Rethinking Annelies......again

Thanks for your patience with me and my whims, but lately I just can't stop thinking about the name Matilda.  Is that a good option for siblings Meika, Jonathan, Daniel and Noah?  It shares the German roots with Meika, I like the meaning and it was husband's grandma's middle name.  Is it even worth my time to try to convince my husband?  It would take a lot of convincing....

i know Matilda Jane is a line of girls clothing.  Would the name Matilda Jayne be a problem?  Husband's mn is Jay and I have always wanted to use it in the mn spot.

Also, would there be other viable nn options besides Mattie or Tille?



February 28, 2014 1:46 AM

I prefer Annelies. :-) But that might just be me.

February 28, 2014 7:23 AM

I much prefer Annelies, it's one of my own favourite names!

February 28, 2014 12:01 PM

I think I just need this baby to get here so I can attach the name Annelies to a sweet face that I know and love.  We have been thinking about the name Annelies for over six years now and sometimes I start to feel tired of it and go looking for something new.  My biggest hangup is still the many different ways to spell it.  Even though I am content with this spelling, no matter which one I choose she will have to spell it for the rest of her life.  There have been a few posts on here lately that have kind of swayed me back to thinking about a name with a standard (or at least more well known) spelling that wouldn't have to be spelled for people all the time.  I guess that's why we would call her Ann or Annie....can't get more standard than that, right?  :)

February 28, 2014 12:34 PM

The plain fact of the matter is that everyone has to spell his/her name all the time. I have a very common surname known to all with just one spelling/pronunciation, and I still have to spell it for people. And even though Miriam is in the Bible and has just one (English) spelling, it comes out Mariam, Marian, Marion, Maryann, etc., etc. From my thirty years of grading freshman comp essays, I can testify: no one can spell anything. And as far as Ann being super standard, well, for starters there's Ann or Anne, and then Annie, Anna, Ana....

You could name your son John Smith, and he would still have to spell it all his life: John or Jon, Smith or Smyth or Smythe.

I wouldn't worry about "having to spell her name." No matter what you choose she will still have to spell it.

February 28, 2014 12:59 PM

LOL! "No one can spell anything."  Sad, but true!  Thanks for your input, Miriam.

March 11, 2014 1:58 AM

Ha! Exactly this!

February 28, 2014 1:40 PM

I agree with Miriam. No matter what, most people will have to spell out their name because there are so many different spellings AND because people just can't spell! :)  My name is a pretty standard spelling but has several different options. When I make an appointment, etc and have to tell someone my name, I don't even give them a chance to ask how to spell it. I usually say "My name is Alyssa, spelled...A-L-Y..." I do the same with my last name which is much harder to spell! 

February 28, 2014 1:42 PM

By the way, I love German names and both of your choices are wonderful. I prefer Annelies, though :)

February 28, 2014 2:54 PM

Yes, I also agree with Miriam.  

People will have to spell their name no matter what. I have the least common spelling of an uncommon first name.  There are 3 common spellings for my maiden name, so I always had to spell them both out.  When I married my husband, I was excited about his super common, generic, easy to spell last name.  But, I still have to spell it out for people because there is one very uncommon but well known (celebrity) variant. 

If you love Matilda then use it, it is a lovely name.  However, don't pick it only because you think it will be easier than Annelies.  She'll still have to clarify Tillie or Tilly, Mattie or Maddy, even Matilda or Mathilda is likely to come up once in a while.  

FWIW, I like both names, but I think Annelies is a better match for your sibset.  It also seems to be the name you keep coming back to.  

February 28, 2014 8:58 PM


I'm inured to spelling, pronouncing, and explaining our surname. It's long, foreign, hyphenated, and full of consonants. It gets to be a litany: ... t as in tiger, dash, capital g as in green, y as in yellow, o as in orange ....

But I can't even count the number of times I've had to start by spelling our _given_ names, which are Julia and David. I mean, really, how many ways can you spell _David_?? (For Julia, there's at least the excuse of the Italian spelling Giulia...)

Don't let the need to spell it sway you from the name you've been contemplating for years now. You'd have to spell Matilda, too. (I like both Annelies and Matilda, so I'm not much help, but it really does sound like you'd be forever a little sorry if you didn't use Annelies.)

March 13, 2014 12:17 AM

My mother's original surname is Polish. No one outside of her Polish-American community could spell it or pronounce it, which she found out when she moved a few dozen miles to go to nursing school.  When she married my father, she was very excited -- no more spelling!  No more mispronunciation!  (It is a well-known English word with a standard spelling.)

She was quite disappointed to discover that actually, people were extremely good at failing to spell or pronounce her married surname...

March 1, 2014 3:14 PM

Thank you all for your input.  My husband is breathing a great sigh of relief right now :).  We even took turns saying the different names and she did a little kick for Annelies :).  

March 2, 2014 6:51 PM