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Please critique my girls shortlist

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Arabesqueenpointe Mon 31-Aug-09 12:55:50

Would appreciate opinions on these names; reasons for likes/dislikes would be helpful.
thank you


beanieb Mon 31-Aug-09 12:59:07

I like Margot.

pippel Mon 31-Aug-09 12:59:24

I love Margot and Augusta

GirlsAreLoud Mon 31-Aug-09 13:00:00

Cecilia is....ok.

jumpyjan Mon 31-Aug-09 13:01:17

I like Thomasina, Cecilia, Agatha and Beatrix as I think they are all strong names but very feminine and pretty also.

I am not so keen on the others.

Niecie Mon 31-Aug-09 13:01:24

Augusta, Thomasina, Enid and Agatha are too old fashioned. I know that probably makes them possibles for a resurgence but some names should just stay in the past.

Beatrix - reminds me of Beatrix Potter books which I don't like.

Arabel - isn't that a type of farm? I would prefer Arabella personally.

Margot - the Good Life. Middle aged persons name to me and a bit snobby!

Cecilia and Rosamund are nice

Rosamund could be shortened to Rosie which is nice for a little girl imo.

MamaLazarou Mon 31-Aug-09 13:02:20

I like them all apart from Arabel. It seems unfinished, somehow.

MrsVik Mon 31-Aug-09 13:05:26

Augusta - I like this. It's got a 'wise' feeling to it, and also reminds me of summer. Very smart name.

Thomasina - I can't say I like it at all. It sounds to me as though you liked Thomas for a boy, and just stuck an 'ina' on the end when you couldn't come up with anything better for a girl! Not saying this is what happened - just that's what I thought of when I saw it.

Enid - Quite cute - has associations with the children's author which I think is quite nice. I could definitely imagine a little girl with this name.

Rosamund(e) - Beautiful and elegant.

Cecilia - Not bad, but not to my taste. It's always seemed a bit of a weak name, especially with the nn Sissy etc.

Agatha - Not keen on the harsh 'Ag' at the start. Reminds me of hag, rag, sag etc. Just what first pops into my head though, it's a perfectly good name!

Beatrix - Like it a lot - again a children's author name which is sweet. The nn 'Bea' is also nice. A classy name.

Arabel - Not as keen - I think it sounds a bit harsh.

Margot - Makes me think of mangoes, for some reason! I think there are stronger names on your list.

My faves - Rosamund, Beatrix, Augusta and Enid (in that order).

My least faves - Cecilia, Agatha, Arabel, Margot and Thomasina (in that order).

bellissima Mon 31-Aug-09 13:05:58

Like Cecilia. Not sure on the 'classic female authors' list. Arabel sounds masculine without at least a further 'le'. Prefer Rosalind or Rosemary to Rosamund (its the mund bit). Thomasina sounds like a kitten's name, or as if you are trying too hard.

slowreadingprogress Mon 31-Aug-09 13:07:41

I think Cecilia is the best. Intelligent but still pretty.

Ditto Rosamund.

Beatrix - rather severe i think though Bea is cute for a little girl...

Arabel - agree, it sounds unfinished and too much like arable!!!

Margot - dull

Augusta - ugly

Thomasina - ugly

Enid - THE most ugly girls name ever created!

Agatha - number two after Enid wink

pasturesnew Mon 31-Aug-09 13:19:46

Augusta - seems very matronly, don't like idea of it being shortened to "Gussy"
Thomasina - OK, suppose she would get "Tommy"
Enid - Blighton only and therefore not OK
Rosamund(e) - my favourite, this is really lovely, wouldn't spell it with an "e" though
Cecilia - lovely
Agatha - lovely
Beatrix - prefer Beatrice (which I think is lovely) otherwise it's Potter jokes all the way and can be shortened to "Trixie" which I don't like.
Arabel - nice but prefer Arabella, or Amabel (I really like Amabel!).
Margot - OK, The Good Life

TotalChaos Mon 31-Aug-09 13:29:07

I like Rosamund and quite like Cecilia. Not keen at all on Arabel, too similar to arable farming!

MrsSeanBean Mon 31-Aug-09 13:40:43

Augusta best followed by Cecilia, then gatha. Enid verging on ok, will probably be in another 10 years' time.

MrsSeanBean Mon 31-Aug-09 13:40:58

Agatha - sorry!

piscesmoon Mon 31-Aug-09 13:49:33

Augusta-I think she would need to be about 50yrs to grow into it-I quite like it, but it doesn't seem right on a baby.
Rosamund(e)-lovely (best without the end e)
Cecilia -nice but bound to be shortened.
Agatha-the same class as Enid.
Beatrix -no
Arabel-prefer Annabel
Margot -OK

boodleboot Mon 31-Aug-09 18:37:50

Augusta - i love this name, the lady that fitted my wedding dress was called Augusta and i thought it was such a lovely unusual name....
Thomasina - too blokey
Enid - makes me think Eyelid
Rosamund(e) - nice, Rosamunde Pike is gorgeous and makes me think of her
Cecilia - i can just hear suggs singing this and it is not good....
Agatha - yes. think this could be very cute.
Beatrix - i love Bea, but just thing Beer-tricks potter
Arabel - Arable - farming land
Margot - LOVE LOVE LOVE - met a gorgeous Margot recently and she loved her name...

bigchris Mon 31-Aug-09 18:39:56

I don't like any of them

I do like Rosa though

MaggieLeo Mon 31-Aug-09 18:41:57

Augusta - no, I like the style of it, but it's ugly
Thomasina - no, ugly.
Enid - ugly
Rosamund(e)- lovely, have a cousin called Rosamund.
Cecilia - nice, prefer just Celia though
Agatha - ok
Beatrix - beautiful.
Arabel - prefer it with two ns. annabel.
Margot - Really feisty. love this one.

Tidey Mon 31-Aug-09 18:47:06

Augusta - hefty great tall elderly lady with shelf-like bosom
Thomasina - Cat in Disney film
Enid - Welsh primary school teacher
Rosamund - Sounds mannish
Cecilia - Jill's Pony book series
Agatha - Trunchbull
Beatrix - Quite nice but prefer Beatrice
Arabel - Farming
Margot - Looks like maggot.

Just my immediate thoughts, which seem to hinge largely upon children's books for some reason. Favourites are Cecilia and Beatrix.

Why so many old lady name threads at the moment?

jkklpu Mon 31-Aug-09 20:21:25

Margaux is my favourite of these (and prefer this spelling)
Cecilia OK
don't like the others, I'm afraid
Thomasina is only ever Tittlemouse for me

Goober Mon 31-Aug-09 20:23:34


gloomysue Mon 31-Aug-09 21:01:44

I think they are all lovely especially Agatha. I know an 11 year old Agatha and she is lovely too.

WelliesAndPyjamas Mon 31-Aug-09 21:06:04

Augusta - no, not feminine enough
Thomasina - ok but sounds a bit made up
Enid - yes, like it, pretty
Rosamund(e) - yes, very feminine
Cecilia - yes, as above
Agatha - so-so, makes me think of a cat's name hmmgrin
Beatrix - nice, has presence
Arabel - no, sounds incomplete
Margot - no, too severe

Tortington Mon 31-Aug-09 21:07:55

Augusta hell no
Thomasina - hell no
Enid - nice
Rosamund(e) - hell no
Cecilia - v.nice
Agatha v. nice
Beatrix - hell no
Arabel - hell no
Margot - hell no

scottishmummy Mon 31-Aug-09 21:26:05

Augusta - like it. strong name
Thomasina - old lady victoriana
Enid - has blyton connotations. no
Rosamund(e)- like it but not sure people will get it
Cecilia -really nice
Agatha - nice traditional name
Beatrix nice
Arabel too agricultural
Margot nice but you will forever be repeating/spelling saying MARGOT not Margo/margaret

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