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Final shortlist - opinions gladly received!!

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MummyNotMommy Wed 03-Jun-15 12:08:43

Hi all! After some very difficult negotiations, myself and DH have narrowed our boy and girl lists down to 5 for each. I think our final decision will be made once we have seen the resulting baby (in a few short weeks!), but I would really appreciate your reactions to the below names...

BOYS:
Huxley
Rafferty
Barnaby
Montgomery (would be Monty on a daily basis)
Jasper

GIRLS:
Gretchen
Juniper
Tabitha
Agatha
Clementine

Any negative connotations for you? Stand out favourites?

Thanks!

MrsLeighHalfpenny Wed 03-Jun-15 12:09:36

I like them all, but they all sound quite "posh" - I wouldn't use them round where I live!

reuset Wed 03-Jun-15 12:18:16

OYS:
Huxley - sorry I snurked at this one.
Rafferty - celeb associations majority opinion on here, even the dreaded 'c' word. I like it not
Barnaby - fine
Montgomery (would be Monty on a daily basis) - fine also
Jasper - another fine one

GIRLS:
Gretchen - like this
Juniper - trendy, faddy
Tabitha - fine
Agatha - fine
Clementine - bit faddy at the moment personally , maybe it;s the influx of new babies and young children I've met locally. It's ok though

matchingmoll Wed 03-Jun-15 13:11:06

Jasper and Gretchen are my favourites - by a long way. The other girls' names are okay, but not keen on the other boys' names. Monty sounds like you're obsessed with military history to the point of jingoism. Rafferty is very late-90s Primrose Hill set. Aldous is better than Huxley.

Sophronia Wed 03-Jun-15 13:19:18

Jasper and either Tabitha or Agatha

NotActuallyAMum Wed 03-Jun-15 13:25:13

Girls ones I quite like but boys...

Huxley = cartoon pig
Rafferty = Gerry of Baker Street song
Barnaby = skating bear cartoon
Montgomery fine but it'll get shortened
Jasper = carrot

CrystalMcPistol Wed 03-Jun-15 13:25:32

Huxley - quite like
Rafferty - C list celeb baby name
Barnaby - okay
Montgomery (would be Monty on a daily basis) - No. Uncle Monty from Withnail and I <shudder>
Jasper - some bumbling idiot from a PG Wodehouse novel

GIRLS:
Gretchen - character in an American high school movie. There's always a Gretchen.
Juniper - like
Tabitha - like
Agatha - I'm aghast at Agatha
Clementine - okay if a bit too posh for me

cosmicglittergirl Wed 03-Jun-15 13:26:24

Jasper and Agatha.

flipflump Wed 03-Jun-15 13:27:59

Excellent names, we have similar taste.

My favourites are Barnaby, Monty, Clementine and Tabitha.

quesadillas Wed 03-Jun-15 13:31:01

I like Jasper, Barnaby and Clementine best.

Ludways Wed 03-Jun-15 13:32:21

Jasper and Agatha, by a country mile!

MummyNotMommy Wed 03-Jun-15 13:32:23

Thank you all for the comments so far. This is helping!

reuset Wed 03-Jun-15 13:33:44

Agree Aldous is better. Imagine the several shades of crimson you'd turn on being asked little Huxley's name...every time grin

Oh yes, I remember Huxley Pig! There was a song too I'm trying to recall the lyrics

MrsNextDoor Wed 03-Jun-15 13:33:46

Another one who doesn't think much of Huxley. I don't like Gretchen at all...it rhymes with retching and the sounds are quite ugly.

GRRR ETCH it's hard sounding.

Juniper is nice as is Tabitha. Clementine is nice but popular.

I like Rafferty and Monty.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 03-Jun-15 13:35:00

Barnaby is your only boys name I like, really like it actually.

I love Juniper. Tabitha is nice. Agatha ok.

Don't like gretchen.

MaudeTheMopLady Wed 03-Jun-15 13:43:11

Adore Agatha.
Really like Rafferty and Jaspar.
Great choices!

Gretchen is an interesting one too...

CrystalMcPistol Wed 03-Jun-15 13:43:14

I'd assume if someone chose the name Huxley for their child it might be a good indication that they didn't find the name to be all that embarrassing.

FruitOwl Wed 03-Jun-15 13:45:26

The song went, "everybody knows Huxley Pig (oink, oink)". Sadly it's all I'd think of with Huxley.

My favourites are Barnaby and Tabitha.

vitaminC Wed 03-Jun-15 13:45:54

Huxley is too try-hard in my opinion. The other boy names are fine. I especially like Jasper smile

I don't really like Juniper and Gretchen is awful. It sounds far too similar to retching and wretched to be attractive as a name.

Tabitha and Clementine are lovely. I prefer the French Agathe (pron. a-GATT) to Agatha, however.

FunkyPeacock Wed 03-Jun-15 13:51:07

Barnaby or Monty for a boy

Agatha is my favourite for a girl, I quite like Tabitha & Clementine also

Sorry but not keen on the others

fleamadonna Wed 03-Jun-15 13:52:40

"MONTY YOU TERRIBLE CUNT!!!"

it's a cult classic so his peers would almost certainly shout this at him at some stage of his life.

I still quite like it though...

reuset Wed 03-Jun-15 13:53:02

I'd assume if someone chose the name Huxley for their child it might be a good indication that they didn't find the name to be all that embarrassing.

After the first few reactions I think they might. grin

Sorry OP, I'm being very unkind to poor Huxley now. <slaps own wrist> You have good lists though so obviously not lacking in taste.

HahaHarrie Wed 03-Jun-15 13:53:57

Agatha and Monty or Jasper

Huxley - too try hard even for a dogs name
Gretchen - just very hard sounding

CrystalMcPistol Wed 03-Jun-15 13:57:11

After the first few reactions I think they might. grin

What's the grin for?

I can't imagine people give a name without being aware of currently popular books/cartoons/films currently featuring the chosen name.

MummyNotMommy Wed 03-Jun-15 14:13:08

Ha! Some of these comments are brilliant!

Definitely not offended by any of them - and wouldn't be embarrassed to name my baby any of them (obviously, as they are my choices!)

But still very useful to get honest opinions. I very much doubt anyone in real life will be as honest once the baby has actually been named, so getting a heads up is very useful!

Keep them coming - I can take it.

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