Calling all name experts...,

Hello all,
After 19 years together my partner and I are expecting a baby girl next year and are looking for a striking, distinctive name. We’re looking for something unusual but not weird. We live in a big city, travel a lot and have mainly artistic friends so would be open to more “out there” options than some I guess.
At the moment we’re making a list of first names that appeal and then will narrow it down to a few options (and middle names) later. My partner comes from a long line of Antique Dealers so perhaps our little girl might join him some-day (but of course she will be free to choose). I love [name]France[/name] and would love to take her on a long trip there when she’s older.
At the moment we like [name]India[/name], [name]Stella[/name], [name]Lucinda[/name],[name]Liberty[/name] (like the sound but also the link with the historic store and the fabulous things they sold in the early 1900’s) [name]Clementine[/name], [name]Georgiana[/name], [name]Audrey[/name] and [name]Emmeline[/name].
[name]Thomasina[/name] (partner doesn’t like it), [name]Florence[/name], [name]Penelope[/name] (don’t like [name]Penny[/name]) & [name]London[/name] almost made the list.
We seem to like historical and literary names and names that have a cute short nickname ([name]Lucy[/name], [name]Clemmie[/name], [name]Emmie[/name]) as a bonus.
So there you have it, what perfect names can you suggest for us?
Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Congrats on the baby girl!
Off your list I love:
[name]Stella[/name]- Great spunky name but be warned it is getting very popular. [name]Matt[/name] [name]Damon[/name] recently named his baby [name]Stella[/name] so I’m certain that will only increase the popularity.

Others you might like:
[name]Cecily[/name] “Cece”
[name]Penelope[/name] “[name]Poppy[/name]”
[name]Teresa[/name] “[name]Tessa[/name]”
[name]Amelie[/name] “[name]Amy[/name]”
[name]Emilia[/name] “[name]Emmy[/name]”
[name]Adela[/name] “[name]Della[/name]”
[name]Lucia[/name] “[name]Lucy[/name]”
[name]Genevieve[/name] “[name]Evie[/name]”
[name]Fiona[/name] “[name]Fia[/name]”
[name]Elodie[/name] “[name]Edie[/name]”
[name]Susannah[/name] “[name]Sosie[/name]”
[name]Charlotte[/name] “[name]Lottie[/name]”
[name]Felicity[/name] “[name]Lily[/name]”
[name]Eloise[/name] “[name]Lola[/name]”
[name]Josephine[/name] “[name]Josie[/name]”
[name]Isabel[/name] “[name]Isa[/name]”
[name]Margaret[/name] “[name]Maisie[/name]”

Any of those catching your eye?

Oh, I never realized that [name]Poppy[/name] could be short for [name]Penelope[/name]. This makes me like it more. Is it a bit of a stretch?
[name]Iris[/name] I like but the eye connection bothers me.
[name]Genevieve[/name] is a possibility.
[name]Amelie[/name] and [name]Elodie[/name] we’ve considered but not loving them.
[name]Isabel[/name] is a family name so could be good for a middle.
[name]Charlotte[/name] I love but it is just too popular.
I do keep coming back to [name]Margaret[/name] as there are lots of cute nicknames and I haven’t met any little Margarets but at the end of the day I’d like something a bit more unusual.

Thanks for your reply and good suggestions, I’ve got a good feeling that I’ll get some great help here.

Sorry for repeats:


[name]Laurel[/name] so sweet

I had [name]Liberty[/name], [name]Clementine[/name], and [name]Georgiana[/name] on my list for girls, as well! So I have to say, you have great taste :wink:

I’ve been thinking of [name]Georgiana[/name] [name]Liberty[/name] if our third is a girl, but my husband favors [name]Georgia[/name] [name]Seraphina[/name]. We shall see.

Good luck! Wish I had some suggestions for you, but I have pregnancy brain at the moment…lol

You might like:

[name]Delilah[/name]: nn - [name]Lilah[/name]
[name]Jacqueline[/name]: nn - [name]Jackie[/name]
[name]Lillianna[/name] or [name]Lilianna[/name]: nn - [name]Lily[/name] or [name]Annie[/name]
[name]Johanna[/name]: nn - [name]Jo[/name]
[name]Victoria[/name]: nn - [name]Tori[/name]

Off your list, I love [name]India[/name], [name]Georgiana[/name], and [name]Emmeline[/name] most. All three are quite striking. Plus, [name]Indie[/name], [name]Gigi[/name], and [name]Emmy[/name] are great nicknames!

For historical girl names, some of my favorites come from suffragists! So, here we go: [name]Harriet[/name] ([name]Hattie[/name]), [name]Abigail[/name] ([name]Abby[/name], Ailey), [name]Clara[/name] ([name]Clare[/name]), [name]Matilda[/name] ([name]Mattie[/name], [name]Tillie[/name]), [name]Julia[/name] ([name]Jules[/name]), [name]Alice[/name] ([name]Ali[/name], Lissy), [name]Elizabeth[/name] ([name]Elle[/name], [name]Ellie[/name], [name]Ella[/name], [name]Liz[/name], [name]Lizzie[/name], [name]Liza[/name], [name]Libby[/name], [name]Beth[/name], [name]Bess[/name], [name]Betsy[/name]), [name]Lydia[/name] ([name]Lydie[/name]), [name]Charlotte[/name] ([name]Charlie[/name], [name]Lottie[/name], [name]Char[/name]), [name]Louisa[/name] ([name]Lou[/name], [name]Lulu[/name], [name]Lula[/name], [name]Louie[/name]), [name]Frances[/name] ([name]Frankie[/name], [name]Francie[/name], [name]Fanny[/name], [name]Fancy[/name]), [name]Josephine[/name] ([name]Jo[/name], [name]Joey[/name], [name]Josie[/name]), [name]Leonora[/name] ([name]Lee[/name], [name]Lea[/name], [name]Leona[/name], [name]Nora[/name]), [name]Cicely[/name] (CC), [name]Evelina[/name] ([name]Eve[/name], [name]Evie[/name], [name]Eva[/name], [name]Lina[/name]), [name]Lilian[/name] ([name]Lily[/name], [name]Lila[/name], [name]Lilia[/name]), [name]Christabel[/name] ([name]Chris[/name], [name]Chrissy[/name], [name]Christa[/name], [name]Christie[/name], [name]Belle[/name]), and [name]Olive[/name] ([name]Liv[/name], [name]Livy[/name]). That’s a bunch of vintage names, popular and not, to consider!

As for literary names, you might consider [name]Arabella[/name], [name]Brett[/name] ([name]Ashley[/name]), [name]Briony[/name] ([name]Tallis[/name]), [name]Catriona[/name] ([name]Drummond[/name]), [name]Cecily[/name] (Cardew), [name]Daisy[/name] ([name]Buchanan[/name]), [name]Esme[/name], [name]Estella[/name] (Havisham), [name]Gwendolen[/name] ([name]Fairfax[/name]), [name]Honoria[/name] (Dedlock), [name]Juliet[/name] (Capulet), [name]Marigold[/name] ([name]Lesley[/name]), and [name]Zenobia[/name] (Frome).

[name]Lemon[/name] :slight_smile:

Congrats! I really like all the names you are thinking about. I would love to meet a little [name]Clementine[/name]. Some other names you may like:
[name]Allegra[/name] “[name]Allie[/name]”
[name]Beatrix[/name] “[name]Bea[/name] / [name]Trixie[/name]”
[name]Cecilia[/name] “Cece”
[name]Constance[/name] “[name]Connie[/name]”
[name]Delphine[/name] “[name]Della[/name]”
[name]Evangeline[/name] “[name]Evie[/name]”
[name]Felicity[/name] “Lissy”
[name]Guinevere[/name] “[name]Gwen[/name]”
[name]Helena[/name] “[name]Lena[/name]”
[name]Imogen[/name] “[name]Ginny[/name]”
[name]Isadora[/name] “[name]Dora[/name]”
[name]Jessamine[/name] “[name]Jessa[/name]”
[name]Jocasta[/name] “[name]Jojo[/name] /[name]Cassie[/name]”
[name]Josephine[/name] “[name]Josie[/name]”
[name]Kerenza[/name] “[name]Keri[/name]”
[name]Laurence[/name] “[name]Laurel[/name]”
[name]Leonora[/name] “[name]Lea[/name]”
[name]Lorelei[/name] “[name]Rory[/name]”
Magdelena “[name]Maggie[/name]”
[name]Maybelle[/name] “[name]May[/name]”
[name]Mirabelle[/name] “[name]Mira[/name]”
[name]Octavia[/name] “[name]Tavia[/name]”
[name]Philippa[/name] “[name]Pippa[/name]”
[name]Philomena[/name] “[name]Mena[/name]”
[name]Priscilla[/name] “[name]Cilla[/name]”
[name]Ramona[/name] “[name]Roma[/name]”
[name]Rosalind[/name] “[name]Rosie[/name] / [name]Lindy[/name]”
[name]Sidonia[/name] “Sia”
[name]Susannah[/name] “[name]Susie[/name] / [name]Sunny[/name]”
[name]Veronica[/name] “[name]Vera[/name]”

What about:
[name]Catherine[/name] / [name]Catharine[/name] / [name]Cathrine[/name]
[name]Julianna[/name] / [name]Juliana[/name]

Thanks every-one for so many great suggestions.

I’ve re-read your suggestions a number of times.
[name]Lucia[/name] is an interesting suggestion. I love [name]Lucian[/name] for a boy and the nickname [name]Lucy[/name] so I must look up all the variations. My partner loves [name]Lucinda[/name] but I’m finding it a little too “frilly” some-times so this could be an option.
I’ve flirted with [name]Genevieve[/name]. I like it but it won’t work for us as we already know too many Eves, Evies and Gens.

I like [name]Maude[/name], it has a kind of straight-forwardness that I like.
[name]Beatrix[/name] I like but I seem to think that it a Dutch name and feel this will be a bit odd. I must check out it’s origins.
[name]Dorothea[/name] I will consider.
[name]Estella[/name] is a good suggestion. My partner doesn’t love [name]Stella[/name] and this seems a bit softer which he’ll prefer.
[name]Olive[/name] I’ve never liked for some reason.

We did consider [name]Constance[/name] and [name]Prudence[/name] but though that they might be open to teasing.
I know a [name]Bonnie[/name] so this wouldn’t work.
[name]Caroline[/name] is nice but I don’t like [name]Carol[/name]. Am a being too picky discarding great names due to possible nicknames?
[name]Esther[/name] I like a lot.

Congratulations to your too. I’m having so much fun with the whole baby thing!
If my partner liked [name]Georgiana[/name] more we would be done now. He might come around to it more after considering all the other options.
I really like [name]Liberty[/name].

I like [name]Lily[/name] but it will not work.
[name]Victoria[/name] is appealing but I seem to want something a bit “more”.

Such a detailed response, thank-you.
[name]Arabella[/name] I love and [name]Richard[/name] Strauss who wrote the opera is a distant relative but my partner hates “[name]Ella[/name]” and insists on pronouncing it “Arab-ella”.
[name]Daisy[/name] is good, I’ll spend some more time thinking about it as an option.
[name]Marigold[/name] I have on the list for a possible middle name. If I end up choosing a commonish or plain first I want to use a quirky middle. [name]Winston[/name] [name]Churchill[/name] had a [name]Marigold[/name] (and his wife was [name]Clementine[/name]).

Another good suggestion for [name]Estella[/name].
[name]Imogen[/name] is a possibility.
[name]Scarlett[/name] I like but it is too popular (especially as the little one will probably go the the local girls school).

[name]Clarissa[/name] I’ve added to the list of possibilities, thank-you.

Again thanks to every-one for so many good suggestions, I’ll keep reading through them as I’m finding my response to some names changes over time.

Most of the suggestions are “old lady names”. Considering I feel quite strongly for [name]India[/name] are there suggestions along the same lines (classic hipster)? If my partner loved it I would choose it tomorrow but it bothers him that we don’t have any connection with [name]India[/name]. (That it was a more common name in colonial English/ Victorian times helps a little).

Not sure now if I’m being duly diligent or just over-thinking things!

Totally random names, trying to combine [name]India[/name] with traditional
[name]Helena[/name] -pronounced He-LAIN-a

Oh, yes, I’m aware of [name]Marigold[/name] [name]Churchill[/name], and I think it is so cute that her mother was called [name]Clementine[/name]. I believe Miss [name]Marigold[/name] died young of septicemia or something, though. I like the idea of a spunky, offbeat middle name with a “normal” first name, too.

But, names that are classic, yet offbeat, hipster in style? Like [name]India[/name]? I can throw out a few, I think. By the way, I don’t think you need a connection to [name]India[/name] to use the name, and it is very pretty - [name]Indie[/name] is a cute nickname, too! As for names in a similar style, you might like [name]Aurora[/name], [name]Aveline[/name], [name]Abilene[/name], [name]Briony[/name], [name]Bellamy[/name], [name]Clarissa[/name], [name]Delilah[/name], [name]Evangeline[/name], [name]Fiona[/name], [name]Glory[/name], Hosanna, [name]Imogen[/name], [name]Isabeau[/name], [name]Jessamine[/name], [name]Juniper[/name], [name]Laramie[/name], [name]Lucienne[/name], [name]Mercy[/name], [name]Melody[/name], [name]Margaux[/name], [name]Noemi[/name], [name]Ophelia[/name], [name]Olive[/name], [name]Penelope[/name], [name]Phoebe[/name], [name]Poppy[/name], [name]Ramona[/name], [name]Regina[/name], [name]Roxana[/name], [name]Romilly[/name], [name]Sylvie[/name], [name]Shoshana[/name], [name]Simone[/name], [name]Sela[/name], [name]Tallulah[/name], [name]Tamsin[/name], [name]Viola[/name], [name]Vivien[/name], [name]Valentina[/name], [name]Willa[/name], [name]Zora[/name], [name]Zara[/name], and [name]Zinnia[/name]. I think you’ll find exotic surname names ([name]Bellamy[/name] and [name]Romilly[/name]), bolder nature names ([name]Briony[/name] or [name]Bryony[/name], [name]Jessamine[/name], [name]Juniper[/name], [name]Olive[/name], [name]Poppy[/name], [name]Viola[/name], and [name]Zinnia[/name]), uncommon place names ([name]Abilene[/name], [name]Laramie[/name]), and rich virtue names ([name]Glory[/name], Hosanna, and [name]Mercy[/name]) befitting of your style…

Best of luck!

[name]Lemon[/name] :slight_smile:

Thanks for the detailed feedback. Hm, something more along the lines of [name]India[/name]…[name]Lemon[/name] seems to have taken the words right out of my mouth so I’ll just throw out a few more names:
Sunniva (soo-NEE-va)
[name]Veda[/name] / [name]Vada[/name]

The first name to pop into my head upon reading your post was [name]Clementine[/name], so I’m happy to see you are considering that!
Would your partner like the nickname [name]Nell[/name] for [name]Penelope[/name]? It seems more in line with your style than [name]Penny[/name].
Also, I see you’ve thought about names like [name]Prudence[/name], [name]Liberty[/name], etc. [name]How[/name] about [name]Felicity[/name]?

Hello again,
Sorry I’m a slow responder, I like to think too much.

Thanks Vanessaaball, I like [name]Sawyer[/name] but not loving it. [name]Beckett[/name] is my favourite occupational name but I think it is only O.K. for a boy. [name]Leona[/name] I like the sound of but there is something country and western singer about it that I can’t shake.

Thanks again [name]Lemon[/name]. I do like [name]Poppy[/name]. I 've a back-up list of names that I keep checking on to see if there growing on me and [name]Poppy[/name] is there. [name]Marigold[/name] is top of my middle names list.

Thanks Jadediana, I like [name]Araminta[/name] for a middlename. I guess I’m not as hipster as I thought as most of your suggestions sound great but I can’t imagine using them.

Thanks danielle8933. I love [name]Clementine[/name] but my other half not so much. It seems like a name that women like more. We waver on [name]Penelope[/name] but for the moment it’s off the list. Having attended a girls school lots of names are a bit tainted for me and [name]Felicity[/name] doesn’t suit for this reason.

Current favourites with us both are [name]India[/name], [name]Liberty[/name], [name]Stella[/name], [name]Clementine[/name] and [name]Lucinda[/name] or [name]Lucienne[/name].
We’re also looking at [name]Clio[/name], [name]Harper[/name] and [name]Sybella[/name] but I’m not sure they’ll stick.
[name]Emmeline[/name] and [name]Audrey[/name] are both off the list.
I’m still suggesting [name]Georgiana[/name] and [name]Thomasina[/name] but with no luck.
Does anyone have any more suggestions? Luckily we still have plenty of time!

[name]Hi[/name], again!

I think that [name]India[/name] ([name]Indie[/name]), [name]Clementine[/name] ([name]Cleo[/name]), and [name]Lucienne[/name] ([name]Lucie[/name]) are wonderful! I think [name]Liberty[/name] is fun, too, especially with the [name]Libby[/name] nickname, but I prefer the other three. And, I’ve recently become rather enamored with [name]Lucienne[/name] so I’ll choose her over [name]Lucinda[/name]. I mentioned [name]Cleo[/name] as a nickname for [name]Clementine[/name] because you are considering [name]Clio[/name] as a name - why not kill two birds with one (amazing!) stone, huh?

Also, you mentioned still liking [name]Poppy[/name], which I love alone - as in [name]Poppy[/name] [name]Montgomery[/name] - but also as a quirky nickname for [name]Penelope[/name], which I think has been suggested before. Especially if you want to use a whimsical nature middle name like [name]Marigold[/name], you don’t want a spunky flower first name. Thus, my suggestion of [name]Penelope[/name] [name]Marigold[/name] “[name]Poppy[/name].”

Another suggestion I have for you is to think about what nicknames you might like and work backwards. For example, if you like [name]Maggie[/name], you could consider [name]Margaret[/name], [name]Margo[/name], [name]Marigold[/name], [name]Marguerite[/name], [name]Magdalen[/name], or even something very bold like [name]Magenta[/name]! Or, if you like [name]Jessie[/name], you could consider [name]Jessa[/name], [name]Jessica[/name], [name]Jessamine[/name], [name]Jessenia[/name], or [name]Jessamy[/name], to mention a few. [name]Annie[/name] is a really easy one - [name]Anne[/name], [name]Anna[/name], [name]Antoinette[/name], [name]Antonia[/name], [name]Anastasia[/name], [name]Annabel[/name], [name]Annalee[/name], [name]Anais[/name], [name]Anneliese[/name], the list goes on and on! [name]Just[/name] a thought…


PS If maybe you aren’t quite “hipster” but want something unique, perhaps [name]Amberly[/name], [name]Avalon[/name], [name]Aviva[/name], [name]Antonie[/name], [name]Bridget[/name], [name]Bellamy[/name], Bloom (Yes, I knew one!), [name]Cadence[/name], [name]Celia[/name], [name]Corina[/name], [name]Cecily[/name], [name]Cassia[/name], [name]Delia[/name], [name]Devon[/name], [name]Estella[/name], [name]Esperanza[/name], [name]Eloise[/name], [name]Elsa[/name], [name]Fiona[/name], [name]Flora[/name], [name]Francesca[/name], [name]Guinevere[/name], [name]Ginevra[/name], [name]Gloria[/name], [name]Gisela[/name], [name]Honoria[/name], Hosanna, [name]Heidi[/name], [name]Harmony[/name], [name]Hyacinth[/name] (I knew one of those, too!), [name]Iris[/name], [name]Isobel[/name], [name]Ileana[/name], [name]Isolde[/name], [name]Jasmine[/name], [name]Johanna[/name], [name]Jonquil[/name], [name]Jordana[/name], [name]Kira[/name], [name]Kaia[/name], [name]Laurel[/name], [name]Lydia[/name], [name]Luna[/name], [name]Lourdes[/name], [name]Mathilda[/name], [name]Mirabelle[/name], [name]Monique[/name], [name]Melisande[/name], [name]Mercy[/name], [name]Noemi[/name], [name]Nathalie[/name], [name]Nina[/name], [name]Olive[/name], [name]Ophelia[/name], [name]Ophelie[/name], [name]Orsa[/name], [name]Phoebe[/name], [name]Paulina[/name], [name]Padgett[/name], [name]Quinn[/name], [name]Ramona[/name], [name]Roxane[/name], [name]Rebecca[/name], [name]Rochelle[/name], [name]Remember[/name], [name]Simona[/name], [name]Sylvie[/name], [name]Shoshana[/name], [name]Susannah[/name], [name]Sadie[/name], [name]Sorcha[/name], [name]Thalia[/name], [name]Thessaly[/name], [name]Tamsin[/name], [name]Tula[/name], [name]Viola[/name], [name]Vivien[/name], [name]Valerie[/name], [name]Willa[/name], [name]Waverly[/name], [name]Wylie[/name], [name]Xenia[/name], [name]Yvonne[/name], [name]Zinnia[/name], [name]Zara[/name], [name]Zahara[/name], or [name]Zora[/name].

You might like some of these

Corinthia ([name]Cori[/name], [name]Cora[/name], [name]Thia[/name], [name]Corina[/name])
[name]Indira[/name] (could be [name]India[/name] for nn)

[name]Just[/name] a note on [name]Penelope[/name]. In addition to [name]Penny[/name], [name]Poppy[/name], [name]Polly[/name], and [name]Nellie[/name] all also work as nicknames for it. [name]Poppy[/name] is a fairly common nickname for [name]Penelope[/name] anymore. I would bet there would be just as many if not more Penelopes called “[name]Poppy[/name]” than Penelopes called “[name]Penny[/name]”. I think [name]Poppy[/name] is adorable.

Goodmorning every-one,

Thanks lemon, kookiemonster & triceratops
[name]Clio[/name] is out, as well as being an ancient greek muse it’s the name of a small car. Who knew?

One of the reasons I’m liking [name]Liberty[/name] is that she could be [name]Bertie[/name] for short which I think is fun. I seem to have a real love of boys names for girls. My last name is Gallic which would be nice with the French spelling Liberte but I imagine this would only lead to lots of annoying spelling corrections and explaining. There is a nice French conenction with “liberty, equality, freedom” anyway.

If I choose [name]India[/name] I’ll try to avoid a nickname. I find [name]Indie[/name] a bit ugh (conjures up visions of pieced navels and faux japanese tatoos to me).

Being fairly new to naming and never having had a nickname myself I must admit I’m not so sure about [name]Poppy[/name] (for [name]Penelope[/name]) and [name]Cleo[/name] (for [name]Clementine[/name]). Are these common nicknames/ does any-one know any? I love them both and they would really add appeal to these names that I already like but they seem a little forced to me. I might be a little stuffy but it makes my skin crawl for example, when perfectly nice grandmothers “invent” a name (glam-ma) for themselves!

My partner has just come up with [name]Magnolia[/name] and I see it on your list of suggestions!