So my partners last name is Wilde 

we love the name Wynter everyone says it sounds fine but something about it puts me off... opinions?

some people have suggested double barrelling it which I don’t mind but we would just Call her Wynter 

I like Wynter Rose , Wynter grace , Wynter Evelyn 

opinions , suggestions please


September 9, 2018 10:26 AM

I think all the seasons work as names (perhaps Autumn is better than Fall) and many months work too.  For me, I'd spell it Winter, so the child doesn't have to say "Wynter with a y" all the time.    All of the middles you've proposed work well.

September 9, 2018 10:35 AM

My son has a friend named Winter. He’s a boy but I think it’s a very unisex name that I’d be unsurprised to encounter on a girl with that same spelling. It gave me a moment of surprise when I was first introduced but I found I really like it!

I think the y feels like forcing it - many names need to be spelled out, true, but I can guarantee that Wynter would be gotten wrong all the time because of its great familiarity as a word. It also feels overly heavy handed in an attempt to force femininity onto a sleekly gender neutral, unfrilly name. I vastly prefer Winter. Let the signal of gender come from the middle name which your daughter can include on occasions when she wants to clarify.

I also can not recommend the name for a child whose surname is to be Wilder. That is not just alliteration but so much similarity (first part, last part, number of syllable, emphasis of those syllable) that the full name becomes a tongue twister. If you’re using your surname it‘s a super choice, but if you’re using your partner‘s surname I’d keep looking.

September 9, 2018 5:21 PM

Oh, I misread the surname. Winter Wilde is not a choice I’d make, but its not as ill-advised as Winter Wilder. 

September 9, 2018 11:48 AM

Wynter Wilde is way too much.  Like the poster with the surname Helm, you're best off avoiding all first names that are also commonly-recognized words.  Anything naturey is going to sound super thematic in an over-the-top cartoon character sort of way.  Not to mention, if you find it off-putting that it probably isn't the right choice for you!

What are some other names you like?

September 9, 2018 10:26 PM

I agree with this too.  I also have a W surname and any first name starting with W sounds a little comic bookish.  Plus the description nature of Wilde, I just automatically assume it's been a 'wild Winter'.  I actually love the name but not with that surname.  Most nature names are going to be problematic for the same reason.

September 9, 2018 12:47 PM

Thank you for your replies , the fact I’m not 100% on it probably means I won’t be happy with it.. I love Ada and liked Nola from the beginning but I’m not 100% on that I feel like wilde is such a blunt last name that nothing goes with it x

September 9, 2018 2:26 PM

Think of actress Olivia Wilde. Because her first name is 100% familiar name and not at all word-like, it takes away the literal meaning of Wilde and you just accept her name as a name. I think that's how it works in general with word-like surnames. My surname is an animal, but combined with my name-like given name, people don't immediately think of the animal, they just accept it as a name. (I know this for sure because I've asked others about it.)

Compare Olivia Wilde to Rose Wilde. The former is a name, the latter is the description of a rose. (The exception is Isabelle because Isabelle Wilde sounds like a question.)

September 9, 2018 3:41 PM

How about trying something a little bit longer - e.g., Adelaide or Adeline instead of Ada.  Those don't have the same abrupt sound, at least not to my ear.

By mk
September 9, 2018 8:28 PM

I actually like the shorter names Ada and Nola with Wilde. Ada Wilde sounds great to me!

Oscar Wilde had a two syllable first name and people are pretty used to it.

I think Winter is fine too.

September 9, 2018 5:07 PM

I wouldnt use it with the name Wilde,  and I'd spell it Winter - what about Winola, Winona, Wineva. Winema

what about Adeline Grace, Adele Grace, Addison Grace, Adalyn, Adalina, Adina, Adelia, Adalia

Evelyn Grace or Evalina, Evangeline, Evangelina, Evanthe, Evadne

if you like Nola - what about Finola, Winola, Gwenola, Zenolia, Nolana, Nolita

September 9, 2018 5:26 PM

That fact that you are contradictory in how you feel about this name ("love the name...but something about it puts me off") tells me that this isn't the name for you.  I agree with the above advice of pairing Wilde with a name that has a long history of being used as a name.  I also think a longer name ballances the abruptness.  Suggestions:















September 9, 2018 5:50 PM

Names to get Ada:  Adelaide, Adeline, Adelina, Adele, Adela

Names to get Nola:  Magnolia (though I'm not sure this works with Wilde), Eleanor, Eleanora, Gwendolyn, Lenore

September 9, 2018 9:59 PM

Naming your child Wynter Wilde would be setting her up for a lifetime of lame jokes: "Is winter going to be wild this year?" "She's like a snowstorm, that wilde wynter!" etc. In the Marvel universe, it would be a terrific name. But not for a real child who would have to navigate her teen years with such an easy target.

September 10, 2018 12:35 AM

I totally agree. People just can't help themselves and love making those types of corny jokes.

Plus, seeing Wynter Wilde written out, I also notice that both are English words not being spelled the expected way. Wilde as a surname is plenty familiar, but it would get really old really quickly always having to say "Winter-with-a-Y, Wilde-with-an-e-at-the-end".

By EVie
September 10, 2018 9:45 AM

I pretty much agree with what has been said above. Wynter with a y is trying too hard, but I do think that Winter is a really cool name in the right context. I'm not so sure about the context with Wilde, though—part of me, admittedly, loves it, but I think you would ultimately serve your child better by playing it a bit more conservative. 

I don't see why you can't use it as a middle name, though, especially if you take the board's advice and go with a non-descriptive, more traditional first name. I LOVE Ada Winter Wilde or Evelyn Winter Wilde. I would be thrilled if either of those were my own name. Nola Wilde doesn't work for me as well only because the popular association of NOLA with New Orleans, Louisiana makes it sound like a description of Mardi Gras. I'd be on board with it as a nickname for a longer name, as suggested above, though. Wilde is a super cool last name, and I don't think it's actually that difficult to find a good match as long as you stay away from names that are also English words. The thing I really love about it is how it makes even the most buttoned-up, conservative name sound more exciting—Margaret Wilde? Helen Wilde? So many options!

September 10, 2018 10:31 AM

I totally agree! Wynter as a first name is a burden, but as a middle, it's a fun twist! I know a little one named Lousia Wilde (first/middle). I think that's a great combination, as EVie says, of the conservative and the wild(e). 

September 10, 2018 4:55 PM

I wouldn't do Evelyn Winter Wilde because then her initials would be E.W.W. - not so nice for a little girl! But any non-E name would be fine and I do think Winter would be a fun middle name, even more so with Wilde as the last name. (Ada Winter Wilde would be A.W.W. which is sweeter - aww!)

September 11, 2018 12:13 AM

I agree that my objections abate for middle names: there, I think it's fine to load it up. Ada Wynter Wilde is great, and aww is kind of adorable for initials. 

September 10, 2018 4:48 PM

I quite like Winter, but am not a fan of Wynter.  Not a fan of creative spellings in general, but I think when using a word/nature name they can be especially problematic.  

Winter Wilde does have a comic book character kind of feel to it, perhaps that is what is putting you off?  It's very descriptive and the alliteration adds to the effective.  I don't think this is a reason not to use it, but it might be something to think about.  Do you plan on using Winter exclusively?  Or would you use a nickname?  The option for her to go by Winnie Wilde could decrease the comic book character feel if she needs/wants to do so.

I don't see the point in a double first name unless you plan to actually call her by both.  Otherwise it just seems like an extra hassle for her.

Wynter Rose is too descrpitive for me-it's also a bit too princess for my taste (think Briar Rose).  Winter Grace is fine-Grace seems a bit boring as it is a very common middle name.  Winter Evelyn is quite lovely and would be my top pick.


September 16, 2018 1:03 AM

As others have said, Wynter Wilde is way too much. Wynter is ok as a middle name, but I'd still spell it Winter.

Evelyn Wilde is nice.


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