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Elizabeth Grace - too popular?

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Pepa Tue 25-Aug-09 14:41:17

Was thinking of this name for dd but not sure if its a very popular combination.

Elizabeth is after my Nana who died recently but I'm a little lost for 2nd names. In the past I've given my children middle names after family members but this time if we name her after my nana it feels like she should have her "own" middle name (iykwim!)

Any ideas?

Fimbo Tue 25-Aug-09 14:45:49

I don't think it matters whether it is popular or not, it's your choice that counts.

How about Eliza, Beth or Libby instead?

boodleboot Tue 25-Aug-09 14:47:17

Elizabeth is a really lovely name with fantastic NN potential.

I think Grace goes nicely but it is very popular as a middle name (prob cos it sounds so nice!!)

What other names would you consider if you weren't using Elizabeth but one of your own names?

TheFallenMadonna Tue 25-Aug-09 14:48:20

Unless you are planning on using both names, then I would just go with a name you love as a middle name.

PrettyCandles Tue 25-Aug-09 14:50:38

It's a beautiful name. No idea whether it's popular or not, don't think I've heard that combination before. Personally I love Grace, and quite like Elizabeth, and together they sound lovely.

epithet Tue 25-Aug-09 14:52:13

Elizabeth not at all overpopular and much underused as a first name atm, imo.

I like both - but they happen to be my dds' middle names smile.

Kotek Tue 25-Aug-09 14:52:22

grace is a hugely popular middle name at the moment, but if you like it, who cares!

Pepa Tue 25-Aug-09 15:03:53

boodleboot would probably want to use Matilda or Phillipa (Pippa) if wasn't using ELizabeth but neither of those options seem to go...

I have a very popular 1st/2nd name combo so would rather stay away from that if poss.

tummytickler Tue 25-Aug-09 16:00:27

I dont think Elizabeth is that popular at all - i only know 1 with the full name.
I know lots of kids given the short forms as a full name though (loads of Libbys, 2 Bettys, a Bess, a Betsy), but only one Elizabeth.
Grace is a bit dull imo, but if you love it then use it - it is a mn anyway so rarely used.

Kathrina Tue 25-Aug-09 17:01:37

I would probably say Elizabeth was popular about 20-25 yrs ago my SIL is called Elizabeth Grace (26) but these names certainly come back into fashion. I think it is great go for it smile

My dd middle name is Grace.

Pepa Tue 25-Aug-09 17:31:32

Apparently Elizabeth is #9 in the US so thought it was more popular elsewhere....

What about Elizabeth Faith? Any takers?!

boodleboot Tue 25-Aug-09 19:38:29

i think Elizabeth Matilda or Matilda Elizabeth sounds simply glorious.....xx

Hulababy Tue 25-Aug-09 19:41:21

I think it sounds lovely.

fannybanjo Tue 25-Aug-09 19:49:32

My DD1 is Grace Elisabeth and I love it, it is classic (yes, I know Grace is popular but is wasn't quite so over 7 years ago) and it is a name which will grow with her.

I say go for it but have you considered spelling Elizabeth Elisabeth? I think it looks and sounds softer.

MrsBadger Tue 25-Aug-09 19:49:59

lovely

veyr few baby Elizabeths atm

Elizabeth Faith has too many F / TH sounds though

if your surname is short you could use a longer middle name

Elizabeth Emily

Elizabeth Flora

Elizabeth Frances

slowreadingprogress Tue 25-Aug-09 20:11:39

I think Elizabeth is one of the absolute best names for girls - beautiful. Grace is horrendously popular but I think you can get away with it because Elizabeth is more unusual now.

Elizabeth Faith is too much of a tongue twister for me - too many 'th's'!!!

Elizabeth Louise?
Elizabeth Mia?
Elizabeth Ava?

lowrib Tue 25-Aug-09 21:07:33

Grace is pretty, but very popular indeed! Personally I wouldn't use it, unless it ha a family connection - or just was 'the' name IYKWIM.

I've got lots of ideas, but I reckon it's nice to have names which mean something to you, so I've got some questions for you to give me something to go on ...

What's your cultural background (any Irish /Welsh / Scottish by any chance? I know lots of nice Celtic names smile)

When's your due date?

Do you have any favourite authors / plays / films / bands?

lowrib Wed 26-Aug-09 13:02:33

Elizabeth is lovely BTW, especially as there are so many NNs.

My Great Aunt was called Elizabeth NN Peggy, which is quite random! (Sure there must be a reason).

Pepa Wed 26-Aug-09 13:52:38

Hadn't realised the th thing with Elizabeth Faith.....bugger

fannybanjo I'll probably go with the "z" spelling because thats the version my Nana had

lowrib There is an Irish connection, my Dad is Irish and my sister now lives there with her family. Baby is due at New Year. I'm trying to think about the favourite favourite authors / plays / films / bands....since the birth of DS and DD1, I don't seem to have had time to indulge in anything like that but I know I had a life once right....wink!!

lowrib Fri 28-Aug-09 10:14:02

"I know I had a life once right" I know how you feel! grin

OK then, here's a few Irish names for a start

Sinead
Aoife "Ee - fa"
Oorlagh
Fianna "fee + ina"
Shauna
Sorcha

Incidentally the most popular girls names in Ireland, according to this site are

Siobhan
Aisling
Deirdre
Niamh
Eileen

Gotta run, but I'll be back to this - I like this game grin

lowrib Fri 28-Aug-09 10:15:06

Incidentally, according to the same site, there is a Irish naming tradition as follows

Oldest daughter named after the Mother's mother
2nd daughter named after the Father's mother
3rd daughter named after the Mother
4th daughter named after the Mother's oldest sister

Just thought I'd throw that in in case it helps - as you're already using a family name it's probably not relavant, but I thought it was interesting anyway.

Sazisi Fri 28-Aug-09 10:20:57

If my father's family had followed that I think I'd have 3 Aunties Mary (I just have the one so they must have rebelled!)

Sazisi Fri 28-Aug-09 10:34:23

I suggest:

Elizabeth Rose
Elizabeth Kate
Elizabeth Anne
Elizabeth Faye
Elizabeth Kay
Elizabeth Jean
Elizabeth Jane
Elizabeth Jude
Elizabeth Sian
Elizabeth Megan
Elizabeth Miriam

I do love Elizabeth Grace though
I have an extremely popular
first name/middle name/surname combination and it doesn't bother me in the least!

lowrib Fri 28-Aug-09 11:36:20

Sian is lovely

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