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Hermione - we like the grandeur but not the association - alternatives?

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SevernTrentWater Fri 26-Jun-09 15:49:54

My partner and i think Hermione is a gorgeous name. Unfortunately neither of us likes Harry Potter! Can you suggest any other names that have that classical feeling? I think Hermione sounds quite grand, unusual, and sophisticated. I can't think of any alternatives.

HumphreyCobbler Fri 26-Jun-09 16:20:38

I love Hermione
At least after Harry Potter people will be able to say it, my friend used to get a lot of Her - me - own.

What about
Octavia
Clara (I have one of those!)
Helena
Penelope

Fimbo Fri 26-Jun-09 16:22:54

Raephella (sorry sp)
Susannah
Rosamunde
Arabella
Miranda

Fimbo Fri 26-Jun-09 16:24:05

Raphaella

nickelbabe Fri 26-Jun-09 16:26:05

I think Hermione is a gorgeous name too - I would definitely still go for it - like humph says, at least they other kids'll be able to say it and spell it!

hanaflower Fri 26-Jun-09 16:26:41

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HumphreyCobbler Fri 26-Jun-09 16:27:54

Claudia

myredcardigan Fri 26-Jun-09 16:28:09

How about
Rosalind (Ros)
Josephine (Josie or Joss)
Catriona
Clara
Constance (Connie)

myredcardigan Fri 26-Jun-09 16:29:07

Oh yes, I really like Beatrice too.

Oh and Dorothea is beautiful. (Thea for short)

Ondine Fri 26-Jun-09 16:29:52

I feel the same about Hermione, nice name but HP drives me mad, so could never use it. How about;

Aurelia
Berenice
Cassandra
Evangeline
Georgiana (pronounced George-Jayna like the Duchess of Devonshire).
Ianthe
Juno
Lavinia
Pandora
Persephone

MamaLazarou Fri 26-Jun-09 16:48:05

Honoria

hf128219 Fri 26-Jun-09 16:49:20

Hero

Scorpette Fri 26-Jun-09 17:58:26

Just go for Hermione. HP won't be popular forever and even if it does have some associations for some people, at least she's a very positive role model for girls (clever, sassy, talented, etc.). You can always abbreviate it to Mya (or she can when she's older).

But I know what you mean - I have always loved the name Juno, but the association with the film puts me off slightly now.

mumzy Sat 27-Jun-09 10:40:44

Hermia in a midsummmer nights dream is a variation of Hermionie (but saying that it does sound it Hernia!)
I think the following all sound quite grand but without the HP association hope it helps:

Penelope
Cordelia
Ophelia
Carlotta
Artemis
Rosamund
Elspeth

dizzydixies Sat 27-Jun-09 14:59:28

DD3 is cordelia and we love it smile
other ones Ihankerafter we considered
Carmelita
Arianna
Cecilia
Beatrice
Ismay
Althea
Celeste
Corinna

mrswoolf Sat 27-Jun-09 15:40:03

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ByThePowerOfGreyskull Sat 27-Jun-09 15:42:37

I would stick with Hermione, but the time your daughter is at school the films will all be well gone and by the time she is a grown up no one will be able t remember it, they will just think it is a pretty name.

Jumente Sat 27-Jun-09 15:45:48

We had a very dignified, quiet, educated French teacher once whose name was Hermance.

I was a little bit scared of her grin

cyteen Sat 27-Jun-09 15:54:57

Viviana
Persephone

I love Rosamund and Artemis, although would never be able to use the latter as with my surname it would sound too poncey for words

MrsBadger Sat 27-Jun-09 17:31:00

Antigone

twinklesky Sat 27-Jun-09 17:36:58

My dad was going to call me HeRione which is apparently some sort of greek plant :/

Sadly, it looks like Heroin a little too much.

Frasersmum123 Sat 27-Jun-09 18:23:00

Meredith

Bucharest Sat 27-Jun-09 18:26:18

A friend of mine has a Hermione and a Penelope.

Jumente Sun 28-Jun-09 08:31:06

Oh goodness, you have reminded me...we know a family with a Bathsheba and an Octavia. I think it's impressive smile and also quite envy that they were brave enough.

TwoSunnyDays Sun 28-Jun-09 17:08:20

Antigone
Elphinia
Persephone
Antonia
Magdalena
Euphema

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