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Penelope or India

(56 Posts)
WillDoMama Sun 25-Feb-18 22:57:17

Which one do you like?
I like both and recently became fond of Penelope.
DH loves India but not Penelope.

RavenWings Sun 25-Feb-18 23:17:26

If you both like India, then India. Can't really use a name one partner dislikes.

Tbh I think Penelope is a bit blah.

MissMoodyMoo Sun 25-Feb-18 23:31:01

India is awful! It's quite common for pretentious people to use and utterly ridiculous! Same as naming your child Paris,London or Brooklyn! It started of unusual but nice now it's become a bit try hard and tacky

Penelope on the other hand is gorgeous!

Rainbowblume Sun 25-Feb-18 23:34:40

Penelope is a very nice and versatile name.

NinjagoNinja Sun 25-Feb-18 23:36:27

Do you have a reason to name your child after a country? Are you Indian? Even if you are, I still think it's weird.

Penelope I don't love - sounds like the noise a pair of flip-flop makes, slapping against the wearer's heels.

HerRoyalNotness Sun 25-Feb-18 23:37:27

India. My all time favourite name

HuskyMcClusky Sun 25-Feb-18 23:38:38


I’m not a massive fan, but it’s by default as I loathe Penelope.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Sun 25-Feb-18 23:41:55

. Penelope and India. You do have a very varied style of name choices. You couldn't get two more extremes if you tried.
However although they've very different I do think they compliment on an other.
How about using both names
India Penelope.

windchimesabotage Sun 25-Feb-18 23:45:22

I think Penelope is beautiful!
India sounds lovely but I am a bit against place names... especially non western place names on western kids (im assuming youre in the uk?) As it seems a bit, i dunno, 'off'
Particularly as India the country has had a somewhat troubled history with the uk... and also seems a bit off to use the name of a country which has some issues with womens rights as the name of a girl. I mean if you love i then use it but I think thats all something to factor in maybe. I know its also a very highly used girls name so it doesnt always make people think of the actual country.

lucylouuu Sun 25-Feb-18 23:46:19

india! i love it but agree with pp with " india penelope "

scotchpie Sun 25-Feb-18 23:52:53

MisMoo, why so nasty? Couldn't you just say you don't like the name!

ChocolateCrunch Mon 26-Feb-18 00:24:59

India is a lovely name. Not keen on Penelope, especially nn Penny.

SuperBeagle Mon 26-Feb-18 00:55:45

I don't like India at all. I agree with others that it's a bit of an odd name choice.

I like Penelope, but don't think you can have a name your husband doesn't like.

MrsDrSpencerReid Mon 26-Feb-18 01:10:50

I know two India’s, both very pretty, very smart and both incredibly good at sports! smile

sandgrown Mon 26-Feb-18 01:13:00

Love the name India. If DS had been DD he would have been India.

BedtimeTea Mon 26-Feb-18 07:21:23

You both ought to like the name of your daughter.

WillDoMama Mon 26-Feb-18 07:34:42

Seems India is winning although it does sound like a controversial name too.
Windchimesabotage I know what you mean but there are also beautiful things about India too like beautiful textiles and colourful clothing and amazing food. It also means river I read so if we did choose it, that will be what we will choose it for. There is always a beautiful side to things too 😉
Ningago we are not Indian and do live in the UK. Our family though is from all over Europe and we are kind of an International family ifkwim.
I was not expecting people not to like Penelope though, as I thought it is more of a mainstream name that most people would love

Sophronia Mon 26-Feb-18 09:22:33


midsomermurderess Mon 26-Feb-18 11:20:50

Penelope, for sure.

PutYourSlippersOn Mon 26-Feb-18 11:55:27

I'm not keen on India. If you have no connection to the country, I don't know why you would name your child after it.

Penelope is lovely but very popular at the minute in footballers' circles. It's a classic, pretty name but I think it's going to become very overused, just like Luna.

WillDoMama Mon 26-Feb-18 12:13:39

PutYourSlippersOn I can understand your logic on India but I don’t think that people name their kids always because of a connection to a place or a person. I don’t think all the girls for example named Florence or Siena have been to those towns or even in Italy itself, they just like how a name sounds. I have also met many girls named Africa for example, a common name in Spain who have never been there either...

lynmilne65 Mon 26-Feb-18 12:54:12


NinjagoNinja Mon 26-Feb-18 13:05:56

The name Florence isn't from the Italian city. It's a name in its own right, after St Florentia. It's from the Latin word florens meaning to flower or blossom.

The name Sienna is usually spelled with "nn". It is distinct from the Italian city. It means reddish brown. My dad had a car in burnt sienna - it was orange really.

India doesn't have a meaning distinct from the country. I'm sure it does means something, whoever gave the country its name must have had some inspiration but to all intents and purposes, the baby name simply refers to the country.

JenniferMargaret Mon 26-Feb-18 15:04:28

Africa for example, a common name in Spain

confused Never heard of it here.
2 DC at school, by far it's all Sophia, Alba and Noa.

NameChangeDestroyer Mon 26-Feb-18 15:57:47

I'd much rather be called India than Penelope. I can't stand Penny or Nel

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