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Emma or Rosa?

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Penny2020 Tue 23-Feb-21 10:12:40

Finally narrowed our list to two options, would love some opinions.
- DH is set on Emma but I’m worried it’s a bit boring (less popular in Uk now but it’s no. 1 name across US and Europe)
- I love Rosa, but DH worried it’s a little pretentious.

Any thoughts?

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ErrolTheDragon Tue 23-Feb-21 10:14:29

They're both excellent names. I'd say Emma is classic rather than boring but more likely to find there's another in her class.

KirstenBlest Tue 23-Feb-21 10:14:57

Both nice but I prefer Emma.

Whatsyourflava Tue 23-Feb-21 10:36:49

I don't find it boring

nextweek Tue 23-Feb-21 10:37:58

I really like both names, I don't think Rosa is pretentious at all. I'd probably go for Emma as I've always liked it.

Chunkymenrock Tue 23-Feb-21 10:42:21

Emma is the dullest of the dull to me. Rosa is pretty and different and really elegant.

raskolnikova Tue 23-Feb-21 10:46:11


Ploughingthrough Tue 23-Feb-21 10:52:29

I absolutely adore the name Rosa. Had it lined up for DC2 but he was a boy! I'd pick Rosa, but Emma is also a nice classic name.

SmeleanorSmellstrop Tue 23-Feb-21 11:01:11

Until I came on MN baby name boards, to me, I didn't like Emma at all. It always seemed very dated and very dull. But I've started to like it because I am easily influenced and everyone on here always goes on about how classic it is! I can't find anyone OFF the MN baby names board who agrees that Emma is classic though, the genetal consensus seems to be my previous opinion - that it's really dull and a bit late 80's/early 90's.

To me, while I have begun to LIKE Emma, and think of it as 'pretty', I LOVE Rosa and think of it as strong, classy, international and beautiful. Both names are simple but to me Rosa has a dignity that Emma lacks, and will never seem dated. Wonderful namesakes too. Rosa 100% for me!

ErrolTheDragon Tue 23-Feb-21 11:03:46

Of course Emma is classic, it's the name of one of Jane Austen's books!grin

Whatsyourflava Tue 23-Feb-21 11:09:11

@SmeleanorSmellstrop haha how funny. We're influencers on here.
I have always loved Emma though. The Jane Austin books are part of the logic I expect

itsme189 Tue 23-Feb-21 12:31:12

Both nice, Rosa would be my preference and I wouldn't have thought it was pretentious at all!

user124724643 Tue 23-Feb-21 12:38:00

Emma Rose would be ideal but Rose is so overused as a MN it has become cliche.

bootlebum Tue 23-Feb-21 12:43:11

Both lovely but Emma gets my vote. It's my favourite name!

partyatthepalace Tue 23-Feb-21 13:05:09

Both nice, but Emma much more of a classic so won’t date, so I’d go with that. Richer history also.

DramaAlpaca Tue 23-Feb-21 13:19:27

Yes, Emma is a true classic with a history going back to the Middle Ages. It's my favourite name.

I like Rosa too, though I prefer the simplicity of Rose.

rooarsome Tue 23-Feb-21 14:08:24

Emma is a beautiful name, very elegant and classic. I also like Rosa, but Emma has the edge

CaffiSaliMali Tue 23-Feb-21 14:57:41

Both nice classic names but I prefer Rosa.

I don't think Rosa is pretentious at all, my mother used to work with one about 15 years ago and I remember thinking what a lovely name it was and it's been on my list ever since. It's just a different form of the classic Rose in the way Jacob is another form of the classic James.

Firebird83 Tue 23-Feb-21 15:36:16

Rosa is lovely

HollysBush Tue 23-Feb-21 15:40:50

I know you didn’t ask this, but how about Ember? Heard it the other day and thought it was lovely.

Daisy829 Tue 23-Feb-21 15:42:00

I love Emma. I wanted that for my DD but we compromised on Emily.

BallsToYouSue Tue 23-Feb-21 16:11:38


TeaTimeReader Tue 23-Feb-21 16:15:38


I’ve not had girls but if I had one it was my first choice after Rosa the beautiful from Isabelle Allende’a House of the Spirits

Chilldonaldchill Tue 23-Feb-21 17:04:10

Pretentious?! Rosa is great - strong, international and feminine. I think of Rosa Diaz on Brooklyn99.
I slightly prefer Emma though - classic and smart.
But they are both great.

BallsToYouSue Tue 23-Feb-21 17:21:47

Although I far prefer Emma, that is not because Rosa is "pretentious"! It is not. I just don't like it and I love Emma.

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