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Help! Traditional names

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teenybean Sun 28-May-17 00:00:16

Baby is due in just over 3 weeks, & we can't decide on a name, we're really struggling!

We like traditional names, but not common ones, & we don't know if it's a girl or boy, so the ones we've thought of that we like are

Beatrix, (hate Beatrice, which is quite common here)
Isabella (common here though)

Henry (very common here though)
Freddie (again common here)

Anyone have any other suggestions, please?

CaulkheadUpNorf Sun 28-May-17 00:06:37

Esther, Mary, Lucy, Leah, Rebecca

Andrew, Simon, Joseph, Edward, Matthew

Awwlookatmybabyspider Sun 28-May-17 00:18:23

Catherine. Sarah. Elizabeth. Harriet.
Florence. Helena. Lucy. Rose. Teresa.
Frances. Margaret. Megan. Alexandra
Kate. Ana. Ruth. Laura. Matilda. Amy
Winnie. Josie. Georgina. Victoria.
Alice. Clare. Julia. Vivienne. Ann
Suzannah. Abigail.

Alexander. James. Paul. Matthew
Charles. Tom. Eric. Vincent. Robert.
Bernard. Adam. Alan. David. Nicholas. Arthur. George. Antony.
Joseph. Jack. John. Francis. Andrew.

Sophronia Sun 28-May-17 00:19:40


KeiraKnightleyActsWithHerTeeth Sun 28-May-17 00:23:40

Susannah, Helena, Margaret, Rosalind, Georgiana, Elizabeth, Cassandra, Alexandra, Lucy, Veronica, Emily, Catherine, Mary, Annabelle, Anna, Zoe, Elinor, Jane.

John, Edward, Sebastian, Samuel, Benjamin

Joeybee Sun 28-May-17 00:58:36

Beatrix, -LOVE this name, but if you hate Beatrice, maybe avoid this name, as a lot of people would probably mishear and call her Beatrice.

Isabella - Yeah, very nice but too common.

Delilah - Nice name, and rare. However I think many associate it strongly with the Tom Jones song.

Henry -it is very common, but omg it's a lovely name. Also Harry is similar and fantastic also.

Austin - YES! Not too common, but totally useable and is a strong name. I also like Alex (Alexander) which I feel is a similar name.

Freddie - only if it was short for Frederick.

Other tradtional names:

Leonard (Leo)
Wilfred (Can get nn Freddie from this too)

ShmooBooMoo Sun 28-May-17 01:19:43

Francesca, Florence, Nell, Alexandra, Eveline, Aurelia, Cordelia, Genevieve, Mirabelle, Perdita (Perdy), Delyth

Elias, Emile, Robin, Silas, Michael, Bertram (Bertie), Rowan, Heath, Clement, Sebastian, Vincent

teenybean Sun 28-May-17 02:25:18

Thank you everyone,
our favourites are Beatrix & loved trixie as a nn, but then I heard trixie is a common dogs name confused & Delilah, but was worried about the Tom Jones song association & Austin, but didn't know if it sounded too 'American'? (That's not meant to be insulting to anyone)

OrlandaFuriosa Sun 28-May-17 04:12:30

Bea, Bee also works as nn

Really really traditional names:

Ann(e), Elizabeth and variants, Mary and variants, Matilda/Maud, Nichola, Rosalind/mund, Rose, Millicent Mildred Margaret and variants, Philippa ( pippa) Jane and variants, Joanna Hilda Helen and variants Edith Enid Emma and variants.

John James Mark Matthew Paul Benedict/Benet Francis, Luke, Adam, Abraham, Daniel Samuel Thomas Oliver Roland Inigo Hugo Hugh Peter Piers Giles Guy Andrew Nicholas William Alexander Archibald Tobias Toby Ronald Martin Xavier

wobblywonderwoman Sun 28-May-17 04:31:26

For a boy - Louis or Bernard or Samuel

For a girl - Jane Charlotte or Alice

needsomeopinions Sun 28-May-17 10:07:13

Sorry to sound ignorant but what's the difference between Beatrix and Beatrice?

Isabella isn't just popular on here- it's ranked 8th nationally.

Delilah, lovely name and wouldn't think it matters even if you did associate with the Tom Jones song. In any case I think this generation are more like to think of the 'Hey there Delilah' song...and your babies generation probably neither!

Other names...Hayley, Harriet, Leah, Lara, Lucie, Fiona, Felicity, Juliet, Emily

CaulkheadUpNorf Sun 28-May-17 11:58:24

Beatrix is said bee a trix but Beatrice is said bee a tris.

EweAreHere Sun 28-May-17 12:04:35

Beatrix is lovely.

I also like Violet, Eugenie, Imogen and Juliette for old fashioned names.

Henry is incredibly popular these days, and I've yet to meet one that isn't quite naughty. (Admittedly warped by working in a primary school.)

Austin isn't really a traditional name.

Freddie is nice enough, but would hope it would be short for a more formal version of Fred.

22Names Sun 28-May-17 12:30:35

Beatrix is rising in popularity quite fast, so I think it's officially trendy.

Prefer Isobel but Isabella is nice too

I personally don't like Delilah because of the song

Henry is getting very popular

Austin is way too American for me because of Austin TX

Freddie is nice as a nickname for Frederick/Wilfred/Alfred etc .

butterfly990 Sun 28-May-17 14:07:32

Rather than Delilah could use Della.

squoosh Sun 28-May-17 14:18:09

Austin is an old man name in Ireland. It's funny to see it now as a trendy American name.

29Palms Sun 28-May-17 14:27:49

Austin is a contraction of Augustine, so is certainly traditional if fairly unusual.

I think Trixie is a lovely nn. It did used to be quite popular as a dog name, but I haven't met a canine Trixie for years! The fashion is to give dogs more common people names. Where I live, all the dogs seem to be called Poppy, Tilly, Molly, Daisy, Millie.

grufallosfriend Sun 28-May-17 14:30:45

Beatrix is lovely.

How about Quentin or Reuben?

ShmooBooMoo Sun 28-May-17 14:39:18

Personally, I would go with Beatrix, nn Trixie or Trix (to me, Bea sounds very old ladyish, perhaps because of Bea Arthur from The Golden Girls). Emma Willis called her little girl Trixie. I love it.
Beatrix and Beatrice sound distictive fro each other when said properly so I wouldn't worry about mix-ups.

sashh Sun 28-May-17 15:03:57

Henry -it is very common, but omg it's a lovely name. Also Harry is similar and fantastic also.

Harry is a diminutive of Henry.

All your names are fab OP

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