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A few names I like that my husband doesn't, are they really that bad?

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caitlinrose · 14/09/2022 11:09

First of all, these names are off our list because I respect that my husband doesn't like them.

I'm still curious to hear what people think of them. These are the ones my husband absolutely hated and I'd like to know if other people think they are that bad or if some people here like them.

Agatha - this was a favourite of mine
Astrid - he said it's easy to tease someone with (I personally find it stylish)
Elsa - he said it was a cow's name and old lady. A pity because this is a longtime favourite of mine
Agnes - he disliked the sound
Gwendolyn - he said it was clunky
Gwenllian - he found it weird, to me it is a historical name that sounds like Gwen + Lillian so easily explainable

So what are your thoughts on Agatha, Astrid, Elsa, Agnes, Gwendolyn and Gwenllian?

My husband and I have really different styles. I like classic names, quite a few eccentric names and some nature names. He is mainly into trendy names and some names that I guess could be called a bit dated. But we still managed to find some names we both like.

OP posts:
Vinylloving · 14/09/2022 12:29

I think they are all awful! Sorry! I'm with your husband

Goldbar · 14/09/2022 12:31

I agree with your husband, sorry. Astrid is ok.

tealandteal · 14/09/2022 12:32

I quite like them. How about:
Adrienne (there is also a song I seem to recall)

Flubadubba · 14/09/2022 12:33

Flubadubba · 14/09/2022 12:27

I have a daughter called Astrid (she is tall and blonde, but a pre-schooler... Plus I have a Scandinavian parent). Her friends have much more exotic names tbh!

I have to add that all.of the cutsey names ending in -a or -ee sound weird to me, but I suspect that is the Dane in me speaking

GogLais · 14/09/2022 12:35

@caitlinrose , Gwenllian - he found it weird, to me it is a historical name that sounds like Gwen + Lillian so easily explainable

It's an historical name but it does not sound anything like Lillian.
The Gwen part is Gwen.
The Lli part rhymes with Lee. The LL is a welsh letter not a double L.
The an part is like Ann.

The stress is on the i (the ee sound)


GogLais · 14/09/2022 12:37

Also it should have a diaeresis on the i. Gwenllïan.
Lovely name and not unusual, but won't work if you can't say LL

Stravaig · 14/09/2022 12:38

I'm mostly with your husband on this!

Astrid is a fierce braided warrior with dark hair and brown skin. I like her best.

Gwenllian is lovely, but will be misspelt and mispronounced outwith Wales.

Agatha - old dead mystery writer
Elsa - overexposed Disney princess
Agnes - distant great aunt with boiled sweets and a handkerchief
Gwendolyn - annoying wimpish blonde

GogLais · 14/09/2022 12:42

Agatha, Astrid, Elsa, Agnes, Gwendolyn and Gwenllian?
All of them are fine, but Gwendolyn is better spelt Gwendoline and you got the pronunciation of Gwenllian wrong.

Gwendolyn and Gwendoline are anglicised forms of Gwendolen, which is pronounced Gwen-DOL-en (not GWEN-duh-lyn)

Miriam101 · 14/09/2022 12:44

I think it sounds like you like girls names with a bit of attitude (apart from Elsa, that is, which you just can't now unless you're all Disney mum and I suspect if you like these names you're not)!

I love Astrid and Gwen (either) and both would be seen as très cool where I live. Agatha and Agnes take a bit more getting used to as they were so old lady-ish when we were growing up but I know Aggies (of both names) and they're fab.

Unless you're Welsh I don't think you can pull off Gwenllian - it's pronounced, er, very Welshly...

ChiefWiggumsBoy · 14/09/2022 12:47

I like Astrid and that's it. The rest are ugly sounding.

GogLais · 14/09/2022 12:50

BaronessBomburst · 14/09/2022 11:56

Well I like all of them!
Not as keen on Elsa because of the Frozen connection.
I can pronounce Gwenlillian too, despite being English. Grin

It's not Gwenlillian, and unless you can say the LL, I highly doubt that you can say Gwenllian.

The Forvo link posted earlier says it a bit strangely - the i is longer than that

This one is correct

Whichwhatnow · 14/09/2022 12:52

MajorCarolDanvers · 14/09/2022 12:07

They are quite frilly names.

I find them the opposite of frilly! Frilly to me is something like Annabella.

OP of that list I really like Astrid. I prefer Gwyneth to Gwendolyn. If you have Welsh heritage how about Ceinwin?

RandomMusings7 · 14/09/2022 12:56

Agatha - old lady
Astrid - harsh sounding, not pleasant
Elsa - too Frozen-y still
Agnes - old lady, but ok-ish
Gwendolyn - clunky indeed
Gwenllian - too weird, sounds made up.

Really sorry OP, I'm team husband on this one :(

May I throw in some suggestions?


GogLais · 14/09/2022 13:03

@Whichwhatnow , I think you mean Ceinwen

sausagepastapot · 14/09/2022 13:03

All horrible

Aquamarine1029 · 14/09/2022 13:09

Don't like any, but really don't like Elsa. It is so overused and boring.

NKFell · 14/09/2022 13:11

Astrid is ok, I know a couple.

Elsa is too Frozen and Agatha is too Christie.

All the others are awful, sorry!

Idontgiveashitanymore · 14/09/2022 13:15

Too old names .

Rowen32 · 14/09/2022 13:23

I've always thought Agnes is the worst name in the world, just awful 😆😆 Agatha sounds horrible too - like a mean character in a book...
Astrid is nice but a bit dated I think or old..
Elsa - Frozen
Gwendolyn is a lot of funny sounds in one name - also reminds me of Enid Blyton books!
Gwenllian I think would be mispronounced..

coconuthead · 14/09/2022 13:25

Those names are all horrid, sorry OP.

DinaofCloud9 · 14/09/2022 13:26

I only like Astrid. I don't love that either. So yeah I agree with your DH.

WindsweptNotInteresting · 14/09/2022 13:28

unicornglittersprinkles · 14/09/2022 12:11

I really like traditional names but, to me, all of your names (except Elsa) sound quite masculine and not at all pretty/feminine. Maybe that's ok with you but here are a few more along similar lines you may wish to consider


I dont mind Astrid (or Elsa, but it is a bit Disney unfortunately). I think the others are old lady names.

These alternatives are very much in the same vein. Although I think Matilda is quite popular now.

Greenginghamdress · 14/09/2022 13:28

As others have said, interesting choices.
I like Astrid, and Agnes could sound cool on the right girl but I'm not a fan of the others. Gwendolyn will always remind me of the spoilt girl from Mallory Towers.

What about:

ladygindiva · 14/09/2022 13:31

Not keen on your list, sorry. Elsa is the nicest but I wouldn't use because of Frozen. Gwenllian is awful, but just Gwen with Lillian as a middle name I quite like.

Whichwhatnow · 14/09/2022 14:07

GogLais · 14/09/2022 13:03

@Whichwhatnow , I think you mean Ceinwen

I do indeed, thank you!

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