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Still struggling, girls name

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BlackberryandNettle Sun 11-Feb-18 22:10:19

Posted before a couple of timea. DH is still completely indecisive about girls name and now I'm feeling undecided too. We had agreed upon Katherine but he's gone off it. He's coming round to some earlier suggestions. Any thoughts on these? Would you like/hate to be called any of them?

Helena (love but worry people would mispronounce)

For middle name, open to suggestions, we also like Zara and Sophie but can't use for first name. Sophia is out as clashes with surname.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Sun 11-Feb-18 22:14:24

Love Matilda and Helena. How do you want Helena pronounced.
If you want Hel-en-a then the above spelling is fine. If you want He-lay-na
I'd spell it Helaina. I also like Lana as pose to Lara.
I'm not thrilled about your other names

Petalflowers Sun 11-Feb-18 22:32:03

Not keen on Maltida, but othernames are nice.

Dixiestampsagain Sun 11-Feb-18 23:01:08

Lara’s my favourite name (it’s my dd!); I also like cleo from your list- I don’t dislike any of them, actually,

AnyaMoondial Sun 11-Feb-18 23:40:56

I like your whole list. Matilda is my favourite, it is an excellent name smile

DramaAlpaca Sun 11-Feb-18 23:44:30

You hav

DramaAlpaca Sun 11-Feb-18 23:45:46

Oops sorry blush

What I was trying to say there was that you have a very nice list & I'd be happy to be called any of them.

WhereIsBlueRabbit Sun 11-Feb-18 23:49:23

Fab list, I like them all. I have a friend who is a Helena and it does get mispronounced (Hel-ay-na rather than Helen-a), but I love it anyway and it wouldn't put me off. My personal favourite is Lara, followed by Juliet, Zoe and Helena. All fab names and none are that commonly used, but all instantly recognisable (the holy grail of names grin).

mumgointhroughtorture Sun 11-Feb-18 23:51:00

I love Matilda .

helensburgh Sun 11-Feb-18 23:57:18

Helena is lovely.

MollyHuaCha Mon 12-Feb-18 00:30:41

Katherine - lovely
Zoe - lovely
Matilda - lovely
Cleo - no
Helena - lovely, just tell everyone how you like it pronounced. Don't worry, they'll remember!
Juliet - love this name
Lara - live this too

MollyHuaCha Mon 12-Feb-18 00:31:14

*love not live

Onceuponatimethen Mon 12-Feb-18 00:41:33

Lovely list!

I love Helena - was on my girls list
What about these as extras?


GRW Mon 12-Feb-18 07:33:22

What about just Helen if you're worried that people won't know how Helena should be pronounced? It's a name that has been popular for generations but is rarely used for babies now. I love Katherine too.

Elmo303 Mon 12-Feb-18 10:04:15

We have just named our gorgeous week old girl Cleo and have had so many compliments on her name, funnily enough a lot of friends have said they would love to be called Cleo. We chose it because it’s feminine without being too long and frilly and has a classic, vintage feel without being overused.
My own name is one of the other names on your list too! smile

floriad Mon 12-Feb-18 10:43:13

Zoe: a bit boring but fine

Matilda: lovely but massively popular.

Cleo: I prefer Clea or Clio. Cleo is too "Cleopatra" imo.

Helena (love but worry people would mispronounce): Love it. I'd like to be a Helena.

Juliet: Nice!! I prefer Julia but I wouldn't mind being a Juliet.

Lara: Lovely.

Helena, Lara and Juliet are great imo.

Highpeak Mon 12-Feb-18 11:46:53

DD is Juliet, if I have another girl she'll be Lara

BlackberryandNettle Mon 12-Feb-18 22:04:51

Thanks for all the replies. I do like the whole list which is good at least. We actually have an Anna aged 4 so odd that Anna should be suggested! Wary of mentioning dd1 in original post in case it is outing!
I think we can probably rule Katherine out as dh has gone off it although I do think it goes very well with Anna :-(
Thinking maybe Zoe is not as pretty sounding as Anna so perhaps not that.
With Cleo, I think we would spell it this way despite Clio being more historically appealing, because a) I think people are more likely to address cards etc to Cleo and it's the more obvious spelling b) Clio is also the car

BlackberryandNettle Mon 12-Feb-18 22:10:09

I like Matilda but my one concern is with nicknames...not keen on Mattie or Tilly at all, although Tilda is ok.
Leaning towards Cleo (Cleo Juliet or Cleo Sophie?) Or Lara (Lara Juliet?/Lara Matilda?)

LilaBlue Mon 12-Feb-18 22:17:34

Clara is nice,

Or I think Eliza goes well with Anna.

BlackberryandNettle Mon 12-Feb-18 22:20:33

Both nice names but we wouldn't use Clara as a close friend has used it. Eliza also lovely but sounds wrong with our surname

Mulch Mon 12-Feb-18 22:23:50

Cleo is lovely

fearfultrill Mon 12-Feb-18 22:57:57


capercaillie Mon 12-Feb-18 23:05:20

Cleo goes well with Anna.
Julia is an alternative to Juliet.
Love Zoe and Zara

Leonie - similar to cleo and very pretty

CatMuffin Mon 12-Feb-18 23:10:44

I like all of fearfultrill's suggestions

Anna is nice (not that you were asking for opinions on her name!

Shame about Katherine. Nice and Kate is a good option

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