Post # 1
Hey bees – looking for some assistance here. Darling Husband and I are expecting a little girl in December and we are playing with baby names. We are down to three – hear me out on this:
We’d ideally like Claudia because it’s DH’s great grandmothers name and she helped raise him and really supported and held his family together. He is Russian and her name was Klavdia (in English Claudia) with the short form Klava or Klavochka. Now for the problems: 1: the meaning of Claudia is lame or disabled, possibly enclosure (and his grandmother did wind up losing her leg very late in life) so I feel bad saddling a baby with that meaning (especially since our sons name means “gods gift”). 2: While I think Claudia is lovely, I completely hate the nicknames for Claudia (Claude and Claudie and even Klava). Darling Husband doesn’t care about the meaning and doesn’t mind the nicknames. I could probably get past the meaning but the nicknames yeeshhhh. Do you think people would nickname her?
So we are also considering Ava. A variant short form of Klavdia is Ava (Avochka). Positives of this are: it’s pretty, it means living one or life giving one, and it’s unlikely to have a nickname. It goes well with our son’s name (same #of syllables so nice flow for yelling them up the stairs). Negatives: For Darling Husband it’s not ACTUALLY his great grandmothers name. For me, it’s super popular, although we don’t currently know any Ava’s (I don’t want her to be one of three Ava’s in her class if avoidable).
Last option is Catherine. We both like this name and all variant nicknames in Russian and English. It means purity. Downside no connection at all to DHs great grandmother.
To make all this a little more complicated – she won’t get a middle name. In Russia they use a patronymic so middle names are weird to Darling Husband and our son doesn’t have one.
So help me out Bees – what are your thoughts for one name over another!
Post # 2
I voted for Claudia – I think you are overthinking things. The meaning of Claudia to you is to honor a beloved relative. You aren’t saddling her with anything. And Claudia isn’t a particularly long name to begin with – you don’t have to shorten it to anything. I grew up with a four syllable name and never had a nick name.
Post # 3
Claudia is a lovely name.
Post # 4
I had a friend called Claudia growing up and she is and has always been Claudia. Never anything shortened!
I think it’s a great choice! I wouldn’t worry about the meaning of the name either.
Post # 5
OBVIOUSLY you should choose Claudia 😛
But for real, despite my love of the BSC I do really like the name and even briefly considered it for my baby girl!
Post # 6
I think Claudia is a lovely name. I also think that parents look up what a name means, but it doesn’t really effect the kids. Since it’s important to Dh, if you really don’t want Claudia as a first name, I’d rethink the middle name issue or give her two first names.
Post # 7
mariana1114 : +1. I think you’re overthinking this and Claudia is a great choice that has such a special meaning for your family.
Re: nicknames, I don’t think there’s a natural nickname that everyone defaults to, it’s short enough. Her BFF might end up calling her Clauds or something, but at some point you can’t control what nicknames people give your kids.
Re: the name meaning thing, I’m not one who thinks/cares about that at all. My name could mean poop and I wouldn’t live my life thinking I was saddled with poo. I’d bet that she’s not going to give the literal meaning of her name more than a passing thought—she’ll think of how much of an honor and act of love it was to give her the name of someone who meant so much to her dad.
Post # 8
drdeebee : I voted claudia but I missed the bit about it meaning lame! Personally that would be enough to turn me off it.
Post # 9
Claudia seems perfect and even though meaning is important for you, if you dig deep you will find a nice meaning to this name (and explanation how this meaning derives from “lame”)
“The meaning of the name Claudia may be formally obscure but here at Abarim Publications we’re guessing that it doesn’t mean Lame; it means Enclosure, even Haven or slightly indirect: Safety, Support or One To Lean On.”
I just googled this info for the purpose of this post, not sure if this convinces you.
Post # 10
Also want to add, that the meaning explained in that link I mentioned above, of “giving safety, support”, also depicts the role of your husband great grandmother, who created that “enclosure” to hold family safe together and was someone to “lean on”.
Post # 11
They’re all really great options! Catherine with a ‘C’ is my favorite spelling variation of that name, so I love that one. Claudia is also lovely. I don’t have anything negative to say about Ava, but it’s just so much more popular than the other 2, and I don’t think I could choose such a popular name.
Post # 12
drdeebee : I think that they are all great options. Claudia is a lovely name, despite the meaning. Plus you would be naming her to honor a relative.
Claudia is an ancient name which derives from a Roman family name. Originally the very first Claudius might actually have been crippled, which is how the meaning was derived. Personally, I don’t think the original meaning matters much in modern times. Most people don’t care about name meanings and couldn’t tell you what their own name means.
Post # 13
I voted before I had read your input. I would use the name Claudia. I love how much meaning it has to you, and it’s a pretty name that is not common in English, but also, everyone will easily know how to spell it. I wouldn’t worry about the nickname too much because it’s a simple enough name (even though it’s three syllables) that people will probably easily say the whole name. I know many McKenzie’s, Emily’s, Marybeth’s, etc., that go by their three syllable names without a nickname.
Post # 14
Thanks Bees – i appreciate the reminder not to get too caught up in over thinking this. I think Claudia sounds like the way to go and I won’t be too worried about the meaning… I’ll just hope people won’t call her Claude … that thought makes me a little sad …
lovinggemstones : this is such a great thought about the variant meaning – thanks!
Post # 15
drdeebee : Claudia is a beautiful name, and you are using it to honor a family member. thT will have a special meaning.
I think less common nicknames for Claudia that still work are: Lia, Dia, Laudie, Audie, Cee, Cici, and Dee or DeeDee