Angeline

please let me know your thoughts on this name. Which way do you like-Angeline or Angelina. 

How is it compared to Veronika?! 

Thanks a lot.

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1
May 1, 2018 4:51 AM

I prefer Angeline,  Veronika is ok too.  I prefer Vanessa to Veronika though

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May 1, 2018 9:57 AM

I think Angeline fits in nicely with the current popularity of names like Madeline. Angelina is also nice, though it comes with a childrens character (Angelina Ballerina), which may not be very prominent anymore and is not necessarily a bad thing. I prefer the Veronica spelling.

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May 1, 2018 10:22 AM

I prefer Angelina to Angeline, just because I think to my own ear, Angeline sounds a bit incomplete. My cousin has a daughter named Angelee- granted, this is not the same as Angeline, but pretty close- and people ALWAYS assume she said Angelina. I think, at least in my area, this is just a more familiar name, likely because of people hearing the name more often (Angelina Jolie comes to mind immediately for most people in the US, I would assume). I don't think there's anything wrong with Angeline, though. 

I dislike the spelling of Veronika. I don't know where you are, so this may be the most common spelling in your area, but I have never seen it. I like Angelina/Angeline better than Veronica/Veronika, regardless of spelling.

 

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May 1, 2018 10:34 AM

I prefer Veronika to Angeline(a).  I also prefer the "c" spelling of Veronika, but if I lived in/spoke a language where K was the dominant spelling I would pick that.  I'm not a big fan of any "angel" names because I think they are hard to live up to.  Given the popularity of those names over many years, others clearly disagree!

5
May 1, 2018 12:04 PM

I also prefer Veronika to Angeline/a, but I prefer it with the K. I suppose you could make the spelling choice based on the etymology you prefer: the Latin "true icon" folk etymology works best with the 'c', while the Greek derivation from Phereniké/Bereniké (based on the word for "victory") dictates the 'k'.

Angel comes from a word meaning "messenger". (Stealth twin names: Angela and Harold.) I'm not sure when and why it acquired the association with "unnaturally good/well-behaved", but I agree that for certain personalities, it can be a problem.

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By EVie
May 1, 2018 5:11 PM

That is a really interesting question. Etymonline says that meaning ("one who is loving, gracious, or lovely") dates from the 1590s, but it doesn't indicate why. I also wonder when the idea of an angel being gentle and effiminate became dominant, given that the Old Testament angels were all masculine and, if I recall, pretty badass. 

Regarding the original question, I tend to lean toward Angeline. I like the "ine" ending in general, it feels moderately less frilly than Angelina, and is less attached to a specific cultural figure (i.e. Jolie; as far as I know, Angeline doesn't have any overwhelming cultural association). It also feels pretty modern and current to me, given the rising popularity of Evangeline. 

I prefer Veronica to Veronika, but that's mainly because the k spelling feels very Eastern European to me, and I don't identify with those cultures. If I did, I would probably lean in that direction. Angeline vs. Veronica would be a tough choice. They actually make a pretty nice pair of sisters if you ever get the chance to use both.

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May 1, 2018 6:33 PM

Wow, I really never thought about how angels got their overwhelming positive reputation. They're described in the Bible as majestic to the point of being frightening to mortals, and you're right about how metaphorically bad they were at times. Must be one of those things that just happened in our minds over time that's not at all related to facts.

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May 2, 2018 4:02 AM

Despite the predominant view of angels, I don't necessarily associate the names with angelic behaviour. Possibly it's all the un-angelic Angelas I've known, combined with tough namesakes like Angela Carter, Angela Merkel and even Angelina Jolie, who doesn't exactly scream "wholesome." I think the names are so established that they get to disassociate from the meaning/connotations of the word a bit.

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May 2, 2018 9:47 AM

That's a great point. I definitely know some less-than-wholesome people named Angel/Angela/etc. I doubt people would expect "angelic" behavior from an Angelina/Angeline.

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May 1, 2018 6:18 PM

I prefer Angelina because it's more familiar in the modern naming scene. Angeline feels quite elaborate, which may be what you're going for, but for me it's a negative. Angelina will be more wearable in the real world, and you can still call her Angeline as a nickname! 

Veronika seems dated in my opinion, and the "k"seems unnecessary, although many people prefer that spelling. I prefer Angelina/Angeline to it.

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May 1, 2018 3:11 PM

I prefer Angeline to Angelina, although I hear it with the French pronunciation in my head which I'm guessing you wouldn't be using. I can see how it might get misheard/misremembered as Angelina quite a lot though so if you like both equally and wouldn't want to deal with corrections it might be worth going with Angelina.

I don't personally like Veronika, but objectively there's nothing wrong with it, I'm another person who prefers the look of it with a c though. I feel like Angeline/Angelina is a more gentle, flowing name and Veronika is more spiky in sound but neither of them brings a particular image of a person/personality to my head and I can imagine either one being charming on a little girl.

12
May 1, 2018 6:37 PM

I love Veronica.  Angeline and Angelina are not really my style.

13
May 2, 2018 10:37 AM

I don't really have a preference between any of the names, but some additional thoughts on associations. I lived in LA for a decade, so Angeline is all pink cadillacs and cleavage to me. That's obviously not a strong association outside of Southern California (and the billboard queen spells it Angelyne), but something to be aware of. I do know one Angelina in real life, but she goes exclusively by Annıe. I think she found it a bit much to live with, as a down-to-earth person (and a ballet teacher! Eek!).

One thought, if you like the French flair of Angeline you could consider Veronique. It has some of the same glamorous, va-va-voom feel as Angeline and Angelina but without the heavenly baggage, and also seems a bit fresher to me than Veronica (though probably not in France, where I note it was a top-ten hit about ten years before Veronica peaked in the US).

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May 5, 2018 2:22 AM

Thank you thank you!! This is incredible, so many helpful and great opinions!

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May 7, 2018 7:41 PM

Angelina is by far the most common of these names, if that matters to you. Veronika is the least common. Up until about 1960, Angelina and Angeline were almost perfectly equal. At that point, Angelina took off, spiking in the mid-2000s, and Angeline became much less common. Angeline is a French nickname for Angela, and Angelina is a Latin one, so they come from similar sources. Nicknames for both include Angel, Angie, and Geli. Angeline is often nicknamed Jane, whilst Angelina has the nickname Lina, which I personally love. Veronika has the nicknames Nik, Ronnie, Vera/Vero, Nika/Nikki, Veron, Onika, and Ver. However, it is likely to be misspelt, so you'd have to decide how much that would bother you - although I prefer the k spelling of it!

These are all lovely names. I love the way Angeline sounds - it's distinctly French and sounds smooth and uncommon. Angelina is more common and I think it sounds more Spanish. I am not sure I have a preference between the two. I like the name Veronika and like that it gives her a lot of options as to her nickname.

I hope this helps. Good luck!

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May 11, 2018 9:53 AM

Have you thought of combining them into Angelica?

Personally, I prefer Veronica.