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Mirabelle- poncey or not?

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spotty26 Mon 18-Aug-08 09:44:20

Expecting DC2 in January and my DH and I love Mirabelle but are concerned it could sound a bit poncey, especially when you tell your Nan the name...

Thoughts anyone?

Our DS is called Hugh/Hughie if that assists!

no1putsbabyinthecorner Mon 18-Aug-08 09:46:22

I think its lovely and`will go well with Hughie. Go for it.

LynetteScavo Mon 18-Aug-08 09:50:14


"Mama Mirabelle's home moooovie"

everlong Mon 18-Aug-08 09:50:53

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nailpolish Mon 18-Aug-08 09:51:13

its a cartoon name. i prefer Anabelle

MaloryDontDiveItsShallow Mon 18-Aug-08 09:51:53

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spotty26 Mon 18-Aug-08 09:53:23

I like Annabel but that is one of DH's ex girlfriend's names and I think that could be weird too. Expecially if we bumped into her and Hubbie said yes "this is Annabel, Annabel". She'd think stalker...

everlong Mon 18-Aug-08 09:53:45

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Lemontart Mon 18-Aug-08 09:54:12

"Mira!" - isn’t that something Dora the Explorer frequently shouts. Must mean something in Spanish.. might be worth checking first

otherwise I guess it is quite pretty and different. You will be asked endlessly how to spell it though - but this shouldn’t necessarily put you off. Nice to be a little different sometimes and love the way it sounds with Hugh.

MaloryDontDiveItsShallow Mon 18-Aug-08 09:56:28

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spotty26 Mon 18-Aug-08 09:57:04

We were thinking shortenings could be Mirrie/Belle/Bella. Will have to check out what Dora is saying.

Re Marco Pierre White, we also have fond memories of meals at Mirabelle but couldn't cite naming the poor child after a restaurant! Could yet be having a boy (scan next week) so all academic yet but thanks for thoughts. Fave boy name is Alfred incidentally.

How exciting the name game is.

nailpolish Mon 18-Aug-08 10:05:09

Belinda can be shortened to Belle

if you want to shorten it, why not just name her Belle? thats what my parents did to me, and i like it

LadyThompson Mon 18-Aug-08 10:26:34

I prefer the anglicised version, which is Mirabel. Nice name though. Not particularly poncy imo, but that's not saying much coming from me as I am the Duchess Poncetastic of Ponce.

LuLuBai Mon 18-Aug-08 10:54:17

'Mira' in Spanish means 'look'. Mirabelle would loosely translate as nice to look at or nice view (although 'belle' is more French rather than Spanish).

I think it's a really pretty name. Goes well with Hugh.

PuppyMonkey Mon 18-Aug-08 10:56:08


Poncey, that is.

mrswoolf Mon 18-Aug-08 11:01:53

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snowleopard Mon 18-Aug-08 11:04:38

It's lovely. I know a very kindly and wise older Mirabelle (knew her pre the telly series) so I think of her. But Mama Mirabelle is also kinda cool herself (she is Floella Benjamin you know! )

You could shorten into Belle, Bella or Miri - I knew a funky Miri at college.

branflake81 Mon 18-Aug-08 11:06:02

sounds like a ski resort.

mrswoolf Mon 18-Aug-08 11:07:41

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LongLiveCuckoo Mon 18-Aug-08 11:13:08

I love Maribel.

But not Mirabelle. They are quite similar, but one is the frothed up version with a flake and hundreds and thousands on it. Prefer simpler Maribel.

LongLiveCuckoo Mon 18-Aug-08 11:14:47

ha ha, laughing at the x girlfriend situation. My friend's x was William and now she lives in USA. she thought she'd NEVER bump into x again, but she did!!!! She said she nearly dropped the baby it was so embarrassing. He just shrugged in a 'women never forget me' way.

spotty26 Mon 18-Aug-08 11:15:05

I do love it and so does my other half. I am getting less "poncey" comments than I thought so that is good.

Other girl's names we like are Harriet, Gabriella and Sophia but Mirabelle is definitely the joint fave!

spotty26 Mon 18-Aug-08 11:17:50

On the variation of the spelling to Mirabel, I thought people may find it more difficult to pronounce/spell...maybe they would say to rhyme with 'orrible if you get me?

findtheriver Mon 18-Aug-08 11:24:36

I like it and prefer the spelling Mirabel.

raindropsonroses Mon 18-Aug-08 11:31:19

If you have someone you call Nan it's probably too poncey for you wink .
I prefer Harriet from your list.

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