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Elizabeth, Francesca or something else?

(29 Posts)
daisydaisychain Sat 28-Jan-17 14:30:36

I like the names Elizabeth and Francesca, but neither is quite perfect. Elizabeth had connotations of Elizabeth I which I love, but works get shortened and is quite well used. Francesca is nice but not as meaningful. Any suggestions of similar names?

buckyou Sat 28-Jan-17 15:23:11

I have an Elizabeth so rather like it! My best friend is called Francesca so I like that too! I think francesca is a bit more exotic sounding where as Elizabeth more traditional English.

My friend has sisters called Rebecca, Vanessa and Natasha. If this one in my tummy was a girl we were considering Matilda. Victoria also similar to Elizabeth.

Reddingtonsmoll Sat 28-Jan-17 15:27:18

I love Elizabeth and all of its variations. I love betty. I think you can adapt it to suit a personality. Francesca is also nice but not very keen on Frankie which is what it might be aka.

MollyHuaCha Sat 28-Jan-17 15:27:21

Both lovely names.

pilates Sat 28-Jan-17 15:32:07

Both nice names

How about Emmeline?

daisydaisychain Sat 28-Jan-17 15:34:22

Thanks for all your input. Yes, they are both quite classic, but Elizabeth even more so I suppose. I do like Victora and Matilda too. I was avoiding Matilda because an acquaintance used it, but actually it's unlikely to be a problem now I think about it because I don't see much of that person, so it should be on my list!

Stuffedshirt Sat 28-Jan-17 15:50:03

I love Elizabeth and Beth as a shortening.

hels71 Sat 28-Jan-17 15:53:16


daisydaisychain Sat 28-Jan-17 15:59:05

Yes I also like Beth! I think liz is almost inevitable though...

daisydaisychain Sat 28-Jan-17 16:05:07

Eleanor was also on my list last time! I like that too.

Pogolphin Sat 28-Jan-17 16:10:53

How about Adeline, Henrietta, Aleanora, Theordora, Dorothea, Adelaide or Caroline?

5BlueHydrangea Sat 28-Jan-17 16:13:53

Georgina , Margaret, Mary / Maria
I like girls names ending in 'A' eg Rebecca, Arianna, Aurelia, Lucia, Anna, Martha

TheHiphopopotamus Sat 28-Jan-17 16:21:31

I love both of them, but Elizabeth is my fave. I don't think connotations of Elizabeth I is a bad thing tbh, but it also reminds me of Elizabeth Bennet (also a good thing).

I love Betty as a nickname but I also know one whose family shortened it to Lisbet.

notagiraffe Sat 28-Jan-17 16:23:04

I like your taste in names! Both of those are pretty, elegant, classic and versatile. Great names.

mum2bejen Sat 28-Jan-17 16:25:42

I love both names! If my son had been a girl he was either going to be Francesca Elizabeth or Bethany Francesca :-)

MiniAlphaBravo Sat 28-Jan-17 16:26:10

I really like Elizabeth. Don't think Liz is at all inevitable today. I know young Elizabeths called Libby and Lily and an older one who is just Elizabeth.

CSLewis Sat 28-Jan-17 16:31:55

I know an Elisabeth, nn Lily. I also like Beth as a diminutive. Francesca is a nice name too, but I'm not personally keen on the 'Fr...' sound.


WinkyisbackontheButterBeer Sat 28-Jan-17 16:37:56

I love Elizabeth. It has such great nn potential too.
I know four aged from 1 to 70. They are Lizzy (70) Beth (40s) Betsy (12) and just Elizabeth (1) so I don't think that Liz is necessarily inevitable unless you choose it.

daisydaisychain Sat 28-Jan-17 17:01:20

I meant Elizabeth I as a positive! I do like Rebecca and Anna too. Yes, there are other options for nicknames - I hadn't thought of lily. Libby, Beth and Lizzie are nice.

whoateallthejaffacakes Sat 28-Jan-17 17:35:01

Juliet, Juliette, Julietta

AntsMarching Sat 28-Jan-17 17:51:11

Apparently QEII's family called her Lillebet, which I think sounds incredibly endearing.

daisydaisychain Sat 28-Jan-17 18:06:09

Yes I like Lilibet! Also Elsie.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sat 28-Jan-17 18:54:52


TheLadyWithTheYellowHat Sat 28-Jan-17 18:57:48

Im a Francesca so very biased! I wear a name badge at work and regularly get told what a nice name it is. Francesca can be shortened to frankie, fran or cesca

daisydaisychain Sun 29-Jan-17 08:15:54

Thanks everyone. I still love Elizabeth, but I'm torn. I now have a longer shortlist!

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