Celeste or Celestine?

Hello everyone, it's me once again!

It would really be helpful if you could tell me which name you prefer, Celeste or Celestine. Also, if you could ellaborate just a tiny bit more to describe what you think of when you hear each of the names... That would be really apreciated.

Thanks again,



June 7, 2015 12:59 AM

Celeste is a feminine name, while Celestine is used for both genders.  My first association with Celeste is the actress Celeste Holm, while my first association with Celestine is a whole bunch of popes.  A celeste is a musical instrument, while celestine is a mineral.

If you want an unambiguously feminine name, then it's Celeste.  If you are naming a boy, then it's Celestine (and I would think you were devoutly Catholic).

June 7, 2015 9:34 AM

Actually, there are multiple musical instruments. Wiki has an entry for celeste/celesta, but I was going to post how I prefer Celeste in part because celestina is a musical instrument. It's full name is the Ocarina celestina.

I also simply prefer the sound of Celeste, with the accent on the second. "lest" syllable.

June 7, 2015 2:31 AM

I prefer Celeste. It's simple and beautiful.

Celestine feels like a diminutive to me, maybe a bit precious? I think it would be a great term of endearment for a little girl named Celeste, but not my preference for a given name. 

By Fly
June 7, 2015 7:43 AM

I prefer Celeste.

Celestine reminds me of Celestina Warbeck, a character from Harry Potter.  Its similar to a lot of French feminine names that end in -ine, so I don't find it particularly androgynous.  But I'm also not that familiar with Catholic popes.

June 7, 2015 10:51 AM

I prefer Celeste. I feel like Celestine is trying too hard, when Celeste is already fine.

June 7, 2015 12:37 PM

I like Celeste better.  My initial thought is that Celestine seems a bit too much, as if you were trying to make Celeste longer/frillier.  I can easily see Celestine being shortened to the simpler/more familiar Celeste.


June 7, 2015 1:59 PM

I prefer Celeste. Celestine calls to mind the eponymous Celestina (of La Celestina, considered by some to be the first novel, published in Spain at the end of the 1400s). Celestina was basically a madam, and in Spanish literature the name became equivalent to calling someone a female pimp. I'm not sure if this connotation still resonates today, but I studied Spanish literature so that's what stands out to me. I also think of the Celestine Prophecy, which is a New Agey-kind of philosophy about the power of positive thinking. Celeste is lovely and my only association is the adjective celestial, which for me is a positive image.

June 7, 2015 5:52 PM

I'm going to buck the popular opinion; I prefer Celestine. I like the frillier nature of it, and I just enjoy saying it more than Celeste, which has always made me think of the word molest, which isn't a connotation that I want to think about regarding children. However, I understand I'm in the minority here.

June 7, 2015 10:13 PM

I prefer Celeste.


By mk
June 8, 2015 12:12 AM

I like Celeste a bit better. When I hear it, I think of an old classmate who had the name, which doesn't mean much to you.

June 8, 2015 1:31 PM

Both make me think of the celestial root. I don't have a strong preference for either. Celeste seems a little more name-like, and Celestine seems a little more...celestial, I guess. However, Celestine sounds a bit like a mash-up of Celeste and Seraphine (or crystalline) to me, probably because of the heavenly, celestial orb/crystal sphere connection. There's a possibility that I would have a harder time remembering Celestine for that reason (I'd want it to be either Celeste or Seraphine or maybe Crystal), which might tip the scales in favor of Celeste. Or in favor of Celestine, if you want to evoke all of that.

June 8, 2015 10:14 PM

Celestine feels frillier and more "old-world" to me, while Celeste has a crisper, more elegant sound. Celestine offers more nicknames, but Celeste doesnt need them.

Personally, I prefer Celeste (I'm not very frilly generally, plus I have a very dear friend whose middle name is Celeste), but please take our opinions with a grain of salt: you're the one who will have to live with the name, not us!

June 12, 2015 12:38 PM

Once again, lots of thanks to you ladies!

My husband and I have been pondering over our feelings for the two names and all the things you all have described for us. As the days go by, more and more I feel like this baby is a Célestine. I have never loved a name before, as I love this one and talking to my husband throughout this week and calling the baby Célestine rather than Baby or Bébé... It really feels like the one. And there's the perfect connection to both Gloria and Océane's names and they like it too because of Ernest et Célestine...

I thank you all for the help you've given me and I'm really happy to have finally made a decision.

Lots of love, Madeline

June 12, 2015 1:00 PM

Congratulations! It's a lovely choice, and it's so nice when you feel that you've finally figured out what your baby is named. :-)

June 12, 2015 1:31 PM

Wonderful! It's great that you've found a name that not only ticks all the boxes but also really feels right and special to you. Thanks for the update!

By Fly
June 13, 2015 7:33 AM

Oh of course! Celestine definitely sounds French feminine, and bridges between Gloria and Océane much better than Celeste would have.

While I prefer Celeste in general (as I stated earlier), thats only on personal preference and how it fits in my own English speaking world... no legitimate arguments for Celeste/against Celestine other than that.

In your case Célestine is 100% perfect. :)

June 13, 2015 8:45 AM

Congratulations! I'm late to weigh in on this one, but I love Celestine and think you are making an excellent choice!