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Mab for a girl

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Jooni Fri 03-Mar-17 13:28:16

I know it probably won't go down well but I love short, sweet, strong names for girls and Mab is a recent discovery which is really growing on me. It's of Irish origin, pronounced just as it looks, apparently meaning "happiness". Thoughts please?

I also really love Meg but DH has vetoed because of Family Guy angry

ILikeSalmon Fri 03-Mar-17 15:30:32

Hmm sorry it's a no from me
It doesn't even sound like a name
It sounds like a electrical component or something

ZombieApocalips Fri 03-Mar-17 15:32:31

I'd wonder if it was a nickname for Mabel or a typo and you met Mads (nickname for Maddie or similar name?)

EggsEleven Fri 03-Mar-17 15:33:51

I'm Irish and it's a no from me too. It sounds & looks like an acronym.

What about Mabel? Maeve?

BillyButtfuck Fri 03-Mar-17 15:36:34

I'm not keen.
How about Tabitha - Tab
Or Maddie, Lucy, Rose, Penny, Polly, Nell (Penelope)

NavyandWhite Fri 03-Mar-17 15:37:10

You're kidding right?

greeeen Fri 03-Mar-17 15:37:35

sorry I think it sounds like an acronym. Don't even like it for a nn.

BillyButtfuck Fri 03-Mar-17 15:38:08

Bea, Dot, Eve?

therealsquireofwideacre Fri 03-Mar-17 15:38:14

Mabli - Mab for short? I love it personally.

PutThatPomBearBack Fri 03-Mar-17 15:41:00

Sounds like a name for a cat, sorry.

coxsorangepippin Fri 03-Mar-17 15:44:06

I love it! Like in Romeo and Juliet -

MERCUTIO
O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you.
She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes
In shape no bigger than an agate-stone
On the fore-finger of an alderman,

HereBeFuckery Fri 03-Mar-17 15:44:18

As in Queen Mab, mistress of mayhem (Midsummer Night's Dream, I think)?

Fine, but will be grin when they are a tearaway toddler!

HereBeFuckery Fri 03-Mar-17 15:44:43

R&J, bugger. Sorry. X-post with cox

Elbi Fri 03-Mar-17 15:44:47

Makes me think of Mercutio's speech in R&J... Queen Mab is a fairy I think.

snowgirl1 Fri 03-Mar-17 15:45:53

It's a no from me. Is it pronounced to rhyme with 'jab' and 'lab'?

EssentialHummus Fri 03-Mar-17 15:45:59

I'd assume it was short for Mabel, and I'd then wonder if it was "Mab" or "Mabe". No from me.

Elbi Fri 03-Mar-17 15:46:01

Ha! All us 15:44 Shakespearos cross-posting.

TheOnlyLivingBoiInNewCork Fri 03-Mar-17 15:47:47

Its not of Irish origin, I think you're mixing it up with Medb?

Queen Mab is a Shakesperean character, the fairy midwife, which in turn was probably from the Chaucerian Mabily.
It's also a welsh mythical male figure.

It's not a very nice sounding name.

Bluntness100 Fri 03-Mar-17 15:49:48

That isn't a nice name, no sorry, it sounds like it's short for something, i actually thought you'd misspelled it in your title.

miserablemolly Fri 03-Mar-17 15:52:02

Sounds like a technical computing word. "Download Mab 6 for faster processing"

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Fri 03-Mar-17 15:54:02

My great aunt Mabel was known as Mabs. It sounds like a nickname - sweet but incomplete.

Jooni Fri 03-Mar-17 16:06:30

Thought so grin

Yes, like Queen Mab. I like the connection!

It is a weird one I suppose... I do really like Mabli, and Nell but know a couple of those unfortunately.

Rockaby Fri 03-Mar-17 16:48:51

cox beat me to it!

First thought was Romeo and Juliet.

MrsMeeseeks Fri 03-Mar-17 16:53:06

I like it. It's snappy and un-frilly.

WhereYouLeftIt Fri 03-Mar-17 16:57:17

As a big Jim Butcher fan (he writes The Dresden Files) - hmm. Mab is the Queen of the Winter Court, Queen of Air and Darkness, and she's pretty damned dark. As in totally ruthless. Not a nice person.

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