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Please vote on my top 10 girls' names!

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islandinthestream Tue 18-Nov-14 15:47:28

DD2 due in a couple of weeks and we have a shortlist but nothing feels 'right' yet. Would really welcome your opinions on our list and also any suggestions for names along similar lines. DD1 is Phoebe.

Isabel (always liked but a friend has used recently).
Tabitha (love this but DH doesn't like NNs Tabs or Tabby)
Chloe (was popular a while back, dated now?)
Daphne (love this but a bit granny chic perhaps)
Sylvie (faddy?)
Alice (feels like a safe option)
Rose (ditto)

Other names I like but DH rejected are Jemima, Helena and Madeleine - keen to hear your thoughts on these too in case I can get them back on the list ;-)

Thank you for your help!!!

SoonToBeSix Tue 18-Nov-14 15:49:14

Love Isabel and Daphne , Tabitha sounds like a cat. The others are a bit boring.

Havingabeer Tue 18-Nov-14 15:49:56

Isabel is really common. I like Sylvie

camembertlover Tue 18-Nov-14 15:53:24

Helena is lovely as is Chloe
Instead of Jemima [makes me think of puddleduck] how about Jasmine
Don't like Rose - it's very plain

WowserBowser Tue 18-Nov-14 15:58:41

I like them.

How about Matilda or Audrey?

Helena is nice - How would you pronounce it? Helayna or Helen-a?

Sophronia Tue 18-Nov-14 17:53:04

I like Tabitha with Phoebe. A lot of them sound maybe a bit too similar to Phoebe with the 'ee' sound at the end (Chloe, Daphne, Sylvie etc.) Rose, Alice and Isabel are nice too, although Isabel is very popular.

Jemima and Helena are both great, but I'm not keen on Madeleine.

montyandmabel Tue 18-Nov-14 18:47:41

Love love love Alice & Madeleine...& they both go really well with Phoebe.

I like Isabel/Isobel/Isabelle, but it is very popular these days, which would put me off a bit...

I think Martha, Imogen, Lydia or Annabelle go quite well too...

Good luck... flowers

Fuzzyfelt123 Tue 18-Nov-14 18:51:58

I agree Imogen goes really well with Phoebe. Sylvie is my fave from your list smile

ashesandfire Tue 18-Nov-14 18:56:45

Alice, Rose and Madeleine are my favourites . I also love Sylvie but agree with pp that another ee ending might be a bit much with Sylvie.

I don't like them quite as much but I do think Jemima & Tabitha are both great fits with Phoebe.
I really don't like Daphne.

akorda Tue 18-Nov-14 19:21:00

Love Rose(only know one!), Alice and Daphne (tho' possible problems with nickname: Daffy?)

Tabitha is too cat-like
Chloe I just don't like the sound of
Sylvie - fine if you have French connections
Isabel - lovely but def popular!

Love Helena - pronounced Heleena; dislike Madeleine as shortenings are awful (Maddy); not crazy re Jemima

Good Luck!

Cuppatea14 Tue 18-Nov-14 19:30:50

Isabel necessary on a bike????

Foggymist Tue 18-Nov-14 19:36:02

I love Tabitha, Isabel is incredibly popular.

SanityClause Tue 18-Nov-14 19:39:32

Daphne and Sylvia. Or better still, Sylvia.

BlueStarsAtNight Tue 18-Nov-14 19:56:51

Isabel - I know it's popular but I love it
Tabitha - really don't like, just think cat
Chloe - dated, and a bit meek sounding
Daphne - really like
Sylvie - like, but prefer Sylvia
Alice - ok, but getting a bit 'done'
Rose - nice, but prefer longer options eg Rosanna
Jemima - not sure I can get past puddleduck
Helena - really like, as long as it's Hel-en-a not Hel-ay-na
Madeleine - really like

Viviennemary Tue 18-Nov-14 19:58:45

I like Isabel and Rose best. I prefer Sylivia to Sylvie but like both. Not keen on Chloe. It's a bit dated now. Daphne and Jemima I'm not keen on. Alice is nice but a bit so so.

elotrolado Tue 18-Nov-14 19:59:03

Isabel - Think Isobel looks better, like
Tabitha - Love
Chloe - OK
Daphne - No
Sylvie - Quite like
Alice - Nice
Rose - Love

elotrolado Tue 18-Nov-14 20:00:17

Other suggestions - Martha, Matilda

TempsPerdu Tue 18-Nov-14 20:12:08

Isabel - pretty but massively popular at the mo, which would put me off.
Tabitha - love it - one of my favourites. Also dislike Tabs/Tabby though so souls use nn Kit!
Chloe - dull and somewhat dated now
Daphne/Sylvie - like both of these, but they seem a bit similar to Phoebe.
Alice - lovely; one of the few 'classics' I never tire of- so many great namesakes.
Rose - Ok, a bit on the plain side

Of your rejected picks, I love Helena, so would definitely have this back in the running, along with Tabitha and Alice.

TempsPerdu Tue 18-Nov-14 20:13:14

Sorry for typo - meant would use!

ICanTotallyDance Tue 18-Nov-14 20:22:04

I like Daphne or Alice best. Daphne is lovely but wondering if the "E" sound at the end of Phoebe and Daphne is too much?

Otherwise I would say Sylvie but maybe Sylvie as a nn for Sylvia?

In order I would say:


Isabel is a lovely name but I probably wouldn't use it so soon after a friend.

burgatroyd Tue 18-Nov-14 20:26:10

Isobel too popular.
Helena, prn Helaina, my fave

FrogsGoWaaa Wed 19-Nov-14 00:06:42

You have some beautiful names on your list and I also love Phoebe!

Isabel (lovely but v popular. How close is the friend?)
Tabitha (like but I agree with your DH about the nicknames)
Chloe, Daphne, Sylvie (like pp I'm not sure the e ending works with Phoebe. Not keen on Chloe but do like Daphne and love Sylvie)
Alice (possibly a safe choice but it's a beautiful, classic name and I love it.)
Rose (far less used as a 1st name. What about Rosalind/Rosamund with Rose as a nn to make it feel less 'safe')
Jemima (puddleduck but I still really like it)
Helena (meh, I can only think of an irritating one I knew)
Madeleine (love it)

Of them all my favourites would be Alice, Rosalind (Rose) and Madeleine

TsukuruTazaki Wed 19-Nov-14 00:10:53

Put Helena back on the list

Otherwise Chloé Alice or Rose

OutragedFromLeeds Wed 19-Nov-14 00:21:43

Isabel - It's a lovely name, but just too popular
Tabitha - I don't like it, it's too witchy. Tabs and Tabby are both awful.
Chloe - ok, I know a couple of little ones so not too dated
Daphne - makes me think of Frasier or Scooby Doo
Sylvie - I don't like it
Alice - By far the best on your list. Really nice and goes well with Phoebe
Rose - too common, too dull.
Jemima - Puddleduck
Helena - one of those names that will be constantly mispronounced 'Helen-uh' or 'Hel-ay-na'
Madeleine - McCann. Although it's a lovely name and goes well with Phoebe.

How about Harriet, Olivia, Isla, Grace, Elizabeth or Georgia?

chloecorey Wed 19-Nov-14 00:44:37

Chloe is a lovely choice smile

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