gileswithachainsaw Thu 26-Jun-14 16:09:40

Love love love amber!!! So wanted it fir dd2

burgatroyd Thu 26-Jun-14 16:07:54

You are a genius, funny! Ember is great.

However between amber and Emma I prefer amber. I do agree with neirada that its rican cheerleader rather than hippy or chav.

funnyoldonion Thu 26-Jun-14 13:49:12

You could consider Ember which is a lovely unique name and a mixture of the two x

mrsnec Thu 26-Jun-14 13:08:24

I prefer Amber to Emma too. Dh had Emma on his shortlist. I don't hate it I just didn't love it enough. Same reason as Vivi, that's my holy grail for names too but it's easier said than done.

I know an Amber I wouldn't describe her as a chav or mc but somewhere in the middle. A bit like me!

RustyBear Thu 26-Jun-14 13:07:59

DD (now in early 20s) is Amber Alexandra.
I did have one mum at school say once that I 'wasn't how she expected a mum of an Amber to be', but I didn't enquire what exactly she meant.

Incidentally when we chose it, we thought it wouldn't be able to be shortened, but DD as a teenager was generally known as 'Bam' (short for Bambi) by her friends.....

Wishfulmakeupping Thu 26-Jun-14 12:56:29

Emma is nicer lovely classic name

ButterflyOfFreedom Thu 26-Jun-14 12:53:50

I know of one Amber - she is not 'chavvy', she is a lovely little girl from a really nice family. Her mum wanted a colour type name and also shortlisted Ruby and Scarlett before deciding on Amber.

Personally I prefer Emma - a clasic name you can't go wrong with!


TryingToBePractical Thu 26-Jun-14 12:52:09

My DD has a friend called Amber. Very MC. I do not think of it as a chavvy name at all, although have also heard that.
I know an Ambra

Nereida Thu 26-Jun-14 12:48:21

I know an Amber who could be considered 'chavvy', she was one of the bullies at my school! So I personally don't like it for that reason. Also I think in the US it has connotations as an 80s cheerleader kind of name (along with Tiffany, Heather, Brittany etc.)

I much prefer Emma.

Guin1 Thu 26-Jun-14 12:44:35

Much prefer Amber. Agree with pp that it's more hippy than chavvy!

Because there are quite a few Emmas around, she may end up being called Emma Surname at school, and if your surname is difficult then it will be mispronounced.

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