The final two contenders (I hope!)

Sorry for spreading lots of topics but I'd like to ask for some more help with picking a "perfect" girl's name! Out of these two-Natalie and Victoria -what would you choose?!

Thanks a lot!


By EVie
May 7, 2018 6:57 PM

Well, if I were personally choosing, it would be very clear-cut, as one of those is my middle name and the other is the name of one of my husband's ex-girlfriends ;)

However, since I'm not choosing for myself, I think they're both really nice, classic names with very similar current popularity levels (Victoria was #21 in 2016, Natalie #31; stay tuned for the 2017 numbers coming soon). As full names, Victoria sounds much more formal, regal and weighty, while Natalie is much more laid-back, girl-next-door. That calculation changes, though, if you're planning on using nicknames--are you? My favorite for Victoria is Vixie, which has a much more spunky, mischievous, irreverent sound to it. 

With two names that have such different qualities, I think this is a really good opportunity to use my favorite strategy--take them both to the hospital and choose once you meet the baby. It could be that once you hold her and see her, one of them just feels right. 

May 7, 2018 7:31 PM

Victoria is slightly more common overall - 1 in 665 people alive today is named Victoria, compared to Natalie, which is 1 in 952. They also have slightly different age distribution - the most common age for a Natalie is four, and the most common age for a Victoria is 17.

They both have a lot of nicknames - Nat, Nate, Nattie, Lee, and Nettie, for Natalie. Victoria has a lot more, some more common than others: Tora, Tori/Torrie/etc, Toria, Vicki/Vickie/etc, Plum, Queenie, Ria, Rory, Vic, V, Via, Vera, Vica, and Vita. 

Natalie comes from the name Natalia, which comes from the Latin term natale domini, which means Christmas Day. Victoria is a female version of Victorius. (There is a St. Victorius from 4th-century North Africa.) It also means "victory" in Latin, and Victoria was the Roman goddess of victory. 

I personally prefer Victoria - I think it has a more sophisticated feel, and even though it's more common overall, it feels like it's less common. I also enjoy the wider range of nicknames because she'll have a few to choose from - although Nat is pretty cute. I hope this helps. Good luck!

May 8, 2018 3:29 PM

Where did you get the information on most common age of a name? I've never heard of that and would love to check it out....... 

May 8, 2018 11:20 PM

This website has a lot of uses, but if you type in a name, it gives you not only the average age but also the fraction of people with the name, average number, nicknames, and so forth! Unfortunately, all the data is US-based, but it is still a great resource.

May 10, 2018 6:30 PM

Thanks so much! I'll definitely look into it!

May 13, 2018 1:40 AM

Plum is a nickname for Victoria?

May 13, 2018 11:59 AM

Well I don't know if anyone's out there using it but it makes sense to me in a word-association way because there's a type of plum called Victoria; 

May 13, 2018 4:45 PM

Yes - Natasha-Rhiannon is right!

There is also an famous English journalist & author named Victoria Sykes who goes by Plum Sykes.

May 7, 2018 8:41 PM

I prefer Victoria, for the sophisticated/weighty/regal feel the others mentioned.  Natalie has a slightly... whiny? flighty?... quality that I can't quite put my finger on, but is vaguely unappealing.  I like Natalia better than Natalie.

May 8, 2018 5:22 AM

As others have said, they are both perfectly decent names that can be worn well throughout a lifetime.

Despite having many friends named Victoria and being married to a Victor (a name I love), I've always disliked the name, which gives me a stuffy vibe in its full form and has mostly dated nicknames (although I think Vic is okay). Meanwhile, I've known several Natalies I was lukewarm about but have always liked the name for its breezy, relaxed quality. These things really are intensely personal. I second the motion of taking both names to the hospital.

May 8, 2018 3:07 PM

I agree with everyone that they are both good names, either one is likely to serve your daughter well throughout her life.

If I personally had to choose one I'd go with Natalie for the reason Emily mentioned; it feels fresher and lighter to me, plus I dislike almost all of the nicknames for Victoria (I'd make an exception for lolliepopp's suggestion of Plum!) but quite like the nickname options for Natalie. Really though it doesn't matter what I think, the question is which you prefer. Do you prefer the nickname options for one over the other? Does one of them make you feel happier to say/hear? If so go with that one. You could also try calling the baby one name in your head when you think about her for a week or so and then switch to the other name for the next week and see if one feels more "right" to you. I do think that taking both to the hospital is a good plan if you can't decide right now. 

May 9, 2018 8:17 PM

I agree 100% with this ^^

May 8, 2018 4:42 PM

I would choose Natalie, only because she seems more approachable than Victoria. :) I also like Natalie's nns much more than Victoria's! 

May 13, 2018 4:57 PM

Victoria. Natalie seems a bit overdone to me