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I went to elemantary school with a Toccarra but never knew where the name came from.
It's fascinating how many people have come to this site to ask nearly identical questions about this particular name. Almost unbelievable...
It's much more surprising to me that people haven't heard of Cordelia! It has enough literary/pop-culture usage that you'd think at least one reference would make it familiar (I can think of Shakepeare, Anne of Green Gables, and Buffy/Angel off the top of my head).
We expected to be bombarded with Middleton comments, but have barely received a handful. Shockingly, we hear, "I've never heard that name," at least 10x more often than a Middleton reference.
I know, I don't understand the confusion either! Perhaps they think I was going for Piper with a British accent.
Name-watching is the only enjoyable aspect of visiting the pediatrician. I always wonder how many people are silently judging me when the nurse unfailingly calls for my Pippa, "PIE-puh!" Not that Pippa is a crowd-pleaser, but it's at least a real name.
I wouldn't worry about finding an across-the-board nickname. My daughter answered to several nicknames through toddlerhood, and is now (age 3) insisting on going by her full name only.
Emery is the most common girls' name I come across on a daily basis where I live. It ranked 75 spots higher in my state (in the southern US) than it did nationally for girls, so I'm in a pocket of them. Even though it is historically a boys' name, my exposure to it has been entirely female. I'm definitely not saying you shouldn't use it for a boy, but that you should be aware that it is rising in popularity among girls.
Ugh, that stinks that people would be that rude.
The only outright negative comment we've received was from my mom, who said that my daughter's name, Pippa, made her think of pee and poop. Fortunately she only said it once and has never mentioned it again.
We announced both of our kids' names as soon as we were 100% sure of them, which was somewhere around the 25 week mark.
For both kids, we chose a name we loved for the first name, and a family honor name in the middle spot. We got pretty universal positive feedback on our first baby's name.
For our second, we expected some negativity for her first name, since it's a bit quirky and unusual, and our expectations were fulfilled. We weren't bothered by it, since we loved the name and were firm on our choice.
Her middle name, however, brought the most trouble, which we weren't expecting. We did a mash-up of the grandmothers' middle names (Marie + Ann=Marianne). One grandmother loved the honor name, and the other (my mom) hated it. Hated the style, hated the flow, didn't care that she was being honored. At that point, I would have been more than happy to change the name, since it wasn't our personal style anyways, but since the other grandmother loved it, we were stuck. My mom tried to convice me for 3 months to change the name.
We kept the name, but if I could go back and do it all over, I would have just scrapped honoring the grandmothers and chosen a meaningful name that was more in line with my style.
When I was pregnant with baby #2, our toddler told everyone that her baby sister was going to be called Margaret. I started to wonder how disappointed she would be when the baby did not, in fact, turn out to be a cute little tiger.
I'll cast another vote for Margaret. It's a familiar classic that feels fresh for this generation and has a ton of great nicknames.
Baby #5 has arrived and her name is Persephone! I don't think anyone predicted that choice.
Emmett1126, I know a maternity nurse who named her son Braxton. No idea if it was some kind of homage to the doctor who shares the name, or if it's just a case of trendy style overcoming the unpleasant association. I definitely can't hear the name without thinking of the annoying contractions that plagued me for half of each of my pregnancies.
My first thought is Magnolia. You could use the nickname Lola, or Nola, or Maggie.
Tons of my favorites are on this list. One of my daughter's names, plus several front runners during my pregnancies.
I came across The Seven Princesses by Smiljana Coh today in the library. Their names are Hazel, Indigo, Orellia, Violet, Azzurra, Amaryllis, and Rosamund.
Congratulations! Joseph is such a handsome name.
Have you read Maple by Lori Nichols? Precious book about a little girl named Maple whose parents planted a maple tree to grow alongside her. In the end she's surprised by a new tree and a new sister, Willow. My almost-3 yr old loves the book.
If you xould use a variant of your vetoed names, what about Eleanora or Eliza? You might also like Emeline, Edith, Elodie, Lenora, Leona, Coraline.
For what it's worth, I don't think Ella is too short With Josephine. The difference looks drastic written out, but you're only talking one syllable difference. You could also try to get to Ella with a name-ending like Gabriella or Mariella. Would you like Etta? Maybe Henrietta or Juliette?
It definitely fits in! Reminds me of when a friend named her daughter Kinley and the all moms in our circle could not remember her name. Kinsley? Kenley? Kaylee? Eventually I made the connection that it rhymes with another kid in our group--Brynnley-- and now it's easier to remember. Funny how so many people choose this genre of names to be "unique" and they all blend together to become perfectly unmemorable.