Mabel, Maud, Blanche...

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I think [name_f]Mabel[/name_f] is so sweet and pretty - definitely ready for a revival. Blache and [name_f]Maude[/name_f] are both clunky and quirky and I love them both but I think I like [name_f]Maude[/name_f] a tad bit more. Rosabel is really pretty but I do prefer other forms of rose - such as [name_f]Rosalba[/name_f] and Rosamel.

I love [name_f]Mabel[/name_f]! I think it’s such a nice name. [name_f]Blanche[/name_f], to me, works better as a middle name. It makes me think of A Streetcar Named Desire. [name_f]Maude[/name_f] is nice, though probably not my style. I prefer [name_f]Rosalie[/name_f] or [name_f]Rosamund[/name_f] to Rosabel, which doesn’t seem like a real name to me.

I love [name_f]Mabel[/name_f] and [name_f]Rosabelle[/name_f]! So sweet and vintage. I slightly prefer the -elle spelling for [name_f]Rosabelle[/name_f], but either is lovely. [name_f]Maude[/name_f] and [name_f]Blanche[/name_f] sort of say “old lady” to me, personally.

I am not overly enthusiastic about [name_f]Mabel[/name_f] personally, although I appreciate its sweet meaning and vintage bounce. I picture a goofy 1920s barmaid who looks a bit like this. Except, more working class.

I neither like nor dislike [name_f]Blanche[/name_f]. It seems very much like [name_f]Claire[/name_f] to me, another name I’m neutral about, and it would make a great alternative for [name_f]Claire[/name_f] enthusiasts in search of something less common. Objectively, it’s a lovely name and it’s sad it is neglected so much.

[name_f]Maud[/name_f] is stunning, such a wonderful Medieval name. I would be hopping up and down in joy to meet a [name_f]Maud[/name_f]. The last e of [name_f]Maude[/name_f] seems a bit redundant to me, oddly enough since I am all for [name_f]Anne[/name_f] as opposed to [name_f]Ann[/name_f].

Rosabel/le is a bit over-the-top to me to the extent of detracting a bit from the beauty of [name_f]Rose[/name_f] or [name_u]Bell[/name_u] on its own.

I don’t particularly like [name_f]Mabel[/name_f], but I’m a big fan of [name_f]Maple[/name_f], especially since I see it as a great honour name because I live in [name_f]Canada[/name_f]. I love both [name_f]Blanche[/name_f] and [name_f]Maud[/name_f] (I prefer the spelling [name_f]Maude[/name_f]) though I’d use them as middles because of pronounciation reasons. Rosabel/[name_f]Rosabelle[/name_f] is pretty much neutral.

I absolutely love [name_f]Mabel[/name_f] (unfortunately, my fiancé does not…) it manages to be both sweet and slightly sassy at the same time. Vintage but not unheard of.
[name_f]Blanche[/name_f] and [name_f]Maude[/name_f]/[name_f]Maud[/name_f] have the same feeling, but I don’t love them nearly as much. They both strike that note of vintage but not trendy.
Rosabel sounds like a modern day smoosh. I know it’s a classic name, but with the -bel ending being as trendy as it is, that’s kind of what you get. [name_f]Rose[/name_f] is beautiful, [name_f]Belle[/name_f] is beautiful, but together they get way too frilly for my taste.

I love [name_f]Blanche[/name_f] and [name_f]Maud[/name_f]. I don’t like [name_f]Mabel[/name_f] at all.

Nice vintage names

[name_f]Mabel[/name_f]- I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it. I like the overall style of this name but For some reason this name always makes me think of cows.

[name_f]Maud[/name_f]- I love [name_f]Maud[/name_f]. It is such an underused classic. I like the medieval history behind this name. [name_f]Empress[/name_f] [name_f]Maud[/name_f] was a very cool historical figure.

[name_f]Blanche[/name_f]- [name_u]Love[/name_u] this name as well. Has a nice medieval background like [name_f]Maud[/name_f]. Also like the association with the [name_m]French[/name_m] [name_f]Snow[/name_f] White: [name_f]Blanche[/name_f] [name_f]Neige[/name_f]

[name_f]Rosabelle[/name_f]/Rosabel- Too cutesy for me. I prefer [name_f]Rose[/name_f]/[name_f]Rosa[/name_f] and [name_f]Belle[/name_f] on their own. However this could be a nickname for a [name_f]Rose[/name_f] [name_f]Isabelle[/name_f]

My favourite is [name_f]Mabel[/name_f] - so sweet and pretty. :slight_smile: The others sound a little dated and bland to me.

I agree with @kinyonga - [name_f]Rosabelle[/name_f] seem like an over the top mash up. Best go with [name_f]Rosa[/name_f] or [name_f]Belle[/name_f] separately.

I really love the name [name_f]Mabel[/name_f]. I know some people (like my mom) think it sounds old but I think it sounds really cute! On the other hand, I feel like [name_f]Maud[/name_f]/[name_f]Maude[/name_f] still has that old feeling. I don’t really like it. The name [name_f]Blanche[/name_f] just has a harsh sound to it in my opinion. Rosabel/[name_f]Rosabelle[/name_f] is nice and pretty and I think it would really fit in nowadays.

[name_f]Mabel[/name_f] - I think [name_f]Mabel[/name_f] is a beautiful name, very sweet for a girl, and unlike some people I think it could seem sophisticated on the right woman, too.
[name_f]Blanche[/name_f] - I love it, underrated name. Such a great meaning and feel very fresh and original.
[name_f]Maud[/name_f]/[name_f]Maude[/name_f] - I don’t think you can go wrong with [name_f]Maud[/name_f]/e, it’s a wonderful name full of history.
Rosabel/[name_f]Rosabelle[/name_f] - I adore Rosabel/le to me is sounds just as ancient as [name_f]Rosamund[/name_f]/[name_f]Rosalind[/name_f] but unbelievably pretty. It reminds me of music.

If I had to pick favourites:

I love [name_f]Mabel[/name_f] and [name_f]Maud[/name_f].

[name_f]Mabel[/name_f] was my beloved great-grandmother’s middle name and I love it so much I used it for my first duplex and my dog’s middle name!

It is homespun and suggestive of clean laundry on the clothesline and maple syrup on pancakes.

The only thing about it as a first is lack of nicknames. I love it as a middle best.

I also love [name_f]Blanche[/name_f], equally old-fashioned but with a little more elegance.

[name_f]Maud[/name_f] is darling and I prefer it to the [name_f]Maude[/name_f] spelling. [name_f]Maudie[/name_f] is sweet too.

Rosabel and [name_f]Rosabelle[/name_f] I do not like at all and they seem quite different from the first three.

I like [name_f]Mabel[/name_f]. Rosabel/[name_f]Rosabelle[/name_f] is too frilly for my taste, whereas [name_f]Maud[/name_f] and [name_f]Blanche[/name_f] just sound horrendous in my accent. Objectively they’re all decent names though.

[name_f]Blanche[/name_f] is definitley my favourite!

I love [name_f]Maude[/name_f] and [name_f]Mabel[/name_f]! Rosabel is okay, but I think there are some much prettier [name_f]Rosa[/name_f]- names. I’m not a fan of [name_f]Blanche[/name_f], sorry.

I love [name_f]Blanche[/name_f].

I’m not a fan of [name_f]Maud[/name_f], [name_f]Mabel[/name_f], or [name_f]Blanche[/name_f]; I always picture old ladies when I hear the name. I do think that [name_f]Rosabelle[/name_f] is beautiful, though. [name_f]Blanche[/name_f] somewhat reminds me of [name_u]Blair[/name_u], which I do really like.

I love [name_f]Mabel[/name_f]! Such a cute name! I have a soft spot for [name_f]Maude[/name_f], as it is the name of a spunky old lady character on the Waltons. [name_f]Blanche[/name_f] and Rosabel arn’t my style.