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oh I don't know...baby due in 4 weeks - we have sort of decided on Clementine if its a girl, but I'm just not 100% sure... can I really give a child a name I'm not sure about?

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Astrophe Sat 20-Jun-09 13:53:13

Some days I think "Clementine - I LOVE it", and other days I say it alloud to myself and it just sounds too odd, or too wrong, or... something.

DC we already have are Lucia and Elijah.

What should we do? There are no other real options so far.

Rindercella Sat 20-Jun-09 13:54:37

I adore Clementine & if we ever had another girl, I would demand that she be called Clementine (DH isn't so keen).

Astrophe Sat 20-Jun-09 14:00:17

Thanks Rindercella, thats what I need to hear Either lots of affirmation, or another stirling idea that DH and I both love!

Thandeka Sat 20-Jun-09 14:02:41

I knew a Clementine but everyone called her Clem or Clemmy and I hate those as abbreviations.

missmem Sat 20-Jun-09 14:06:43

I would call both genders Clem as I love it. So Clementine is lovely.

Astrophe Sat 20-Jun-09 14:06:52

I sometimes like 'Clemmie', and sometimes it doesn't sound quite right.

violethill Sat 20-Jun-09 14:11:05

I don't dislike it, but for some reason it doesn't seem to 'go' with the other dc's names. Elijah is very biblical (I mean very as in, I would automatically associate it with Old testament prophet before anything else) and Clemmie, or Clem just seems so different. But then Lucia doesn't seem to go with Elijah really.
Not that I dislike any of your chosen names at all - they are all rather nice individually- just not sure of them together. Oh dear, that's not much help is it!

iHateDairylea Sat 20-Jun-09 14:15:07

We nearly called dd this and then my friend told me it's another word for bollock, erm could've gone either way- but it put me off grin

It's a lovely name but I wouldn't use it. grin

fizzpops Sat 20-Jun-09 14:17:26

I really like all your names - you obviously have wonderful taste!

I like Clemency as an alternative to Clementine.

I think it is quite normal to question a name you are thinking of giving your child - especially if it more unusual as you don't want to regret it. But if you keep coming back to it and would regret NOT giving your DD that name then I think you have made your decision.

Thunderduck Sat 20-Jun-09 14:21:40

I don't like Clementine at all. Perhaps as a middle name but certainly not as a first name.

Bucharest Sat 20-Jun-09 14:22:34

It's lovely.....as are your other names....smile
You'll know when she's born if it's right or not...(I hope it is!)

Astrophe Sat 20-Jun-09 14:45:35

aargh, I don't think this is helping (ie, no concensus at all).

I've heard the bollocks thing, but we don't like in the uk and so not relevant, happily.

still not sure though.

I do keep thinking we will have to wait and see when baby is born, but then, what if we dicide its not right? we have no alternatives!

Astrophe Sat 20-Jun-09 14:46:38

)oh, and thanks bucharest and fizzpops for the compliments on other names - I adore them, obviously!)

MrsSeanBean Sat 20-Jun-09 14:52:41

Go for it. It's a lovely name.

If you didn't use it, what would you use instead? Ask yourself - would you regret not choosing that name?

hannahsaunt Sat 20-Jun-09 14:54:31

It's a great name - I really like it.

frankbestfriend Sat 20-Jun-09 14:58:12

Gorgeous name, OP.

boodleboot Sat 20-Jun-09 15:06:36

i think i prefer the name Clemency instead of clementine....i just can't get over the fact that it is a fruit...

ThePhantomPlopper Sat 20-Jun-09 15:11:58

I prefer Clemency too.

I wouldn't use either as a name although neither of them are a bad name IYSWIM, I like it but wouldn't use it.

DandyLioness Sat 20-Jun-09 15:37:39

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Jojay Sat 20-Jun-09 15:47:35

I think it's common to waiver on your choice of name - we did with DS2, and certainly never got that 'I love it, it's perfect' feeling.

Of course we had to call him something and we're now very pleased with our choice of name. They just sort of 'become' that name and you stop obsessing over it once they're here - we did anyway smile

jemart Sat 20-Jun-09 16:11:07

I don't really like Clementine for a first name, would consider for a middle name though. Do you have any other names in mind?

KERALA1 Sat 20-Jun-09 16:15:19

Love it - pretty and old fashioned but not over used. Kind of the same feel as your other names (which I think are also lovely btw). Think we have the same taste.

castille Sat 20-Jun-09 16:20:09

Love it. It's classy and pretty but not too frilly.

To those who can't see past the fruit thing - why on earth not? Plenty of other names are other things too (like flowers). And it is actually a name, unlike Applewink

KERALA1 Sat 20-Jun-09 16:33:45

Do you have one too castille smile ?

BunnyLebowski Sat 20-Jun-09 16:47:47

It's gorgeous!! Pretty, feminine and unusual without being wacko (and if it's good enough for Claudia Schiffer eh?!)

GO FOR IT!!

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