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Elspeth or Flora

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penguinparade9 Thu 28-Apr-16 14:27:23

Which do you prefer, Elspeth or Flora?

LadyAntonella Thu 28-Apr-16 14:29:02

Love them both!

Very difficult to choose between them as they are both lovely <not helpful>.

LadyAntonella Thu 28-Apr-16 14:29:30

Which one goes better with surname? I'd go with that.

GoldPlatedBacon Thu 28-Apr-16 14:32:09


FlappyRose Thu 28-Apr-16 14:32:30

Elspeth is a beautiful name. Flora is margarine, sorry.

29redshoes Thu 28-Apr-16 14:34:39

I like Flora

DoesAnyoneReadTheseThings Thu 28-Apr-16 14:38:19

Elspeth, definitely, it's so pretty!

Sunbeam18 Thu 28-Apr-16 14:45:48

Definitely Flora! Elspeth is awful!

Flopsyhopsy Thu 28-Apr-16 14:53:15

Another vote for Flora. I don't like Elspeth at all, it sounds strange, like Elisabeth said incorrectly.

LadyAntonella Thu 28-Apr-16 14:57:32

I've heard the margarine argument against Flora but tbh I don't think anyone I know uses it any more. It's definitely not as well known a product as when I was growing up so I really don't think children born now would make the link. Plus the name Flora is more popular now I think, so most people would think of the name before the marg!

Cosycottage4 Thu 28-Apr-16 15:16:25

Flora! I don't like elspeth at all

DeepInFrance Thu 28-Apr-16 15:23:06

Another vote for Flora. Makes me think of flowers. Elspeth sounds like a mouthful of kipper bones.

Jojay Thu 28-Apr-16 15:26:16

Flora is beautiful.

KoalaDownUnder Thu 28-Apr-16 15:26:24


Elspeth is lispy and difficult to say.

ABitAsleep Thu 28-Apr-16 16:27:33

Flora is much nicer! I don't think of the margarine reference (and i even use the product!) but it makes me think of flowers and florals smile

Elspeth is a bit... just not as nice. Bit of a mouthful. Looks like Elizabeth spelt wrong.

n0ne Thu 28-Apr-16 17:42:36

I think I prefer Elspeth. Flora is nice but I prefer Fleur.

Sophronia Thu 28-Apr-16 17:46:58

Elspeth! Much more interesting than Flora.

Artandco Thu 28-Apr-16 17:49:34


Elspeth is very lispy to me

Flora Elisabetta
Flora Elizabeth
Flora Lilibet

Misnomer Thu 28-Apr-16 17:54:29

Elspeth, definitely. It's beautiful - and also the Scottish version of Elizabeth for those saying it sounds like Elizabeth pronounced strangely.

DontKillMyVibe Thu 28-Apr-16 18:15:28

Really don't like Elspeth so Flora. Or Fleur as another poster suggested

HighDataUsage Thu 28-Apr-16 19:30:05

Elspeth is one of my favourites. My Professor at university was named Elspeth and she was super smart and lovely.

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Patienceis1virtue Fri 29-Apr-16 04:29:33

I can't sleep so I began to think about my children, like you do...

I wondered how many people share their full names?
As I began to search for the names we gave to our first child I very quickly came across this thread.

I have joined mumsnet so that I can share our personal experience with you.

We chose the name Flora Elspeth for our daughter twenty eight years ago. Since then we have hardly met any Flora's, fewer Elspeth's (or Elsbeth's a seriously considered option!) and not one Flora Elspeth!

Apparently this is a fairly uncommon combination of given names.

Initially we encountered a few comments about the daughter of Sara Keyes and Norman Parkinson and inevitably, there were a few who made mindless comments about margarine, but... they only ever did it once!

I believe that the way a child hears themself addressed by others, has some influence on how that child perceives themself and how they develop. These names are both beautiful and lyrical which makes them fairly difficult to say convincingly with anger in the voice; I think, all things considered, this has to be good for the psyche of the person being addressed.
I can't prove how much a name influences how a child will grow up, I have just formed this opinion based on life experiences.

However, from day one, our Flora Elspeth has grown in inner beauty as well as having the blessing of physical beauty. She is a fun loving, strong willed, hard working, determined & deeply caring young woman who has a powerful sense of justice.

We are have always been very proud of who she is!

So consider joining us... Become a one in, who knows how many, millions parent, by choosing the unusual combination of both of these lovely names for your daughter!
XX smile

Florence & Eleanor were close runners up! smile

Bellasima20 Fri 29-Apr-16 07:01:48

I knew an Elspeth at school and every time I heard her name i imagined a slow, dopey, slightly irritating person...which sadly she was! Elspeth also sounds like someone saying it has a lisp and is actually pronouncing another name, wrong. Flora more punchy and pretty, definitely.

TheGirlOnTheLanding Fri 29-Apr-16 07:10:20

Much prefer Elspeth to Flora.

Also like Ishbel.

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