Lucy, Hannah, Amelia, Juliet?
trying to get a shortlist together
, Jan 31 2013 10:07 PM
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:07 PM
We're naming baby no. 3, a girl after two boys, and, as usual, we're not finding much common ground.
Middle name will most likely be Elizabeth or May (family names) and it all needs to work with a long surname. Our boys have classic, strong, reasonably old fashioned names that I LOVE because they are not uncommon or hard to spell, but they aren't top ten popular either. They also have the option of great nicknames.
Currently suggestions (a combo of DH's and mine) include:
Juliet (DH's favourite - but I"m not keen on the possible nicknames)
Isabel (DH's next favourite, but possibly a bit too popular for my liking, plus I'm not mad about Izzy)
To give you an idea, DH has recently rejected heaps of names that I love, eg, Adelaide, Beatrice, Jemima, Clementine for various reasons (too old fashioned, too "play school", too crazy (Clementine), etc). He is Hard Work, my DH!
Is Lucy really common these days? Amelia...top ten? Or can you suggest new names in a similar style that I could add to the list?
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:11 PM
I love 4/5 of those. Any form of Isobel/Isabella I don't like. It's my middle name and I hate it.
I don't know any Lucy's or Amelias but both fantastic names.
Juliet is my most favourite from there!
I don't like any from the list you DH boo'd
I also love:
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:16 PM
Amelia is nice. It is really common, though, and I think it is the top name this year in some states.
Lucy and Hannah are both in the top 100 (I think, for NSW) but I don't think they're in the top 20. I think these are both great classic names. They're both pretty, but not frilly or over-the-top (although I can like a frilly name as well as the next person).
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:17 PM
I also vote for Celeste!
Edited by jezebeljoygirl, 31 January 2013 - 10:18 PM.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:22 PM
I think Amelia is becoming quite popular, and Hannah and Lucy are on their way up, too. Juliet is lovely, but i don't like jules as nickname. I know far too many Isabelle/Isabellas to suggest naming another one!
I think I have similar tastes, and other names I love and considered are:
Edited by becstar101, 31 January 2013 - 10:25 PM.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:26 PM
I can never go past Juliet - it's the standout for me. I have never known Juliet to be shortened.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:26 PM
Pretty but not too frilly is perfect! Am going to keep pushing those two with DH. I also loved Lucia (with Lucy as nn) but worried it might be perceived to be a bit, erm, poncy?
Celeste is really lovely...but I strongly suspect DH won't be keen. Love Harriet but as I wanted one of our boys to be Henry, nn Harry, I want to steer clear of this for our little girl.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:26 PM
I love Juliet and I think it is the sort of name that you can avoid nicknames altogether with.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:30 PM
Firstly, I love these names.
Secondly, Hannah Elizabeth is
and I am a little off Amelia purely for popularity reasons, but depending where you are it might not be common at all. Amelia Elizabeth has a ring to it.
Since your boys have classic, strong names I would probably go Hannah.
I find it strange when you hear "Fred, Richard, Frank and Seraphina Isadorabella" IYKWIM
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:31 PM
Becstar, we have very similar taste, some lovely names there. I adore Alice, but it's another one DH rejected as being too "old". Seriously. I'm going to try him out on Maeve though, gorgeous name.
Would love to use Josephine but can't as it's already in use in the family.
Must admit I've come around to liking Juliet a lot, but in my circle of family and friends nicknames are common and I really don't know that I could bear to see such a pretty name shorted to Jules.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:31 PM
oops double post
Edited by TheGruffalo, 31 January 2013 - 10:34 PM.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:32 PM
you have some lovely names on your list...
Lucy - sorry but this is a name I strongly dislike
Hannah - gorgeous
Amelia (Milly) - sweet
Juliet - gorgeous! This would be my pick!
Isabel - love this but way too popular
Adelaide - really like this & the nn you can make out of it
Beatrice - dislikeJemima - dislike & reminds me of play school tooClementine - I think of Reno 911
Edited by Kikki-B, 31 January 2013 - 10:36 PM.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:33 PM
My vote: Hannah Elizabeth. Hannah would have been DS's name had he been a girl.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:38 PM
Pooks, I know exactly what you mean - too funny!
Hannah and Lucy have been on "the list" since my first pregnancy so for me they are firm favourites, but just not sure that DH will come around.
Pleasantly surprised by how many like Juliet...DH would be chuffed (not gonna tell him yet though!).
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:43 PM
I love love love Juliet! Such a beautiful girly name.
I do know one adult Juliet who sometimes gets te nickname Jules from family and friends!
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:45 PM
Oh how could I forget my favourite girls name at the moment:
Laura. Underused, classical, timeless, elegant.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:47 PM
Lucy - nice, not popular her
Hannah - love it
Amelia (Milly) - love it, a few around, but not popular as such
Juliet - love it
Isabel - nice, but fairly popular
what about Anna
Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:05 PM
That's a darn nice list! A challenge to choose!
1. May is my preferred MN with all options. To be perfect IMO MN needs to start with a consonant sound when FN ends with a vowel sound. Similarly if FN has 3 syllables a long 4 syllable MN wouldn't go so well. Single syllable best, esp with a long surname.
2. Lucy and Hannah better than Amelia, Juliet and Isabel because they only have 2 syllables so also better with a long surname.
3. I like Jet or Jetta as NN to Juliet since you favour NN's. Ditto Bel for Isabel.
4. Isabel is a bit too popular for me and Amelia is in the top 10. Lucy is possibly on the rise but it doesn't threaten to get out of hand or anything. Hannah I would feel is reasonably safe. It's around but may have peaked earlier and has never been out of hand IMO.
I choose Hannah May.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:11 PM
Love love Juliet.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:19 PM
Love almost all your names. Similar to our list we are compiling for daughter number two so have been interested in all the responses thanks!
Lucy - pretty and timeless
Hannah - like this
Amelia - our first daughter is Amelie and I also like Amelia but ruled it out on popularityJ
Juliet - such a beautiful name, though not sure it would suit all personalitiesIsabel - very nice but again too popular for me
I also had Clementine and Adelaide vetoed sadly!
Other suggestion:Annabel Alexandra. Marnie. Clara
Edited by Jkmum, 31 January 2013 - 11:22 PM.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:28 PM
Gosh I love your names. I love Clara with a passion (!) and Annabel is my DD's MN.
I leave the lists of suggestions to others but I have to say Elizabeth May (Beth) or May Elizabeth (Maisie) are combinations I love and have considered. If I had a baby girl today she would likely be either of those (or maybe Eleanor May NN Nell).
My next favourite would be Hannah - which has a simple elegance that is almost regal.
I have loved Juliet for a long time and it was top of the list for DD but I just got nervous and decided it wasn't quite right. I love Jules as NN but it bothered me it might get shortened to Julie.
I like Lucy but I prefer Lucia (loo-chee-a) or Luciana.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:22 AM
I'm not keen on Julie and Jules but I don't mind Juliet NN Jet.
I like Hannah a lot and always have. It's not as popular as I'd thought, actually. DH won't allow it.
Lucy is a family name for me but I only like it because I liked that aunt, I don't especially like the name, though I don't mind Lucia (loo-see-uh) or Lucinda/Lucilla.
I dislike Amelia very very much. I know Amy is a bit out of synch with current fashion but I'd much prefer it, though I am an admitted Little Women tragic. There's a lot of A names I like actually, just not Amelia.
I like Isabel a lot, much more than I like Isabella.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:26 AM
Lucy is my favourite.
I also love Alice.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:28 AM
Lucy would be my pick but Hannah Elizabeth sounds lovely.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:36 AM
I love all your names, but what about:
It incorporates both of your faimily names and sounds great to me
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