*** WARNING: I’m a big time name popularity snob. I go out of my way to avoid any name in the top 300. I know I shouldn’t care how popular a name is or could become, but I do. However, rest assured I will never do alternative spellings in order to be "different."
I’ve come to accept that most of my names WILL become popular sooner rather than later – but I’m trying to pick the name that can best withstand popularity, and become the next modern classic (like Allison) rather than the next fad name (like Madison).
I want to use one of these family middle names: Bernadette or Celine
NOTE: Sadly I must eliminate my absolute favorite name Ione (EYE-oh-nee). Rob reacted strongly against it, and Fiona and Ione does seem a cutesy pairing. But I’m morning the loss of Ione Celine. Really, if Rob loved the name like I do, I would overlook the cutesy pairing.
Most Promising First Names: Daphne & Sylvie
- Both are somewhat nickname proof (don’t consider Daffy for Daphne a legit nn)
- Either would work with our last name
- I think these two names will be the most satisfying 30 years from now
Daphne’s advantages over Sylvie
- If Daphne gets discovered, I think it could withstand popularity without getting trendy
- Complements Fiona better than Sylvie
- Would work with either middle name: Daphne Bernadette or Daphne Celine
- Inspired by Ione, my absolute favorite name; both names are Greek
- I fear this may be more boring than I initially perceived.
- There is the illegitimate nn, Daffy
Sylvie’s advantages over Daphne
- Like how Sylvie Bernadette flows since both names are French
- While Daphne sounds respectable with our last name, I feel Sylvie harmonizes almost perfectly.
- Rob is half French so a French name seems appropriate
- Have to admit, Sylvie just seems to make my heart skip a beat a little more than Daphne
- May consider Sylvia nn Sylvie as compromise if Rob prefers that, but I don’t feel Sylvia Bernadette flows as well. Call me anal, but I feel the extra syllable makes a difference
- I fear Sylvie is more susceptible to trendiness, which is why I may ignore the less-than perfect flow with Bernadette and just go with Sylvia.
- Because of the similarity to top 10 names Sophia and Olivia, I fear both Sylvia and Sylvie will become big very soon.
- On the one hand, I think Sylvia might better withstand popularity than Sylvie, on the other, I feel Sylvia will be the name to hit big first, and will rank higher (it already ranks higher - 500’s) than the unranked Sylvie (outside top 1000).
Other First Names:
Calista – inspired by Ione, both are Greek – would consider Callie or Calla for nicknames but really prefer the name in it’s full form.
Camilla – may consider Camille – but prefer Camilla because if she must have a nickname, Milla is preferable to Cammie.
Sylvia (nn Sylvie)
Viola – little concerned about repetitive “io” and "a" ending with Fiona but might not be too bad.
Now I must return to more productive persuits.