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Claudia or Harriet?

69 replies

Mythoughts · 05/11/2012 15:16

After much debate, we are settled on these two names, I prefer one and my DH prefers the other. Which do you prefer?

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B1ueberryJam · 05/11/2012 15:23

Claudia. Harriet is very ugly. Makes me think of Hairy, or hairytoilet. i know this is just me. But it is totally grim and Claudia is beautiful. From one extreme to the other!


WhispersOfWickedness · 05/11/2012 15:27

Claudia, definitely. I feel like Harriet is a bit 'wet'. Claudia is feisty and not to be messed with Grin


BlueSuedeStiletto · 05/11/2012 15:35

Oooh no, I LOVE Harriet!


Bessie123 · 05/11/2012 15:38

Doesn't Caudia mean cripple?


Mythoughts · 05/11/2012 15:53

Claudia does mean 'lame' but to be fair, there are plenty of other names with random meanings, so I'm not letting that put us off.

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HoratiaWinwood · 05/11/2012 15:55

Harriet for me on the grounds of being more flexible and more pretty.

Currently crushing on Hatty as nn.


WitchesTit · 05/11/2012 16:01

Harriet is awful, brings to mind a spoilt chubby little girl on a Shetland pony.

Claudia is the polar opposite, a willowy elegant girl with a long fringe who reads loads and knows how to do 60's eye makeup.

I'm aware I'm over thinking but we are considering girls names at the moment too, and these two have come up a few times (by DP)


Bessie123 · 05/11/2012 16:05

I think the meaning of a name is important, you're sending a message to your child.


bigbluebump · 05/11/2012 16:09

Claudia just screams 'lame/disabled' to me, sorry. Perhaps I've studied too much Latin though Smile.


VivaLeBeaver · 05/11/2012 16:10

I love Harriet.


bigbluebump · 05/11/2012 16:10

And yes, other names have 'random' meanings but the names Claudia/Claudio is excactly derived from the latin claudus meaning lame/crippled. Shame as it a nice name otherwise.


B1ueberryJam · 05/11/2012 16:56

yeah but Amelia means no limbs and that's the number one name.


SurreyWithAFringeOnTop · 05/11/2012 16:57

Claudia by a mile.

I love Hattie but Harriet is plain and prim.


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buttercrumble · 05/11/2012 17:08

Harriet is lovely, not keen on claudia.....


BeaWheesht · 05/11/2012 17:09

Harriet is one of my favourite girls names ever


Allalonenow · 05/11/2012 17:15

Claudia is lovely, Harriet a bit frumpy.


Alisvolatpropiis · 05/11/2012 17:22

Claudia definitely. It's lovely. Harriet is horrible (sorry)


Dogsmom · 05/11/2012 17:47

Claudia, much prettier & classier, I didn't know the meaning but it wouldn't put me off.

Harriet/Hattie is bland.


AvonCallingBarksdale · 05/11/2012 17:49

Not hugely keen on either, sorry, but I would choose Claudia over Harriet every time. nn Claudie, Claude.
disclaimer - I know a HArriet and a Claudia, and prefer the Claudia!!


Viviennemary · 05/11/2012 17:50

Claudia I think. But I'm not keen on either of them I'm afraid. But both are quite acceptable names.


bigbluebump · 05/11/2012 17:50

Didn't think that Amelia meant no limbs in latin....Confused.


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shockers · 05/11/2012 17:57

I like them both, but I know a small Claudia (age 7) who is fab... gutsy, funny, bright, beautiful.

So I'd go for Claudia ( I'm not related to her BTW!)


hatsybatsy · 05/11/2012 17:59

slightly biased here Blush but I definitely prefer Harriet - laughed at the suggestion that Claudia was feisty and Harriet weak - our Harriet is the feistiest child you could meet!

I don't dislike Claudia - but Harriet (IMO) does have more options - our daughter is currently Hats/Hatsy but has a name that will see her through adulthood.

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