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Help! Can't find any names I absolutely love

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preggo39 · 28/12/2023 13:01

Hello all, partner and I are expecting our first baby in March and haven't yet come up with any names we both absolutely love. We don't know the sex.

Girl names I like:

Mabel
Olive
Willa
Nell

I don't like anything overly frilly like Annabelle or overly staid and traditional like Elizabeth.

Boy names I like:

Joe
Tom (can't use this)
Daniel (can't use this)

I also really like the name Osian for a boy but partner says no because we're not Welsh! Fair enough.

I don't care about the names being too popular, I just want to find something I love and that a baby can grow into. But maybe this is just how I'm going to feel until the baby's born and I've seen its face?

Any suggestions gratefully received!

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PickledScrump · 28/12/2023 16:08

I like Nell.

Esther
Etta
Faye

The first boys name I thought of when I saw your list was Jacob
Austin has a similar sound to Osian

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shakeitoffsis · 28/12/2023 16:16

I like bell.
Love Vinnie got a boy.

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NotFastButFurious · 28/12/2023 19:00

Alice
Eliza
Anna
Edith
Cora

Wilfred / Wilf
Benjamin / Ben
Matthew
William
Henry

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sunflowerpinks · 28/12/2023 19:46

How about

Clara
Lena

Quentin
Marcus

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UsualChaos · 28/12/2023 23:24

Juno?

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UsualChaos · 28/12/2023 23:26

CheshGirl · 28/12/2023 13:58

Hesper and Fritha are pretty girls names that may be of a similar theme

I knew sisters called Fritha and Isla - fantastic names

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UsualChaos · 28/12/2023 23:27

KirstenBlest · 28/12/2023 14:03

@UsualChaos , I like Osian but I know far too many to use it. More than one on each side of the family, for a start.
Given that they all seem to have the usual Welsh surnames, the middle names have to be added. e.g. Osian Huw Williams, Osian Wyn Jones, Osian Wyn Bowen etc
I don't resent it but do see it as a bit overused

Might not apply to OP's child, but the boy would probably get Ossian, Oisin, Oshun, Ocean, Os-eye-un a lot

Josh isn't posh! Babies called Joshua in England & Wales since 1996 (darkgreener.com)

True, you'd constantly be correcting people's pronounciation. But if OP really loves the name...

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theduchessofspork · 28/12/2023 23:34

Have a shortlist till the baby arrives, give yourself time to decide

I like all your names other than Olive

Other ideas

Olwen
Ellen
Enid
Edith
Esther (Tess)
Oona
Stella
Thora
Nancy
Lois
Annis
Carys
Gwen
Megan (Meg)
Jean
Joan (Joni, Jojo)
Caitlin (Cait)


Joel
Joss
Jude
Jerome
Jethro
Jacob (Jake)
James (Jim)
Samuel (Sam)
Matthew (Matt)
Edward (Ned)
Franklin (Frank)
Nathaniel (Nate)
Gabriel (Gabe)
Seth
Luke
Rory
Rufus
Owen

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Mumofgirls2017 · 29/12/2023 02:52

Winnie
margot
clara
sadie
hazel
edith
iris
esther
pearl

samuel
jack
james
finn
zach
ben
alex
max
arthur
kit
jacob

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CuriousGeorge80 · 29/12/2023 03:22

We have a daughter with one of your names - others on our list were:

Margot
Isadora
Clementine
Emmeline
Aurelia
Eliza
Beatrix
Delilah
Florence
Willa
Isobel
Ophelia
Ellen (Nell) 
Rosa 

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Trulywonderful · 29/12/2023 03:29

Arabella
Isobel
Millie
Sophie


Oliver
Max
Rory
Rufus

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MyssLyss · 29/12/2023 03:34

Gonna give some randoms here that are on my list..
Boys: Raegan/Regan - girl/boy
Zane
Vaelen/Valen (pronounced vAY-Lin)
Silas
Sorren
Laken
Kyler
Callum  
Cade/kade
Koa  
Emmett
Rhett
Callan
Gentry
Elan (Ee-lann)
Ian Ee-ann) 
Grayson/Grason
Kendon
Presley
Pierce
Blaine
Emmett
Evander
Khoen/Kohen/Koen
Lexxer
Khal
GIRL:
Esmé (Ess-mAY)
Kilah (kY-luh)
Tinsley
Haisley
Rosaleigh/Rosalee/Rosalie
Adleigh/Adley
Aina
Ainsley/Ainsleigh/Ainslee 
Aislinn
Annalise …….
Hoping this helps!

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PiggieWig · 29/12/2023 03:52

Astrid
Cora
Violet

Otis
Jethro
Stanley/Stan

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CoffeeBeansGalore · 29/12/2023 03:55

Catriona
Morven
Robyn
Rosalie
Coralie
Briony
Tamsin
Viola


Thomas
Peter
James
Robin
Ben
Logan
Tudor

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PaddyIrishWoman · 29/12/2023 03:59

Osian reminds me of a misspelling of Oisín (pronounced Ush-eeh) but then I am Irish 😅

Other names thar give the sh sound:
Shiloh, Shea, Ashton, Josh
Ashley, Aisling, Sasha

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preggo39 · 29/12/2023 09:31

Thanks so much for all your suggestions everyone, I've added a few more names to our lists.

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PiggieWig · 29/12/2023 11:12

Can you tell us which ones? It’s always nice to hear how an OP is getting on!

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preggo39 · 29/12/2023 11:41

@PiggieWig Haha, course!

I really like:

Morven
Cora
Winnie (although DP has already vetoed this one)
Olwen (though again, think DP will veto)
Nancy
Maude
Orla (we have the first sound in our surname so would sound a bit weird - still love it though)
Tess (can't use because if it's a girl middle name will be Jessica, but will file away for a hypothetical future daughter)

Laurie (DP vetoed)
Sam (DP is also a fan)
Benjamin (kind of on the fence here, but I think I like it)
Franklin I love, but can't use
Jim (not keen on James, but can you call a baby Jim..?)
Finn (we both like this, but possibly a bit try hard?)
Arthur (not sure DP would go for this)

I will try to remember to come back and update when the baby is here.

Thanks all!

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