Post # 1
You were all super helpful when I asked what you thought of Rosalind, so I thought I’d get some honest (but hopefully not rude) opinions on baby names. The way we decided to pick was we each got to include our most favorite, then 3 more we agreed on together. I’m not going to say who picked what and for what reason, and the middle name is dependant on what the first name is. We’re not looking for any substitutions, the name we pick is definitely going to be one of these names so if they’re not to your taste that’s fine, but we’re sticking to them.
A super quick run down of the names:
1. Adelaide – I love the way this name sounds and I think it’s really pretty but I don’t like the nick name ‘Addie’ and we’re probably less attached to it then the rest of our picks. We just like it because we like it, if you know what I mean.
2. Rosalind – We love this name and it’s very personal to us for sentimental reasons. We both love the nickname ‘Rosie’ (and ‘Lindy’) although people might assume it’s pronounced Rohz-ah-lynn. I’ve pretty much heard every opinion about this already but if you want to add your 2 cents (which I would appreciate) I’ll link the thread I made about it below.
3. Elodie – We adore this name but I think it’s going to get really popular and I’m not sure if it really fits a grown woman. I think it’s very elegant and French but another part of me wonders if people will know that and instead think it’s kind of cutesy.
4. Mathilde – I love this name and think it’s so elegant and beautiful. FH is very keen on this one but neither of us is wild about ‘Milly’ or ‘Tilly’ which people might feel the need to call her for some reason even though she already has a name (yeah, I’m pretty salty about this).
5. Calliope – This is kind of our crazy option but it is a LOT more popular than you would think (i’m pretty sure it was quite high in the top 100 last year). It has a beautiful sound and i love the nickname of ‘Lya’. I do worry it might get very popular, and our surname starts with a C so there will be alliteraion there.
Honestly, at this point we have NO IDEA which name we like more so please just pick whichever one you like the most, and maybe tell me why if you feel like it (I’d love it if you did). Seriously don’t try to follow our reasoning at this point there is none.
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Adelaide is my favorite of all of those. I think it is the prettiest and rolls off the tongue more easily than some of the others. I think if you are firm from the start about no one calling her Addie then it probably won’t be much of a problem.
Personally, I’ve never cared much about names having some personal connection. I think it’s fine to pick a name just because you like it. I’m named (first and middle) after my aunt and grandma as much as I like the sentiment I still am not very fond of my name and feel like it doesn’t suit me at all. Maybe that’s turned me off to names that have some special meaning for the parents…idk.
Post # 4
I LOVE Elodie, but I think it’s because everyone I say it I use a heavy French accent and feel like finishing my sentence in French.
However, my favorite is Rosalind and I’ve always heard it pronounced exactly how you want to pronounce it.
Post # 5
What country/region are you in? Are any of these names common there? I would have pronounced a couple of them differently (I’m from California) — Call-eye-uh-pee and Muh-thild. I agree with pronounciation of Rose-uh-lind though!
I personally like Calliope (the way I pronounce it though, I don’t really care for it with a ‘pay’ sound at the end) and Adelaide, and I’m not a huge fan of Mathilde. But I’m sure whichever one you choose will be lovely!!
Post # 6
I chose Elodie, because it’s a genuinely beautiful name, but also the only one that you both adore that didn’t need a pronunciation guide.
Post # 7
I LOVE Adelaide, Adeline, etc. Adelaide just happens to be the “Ghetto” area in my city so I don’t think we’d do that lol
Post # 8
I like Elodie, it’s French and it’s kinda similar to my baby’s name, Amélie.
Post # 9
I voted for Calliope! Absolutely love that name!
Post # 10
I was torn between Adelaide and Elodie because it looks like those are the only ones you aren’t pronouncing in a special way that would require a lifetime of correction. I chose Adelaide, but Elodie is also pretty.
Post # 11
Love Elodie and Mathilde, but I voted for Elodie. They’re both elegant and chic, I think it would suit any type of girl or woman.
I think Rosalind would always have the d pronounced. Rosalyn is spelled without the d.
I think getting away from Addy would be hard if you chose Adelaide.
Post # 12
I would go with Rosalind. It means a lot to you and you obviously love. Bonus points because you also like the potential nicknames.
I know two carolines. One is caro-lIne and one is caro-lyn. Once you learn it, you remember and life moves on. Neither of them seem too bothered if they need to correct people when they first meet them. I imagine it’ll be the same for her and it’s really not that big of a deal. Based on your chosen names, I think she will have to correct people on pronounciation for most of your choices. (Which is fine, not judging. Just meaning that you shouldn’t rule out Rosalind because of pronounciation).
Post # 13
You should go with Rosalind! Sentimentality behind a name is important.
Post # 14
If you don’t like a nickname, you can just not call your child by that nickname. I know a ton of Davids, Stephens, and even a William that don’t go by the more common nicknames and it’s natural once they introduce themselves. I go by my full name (Caitlin) in all professional situations and no one defaults to my nickname except for family. What I’m trying to say is don’t rule out a name just because you don’t like a nick name! Though of course your kid may decide she wants a nickname instead of weilding her full name everywhere. But no matter what name you pick that could be true.
I picked Adelaide because it’s one of my favorite names but I also like Rosalind.
Post # 15
Adelaide and Rosalind are the only ones pronounceable, so I would choose one of those, although im in Australia and Adelaide is a bottom of the barrel kind of city