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Daphne or Bonnie?

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SleepyRoo Tue 01-Dec-15 20:31:16

DD2 due in New Year and for some reason we can't make up our mind. Love both but my reservation about Daphne is that 1) is the sound slightly harsh? 2) nn like Daffy inevitable. Reservation about Bonnie is that it may be too cutsie for a grown woman. Also what middle names go well with either? DD1 is Nancy.

LilyKing0909 Tue 01-Dec-15 20:36:18

I would go with Bonnie smile I know a grown Bonnie, in a professional position and 4 kids! Suits her well - not a fan of Daphne, sorry

Luckystar1 Tue 01-Dec-15 20:40:05

I know a Bonnie. She hates it and refuses to be called by her full name. Literally every single time I mention her name to anyone they immediately say - 'does she lie over the ocean?'. Do not inflict this on your child.
Daphne is lovely and can be shortened as you say, and used in whole if preferred.

annandale Tue 01-Dec-15 20:41:01

Either is great (though I would pick Daphne), you are overthinking - though am very slightly aware of the two 'ee' sounds at the end of each of the names. But there won't be many years where you'll be saying the girls' names as a pair.

Daphne Rose
Daphne Mara
Daphne Lois
Daphne Venus
Daphne Kate

Bonnie Louise
Bonnie Frances
Bonnie Sarah

WanderingTrolley1 Tue 01-Dec-15 20:42:08


Sunshine511 Tue 01-Dec-15 20:48:15

I prefer Bonnie x

spritefairy Tue 01-Dec-15 20:49:55

Bonnie here

evenoldergregg Tue 01-Dec-15 20:51:38

I considered both of those names for my daughter. Nancy was high up on the list too! I was afraid to use Daphne as we're in Glasgow, and I feared she may have been nicknamed dafty, a common though fairly mild insult! I see Bonnie as quirky, not cutesy.
Others that appeared on my list:

SleepyRoo Tue 01-Dec-15 20:55:32

evenoldergregg what names did you end up using?

suzysnowball Tue 01-Dec-15 21:11:04

Daphne sounds like girl off Scooby Doo, I prefer Bonnie...

evenoldergregg Tue 01-Dec-15 21:12:56

I used Violet, that was 6 years ago now and was still fairly uncommon in Scotland!

MargotLovedTom Tue 01-Dec-15 21:13:04

To me Bonnie is a dog's name.

Whythehellnot Tue 01-Dec-15 21:14:30

I like Bonnie, Daphne is awful, too old fashioned.

MarieJeanne Tue 01-Dec-15 21:15:15

I like both.
Bonnie sounds like it's short for something, but I don't know what

Youareyou Tue 01-Dec-15 21:21:41

Bonnie for sure. Daphne is too scooby doo for me,

SleepyRoo Tue 01-Dec-15 21:49:04

Seems like Bonnie might be edging it, slightly...

celtictoast Tue 01-Dec-15 21:57:11

Daphne, definitely.

Bonnie is very twee.

ExBallerina Tue 01-Dec-15 21:59:12

Ooh both are nice. I honestly don't know any Bonnies I vote Bonnie.

RiverTam Tue 01-Dec-15 22:01:40

Don't like either. Daphne very old fashioned for a reason and Bonnie very cutesey and yes, a bit doglike.

SleepyRoo Tue 01-Dec-15 22:18:34

Think the Bonnie/dog thing derives from a Blue Peter retriever who pegged out in 2001, so not too worried about that. Was more concerned it might not suit a woman in authority necks cod liver oil

DramaAlpaca Tue 01-Dec-15 22:51:03


Sophronia Tue 01-Dec-15 22:57:41

I prefer Daphne

BabCNesbitt Tue 01-Dec-15 23:40:14

Daphne is lovely. Bonnie doesn't really sound like a proper name.

Pigzoom Tue 01-Dec-15 23:42:39

Daphnebis lovely . Bonnie is silly

Purplerain067 Tue 01-Dec-15 23:43:58

I prefer Bonnie

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