Which Do You Prefer

My husband and I are expecting our first little girl this fall! We are so excited, but we are stuck between two names. Could you weigh in on which you prefer and why? We are looking for a name that is classic but unexpected. Something familiar but still a bit surprising... Drumroll please. :) Our two options are Georgia Lucille and Daphne Danielle! if it's any help, our last name is two syllables and stars with a "Roo" sound. Thank you! 

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July 28, 2017 10:18 AM

Congrats! I appreciate both names, but I prefer the sound of Georgia Lucille with your (imagined) last name. I think Georgia Roo-blank sounds beautiful.

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July 28, 2017 12:25 PM

Any interest in Georgiana? :-)

My personal preference is for Georgia, because for no definable reason I've never been drawn to Daphne, but that's neither here nor there for you. Instead, I suggest you look for family connections or other reasons to upvote one or the other. Do you have a Grandpa George or Uncle David (or Larry) you'd like to honor? St. George is the patron saint of a bunch of countries, so if you have English or Romanian (or Portuguese or Catalonian or...) ancestry, Georgia could be a subtle nod to your heritage. If you grew up in a house surrounded by laurels, Daphne could be a fun reference to that. And so forth and so on. Or you could just wait to meet your daughter and decide which name suits her better.

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July 28, 2017 9:31 PM

It's funny you should say that! I recently learned that Georgia means farmer which happens to be my favorite grandmother's maiden name. :) Daphne was my first choice and Georgia was my husbands, but the personal tie is making me really consider Georgia too! 

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July 30, 2017 4:18 PM

Yes, George and all its variants derive from a Greek word for 'farmer', so they're an excellent way to honor a maiden name of Farmer. (I absolutely swoon over this sort of subtle connection: it combines my favorite hobbies of onomastics and genealogy.)

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July 28, 2017 1:13 PM

Any particular reasoning for the middle names?  I like Daphne Georgia!

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July 28, 2017 9:32 PM

Since Daphne was my favorite name, my husband came up with Danielle and vice versa with Georgia Lucille. :) Although I do like the idea of combining our two favorites... That could be a great compromise! 

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July 29, 2017 5:41 AM

Combining the two favourites is not a bad idea but I like your way better (that the parent who didn't get their favourite first name gets to choose the middle). The trouble with putting one person's favourite in the middle spot is that middle names are almost never used by the majority of people, so whoever ended up in the middle spot would hardly ever get to hear the name they loved and if you ever had a second daughter that name would be out of the running. 

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July 28, 2017 1:37 PM

My vote is for Georgia Lucille.  I like Georgia more than I do Daphne.  I'm also not a huge fan of alliteration, so I'm not crazy about the combination of Daphne Danielle.

Full disclosure, I have a George, so I may be a little biased.  :-)

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July 30, 2017 10:39 AM

I agree here about the alliteration. For some reason, that drives me nuts. I do like Daphne Lucille, though. Georgia is a very cute name, as well. 

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July 28, 2017 2:17 PM

Well I'm going to buck the trend and say I would choose Daphne. I think it's a really pretty name and I quite like the alliteration of Daphne Danielle (which in any case will be mostly hidden as middle names basically never come up in day to day life).

To me Daphne fits much better into the 'classic but unexpected' category; Georgia is a lovely name but I wouldn't be surprised to meet a little girl named that, whereas I would be plesantly surprised by a little Daphne. Plus the abundance of little boys named George makes Georgia even more ordinary to me. 

 

Edit: I had a quick look at the stats and location (I'm in the UK) is probably making a big difference on this one; In the UK Georgia is #42 on the girls name list as opposed to being #312 in the USA, with George being #12 and #153 respectively. So I think that is why I would not really find Georgia unexpected, but even taking that into account I do still prefer Daphne. :)

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July 28, 2017 3:23 PM

I'm in the Daphne camp, too, though I like both.

I do know a little Georgia (well, not so little anymore--she'll be in 8th grade this year) who is a positive association for me. It's still mostly the state for me, though, even though it was obviously a name first. My favorite thing about the name is its "mouth feel"; I just like the way it feels to say (for me, this is a different thing than how the name sounds).

My most dominant association for Daphne is the Scooby Doo character, which is mostly a positive association. I think because Scooby is such a perennial favorite with the preschool set, the name remains familiar even though it isn't used very much. I like its classical roots (though the story isn't all that great), and the fact that there aren't many other names that look or sound similar.

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July 28, 2017 3:49 PM

I love Daphne Danielle more than Georgia. I think both names are beautiful and classy, I just always really loved the name Daphne, plus it always reminds me of Daphne Moon from my favorite tv show Frasier. Though I also think Georgia is a really cute name too :) Congrats on your little girl! 

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July 28, 2017 4:15 PM

I think Daphne Danielle,  Georgia is more common,  I like Daphne Lucille too sounds prettier

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July 28, 2017 4:39 PM

I think they are both good names. My personal favourite is Daphne (I'm a big Daphne du Maurier fan) and am less keen on Georgia as to me it is mostly state. But I do agree with the above posters that you should try to upvote one over the other, or wait and meet the baby.

Oh, and any reason why Daphne Lucille is out of the running? That would be my personal favourite!

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July 28, 2017 9:29 PM

My husband and I are probably too difficult, but Daphne was my choice so he added Danielle and Georgia was his choice so I added Lucille. :) If this was a one woman show, I think I'd go Daphne Lucille and call it a day! 

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August 1, 2017 4:58 PM

My top choice is Daphne Danielle! I think Daphne is very unique and not used very often. Although, Daphne Georgia is also a nice combination as well.

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August 2, 2017 5:25 AM

I prefer Daphne as well!

Question: do you intend to have more children?  If so, I would save the other's favorite name for a possible second daughter, rather than putting it in middle name spot that  nobody will use.

On the deal-breaker level, what are your boy names? For example, if George is a top contender, then definitely save George/Georgia for baby #2 - you so don't want kids hamed George and Georgia, whereas Daphne would be fine with either.  Or, if one of you has a super-favorite boy name that's totally different, that partner gets lead on choosing name for baby #2.  This kind of thinking might help you sort though whose favorite name goes to your little girl.