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zaza86 Mon 27-Jul-15 23:24:05

This name is growing on me! I have a while to decide, and I thought I was set on something a bit simpler (but I think very beautiful) - Anna. I don't know whether this is a hormonal blip! What do you think? Not so keen on Hetty as a nickname - any other slightly less obvious suggestions? Thanks!

nailslikeknives Mon 27-Jul-15 23:32:48

Etta as a nick name? Think Etta James ...

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Mon 27-Jul-15 23:38:26

Don't like it, sorry. Henri etta. What did Henry eat. But it's your baby. Not wanting to offend you. Just different opinions.
Harriet is similar and nicer though. Hatti is gorgeous.
Oh congratulations btw.

JakeyBurd Tue 28-Jul-15 00:14:10

The only Henrietta I've ever known was so posh she managed to make every vowel sound the same. Thank Zod for The Fratellis to keep us right!

Thistledew Tue 28-Jul-15 00:28:30

I know a Henrietta who goes by Hetta.

reuset Tue 28-Jul-15 00:46:54

Henny, Hen or Henri have been the most common shortenings of those I've known.

ancientbuchanan Tue 28-Jul-15 00:51:31

I love it. Beautiful.

If you don't like Hetty, or Hetta, or Etta or Ettie, Netta is quite nice. Tho I like Hetty and Hetta myself.

Anna Henrietta, Henrietta Anna, go well together.

SheWhoMustBe Tue 28-Jul-15 00:56:55

I loved this name, but DP vetoed it. I knew a Henrietta who went by Hen.

Effic Tue 28-Jul-15 01:08:00

Think henrietta is lovely but personally don't like any of the shortened forms. And it is very possible to not have any! I know several friends with children with obvious and commonly shortened names who simply taught their child their name was for example William not Will Or Elizabeth not Liz or Lizzie or anything else and child and parent gently corrected anyone who shortened it including other children and very quickly he's always a William never a Will/ Elizabeth not Liz etc Perfectly possible with henrietta.
Like Anna too!

barbecue Tue 28-Jul-15 01:16:51

I prefer Anna to Henrietta.

NadiaWadia Tue 28-Jul-15 01:22:28

Anna is lovely. And Henrietta really isn't.

Baffledmumtoday Tue 28-Jul-15 02:19:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

zaza86 Tue 28-Jul-15 09:15:43

Thank you all! I'll keep it on the list for now, but perhaps veering back towards Anna - just a bit worried it's a tad dull...

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Tue 28-Jul-15 10:12:31

Anna isnt dull. It's timeless elegant and beautiful. The only thing that would concern me was in case people started pronouncing it Arna like in frozen.

Shockers Tue 28-Jul-15 10:15:26

I had an Aunt Hetty. Lovely, lovely lady.

Sophronia Tue 28-Jul-15 11:45:57

Henrietta is lovely. Nicknames could be Hettie, Hattie, Henrie, Etta, Ettie

LaceyLee Tue 28-Jul-15 11:48:30

Really like this but dh vetoed it for our dd.

sweetpeame Tue 28-Jul-15 18:59:28

I don't like Henrietta. It's much more dull than Anna IMO. Anna is classic and elegant and much nicer.

ifgrandmahadawilly Tue 28-Jul-15 19:02:27

Henrietta is really nice. Anna IS dull.

mypoorfoofoo Tue 28-Jul-15 19:04:50

Love it! Lots of lovely nn choices too. Anna is fine though but to me it's just fine. Totally non offensive but just a bit uninspiring

applecatchers36 Tue 28-Jul-15 22:48:21

Much prefer Anna to Henrietta.
Henrietta sounds too posh and try hard to me.

HuftysTrain Wed 29-Jul-15 01:52:52

Henrietta is really awful. It makes me think of dumpy german women in horn-rimmed spectacles. Or awkward, galumphing posh girls in waxed jackets, full skirts and wellies.

scrivette Wed 29-Jul-15 02:37:02

Both are nice names but I prefer Henrietta to Anna.

Harriet is a similar name.

stuckonnames Wed 29-Jul-15 08:46:43

Henrietta is gorgeous and so many lovely nicknames! You should definitely go for it!

Neednewflowers Wed 29-Jul-15 08:50:02


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