found this site via the guardian- am an avid reader of the british telegraph birth announcements but this (in terms of exciting choices) seems even more fruitful a place
we're expecting a daughter and have found ourselves at a bit of a stalemate.
our boys are Caius and Otto.
My partner's choice for a daughter is either Polly or Estelle. I'm not sold on either.
First pregnancy we picked out Romy for a girl but now I'm not 100% on it.
Looking for something a little offbeat- whilst I like both, Polly/Estelle are a little cutesy for me.
I love Sorcha (more anglicised version of Saoirse), but really any suggestions would be great!
Looking forward to any replies..
I think Estella would be nicer than Estelle with your boys names.
How about Lucia, Cora, or Sephira.
I like Saoirse, but with the original spelling. :)
I should have been a bit clearer- Sorcha isn't actually an Anglicised derivation of Saoirse, it's just easier to pronounce. It's a separate name, also Gaelic, prn Sor-ka.
I have just seen how often people mispronounce Saoirse as Sor-sha.
I love Isla and Cora (LOVE) but both are just so popular!
Names we've been considering other than Romy and Sorcha are (my choices) Minerva, Nola, Pallas (I adore this name).
Something unusual, but not unpronounceable.
we also both like Sosie but can't think of a more formal name for it, plus aren't sure how it suits our boys' names!
What about Romilly, Susanna nicknamed Sosie, Sanne, Lucille, Lucette, Paola, Emilia, Cordelia, Aline, Odette, Ottilie...
Just throwing a couple of extra Gaelic names in the mix...
Clodagh (nn Chloe?)
Tullia (could get nn Tully which has a similar ring to Polly)
Aisling (nn Ash!)
I do like Sorcha, but I prefer Saoirse :)
Mmm Minerva and Pallas - wonderful names.
Caius and Otto are such little ancient emperor names. I think Polly (oddly) has some of the same stout strength and the Germanness of Otto, but she is too cute as a full name. You definitely need something old and unfrilly.
Doris - I find this oh so evocative of ancient Greek architecture and sea nymphs, but DH says I just like it because it sounds like the name of someone who might serve me pie. Perhaps it's a happy medium between Pallas and Polly?
Too bad Nike is completely unusable. Could be great in your sibset.
Tacita - love this name. "TA-sit-uh" (so mysterious and whispery)
How about Pallas nicknamed Polly? Oh yes!
theclocktowerofjoy- I love Ottilie but I have an Otto so it would be too much Ott to trot! I have never considered Sanne (Sann-ah?) and like the sound of that
lauren-kay- I love all these names but my partner is strongly ambivalent about any names he sees as liable to be mispronounced. I so love Aisling. I would be on that one in a flash otherwise.
thanks caspar. I love the name, and really love the meaning. I like a girls name with a feisty/lofty meaning!
emmabobemma- You are dead on the mark with my tastes. I want to steer clear of the frill if possible. Not a fan of Astrid, but I LOVE Nike if not for the brand (and Calypso if it weren't for the nigh identical brand Calippo).
I don't know if I have the guts to use Doris but I love Sabine, Clio and especially Tacita.
Slight reservations on the first two- unsure if Clio sounds a little too...neat? alongside Caius?
And Sabine has the slightly discouraging association of the Sabine women. How much do you think this should matter?
But Tacita! I've never come across it before- my heart leapt a little. Will bring it up with my partner tonight
What about Sable, Eulalie, Sosia/Zosia, Zuzanna, Zenobia, Lilou, Lieve (lee-vuh), Liesl, Sybil/Sybilla, Sybella, or Saskia?
As for Sosie, you could use Susannah (and then you could also get Sanne as a nn!).