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Names that were posh but aren't now...

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MadameCh0let Fri 21-Mar-08 19:09:18

THe jolly hockey sticks Cordelia got me thinking......

I knew, growing up, a very posh Annabel, Amelia and Beatrice.

All names that could be used by anybody these days. Imogen is another one that was ouch posh when I was about 12.

So what is posh now? Clemency? Tuppence?

Calisteregg Fri 21-Mar-08 19:14:15

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scorpio1 Fri 21-Mar-08 19:15:24

there are twins in my town who go the private school called Loveday and Octavia.

WanderingTrolley Fri 21-Mar-08 19:18:05

The posh kids round 'ere are all called Emma and Oliver.

allgonebellyup Fri 21-Mar-08 19:19:43


Common as you like now

kerala Fri 21-Mar-08 19:25:10

To me Camilla is the ultimate posh name.

I think Jemima was posh but now has wider usage outside the huntin' fishin' shootin' set.

Titus will always be posh.

hatrick Fri 21-Mar-08 19:28:54

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allgonebellyup Fri 21-Mar-08 19:29:25





rafferty (these names will always be posh)

Unlike: William (now turning common)

Thomas (yawn, anyway)

Alicia (now seems to be pronounced Al-ee-sha)

SilentTerror Fri 21-Mar-08 19:29:42

I have a Jemima and don't hunt,shoot or fish.
Am very posh though.

VictorianPASqualor Fri 21-Mar-08 19:30:24

Scorpio you just reminded me of a book I used to love that had someone loveday in it.

noscat Fri 21-Mar-08 19:32:29

Little White Horse?

expatinscotland Fri 21-Mar-08 19:32:43

Isn't the point of truly posh names is that they always remain posh?

Cordelia is a Shakespearian name, like Regan, Miranda, Portia, Hero, etc. They're fairly old so are now timeless.

Other names, like Octavia, Lucia, Julia, etc. are old as time as they are feminisations of oft-used Roman names.

VictorianPASqualor Fri 21-Mar-08 19:32:50

Yep grin
What a book.

expatinscotland Fri 21-Mar-08 19:33:21

I thought Jonty was a dog's name till I moved here.

hatrick Fri 21-Mar-08 19:33:49

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MadameCh0let Fri 21-Mar-08 19:43:28

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hatrick Fri 21-Mar-08 19:44:39

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Tommy Fri 21-Mar-08 19:45:12

Isabella - seems to be very common now (as in used a lot - not chavvy grin)


scorpio1 Fri 21-Mar-08 19:45:38

I like Loveday, there a few here, hatrick - we live in Cornwall.

MadameCh0let Fri 21-Mar-08 19:47:14

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Blueskythinker Fri 21-Mar-08 19:47:16

I've never met a common Sebastian.

Calisteregg Fri 21-Mar-08 19:49:58

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alfiesbabe Fri 21-Mar-08 19:52:56

I teach a lot of Isabellas, Imogens and Olivers and I'm in a comp. Haven't come across a Loveday yet though! When I was little I remember a teenage friend of the family called Harry which seemed ultra posh, but now they're all over the place.

FAQ Fri 21-Mar-08 19:55:00

William has never really been that posh has it???

It's a common "family" name on my dad's side of the family and has been for as far back as they've managed to trace - as they've all been as common as muck grin

ja9 Fri 21-Mar-08 19:55:18

loveday? as pronounced love-day? never even heard of that as a name!

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