Post # 1
So I’m American but have lived in the UK/Europe for the past decade or so and am no back settled in the US. I’m ~20 weeks pregnant and starting to brainstorm names.
I really like Philippa with the nn of Pippa or Flip, but I know this name isn’t common the US and do plan to raise the kid here.
I tend to love older style names (other top faves are Louisa, Audrey, and Mathilde) – should I keep Philippa as a contender or will she get strong side-eye here?
Post # 2
I don’t think it would get side eye exactly, but I personally don’t care for the name (and hate the nicknames Pippa and Flip, which seem like dog names to me). Of your options, I far prefer Audrey or Louisa.
PS I also don’t think most Americans would know how to pronounce it. Philip-uh? Phil-eep-uh?
Post # 3
I love Louisa and Audrey. I know you didn’t ask but just saying!
Post # 4
I’m in the U.S. and I like Phillippa – it makes me think of the author Phillippa Gregory (who, granted, writes about British history). I think Pippa is a cute nickname, too (Flip, not so much).
Post # 5
Louisa and Audrey are great. Flip is just awful.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t choose it myself but I still think it’s nice. I don’t think it’s too “out there” at all, especially with old timey names currently making a comeback!
Post # 7
You might get a little bit of side-eye and a whole lot of mispronounciations as people guess which syllable to stress.
Granted, I’m not big on nicknames in general on the “why name them that if you don’t want to call them that” principle, but Pippa is just meh to me and Flip is a dog or a stuck up trust fund kid who calls his mom mumsie and doesn’t understand why no one at the country club understands how to make a decent Cobb salad.
Post # 8
Please, for the love of all that is holy, don’t give your child the nickname ‘Flip’.
Post # 9
It’s your child so you should name the baby whatever you want!!! who cares what other people think?
I think the name is unique! however, if you are really worried about it, you could use it as the middle name maybe?
Audrey Phillipa sounds pretty rad!
Post # 10
Phillipa is probably gaining popularity because of Phillipa Soo from Hamilton. Personally, I like Pippa much more than Flip as a nn. IME, Flip is a nn for Phillip and for a male.
Post # 11
TravelingBride31 : I think it’s just as good a name as the others you like. I don’t like Flip for a nickname though, but those tend to work themselves out anyway. I can’t think of any reason someone in the US would think Phillippa was weird.
Post # 12
browneyedgirl24 : Yeah my doggie’s name is Pippa.
Having said that it’s different and unique, although not my favorite name. I will echo my love for rhe names Audrey and Louisa though.
Post # 13
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I like it. Plus it might not be as common as other names when she’s older.
Post # 14
beantime : It’s adorable for a dog!
Post # 15
I think Philippa is fine, I also think of the novelist when I hear it, and I love the nickname Pippa!