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I've been told name choices are unkind to DD on the way

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MousematsRule Fri 24-Jan-20 21:52:01

We are expecting a sister for our DD Annie Coco.
We've had a little opposition to our favourite names for this one, but then none of my close relatives liked DD's name either but it gets a lot of compliments now and suits her down to the ground.

Would love thoughts on our current shortlist...

Ottilie (Would love to name her Ottilie Tiger and her pet name would be Tilly Tiger but I've been told this is cruel?)
Clementine
Sunny (would want to use Clementine as middle name for this)
Clover
Juniper (we just love the nn Junie)
Indigo (we love the nn Indie)
Mollie
Maggie

Hauskat Fri 24-Jan-20 21:55:52

I love Sunny Clementine and all of them actually apart from Maggie. They are unusual but not cruel! Although full disclosure my DD’s name is on your list.

StarUtopia Fri 24-Jan-20 21:56:36

LOVE Ottilie - that was my next name if I had a girl - but I had a boy! Not sure I like it with Tiger - it's just too gimmicky.

Clementine is lovely too. Love Mollie and Maggie, but don't like Clover (like a cow) or Juniper (just too weird) or Indigo (Indie would not be great if she was never an indie type kid!)

TheLovelyOtherDinosaur Fri 24-Jan-20 21:58:38

I think they are lovely and different and certainly not cruel! I love Ottilie (Tilly) Tiger. Please don’t choose a name to suit other people

SkullCharm Fri 24-Jan-20 21:59:03

All lovely names.

Screw them

SingingMyOwnSpecialSong Fri 24-Jan-20 21:59:27

Nothing wrong with any of those, she can drop any cutesy pet names when she is older, or keep them just for family/close friends. I have met children in the past few years called Clemmie (I assume short for Clementine), Sunny (she really suits it), and Mollie (although spelt Molly). A good adult friend of mine is Maggie, and I’ve never thought that an odd name.

My own daughter has a very unusual name (only 2 children with it in our county) and we get lots of compliments albeit alongside questions about its origin. But I think that is no bad thing as she’ll always have a conversation starter.

AngusDuck Fri 24-Jan-20 22:03:26

Sunny Clementine is a cocktail.

AngusDuck Fri 24-Jan-20 22:05:06

Other than that, I’m not keen on most of your choices to be honest, but love Annie and Junie together. Wouldn’t even bother with Juniper personally, Junie is nice as a stand-alone name.

MousematsRule Fri 24-Jan-20 22:05:30

@AngusDuck shock blush
No wonder it has a good ring to it grin

MousematsRule Fri 24-Jan-20 22:06:24

@SingingMyOwnSpecialSong very curious about your DD's name now!

Isadora2007 Fri 24-Jan-20 22:07:17

Tillie Tiger is like a peppa pig character. Just choose a different middle name if you go for Ottilie?

Redonion123 Fri 24-Jan-20 22:07:41

Not keen on Sunny, but other names are fine, and not cruel at all.

M0mmyneedswine Fri 24-Jan-20 22:08:42

The only sunnys in my area are boys so i wouldnt use for that reason. i like indigo and mollie from your list. Dont worry about pleasing others she doesnt have to tell anyone her middle name if she doenst like it when older

NotNowPlzz Fri 24-Jan-20 22:08:50

Love Juniper and Clover. Both are on my list.

Ohyesiam Fri 24-Jan-20 22:10:43

Apart from tiger, which is to much like a toy or pet’s name, your list is good.

You don’t have to hang out with your family. You can find like minded people to be with.

Congratulations on your new dd.

CountFosco Fri 24-Jan-20 22:11:01

Like Ottilie, Clementine (my favourite of your choices), Molly and Margaret (nn Maggie, although I prefer Meg as a nn).

EmptyOrchestra Fri 24-Jan-20 22:11:52

I wouldn’t call a child Sunny. What if they grow up into a goth? They’d hate it (in fact it might push them towards gothdem).

I don’t particularly like Ottilie and I think using Tiger as a middle name is bordering on cruel to be honest. It sounds like something a c-list celebrity would choose. Plus you really can’t plan nicknames IMO - they just happen naturally or don’t. One of mine I assumed we’d use the shortened name for him but we just don’t - it weirdly doesn’t suit him. There’s no reason you couldn’t call her Tillie Tiger as a nn without it actually being on her birth certificate!

Indigo and Clover aren’t far off Tiger TBH.

Clementine is the best, and I like Juniper.

CurrynChips Fri 24-Jan-20 22:12:02

Do you realise you can give her the 'pet name' Tilly tiger without actually formally naming her Tiger?

Tiger is awful.
Clementine and Sunny are almost as bad.

I like the rest. Favourite would be Juniper/ Ottilie.

whattodo2019 Fri 24-Jan-20 22:12:40

I love juniper

MousematsRule Fri 24-Jan-20 22:16:04

I wouldn’t call a child Sunny. What if they grow up into a goth? They’d hate it (in fact it might push them towards gothdem).

We said that ourselves, what if we called her Sunny but she grew up to have the worst RBF

Also see the point about Tilly Tiger some people are making. Although in all honesty, Luna Pixie nearly made it on the list. Very Paula Yates. Think the hormones are making my taste a bit out there.

ImportantWater Fri 24-Jan-20 22:18:01

Personally I wouldn’t like to be called Sunny, but I think the other first names are lovely. Especially Clover. I have to say I would be mortified to have Tiger as a name though.

Muddlingalongalone Fri 24-Jan-20 22:18:53

I know an Indigo & thought it was a bit out there at first but now it's just perfect.
Ottilie is nice but Tilly tiger is pushing it for me anywhere other than at home....
Like Clem, don't like Sunny or Msghie. Prefer Juno to Juniper.
I do think they are all very different to Annie though if that concerns you.

MousematsRule Fri 24-Jan-20 22:21:23

Thanks everyone, this feedback is a great help - it's giving me confidence in names I really like but also where to draw the line a bit. Appreciating it lots

itwasalovelydreamwhileitlasted Fri 24-Jan-20 22:21:51

It's the choice of middle names which make it sound silly If I'm being brutally honest - cute when she's a little girl - not so much when she's a grown woman working a professional job

Very fine line between cute and chavvy especially Tilly Tiger

maccaroni Fri 24-Jan-20 22:25:00

All a bit try hard imo, sorry. Ottilie is a nice name in its own right and if you decide to shorten it later to Tilly then that's nice too, I wouldn't actually name my child Tilly Tiger, it sounds like a story book character and not in a good way.
Indigo and Juniper sound boyish, I'd go with India and shorten to Indie.
But actually its your baby so do what you want to do!

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