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Baby Name Shortlist - Opinions please!!

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Beanigan Fri 09-Oct-09 08:59:39

Hi All - we already have 1 DS named Archie, surname is MacGregor (Scottish DH) - I wanted a more English feel for a name for my DC2 so here is our current shortlist;

Mia
Millie
Aimee
Emma
Elsa (DH not keen on this one but is a family name on my side and I love it)

James (Jamie)
Samuel
Freddie
Jacob
Edward (not keen on Ed or Ted for a short name though)
Ewan (although unfortunately will be associated with the actor)

Do you think 2 DC names ending in 'IE'is too much?

CocoK Fri 09-Oct-09 09:30:57

The 'ie' endings are not a problem for me. I'd avoid Ewan at all cost due to the actor connection. Samuel and Freddie are my faves, along with Elsa and Emma. Millie is nice too, not keen on Aimee.

Salonly Fri 09-Oct-09 09:36:17

Elsa and Edward

Beanigan Fri 09-Oct-09 09:51:20

I love Elsa too and we have a strong family history with that name.

Right - agreed Ewan off the list.

What other names can Edward be shortened to if not Ed or Ted? If only Ed or Ted then I'll avoid that also.

DH's fave is Emma and his boy fave is Edward. I think I'm swaying to Elsa and Samuel......

overmydeadbody Fri 09-Oct-09 09:54:24

Elsa and Edward of Freddie

overmydeadbody Fri 09-Oct-09 09:55:36

Eddie? Eds? Bear?

Bucharest Fri 09-Oct-09 10:35:29

I like Emma, James and Jacob.

EightiesChick Fri 09-Oct-09 10:43:07

I like Edward a lot, but I dislike all its shortenings - Eddie (makes me think of the Guardian Living With Teenagers boy), Ed or Ted. Shame.

How about using the 'y' spellings of Amy and Milly, as an alternative? I like both spelt that way. Don't like the Aimee spelling so would rule that out.

Elsa wouldn't be my choice but it is a nice name and unusual. Emma is also nice. Don't like Mia.

James/Jamie is always good, and underrated as a first name rather than a middle name. Ewan has to be a no no with your surname, unfortunately.

iwascyteenagewerewolf Fri 09-Oct-09 10:50:25

Mia - love it
Millie - not so keen, but sounds okay
Aimee - too many Ms when alongside your surname, it's a bit awkward to pronounce
Emma - see above
Elsa (DH not keen on this one but is a family name on my side and I love it) - fantastic!

James (Jamie) - a bit of the same M problem
Samuel - likewise, although I do love this name
Freddie - it's alright
Jacob - lovely
Edward (not keen on Ed or Ted for a short name though) - I prefer Edmund, but Edward is nice too. Shortens to Ned?
Ewan (although unfortunately will be associated with the actor) - everyone will think you named him after the actor, which will probably be v annoying!

Beanigan Fri 09-Oct-09 10:52:52

Not fussed on the spelling so happy with Amy and Milly also.
No-one seems to sway towards Mia then? I know would be a mouthful with the surname..

I think, realistically, my DH would never go for Elsa so will only agree to a middle name and I can't bear the short versions of Edward either so again may have to be a middle name..

FlamingoBingo Fri 09-Oct-09 10:57:33

No problem with names ending the same way.

Mia - pretty
Millie - lovely
Aimee - don't like this, but that's just personal opinion! And prefer Amy.
Emma - lovely
Elsa (DH not keen on this one but is a family name on my side and I love it) - don't like, sorry!

James (Jamie)
Samuel
Freddie
Jacob
Edward (not keen on Ed or Ted for a short name though)
Ewan (although unfortunately will be associated with the actor)

Lovely boys' names, but agree with the concerns re. Ewan.

bellissima Fri 09-Oct-09 13:04:25

Like all the boys names except Ewan. Like all the girls names too, except Aimee (just think it doesn't work in an English context and without the accent) - although Millie I tend to think of as a nn for Amelia.

thirtysomething Fri 09-Oct-09 13:18:38

Emma or Elsa, James or Edward get my vote

Though Edward will be shortened to eddie if you veto Ted or Ed so depends if you like that or not!

Hulababy Fri 09-Oct-09 13:37:39

In order of preference from OP

Girls:
Millie (although would probably go for full name and this as nn)
Aimee
Mia
Emma
Elsa

Boys:
Freddie (but would go for Fred)
Edward (I like Ned as nn)
Jacob
Samuel
Jmes
Ewan

Scorps Fri 09-Oct-09 13:44:06

All three of mine so far (dc4 due in 11 weeks) have ie names. its fine.

I have a Jamie and a Millie. Millie's nn is Mimi.

PootleTheFlump Fri 09-Oct-09 19:30:34

You could use Woody for Edward? (Not that I know anyone that has......shuffles off...)

janeite Fri 09-Oct-09 19:34:52

Emma is the only one of your girls' names that I like.

Edward is fabbo; I also like Jacob, Samuel and James (but not Jamie).

I don't like Freddie or Ewan.

Beanigan Fri 09-Oct-09 20:28:48

Pootle - I also thought Woody as a nn for Edward but as I dreamt it I wasn't sure if it could be used or not??!! I do love this though - so glad I wasn't the only one who thought of Woody.

Bellissima - I always thought Millie as a nn for Millicent but wouldn't want to use the full name as always reminds me of a Victorian Servant (!)

Thank you everyone for your honest opinions - it's been a great help. I see Emma and Edward are quite popular.

If we go for Emma the middle name will be Marianné after my Gran which would flow quite nicely with the surname.. (lot's of M's though but hey ho)

I find out the sex on my 22 week scan next week so that'll make things easier!

janeite Fri 09-Oct-09 20:29:57

Marianne = gorgeous too.

And I like the suggestion of Ned as nn.

jellybeans Sun 11-Oct-09 12:19:21

Mia love it
Millie not keen, far too popular
Aimee love it, prefer Amy spelling though
Emma ok
Elsa dislike it

James not keen, bit boring/popular/plural sounding
Samuel like
Freddie like
Jacob like
Edward not keen but like Ted
Ewan like it

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