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The name Bella

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Pluto30 Mon 26-Dec-16 05:51:36

Does the name Bella work with the surname Lee?

Bella Lee

It would be just Bella, not Isabella or Arabella or any of the other -bella names.

Thanks! smile

ScarletSienna Mon 26-Dec-16 06:12:45

I think it sounds like one name; Bellalee. Too many Ls. I like the name Bella but wouldn't choose it with Lee as a surname. We have a surname that didn't work with lots of names too and it's so frustrating!

SprogletsMum Mon 26-Dec-16 06:14:14

I don't think it does tbh. I clicked on to say how much I love Bella but it doesn't sound great with Lee unless you add a second first name in maybe.

Pluto30 Mon 26-Dec-16 06:33:52


The baby is due in two weeks and we're losing the will. No name seems "right". Bella ticks off all the criteria and we love it, but it does clash a bit with the surname. I just wonder whether the clash is enough to not use it.

ScarletSienna Mon 26-Dec-16 06:39:31

I think one of the best ways to judge a name is think would you like it yourself. Personally, I really wouldn't want to be called Bella Lee (but too much like Belly) so I think the clash is too much to use. What other names have you liked? Don't worry if you don't have a name when she arrives-many don't and you may find something works better once you see her smile

Pluto30 Mon 26-Dec-16 06:44:08

Lily and Chloe are our other favourites.

Lily Lee doesn't work, and we don't love Lillian as much.

Chloe is too popular at the moment (no. 6 where we live - has been in the top 10 for well over a decade now).

PragmaticWench Mon 26-Dec-16 06:48:03

Do you have any names without the letter 'l' in? It just all sounds like a tongue twister otherwise.

I do understand how hard it is, we had similar issues.

Pluto30 Mon 26-Dec-16 06:50:32

Nope. sad

We seem to have gone through every name, and we always come back to these three. There are other names, but we don't love them. I find girl names so hard.

ScarletSienna Mon 26-Dec-16 06:52:41

It comes to a point when you start considering changing your surname (or was that just me?!) wink.

I agree Lily is as clashy as Bella but Chloe is lovely. Id prefer a name that was popular over a name that didn't work with my surname I think. I only know two child Chloe's and none under 5 so even though a popular name, you may not come across that many.

ScarletSienna Mon 26-Dec-16 06:54:20

I think names that don't end in a vowel sound may work better with Lee too but that's not very helpful I know.

Pluto30 Mon 26-Dec-16 06:55:13

Scarlet Yes! grin Lee seems like such an easy name... until it isn't. hmm

Chloe has been our favourite for the longest time, I suppose I get put off by people saying that popular names are bad, and they'll be one of three in their class etc. I live in a fairly small area, so I don't know that it'd be too bad, but I would hate for her to be "Chloe L" her whole school life.

chocolatecheesecake Mon 26-Dec-16 06:56:49

I can see why this is a challenge! I'm trying to think of names ending in "n" or "ine" or "Ina" so that they would not merge with Lee, and that wouldn't be abbreviated to something ending in a "ee" or "a" sound, or that have sufficient syllables that the speaker takes a breath before Lee, and it's quite hard!


FourKidsNotCrazyYet Mon 26-Dec-16 06:57:49

I don't love it with Lee tbh. Too much like Belly. My friends surname is Lees and they've called their daughter Holly. I just hear Holly Leaves and she wasn't even a Christmas baby! They maybe should have asked Mumsnet hmm

MinnowAndTheBear Mon 26-Dec-16 07:00:16

I was one of seven in my year group with the same name. I can't say it ever bothered me. It was just a novelty. I'm now the only one with this name at my workplace and in my church. So don't be put off by popularity!

ScarletSienna Mon 26-Dec-16 07:01:47

Thinking logically, there'd have to be ten percent of baby girls called Chloe for there to be three in an average class. Doesn't mean it definitely won't happen but unless you go way off grid with names choice, you can't eliminate that possibility. If she was Chloe L at school, it would only be on work really.

Pluto30 Mon 26-Dec-16 07:11:54

Thanks for the reassurance about popularity. smile

Out of interest, I just had a look at names from the year I was born and the names with similar popularity as Chloe currently has... I can't say I know multiples of any name except Jessica!

Aftertheraincomesthesun Mon 26-Dec-16 07:35:47

How about Amber?

Pluto30 Mon 26-Dec-16 07:36:27

Oh I do like Amber after!

FourKidsNotCrazyYet Mon 26-Dec-16 07:38:32

I really wouldn't worry about how popular a name is. My eldest son has a very, very unusual name but ended up with THREE in his class and another boy of the same name in his younger sisters class hmm. You can't win haha!

DubiousCredentials Mon 26-Dec-16 07:48:46

Ds has a name that has been top ten for years. He is and always has been the only one in his primary school (150+ children) and he has been there since 2010.

Actually I have just looked at the top ten boys and girls names for 2016 and there are at most two or three of any one name in the school.

So if you like Chloe, go for Chloe! Don't be put off by popularity.

lovelearning Mon 26-Dec-16 07:48:52

How about Amber?

Amberley Castle!

lovelearning Mon 26-Dec-16 07:57:33

just Bella, not Isabella

Pluto30: Why not give Bella the option for later life?

Isabella Lee.

Nickname Bella.

Oysterbabe Mon 26-Dec-16 09:47:36

Chloe works so I'd go with that.
Isabella is more popular than Chloe so there is likely to be a huge amount of Bellas in her age group if popularity puts you off. Bella Lee just sounds wrong.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 26-Dec-16 10:50:31

Could you call her Isobel Lee, nick name Bella ?

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 26-Dec-16 10:50:59

Or Annabel Lee.

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