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tummytickler Tue 01-Sep-09 09:07:04

Just a quickie really. Had a chat with dh last night and Hilda really is his very favourite name, i love it too, but am a bit moe open to other names also!
The thing that worries me about Hilda is that it may become mega popular like Matilda - after all they are similar sounding!
So is everyone who likes Matilda going to turn to Hilda instead?
Is Hilda going to become common/trendy off the back of Matilda (or indeed at all!)
Get your crystal balls out please!
Is Hilda going to become a bit too current/trendy.
Same question with regards to Mildred / Millie?

MrsBadger Tue 01-Sep-09 09:15:21

Most Millies I know that have a longer name are Millicents so I think Mildred is safe for the moment.

I don't think Hilda is going to make a comeback just yet eithr - the Ogden associations are still quite strong and it is short of good nicknames (all Matildas become Tilly or Matty - Hilly is not so good)

BonsoirAnna Tue 01-Sep-09 09:37:28

There is a little Millie at DD's school and it is short for Melissa, which I think is a little odd but not impossible, IYSWIM.

spongebrainmaternitypants Tue 01-Sep-09 09:39:56

I can't see Hilda ever coming back into fashion tbh!

ShowOfHands Tue 01-Sep-09 09:40:09

Our dd is Mathilda so could have been Hilda if she wanted instead of Tilly/Mattie/Maud etc. She chose the nickname Tilda.

ReneRusso Tue 01-Sep-09 09:55:42

I can't imagine Hilda or Mildred becoming trendy. But it's impossible to tell. Matilda is lovely and not at all common, is it?

LyraSilvertongue Tue 01-Sep-09 10:10:56

Hilda and Mildred are really ugly names. Sorry.

MrsBadger Tue 01-Sep-09 10:24:51

Matilda is getting more popular in the Madeleine / Tabitha type slihtyl-poncey areas IME

Thunderduck Tue 01-Sep-09 11:05:26

I think it's very unlikely that either Hilda or Mildred will become trendy. They are both awful.

mumtojohn Tue 01-Sep-09 11:37:12

God, you girls don't sit on the fence do you?

She wasn't asking you what you thought of the names, simply whether they might become very fashionable.

i think any name that isn't really popular is a good shout, if you like it. I would say you are safe with Hilda, to answer just your actual question.

We chose John for our DS; one of the most common names in the English speaking world, but weirdly you don't find many babies/young children with that name so we were really happy with it.

EssieW Tue 01-Sep-09 12:03:01

I love Hilda. Think it's a pretty name and do hope that it becomes more popular.

We would only use as second name though as have grandmother called Hilda.

If you love it, use it. I knew a girl called Hilda when at school - she really suited the name and didn't get negative comments.

Another nice name with similar sound is Hilary.

edam Tue 01-Sep-09 12:08:35

Ooh, I love Hilda. Ever since my fantastic great-aunt died last year, I've been wondering why it hasn't come back into fashion, when so many other old lady names have - Ivy is so popular now, for instance.

bess23 Tue 01-Sep-09 12:58:22

im sorry but dont like hilda, matilda yes.

MaggieLeo Tue 01-Sep-09 12:59:34

I think Zelda will make a come back before Hilda does!

Or maybe that is just my personal taste. I love Zelda and can't bear Hilda.

nappyaddict Tue 01-Sep-09 13:03:12

I love Mildred but the nickname Milly is very popular. Would Mimi or Illy work as a nickname instead?

Or how about Meredith - it's similar sounding?

I love Hilda and also Heidi.

NadiaWadia Tue 01-Sep-09 15:30:10

I am sorry but these are the associations I get from:

Hilda: hair in curlers, wrinkly stockings, ageing factory worker, fag in mouth (Ogden???)

Mildred - mean old lady and of course: - Mildew (ever read Fungus the Bogeyman?)

just Milly itself is lovely

Matilda - quite nice, medieval lady with wimple and sweeping gown

Tidey Tue 01-Sep-09 15:31:59

Much prefer Matilda.
I can't see Hilda becoming popular, I know a 90 yr old Hilda and she has always hated it.

tummytickler Tue 01-Sep-09 16:07:24

We are very confident in our choice of Hilda, so i am not too worried about negative opinions as we both think it is really pretty, and please do give opinions, but in my OP i asked if you think it could become popular off the back of Matilda (similar sound etc), those liking Tilda looking for something different iyswim.
We love Enid, but have dismissed it as it is short, sweet, and we think it might shoot up the charts Esme and Elsie stylee! This is what i mean in my op i guess - i already did a post yonks ago asking for opinions and they were most;ly negative - but we still love it!

CommonNortherner Tue 01-Sep-09 16:11:26

I can't see Hilda becoming too popular. I like it though, been growing on me because of Ugly Betty.

said Tue 01-Sep-09 16:20:13

I doubt very much Hilda will become (too) popular. It's a very ugly sound.

Fawnie Tue 01-Sep-09 16:21:51

By all means stand by your choice of name if you really love it.

the only Hilda I know is my mum and she hates it. growing up in the war with a German name wasn't a whole load of fun.

people sometimes mishear at introductions and she gets called Helen or Hilary for a while, which she much prefers!

PuppyMonkey Tue 01-Sep-09 16:23:23

Hilda won't become popular as it's horrid.

oltob Tue 01-Sep-09 17:25:14

I think it's the 3 syllable sing song sound that make Matilda, Madeline and Tabitha so popular and pretty. I don't think people considering those names would opt for Hilda instead, so don't see it taking off imo.

I think Hilda is very pretty in it's own right and if you are of the nn persuasion see nothing wrong with Hilly or more tenuously Heidi, but maybe that's just because I wanted to run around the hills in plaits with goats as a child!

oltob Tue 01-Sep-09 17:26:53

ps. the Millies I know are all short for Amelia. Fraid I don't like Mildred at all

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