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August 30, 2010
Vintage Raleigh Ladies Sports Bicycle

Meet __________. She’s a 1968 Raleigh Sports born in Nottingham, England. She wears her favorite color – bronze green – and accessorizes it with red and gold adornments. She’s no vegan; she has been known to wear designer leather. Some call her heavy but she’s quite nimble and quick to change gears when life demands it.

Made in Nottingham


Her partner, Floyd, is also a Nottingham native. He’s only a year older than her and they have known each other since birth.

Her only problem: she can’t seem to remember her name and neither does Floyd. They both know his name but he’s been calling her ‘dear’ for so long that they no longer know what she was called before that. Help a girl out and suggest a name, why don’t you? She’d prefer something British, keeping with her heritage. She needs a name badly, she’s the only one in the household without one. Thank you!

Vintage Raleigh Ladies Sports Bike
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  1. August 31, 2010 01:19

    She’s lovely. How about Emmeline?

  2. August 31, 2010 01:31

    I am shockingly unoriginal when it comes to naming my own bikes. But “Maisie” popped into my head, because after the Maisie Dobbs series it just seems very British to me. Although, being born in 1968, maybe she’s a Donna or Michelle? Good luck!

  3. Laura permalink
    August 31, 2010 01:40

    Gwen, Elizabeth, Emma, Martha, Rose, Donna, Amelia

    • August 31, 2010 05:01

      I second Amelia… it means “work labor” which seems an appropriate name for a bicycle that is your every day/commuter type bicycle.

      Another thought… If you’re looking for an “F” name to match Floyd, perhaps Fiona (meaning “fair one” ) or Farrah (meaning “delightful”).

      I also like Millicent (work strength) for a British bike.

      Okay, I’m done, I think. Naming is fun! :)

  4. Nell permalink
    August 31, 2010 02:07

    Francis? Nora? Francis reminds me of the awesome children’s books by Lillian and Russell Hoban, and you could eat lots of jam and bread with impunity. Nora could be short for Eleanor, which is always a classy name.

  5. August 31, 2010 03:54

    Hello, my name is Gorgeous!

    Okay, I’ll just second Trisha’s suggestions :) I cannot claim original naming skills myself, as my bikes are named the same as their model names (and my cat Chloe has the same name that the shelter gave her).

  6. Caroline permalink
    August 31, 2010 04:10

    She’s pretty!! Georgina would be the perfect name for her, I think! This blog is great, I followed you over here from Academic Chic because I just loved the way you write. :)

  7. August 31, 2010 04:30

    She looks like a Gertrude to me. She’s a bike who seems a bit stern at first, but upon further inspection, is really quite warm & charming. Her friends are known to call her Trudie.

  8. Janice in GA permalink
    August 31, 2010 04:44

    Floyd & Flora? Or Dora. I like Dora.

  9. Morgen permalink
    August 31, 2010 05:01

    I’m leaning toward Rose…and I think Doctor Who may be playing into that inclination a little.

  10. steve permalink
    August 31, 2010 05:25

    “Saoirse”. Pronounced: SEER-sha. Means “freedom” in Irish Gaelic.

    What a wonderful name…

  11. August 31, 2010 05:45

    I’m all for alliteration.

    Hello, my name is Fiona. Meet Floyd, my husband…

    • Janni permalink
      August 31, 2010 10:06

      Dem kann ich nur zustimmen!

      Fiona is wonderful!

  12. August 31, 2010 09:37

    The first name that came to my mind? Rita :)

  13. Tizzle-T permalink
    August 31, 2010 12:28

    Frieda, Fantasia, Fee Fee, Fergi, Flora or Fauna, Foxy, Fritz, Falcon

  14. August 31, 2010 12:37

    I like Heather, or for an unoriginal selection – which you won’t forget: Brooke!

  15. Amanda B permalink
    August 31, 2010 13:13

    As 60s vintage, it’s got to be Twiggy!

  16. Mickey permalink
    August 31, 2010 13:32

    Dot, a wonderful English ladies name, short for Dorothy and totally at ease on a Raleigh.

  17. August 31, 2010 13:53

    I like Rita. I also like Elma. I have a friend from South Africa named Elma and she is the nicest person in the world.

  18. kateohkatie permalink
    August 31, 2010 14:28

    I love Dot and Fiona! But the suggestion I came here to share was “Molly”. It seems very tweed-y, doesn’t it? :-)

  19. Maria permalink
    August 31, 2010 14:49


  20. sundaze permalink
    August 31, 2010 15:05

    She looks like a Tillie to me.

  21. mooie fietsen permalink
    August 31, 2010 15:33

    Lucy, Polly, Franny, Lilly, Lottie, Winnie, or Phoebe and Floyd?

  22. August 31, 2010 15:45

    How about Tallulah? :)

  23. August 31, 2010 17:13

    I’m loving the Twiggy and Dot suggestions but Lucy was the first thing that came to my mind.

    (Also love steve’s suggestion of “Saoirse” as that’s what I’ve named my car but an Irish name seems wrong to me.)

  24. August 31, 2010 17:55

    Elizabeth (Beth) .. there’s one that wears the crown and so another too -> Victoria .

    • September 1, 2010 14:22

      What could be more British then the Queen’s name? I thought Lizzy fit. Lot’s of great suggestions, I like Fiona too. Sir Walter Raleigh was knighted by Queen Elizabeth and he was married to an Elizabeth.

  25. August 31, 2010 18:10

    Ha, Nottingham ? – Maid Mariam – (apple of Robinhood’s eyes :D)

  26. August 31, 2010 18:30

    I like Maria’s suggestion of Myrtle since it’s botanical, as is my suggestion– Olive.

  27. teresa permalink
    August 31, 2010 19:47


  28. August 31, 2010 21:42

    Oh so many wonderful suggestions! I love it! I’m going to have a hard time choosing although I’m already finding some favorites! Thank you, everyone!

  29. Kelly permalink
    August 31, 2010 23:02

    My first thought was Philippa (Pippa or Pip for short) – very British, very ladylike yet still fun. And “she who loves horses” seems an appropriate name for your steed!

  30. Rinette permalink
    September 1, 2010 03:47

    The name ‘Sophie’ popped into my head as soon as I saw her! She is lovely!!

  31. erin permalink
    September 1, 2010 15:07

    Alice! I dunno, it popped into my head after musing about it for a while.

  32. Diana permalink
    September 1, 2010 17:02

    So funny, two ideas I had were already posted here: Trudy & Emmaline (though my spellings are different). You’re so lucky to have scored such a great bike, and as part of a pair!

  33. September 2, 2010 00:09

    Nellie or Olive.

  34. Linda permalink
    September 2, 2010 19:42

    My pick is Ivy. My grandmother’s name, she was from England. I think the name goes well with the green bike!

  35. September 3, 2010 00:38

    I like Olive, I had thought of it before reading the comments and it’s already been suggested by two others, so I’m thirding it.

    I also like Felicity.


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