and now for Henrietta!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms & Mom to bes that I know and love! 

Yes, Henrietta. I’ve loved Henrietta since I was at least 4 (anyone know when “New Zoo Revue” aired? I’m too lazy to look it up).  It neatly honors both Henry & Harriet without much fuss and lends itself  to a handful of lovely nicknames: Hattie, Hettie, Etta, Ettie, Harriet!, even Heiko, should I be in the mood for it. It even meshes nicely with Josephine, they’re the same style of name and feel frilly without being fluffy. Definitely works for me.  I’ve had a handful of combos over the past 8 months to year:
Henrietta Ruby Lilias
Henrietta Xanthe Violet
Henrietta Beatrix Lily (but I like Beatrix too much to relegate her to the middle)
Henrietta Lily Violet
Henrietta Poppy Amabel

Are what I’ve had in the past. After digging around a bit, I came up with these few more:

Henrietta Mina Elinor
Henrietta Iris Mary
Henrietta Luna Faye(Faye was a childhood friend, she lived two doors down to my left. She died of breast cancer about 7 years ago.)
Henrietta Saskia June (just trying to fit the MIL in somewhere)
Henrietta Cleo Marigold (a bit of whimsy, not sure how sold this is. And I’ve got Cleo up front: Cleo Portia Rupinder! so… Maybe not this one)
Henrietta Sylvie Violet
Henrietta Ottilie Violet

Henrietta Daisy Amabel
Henrieta Lucy Pearl 

 

If it were up to just me, I’d go with Henrietta Xanthe Violet and leave well enough alone, but I also like the other italicised ones. He has no preference and is just tickled that I’m even considering Henrietta. He knows how much I dislike Harry which is why Henry ends up in the middle. He says Harriet is lovely but Henrietta’s gorgeous, so I definitely think I’m on the right track here! 

What do you think? Anything up there jump out at you? Or should I go back to the drawing board?  Any think at all is more than welcome!  😀

Revisiting Harriet

I’m still working on Harriet, I should really like her, she’s got all the traits I generally like in a name but I don’t. Maybe because she reminds me far too much of Harry and I loathe Harry. So I’m thinking maybe if I work on combos, I might warm up to Harriet a bit more.  I tried some yesterday. and Harriet Lucy Angelina was the clear winner overall, between here and there but Angelina is something I can’t warm up to either. Too Jolie, too sweet, too fluffy. Too, too, too. So Harriet Portia Adele was my backup.  But I digress. Trying Harriet on again, to please Him.

Some more combos:
Harriet Lucy Imogen
Harriet Rowena Elinor
Harriet Sibyl Godeleve (go-deh-leave)
Harriet Lily Apolline (I like Apolline far more than Angelina!)
Harriet Daisy Pascale
Harriet Xanthe Pearl (too color-y?)
Harriet Saffron Amabel (I’m really digging Saffron Amabel!)
Harriet Elinor Mehetabel
Harriet Jane Rupinder (still stuck on Rupinder even though she’s already in a combo that’s a keeper)
Harriet Ottilie Pearl

Anyone think I’m on the right track?  Anything there feel better than Harriet Lucy Angelina/Harriet Portia Adele? Or just strike you as better, overall?  I’m having fits over Harriet. I still prefer Henrietta (and have since watching “New Zoo Revue” as a kid). Bah! 

Harriet & Henrietta

Yep. Speaking of “Mouthful” names at Nameberry today, Harriet & Henrietta have been on my mind again recently. Harriet was one of his Great Aunts, lived with them while he was growing up, one of the solid grown ups in his life as a kid. I want to like Harriet, really. Josie watched Franklin and his little sister is Harriet. I’m charmed when I hear it. But I don’t like it when I say it. Now Henrietta I do like saying. And in a backwards way, honors both his Grandpop Henry and his Grand Aunt, Harriet, so for me, definitely a winner. But I wonder: Josephine & Henrietta? Or should I go simpler: Josephine & Harriet? I went digging through the lists for combos and am polling two dozen but of those I really like these few, mixed:

Harriet Lily Elinor
Harriet Ivy Valentine
Harriet Lily Jane
Harriet Rowena June
Harriet Matilda Isobel
Harriet Portia Adele
Harriet Ottoline June
Harriet Lucy Angelina

 

Henrietta Frances Elinor
Henrietta Clio Elinor
Henrietta Iris Valentine
Henrietta Viola Petronel
Henrietta Poppy Amabel
Henrietta Lucy Fleur
Henrietta Ottilie Violet
Henrietta Sylvie Violet
Henrietta Lily Violet

 

So, what do you think, am I crazy? or is there something up there that jumps out at you? Or should I go back to the drawing board or just scrap Harriet & Henrietta altogether? 

The Girly Wildcards

I have far too many wildcards, those combos I love but not as much as the top ones. Or in some cases, more, but I find them a tiny bit unwieldy for day to day use.

 

Ideally, I’d have a top 10 and 10 wildcards. Recently I’ve added three names to the wildcard list, bringing the total up to 16 Wildcards. There’s already 11 girls in the top 10 (I know, I know…) so I need to cull these down to three or four at best and am having the hardest time getting rid of any of them!

 

Ottilie Alice Ghislaine – Tillie, Ottilie, Leeloo, Lina
Susanna Ottilie Pearl – Sukie, Zuzu, Zanna   
Pomeline Frances Elinor – Poppy, Polly, Millie, Molly, Lina

Laetitia Amabel Violet – Lettie, Etta, Lettice
Araminta Lucy Violet – Minna, Mina
Euphemia Elinor Glory – Effie, Mia, Fifi
Elspeth Margery Violet – Elsa, Elsie
Aurelia Romilly Jane – Goldie, Rellie
Mathilda Lucy Elanor – Tillie, Maud, Maudie
Henrietta Ruby Lilias – Hattie, Hettie,  Etta, Harriet
Lucretia Ruby Iris – Lucy, Lulu, Lux
Jemima Frances Ruby – Mimi, Jemma
Zuleika Esme Violet – Zuzu, Zooey
Zenaida Ruby Frances – Zen, Zeni,  Aida, Zinnia, Flower
Florence Lila Ghislaine – Flora, Flory, Fleur, Ren
Romilly Alice Kathleen – Romy, Millie

 

If pushed, I’d say probably the bolded 4 are the biggest loves but I’m already mourning the loss of 6 others not bolded. If you had to pick 4 from this list to use on a girl, which 4 would you pick and why? See why I’m having problems?   Any help at all would be completely appreciated!  Thanks!

Henrietta

I’ve been thinking about Henrietta again. I’ve liked her since I was little, honest. She was the dainty and well mannered Hippo on New Zoo Revue when I was a tiny thing obsessed with renaming myself on a daily basis. Funny though, my favorite thing to watch then was “The Magic Garden” with Carole & Paula and I never wanted either of their names! (But I still have a soft spot for those two, they’re still friends nearly 40 years later).

Anyway, back to Henrietta. I love her grand, almost stuffy manner and adore her many nicknames, Hattie, Hettie, Harry, Harriet, Etta, Ettie, Attie. And those are just the ones that I can think of at the moment, if I’ve forgotten one or more, enlighten me, please!

So, Henrietta. She’s quite a mouthful with the three syllable surname but then, Josephine’s no slouch there either. I love saying both names in full, I sing Josie’s out more often than you’d think. Henrietta would honor his Grandpop, Henry too, without me resorting to Henry, which I like but is far too popular for my liking. I’ll admire him on everyone else’s kids and send my Barnaby to play with them all! (well, that’s the thought now, anyway).

I like her frouf and her strength, a lovely blend of the two. I had a combo for her, Henrietta Ruby Lilias or Henrietta Lilias Ruby, couldn’t decide which way I preferred the middles. 

I also had these at one point or another:

Henrietta Xanthe Violet
Henrietta Leonie Pearl
Henrietta Ruby Valentina
Henrietta Carys Rosine
Henrietta Iris Elinor
Henrietta Lucy Elspeth
Henrietta Cecilia June
Henrietta Ottilie Violet
Henrietta Lucy Kathleen
Henrietta Alice Plum

 But I definitely prefer Henrietta Ruby Lilias/Henrietta Lilias Ruby over any of those (although Ottilie Violet makes me think, hmm…)  😀  I’m not sure Henrietta fits with Josephine overmuch but I do like it and am going to be re-ordering the girls list today, I think.   Off to stew over that!

 

Help me out!

I’ve been narrowing down the names I like for my #10 spot. And I’m running a poll at BtN right now to try to see which ones are liked best.

 

Vote in the poll or scroll down a bit to see the list!

 

 

 

Here’s the 10 in line for #10:

Maud India Scarlett 
Agatha Esme Plum 
Euphemia Elinor Glory 
Araminta Alice Green 
Henrietta Ruby Lilias 
Zuleika Esme Violet
Clementine India Jane
Mathilda Lucy Elanor
Beatrix Poppy Elinor
Elspeth Violet Elinor

 

 Which would YOU put in my top 10, at #10?  Vote or post! Please? Thanks!

Zelda Redux!

I’ve been playing around with Zelda again. I wasn’t quite happy with Zelda Rosalie Violet, there’s something a bit too relentlessly cheerful about her for me.  So I went digging  again and came up with these:

 

Zelda Violet Elinor
Zelda Violet Esmée
Zelda Violet Pearl
Zelda Lucy Violet
Zelda Violet Imogen
Zelda Cerys Violet
Zelda Esme Frances

So far, Zelda Violet Esmée, Zelda Lucy Violet & Zelda Esme Frances are all tied in the poll I’ve got going and honestly I couldn’t decide which one right now if I had to! 

So I need to ask again, which would you pick, if you had to use one of these?

I’ll be running off for the wildcard spot too, since I have 5 girls:

Henrietta Ruby Lilias
Florence Lila Ghislaine
Romilly Alice Kathleen
Imogen Violet Jane (although he keeps shooting her down, I keep trying!)|
Eulalie Frances Madelief

 

and 5 boys:

Harvey Edward Augustin
Roland Edward Grey
Felix Edward Alasdair
Rufus John Porfirio
Francis Henry Porfirio

That I can’t decide between. I have room for 1 of each from each list on the big list. Wanna help me decide there too?  😀

 Thanks!

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