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Classy, old girls names What do you think ??

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mummyloveslucy Sun 14-Sep-08 19:57:27

What do you think of these names for a girl ?

Matilda (Tilly) or Tabitha ?

I'm not pregnant yet but we're trying for no:2. I have a boys name sussed but I'm unsure for a girl.

I wanted somthing slightly unusual that's classy and timeless.

Please don't have a go at me for asking about names when I'm not pregnant, I'm just bored and wondered what ideas you had. smile

Janni Sun 14-Sep-08 19:58:25

I like Tilly

nickytwotimes Sun 14-Sep-08 19:58:40

Love Matilda.
Don't like Tabitha as it rreminds me of Bewitched. lol!

SheSellsSeashellsByTheSeashore Sun 14-Sep-08 19:58:42

i like matilda but tabitha is something you would call a cat

my sister likes bridie for an old girls name

Ewe Sun 14-Sep-08 19:59:39

Matilda is v.popular (I have one!) so keep that in mind if unusual is important to you.

funnypeculiar Sun 14-Sep-08 20:00:06

I think there are a lot of Tillys around at the moment, so I'm getting a bit bored of them - sorry smile
I like Tabitha but struggle with a shortening...


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hatwoman Sun 14-Sep-08 20:03:32

I personally don;t think either are timeless - they're old, yes, but, they're actually very of the moment. they have that particular balance between old and fashionable that makes them very easy to date. truly classy and timeless are, imo, Elizabeth, Alexandra, and ....I'm struggling to think of a 3rd....I actually really like Matilda and quite like Tabitha - but I don;t think they're timeless

CantSleepWontSleep Sun 14-Sep-08 20:04:16

Matilda very common at the moment.

Like the thought that Tabitha/Tabatha is classy wink.
funnypeculiar - usually shortened to Tab or Tabs or Tabby, or not at all, depending on what the individual prefers.

Philippa would also fit your requirement IMO.

ManxMum Sun 14-Sep-08 20:07:53

Researching my family and found an: Ethne
Never heard it before, but liked it.

mummyloveslucy Sun 14-Sep-08 20:11:46

Oh, I thought those names were timeless. blush I have no idea, do I ?
I like Elizabeth but it wouldn't go with our surname.

frogs Sun 14-Sep-08 20:13:06

I think all the Victorian names like Martha, Maude, Beatrice, Esme will date (though I think they're lovely too). There's quite a few of these around.

For timeless you have to go for things like


Unusual enough to be distinctive these days, but not so unusual that it will earmark you as 2000-2009 vintage in 20 years time.

mummyloveslucy Sun 14-Sep-08 20:14:06

I like Bryony, Amilia and Kathryn too.

mummyloveslucy Sun 14-Sep-08 20:17:28

Can Katy be short for Kathryn? I hate Cathy.
By the way please ignore my spelling, I know it's crap. grin

hatwoman Sun 14-Sep-08 20:18:23

frogs - we think alike. I was going to put Victoria but didn/t - not because it doesn;t tick the classy/timeless box but just because I don;t like it! I think you're right about the others. Catherine is actually a very elegant name. hate to say it but if you can imagine a "queen" infront of it then it does the timeless/classic thing!

frogs Sun 14-Sep-08 20:21:12

Hmph. That's dd2's name you've dissed there, hatwoman. <<huffy emoticon>> wink

For the record, we were seriously considering Octavia, but decided it was just the wrong side of the pretentiousness/dateability boundary. Plus I'm enough of a classics nerd that I'd be niggling aware that she wasn't the 8th child.

Hulababy Sun 14-Sep-08 20:23:16

I love the name Matilda I also love Martha.

hatwoman Sun 14-Sep-08 20:24:36

oh lawks sorry blush. note that I did agree it falls into classy and timeless, and I didn;t say there's anything wrong with it - just not a personal favourite. dig dig.

BlueBumedFly Sun 14-Sep-08 20:38:48

Here I go again.... Clementine

BigBadMousey Sun 14-Sep-08 20:39:07





I really wanted to use it but no more DCs for us so someone PLEASE use it - 'tis fab smile

frogs Sun 14-Sep-08 20:44:30

I don't mind in the slightest, hatwoman!

When we announced it after she was born, it was noticeable how many people reacted by saying, "...Oh." rather than say, 'Oh, how beautiful", which I suspect is the reaction we'd have got to something more obviuosly modish.

I think the downside of the non-fashionable names is just that, really -- people will think you're being a bit boring. But the upside is that your child will have a name that works in most major languages and cultures, and is impossible to date or draw class/education conclusions from.

which for me is a good thing.

mummyloveslucy Sun 14-Sep-08 20:44:44

As in the Ballerina. grin I like it.

cece Sun 14-Sep-08 20:47:23


mummyloveslucy Sun 14-Sep-08 20:55:48

Jane is nice too.

angrypixie Sun 14-Sep-08 21:00:12

Sarah? Been with us since the bible but underused (except in Ireland I understand)

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