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bb2605 Thu 09-Jan-20 14:20:17

What are everyone's thoughts on Jemima? I absolutely love it but my husband keeps repeating Jemima Puddleduck (sigh). Also I'm really worried it could be shortened to Jemma which (no offence intended to any Jemma/Gemma's out there) I really dislike. Any other nicknames that fall out of Jemima that could be cute instead? I'd be OK with Mima...

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Rugbycomet Thu 09-Jan-20 14:24:38

Mimi rather than Mima?

ItWentInMyEye Thu 09-Jan-20 14:30:04

I immediately thought 'puddleduck', sorry

IdblowJonSnow Thu 09-Jan-20 14:31:48

Hmm, I quite like it, its sweet!
Prob get shortened to Jem or Jemi?
Not keen on Jemma either.

IHaveBrilloHair Thu 09-Jan-20 14:32:21

It's one of my cats names, I love it.

Aebj Thu 09-Jan-20 14:32:24

Love it. I would use it but never had a girl. Good luck

stilldoesntknowwhatshappening Thu 09-Jan-20 14:32:43


MikeUniformMike Thu 09-Jan-20 14:32:50

I like it and would shorten it to Jem.
I think Jemima Goldsmith and Jemima Shore too.
Don't like Mima.
I feel Gemma is a different name. I like Gemma but prefer Jemima.
Not really the same but I don't like Jenna at all.

sunshineandshowers21 Thu 09-Jan-20 14:33:31

i love it, it’s my best friend’s name. she goes by mimi to her friends and family, and jem at work.

Merename Thu 09-Jan-20 14:35:22

I’m sorry but I really don’t like it. There’s the puddleduck factor, but it’s just so twee and shrinking violet in my eyes, a weak name. Ok for a cat!

leli Thu 09-Jan-20 14:36:22

I love this name. Tried to persuade D-I-L and S to choose it - tactfully of course.

Motherof2Dragons Thu 09-Jan-20 14:37:16

It's sounds wannabe posh to me. Sorry....

bb2605 Thu 09-Jan-20 14:37:47

I actually just thought about Immie as well which I really like as a nickname from one of the other names on our list which is Imogen - Imogen is pretty common at the moment though which is why I'm moving away from it but I guess Jemima could also get shortened to Immie at a push? Or am I clutching at straws haha?

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PlantPotting Thu 09-Jan-20 14:40:18

I love it Sooooooo much

You won’t think of puddleduck when it’s your daughters name and neither will DH. I never think of puddleduck about my friend Jemima

My friend is called peter and no one says “Peter rabbit” 🤣

The two Jemima’s I’ve come across in my whole life (one 7yo and one 30s) never shortern their names to anything else and definitely not Gemma

PlantPotting Thu 09-Jan-20 14:41:52

@bb2605 imogen is another one of my favourites. Yes it has been popular but the number of girls with this name has been declining year on year since 2010! It’s now outside the top 40 and because of its trajectory it’s only going to get less and less common and very unlikely to suddenly boom the way for example Noah did

GryffinDora Thu 09-Jan-20 14:45:33

I knew a Jemima who went by Ji (to rhyme with 'high') Wasn't sure it worked

SegregateMumBev Thu 09-Jan-20 14:45:45

I have one!

She's an adult now. Yes, we had the Puddleduckness but we embraced it in a jokey manner. She gets called Mima, Mimes, Jem, Jems, but uses the full name professionally, where it is nice and memorable.

pantsville Thu 09-Jan-20 14:49:58

Jemima isn’t shortened to Jemma, they’re two separate names. It would be like worrying Katherine would get shortened to Kaitlin, for example. I think the most natural shortening of Jemima would be Jem. I don’t think you could force Immie or Mima out of it really.

pantsville Thu 09-Jan-20 14:51:16

Whoops, I stand corrected on Mima then!

MikeUniformMike Thu 09-Jan-20 14:51:44

Mimi is awful. Me! Me!

Lobsterquadrille2 Thu 09-Jan-20 15:15:23

I had DD overseas and absolutely loved Jemima, but all my coworkers said it was a name that reminded them of slavery and I shouldn't use it. I didn't. I still love it though.

midwest Thu 09-Jan-20 15:46:24

It does remind me of puddleduck but my dd has a Beatrix Potter name and we quickly forgot any association.
Also outside of the UK no one has heard of any of them other than peter rabbit.

champagneandfromage50 Thu 09-Jan-20 15:47:58

I have a niece called Jemima and she gets called Jem..... it's not common at all and I like it

Historydweeb Thu 09-Jan-20 15:48:21

Mim? Kinda cute
But also puddleduck...

SegregateMumBev Fri 10-Jan-20 08:02:22

Oh, just remembered something. We lived abroad for a while, and that hard J sound was difficult for French and Spanish speakers. She ended up being called Shuh-mee-ma.

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