Whittling down the options for baby girl

(41 Posts)
zoetstoffen Wed 10-Jul-13 09:03:43

New baby girl is due shortly, and we're still unsure as to what to call her. DC1 is Kester so we're looking for something to complement that too. Our current shortlist looks like this:

Arwen
Arya
Astrid
Beatrice
Cambria
Harper
India
Indie
Juno
Luna
Lyra
Meadow
Quinn
Wren
Zelda

I appreciate there are a few 'marmite' names on there, would welcome any comments and suggestions in the same vein.

thegreylady Fri 12-Jul-13 12:12:22

I think of Quinn as a boy's name.I love Astrid and Arwen from the list.Seren is beautiful too.Fwiw [nothing smile ] Kester is one of my favourite boys' names.

CarriMarie Fri 12-Jul-13 11:57:31

Luna, Quinn or Wren go with Kester, or how about Ayla.

MustafaCake Thu 11-Jul-13 22:26:13

Only like Astrid from your list I'm afraid.

Cambria sounds made up and she will get called Cumbria.

ELR Thu 11-Jul-13 22:16:52

I like Wren.

williaminajetfighter Thu 11-Jul-13 21:18:05

I like Wren.

Cambria just too much like Cumbria

Onetwo34 Thu 11-Jul-13 20:24:23

I love Meadow and Wren, Lyra is great, Astrid great. Maybe Astrid sounds too similar to Kester though.

Arya is definitely faddy. I don't really like Cambria, sorry!
Juno and Arwen are Ok.

Still18atheart Thu 11-Jul-13 15:23:06

Arwen - Quite like it
Arya - it's ok but not sure how to pronounce it
Astrid - no
Beatrice - quite like it but it's aquite a common baby name where I'm from
Cambria - to similar to Cumbria
Harper - Beckhams
India - Like it
Indie - indie rock nn for India sooo...
Juno - quite like it
Luna - Lovegood
Lyra - Lycra
Meadow - too earth mother/ hippy for my taste
Quinn - Glee
Wren - a bird
Zelda - Just no, computer game

Wbdn28 Thu 11-Jul-13 14:53:07

Cambria reminds me of cambric (a cotton fabric).

MiniPenguinMaker Thu 11-Jul-13 14:36:28

I love your name list! My favourites, in terms of going well with Kester, are Beatrice and Cambria.

Some other names that I like - and I think we might have slightly similar taste - are Lena, Linnea, Merle, Isis, Veda, Seren, Anouk, Tamar, Marina... ?

Laquila Thu 11-Jul-13 14:21:34

I meant to say - I think Cambria is a very pretty name but I do think it might induce a bit of confusion ("Did you say Cumbria?? Etc etc")

Laquila Thu 11-Jul-13 14:11:56

OP I think you and I have slightly (but not entirely!) overlapping taste in girls' names.

From your list I love Beatrice, Astrid, Luna and Wren. Zelda for me immediately makes me think "Legend of", Harper is too strong a connection to the Beckhams, sadly, and Arya is too GoT. Lyra is lovely and has I think outgrown it's Philip Pullman associations.

I'll also throw our current favourites into the mix for you: Corin, Delphine and Auden.

TenthMuse I love most of your suggestions, btw.

Champagnebubble Thu 11-Jul-13 13:57:04

I like Arya too grin.

Champagnebubble Thu 11-Jul-13 13:56:05

I might be unique but I like Cambria! I don't like the usual names though, I like names with personality!

zoetstoffen Thu 11-Jul-13 10:07:59

Thank you for all the extra suggestions - the list must reflect our tastes quite well then as many of them (Tilda, Xanthe, Seren, Merryn, and Vashti in particular) are names I love that my husband didn't like so much. I love Seren in particular, though husband preferred Serendipity which I think might be a bit much.

Cambria has been our favourite since the beginning, and is the name we use to refer to "baby girl", but it does seem to be poorly received on mumsnet in particular (I posted a thread about it before and many people seemed to think she would get confused for a cheese).

If we used India, we'd be calling her Indie day-to-day as a nickname, but I'm not entirely convinced on Indie as a proper name for a woman rather than a child? And I'm worried though that India might be a bit middle class aspirational though, which is fine if you can pull it off but I'm very much not that sort.

Harper I love but may have to reluctantly leave to the Beckhams. I also fear it would be mangled very easily in my accent (Haa-Pah!) I also worry that Wren looks prettier written down than spoken out loud, would she end up saying Wren-with-a-W lots? Ren and Wren sound the same when I say them.

This feels much harder to get right then than it was the first time round ...

Wbdn28 Thu 11-Jul-13 09:45:24

I like Beatrice, Lyra, Meadow, Wren.

Cassia
Summer
Indira
Xanthe
Violet
Louisa
Skye
Zara
Miranda
Aster
Jasmine
Alexandra
Coralie
Iona

FetaCheeny Wed 10-Jul-13 22:59:36

Bloody iphone!!
India - lovely
Indie - cool
Juno - nice
Luna - like
Lyra - Lycra
Meadow - bit too hippy
Quinn - no
Wren - dislike
Zelda - quite like

Zinnia?

FetaCheeny Wed 10-Jul-13 22:57:15

Arwen - ok
Arya - nice
Astrid - dislike
Beatrice - dislike
Cambria - horrible
Harper - seven
India - l
Indie
Juno
Luna
Lyra
Meadow
Quinn
Wren
Zelda

KLou1105 Wed 10-Jul-13 22:33:36

Quinn immediately stands out to me goes perfectly with kester imo. Also like Lyra x

Rhubarbgarden Wed 10-Jul-13 19:07:10

Can I suggest Linnet as another nice bird name?

Rhubarbgarden Wed 10-Jul-13 19:06:43

I love Wren and Astrid.

GlitzPig Wed 10-Jul-13 18:46:47

Arwen-very LOTR
Arya-Not keen-only a n away from Aryan
Astrid-love this
Beatrice-love this, but seems very popular
Cambria-sounds like a car 'I've traded this in for a Ford Cambria!'
Harper-Beckhams
India-Katie Hopkins
Indie-not convinced this is a name
Juno-pretty
Luna-nice, but very Harry Potter
Lyra-nice, but very Philip Pullman
Meadow-not convinced this is a name
Quinn-very American
Wren-not convinced this is a name
Zelda-doesn't seem to fit with the rest of your choices!

Kester is Gaelic, so maybe a Gaelic girls name? Bronte is lovely, Anwen is similar to Arwen and Seren (Welsh) is really beautiful.

BettyBi0 Wed 10-Jul-13 18:38:34

I like Juno, Wren and Quinn best. Kester is a great name too btw

PearlyWhites Wed 10-Jul-13 18:35:13

Like Beatrice and Juno that's all

Astrid is my favourite from your list also, think it goes really well with Kester.

Others to consider maybe

Olwen
Aspen
Tilda
Xanthe
Mabel

TenthMuse Wed 10-Jul-13 13:59:38

Like these:
Astrid - beautiful, my favourite, nn Asti is very cute.
Arwen - very pretty, if a bit LOTR
Meadow - if you're sure you can get away with it!
Wren - nice, but possibly works best as mn

Actually really like most of your choices in theory, but as you say some of them are quite 'marmite', and others are very closely linked to particular characters or people (Juno, Zelda, Harper). Suspect Arya and Juno in particular will be faddy.

Suggestions in a similar vein:
Merryn
Marin
Elowen
Blythe
Rowan
Clover
Vita
Anya
Zinnia
Lilac
Clio

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