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Baby name shortlist(29 Posts)
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.
Annabel, Aoife, Emmeline, Eliza, Francesca, Isabella, Matilda, Olivia, Polly, Tabitha.
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?
I'm not at all keen on Archie, Annabel, Emmeline or Polly but there aren't any dreadful ones in the list
I would avoid Isabella and Olivia - they've been extremely popular over the past couple of years and there are loads of them.
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!)
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)
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
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
Tabitha - not keen
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
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..
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?
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.
Maggie, I like Juliet, Marcus and Dominic too! I may have to add to my list of 10!
Pointydog has 'butch' taste in girls names, lol!
I really like Aoife, Emmeline, Eliza & Polly.
Louis is the only one of your boy's names that I love.
I like Mark a lot. Not MArcus. I don't like the frilly bits, y'see.
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 :-
Scout and Zara
struggling with ideas for boys...as already have 4...so used up my favs already !!
Do love the older boys names..:-
Walter / Wilbur
going with lots of names starting w ..as surname starts w...thought it had nice ring to it.. ?
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.
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.
Mumsylady - just to say think Maddison is absolutely beautiful
I like Aoife, Emmeline, Eliza, Polly and Tabitha. I like Anabella but not Annabel.
I like Archie (Archibald), Angus, Edmund, Felix, Gregory, Rory, Tobias. I also like Edwin, Edgar, Edbert and Edison.
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.
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 !!
Albert....can be shortened to Albie ?
unsure about Vin ??!!??
Still like Aaron too.
Already have 4 boys :
Alfie (Officially Alfred)
and William (Liam)
Still undecided for our DD also...
and considering still:
this is soooo hard.....DH doesnt like some of my names (so not included here) but hes not coming up with many helpful suggestions !!
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
Have spent sooo many hours thinking this over.....
Im sure when they make their appearance....we'll know what suits them best ?.....hopefully
Have you still got the 1 son ? or are you expecting more ??
hence going through these baby names ??
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!)
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