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Josie? Brontë? Greta? Would anybody be so kind as to comment?

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WipingAssAndTakingNames Wed 13-Aug-08 23:43:40

Recently settled on Miranda as a first name for dd2, due in November. After advice from other MNs decided only to have one middle name, and that we liked Vivienne.

However, I've since also fallen in love with Brontë (have started re-reading Wuthering Heights again, big mistake), and dh has said he really likes Greta and Josie.

The only connotation I have of Josie is a character in a children's book when I was little. But is it too old-fashioned and not in a good way? Greta is gorgeous, especially with the Garbo association, but not sure it 'goes' with Miranda. And is Bronte too surname-ish? Oh, the quandry.

Any opinions out there? Thanks!

janeite Wed 13-Aug-08 23:48:39

Miranda is gorgeous. It was one of the few names dp and I both liked for dd1 but it didn't "go" with our surname unforunately.

I'm not normally fond of the surname used as first name thing but actually I think Miranda Bronte sounds really sweet.

I don't like Greta much and it goes less well with Miranda imho.

Josie is sweet too.

Quattrocento Wed 13-Aug-08 23:59:40

bronte - no - please don't - bit chavvy blush

Josie is nice but is it not short for Josephine?

pointydog Thu 14-Aug-08 00:00:22

Josie is too nicknamey for a second name, I think.

Why not stick with Bronte as it has some meaning for you?

Heated Thu 14-Aug-08 00:08:25

Bronte is chavvy, often pn Brontaaaaaygedere. No, then to Catherine/ Cathy or Nelly/Eleanor?

Imo Miranda is lovely. Avoid Tempest as a mn. smile

MrsJohnCusack Thu 14-Aug-08 00:23:48

Miranda Catherine

AbbeyA Thu 14-Aug-08 07:43:34

I would keep to your first choice. I hate Bronte. Greta doesn't go with Miranda. Josie is a nickname; Miranda Josephine would be preferable.

paolosgirl Thu 14-Aug-08 08:30:37

Miranda Catherine to reflect your love of Wuthering Heights

I don't think Josie or Greta go with Miranda (which I LOVE, btw smile), and Bronte sounds chavvy, sadly.

But listen - this is your baby - go with what you want, and ignore the views of strangers on some discussion board. Hope all goes well smile

loobylu3 Thu 14-Aug-08 09:07:42

I'm sorry but I agree with everone else!

Miranda is a beautiful, classic, Shakespearian name. The others are in a totally different style and I personally don't like any of them.
I would go for something more classic with Miranda if I were you!

How about:

Miranda Grace
Miranda Joy
Miranda Catherine (as above) or Emily for WH link
Miranda Rose
Miranda Beatrice
Miranda Penelope

Good luck!

LuLuBai Thu 14-Aug-08 10:36:56

I don't get the chavvy conotations of Bronte. There was one at my (boarding) school who went on to become head girl. She wasn't chavvy at all. Her parents were academics. I think it works quite well as a middle name after Miranda. Greta just doesn't sound right and Josie (as someone else said) is a nickname.

Miranda Vivienne really works very well. I much prefer it to Bronte, but there is of course the Jolie-Pitt problem. Even though she chooses fairly off-beat names for the kids she seems to cause a surge in popularity (look at Shiloh on the name charts)

YoungYolandaYorgensen Thu 14-Aug-08 10:41:39

Greta to me sounds like an old lady's name, sorry.

zookeeper Thu 14-Aug-08 10:43:47

Bronte seems v pretentious to me. Like the otheres though

hellebores Thu 14-Aug-08 14:43:16

Bronte tries too hard I think.
Miranda is lovely - much classier an has more longevity than other two..
Greta - might get pron. Greeta ?

Neither go well with Miranda.

Bluebutterfly Thu 14-Aug-08 14:44:46

Have 2 middle names if you want. MN is not God you know.

Jojay Thu 14-Aug-08 14:46:16

Adore Greta - I had a horse called Allegreta once and I've loved the name since then smile

minorityrules Thu 14-Aug-08 17:32:30

I like Bronte, why is it chavvy??

I met a little girl once and she really suited Bronte (quite well to do too)

hollyandnoah Thu 14-Aug-08 18:24:43

Josie is lovely. Josie was in my girls list. I also have a friend called Josie, she is 21 and it isn't short for anything. I love it.

Cocodrillo Thu 14-Aug-08 20:44:48

Your first choice does go best with Miranda.

Greta is beautiful though. It was nearly DD2's name.

Cocodrillo Thu 14-Aug-08 20:46:05

Your first choice does go best with Miranda.

Greta is beautiful though. It was nearly DD2's name.

mrswoolf Fri 15-Aug-08 11:24:01

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mrswoolf Fri 15-Aug-08 15:16:53

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PuppyMonkey Fri 15-Aug-08 15:20:09

Don't like Miranda, Bronte (not chavvy, just naff) or Greta. Josie is my mum's name and that's the nicest.

G2B Fri 15-Aug-08 23:28:11

I have a baby family member called Gretta to avoid the Greeta fiasco that the spelling Greta brings. She's a gorgeous baby, suits it.

mumasaurus Fri 15-Aug-08 23:46:35

Both Brontes I've come across have been highly scallivated.

squanderer Mon 18-Aug-08 14:30:56

I like Greta but it seems like a nickname.
Josie and Bronte - no

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