Post # 32
Love Caroline! I’m so over Madison – way too trendy and overdone. Even with shortening it to Maddy, everyone and their brother names their child Maddy now. That makes it a no for me.
Caroline is a great name – beautiful, normal, and not completely overdone right now. Any of the middle names you like would go with it perfectly I think.
Post # 33
My vote – Go with the family name 🙂 That’s sooo SPECIAL and your little girl will hopefully appreciate the connection.
I’ve grown up knowing a Willa and I love it. Willa Mae is ADORABLE and very south. I like Willa Grace as well.
Post # 34
I whole heartedly 100% agree with Willa Mae. So beautiful and romantic sounding. And it has a great history behind it:)
Post # 35
Eh just because a name is popular doesn’t make it bad. Mine’s Ashley, and I still love it! Popular names tend to be good names . And for the people over Madison because it’s trendy- you think Caroline is fresh and new? No, also super trendy, I know tons of little Carolines! That being said- Madison is on my short list for future girl’s names! But, my bias aside- Willa Ann Boeck just fits for some reason. It has a great ring to it, and also has meaning for you!
Post # 36
I really like Caroline… such a pretty name!
Post # 37
Caroline, it can fit a child and an adult so you don’t have to worry about someone viewing the name as too young or too mature, or even too trendy. The worst I’ve ever heard a Caroline being subjected to is the chorus of “Sweet Caroline”, it’s pretty hard to manipulate it to a disagreeable form.
Post # 38
My cousin’s name is Willa, and I absolutely love it. At first I wasn’t sure about it but I think it’s a great name and suits a baby, child, and adult. Madison is way too popular (in my opinion) and Caroline doesn’t stand out to me. I vote Willa!
Post # 39
@jilian: and @sunshine_kar: Funny you should pick that, since that was my great grandmother’s full name 🙂
Post # 40
To be honest, I don’t like any of those names but here are my two cents on each of them:
I’m going to vote for Caroline even though I really don’t like that name because I think it is the least bad of the 3. Caroline only if you promise to call her Callie for short. Callie is cute. Don’t like Caroline itself. It’s really dated and common or used to be common in the ’80s or was it before that?
Willa sounds like willy to me…….. so that’s a no-go. What would you call a Willa for short? Everyone (mostly everyone) ends up with a nickname somehow.
And I really dislike Madison as it is so over-used and also masculine-sounding for a girl. Maddie is nice, though.
Post # 41
Voted Caroline because that’s my daughter’s middle name. Obviously like it. That being said, it was also my grandmother’s middle name so I’m a fan of family names as well. I like Willa. Like others have said, I’d avoid Madison because of popularity but that’s just me.
Post # 42
@VickyAurea: I would have to disagree that everyone ends up with a nickname. If the name doesn’t allow for a nickname, most people don’t make one up. And my name is longer, and most people with my name don’t go by the full name since there are several common nicknames, but I prefer my full name and no one questions it.
Post # 43
I LOVE the name Willa and want to name my own daughter that. So my vote goes to Willa!
Post # 44
I’m in camp Willa. It was on our long list for Baby #2… but it didn’t make it to the short list because it didn’t have a strong meaning for us.
Post # 45
I really don’t like the name Madison. WAAAAAAAY too common now. Plus, I can’t move past my view that it is a last name, not a first name. Another really common name right now is Madeline, and the nickname for Madison and Madeline is the same – Maddy. So she’ll have even MORE people who go by the same name as she does. As someone who grew up with an extremely popular name (#5 on the list of popular names the year I was born), I would stay away from ones that you know are already really popular and becoming really common. It makes you feel generic to have a name that so many others have.
FWIW I think both Caroline and Willa are great choices.
Post # 46
I love them all! I don’t think you can go wrong with any of them, but I do love Willa 🙂