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My "Lily" quandary

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boolean Thu 24-Jul-08 16:50:23

DH loves the name Lily, which I also like as it is my nan's name and I always said I wanted it for a middle name for that reason, but he really wants it for a first name.

I have objections to this as it is so ridiculously popular at the moment and I didn't really want a name which ended in 'y' or 'ie', as I don't consider them to be 'strong' names (I am a Julie and so it's obviously just my own hang up! Apols to the hundreds of you I have probably just offended!! blush)

Any suggestions for 'strong' names which I could tempt him with? I like Martha and Frances, both of which he is okayish with, but he keeps going back to Lily...

ScaryHairy Thu 24-Jul-08 17:03:24

What about calling her Lilian or Liliana? Then he can still call her Lily.
I have the same hang up as you about names ending in ie or y (although I really really like Sophie) but I like those two.

Cies Thu 24-Jul-08 17:06:33


Cies Thu 24-Jul-08 17:07:48

I also think Elizabeth, shortened to Beth is strong, but doesn't go with Lily imo.

Hulababy Thu 24-Jul-08 17:08:25

I love the name Martha, beautiful and pretty

But I also like the name Lily - again very pretty. As suggested already - you could have a more formal name and shorten it to Lily.

I don;t follow the arguement re ie/y names not being strong names personnaly; doesn;t see to be my experience anyway. But each to their own.

CantSleepWontSleep Thu 24-Jul-08 17:12:24


findtheriver Thu 24-Jul-08 17:50:20

Martha Lily. Or Frances Lily.
Much prettier, classier and more unusual

belgo Thu 24-Jul-08 17:51:30

Lily is a shortening for Elizabeth.

boolean Thu 24-Jul-08 19:13:13

Thanks all! Yes, I know the hang-up about names ending in 'y' and 'ie' is stupid, but good idea to think about a name which can be shortened to Lily, although looking at Martha Lily I am more convinced than to persuade my stubborn other half..!hmm

I do like Lilith as well, but DH says it just reminds him of the horrible ex-wife in Frasier(!)

I do like Charlotte too - thanks for that suggestion, Cies.

brimfull Thu 24-Jul-08 19:15:27

My friends dd is called Lillias
but she does get called lily and lils

what about Rose?

2point4kids Thu 24-Jul-08 19:15:36

My brother really wanted Martha when DN was born but his gf overruled it with Lily. She is now Lily Martha and its a lovely name, but I still think Martha Lily is fab smile

2point4kids Thu 24-Jul-08 19:16:00


Divvy Thu 24-Jul-08 20:06:18

I have a Lily, and so glad she is called that, it really suits her, but she was jsut Baby for 2 weeks while we made up our minds.

Her much loved and passed away Nanny was Lilian so its very fitting.

ps she is Lily Ella

DonnyLass Thu 24-Jul-08 20:17:33

its quite traditional in ireland to call a child everyday by their second name .... so a martha lilly would be called lilly

cant you dig out an old irish lineage to convince dh?

Ellbell Thu 24-Jul-08 20:20:04

Heard the other day of a little girl called Lilia (actually, not sure if it's spelled Lilia or Lillia), which is sweet.

DD1 was nearly called Lilian (Lily for short), but became a Madeleine instead (shortened first to Maddie, then to Madge, and now I seem to be in a phase of calling her Magic).

Ellbell Thu 24-Jul-08 20:21:00

Oops, sorry, missed the fact that 2.4 had already suggested it.

Tinkerisdead Thu 24-Jul-08 20:23:11

My Dh likes Lily and its on our list, i wanted Lydia (liddy) so that there was a stronger sound with the option of an "ie" sounding nickname. i have been refused so Lily is still on our list although i do worry that there would be ten of them in nursery!

Divvy Thu 24-Jul-08 20:34:11

...but the only thing is, our surname starts with a G blush

PeppaPigsMum Fri 25-Jul-08 02:32:21

dd2 is Frances Lily - we call her Frankie. obviously i love the name, but we have had lots of positive comments from others.

nickeldime Fri 25-Jul-08 17:47:27

How about Lila? A variant form, but sounds 'stronger' with the '-a' ending? Not as popular as Lily as well.

cyteen Fri 25-Jul-08 17:55:32

As an alternative, how about Susanna? Apparently it means 'white lily'.

Lily is a lovely name in itself - my favourite grandma is a Lily - so don't let popularity put you off if you both feel strongly for it

HonoriaGlossop Fri 25-Jul-08 18:05:49

Lily is a beautiful name - far nicer than Martha IMO

Round here I don't know a single Lily of any age - don't forget she may not be in your street forever, and may not meet many other lily's

Go for it, your DH is right!!!

HonoriaGlossop Fri 25-Jul-08 18:07:04

my son is reading this too, and HE thinks Martha grin

laweaselmys Sat 26-Jul-08 19:47:04

Don't do Frances. It's my middle name and I have always really hated it. Plus 'fannie' is the world's most awful nickname.

I like both Lily and Martha though, great names.

zwiggy Sat 26-Jul-08 19:49:35

what about Delilah? could be shortened to lily or lila.

lily is too popular, DHs often like popular names don't they?

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