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March 23, 2018 07:08 PM

I completely agree! I was worried about the Twilight connection, which has been a 100% nonissue. Never expected people to be completely unfamiliar with it!! 

March 20, 2018 07:41 AM

My daughter’s name is Rosalie! I will say, I’ve been surprised by how often people think we invented it, and it is frequently misspelled and mispronounced. When we meet strangers, I’d say there is a 50/50 chance they hear her name as Rosie and call her that. Our close neighbors are under the impression her name is Roselyn, and after knowing them a year, I’m not sure how to correct them, lol.

Uh, so, in my experience, Rosalie is not a great choice if frequent corrections would bother you. I don’t really mind it, but I have found it VERY surprising, as I thought Rosalie was a pretty well-known, if fairly uncommon, name.

In terms of your list, I personally would find Evelyn too close. I do love Scarlett for you, it matches the sort of glam factor of Ava but is clearly distinct. But I get the Scar issue for sure!

I want to suggest Vivian, our younger daughter’s name, but I feel that maybe Ava and Viv is a Target brand, haha. Lillian, Katherine, Julia, Colette?

February 18, 2018 06:26 AM

Yes, my first thought upon hearing Lilou would be The Fifth Element—granted, I adore that movie. However, I don’t think I would let that stop me from using it as a nickname. Plus, hey, it’s a positive association!

September 26, 2017 02:26 PM

Interesting, thanks!! Sadie is NMS but Caroline obviously is! :)

September 26, 2017 02:25 PM

Thank you! Della is just great, but it's the name of a cousin's daughter. Not a dealbreaker in and of itself, but enough to knock it out of the running when we have lots of other names we like.

September 26, 2017 02:24 PM

This is a lovely and thoughtful post, thank you so much!

September 26, 2017 02:23 PM

Yes, I'm pulling for Margot over Margaret right now, but my husband is loving Margaret, so we'll see what happens with that one. I think Caroline is lovely without a nickname too.

Is Caroline likely to be mispronounced as Carolyn? Carolyn I like much less, so that's a concern.

September 26, 2017 02:21 PM

Super helpful, thank you so much! I don't think Anna and Rosalie are SO far apart stylistically that it would be a terrible mismatch if that's the name that we both love the most. Right now I love several of them, so we'll see how it shakes out over the next couple of months.

September 26, 2017 02:19 PM

Hmm, perhaps I've heard that before and stored it away, only to think I came up with it on my own! "Poppy Bush" is a funny botanical combo. Good thing the daughter's last name is presumably Hagar.

September 26, 2017 02:17 PM

Yes, you definitely hit the nail on the head with why I am so fond of Poppy in the middle! 

That's so funny about your family names! A lovely and stylish set, in my humble opinion. ;)

September 26, 2017 10:19 AM

Thank you for the thoughts! I agree that Caroline is a bit more exciting than Anna or Elizabeth (though the one that gives me the most joy is Anna).

Vivian IS great, I'm glad it's getting so much love! I think "n" ending names sound wonderful with our last name.

September 26, 2017 10:17 AM

Just LOVE your description of Rosalie. I wanted something more "sturdy" and we alllllmost named her Helen, but at the last second picked Rosalie. I'm glad you think it has backbone! We mostly call her Rosalie but also Ro and Rosebud.

It's fun to see all of the feedback here, particularly seeing how much everyone likes Vivian! It really is a GREAT name.

We didn't even consider Constance for our older daughter because of the surname issue, but this time around my husbabd is less concerned about that (though I am still bothered by it). It's a middle name contender too, along with Elizabeth and Poppy (which is the nickname we used for my beloved grandfather who passed away last year).

Elisabeth is definitely more attractive to me, but I feel it would be annoying to have a variant spelling of a very common name.

Thank you so much for the thoughts!!

September 26, 2017 10:10 AM

Thank you for the suggestions! Yes, Elizabeth is a middle name option. Lillian I love but find it a bit too "floral" with Rosalie!

September 26, 2017 10:09 AM

Yes, as Karyn mentioned, I also pronounce Clod and Clawed the same way. In any case, I've added it to the list, though my husband is uncertain. I'm not concerned about the "meaning" at all.

September 25, 2017 07:59 PM

Thank you! It's so helpful how you've grouped these, it's really helping me to see them in a new light: Anna/Elizabeth/Caroline/Margaret versus Matilda/Cordelia/Vivian/Celia/Stella. Constance seems a bit of an odd man out. 

I WANT to love Elizabeth because it's my husband's wonderful grandmother's name, but yes, it feels a bit bland.

For Caroline we would probably use Calla or Cal as a nickname, for Margaret definitely Margo(t).

We are definitely big nicknamers, so that's an important consideration. I agree that Mattie doesn't work well, but I think we like Millie.

September 25, 2017 07:54 PM

Thank you for the thoughts! Yes, we would definitely use Margot or Margo as a nickname for Margaret. Vivian does seem to pair nicely with Rosalie, doesn't it?!

September 25, 2017 07:52 PM

Thank you so much for all of the thoughtful feedback! I don't mind alliterative sounds with our last name.

Re: Constance, unfortunately our last name is not actually Summer. If you put a t in for the second m, that's our actual last name. I think it's a bit of a tongue twister, do you? Although no concern with it making an adjective + noun, haha.

I do just LOVE the name Anna, but I don't want her to feel like she got the short end of the naming stick. But I don't have siblings, so maybe I'm imagining an unrealistic concern?

You totally nailed our style with those suggestions! I love looooove Alice but my name is Alex, so that's too close for me. We actually both also LOVE Claudia but are struggling with the fact that it starts with "Clod." But I'm going to keep thinking about that one. Beatrice and Louise are both names I really like but vetoed due to kind of running into our last name. Flora is wonderful too but maybe a bit too "floral" with Rosalie!

September 25, 2017 12:44 PM

Thank you for your feedback, Laura! I agree that the style of Anna and Elizabeth are more conservative. I'm also a bit concerned about the many, many nickname possibilities for Elizabeth, not all of which I am necessarily fond of.

September 25, 2017 12:43 PM

I'm not sure if I'm able to edit, but I left out our TENTH (omg) name option, which is Vivian.

July 22, 2017 07:14 AM
In Response to Ava and ..............

My daughter's name is Rosalie, and while I LOVE it, many, many people have been unfamiliar with this name. I am frequently asked if we invented it, how to spell it, etc. So if you're looking for a name you don't have to explain, I'm not sure Rosalie is it.

Any interest in Sophia, Lily, Zoe, Georgia, Caroline?