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countrybum Sun 14-Feb-21 07:40:17

I'd posted a previous thread before we found out we're having a girl. I was pretty set on the name Rosa but started having little doubts. I then came across the name Cleo and really love it, but hormones can do strange things grin
I've never met a Cleo and appreciate there may be some cat or car associations....but what are your thoughts?

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Quercus3 Sun 14-Feb-21 07:46:41

I love both of these names. Cleo Rosa and Rosa Cleo are both gorgeous too if you wanted to use one as a middle. Lovely, OP!

midnightstar66 Sun 14-Feb-21 07:50:14

DD has a friend Cleo, they are too young to make car associations (Cleo is 12) it's a cool name but I personally much prefer Rosa

abitfunny Sun 14-Feb-21 08:09:49

Much prefer Cleo to Rosa. It’s still feminine with a slightly cool edge

NoGoodPunsLeft Sun 14-Feb-21 08:13:00

I haven't met a Cleo IRL but a bad ass character in a book's a good association for me.

Rosa of Brooklyn 99 so another bad ass woman so I don't have a preference. I know one Rosa IRL, she's a colleague's sister and late twenties so shes unlikely to be one of 5 at school.

Muskox Sun 14-Feb-21 08:14:28

I know a Cleo - a surprisingly high number of people get confused and call her Chloe!

TempsPerdu Sun 14-Feb-21 09:30:21

Tough choice; they’re two of my favourites and were both in the running for DD’s name.

The issue with Cleo for me was that I much prefer the Clio spelling but everyone just automatically thinks car, not Greek muse of history! Still a very cool name though - clearly feminine but not girly.

We loved Rosa too because it’s pretty, simple, international and has some great namesakes (Parks and Luxemburg). But it’s becoming very popular where we are in London compared to when DD was born, so I’ve slightly gone off it for that reason.

I think if I was choosing right now Cleo would probably edge it for me (and this spelling has far fewer car related issues!) 🙂

Dyinghouseplant Sun 14-Feb-21 11:46:01

I think Rosa is nicer.

partyatthepalace Sun 14-Feb-21 12:14:36

Cleo for sure -

Rosa is lovely but there are so many Rose/Rosie/Rosas, and Rose is also so common as a middle name that unless it is really the only one you like, best to find something else

Cleo Rosa is great
If you wanted the Clio spelling after the muse, I’d go for it - but Cleo will give you fewer spelling issues.

Spied Sun 14-Feb-21 12:18:37

I just can't get past feline association with Cleo. I also think it's quite difficult to carry off. I can't imagine myself as a Cleo. I'd feel ridiculous. If you get my meaningconfused

TinyCake Sun 14-Feb-21 12:23:13

I've met a Cleo, she was lovely.

Nell96 Sun 14-Feb-21 12:54:06

Rosa is very pretty. I think it's becoming quite popular, if that bothers you - I know of two little Rosas born in the past 18 months. Cleo is a fab name - was on my list, but was a hard no from DH. I agree with pp - prefer the Clio spelling but the car makes it a bit unusable I think. So, on balance, I'd go for Cleo - a beautiful name, more unusual and just has a stronger, more independent vibe to it - Rosa would make a lovely middle name.

pinkandblueflowers Sun 14-Feb-21 12:55:20

Cleo as it's less popular and a lovely name

IamnotwhouthinkIam Sun 14-Feb-21 15:53:44

I secretly love Cleo and the cat associations wouldn't bother me at all, they don't for Tabitha. If you are braver than me (or maybe live in an area where unusual names are more common) then I say use it, it's such a cool name - if Juno can be used then why not Clio/Cleo?

Rosa is a safer choice and pretty, but I much admit I prefer the elegant, classic Rose (I sometimes think simplicity is lovely - I prefer Eve over Eva for the same reason).

FawnDrench Sun 14-Feb-21 16:52:48

Prefer Cleo.
Cleo Rosa is lovely.

mywifi Sun 14-Feb-21 17:02:32


Timpeall Sun 14-Feb-21 17:46:54

Cleo. By far.

ellenpartridge Sun 14-Feb-21 18:20:45


DramaAlpaca Sun 14-Feb-21 18:23:06

I like both, but Cleo just wins.

Chunkymenrock Sun 14-Feb-21 18:27:49

Cleo is really nice.

Cam2020 Sun 14-Feb-21 18:29:38

They're both lovely! I couldn't choose between them - sorry!

Passiveobserver Sun 14-Feb-21 19:03:37

I’d keep them both in the running and decide once she’s here, she may look more suited to one name over the other.....
They are both equally lovely names smile

89redballoons Sun 14-Feb-21 22:31:00

I know both a Cleo and a Rosa, both under the age of 4. They strike me as quite similar names, actually - both feminine but not timid (or maybe that's just the girls I know!). Neither of them naturally get shortened so you wouldn't have to worry about nicknames you didn't like.

I don't know the cat associations with Cleo. I did used to drive a Clio and when her parents told me Cleo's name I did think of the car, but I never do now, it's just her name.

BallsToYouSue Sun 14-Feb-21 22:38:40

Cleo is lovely!

Rosa is fine, but think Cleo is a bit more special without being really out there.

Firebird83 Mon 15-Feb-21 00:59:45

I prefer Rosa, but both are lovely.

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