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TerraForma Sat 23-Sep-17 15:11:39

Hi all, my partner and I are expecting and aren't sure of names yet. We don't know baby's gender yet, so are trying to come up with names for both.
We don't want anything extremely common, and it doesn't even need to be English, it can be a name from anywhere. What suggestions do you have?
So far we have
Aoife (EE-FA) and Elai, but I prefer both as middle names.

daisypond Sat 23-Sep-17 15:19:27

I think Aoife is quite common. I know a few. (I'm in London). Not heard of Elai. You could look at the least common baby names lists someone has just posted, where fewer than 50 babies were called these names.

Crowdo Sat 23-Sep-17 15:20:09


TerraForma Sat 23-Sep-17 15:29:06

Where I am, I've never met or heard of anyone called Aoife and I'm originally from Nottingham and now in North Yorkshire. The name is Irish.

TidyDancer Sat 23-Sep-17 15:31:41

Agree Aoife is quite commonly heard now. Never heard it used by anyone who isn't Irish though.

Mammysin Sat 23-Sep-17 15:34:01

Saoirse ( Seersha) Irish for freedom
Dara ( dar (as in dark) - ah Irish for Oak

daisypond Sat 23-Sep-17 15:35:50

Yep, Aoife is Irish. The ones I know have at least one parent who is of Irish origin, or in one case a grandparent.

CherriesInTheSnow Sat 23-Sep-17 15:36:28

I really like Fia or Fiadh (Irish for wild/wild deer) but liked Faye better in the end. I still think it's lovely though smile

ChocolateCrunch Sat 23-Sep-17 15:36:41


CherriesInTheSnow Sat 23-Sep-17 15:38:34

I also love Anouk which is quite unusual. As well as Astrid.

daisypond Sat 23-Sep-17 16:04:13

I know a few Saskias, as well, but all are teenagers. I was surprised to see it's not in the 100 most common girls' names for babies. Astrid is mentioned quite often on these boards, so that will be rising in popularity. How about Merle? (French/Scottish/Irish for blackbird), but it is a real name. I've never met a single one, and only know of the actress Merle Oberon.

BikeRunSki Sat 23-Sep-17 16:08:34



Cagliostro Sat 23-Sep-17 16:09:48

Astrid will be one of DD2's middle names smile

If a boy she would be Taliesin as DH has Welsh heritage. Just love it!

EssentialHummus Sat 23-Sep-17 16:10:55

I really like Merle ^. I think Israeli names may also be a good shout if you want something unusual but easy to pronounce.

Skyllo30 Sat 23-Sep-17 16:11:47

Aoife is more common outside of Ireland now, one of The Saturdays named her child that. It's very popular in Ireland/those of Irish heritage.

ememem84 Sat 23-Sep-17 16:16:31

I wanted to call ds (due imminently) Winter or Hedley or Snowden or Helier. All very traditional names here. Dh vetoed all of them. I'm still toying with Thorin but we'll probably go for something more traditional.

countycouncil Sat 23-Sep-17 16:17:31


Smoliver Sat 23-Sep-17 17:03:32

If you like Irish names there's...

Clodagh (pronounced Clo-Dah)
Ailbhe (pronounced Al-va)

AgentCooper Sat 23-Sep-17 17:09:31

I know quite a few Aoifes but them I'm Glaswegian with Irish background.

One name I heard recently that I thought was amazing was Fiammetta (Italian for little flame) or Fiamma (flame). Don't know if it sounds awful to Italian ears - lots of Italians I know are perplexed by the current love of Arabella here as they think it's a real old lady name.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sat 23-Sep-17 18:03:14


DuggeeHugs Sat 23-Sep-17 20:10:13

I'll second Anouk - lovely name!

Keychanges Sat 23-Sep-17 20:21:19

Myrtle is a really unusual girl's name. Only know of one person with that name.

manicinsomniac Sat 23-Sep-17 22:22:59

You've got quite a wide brief there. There's an awful lot of relatively unusual names.

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Twoevils Sat 23-Sep-17 22:45:45

Iola, pronounced Eye-ola or in Welsh it is ee-yoh-la

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