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The classic names again

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BigFriendlyGirl Wed 11-Nov-15 16:10:59

We have a Jack and a Kate. We don't know what it is but have a boys name I think (although happy to hear any ideas) but are struggling with a girls name and are toying with the following for a girl:

Elisabeth - I don't really like any of the nn's so am afraid I would struggle to keep it at the full name
Mary - I kind of like this, its so plain its interesting (or maybe its just plain) but our last name starts with M, not sure that is a problem
Annie - This was our top last time but suddenly fell in love with Kate. I was never 100% on it.
Maggie - a strong contender
Daisy & Lucy - Nice but a bit weak and sweet for me

Any thoughts? Or ideas? I also like Rebecca and Laura but DH doesn't.

Sophronia Wed 11-Nov-15 16:12:58

Elisabeth seems a bit long next to Jack and Kate, especially if you aren't going to shorten it. The others are all nice, I think I like Annie the best with the other names.

Minimaus Wed 11-Nov-15 16:12:58

I like Mary and Rebecca - both lovely classic solid names.

Don't like Maggie at all, nor the full name Margaret, sorry. Reminds me of maggot.

Provencalroseparadox Wed 11-Nov-15 16:14:25

Maggie is my favourite of the ones you have mentioned. I always loved Margot but couldn't get it past DH

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 11-Nov-15 16:15:55

I like Maggie. I like Anna but not keen on Annie, or Mary.

Beth (although you said you dont like the short Elizabeth names so maybe not, but I think it goes with your other two)

AuntieStella Wed 11-Nov-15 16:18:14

Elisabeth - shame you don't like short forms, as Eliza would go brilliantly with your other names
Mary - lovely
Annie - great nn, but think it looks a little flimsy on its own (IYSWIM) do you like any longer forms?
Maggie - again, still rather more a nn than stand alone
Daisy and Lucy, both lovely, think Lucy flows better with the other two names (and you will be writing and yelling them all together lots of times)

Others: Emily, Sarah, Rosa, Harriet/Hattie, Linda, Saskia?

BigFriendlyGirl Wed 11-Nov-15 16:27:08

AuntieStella, I had agreement from DH last time to use Annika as the full name, nn Annie. Lizzy I could just about put up with for ease of use with Elisabeth. Hate Margaret, cant think of anything that would become Maggie.

Allthatnonsense Wed 11-Nov-15 17:12:43

Love Mary, it's hardly used anymore. So simple, classic but not in top 100.

EnaSharplesHairnet Wed 11-Nov-15 17:23:54

I rather like Antonia.

IoraRua Wed 11-Nov-15 17:39:13

Dislike Maggie on its own. Elisabeth is fine but a bit dull. Plus if you don't like nicknames stay away - she might choose to be Betty. Annika is gorgeous, not a fan of just Annie. Mary is great. Daisy definitely weak and cutesy, Lucy is nice though.
Jane, Lucille, Lucinda, Lorna, Fiona, Regina, Vera?

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Wed 11-Nov-15 21:41:45

Elizabeth is lovely elegant and classy but if you don't like any of the many potential nn derived from Elizabeth, best to avoid it.
Annie is okay a nice enough nsme just not to my tastrtaste, that's all
I can't fault Mary. It goes beautiful with your other dcs names but they all have 4 letters. Some families find that important.
Pity you can't get your DH on side with Laura. Very underused now.
Can't abide Rebecca
Maggie is okay but I wouldn't put it t with the names Kate and Jack.
Don't like Lucy or Daisy but they both go with the names Kate and Jack

celtictoast Wed 11-Nov-15 22:30:27

Annie or Mary.

Elisabeth - not great if you don't like the nicknames
Mary - like, and it's underused
Annie - like, as nickname for Anna, Annabel, Anneliese, Angela etc.
Maggie - too trendy
Daisy & Lucy - I like these, but if they're not your taste then don't use them

manicinsomniac Wed 11-Nov-15 22:33:09

Elisabeth - not keen. Full name is okay but, like you, I'm not that keen on any of the shorts.
Mary - quite like it
Annie - not keen but do really like Annika, Annabelle etc
Maggie - really strongly dislike this. I think it sounds so ugly
Daisy - it's ok.
Lucy - quite like it
Rebecca - this is my name and I love it but don't really like being called Becky which I get a lot.
Laura - quite like it

I think maybe you want something quite short and simple to go with Jack and Kate?

Amy, Alice, Anne, Belle, Chloe, Claire, Connie, Darcey, Emma, Ella, Ellen, Eva, Esme, Edith, Erin, Faith, Grace, Hannah, Holly, Hazel, Hope, Ivy, Iris, Lily, Lucy, Leah, Lauren, Lara, Mia, Maia, Megan, Nicole, Phoebe, Polly, Poppy, Ruby, Rose, Rosie, Rosa, Sadie, Sophie, Sarah, Thea, Zoe, Zara

OneFlewOverTheDodosNest Wed 11-Nov-15 22:36:24

Ooh manic I love your list! Alice would go well with Jack and Kate I think OP

TheNumberfaker Wed 11-Nov-15 22:41:42

Rebecca is beautiful but (IMO) Becky is vile! Maggie is lovely, I like Margot too.

Dejavu10 Wed 11-Nov-15 23:25:57

Elisabeth is lovley. How about Ailsa, Eloise, Eliza, Elsbeth, Bethany, Jenna, Eilidh, Ellen, Isla, Louisa, Louise,

CakeRattleandRoll Thu 12-Nov-15 00:45:12

Mary is beautiful. We would have used it for DD but it REALLY didn't go with our surname. Personally I quite like alliteration in names, so it wouldn't bother me if the surname started with M.

Really like Annika too. And Anita.

Teds77 Thu 12-Nov-15 01:10:55

Mary or Annie. Annika (nn Annie) is great. Or names that end with an 'ann' could be used - so Marianne - to use Annie as nn.

SchnooSchnoo Thu 12-Nov-15 07:37:03

Annie gets my vote. Annika is ok but it's not quite as 'English' sounding as Jack and Kate, do I thing it changes the whole vibe.

Wishful80smontage Thu 12-Nov-15 07:40:16

I do really like Elizabeth and Mary.


HeteronormativeHaybales Thu 12-Nov-15 07:45:49

I would go for another one-syllable name, max 2, with a similarly 'English' sound (to echo a PP). Anne? Jane (pleasingly retro and due a revival IMO)? Cla(i)re (ditto)? Sally? Lily? Eve (bit popular though)? If you like Maggie, how about Meg? Mary is lovely.

Wishful80smontage Thu 12-Nov-15 07:46:08

Oh and Elinor (spelt this way)

Luxyelectro Thu 12-Nov-15 07:47:56

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HeteronormativeHaybales Thu 12-Nov-15 07:48:30

And another vote for Emma. Simple, spellable and pronounceable all over the world, pretty, unusual in this generation.

justonemorethread Thu 12-Nov-15 08:00:59


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