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Help with a girls name

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babyinapril Mon 19-Jan-15 15:16:11

We are expecting a baby in April and I think we've pretty much decided on Sebastian as a boys name.

For girls my/our taste is eclectic and varied to say the least!

We both love Harriet but unfortunately is a no go because of our surname (think jk Rowling ...)

So Anna, Hannah, Poppy and Lauren are all favourites but we think 'too popular.'

Then slightly more unusual - we love Willow (but a good friend named her daughter this) Seren (ditto) and Rowenna which we like but think it might end up being Rowena, which we aren't so keen on.

Can anyone help us decide? smile

florascotia Mon 19-Jan-15 15:49:02

Seren is pretty but very popular (top 10) in Wales.

Rowena is nice. It is normally spelled Rowena, with one 'n' - for origins of spelling see www.behindthename.com/name/rowena. It's usually pronounced 'Row-ee-nah' but I have sometimes heard it pronounced 'Row-enn-ah'. I don't think you need the 'nn' if you want to say it that way. Looks a bit like 'creative' spelling, and we all know what Mumsnet thinks of that smile

Anna is nice, and a classic. No 69 in England and Wales combined in 2013, but perhaps more popular now because of the film???
Hannah - perfectly pleasant, was very popular, perhaps less so now (no 44).
Poppy very popular now (no 7) - not my favourite.
Lauren - sorry, don't like; but the least popular of these four names. Not in top 100. I do like Laura, however!

Willow is also popular - no 54 in England and Wales combined in 2013.

This interesting link compares popularity of favourite baby names in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales for 2013 [http://www.britishbabynames.com/blog/top-names-in-wales/]]

jackydanny Mon 19-Jan-15 15:51:45

You like Anna & Hannah- Suzannah?
Loads of NN come from this.

babyinapril Mon 19-Jan-15 16:18:40

I really don't like suzannah - sorry!

Flora, Rowena is pronounced roweeeena; Rowenna is pronounced rowhenna - promise it isn't a creative spelling but two different names! However, the popularity of the first pronunciation may mean it's an issue throughout her life, if baby is a girl.

jackydanny Mon 19-Jan-15 16:36:17

Johanna, Joanna.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Mon 19-Jan-15 16:38:44

The Willow I know has a sister called Erin, a name which I adore!

Im assuming your surname is po--t--t--e--r

What about Phoebe, Rose or

ThinkIveBeenHacked Mon 19-Jan-15 16:39:18

Oops posted too soon, Alana, Alice, Megan

jackydanny Mon 19-Jan-15 16:42:15

How about April? Beautiful name...

Bamaluz Mon 19-Jan-15 16:50:44

Rowan

Samberry Mon 19-Jan-15 17:04:57

How many syllables is your sure name? Might help us come up with a name better suited.
I quite like Pheobe smile

Twotinygirls Mon 19-Jan-15 17:17:24

How about Ramona?

babyinapril Mon 19-Jan-15 17:26:08

Mm, I like phoebe, Alice, Megan and Erin, but they all seem very popular for little girls just now and I'm erring more to the unusual side of things.

I don't like ramona or jo(h)anna sorry, or Rowan - puts me in mind of Rowan Atkinson! grin

April is a possibility in fact: I like it very much but DH isn't so sure.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Mon 19-Jan-15 20:03:08

Hannah would be nice but I think I'd steer clear of H ****.

My suggestions:
Melissa
Morwenna
Ciceley

Jackieharris Mon 19-Jan-15 20:07:31

Robyn
Roisin
Rhiannon
Alicia
Sophia
Laurel
Arianna
Aria
Hayley

LovelyWeatherForDucks Mon 19-Jan-15 20:54:31

If you like Hannah, and Lauren..how about Laura? Classic and underused I think. Or Sarah? I've met children with both those names and they are fab!

Less common names I've come across recently and like are Merryn, Sorrell, Laurel...?

Also like Annie and Polly at the moment.

babyinapril Mon 19-Jan-15 20:56:34

I'm not keen on Laura - just so many of them. I like Merryn out of the above names and April.

We are fussy I know!

notmyrealusername Mon 19-Jan-15 21:05:18

As DH doesn't like any bloody name I suggest... Here's the contents of my girls name list...
Darcy
Rosalie
Erica/Erika
Morgan
Marlee
Aria/arianna
Edie
Adaline/Adeline
Blaise
Blythe
Penny
Mila
Leela
Leah

If this baby is a girl, there's a strong possibility she will end up registered as Baby Girl...

jackydanny Mon 19-Jan-15 21:46:40

Taryn?
Lana?

noitsbecky Mon 19-Jan-15 21:47:47

I know a Harriet Potter! She really likes the wizard connection grin

Skiingmaniac Mon 19-Jan-15 21:54:50

Venetia
Cordelia
Ishbel
Hebe
Belinda
Serena
Layla

babyinapril Mon 19-Jan-15 21:56:48

Serena is lovely.

Clueing4looks Mon 19-Jan-15 21:58:08

Reinette
Adelyn
Clarice
Malena
Bernice

Skiingmaniac Mon 19-Jan-15 22:01:40

grin Serena is beautiful and one of my favourites

BlueChampagne Mon 19-Jan-15 22:19:30

Corinna
Kerenza/Carenza
Morven
Vashti
Blaise

carbolicsoaprocked Mon 19-Jan-15 22:20:39

You've mentioned quite a few of our top names so I'll just suggest some we're thinking about just now smile

Maya (pronounced My-a, as in Angelou), Serena, Rose, Gabriella, Lara, Rebecca. I used to have a teacher called Merryl, which I always loved, but perhaps too close to Merlin for your wizardy connection?

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