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Claudia vs Margaret?

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tickingclock2022 · 05/10/2022 08:37

Hello - first post! Our daughter is due any day now and we are finding names difficult, but feel it's between Margaret and Claudia, with the set middle name of Rose. All have family connections are we are not concerned about meanings. We think that both go with our son's name, are good with Claude as a nn as she gets older, and flitting around the various Margaret nn's. Any thoughts? Thank-you!

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pamshortsbrokenbothherlegs · 05/10/2022 08:45

I really like them both OP, sorry no help! Slight preferred for Margaret as I lean toward sensible names with "clunkier" sounds, and I think all the nn options tip it as well. But Claudia is also great and flows slightly better with Rose imo.

Ship · 05/10/2022 08:46

I really dislike the name Margaret so I would choose Claudia

pamshortsbrokenbothherlegs · 05/10/2022 08:47

Forgot to add, at the point where you have two great options I'd personally just wait to see what feels right when she's here. I find deciding 100% beforehand takes away a bit of the post-birth excitement!

OnTheBrinkOfChange · 05/10/2022 08:47

I'm not the one who hates the name Margaret! Margaret Rose is the name of Princess Margaret. Would you really want to call your child after her?

Choconut · 05/10/2022 08:49

I love Claudia and hate Margaret. I can only imagine it on someone over 50.

StewartPie · 05/10/2022 08:50

Of the two I prefer Claudia. Do agree with waiting to see your baby and then see which name suits her best.

TooMuchToDoTooLittleInclination · 05/10/2022 08:54

I Love Claudia (Claudie). Margaret, not so much, but some great nickname.

best wishes for a good birth!

Willdoitlater · 05/10/2022 08:55

Claudia is a lovely name, but it means 'lame', so I'm not keen. Margaret Rose sounds incredibly old fashioned, and wasn't Princess Margaret a Margaret Rose? I personally don't like that connection. Sorry.

Lilacsunflowers · 05/10/2022 08:57

The meaning of Claudia would put me off. In Latin Claudus/Clauda means disabled/lame.

tickingclock2022 · 05/10/2022 10:00

Thank you everyone - such quick responses! To answer questions, I had no idea that Princess Margaret was Margaret Rose but as Rose is a family names as far as records can trace, and Margaret was my dear friend and grandmother’s name, we are not fussed. Claudia also has family connections.

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thelittlestbird · 05/10/2022 10:02

To echo previous posters both are absolutely beautiful. Claudie and Maggie are both fab nicknames too. I would lean towards Margaret as I favour sensible solid names but really you can't go wrong with either. Great choices. Good luck!

bravelittletiger · 05/10/2022 10:02

Claudia is much more modern and cooler than Margaret so I suspect she will much prefer Claudia unless you choose Margaret for the birth certificate only and then call her Maggie or something else as her actual day to day name.

stealthbanana · 05/10/2022 10:04

I would say Margaret only because - I actually LOVE Claudia but it means lame. I could never get over that as a meaning!

HaveringWavering · 05/10/2022 10:06

Margaret is definitely due a revival. There are a lot of Margots and Marguerites out there at the moment. Lots of varied nickname potential. Maggie Gyllenhaal is very cool. Claudias will be ten a penny and personally I think that "a" names are a bit clichéd for girls.

Anyone over a certain age will definitely associate Margaret Rose with the late Queen's sister as she was often referred to as "Margaret Rose" not just Margaret" when she was a child.

Snoe2 · 05/10/2022 10:17

Claudia Rose is beautiful.

SummaLuvin · 05/10/2022 10:31

Claudia is on my list, so pretty. I love nn Claude and Cloudy, don't care at all about name meanings so not bothered about that aspect.

I don't find anything appealing in Margaret.

Karamna · 05/10/2022 10:43

Claudia definitely.

MurderAtTheBeautyPageant · 05/10/2022 10:45

Claudia is gorgeous.

Margaret is dowdy.

MurderAtTheBeautyPageant · 05/10/2022 10:49

To the person who said 'Claudias will be a ten a penny'. Really? I just looked it up and Claudia was the 609th most popular girls' name for 2020. Margaret was 357th.

Dinoteeth · 05/10/2022 10:50

I didn't know Claudia means lame. But it sounds clumpy to me.

Margaret is a much softer name.

averythinline · 05/10/2022 10:52

I like both so would wait...many a Margaret in my family with nn Peggy..

Calmontheoutsider · 05/10/2022 10:55

I have a Claudia Rose! She’s at senior school now but we’ve never had another Claudia in her year.

Calmontheoutsider · 05/10/2022 10:59

She was a Claudie at primary school but is slowly morphing into a Claudia.

pawkins · 05/10/2022 11:03

I’m not a huge fan of either but I love Margot.
Claudine is nicer than Claudia imo. It sounds softer and less clunky but I’d choose Margaret over it any day. NN Meg or Margot!

HaveringWavering · 05/10/2022 11:09

MurderAtTheBeautyPageant · 05/10/2022 10:49

To the person who said 'Claudias will be a ten a penny'. Really? I just looked it up and Claudia was the 609th most popular girls' name for 2020. Margaret was 357th.

I didn't claim to have done any statistical research. There are lots of "ia" names in my circles- there are 4 Sophias in Reception alone, and two Claudias .

Claudias Winkleman and Schiffer are well-known, I figured it would be more popular. I haven't met a single child called Margaret.

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