Opinions on Adeline?

Looking for feedback on the name Adeline. How popular is it nowadays? As far as I know it's rather common in France, what about UK/US? 

Right now I am also pondering over Emma and Julia (and maybe Adriana, Alicia). 

It's been too long, sometimes I think I am the most indecisive person in the world!

Any feedback is appreciated. 



September 17, 2018 9:14 PM

How do you say it?

I know a few girls of various ages named Adelyn spelled all different ways.  To me Adeline would have a similar ending pronunciation to Caroline.  I wouldn't say it's terribly popular in the States.  I think Emma is still topping the charts here but to be honest I guess I can't say that for 100% certain anymore.  Anyway.  Adeline.  I like it.  

September 18, 2018 3:53 AM

I pronounce it Ad-el-een! 

Thanks for replies. 

Me too-haven't met anyone with that name and can't really find it in the lists of popular names. 

September 18, 2018 4:03 AM

I've heard it Ad el line - like Madeline without the M

September 18, 2018 2:42 AM

It's talked about a lot in Australia.  I havent met one.  I think its nice.  Emma, Julia, Adriana, Alicia are all nice

September 18, 2018 3:55 AM

Very interesting to know, thanks

September 18, 2018 4:08 AM

I'm also in Australia and I haven't met an Adeline. I know 2 young Adelaides and a few Adeles but no Adelines. It's not in the top 100 here anywhere that I'm aware.

Emma (and Emily) are still very popular here.  Julia, Alicia and Adriana are all in the 'familiar but not super-common these days' category so you probably wouldn't run across a lot of little ones unless you happen to be in a pocket of them.

For the record my default pronunciation of Adeline is AD-el-ine (rhymes with Caroline) but I would be happy to pronounce it -leen if aware that was the preferred pronunciation.

September 18, 2018 10:05 AM

I think it may be increasing in popularity here in the US--my sense is that it is related to the the 'Aidan' names. Nonetheless, it's elegant and lovely. I like all your choices, particularly Julia! 

September 18, 2018 12:47 PM

"Sweet Adeline" is a very famous song, so I can only hear the name said the way it is sung (rhymes with "mine"). The song also lends the name a sweet, antique feel that I think would persist even if the name became more popular.

This is a song that has been going strong for over a hundred years (it's probably the most famous "barbershop quartet" song ever and gets re-used in all sorts of ways; Avriel Kaplan covered it last year in his first album after leaving the Pentatonix), so I think you really need to be OK with the reference and the song's pronunciation if you want to use it. You don't have to use that pronunciation, but a lot of people are going to think that's the "right" pronunciation so you'll undoubtedly hear it a lot. Enforcing a different pronunciation wouldn't be quite as hard as, say, Cleh-men-teen, but I think it would be close.

September 18, 2018 1:33 PM

Oh, I have SO much trouble getting my brain to accept the -een endings for most -ine names, even though I know that it's a perfectly valid version. I think that Evangeline might be the only one that I can read that way instead of correcting to that way. Emmeline Pankhurst? Even after writing an entire paper about her, I still read it as -line not -leen.

Rach_1, you have gone through SO many names and I think that you can do better than a lovely name with a pronunciation that will be a constant uphill battle.

(Wait, are you in the UK? I can't remember if you're in the UK. If you are, then that changes my opinion.)

September 18, 2018 5:43 PM

That's true, I've been through too many names and still can't decide!

Yes, we are living in the UK most of the time so the name should be treated as 'normal' there and not odd or too foreign or out of place. Btw in what way that fact changes your opinion?:)

So far the top choices have been: 

Anastasia- too princessy

Emma-too boring?

Angelina- see Anastasia

Alyona- too foreign , pronouncation issues

Lydia- ok but as a compromise, doesn't feel the one

Kiera- a bit too harsh sounding (also don't like that there is the male version Kieran)

Martha- not enough feminine to my ears, nn issues

Victoria - kind of too straight-forward 

Ariana- as I read of the most popular names in.. Afghanistan?!


that's the dead end!:)




September 18, 2018 6:05 PM

Oh, it changes whether your desired pronunciation would be a lifelong struggle or assumed by those around you, and therefore a reasonable option :)

September 18, 2018 6:09 PM

So far you've been considering names one at a time or in small groups, but I wonder if a different approach would work better for you. I'm thinking some variation on a name bracket might be helpful at this point.

Start by collecting a lot of names, in some power of two--I'd aim for thirty-two or even sixty-four, so you are stretching to add names you kind of like at this point rather than debating which name to cut from the list. Then put them in a sports-style bracket and eliminate them in rounds. You could use this to decide on the name, or you could narrow down to the top two contenders and wait until you meet baby to decide between those two. You can see an example of a 64-name bracket here (but with totally ridiculous names, not real names).

You might combine this with a narrowing-up approach: once you get down to, say, a sweet-sixteen you could could list all of the good things about each name (and nothing bad about any of them), or even ask people here to do that, to help with the face-offs at each round. (Actually, I'm quite sure folks here would be happy to vote on a parallel bracket if you wanted that kind of input, but I think the actual decisions should be made by you.)

September 19, 2018 1:28 AM

What about Annabel, Annabella, Annalise, Annabeth, Emily, Amy, Amelia, Emmeline, Angelique, Angela, Alona, Alana, Alicia, Aaliyah,Alexa, Ariadne, Kira, Kiralee, Kara, Mara, Marissa, Mariska, Vanessa, Viveka, Aria, Cecila, Anya, Livia, Natalia, Julia, Malia, Leticia, Mia, Juliet, Sylvia, Sophia, Olivia, Eliana, Danika, Annika, Ariella, Arabella, Amira, Aleah, Anaya, Bianca, Elena, Alina, Elissa, Greta, Katrina, Lara, Lana, Laura, Eliza, Hannah, Sarah, Zara, Susannah, Lisa, Fiona, Erika, Ella, Eva, Leila, Isabella, Tessa, Miranda, Natasha, Sierra, Sienna, Stella, Tamara, Makayla, Tara

Lydia is lovely - what about Nadia, Elodia,Claudia, Matilda, Lucinda, Celia, Arcadia

I think Ariana is nice too and Emma is lovely,  I think Anastasia is pretty,  Angelina is nice


September 18, 2018 6:15 PM

I've never heard it pronouned A-de-leen, only A-de-lyne or A-de-lyn. I'm in Australia and I'd say Adelyn is getting fairly popular - when my twins were in NICU earlier this year, there were two Adelyns at the same time (that I know of, there may have beenmore!) So I would probably assume an Adelyn pronunciation here, but I don't know about the UK.


From your options, I like Lydia, Victoria and Julia - all classic, timeless and beautiful names.

September 23, 2018 4:56 AM

Thanks eveyone!

I feel like I love a name for a while and then it just gets phased out...

Now considering between Lydia again and Natalie! 

And also Annabel/Annabelle!

What do you thinK? Lydia, Natalie or Annabel?!

September 24, 2018 1:19 AM

Natalie, Lydia then Annabel  - all great names though

October 2, 2018 7:01 AM

Of those 3 Lydia is my favourite.  I know a lot of Natalies and Annabel/Annabelles. I do like Annabel as a name but Lydia is a little less common so my pick. Natalie is a great name but just doesn't excite me overly as I know a lot (from toddler through to 40 year olds!).