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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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ThroughThickAndThin01 Mon 13-Jan-20 20:24:23

Love Jemima.

ZebraKid71 Mon 13-Jan-20 20:20:26

I grew up in the states where there were strong associations with Aunt Jemima so I wouldn't use it.

I know 2 little Jemimas, one goes by Mima which I dislike and one goes by Jimmy which started off as a joke but stuck.

AlpacaGoodnight Mon 13-Jan-20 20:05:23

Love it! Really like Mimi and Mima as nicknames

nocluewhattodoo Sun 12-Jan-20 23:09:17

Jemima was a contender when we were naming DD, I love it

Astronica Sun 12-Jan-20 23:05:51

I love Jemima. And love Mima as a short form. I also think Immy would work fine as a nickname. Also, Mimi, Jem.

MollyButton Sun 12-Jan-20 18:32:12

I like Jemima - in the US it has very different connotations (slavery), so that could be a consideration but for most English people they expect Jemima to be a posh horsey girl, is anything.

Cobblersandhogwash Sun 12-Jan-20 17:49:28

Love Jemima

Jojo19834 Sun 12-Jan-20 17:48:26

I thought ‘I like it’ but then thought ‘puddleduck’ but I still like it so I’d choose it

diddlediddle Sun 12-Jan-20 17:43:29

It's nice. Don't know why people are so bothered by the puddleduck association - it's not a bad one, and there are plenty of names that are associated with various characters. I don't think it needs to be shortened but Jem and Mima are ok.

Lobsterquadrille2 Sun 12-Jan-20 13:59:09

@bb2605 my DD was at school with twins who were Imogen and Jemima, known as Midge and Mima! Both beautiful names.

bb2605 Sun 12-Jan-20 13:53:14

@flymetothestars good advice 😂 bizarre!

I do love Imogen and so does my husband but our niece is called Izzy and we would shorten Imogen to Immy so I feel that they are a bit too similar? Wavering though because I’m keener on Jemima than he is and we do both like Imogen. I just love Jemima and I don’t think it is twee at all and I like that it is unusual. I know two people (although not close friends) whose daughters are called Imogen so it feels common to me but you’re right I should look up the stats recently because they are 2 and 4 years old respectively so maybe by the time ours gets to school it won’t be so common. Thanks!

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Flymetothestars Sun 12-Jan-20 13:47:17

@bb2605 I would ignore the odd strange comment like that.

Jemima is a gorgeous name and in no way bully material. Sadly if a child is going to get picked on it’s going to happen, regardless of their name

Have you made a decision on the name? Can I just say I adore the name imogen too. It’s much less common than it used to be 5-10 years ago if you look at the numbers

bb2605 Sun 12-Jan-20 13:44:46

@LindaMcCarthy what a strange thing to say! I don’t think a Jemima would be bullied any more than any other child a lot of it depends on children’s personalities not their names. Also you’re implying I should call my child a name I think they’ll be bullied for so that they experience pain and suffering through their school years? I don’t follow your thoughts at all, I’m sorry!

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TheWoodsareDarkandDeep Fri 10-Jan-20 23:31:46

It’s very very twee.

SummerintoAutumn Fri 10-Jan-20 23:21:31

I know a Jemima... known as Jemmy when she was little.
Her friends now call her Jem.

LindaMcCarthy Fri 10-Jan-20 22:54:21

Jemima is a name which when they grow up they will be bullied so I think you should call her this because In your life you should experience pain and hurt, I hope you understand my thoughts - as you were Linda X

northernlittledonkey Fri 10-Jan-20 22:50:07

I love it, we nearly had one DH vetoed it. Her first cuddly toy was called Jemima. I thought of Mimi or Jem for short.

Ginbauble Fri 10-Jan-20 22:48:44

I don't like the name, too twee for me

The 2 jemimas I know are both known as Jem.

WestCountryLady Fri 10-Jan-20 22:48:29

Actually I think it might have been Jeremy.

WestCountryLady Fri 10-Jan-20 22:46:45

I like it, I didn't think of Jemima puddle duck though I thought of Jimmi and Jemima from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

GreenTulips Fri 10-Jan-20 22:40:47

Jemima is the doll from play school

But I love it and it was on our list

FriedasCarLoad Fri 10-Jan-20 22:38:28

Love it. Such a beautiful name. The Jemima's I know are known as

Jemima x3
Mimi x1
Mim x1
Jem/Jems x 1

DramaAlpaca Fri 10-Jan-20 22:37:04

Jemima will always be Puddleduck to me.

The name has negative connotations in the southern US though, but that might not bother you.

Grandmi Fri 10-Jan-20 22:34:33

Love Jemima.

HedgeHogFoxBadger Fri 10-Jan-20 22:25:11

Love jemima.I have a Delilah and shortened her name when she was a baby to Dee Dee but now I can her Delilah and she doesn’t like anyone calling her Dee Dee!
What about tallulah or Tabitha (oh that’s Peter rabbit too!) love all of those names

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