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shortlist of girl's names- please could I have your comments?

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penelopestrawberry Mon 07-Sep-09 16:59:22

We are trying to put together a shortlist for a baby girl. I had been v keen on Penelope but have had a couple of negative comments from family/ friends. It's still on the list but I have quite a few others on there too! We prefer something fairly unusual.


Which do you all like/dislike?

said Mon 07-Sep-09 17:00:50

Penelope -like as Penny
Allegra - um, no, not really. Sort of ok
Vivian - NO
Isadora - trying too hard
Genevieve - like
Francesca - like

ScummyMummy Mon 07-Sep-09 17:00:55

I like Francesca. I think Fran and Frankie are both great nicknames too.

catinthehat2 Mon 07-Sep-09 17:13:45

Vivian - YES! Love it, and very unusual.

penelopestrawberry Mon 07-Sep-09 17:51:54

Said- I'm least sure about Isadora. Sometimes I think it is a bit too pretty!

janeite Mon 07-Sep-09 17:53:54

I love Vivienne (this spelling) and Isadora.

diddl Mon 07-Sep-09 17:55:10

Like Genevieve and Francesca.

MamaLazarou Mon 07-Sep-09 18:09:02

I like them all - you have very good taste, IMO! I prefer the original French spelling of Genevieve.

jellybeans Mon 07-Sep-09 18:12:11

Penelope DISLIKE
Allegra LIKE
Vivian HATE
Isadora LIKE
Genevieve OK
Francesca OK

boundarybabe Mon 07-Sep-09 18:16:58

I could be wrong but is Vivian the male spelling and Vivienne the female? I like it anyway.

catinthehat2 Mon 07-Sep-09 18:30:31

Well the Vivian I knew was a girl, and I do like that spelling. Vivienne would be pronounced differently. Also, Vivian is a bit girly for a boy IMHO.

mathanxiety Mon 07-Sep-09 18:31:13

Penelope and Isadora. Allegra is the OTC name of a medicine in the US, also sounds like a car (maybe it already is a car?)

catinthehat2 Mon 07-Sep-09 18:32:28

(Austin Allegro)

dizzydixies Mon 07-Sep-09 18:32:30

love Vivienne too
Allegra - nissan car
Penelope - love as either Penny or Nell
Isadora - like
Genevieve - nice
Francesca - not to my taste

have you considered


they all seem in line with your preferences?

BalloonSlayer Mon 07-Sep-09 18:54:39

Vivian is the boys spelling. Vivien Leigh was christened Vivian and had to change it.

(Clive James' real name is Vivian. And if that doesn't put you off, nowt will grin)

There are a LOT of Francescas where we live, mainly aged 14-15 IIRC.

catinthehat2 Mon 07-Sep-09 19:03:02

Interesting entry showing that while Vivian is limited to boys, Vivian *is* used for girls

and a few lady Vivians here

So, not exactly cut and dried and not a name to use if you follow the herd.

HerHonesty Mon 07-Sep-09 19:26:32

i think they are all lovely but not personally keen on vivian

penelopestrawberry Mon 07-Sep-09 19:38:51

Would probably use Vivienne. You are all right- it is more feminine.

penelopestrawberry Mon 07-Sep-09 21:01:14

Thx dizzy- I like some of those a lot.
Thx MadameL too

LynetteScavo Mon 07-Sep-09 21:10:44

I love Genevieve.

Not keen on the others.

bethdivine Mon 07-Sep-09 21:18:23

love francesca, also like isadora - but guessing it would probably be shortened to dora (the explorer) by other children (she would be very cool tho' my DS would love her!) so depends what you think about that.

ooh, francesca, now let's see if I can persuade DH about DC3 after all... grin

janeite Mon 07-Sep-09 21:24:46

Ooh I like Ismay a lot.

Cadelaide Mon 07-Sep-09 21:27:34

Like them all except Penelope.

Would choose isadora.

Tommy Mon 07-Sep-09 21:30:31

Francesca was on our short list for DS1 - so I like that one.
I like Genevieve
I don't like the others

dizzydixies Mon 07-Sep-09 21:42:44

janeite - Ismay is DD3's middle name smile

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