What do you think of Marigold?

I recently came accross this name for our baby number three and I just really love it. Just wondering if it feels vintage to any of you? I have read the history of the name and it fits right in with my old fashion little girls theme I have going with my oldest two. My top choice before seeing this was Edie. You all just have such great ideas!


February 6, 2015 6:50 PM

Marigold is not a bad name, but its really not my style. I would expect a little Marigold to have siblings with nature names like Ocean, Sage and Yarrow rather than vintage revival names like Edie (which is adorable by the way). But that's just my admittedly biased opinion, others may have different associations.

By rooo
February 6, 2015 9:08 PM

I would agree with this. Might also be a sister to Lily and Violet and Daisy. Or Clementine. Has a bit of a hippie vibe to it. I would pair it with a more common middle, like Marigold Elizabeth, in case she grows up and it's not her style.

Edie I like as a nn for Edith or similar.

By mk
February 8, 2015 4:39 PM

It has a princess feel to me more than anything, not vintage. I can also see hippie. Vintage flower names to me are ones like Violet, Iris, and Dahlia. It's fine as a name though, just not one I personally would use.

February 6, 2015 7:00 PM

Certainly vintage in my book. On Downton Abbey, Lady Edith's daughter is named Marigold. (Lady Edith was fictionally born in the 1890s, and Marigold was born in the early 1920s). 

I think Marigold is cute, but if there's a possibility that she has blonde curly hair (and thus look like an actual Marigold), I might rethink the name. 

Either name is cute for a vintage sibset. 

February 6, 2015 8:22 PM

I think its nice.

You always have Mari/Mary for nn

February 7, 2015 9:39 PM

I disagree and think that it would be a plus if her hair was blonde like marigolds.

I also find the name is charming and vintage. Yes it's nature oriented, but I don't think it is hippy dippy at all, more like how Daisy, Rose and Dahlia are old classics.

Nicknames Mari, Maggie and of course Goldie! Hey it works for the famous blonde Hollywood star Goldie Hawn!

February 6, 2015 8:22 PM

I like Marigold & think it could work fine in a vintage sibset.  I think there is the potential for some people to try & shorten it to Mari (or perhaps Goldie) so you may want to consider how you'd feel about that.

Edie is nice, though it strikes me as a bit too nicknamey.  I'd like it much better as a nickname for Edith.

February 6, 2015 9:29 PM

Definitely vintage and would definitely work in a vintage sib set.

I like it. It's on the youthful side for me, which would make me hesitant to use it personally. I'm trying to decide if I could imagine it on a doctor or lawyer. Hmmm....

I like Edie o.k. on its own, or as a nn for something like Meredith. I know Edith is popular with others on this site. It's too middle aged and musty for me yet, but I'm sure I'll come around eventually lol. 


February 6, 2015 10:55 PM

Need more info on the sisters' names. "Old fashioned" can mean so many different things. Do you mean names that I've never seen except on family trees and tombstones like Henrietta or Gertrude? Do you mean longstanding names that had their peaks in the past but are newly in fashion again like Violet and Charlotte?

I like Marigold a lot. I like Mari or Goldie as nicknames. I also agree with the person above who sees this floral name as the sister to other floral/nature names. Liking the name is not the same as seeing it as a cohesive addition to the others.

February 7, 2015 7:39 PM

I really like Marigold and if she wanted a more common name she could easily go by Mary or Mae or Marie. So I think it is a good name, I like it better than Edie which I like as a nickname but not as a full name. It probably wouldn't be a big deal if the sibling names didn't match. Something like Charlotte and Marigold, or Jane and Marigold, or Emma and Marigold sound really nice together. Something like Agnes and Marigold or Elizabeth and Marigold also works fine. I think the only thing that would clash really is a modern made up name like Kaylee, Jaylin and Marigold or some unisex names like Reese or Blakely. But Harper, Piper would sound really nice with it. It's actually a pretty versatile sibling name.

February 8, 2015 12:19 PM

Thank you all! Sisters are Willa and Pearl so both a nature/vintage feel with Willa(Willow) and Pearl. Edie would be a NN for us which I normally wouldn't like but I think it is so sweet and would be short for Edith after my great-grandmother. Any of you think Edith Marigold would be too Downton Abbeyish? 

February 8, 2015 12:20 PM

Also there is a good chance she will have blonde or red curly hair!

February 8, 2015 4:25 PM

I think Edith Marigold would be very very Downton Abbey, since they are mother-daughter. I would assume that it was a deliberate homage if I saw it, but then, I think middle names are largely secret, so I don't think you'd have to field many comments about it after the birth announcements are out.

By rooo
February 8, 2015 7:31 PM

I think Edith Marigold sounds lovely with your other daughters. I haven't seen Downton Abbey, but I think it shouldn't deter you from a name you love. Most TV shows only last a few years anyway, so by the time she is old enough to have an opinion about her name chances are the show has already ended and she will never know it existed. 

February 8, 2015 10:30 PM

It would be, but as someone else has said that sort of reference doesn't last for very long and it's only someone who watches the show would know if they happened to know both first and middle name which doesn't happen much outside of the birth announcement. So I wouldn't worry about it.

February 9, 2015 2:04 PM

It is certainly Downton-ish, but that is not necessarily a bad thing, and not everyone is going to 'get that' anyway.


February 9, 2015 3:02 PM

With Willa and Pearl, Edith Marigold is just as pretty and vintage and fits in great, though I don't know what their middle names are.

I do not think it's too Downton Abbey, in 20 years no-one would know DA anyway. There's so many tv shows now and films, sometimes I forget if I've seen them already! And I'm not a DA fan personally, it's not my cup of tea.

I admire your children's names. I loved Willa, but sadly my husband didn't, yet he liked Willow. Go figure!

By mk
February 9, 2015 8:17 PM

I have never watched, nor plan to watch, Downton Abbey so that means nothing to me. Even if some people make the connection, I only think it is an issue if you absolutely despise Downton Abbey.

February 9, 2015 1:53 PM

It sounds vintage to me, but I associate it most with Churchill's daughter. I find it lovely, absolutely lovely.


February 9, 2015 8:01 PM

I was about to reference Churchill's daughter as well.  Churchill's wife was of course Clementine.

The other tv Marigold that I remember was the wife of the head of chambers in the Rumpole series, and I bet not many still remember that.  Pop culture references come and go--mostly go....

February 10, 2015 7:31 PM

Edith Marigold sounds great! 
I like Marigold a lot, and also sound alike names like Marisol and Magnolia. 

Edit: I had a serious namecrush on Marisol last year, and the name crush of last month was Magnolia haha. 
I like floral names a lot, also Dahlia like someone else mentioned. 

April 28, 2017 11:59 AM

My youngest daughter, now 8 1/2, is named Marigold. I thought we'd call her Goldie, but we mostly call her Marigold -- or "Go Go." She loves her name. 

May 9, 2017 4:39 PM

 I love Marigold. I love Meadow more, though, and Melody even more.

May 9, 2017 4:46 PM

I also love Marigold. It's got lots of nickname potential and seems very vintage to me.