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Francesca or Willow?!

(46 Posts)
cefn33 Sat 05-Sep-15 22:42:21

Am due next week and am having a real dilemma over a girls name.. I love Willow and have done for some time, but worry about the doot not being particularly willowy! Also love Francesca, but am not sure if it's too strong a name and not girly enough for me.. What do I do???!! OH prefers Francesca.

Canyouforgiveher Sat 05-Sep-15 22:47:06


I know a lovely little girl called Willow but it just doesn't have the wonderful sound that Francesca does imo. Actually I find it a bit hard to say tbh. Love Francesca.

HackerFucker22 Sat 05-Sep-15 22:49:24

Francesca for me too.. Willow is just a bit too "flaky" to my ears.

DansonslaCapucine Sat 05-Sep-15 22:52:03

I have always loved Francesca.

Mind you, Willow is great too.

Tough one Cefn.

MerryMarigold Sat 05-Sep-15 22:53:55

I Love Francesca. Not keen on willow, But my gran had a dog called that (I'm serious).

Lunastarfish Sat 05-Sep-15 22:56:02

Francesca, it's one of my favourite names

(we had a rabbit called willow)

SmugairleRoin Sat 05-Sep-15 23:10:28

I much prefer Willow but if she grew up to be a dumpy and/or clumsy girl I don't think it'd fit.
So I suppose I'm saying Francesca.

squoosh Sat 05-Sep-15 23:27:22

Willow trees are very rotund so I don't think a Willow needs to be willowy.

It is quite 'now' though so I'd probably go for Francesca and call her Frankie.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Sun 06-Sep-15 00:03:58

Both gorgeous names. I would wait until she is born and see what suits her

noiwontstoptalking Sun 06-Sep-15 00:15:48


reuset Sun 06-Sep-15 00:43:46

Willow is just too trendsville. Another pseudo hippy, Summer-esque name. I like it not.

Francesca, on the other hand, is marvellous.

horsewalksintoabar Sun 06-Sep-15 00:49:34

Both are lovely. I really love Willow and always joke with DH that we should name our next baby girl Willow- we will never, ever meet her sadly (I am too old and tired now!). But I love Francesca as well. Both really lovely names.

Willow Bay was the Estee Lauder model when I was growing up and I remember just loving her first name so much.

HerRoyalNotness Sun 06-Sep-15 01:06:16

Do you have a mn picked already? Because Francesca Willow gets both your names and sounds very good

SoMuchToBits Sun 06-Sep-15 01:12:29

Francesca. Much more classy. And can be shortened to Fran, Frannie, Cesca etc if you wish.

Paddletonio Sun 06-Sep-15 01:57:20

Francesca Willow is lovely

BeautifulBatman Sun 06-Sep-15 02:03:04

Willow is bloody awful.
Francesca is lovely.

swimmerforlife Sun 06-Sep-15 04:02:17

Willow is lovely, not so keen on Francesca.

mathanxiety Sun 06-Sep-15 04:06:05

How about Willa?

Or Wilhelmina?

I think a Francesca would need a flamboyant sort of personality. I prefer Frances by a long shot.

itsraininginbaltimore Sun 06-Sep-15 04:10:44

Both beautiful, one is an absolute classic, the other is more modern/trendy but not weird or tacky.

I don't think you can go wrong with either.

Ladypug Sun 06-Sep-15 08:13:06

Like both but prefer Francesca

Sophronia Sun 06-Sep-15 12:03:23

I've never been keen on Francesca - I prefer Frances.

BeautifulLiar Wed 09-Sep-15 12:53:22

I had both of these on my shortlist for DD born in 2012. DH said no to Francesca.

Bit gutted that Willows seem to be popping up everywhere now! I didn't know any when I named her.

chrome100 Wed 09-Sep-15 14:46:10

I had a hamster called Willow.

NotMeNotYouNotAnyone Thu 10-Sep-15 19:50:51

francesca definitely

i really like the nickname Frankie but the two I know are Fran and Chesca

Wordsaremything Thu 10-Sep-15 22:57:55

Francesca. Beautiful.
Willow- no. Just no.

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