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Iona, Lydia, Matilda, Anna or Olivia - Which girl's name?

(62 Posts)
rebeccahill Sun 21-Sep-08 08:17:20

Help! We've got under 2 weeks to register our daughter's name, and don't know which of the above to choose. Any suggestions would be most welcome. Thank you.

Slouchy Sun 21-Sep-08 08:21:18

Of those I like Anna best. Not too popular but classy. Won't date.

Olivia, 10 a penny (though pretty name)
Matilda, not that lovely IMO
The others don't shorten (imoportant in the playground) and a bit cumbersome.

Go for Anna!

SquiffyHock Sun 21-Sep-08 08:25:17

I love Lydia, it is DDs middle name and I wish we had used it first (she is Ava which I love but is very popular now). Prepare yourself for 'Lyds' which I thought was awful!!

Matilda seems to be getting very popular - don't know if that bothers you.
I think that Anna is lovely too.

Could you pick a name a day and try calling her that to see which ones feel right or wrong?

singingtree Sun 21-Sep-08 08:40:51

I like Anna too. It's a lovely name

WideWebWitch Sun 21-Sep-08 08:42:29

I like Lydia and Mathilda

ScummyMummy Sun 21-Sep-08 08:43:29

Lydia is my favourite, then Anna.

tortoiseshell Sun 21-Sep-08 09:03:25

Lydia is lovely, and Anna.

JackieNo Sun 21-Sep-08 09:05:31

Bucking the trend here (not very helpful, I know), I rather like Iona. Anna definitely good, can take or leave the others - none bad, by any means, just not as nice as the others.

moondog Sun 21-Sep-08 09:05:32

Matilda=mean girl's name
Lydia=fat girl's name
Iona=nice. Cos I is Welsh obv.

WhatSheSaid Sun 21-Sep-08 09:09:56

Anna is a lovely name (mine grin)

Like Iona and Lydia too.

Can take or leave Matilda and Olivia.

Slouchy Sun 21-Sep-08 09:11:06

I knew you would like Anna, moondog!

Isn't Iona Scots? My cousin's little girl is an Iona, named for the island cos my cousin's Scottish grandad used to be the rector of the church there when she was a little girl.

TheBlonde Sun 21-Sep-08 09:13:01

I prefer Lydia, then Olivia

Chocolateteapot Sun 21-Sep-08 09:14:12

Anna is my vote.

FeelingLucky Sun 21-Sep-08 09:16:03

Anna (but then I'm biased)

TwoMore Sun 21-Sep-08 10:30:35

I liked Iona a lot when pregnant but DH vetoed it because it sounded like 'I own a' and that put me off.

Lydia is pretty but Anna out classes the lot. Have you sorted out a middle name? Anna Olivia is nice.

MrsMattie Sun 21-Sep-08 10:31:57

Anna and Olivia are my favourites, although Olivia vastly more popular. Dislime Iona.

TillyScoutsmum Sun 21-Sep-08 10:33:21

I like Iona, Matilda and Lydia

pgwithnumber3 Sun 21-Sep-08 10:33:35

Anna, gorgeous classic name.

Pollyanna Sun 21-Sep-08 10:33:56

Anna is my fave.

Also like Olivia but steered clear as it is v common where I live

Peachy Sun 21-Sep-08 10:34:44



not so keen on the others but none of tem are awful

pointydog Sun 21-Sep-08 10:36:30

Iona - good name
Anna - good name
Olivia - no no, frilly pinafores
Lydia - orient express 1930
Matilda - quirky, ok, roald dahl

Hulababy Sun 21-Sep-08 10:45:30

"Iona, Lydia, Matilda, Anna or Olivia!

I love the name Matilda.
Anna and Olivia are both pretty too.
I don't like Iona or Lydia.

ninedragons Sun 21-Sep-08 10:59:34

Love Anna and Matilda.

With Iona, the risk is that she'll marry someone with a surname that's also a noun. Obviously she doesn't have to take her husband's name, but Iona Ball or Iona Toy would sound silly.

PolinaDashkova Sun 21-Sep-08 11:02:23

Find Lydia the nicest. But then I know two Lydias and they are both lovely women

AnathemaDevice Sun 21-Sep-08 11:14:49

I'd go for Anna. But that could be because it's my name and, I think, a damn good name to grow up with!

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