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Liverbird77 Sat 23-Nov-19 07:23:26

I'm newly pregnant, so we don't know if we are having a boy or a girl.
We have one ds, Hector. We have quite a few ideas for boys' names, but can't agree on girls'.
The one name we both like is Aurora, nn Rory.
What do you think?
Is it chavvy or lovely? Is it too popular - the new Ella?
All opinions welcome.

lowlandLucky Sat 23-Nov-19 07:28:40

Too much like areola

Grufallosfriends Sat 23-Nov-19 07:57:26

Aurora is beautiful. Rory is a cute nickname

DivGirl Sat 23-Nov-19 07:59:43

It's lovely but very common where I live. Theres at least three in DS's nursery. My worry with a name like Aurora is that it will date badly.
I do think it's beautiful though.

Liverbird77 Sat 23-Nov-19 08:01:10

Thanks for your replies. I've always loved the name, but I don't like the Disney connection and I am also concerned it will date. We will maybe have to have a re-think

Howgreenwasmyvalley Sat 23-Nov-19 08:24:30

How about Celeste.

daisypond Sat 23-Nov-19 08:32:01

No. It’s too Sleeping Beauty for me, both Disney Princess and ballet character. I never think Roman goddess of dawn.

ChrisPrattsFace Sat 23-Nov-19 08:33:29

I met three baby auroras in one baby group the other day. Each parent said they had never heard another with the name... it was awkward because they were all very off with each other.
I feel like it’s quiet a popular name now.

SapphosRock Sat 23-Nov-19 08:35:28

Much prefer Aurelia you could call her Rae for short

missmouse101 Sat 23-Nov-19 08:35:59

It's like 'roar roar roar' so really unnatractive sounding.

Leopardprintboots Sat 23-Nov-19 08:39:32

How about Aurelia

Leopardprintboots Sat 23-Nov-19 08:39:49

I personally like Aurora and haven’t met one

Liverbird77 Sat 23-Nov-19 08:51:05

Thanks again everyone. I don't like Celeste and dh has already vetoed Aurelia.
Girls' names are difficult!

carbo Sat 23-Nov-19 08:52:59

I think it's awkward to say but love the nn Rory

mrssoap Sat 23-Nov-19 08:53:19

I don't like aurora but I like Rory

Spied Sat 23-Nov-19 08:54:05

Chavvy imo sorry.

MrsNoMopp Sat 23-Nov-19 09:05:19

I like Aurora but not Rory.

Thetimetravelerswife Sat 23-Nov-19 09:32:29

I like Aurora. I don’t feel the Disney connotation immediately. Instead I think of Aurora the northern lights. Gives me a beautiful mystical vibe.

I only know one Aurora in her 30s now, with the nickname Rory. I loved her name. I dislike Rory though and prefer Rora.

Don’t be caught up in this names that date malarchy...every single name dates.

Jane, Rebecca and sarah are classic “timeless” names. Jane and Rebecca are definitely dated and sarah is on the way to becoming dated.

I think Aurora is very pretty, ignore the Disney connotation. There’s a Disney princess called Sofia and jasmine...and there’s been recent threads about those names and no one has mentioned Disney!

bridgetreilly Sat 23-Nov-19 10:06:20

I don't dislike it, but in some accents it doesn't sound great. Also, if she has difficulty with her r's, it'll be awful.

Leopardprintboots Sat 23-Nov-19 10:58:04

How about Cora @Liverbird77

I love that name

Roxanne /Roxanna nickname Rox/Roxy

GaraMedouar Sat 23-Nov-19 11:00:20

I can’t say Aurora - I say Or-wor-wa. (I cant say my r’s.) would be a nightmare name for me!

TatianaLarina Sat 23-Nov-19 11:02:44

I don’t associate it with Disney at all. I connect it with the Roman goddess, the Northern Lights and the Sleeping Beauty ballet.

I think classic names can survive popular culture associations.

MikeUniformMike Sat 23-Nov-19 13:20:39

I can't say my Rs either.

DramaAlpaca Sat 23-Nov-19 14:22:36

Rory is a boys' name & it sounds ridiculous on a girl. It's a male name meaning 'red king'. Using it for a girl is yet another example of traditional male names being appropriated for girls. Funny how it doesn't happen the other way round.

Anyway, Aurora is a lovely name, but not with Rory as a diminutive.

Leopardprintboots Sat 23-Nov-19 14:25:48

I think Rory is a great nickname for a girl.
Ha. I know a little baby girl Noah.
No boys names are safe and I love it. Can’t wait for the day boys start using strong girls names like Emma. Maybe not in my lifetime but it’s coming

DramaAlpaca Sat 23-Nov-19 14:35:08

Isn't the female version of Noah, Noa? Funnily enough I like Noa, but I detest Noah.

Emma for a boy has made me grin

Liverbird77 Sat 23-Nov-19 15:33:39

I'm with you, @Leopardprintboots!

Leopardprintboots Sat 23-Nov-19 15:42:19

@DramaAlpaca yes I think that’s right but the little girls name is definitely spelt Noah ❤️

Moominfan Sat 23-Nov-19 15:51:12

Not keen on aurora but love Rory non

BubblesBuddy Sat 23-Nov-19 23:26:17

You could consider Oriel, Aurelie, Aurielle?

Practicalmagico Sat 23-Nov-19 23:27:25

I love Aurora

Evilmorty Sat 23-Nov-19 23:28:30

I don’t like it because it takes a lot of lips to say it iyswim. It doesn’t just fly off the tongue.

dancingunicorns123 Sun 24-Nov-19 01:28:24

I know of 3 auroras under 1 x

Staffori Sun 24-Nov-19 02:39:22

It's beautiful and personally I don't think it's chavvy because the only Aurora I know is borne of a very posh Canadian lady.

kittlesticks Sun 24-Nov-19 02:45:24

If you like the nickname Rory why don't you go for Lorelei? For inspiration just watch the Gilmore Girls grin

aibutohavethisusername Sun 24-Nov-19 23:11:00

Aurora is beautiful

Liverbird77 Mon 25-Nov-19 19:35:14

Thanks for your input, everyone.
We still have ages to decide but Aurora is defo the frontrunner at the moment.
Middle name under consideration is Blythe.
We both love the name and it works in both English and Spanish (dh is Spanish and we obviously have a Spanish surname).
Other names up for discussion:
Cosima ( he doesn't like it)

Moominfan Mon 25-Nov-19 21:26:10

Leonor is lovely what about lenorah?

TatianaLarina Mon 25-Nov-19 22:03:24

Love Cosima.

Leonor is too like Lenor.

Leopardprintboots Mon 25-Nov-19 22:28:19

Leonor ?! Like Lenor? No way sorry

I vote Aurora nn Rory - love that name

17caterpillars1mouse Mon 25-Nov-19 22:52:07

I really like Rory for a girl (definitely because of gilmore girls) but I just think Aurora sounds weak. I have met 3 Aurora's (1 9 year old and 2 toddlers) and I've not felt it suited any of them. Plus one dog (seems a weird name for a dog too)

17caterpillars1mouse Mon 25-Nov-19 22:56:02

Octavia a beautiful. I've only ever met one and she is also beautiful. She's 5

Liverbird77 Tue 26-Nov-19 04:22:32

Leonor is a Spanish name. It is actually the name of the future queen.
We wouldn't associate it with Lenor, but maybe it would be the case in the UK. Thanks -that is worth considering.

Otherwisebaldandunconvincing Tue 26-Nov-19 22:56:54

Hector is gorgeous!
And I love the middle name Blythe.
How about:

TatianaLarina Tue 26-Nov-19 23:20:48

Leonor is a Spanish name.

So is Paloma but it means pigeon. Names don’t always don’t cross borders well.

Liverbird77 Wed 27-Nov-19 00:24:24

@TatianaLarina yeah, thanks for that.
We are half English/half Spanish so the children will spend a good proportion of their time in Spain.
Paloma can actually also be translated as "dove". I think it's quite nice!

123Dancewithme Wed 27-Nov-19 00:29:34

Aurora is quite trendy at the moment. I do think it is a bit chavvy.

Leonor is beautiful.

MandeLular Fri 29-Nov-19 21:23:20

Sounds awful in my accent (& I do pronounce my Rs - maybe too much?!) and the Disney link makes it a bit tacky.

MissHenty Fri 29-Nov-19 21:24:54

It’s such a beautiful name @Liverbird77 love Aurora ❤️

jackstini Fri 29-Nov-19 21:40:25

What about Leona instead,or Amoura/Amora? Love Blythe - is it a family surname?

PetraRabbit Fri 29-Nov-19 22:30:42

Hector is a really great name. I'd go with Leonor which is a beautiful name. I think non-Spanish speakers are assuming it's pronounced lee-a-nor not lay-o-nor so ignore the fabric softener comments. I do think Aurora is becoming very trendy and will date.

formerbabe Fri 29-Nov-19 22:32:31

Nice written down but couldn't imagine using it in day to day conversation.

MissHenty Sat 30-Nov-19 08:04:31

I LOVE the name Aurora. Definitely not “c” word OP @Liverbird77

Awwlookatmybabyspider Sun 01-Dec-19 02:04:51

I love Aurora. I’d never use it though as I don’t like Ari or Rory for girls.

diddlediddle Sun 01-Dec-19 07:46:46

I think aurora goes nicely with hector and Rory is a nice nn

Lolacat1234 Sun 01-Dec-19 07:57:46

I like aurora but not Rory. Also love a previous poster a suggestion of aurelia and Rae for short!x

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Liverbird77 Sun 01-Dec-19 08:14:34

We can't have Aurelia, or any version thereof, because my husband's step dad has the male version as a middle name.
I wouldn't use it out of respect for his actual father, who is still alive and who we love very much.

HowToBeAWoman Sun 01-Dec-19 08:20:40

I think Aurora is lovely. I think it’s the best of your names list. Not sure I like Rory, though.

Astronica Sun 01-Dec-19 10:01:04

I really like Aurora and nickname Rory. I also like all the names on your list - particularly Octavia and Leonor. And Blythe is a favourite of mine and would be beautiful in the middle.

JohnnyMcGrathSaysFuckOff Sun 01-Dec-19 20:35:46

Aurora is lovely.

OP if you love it, use it. We went with a name where there were only 15 other girls in the UK born that year with it. Never regretted it - it is so "her".

LizzyMargaret Sun 01-Dec-19 20:44:29

Aurora Blythe is stunning! We went for a middle name that’s a bit more traditional for our Aurora too. A variant of mine and my grandmother’s name, Lillian. I shorten it to Aura because it makes me think of the Borealis. I can’t understand how any name can be chavvy especially just because it’s gaining popularity.

cerios156 Mon 02-Dec-19 00:11:00

My mother was intending to call me Aurora, but went with Sophia (a family name) instead.

I would rather have been Aurora. It sounds distinctive, evocative, and unique.

cerios156 Mon 02-Dec-19 00:15:48

Just out of curiosity @Liverbird77 , why would using Aurelia be offensive or uncomfortable for your father in law?

My first thought would be that naming your daughter "after" your FIL would be an honor for him. Is it a cultural thing that you would not want to do that until after the person has died?

Just never heard of this type of situation before, don't mean to pry.

cerios156 Mon 02-Dec-19 00:17:09

@Liverbird77 Apologies, I just reread your update and see where I got confused. Totally get it now!

HotSince82 Mon 02-Dec-19 00:23:56


All have a similar vibe but much less 'Disney'

Liverbird77 Mon 02-Dec-19 12:27:50

Thanks for all the latest comments. It's very reassuring to read a lot of people like it.
@HotSince82 Rafaella was discussed (f rather than ph though) but we like it rather than love it. Dh suggested Sylvia, but I don't like it. You are certainly attuned to our taste!
@cerios156 we both like dh's step dad, he's been in his life since he was six, but it would not be right as his dad is very much alive and kicking!
@LizzyMargaret lovely name!

MissHenty Mon 02-Dec-19 13:24:12

@cerios156 did you ever think of changing your name to Aurora out of interest?c

QueenBlueberries Mon 02-Dec-19 13:26:50

It's a lovely name but a bit of a mouthful. I know an Ozora which is a lovely name too, and Aria.

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