Veronica

What are everyone's thoughts on this name? I've been really liking it lately. Husband finds it a bit long, but I think he could come around.

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August 14, 2013 10:41 AM

It still has a slight Archie comic vibe for me, but I think I actually like it better than Victoria. It's one I've been mulling over lately too. :-)

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August 14, 2013 11:10 AM

I like it. But I also like long names, as a rule, so that is a plus for me. It feels quite timeless and elegant, and offers a variety of nicknames to fit different personalities, if you're into nicknames. (I have a friend called V, Ronni, or Nikki, depending on who's speaking to her.) I also know a little girl named Veronique, so named so that her Russian mother could call her Vera.

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August 14, 2013 11:25 AM

I totally agree with the elegance.  I really like saying it.  I'm not big on nicknames but hubby is.  He'd most likely go with Nic, Nica, Nicki, as opposed to Ronnie.

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August 14, 2013 12:25 PM

I like Veronica, it's a beautiful name and a great namesake! I also prefer the nns Nic, Nica, Nicki rather than Ronnie or Vera. I suppose Vicky could also be a nn.

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August 14, 2013 11:11 AM

I'm on the fence with this name as well. I'm not sure what exactly is holding me up with it. I feel like I SHOULD like it. It's not that common, but it's familiar and the spelling hasn't been destroyed with a million "unique" ways to spell it. It even has a cute, masculine nickname (Ronnie), which is adorable. I also REALLY like that you can even call her Vera (which is a recent favorite of mine as a nickname). So...yeah...I don't know what my problem with it is. I like the idea of it more than I actually like it, even though there's nothing at all wrong with it. 

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August 14, 2013 12:48 PM

I know a school age Veronica, which has made me like it. She's smart and spunky, and it suits her well. I also like that it's unique, but not, "Invented," and everyone can say and spell it.

It's not a personal favorite of mine, partly because I'm just not a huge fan of many V names and partly because it has a bit of that, "Diner waitress," vibe (popular on here) and also feels a shade more middle aged than antique charming-I knew a couple in the 70s, and they often went by Ronnie, also not a nickname I'm a fan of.

I feel like it's one I could really learn to love, though. I feel about it much like I felt about Alice several years ago, which is one that's really grown on me.

 

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August 14, 2013 12:50 PM

I've always really liked this name and wonder why it isn't used more often. The Archie reference does come to mind, but that's not a bad thing. 

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August 14, 2013 3:52 PM

For a certain swath of the population, Veronica is Veronica Mars, the cult TV show that is currently filming a follow-up movie. She's a smart, resourceful, complicated heroine and has spawned a devoted fanbase. The movie was funded by one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns of all time and is scheduled to come out next year. That might bring more attention to the name (if that's something you're concerned about) but it's very positive attention.

If it matters, I hardly remember the Archie Veronica.

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August 14, 2013 7:26 PM

I think most people would definitely think Veronica Mars before the Archie comic.

There is a song in my head, too. Anyone know the one?

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August 14, 2013 7:52 PM

"Veronica" by Elvis Costello. Here's a video (with a very long intro.) It's super-catchy, probably because it was co-written by Paul McCartney.

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By hyz
August 15, 2013 10:56 AM

I think of Archie and Veronica first, then this Elvis Costello song (I love his music). Although I have heard of Veronica Mars, I have never seen the show, and don't know who's in it or what it's about. Veronica is fine for me--the nn Vera would be one of the strongest draws for me, but I don't like Ronnie at all, and I don't much care for the Nic/Nicky type nns either. It does have a slightly 70s/80s vibe for me, because of the aforementioned Vanessa (very much) and Victoria (to a lesser extent). It's a nice name, though, and I could see it working fine on a kid today.

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August 14, 2013 4:15 PM

I've always really liked Veronica.  

In high school I knew someone who nicknamed it to Vonnie, which I always thought was cute.

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August 14, 2013 8:08 PM

Around high school, I had a friend at church named Veronika, and I remember thinking that she had much the more fortunate name in her family: her little sister was Edit. (For the life of me I can't remember their little brother's name. I wonder what's become of them...)

In late 19th/early 20th century Hungary, the name was often officially registered as Veron: the -ika ending was (mis-)interpreted as a diminutive suffix, parallel with Maria -> Marika, Katalin -> Katika, etc. If your husband is balking at the length, perhaps this could be an alternative?

I, too, wonder why the name is not more popular; if I ever had another daughter to name, it'd be on the list. (It certainly meets my language-portability requirement.)

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August 15, 2013 12:45 AM

This is a very pretty name.  I put it in the category of names like Vanessa, Natalie, Natasha, Alexandra. It is sophisticated and slightly exotic.  Some people don't like these names because they may find them more formal, but I think a cute nickname easily solves that if it is an issue.  I love all the names I listed, so I like this type of name. 

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August 15, 2013 9:53 AM

Just another point of view; Veronica sounds very 70s to me, and the nicknames (Vera, Ronnie, Nikka or Nikki) aren't doing anything to change that.

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August 15, 2013 6:00 PM

I love Veronica! If I didn't have a close friend by this name, it would have been on my list.

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By mk
August 16, 2013 2:13 AM

I love the name. I don't know why it's not used more. I don't think it is long at all, or needs a nickname. I don't like any of the nicknames for it.

I think, if people have any association, it's going to be with Veronica Mars over the Archie comic. There's also the 1940's film actress Veronica Lake.

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August 17, 2013 2:32 AM

I do like Veronica. Again I have the Veronica Mars association (which is a positive) and I've known several Veronicas over the years. Most are in their late 30s/40s now though so it would be a little unexpected on a toddler, but that can be a good thing.