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Girls name suggestions please! DP and I can't agree

(54 Posts)
ploddingalong2 Mon 09-Oct-17 23:58:07

Our baby is due in January. We've got a boys name that we both love but can't settle on a girls name.

Lily is currently the front runner but no idea on the middle name.

DP loves Lily and I like it too but worried its a little too popular. The name I really love is Anna but its already in the family so we can't use it. Other names I quite like are Alice, Cara, Holly. DP would quite like a flower name (Daisy and Poppy are also in the close family so can't use those either!).

Any suggestions?! I feel like we haven't found 'the name' yet

Bobbiepin Mon 09-Oct-17 23:59:07

What about Iris for a flower name? Less used than Lily or Rose

ploddingalong2 Tue 10-Oct-17 00:02:05

Thanks Bobbiepin. I'd suggested Iris but DP thinks its too close to Isis grin

Caulkheadupnorf Tue 10-Oct-17 00:13:39

Freya? Lola, Megan, Nancy, Jasmine

Awwlookatmybabyspider Tue 10-Oct-17 00:14:53

MN suggestions for Lily
Lily Belle
Lily Grace
Lily Isabella
Lily Amber
Lily Beth
Lily Sophia
Lily Aurora

Alternative names to Lily

SuperBeagle Tue 10-Oct-17 01:30:49

Other floral names:
- Dahlia
- Daphne
- Lavender
- Violet
- Marigold
- Aster
- Ivy
- Orchid (I knew someone with this as a middle name, and I always thought it was cool)

Dustbunny1900 Tue 10-Oct-17 03:21:05


I quite like cara/Kara or Cora. They mean sweet heart right?

PressPaws Tue 10-Oct-17 05:15:14

Liliana? It's a proper name, so not just a combination of the ones you like. And not as popular as Lily.

HeteronormativeHaybales Tue 10-Oct-17 05:25:58

Lilian. Not sure why it's not more popular - it's pure granny chic.

Another vote for Rowan. My favourite unisex name.

Jasmine? Or how about Marguerite?

BikeRunSki Tue 10-Oct-17 05:29:07

Unusual flower names


nooka Tue 10-Oct-17 05:30:24

I was going to suggest Liliana too. Liliana Rose / Fern / Ivy ?

NiceCuppaTeaAndASitDown Tue 10-Oct-17 07:29:45


All flower names that I'd consider underused

ChocolateCrunch Tue 10-Oct-17 07:39:04

Ivy or Holly, as you are having a winter baby?

I know loads of Lilys, but you could go for Liliana as pps have suggested.

Alice and Cara from your list are lovely. I only know one of each. I like Jasmine and Flora too, if you go for a flower name.

Chaffinch4 Tue 10-Oct-17 08:22:03

Fleur? Primrose? Or just Rose? Posy?

ploddingalong2 Tue 10-Oct-17 08:49:11

Thanks everyone! I think we'll have to drop the flower names as I really don't like any other than Lily. We'd like to keep it a short simple name as she'll have a very long and hard to pronounce surname.

I have a well known but unusual (for my generation) name and I hated it so I don't want to stray too far from the top 100 names. I wish there was something as classic and simple as Anna that I could think of!!

BewareOfTheToddler Tue 10-Oct-17 08:55:59

Lilia would be a more unusual variant of Lily...

ladybirdsaredotty Tue 10-Oct-17 08:56:54

I think Lily is beautiful. The only ones at my DD's school are older than her (she's Y1). Every time I hear it is think how lovely it is. If it's your (combined) favourite I wouldn't let popularity put me off, especially if you can't find other options.

Also, are you SURE Anna is unusable for you? I guess so as you've mentioned it but I think it depends on how often you see family members, etc.

Good luck choosing!

BewareOfTheToddler Tue 10-Oct-17 08:57:15

But if you love Lily, don't let popularity deter you - it's a pretty name and instantly recognisable, which is no bad thing! I only know one (5).

tocas Tue 10-Oct-17 08:59:14


igotyoubabe Tue 10-Oct-17 10:00:04

Emma? Classic, not overused!

IfeellikeaJoan Tue 10-Oct-17 10:05:45

Hazel is my favourite name. How about Helen or Sarah for simple and classic?

Sugarpiehoneyeye Tue 10-Oct-17 10:06:17

Lily is a lovely name, it matters not a jot, that it's popular, if you like it.
Jasmine is very pretty, as is Rose.
Could you use Anna as a middle name ? Lily Anna.

ploddingalong2 Tue 10-Oct-17 10:33:19

Hazel is lovely! Not keen on Emma for some reason. I do like Lily Anna but think it sounds too much like a whole name- Lilliana

Smoliver Tue 10-Oct-17 10:59:34

I like Lily. Maybe you could use an alternative version of Lily like Lilia or Liliana.

I also love classic names, maybe you could use one as the middle name. I think Lily Alice would be a lovely name. Or maybe you could suggest Lily as a middle name instead of a first?

Some other classic names you could use for first/middle name:

Jooni Tue 10-Oct-17 11:05:00

How about Alba? Alma? Ailsa? Iona?

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