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lovetpwonder Mon 30-Jul-18 21:58:58

Not to be confused with crushed velvet sofa and annual holiday to Dubai names grin (inspired by another poster).

Hit me with your upper class/well to do baby girl names that are still used today!

missmouse101 Mon 30-Jul-18 22:00:56

Fenella, Arabella, Eleanore

Fucksgiven Mon 30-Jul-18 22:05:40

Why does this matter to you? If you were upper class you would call your child what you like and not give a hoot

Banterlope Mon 30-Jul-18 22:06:18

Chlamydia, Cuntella, Turbot

GinIsIn Mon 30-Jul-18 22:06:32

Thanks @MissMouse101 grin

I have a soft spot for Araminta but DH vetoed it....

cushioncovers Mon 30-Jul-18 22:07:27

Banter gringrin

HeyDolly Mon 30-Jul-18 22:08:22

Ophelia
Serephenia
Persephone

lovetpwonder Mon 30-Jul-18 22:08:25

Fucks But that's not true, is it?

I've never met a rich and old money Hallie-Mai wink

Although funnily enough, the richest and poshest person I've ever met was called John...

Fucksgiven Mon 30-Jul-18 22:10:36

So are you old money and posh or wanting to be pretentious? Call your kid a name you like.

Itsear Mon 30-Jul-18 22:11:42

Boys name with a ‘wet’ vibe. Cuthbert, Rupert, Peregrine, Timothy etc.

DannyDogg Mon 30-Jul-18 22:12:06

Alotta-Fagina or Jenna-Talia

Banterlope Mon 30-Jul-18 22:12:41

Hyphenate all three, job done. Nowt posher

MarthasGinYard Mon 30-Jul-18 22:13:00

Jocasta le plume puffball

Henrietta Dubois phlange a rillo

Cosima Urqhuart Upwardly Smytherooni

Cordelia Phwar Phwar Rha Oiks erson

WellErrr Mon 30-Jul-18 22:13:43

Something like Victoria but then never call them that, use an hilarious nickname like Tory or Tocky or Bumble.

Cbeebiesrehab Mon 30-Jul-18 22:14:54

I’ve met a few Arabellas and they definitely have not fit the description.

However the little Ophelia I knew certainly did!

St John is one I feel speaks to a certain class. Maybe Tarquin?
Girls names are much harder I think.

AudreyBillingham Mon 30-Jul-18 22:15:00

Posh people calls their girls Cuthbert and Timothy?!

Fucksgiven - I think you really do give too many fucks grin

Dioskouri Mon 30-Jul-18 22:16:05

Chlamydia, Cuntella, Turbot

Turbot made me laugh out loud. grin

Itsear Mon 30-Jul-18 22:17:17

Camilla, Lucinda, Octavia, Bunty

Elephantgrey Mon 30-Jul-18 22:17:54

There was a documentary on last night about the artist Tacita Dean her brother is called Ptolemy and her sister is called Antigone but gets called Tiggy for short. Those are the sort of names you can only pull off if you are properly posh.

Having said that most aristocrats have very classic names like Charles James etc.

Fucksgiven Mon 30-Jul-18 22:18:31

Audrey - not a single one.

BroomstickOfLove Mon 30-Jul-18 22:23:26

Fairly normal classic names but with quirky shortening originating from a child's mispronunciation. Or something a bit foreign, after a great-aunt.

Shadowboy Mon 30-Jul-18 22:35:23

I have taught Bunny, Clementine, Ophelia, Wren, Rupert, Peregrine, Caleb, Winter, Alexander, Hugo.... ole hen I remember more will add. These were all at a private boarding school so more likely to have money than not.

DollyDayScream Mon 30-Jul-18 22:36:41

Pick a Mitford name if you care about that sort of thing.

farfallarocks Mon 30-Jul-18 22:42:35

So agree with the child mispronounciation nick name!
It doesn’t matter what the official name is, you just use a nick name darling.
Ducky, shrimpy, bumble, minty, button.
You get the gist.

lecossaise Mon 30-Jul-18 23:04:05

Candida. Obviously you are refined enough to know it means bright white. Only the plebs would think of a yeast infection.

manicinsomniac Mon 30-Jul-18 23:21:14

idk if there's a set rule on what names the upper classes use or even what constitutes the upper classes. But I have taught in a private boarding school for more than a decade and have taught such a mixture of names, from all stereotyped categories and cultures. A selection for illustration:

Antigone, Sydney, Anastasia, Georgina, Harriet, Rebecca, Chantelle, Dakota, Jemima, Fenella, Atlanta, Hailie, Sarah, Charlotte, Deborah, Rhiannon, Iona, Amelia, Chloe, Nina, Carmen, Tallulah, Lili-Kitty, Millicent, Henrietta, Skye, Macarena, Chelsey, Arabella, Adesuwa, Christiana, Lola, Ellie, Clemency, Ava, Sorcha, Phoebe, Tongqiao, Fabia, Amreeta, Amber

Bailey, Ptolemy, George, Riley, Montgomery, Harrison, Rafi, Hugo, Hugh, Gennardy, Shea, Oluwatoni, Sebastian, Albert, Daniel, Cosmo, Frederick, Orlando, Gavin, Leopoldo, Toby, Felix, Charlie, Alfie, Ibrahim, Phineas, London, Teddy, Oliver, Maximillian, Laurence, Drew, Ashton, Jolyon, Arthur, Hardy, Guy, Lawson

Awwlookatmybabyspider Tue 31-Jul-18 00:34:18

Augustina. Emmeline. Mariella. Christiana
Estefania. Rosamund.

DiegoMadonna Tue 31-Jul-18 01:28:18

Boys name with a ‘wet’ vibe. Cuthbert, Rupert, Peregrine, Timothy etc

Haha yes this! Julian is another!

Marv1nGay3 Tue 31-Jul-18 01:40:25

Venetia

AuntieStella Tue 31-Jul-18 07:00:00

Really posh people have traditional names (I think some of the names in the list here are a bit 'frilly' for that - more upper middle/arty/boho/try-hard) but then acquire some really strange nicknames

Boys would be:Charles, James, John, William, George, Henry, Edward, Rupert, Alexander, Frederick, etc

Girls: Alexandra, Isabella, Charlotte, Anna, Catherine, Elizabeth, Victoria, Sophia, Georgina, Sarah, Harriet, Lucy

LeeMiller Tue 31-Jul-18 07:03:51

Stereotypically upper-class names like Tarquin?

The upper-class people I actually know or have met have (and have given their kids) very classic names like James, Eleanor etc then bestow them with daft nicknames, rather than using diminutives.

EdithWeston Tue 31-Jul-18 07:04:18

"I have taught in a private boarding school"

That shows wealth (self or employer) or ability to secure a bursary. It does not indicate being upper class, because the DC with those names might come from upper, upper-middle, or nouveau-riche classes, or be of completely different class if fees paid by someon eother tha the parents.

Shampooeeee Tue 31-Jul-18 07:15:10

The real upper classes have some bonkers names: Butter, Jet, Bundle, etc.
Some have traditional names but the idea that you must use a dull traditional name is much more middle class.

MedicinalGin Tue 31-Jul-18 07:17:23

Why don’t you try reading some Jeeves and Wooster books for inspiration? They are chock full of posh names.

I can’t remember their exact names but I do love his description of Bertie’s Aunts having a disagreement:

‘Like two great mastodons, bellowing across a primeval swamp’

grin

AuntieStella Tue 31-Jul-18 07:24:08

I don't think anyone says you must

Rather observing what certain demographics actually do.

It's a description, not a 'how to' manual!

Sevendown Tue 31-Jul-18 07:42:21

Benjamin
Thomas
Edward
Sebastian
Andrew
Charlie
James
Henry
Cuthbert
Percy
Howard
St John
Alexander
Edgar
Julian
Cecil
Farquhar
Leopold
Maximilian
Niles
Miles
Forbes
David
Matthew
Oswald
Winston
Stanley
Quintin
Reginald
Walter
Tristan
Simon
Raphael
Michael
Cosmo
Bruno
Orlando

Sarah
Jemima
Jessica
Kitty
Perpetua
Grace
Chastity
Cosima
Bronte
Anna
Jane
Catherine
Elizabeth
Anne
Arabella
Isabella
Augusta
Octavia
Olympia
Portia
Jamesina
Georgiana
Thomasina
Harriet
Helena
Nancy
Florence
Petula
Bridget
Charlotte
Seraphina
Celeste
Aphra
Virginia
Regina
Genevieve
Emma
Emily
Rose
Dulcie
Nerissa
Adeline
Oonagh
Rebecca
Edwina
Winifred
Orla
Isla
Ianthe

BevBrook Tue 31-Jul-18 07:45:58

You just need to look at The Telegraph birth announcements announcements.telegraph.co.uk/births/announcements

TatianaLarina Tue 31-Jul-18 10:00:30

The real upper classes have some bonkers names: Butter, Jet, Bundle, etc.Some have traditional names but the idea that you must use a dull traditional name is much more middle class.

Yes there are a lot of myths about ‘upper classes’ on the internet.

1Wanda1 Tue 31-Jul-18 12:42:33

This thread reminds me of that Margaret Thatcher quote: "if you have to tell people you're powerful, you aren't".

That said, to assist with the OP's aspirations to upper-middle-class life, I would say that most of the properly wealthy old money types I know have fairly ordinary "traditional" names (James, Charlotte, Edward, etc) and a ridiculous nickname they have had from childhood, such as "Tigger" or "Bunty". EVERYONE knows them by the nickname, as if that was in fact their given name. So, OP, why not start with choosing an outlandish nickname? If you get in there early with it, it may even trump the one your child is given at prep school by his or her peers.

DaniCam89 Tue 31-Jul-18 13:13:42

My 'posh girl' names that I love are Aurelia and Rosalie. However my very working class mum deemed them "too snobby" lol x

TatianaLarina Tue 31-Jul-18 15:59:43

I would say that most of the properly wealthy old money types I know have fairly ordinary "traditional" names

See above for myths about upper classes.

Any class represents a widely varied group of people - some are conservative and traditional and choose trad names, some cultured and intellectual and go for more unusual names, and some are full Bohemian whacky woo.

1Wanda1 Tue 31-Jul-18 16:18:14

Tatiana, an anecdotal comment about "people I know" is, by definition, not a "myth". It's a comment about people I know. It is not a comment applied to "all upper class people".

Rebecca36 Tue 31-Jul-18 16:19:51

I didn't know there were such things as "upper class" baby names. Where did anyone get that idea?

There are chavy, pondlife names such as, "Waynetta", but most of us who aren't upper class wouldn't choose that.

Most people just choose what they like.

TatianaLarina Tue 31-Jul-18 17:31:29

It may be fact in your case (I doubt it as certainly not ‘most’ uc people with silly nns use them in adulthood - only some), but I’ve seen that precise claim made so many times that it absolutely pertains to myth.

Fightthebear Tue 31-Jul-18 17:36:52

Diggory? Dickon? Ballonz grin

Sloanriley Tue 31-Jul-18 17:38:52

Bunty
Lettice

1Wanda1 Tue 31-Jul-18 18:53:21

Tatiana "pertains to myth"? What nonsense. In my 10 years in boarding schools and then 4 at Cambridge, I got to know a lot of old money wealthy kids. As adults they all use their nicknames. Don't be so dismissive of other people's lived experience.

OrchidsAreSlags Tue 31-Jul-18 19:04:44

Proper, old money, UMC names I have encountered in my lifetime:

Daffodil
Tansy
Topsy
Galahad
Rupert
Artemis

And also a ton of Harriets, Isabelles, Felicitys and Pippas.

ImNotAFlower Tue 31-Jul-18 19:26:22

My son got headbutted (intentionally) by a very posh Eloidie at soft play this week if that helps at all? 😁

BroomstickOfLove Tue 31-Jul-18 19:26:53

Oops. Two of those names were on my shortlist for DD, and she has one of them as a family nickname, although she uses a different one. We are not upper class at all.

ImNotAFlower Tue 31-Jul-18 19:26:54

*Elodie

TatianaLarina Tue 31-Jul-18 19:31:01

I am wealthy old money kid and only about 4 people I know still use their nn unless they’re with old school friends. Was at Cambridge too - so what?

So many people make that claim without personal experience - that’s why it pertains to myth.

MyBreadIsEggy Tue 31-Jul-18 19:33:16

“Cressida” screams POSH to me

SheGotBetteDavisEyes Tue 31-Jul-18 19:34:06

Ptolemy, St John, Lettice and Clementine.

TatianaLarina Tue 31-Jul-18 19:34:51

Orchid, you got my DD’s name.

pennycarbonara Tue 31-Jul-18 19:35:04

Why not just have a look at lists of famous alumni of boarding schools? e.g. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Old_Etonians_born_in_the_20th_century
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downe_House_School#Notable_former_pupils
Or look at society pages in Tatler, Vogue etc and see what you like?

Slowtrain2dawn Tue 31-Jul-18 19:36:35

Steve, for a girl

1Wanda1 Tue 31-Jul-18 22:17:42

Returning to my first post, Tatiana, to paraphrase Margaret Thatcher: if you have to tell people you're "wealthy old money", you're not.

Sessy19 Tue 31-Jul-18 22:36:46

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Enko Wed 01-Aug-18 00:02:16

The proper posh old money family I know have grandchildren and children called

Monty (not Montgomery)
Isla
Charlie (though I think she really is Charlotte - though sister to Monty so perhaps not)
Daniel
Hugo
George
Henrietta
and Richard

toughgetsgoing Wed 01-Aug-18 01:50:43

Araminta
Tatiana
Fenella
Cressida
Hector
Ludo
Caspar
Mostly they have 'normal' middle class names
Lara
Flora
Molly
Sofia
Harriet
Florence
Clementine
Alice
Eliza
Charlotte
Daisy
Rosie
Coco
Harry
Henry
Freddie
Arthur
Edward
John
James
Charles
Philip
etc

Aintnothingbutaheartache Wed 01-Aug-18 02:01:56

Isolda

TatianaLarina Wed 01-Aug-18 09:08:12

if you have to tell people you're "wealthy old money", you're not

And you could say exactly the same about Cambridge. wink

Crystalblue13 Wed 01-Aug-18 09:16:42

Tarquin
Rufus
Rupert
Araminta
Lettice
Giles
Camilla
Hugo
Magnus

WatercolourFlower Wed 01-Aug-18 09:18:32

I met someone around Christmas time called Plum (her real name is Victoria), in fact I started a thread about it, as I thought it was so unusual. She is posh!

Echobelly Wed 01-Aug-18 09:37:04

Cosmo
Jacinda
Lettuce

pennycarbonara Wed 01-Aug-18 09:44:29

re Plum. I just looked up the fashion journalist Plum Sykes on Wikipedia, assuming she was an example - and found out her real name is Victoria and that Plum is a nickname.

Lettice not Lettuce.

Thatcher was not posh and well aware of that herself; she capitalised on being a grocer's daughter.
The above wasn't what she said, it was a was a paraphrase of a well-known quotation of hers: 'Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.'

1Wanda1 Wed 01-Aug-18 12:29:42

"To paraphrase..."

pennycarbonara Wed 01-Aug-18 12:31:12

Yeah, I was only repeating it because the subsequent poster appeared to have missed that bit.

Sessy19 Wed 01-Aug-18 14:56:48

I know the family who patriarch is the Equerry to HRH, is that Upper class?

They’re all named for ancestors, Thomas, Rupert and Persephone (Percy).

Sessy19 Wed 01-Aug-18 14:57:07

*who’s

Threeandabit Sun 12-Aug-18 14:46:42

I would class these boys' names as posh: -

Rupert
Mungo
Piers
Neville
Geoffrey
Walter
Victor
Crispin
Raymond
Desmond
Emmet
Edmund
Edgar
Fergus

vampirethriller Sun 12-Aug-18 16:13:56

The most upper class people I knew (auntie was a Dukes daughter) were called Joe and Daisy.

YaLoVeras Sun 12-Aug-18 16:20:47

Jane
Anna
Elizabeth
Catherine
Lucy

Frederick
Patrick
David
Andrew
George

Cupcakeicecream Sun 12-Aug-18 16:31:41

Bruno Hugo tuppence clarissa camille calliope clover loveday artemis Athena Bernard benedict elijah Lawrence englebert humpfry gertrude Vivien Gisele Clarence Claudia alexandrine percival magnus Augustus galahad lancelot

SilverBuckles Sun 12-Aug-18 20:19:12

If you have to ask ... well, really

Twelve8Ts Sun 12-Aug-18 21:42:42

Wow, some people on here need to relax!

myotherbagisgucci Wed 15-Aug-18 07:57:06

This tread made it the Daily Mail

https://dailym.ai/2Bag8L5

Congratulations OP! Lol

myotherbagisgucci Wed 15-Aug-18 07:57:43

made it to the*

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