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Harriet or Marian?

(37 Posts)
JohnnyMcGrathSaysFuckOff Fri 10-Nov-17 21:57:54

I want a strong, classical but also feminine name for baby DD. I both these but Harriet is more nickname-able.

But we are thinking of Artemis as a middle name and I think Marian Artemis flows better than Harriet Artemis......


PaperdollCartoon Fri 10-Nov-17 21:59:26

Marian sounds incredibly dated rather than classic. I’m biased towards Harriet, definitely classic, works at all ages and yes lots of nickname options.

DullAndOld Fri 10-Nov-17 22:00:49

love Artemis....
Cant she be Artemis something...?

Bouncingbelle Fri 10-Nov-17 22:01:47


Yika Fri 10-Nov-17 22:03:02

I love Marian! Classic and underused. Would be very unusual now. Harriet sounds like harridan to me, I find it harsh. Artemis is lovely.

Caulk Fri 10-Nov-17 22:04:13

Harriet. No one calls anyone by first name middle name so it doesn’t matter if it flows or not

IL0veCl0thes Fri 10-Nov-17 22:04:49

Marianne is beautiful.

JohnnyMcGrathSaysFuckOff Fri 10-Nov-17 22:11:59

I like Artemis but wonder if it is too out there for a first name?

See, I like Marian but not Marianne which reminds me of Marianne Dashwood who is annoying. Marian reminds me of Maid Marian and Marian Halcombe.

But Harriet is a cool name and she could be a Hattie which is cute for a little one.....

Threeandabit Fri 10-Nov-17 22:16:09


user1472334322 Fri 10-Nov-17 22:42:37

I know a Harriet, she's 7 and a real character. I like the name and it suits her well. I might have said it was old fashioned before I met her but I wouldn't say so now. She also has classmates named Hettie, Bertie and Lottie which I also really like and are along similar lines.

Cobblersandhogwash Fri 10-Nov-17 22:44:17

Marian. Lovely name.

ButterfliesandMoths Fri 10-Nov-17 22:46:39

I prefer Harriet

Sugarpiehoneyeye Fri 10-Nov-17 22:56:29

I have a Harriet, but I love Marian Artemis, it's a fabulous name, go for it !

Buntysoven Fri 10-Nov-17 23:54:26

I second Marianne. Beautiful and not as frumpy as Marian

SuperBeagle Sat 11-Nov-17 00:30:33

Don't like Marian, but Marianne isn't as bad (Marianne Faithfull is a cool association).

I've never liked Harriet.

Chaffinch4 Sat 11-Nov-17 02:15:01

Marian or Marianne. Both lovely. I wouldn't worry about nicknames - they just come along in my experience, often nothing to do with the name itself!

Pemba Sat 11-Nov-17 03:32:28

Marian is not 'frumpy' and of course it's classic (Maid Marian anyone?) - just unusual at the moment. I do prefer Marianne really though but I see you don't.

I also quite like Harriet, but I think I'd actually choose Marian of the two, as Harriet seems to be quite popular right now.

DramaAlpaca Sat 11-Nov-17 03:36:29

Harriet Artemis is the coolest name ever, I absolutely love it.

TheDowagerCuntess Sat 11-Nov-17 03:46:37

I would pronounce Marian and Marianne differently, so it's not just a different spelling.

Marian feels dated to me too, but that's no bad thing.

By the time she's 20, it will be back in vogue, and she'll be rocking a cool name as a young woman.

Harriet feels much more frumpy to me.

lizzieoak Sat 11-Nov-17 03:48:07

I’d think Marian but say Marion. Maybe that’s just me? So I’d prefer Marianne. If Marianne then it’s a toss-up which I prefer. If your spelling then definitely Harriet as I knew a bossy one named Marian (unreasonable of me I know).

CaptainWarbeck Sat 11-Nov-17 04:01:01

I really don't like Marian!

Harriet is strong and cool.

CaptainWarbeck Sat 11-Nov-17 04:01:26

I really don't like Marian!

Harriet is strong and cool.

OtterInDisgrace Sat 11-Nov-17 04:07:30


emmcan Sat 11-Nov-17 04:11:50

Well, you are picking if your daughter is going to go through life as a Hattie, or a Maz.

Hazandduck Sat 11-Nov-17 04:15:18

I’m a Harriet and when I was little I was obsessed with Robin Hood. I never had a middle name and was jealous of my friends who had them, so my mum told me I could pick my own unofficial middle name...Yep I called myself Harriet Marian for a long time, ha! The older I get though the more I really like Marian so I would vote for that smile

As a Harriet I have never been called Hattie, it’s either Haz or Harri but I think Hattie would be cute on a little girl.

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