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thedollshouse Thu 13-Aug-09 18:24:35

I am only just pregnant and have a long way to go yet but as its now "official" I thought I would draw up a short list of names. We already have a ds named Finlay.

Girls:
Annabel, Aoife, Emmeline, Eliza, Francesca, Isabella, Matilda, Olivia, Polly, Tabitha.

Boys:

Archie, Angus, Edmund, Felix, Gregory, Harry, Louis, Oliver, Rory, Tobias.

I know that some of them are quite popular but I'm not too fussed about that.

What is the Mumsnet verdict?

SoupDragon Thu 13-Aug-09 18:28:10

I'm not at all keen on Archie, Annabel, Emmeline or Polly but there aren't any dreadful ones in the list

GoldenSnitch Thu 13-Aug-09 18:28:55

I would avoid Isabella and Olivia - they've been extremely popular over the past couple of years and there are loads of them.

weaselbudge Thu 13-Aug-09 18:49:57

I am also toying with Matilda but previous mumsnet verdict seems to be that it is now quite popular - love it though. All your girls names are quite "posh" (which I love) but I would be interested to know whether you plan to use any shortened names eg I like Annabel shortened to Annie but hate Francesca shortened to Frankie or Isabella shortened to Izzie ....

Boys - my faves are harry, oliver and felix. I really don't like edmund (although love Ted!)

Tillyscoutsmum Thu 13-Aug-09 19:43:03

I love Eliza, Matilda and Tabitha on your list and Angus, Archie and Tobias.

DD is a Matilda and I don't know of any others in rl yet (although know of a couple on here)

pointydog Thu 13-Aug-09 19:47:19

Annabel - I don't like it at all, frou frou Aoife - not keen, don't like the sound Emmeline - ok
Eliza - ok
Francesca - ok, much prefer Frances
Isabella - ok, much prefer Isabel
Matilda - ok
Olivia - don't like this one
Polly - oh no
Tabitha - no

Archie - no. It's a bit of a comedy name Angus - I like it and I like Gus
Edmund - hmm, not really but I love the nickname Ed/Eddie
Felix - no
Gregory - no
Harry - ok
Louis - like it, lovely sound
Oliver - no, wet
Rory - quite like it
Tobias - no, wet

Hulababy Thu 13-Aug-09 19:54:41

Girls:
Annabel - classic, pretty, quite popular
Aoife - not keen, will spend forever spelling it for people or telling them how to pronounce
Emmeline - OK
Eliza - classic, quite like although I'd be more likely to have Elisabeth as full name
Francesca - classic, a bit harsh sounding for me
Isabella - quite popular, quite nice
Matilda - love this name, getting popular, love Tilly as nn
Olivia - lovely name, quite popular
Polly OK
Tabitha - not keen

Boys:

Archie - quite like, but not sure I would use as I prefer full names and don't like Archibold
Angus - not keen
Edmund - class, traditional, prefer Edward though
Felix - not keen, reminds me of a cat
Gregory - npot keen
Harry - like this, don't like Harold though so would have to be just Harry, very popular
Louis - not keen
Oliver - really like this, classic
Rory - not keen
Tobias - quite like this

MaggieBelleVirgo Thu 13-Aug-09 20:00:41

Annabel - love it. Loads of nick names and much prettier than Isabel which is more pop imo

Aoife - lovely but prefer Eva

Emmeline - ok, bit fussy. Emilia or Emily much better.
Eliza - lovely, classic, really like it.
Francesca - bit harsh somehow
Isabella - ok but there are loads.
Matilda - like it, don't love it
Olivia - lovely, popular but gorgeous
Polly -really like this, prefer it so much to Molly. HOpe it never becomes as popular.
Tabitha - not keen, it's not dreadful but I don't like it..

Boys:

Archie - love it, I prefer Richie, it's a bit les of the moment and a bit more classic
Angus - love it, also love Fergus
Edmund - really like this
Felix - Like it.
Gregory - like this
Harry - not keen, and there are loads
Louis - love it, also like Leo
Oliver - no, too feminine sounding imo
Rory - love it!
Tobias - quite like it, prefer Toby though..

You have similar taste to me. What do you think of Juliet? Marcus? Dominic?

thedollshouse Thu 13-Aug-09 20:01:57

Thanks for your comments everyone. Weaselbudge, I probably wouldn't shorten Annabel on an everyday basis but I quite like Anna so would use that occasionly. I really like Izzy as a nn for Isabella and Livvy for Olivia.

Pointydog, why the "oh no" for Polly? Do you think it sounds too twee? As this is dh's reservation.

I will will wait until my 12 week scan (fingers crossed) and then see if I can cross some off the list. Pleased to see that on the whole they seem quite popular.

thedollshouse Thu 13-Aug-09 20:04:46

Maggie, I like Juliet, Marcus and Dominic too! I may have to add to my list of 10!

MaggieBelleVirgo Thu 13-Aug-09 20:05:35

Pointydog has 'butch' taste in girls names, lol!

MrsMattie Thu 13-Aug-09 20:07:21

I really like Aoife, Emmeline, Eliza & Polly.

Louis is the only one of your boy's names that I love.

pointydog Thu 13-Aug-09 23:14:06

Re Polly too twee - yes, deffo

pointydog Thu 13-Aug-09 23:14:53

I like Mark a lot. Not MArcus. I don't like the frilly bits, y'see.

eightisseventoomany Fri 14-Aug-09 11:23:03

There were no Olivers that I knew when I named our ds Ollie ....now there are loads !!!!
Still love the name...and suits him !! took us 6 weeks after his birth to finally decide on Oliver

expecting twins (boy/girl)
I love the name Heidi for a girl

Also shortlisted :-
Mia
Ava
Matilda
Maddison
Emme
Felicity
Bryianna
Neve
Thea
Scout and Zara

struggling with ideas for boys...as already have 4...so used up my favs already !!

eightisseventoomany Fri 14-Aug-09 13:21:02

Do love the older boys names..:-
Walter / Wilbur
Monty
Wyatt
Aaron
Finn
Tobi
Harrison
Kit ?
Fred
Wilfred
etc etc...
going with lots of names starting w ..as surname starts w...thought it had nice ring to it.. ?

BarbieLovesKen Fri 14-Aug-09 17:19:00

Annabel, - oh lovely.

Aoife, dont like it - sorry - very boring - million of them (my age) around here.

Emmeline, - niceish although, always reminds me of that character in Anne of Green Gables who what perfectly nice but had absolutely no personality. Wouldnt be mad about it.

Eliza, - ok.

Francesca, very pretty.

Isabella, - absolutely gorgeous - could call her "belle"

Matilda, I dont like it. sorry.

Olivia, ok. bit boring.

Polly, oh dear. no!!. cutsie and all that but a bit silly imoo.

Tabitha. beautiful.

Boys:

Archie - adorable.

Angus - sorry, isnt this a breed of cow???

Edmund - no. way.

Felix - meow....

Gregory - dont like it.

Harry - really lovely.

Louis - would be worried about Louie - which I hate.

Oliver - gorgeous.

Rory - sorry - have always just hated the sound of this name. Think its very harsh or something. dont like it.

Tobias - ok.

BarbieLovesKen Fri 14-Aug-09 17:20:00

Mumsylady - just to say think Maddison is absolutely beautiful

nappyaddict Fri 14-Aug-09 17:56:03

Girls:
I like Aoife, Emmeline, Eliza, Polly and Tabitha. I like Anabella but not Annabel.

Boys:

I like Archie (Archibald), Angus, Edmund, Felix, Gregory, Rory, Tobias. I also like Edwin, Edgar, Edbert and Edison.

mathanxiety Fri 14-Aug-09 18:07:46

Unless you want to start an F trend in your family, I would avoid the F names. Everything else sounds lovely, except Archie and Gregory, which tends to sound awful if your DS can't say his Rs. Polly is a bit twee.

eightisseventoomany Fri 14-Aug-09 21:51:43

Also....for boys am thinking :

Ted (rather than teddy)
but not sure what formal names can be shortened to Ted ?? other than Edward...already know lots of Eddies !!

Frankie ?
Albert....can be shortened to Albie ?
unsure about Vin ??!!??
Still like Aaron too.

Already have 4 boys :
Alfie (Officially Alfred)
Ollie (Oliver)
Joe (Jordan)
and William (Liam)

Still undecided for our DD also...
and considering still:

Heidi
Evie
Neve
Meredith
Isla

this is soooo hard.....DH doesnt like some of my names (so not included here) but hes not coming up with many helpful suggestions !!

nappyaddict Sat 15-Aug-09 12:18:14

Ted - I actually prefer Teddy but would use Theodore, Theobald, Edwin, Edmund, Edbert, Edgar or Edison as an official name.

Frankie - I like this. You could use Francis, Francisco, Francesco or Franklin as an official name.

Albert....can be shortened to Albie? Love it

Vin - sounds unfinished. I prefer Vinnie which can be short for Calvin, Alvin, Melvin, Kelvin, Kevin, Vincent, Vinson, Vinton and basically any other name you can think ending in Vin.

Still like Aaron too - I don't like this one. Just that bit too popular for me.

For the girls I like Heidi, Eva or Evelyn but not Evie, Meredith and Isla

eightisseventoomany Sat 15-Aug-09 16:38:32

Thanks Nappyaddict....

Have spent sooo many hours thinking this over.....
Im sure when they make their appearance....we'll know what suits them best ?.....hopefully hmm

Have you still got the 1 son ? or are you expecting more ??

hence going through these baby names ?? wink

TiggyR Sat 15-Aug-09 21:16:51

I really like all your names actually, amny of them are ones that have appeared on my shortlists for 3 kids, though some have gone on to be a bit too over-used. I love Mathilda and Tabitha. Have no idea whether or not they are common - my youngest is 10 so I'm a tad out of touch!

Louis and Harry very common, Archie and Angus lovely (though they were both on my list 10 years ago - so a bit common now? Esp. Archie)

Gregory lovely, and Rory perfect. (DS1's name - he's nearly 17 and I still love it!)

TiggyR Sat 15-Aug-09 21:23:14

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