Girls name help, strict criteria!

(41 Posts)
Acunningruse Thu 26-May-16 15:50:23

I'm 6 months pregnant with DC2 who we have been told is a girl. We are really struggling with names due to having a difficult surname. Our ridiculous criteria is as follows:

- must go with our surname which is double barelled and begins with a 'shu' sound
- Ideally one that wouldn't be given a short version/nickname
- A classic name eg. Not Millie, Tilly, Molly etc

Ones we like but not sure they will work for reasons given above:
Eleanor (would inevitably be shortned to Ella/Ellie which I don't like )
Imogen (not sure it goes with 'sh' surname
Sophie (ditto?)
Nina (someone made 'neenaw' noise and put me off angry)
Lucy (Ds name ends in 'y'/'ee' sound so not sure if twee together
Laura (sil name)
Emily (best friends Dd name)
Lydia (love this but just know family will do hmm face)
Abigail (would be shortened to abby?)
Olivia (too popular?)

Any thoughts welcome!

Acunningruse Thu 26-May-16 15:54:33

Should also have added 'Anna' which DH absolutely loves and it does meet our criteria I just can't imagine calling DD it, just not keen can't really articulate why.

ABitAsleep Thu 26-May-16 16:29:03

Hazel
Harriet
Hailey
Juliet
Jemima
Joanna/e
Alice
Elise
Erin
Tara
Tamsin
Samantha
Serena
Rachel
Rhian
Mia
Maia
Martha
Wendy
Nancy
Norah
Lauren
Leanne/a
Claire
Clara
Keira
Katrina

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Thu 26-May-16 16:39:06

I don't know what to advise really. Classic names are usually long and long names do tend to get shortened, which you seem to have an issue with. I mean you can say till you're blue in the face. It's Abigail not Abbie, but your DD might want to use Abbie.
Anyway. I'll try.
Mary
Clara
Grace
Jane
Rose
Rosa
Emma
Lucia
Amy.
Most of these names though, can be messed with. Jane (Jay) Lucia (Lou)
Emma (Em) my sister is Aimee., she's just Aim.
I'm a Clare and you can't do anything with that.

CPtart Thu 26-May-16 16:41:24

Natalie, Alicia, Louisa, Faye, Erica, Cara, Meredith, Esther.

CatladyC Thu 26-May-16 16:42:47

Niamh (Neave)
Erin
Ivy

Can't really think of anymore that can't be shortened.
That's a tough one!

(Congrats btw!)

CatladyC Thu 26-May-16 16:43:38

P.s I really like Imogen

AdoraKiora Thu 26-May-16 16:45:57

Alice
Lillian
Eliza
Beatrice
Lucille
Marianne
Rosa
Juliet

Love Nina, though!

Pythonesque Thu 26-May-16 16:57:40

Names that can't be shortened sometimes get lengthened instead, I don't think you can entirely avoid nicknames. You can control them to some extent though. My two have 3-4 syllable names and have mostly not been shortened, I also have only rarely been shortened (my husband remembers his 1 syllable name being lengthened at primary school though!!). Another option is to have a name with a nickname/ pet name that you like and use that deliberately when they are little. And of course some names have a large number of alternative forms to choose from. Agree that it's good to try to think about how names work together / avoid particularly obvious nickname problems!

My niece is a Charlotte followed by a Sh sound - but they have deliberately called her Lottie which makes it pronounceable!!

Pythonesque Thu 26-May-16 16:59:21

Meant to say, if you can't see Anna - does Hannah, or Annabell(a) appeal at all?

Niklepic Thu 26-May-16 17:00:30

I have an Olivia. She very quickly became Liv.

Liska Thu 26-May-16 17:04:28

I know two Imogens and I'm afraid both have been shortened to Imo. I love Lydia.

Luckystar1 Thu 26-May-16 17:06:26

Ruth?

Dogolphin Thu 26-May-16 17:07:26

Antonia
Alexandra
Frances
Henrietta
Louisa
Marianne
Ophelia
Penelope
Roberta
Tatania

neonrainbow Thu 26-May-16 17:11:16

Claudia
Aurelia
Francesca it can be shortened but lots oh nickname potential.

merlottime Thu 26-May-16 17:39:45

Fleur
Rose
Maria
Emma
Grace

HouseOfBiscuits Thu 26-May-16 17:44:27

Eleanor - avoid as you don't like Ella/Ellie
Imogen - not sure it goes with your surname
Sophie - lovely name but again I don't think it goes with your surname
Nina - I like it, but if you want to avoid neenaw "jokes" how about Naomi?
Lucy - lovely and I don't think it's a problem with your DS name
Laura - like
Emily - like
Lydia - OK
Abigail - lovely, but yes Abi is inevitable
Olivia - like, though popular

Cara
Leah
Lily
Seren
Bethany
Pearl
Sarah
Marie
Naomi
Greta
Stella
Holly
Anne
Flora
May
Zoe
Zara
Carla
Lena
Lana
Jasmine
Jennifer
Jessica
Elspeth
Isabelle
Eve
Ava

funnychops Thu 26-May-16 17:46:14

Emma
Rebecca
Isabel
Elizabeth

Namelessbabe Thu 26-May-16 18:00:52

Lydia makes me think of a girl I was at school with who was nicknamed Chlamydia.... sad

meffhead Thu 26-May-16 18:06:11

Seren sch
Cleo Sch

Coldtoeswarmheart Thu 26-May-16 18:07:53

Hannah.

RiverTam Thu 26-May-16 18:11:44

Lydia is a lovely name! Why does family's reaction matter if you love it?

dexy24 Thu 26-May-16 18:25:16

Ive always loved Elena.

NotYoda Thu 26-May-16 18:26:09

Julia
Marianne
Joy

NotYoda Thu 26-May-16 18:27:03

Nathalie
Sylvia
Emma

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