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Thread: No name for our daughter?
March 15th, 2014 11:12 AM #6
Penelope is a lovely name, but I'm going to spin this toward the positive for you and say since it's been Kardashianed, you are likely to end up feeling like your SIL did you a favor by using it first.
I would advise against Belle as a first name, given that Isabella has been at or near the top of the popularity list for several years now. While Belle itself has been out of the Top 1000 for years, so many little girls are called Belle or Bella that you may feel like you hear the name too often.
Ingrid and Bryony are both great. Interesting as I see them as being different from each other and also both different from Penelope, so maybe you're right that you don't have a style! Though Kardashians aside, what links all three is that they're both classic and unusual (until Kardashians) and also have a slight "foreign" sound while not being unfamiliar. Some alternative suggestions that incorporate those qualities, expanding on nono's excellent suggestions above:
March 15th, 2014 11:13 AM #8Senior Member
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March 15th, 2014 01:21 PM #10
I really love the name Penrose. Which would still allow you to use Pen or Penny (or Posey which I love). I completely understand why they might be off-limits to you now, but I’d consider how often you see your hubby’s step-sister. If you see her all the time, choosing something radically different might be good but if it’s really just once a year I wouldn’t be worried about a similar name.
If you really see her rarely I’d consider how I’d feel about having my daughter have the same name... you can always do different nn’s. Or call your Penelope Belle “Belle”. If you did decide to do this I’d talk to her first, since you both happened to have chosen the same name and if you really can’t find anything else you really love she might understand - esp if you propose calling your little girl Belle, etc.
Other suggestions (very different):
- Minvera Belle (I like nn Minnie but there are other options)
- Bryony Belle (I think the alliteration here is cute and since the two of you already like it) or Briar-Belle
- Daphne Isobel
- Illyria Belle...if my husbands has no vote, then....
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March 16th, 2014 03:02 PM #14