Abigail or Astrid? Down to two names!

See the results of this poll: Abigail or Astrid?

Respondents: 92 (This poll is closed)

  • Abigail : 29 (32%)
  • Astrid: 63 (68%)

I 100% prefer [name_f]Abigail[/name_f], but the prn issues would concern me. [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] is pretty with [name_f]Ingrid[/name_f]. [name_m]How[/name_m] about [name_f]Greta[/name_f]?

[name_f]Astrid[/name_f] is gorgeous!

Definitely [name_f]Astrid[/name_f]!
A beautiful, elegant and spunky name with, as you said yourself, a lovely meaning
Honestly my name is pronounced the wrong way all the time and I find it extremely annoying so I would advice against [name_f]Abigail[/name_f]
[name_f]Ingrid[/name_f] and [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] are adorable

I much prefer [name_f]Abigail[/name_f].

Thank you very much for your opinions!!
I’m worried about the incorrect pronunciation of [name_f]Abigail[/name_f] here in Spain. I think deep down I prefer [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] but wish it were a British name because with his Spanish surname you might not tell her British heritage at all

We had a strict “no names starting with A-” policy because both DH and I have A- names and I was worried that #2 (and hopefully #3) would have to have A names as well. That said… somehow [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] still made it to our “bring to the hospital” list. So clearly I had to vote for [name_f]Astrid[/name_f]!

If you are worried the fn doesn’t sound English enough maybe you can find something very English that you like as a mn? Something like [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] [name_f]Edwina[/name_f] etc… you get the point…

I prefer [name_f]Astrid[/name_f], because of the pronunciation issues and also because I know so many Abigails. And I think it’s beautiful.

You could give her a more English nickname, e.g. [name_f]Addy[/name_f], and/or middle name to underline her “British heritage”?

Potential wildcards - [name_f]Elfrida[/name_f] and [name_f]Alfreda[/name_f] have similar sounds and have an English feel to them.

[name_f]Astrid[/name_f] is one of my favourite names so I vote [name_f]Astrid[/name_f]. It’s the sort of name that ages really well and suits a child and an adult. If I didn’t have an [name_u]Arden[/name_u] I would definitely have an [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] or an [name_f]Aster[/name_f]. Plus, I feel like everyone knows an [name_u]Abby[/name_u] but you’d definitely remember an [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] because it isn’t as common.

I absolutely [name_u]LOVE[/name_u] the name [name_u]Arden[/name_u], if I didn’t live in Spain it would definitely be on the list. Here it means “they burn” so not a possible option hahaha!

I like [name_f]Aster[/name_f] too but I wonder if she’d have to keep correcting [name_f]Ester[/name_f] as it’s a common Spanish name. Thank you for your feedback!

Hey!! Thanks for a great recommendation on a nickname, I could only think of Asty or nothing. My parents chose [name_f]Ingrid[/name_f] because it didn’t have a usual nickname. I couldn’t pronounce my own name so I called myself [name_f]Ina[/name_f], that’s what my family calls me here

[name_f]Astrid[/name_f], most definitely. [name_f]Abigail[/name_f] has been overused where I live (SE [name_f]England[/name_f]) so I find it boring.

[name_f]Astrid[/name_f] for sure! I think it’s a lovely nod to you! If sons are named exactly the same name as their fathers, why can’t your daughter’s name share the last three letters with yours?

Good point, not sure why us women feel bad if we name our daughter like us when it’s common practice with men!
Thank you for your comment!! xx

[name_f]Abigail[/name_f] wins my vote! I’ve never been keen on [name_f]Astrid[/name_f], personally.

[name_f]Astrid[/name_f] is lovely, and I don’t think it’s too close to your name - the first syllables (where the emphasis is) are quite different from one another. Like Bella and Mila and Lola.

As an outsider (Australian), [name_f]Abigail[/name_f] feels very American. It reminds me of Puritans (maybe because of The Crucible?) [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] feels more British.
I know [name_f]Abigail[/name_f] is more common than [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] in the UK but it’s super common in the US. [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] is more common in [name_f]England[/name_f] (Nameberry doesn’t seem to use UK- wide data) than the USA.

According to Nameberry (2015 data):
[name_f]Astrid[/name_f] was at #534 in [name_f]England[/name_f] and #890 in the US.
[name_f]Abigail[/name_f] was at #51 in [name_f]England[/name_f] and #7 in the USA.

Whatever name you choose, I agree with previous posters that you could use a middle name that reflects your daughter’s heritage - I can imagine a lot of Welsh names would sound beautiful with [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] or [name_f]Abigail[/name_f].

You could also use a Welsh name as her first name and call her by her middle name if you really want to highlight her heritage.

All the best of luck with the decision.

[name_f]Abigail[/name_f] is such a pretty name and [name_u]Abby[/name_u] would be a great nickname! I think you should pick [name_f]Abigail[/name_f], such great choices tho:)

It is quite a difficult name to nickname, I agree. You could also get Triss (I like this, especially as a [name_m]Brian[/name_m] [name_m]Jacques[/name_m] fan), [name_u]Ari[/name_u], and maybe [name_f]Di[/name_f] (like [name_f]Diana[/name_f]). I like [name_f]Ina[/name_f] :slight_smile: though personally I find [name_f]Inga[/name_f] even more beautiful!

I really like both, but personally slightly prefer [name_f]Abigail[/name_f]. That being said, I feel like [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] might be a better choice for you, seeing that you are not sold on [name_f]Abigail[/name_f] :slight_smile:

I would go with [name_f]Astrid[/name_f]. I personally prefer it to [name_f]Abigail[/name_f], I love its fresh, fun, international but familiar feel. Neither of them feel all that British to me though- not that I can’t imagine an [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] or [name_f]Abigail[/name_f] who’s British/of British heritage, more like neither name makes me go “she’s probably British” purely from the name. As a PP suggested, you could always give her a Welsh middle name to honour your heritage.

If you’re living in Spain there will probably be people who pronounce [name_f]Abigail[/name_f] the Spanish way. I know people with names that usually get an anglicized pronunciation and they don’t mind, but if this would bother you I wouldn’t use it.

If people bring up the similarity between [name_f]Ingrid[/name_f] and [name_f]Astrid[/name_f]- so what? It’s not a bad thing so it shouldn’t matter whether people say anything or not. And I don’t think [name_f]Astrid[/name_f] really needs a nickname, but if you want one, [name_f]Azzie[/name_f] or [name_u]Ari[/name_u] would work.

Good luck deciding! :slight_smile: