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Middle name - strong woman

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Misslemon01 Thu 07-Dec-17 13:12:05

We’ve pretty much settled on the first name for our baby girl - it’s a traditional Victorian name, begins with E.

Now we’re looking for a middle name, after a strong woman in literature or history. So far we’ve considered:

- Simone (de Beauvoir)
- Marie (Curie)
- Sylvia (Plath)
- Helen (of Troy) - though not very strong!

Any other thoughts? Also open to Shakespeare characters, but not the rubbish ones who are accessories to men!

TheCatsPaws Thu 07-Dec-17 13:15:13

I always liked Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing.

Sally (Ride)
Margaret (Hamilton)
Sophie (Scholl)

Were a few that came to mind.

Zampa Thu 07-Dec-17 13:19:04

How about Mary (Anning), after the 19th century paleontologist? She was from a poor background, with no scientific training but changed how we see the past.

semideponent Thu 07-Dec-17 13:21:00

Margaret (of Anjou)
Matilda (Queen of England...I think...fought with Steven if I remember rightly)
Catherine (of Aragon)
Portia (Merchant of Venice)
Julian (of Norwich, a woman who knew her own mind)

northernruth Thu 07-Dec-17 13:22:34

Joan (of Arc).

BlueChampagne Thu 07-Dec-17 13:31:56

Marianne (George Eliot)
Sylvia could also be Pankhurst

Agustarella Thu 07-Dec-17 13:36:38

I had similar thoughts to you when naming DD1, and went with Tanaquil as a middle name. (A certain amount of mickey taking from my parents ensued, since they gave us middle names like Jane and Andrew.)

I agree with Athena. How about Artemisia? Or Livia?

BabloHoney Thu 07-Dec-17 13:41:00

Harper (Lee)
Meg, Jo, Beth or Amy (from Little Women)
Emmeline (Pankhurst)
Florence (Nightingale)

Also would love to add Lisa (Simpson) - the longest-running feminist character tv has had, she is the voice of reason and a such good soul smile

Agustarella Thu 07-Dec-17 13:44:22

Forgot to add that I prefer the spelling Silvia. Rhea Silvia was of course the mum of Romulus and Remus, if you're prepared to think of legendary characters as well as historical ones. Sylvia/Silvia is beautiful and I love the Pankhurst connection. Not relevant to you, but the last and loveliest form tutor I had in sixth form was a Sylvia. We clubbed together and got her a silver necklace with her name on it as a leaving gift. She was an older lady then (1995) so perhaps that generation's names are ripe for revival!

PS Even after the mickey taking that resulted from Tanaquil, I'm glad I didn't go with Isis. I nearly did. Imagine going through customs with that on your kid's passport. shock

NinonDeLenclos Thu 07-Dec-17 14:07:25

Mythological? Artemis, Demeter, Hera/o, Morgan, Guinivere, Epona

George (Sand & Eliot), Colette, Katherine (Mansfield), Virginia, Willa (Cather)

Lifewithliv18 Thu 07-Dec-17 14:18:11

Maya (Angelou)
Rosa (parks)
Rey (Star Wars)- kick ass female lead

MikeUniformMike Thu 07-Dec-17 14:19:32


victoire1208 Thu 07-Dec-17 14:27:14

Athena /Athenais (with a funny french I with 2 dots on)

victoire1208 Thu 07-Dec-17 14:29:02

Just noticed first name trad Victorian so I would go with something from classical mythology.

TheCraicDealer Thu 07-Dec-17 14:40:57

Aphra (Benn)- one of the first English women to earn a living by her writing and she was a spy. Cool AF.

Misslemon01 Thu 07-Dec-17 14:46:35

Thank you everyone!

@BabloHoney @victoire1208 I also really like Florence and Artemis as you suggested. I wasn’t sure about Florence as it would be an F after an E first name, but maybe that’s ok?? Re Artemis, I wasn’t sure if that was a bit wanky, but she’s an excellent Greek goddess.

NinonDeLenclos Thu 07-Dec-17 14:49:27

Artemis is one of my fav names. I would have called my DD that if it wasn't too much of a mouthful with our French surname.

ChocolateCrunch Thu 07-Dec-17 15:27:57

Amelia (Earhart)
Indira (Gandhi)
Joan (of Arc)
Helen (Keller)
Catherine (the Great)
Jane (Austen)
Rosa (Parks)
Anne (Frank)

Misslemon01 Thu 07-Dec-17 17:07:06

@NinonDeLenclos may I ask who Colette is in history? It’s a really pretty name.

eddiemairswife Thu 07-Dec-17 17:14:09

Amazon? They were strong women.

Whythesnoring Thu 07-Dec-17 17:59:21

I like your theme ! smile
Rosa (parks)
Emmeline (pankhurst)
Frida (kahlo)

With strong women in mind.. I've always loved the name Bernadette because it means Brave as a Bear smile

IVflytrap Thu 07-Dec-17 18:35:46

Rosalind (Franklin)
Harriet (Martineau)
Mary (Wollstonecraft, and also her daughter Mary Shelley)
Edith (Cavell)
Emmeline (Pankhurst)
Sylvia (Pankhurst)
Sophia (Duleep Singh)
Emily (Davison)

undertheradarplease Thu 07-Dec-17 18:49:20

Congratulations on your near arrival. As a mother of a girls army I already LOVE this thread - I'm massively invested in it! Sorry if I repeat any previous suggestions.

Josephine (March) from Little Women
Scarlet (O'Hara) from Gone With The Wind
Celie from The Color Purple
Hermoine (Granger) from Harry Potter

Historical/Current affairs:
Sophie (Scholl) The White Rose Movement
Malala (Yousafzai) Female Education Activist
Valentina (Tereshkova) Astronaut

Smoliver Thu 07-Dec-17 19:21:08

Annelies (Anne Frank's first name)
Emmeline (Pankhurst)
Mary (Anning)
Frida (Kahlo)
Diana (Princess Di & Wonder Woman's first name)
Rosa (Parks)
Beatrix (Potter)
Audrey (Hepburn)
Cleo (...patra)
Valentina (Tereshkova - first woman in space)
Bronte (the Bronte Sisters)

MikeUniformMike Thu 07-Dec-17 19:27:27

It has to be Olivia. You might get away with Olive though.

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