Think we have a final girl shortlist, any to add?

We have had a long 'shortlist' of girls names and at 7 months pregnant I feel we need to start narrowing it down. With MUCH discussion we've now got two front runners and would love your opinions  on which one you all prefer. If you don't like them, please feel free to comment with any other suggestions based on our other names or something else we may like. Our son is Daniel Isaac. If this yellow bump is a boy, he'll be Rory Patrick. 

Oh, and our surname is the same as a certain famed golfer, first name Tiger. That may play a part in the first girl name we have, as it's a combo that doesn't work for some people!

Front runners:

Polly Elizabeth
Felicity Jane

Polly has always been my favourite name, if I'd had to change my name I'd have changed it to this. It was also my granny's name and we paired it with Elizabeth which is my husband's paternal grandmother, so it doesn't look like we're picking one side (we're picking the name Polly would be because we love it, bonus that it pays tribute to my granny) 

Felicity is my husbands favourite name and for years it's been the girls name we talked about most. Jane is my middle name and I love signing a J in the middle of my signature, plus it sits nicely with Felicity which is why we picked it. 

Other names:

Philippa (Pippa) 


April 8, 2015 7:13 AM

Personally I  much prefer Felicity Jane. Felicity is long, feminine, and there are some nice nicnames as well. I also think that POlly has a much different feel then Daniel, whereas Felicity Jane flows nicely.

Good luck with your pregnancy, and all the best!

April 8, 2015 9:17 AM

I love Polly as a nn but it feels incomplete as a first name. I would go with Felicity Jane! 

April 8, 2015 2:22 PM

Polly is too much the stereotypical parrot name for me; any interest in Mary, family nickname Polly instead? (Your granny probably had Polly as her full name, in the first wave of popularity for nicknames on official documents, but everyone back then would've known it was a Mary derivative.) Or go a bit less conventional with Pauline or Paula, again nicknamed Polly. (In my pronunciation, Paulie and Polly are basically indistinguishable.)

Whatever you end up putting on the birth certificate, I do think that between Felicity and Polly, Polly is the more interesting choice, and it sounds like it'd be more meaningful to you as well.

By mk
April 8, 2015 2:55 PM

I quite like Polly Elizabeth, actually.  I think Polly Felicity sounds nice, if you really wanted to use Felicity.

Options if you wanted to use Polly as a nickname: Paloma, Penelope, Pauline


April 8, 2015 3:37 PM

Thank you all! My granny was a Mary, nn Polly but she was never called Mary and these days no one (except name nerds) even knows that's where it comes from so too remote for me to use. I hate Pauline as a name (we both have dreary old aunts called Pauline neither of whom would be a namesake!!) and Paula is very dated to people my age, so it's out too. 

We hope to have a big family so hopefully would get an opportunity to use the other name in the future so not sure I'd combine Polly and Felicity as we'd kick ourselves if we had another girl down the line.

I'm also aware that Daniel may not fit with our choices, but that's ok. We changed his name when expecting from Alistair for personal reasons and his name isn't our typical style. 

April 8, 2015 10:41 PM

If you are interested in long forms of Polly, a few more options are:

Opal (actually shorter than Polly, but without the diminutive -y ending I think people would recognize it more as a "full" name)
Polymnia (a Greek Muse, means "much song")
Paola/Paolina (I know those are almost identical to Paula/Paulina, but somehow the Italian spelling makes them feel fresher to me--and maybe further from the dreary aunts)
and of course Pollyanna

Since poly means much in Greek, you might also be able to coin something pretty and meaningful.

April 8, 2015 10:47 PM

I have to be honest, Polly @oods, is awfully close to Hollywood and Bollywood for me. 

Not an awful thing, I guess, but I think you/she might get tired of the rhyming.

I really like the idea of Polly. I don't know any young ones, and I love the family connection. Also love its spunkiness.

I guess I'm not sure I love the sound of it. Is it pretty? Does that matter? Hmmmm.......

Would you consider it as a nn for Phillipa? I know Pippa is much more obvious, but it's a thought. Really like the idea mk suggested of Penelope, but if it's not your cup of tea, it's not. 

Oh, and your proposed initials do make Pew. I don't think that's a big deal, but it's always nice to know before someone points it out.

I do really like Felicity. It's almost an opposite of Polly with the, "Feel," for me-much sweeter than spunky.

Love Margot from your back-up list as well. None of the others charm me more than your frontrunners. 

I think they all work with Daniel just fine.




April 8, 2015 11:26 PM

I love Polly. It's offbeat in an attractive way, and although I usually don't go in for nickname names, I think Polly (and May - one of my favorites) both make sense as exceptions today, because if you do Mary called Polly (or May) you will get a lot of blank stares. 

Have you read Louisa May Alcott's An Old Fashioned Girl? That was one of my favorites growing up, and the main character was Polly. 

Finally, it won't matter for your daughter, but I always think of the TV show "Felicity" when I hear that name. 

April 21, 2015 7:37 AM

Suggestions with names from your list:

Philippa Jane

Delilah Jane

Felicity Helen

Elizabeth Jane

Margot Elizabeth


So may favorite to Daniel Isaac would be Philippa Jane or Molly Elizabeth instead of Polly Elizabeth would also be a great fit!