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Arabella or Clementine (sister for William)

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Bellalilysmith123 Sun 08-May-16 23:39:18

My sons name is William George "Will" and if our second child is a daughter we're deciding between Clementine Louise and Arabella Louise.. Which do you prefer and why? We're struggling to decide. If we have another son we've chosen Henry James. Thank you.

Chchchchangeabout Sun 08-May-16 23:39:54


Catinthecorner Sun 08-May-16 23:49:03


julfin Sun 08-May-16 23:49:20

Both gorgeous and classy. But there are lots of A-names around at the moment so I'd go with clementine to be a bit different.

MiniMover Sun 08-May-16 23:53:18


DramaAlpaca Mon 09-May-16 00:29:17

Another vote for Clementine.

Beeziekn33ze Mon 09-May-16 00:36:23

Love Clementine!

Beeziekn33ze Mon 09-May-16 00:38:08

Reason- to me it is not as self consciously 'posh' as Arabella sounds and much cuter.

GoldPlatedBacon Mon 09-May-16 06:59:39

I like both - it's a tough one! I would probably choose Arabella but I like Bella as a nn.

Boogers Mon 09-May-16 07:02:38

Love Clementine! Clem or Clemmie for short.

mrsschu Mon 09-May-16 07:17:55

I love Clementine. Have only come across one - a 5 year old with French parents. Not so keen on Arabella. It sounds like a doll's name to me.

1horatio Mon 09-May-16 08:10:05

I love Clementine! I'd use it if it didn't sound like my own name (which also ends with "tine"...)

Louise is pretty and Clementine Louise is lovely. I also like Louisa Clementine smile

Sophronia Mon 09-May-16 08:39:19


Winterbiscuit Mon 09-May-16 09:20:35


KoalaDownUnder Mon 09-May-16 10:44:53


ThroughThickAndThin01 Mon 09-May-16 10:51:34


LemonBreeland Mon 09-May-16 10:56:27

Adore Clementine, DH vetoed it for our DD. Still gutted.

Jellybeam Mon 09-May-16 10:59:26

Arabella. My DD's name. People say she's got such a pretty name. Clementine just reminds me of clementines. You may as well call her Satsuma.

AliciaMayEmory Mon 09-May-16 11:01:10

Love Clementine.

IAmAPaleontologist Mon 09-May-16 11:08:08

Either, they are both lovely. Wait and see what she looks/feels like? She will let you know. I met a baby Arabella a while back and thought it was awesome, I've not met one since.

ShmooBooMoo Mon 09-May-16 11:37:30

It's a difficult one for me: Clementine makes me think of a little round orange fruit, and Arabella sounds snobby. I also dislike the shortening 'Bella' as I'm old enough to remember Bella Emberg and she pops into my heard when I hear the name. Sorry, just giving an honest opinion.
I love William/ Will though!

queenoftheboys Mon 09-May-16 11:42:43

Clementine, I love it!

VaVaVooom Mon 09-May-16 14:02:56

Arabella, definitely. Clementine is not nearly as beautiful, and as one poster pointed out, it's akin to 'satsuma'.

VaVaVooom Mon 09-May-16 14:03:51

Plus nickname Clem.... Or Clemmy? Even Tina? No.

1horatio Mon 09-May-16 15:20:11

Why not Tina or Clem?
Or what about Emmy, Em, Cleo or even Minnie? Or the probably more obvious Tiny, which some people here will probably hate (but it's my nn, so don't be too harsh smile ...)

Not to mention that many nns don't really seem to have a connection (or just a very vague one) to a person's actual name... A colleague of my OH is called Clementine. Her nn is Minty smile Not to mention that my OH's nn (the one his former classmates still use...) doesn't seem to have any connection to his first name, no idea how this happened, tbh... grin

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