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Serena, Apolline, Celestina, Cressida and Iris

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SpunkyMummy Sat 12-Nov-16 11:13:10

Could you please rate these names?

thank you smile!

Heratnumber7 Sat 12-Nov-16 11:15:05

Blimey! Are you v posh?blush

SpunkyMummy Sat 12-Nov-16 11:23:27

I really wouldn't say that. No.

These are just the names we like.

HopperBusTicket Sat 12-Nov-16 11:24:10

I like Cressida and Iris. I don't like Serana. Appoline and Celestine sound a bit try hard to me. Then again I've only known one Cressida (twin of a Miranda) so maybe that's a bit try hard too.

HopperBusTicket Sat 12-Nov-16 11:25:11

What about Portia or Imogen if you like those kinds of names.

OlennasWimple Sat 12-Nov-16 11:25:38

In order of preference:

Celestina (though prefer Celestine)

PoldarksBreeches Sat 12-Nov-16 11:26:25

Serena and iris
The other 3 are a bit much for me

SpunkyMummy Sat 12-Nov-16 11:29:26


one of my best friends is called Cressida. Maybe that's why I like it.
I know a Portia. She's simply horrible...

Olenna: thank you smile

Chinlo Sat 12-Nov-16 11:31:24

These aren't my style of names AT ALL, so I really don't like any of them, but the better two of the bunch, in my opinion, are Serena and Iris.

SpunkyMummy Sat 12-Nov-16 11:37:01


Names seem to be like wedding dresses. There are so many different styles, tastes etc. Finding a name is like wedding dress shopping (imo). Complicated but also rather exciting...

Thank you for commenting smile!

purplepebbles Sat 12-Nov-16 11:40:23


I like them all, though they are not in my usual naming style.
Celestina reminds me of Celestina Warbeck in Harry Potter and I would be a proud Potter geek having a child named after an extremely minor and incidental character grin

AntiHop Sat 12-Nov-16 11:41:28

I like them a lot except for celestina and apolline. Especially not apolline. My favourites are Serena and Cressida.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Sat 12-Nov-16 11:42:21

Aside from Appoline. They're all dreadful.

ScarletForYa Sat 12-Nov-16 11:43:17

Celestina, this is the best, I like the meaning and the sound.

Appoline, seems like trying to make a masculine name feminine. I don't think you can feminise such a masculine name!

Cressida, to me sounds fussy and prim.

Serena seems kind of dated and boring.

Iris I dislike, the sound is too hard and the name is geriatric.

notagiraffe Sat 12-Nov-16 11:44:42

Serena is lovely. The rest aren't to my taste. Iris is popular these days and I can imagine the appeal but link it in my mind to a very uptight woman I knew for years, so can't find it appealing.

SpunkyMummy Sat 12-Nov-16 11:46:00


Molly Weasley is the one that likes Celestina Warbeck, right? grin

It isn't meant to be a Harry Potter tribute, tbh. I think it sounds lovely, the meaning is nice, it isn't too common but still a 'real' name. And I know a really lovely Celestine.

KlingybunFistelvase Sat 12-Nov-16 11:49:37

1) Iris
2) Serena
3) Appoline
4) Cressida
5) Celestina

SpunkyMummy Sat 12-Nov-16 11:51:32

Serena and Iris seem to be the most popular... interesting smile

Thank you for commenting smile

pericat Sat 12-Nov-16 11:55:39

I also like Serena (a lot) and Iris (not as much).

Know a Cressida that I don't like much so may be biased.

LoisEighty Sat 12-Nov-16 11:57:11

Iris and Serena are the least ridiculous.

WingMirrorSpider Sat 12-Nov-16 11:59:59

I like Iris and Serena.

The others are a bit frilly for my taste.

HearTheThunderRoar Sat 12-Nov-16 12:00:09

I really like Serena OP. Cressida I don't mind.

However really not keen on the rest.

SpunkyMummy Sat 12-Nov-16 12:00:55


I don't think they're ridiculous. But some of them are probably marmite names, yes. Thank you for commenting smile

Raines100 Sat 12-Nov-16 12:01:30

Serena is stunning and was on my list.
Cressida- nice name.
Iris- don't like
Celestina- over complicated version of Celeste. Celestine sounds a bit masculine.
Appoline- not keen at all. Is it Apple-leen or line?

Somerville Sat 12-Nov-16 12:02:41

I like your list of Classically-influenced names but many on MN will consider them too try hard, as they would my kids' names too. wink But where we live they fit in well.

Specifically on your list:

Iris I love. It's not as usual as your others though, I know several under 3.

Appoline is the most unusual of your list - I've never heard of one. I'd personally rule it out on apple-y nickname grounds.

I know a few Cressidas of a mixture of ages and the problem is always nicknames. They all seem to sometimes get Cressie, and dislike it. If you don't mind it then go for it.

I prefer Celestine or Celeste to Celestina. The -tina almost overwhelms the prettier first two syllables.

Serena I'm biased against from knowing a not very nice one. But objectively it's fine.

I wonder if you might also like Seraphina, Delphine or Delphie, Athena or Daphne.

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