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Ellen, Merryn, Iris, Thea - what else?

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Laquila Thu 06-Aug-15 13:39:20

Just that really! Any suggestions appreciated.

lillipad21 Thu 06-Aug-15 15:30:36

Iris is just gorgeous! Not so keen on the others, although they are pretty! I love floral names- Dahlia, Ivy and Ianthe are so pretty and dont feel like they're particularly overused! Hope this helps

cosmicglittergirl Thu 06-Aug-15 15:35:13

Sending you my old name list as I have an Iris and like all your other names.


Laquila Thu 06-Aug-15 15:36:59

I love Dahlia! Would most people pronounce it DAR-lia or DAY-lia?

faintlyoptimistic Thu 06-Aug-15 15:42:15

Rowan, Violet, Sorrel?

TeaPleaseLouise Thu 06-Aug-15 15:47:46

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lillipad21 Thu 06-Aug-15 15:51:20

Id pronounce it Day-lia

Laquila Thu 06-Aug-15 16:10:21

Love your list, Cosmic - thank you! Grace likely to be middle name (it's very much a family name). I love Phoebe (also another family name actually) and Beatrice, also Beatrix. Sybil I'm not too keen on but I do like Cecily.

I do like Rowan, but unsure whether I prefer it for a boy or girl. We've had that problem with several names! (Auden, Corin)

Laquila Thu 06-Aug-15 16:11:26

TeaPlease - I know it's very similar to Merryn, but Mirren makes me think of Scottish football! (Is there a team called St Mirren?)

TeaPleaseLouise Thu 06-Aug-15 16:15:25

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Jemimapuddleduk Thu 06-Aug-15 16:22:20

I have an Iris. The other names we liked were:

faintlyoptimistic Thu 06-Aug-15 16:25:27

Girl - start of Rowan rhymes with cow
Boy - start of Rowan rhymes with toe

...although outside of Scotland that difference may be a pain in the arse to explain!

Sootgremlin Thu 06-Aug-15 16:28:24

Came on to suggest Mirren, I know a lovely one!

Erin, Eleanor, Seren, Helen I think is lovely and underused at the moment.

Ianthe, Iona, Athene

Sophronia Thu 06-Aug-15 16:29:34


I like Ellen, it's very underused.

weebarra Thu 06-Aug-15 16:30:55

Yes, there is a football team called St Mirren. They're not very good though, so many non Scots won't have heard of them!

PeppermintPasty Thu 06-Aug-15 16:37:41

Merryn is the Cornish name for the Goddess of the sea. I know all about this name so trust me wink. <<<subtle.

There is also a fairly well known meat packing factory in St Merryn, so Cornish wags often think it's very witty to ask people called Merryn whether they were named after the meat factory. Hilarious.

Not as widespread in Cornwall as you might think, probably for the above reason!

I like it though smile

MamaLazarou Thu 06-Aug-15 17:35:34


coilpanic Thu 06-Aug-15 17:50:31

Love Ellen, what about Della or Sylvie?

Mrsfrumble Thu 06-Aug-15 17:55:51

Iris and Thea were on our list for DD. Also included were

Paddingtonthebear Thu 06-Aug-15 17:59:37

I know of an adult Dahlia, pronounced DARlia. I like Thea and Erin but I think they are pretty popular at the moment, I know a couple of each of those. How about Lana, Elen/Elin, Rosa, Elise, Corinne, Jodie, Leah, Helena. Some of those are nicely underused and some a bit more popular.

Sootgremlin Thu 06-Aug-15 18:10:45

Corinne is lovely

sweetpeame Fri 07-Aug-15 08:07:51

I adore Ellen. It's classic and wont date and it's also very underused now if that's a consideration. I like Iris also. Not keen on Merryn, it sounds American to me and Thea is really ugly, always reminds me of the word thigh.

JakeyBurd Fri 07-Aug-15 22:04:45

Laquila & TeaPleaseLouise

You're half right with Mirren! St. Mirren the football team is named after the patron saint of Paisley, although he was actually male. It was occasionally spelled Mirin which has sometimes been used for boys, but the spelling Mirren has historically been used for girls (even though St. Mirren was a man). The name comes from the Gaelic Meadhran.

It is not connected at all with the Irish/mediaeval Gaelic name Muirenn - you are perhaps thinking of the Scots name Murron, which is derived from Muireann, the modern Gaelic equivalent of Muirenn.

(Muireann is pronounced Moor-yan, unlike its Irish counterpart which is MWI-ren).

Hope you followed that!

TeaPleaseLouise Sat 08-Aug-15 13:23:49

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