My husband loves the name Amalie. Whenever I suggest anything else he gets a sad look on his face.
Honestly, I don't hate it. But I'm worried for two reasons: first, it sounds a lot like Emily and Amelia, and I'm worried she will go through life correcting people who get her name wrong. Of course, I think people get pretty much every name wrong somehow, but hers seems more susceptible than most. Second, he prefers the German spelling, but most Americans are more familiar with the French spelling (Amelie, sometimes with an accent over the first e). Are people going to think we are doing some kind of obnoxious cutesy spelling? My research indicates that Amalie is a very common spelling in a number of European countries - just not on this side of the pond.
We aren't telling anyone our name choice, because when we were talking over names with family the feedback was just stressful and not really constructive, but I wanted to run these concerns by someone...and who better than name nerds.
Thu, 02/14/2013 - 2:27am