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Oh, whats in a name...?

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Elf1981 Wed 29-Jun-05 19:47:06

Okay. I'm 25 weeks pregnant today. DH and I dont know the sex of the baby, we wanted it to be a surprise. We're very settled on the name if we have a son (which I'm inclined to believe we are having) but have no clue about a girl. I had a dream the other night where we had a girl and for months on end we couldn't register her as we couldn't settle on a name.
We've toyed with a couple of names, only to have other people I know who are due before me say they're using that name too, and having grown up with the most ordinary name ever, I want my child to have an usual / different but not too bizarre name.

Anybody got any suggestions they can add to my growing list? I'm sure we're going to end up pulling a name out the hat, but I'm struggling with more ideas and reading the same baby name book is getting a bit boring!

lunavix Wed 29-Jun-05 19:48:03

My girls will be either megan (possibly spelt differently) saffron or amberley

hope that might help

nailpolish Wed 29-Jun-05 19:49:02

my fave names are melanie and kirstie (my 2 dd's!) and my best mate is called melissa, which i think is lovely

how unusual would you like them?

Elf1981 Wed 29-Jun-05 19:54:54

I did quite like Aurora until my DH started playing online poker and we get pop ups from Aurora poker Grrrr.

DH likes Lily Rae

I quite like Lila Grace.

TBH I quite like the more unusual names.

fastasleep Wed 29-Jun-05 19:58:32

I liked lily mae until everyone started using it.... it's hard to find a unique one!

Nemo1977 Wed 29-Jun-05 20:05:09

we have picked Rebecca may for a girl and joshua logan for a boy

other contenders where

lilaclotus Wed 29-Jun-05 20:08:34

i always wanted an 'audrey' but dh said that was an old ladies name

starlover Wed 29-Jun-05 20:09:40

i like Lily, Emilia, Freya, Beatrice, Lucia

janeybops Wed 29-Jun-05 20:13:21

oh I love Audrey.

How about;

Rae (my bf's name)
Thea (would have been ds's name if a girl)
Esme (dd name)
Saro (went to school with someone with this name)

Always think Kate is nice...

joec Wed 29-Jun-05 20:15:10

my daughters are rebecca and evie

Whizzz Wed 29-Jun-05 20:15:41

How about :

Nemo1977 Wed 29-Jun-05 20:17:17

joec i love the name evei and eve and niamh but have a soon called adam so dont think it will go

PrettyCandles Wed 29-Jun-05 20:24:36

Have a look at old novels eg Thomas Hardy, or the Bibles - Old and New Ts. There are many unusual names there, many of which were common in UK in previous centuries, but aren't used much any more, eg Ayala (gazelle), Hester (alt version of Esther), Zillah (don't know what it means, got it out of a novel).

Come to think of it, my sister lent me a babycare manual from the 20s, which has lists of names - they definitely won't be current! Here are a few: Althea (truth, frankness), Cordelia (daughter of the sea), Damaris (wife), Dulcie (sweet, fair), Elaine (torch), Elspeth (version of Elizabeth), Eulalie (fair speech - isn't there a Mumsnetter with that as a nickname?) Lilian or Lilias (purity), Margot (pearl), Yolande (violet), Yseulte (fair). And apparently Zillah means shadow.

And don't tell anyone what you have chosen as they'll feel free to criticise - which they won't dare to do after the baby is born - and you may well get bored with it by the time the baby is born.

joec Wed 29-Jun-05 20:25:08

know what you mean. wanted to call my ds2 adam but couldnt because of eve.
must i like grace, ellie and sydney.
think it is an unusual name but really nice

Nemo1977 Wed 29-Jun-05 20:26:12

i also like grace faith caitlin

joec Wed 29-Jun-05 20:29:19

was going to call eve caitlin.
love that name , unusual and really pretty

Nemo1977 Wed 29-Jun-05 20:30:13

lol joec we obviously like similair names as Ds would have been either niamh or caitlin if he hadnt been adam

expatinscotland Wed 29-Jun-05 20:32:24

Roisin Andrea is our girl name. Don't have a boy one yet.

TinyGang Wed 29-Jun-05 20:33:04

Prettycandles - there are some very nice names in your post. You are quite right though - one of my dd's was going to be Esme all the way through the pregnancy, but I'd tired of it by the time she was born (I do still like the name very much though). She just didn't look like an Esme after all. I think babies can do that - they get a look about them which just doesn't suit the name you had in mind or you find it sounds a bit awkward with your last name.

joec Wed 29-Jun-05 20:35:33

i have got rebecca, joe, eve and owen

compo Wed 29-Jun-05 20:36:15

What about Hope?

Elf1981 Wed 29-Jun-05 22:21:42

Loving some of the suggestions. Some very differnt to what I've read in a book which promises to have every name under the sun (should sue under trade descriptions act!)

Ahh, never mind. Never thought it would be so hard to name a baby! Poor thing does have to live with it for a long time though!!

kgc Thu 30-Jun-05 00:02:08

hi all - I have Darcy-Jessica, Hermione, Pacey - a boy and Stockard.

Chandra Thu 30-Jun-05 02:39:56

TRy this site, the list of the categories of names for girls is at the bottom of the page. HTH

3kids Thu 30-Jun-05 10:03:26

My dd is called Summer

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