Thoughts on Viola
I have always loved names (spellings, meanings, culture and history) and now that I'm expecting I have an extra-good excuse for combing obsessively through names.
We don't yet know the sex (still too early), but my husband and I have already started discussing name options. For a boy, my husband has picked Mitchell Raymond, which I like as well (Raymond is a traditional middle name for his family).
For a girl, I love the name Viola and was thinking Viola Rae to incorporate the family middle name. My husband's reaction was strange, though. He said that it was "pretty, but would get made fun of". I haven't asked him exactly what that means yet, as I thought I would let the name sink in with him a bit first. So for now, I thought I would ask for opinions of the name Viola here, both on pronunciation and just thoughts in general.
For a bit more background, while Viola is a family name, it is not the name of any living or close relative (my entire family is big on names, though, so the idea of using even a distant family name would be considered an honor to that branch of the family tree). Another connection I like is that my grandmother has a Shakespearean middle name (which unfortunately she hates), so I can give a nod to her with another Shakespearean name without using the name she has never liked. I also like that it is an "old-fashioned" name, which seem to be in style these days, without being one of THE trendy old-fashioned names. So it can fit in without being a carbon copy.
On a side note, the girl name my husband has picked is Rachel. I like this name too, but I don't feel it is "the one" and am having a hard time coming up with an appropriate middle name (sorry, Rachel Rae is out for what should be obvious reasons).
Anyway, I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Viola. Thanks in advance!
Fri, 02/07/2014 - 2:49pm