Bay or Calliope

We [name_m]Just[/name_m] found out we are having a girl and looking to choose a name.

We love both of these but wondered how popular or pleasing sounding each is. Which do you prefer?
[name_f]Calliope[/name_f] (cal-i-oh-pea) would probably be shortened to [name_f]Callie[/name_f], but [name_u]Bay[/name_u] wouldn’t have a shortening.

And have you heard either much? We felt both were fairly unique though heard enough to not sound made up.

Thank you! :smiley:

[name_f]Calliope[/name_f]! :slight_smile:

[name_f]Calliope[/name_f] for sure. [name_u]Bay[/name_u] sounds like the slang people call their love interests these days!

I really like [name_f]Calliope[/name_f].

I really love [name_f]Calliope[/name_f] and strongly dislike [name_u]Bay[/name_u]. It sounds like “bae,” and also seems very masculine as a name.

I much prefer [name_f]Calliope[/name_f] of the two, but I think if I were you and I loved both names equally, I would consider what style parameters I would be setting for future kids. [name_u]Bay[/name_u] is short and nature oriented while [name_f]Calliope[/name_f] is long and elaborate. Personally, I would feel inclined to keep all of my kids’ names around the same style. [name_m]Just[/name_m] something to consider. Best of luck!

Definitely [name_f]Calliope[/name_f]! I used to quite like [name_u]Bay[/name_u], more for a boy, but either works, but now everything’s ‘He/she/you’re such a bae’ and ‘[name_f]Bae[/name_f]’ has basically replaced babe, it’s long lost its appeal (I hate bae). [name_f]Calliope[/name_f] has so many pluses; wonderful meaning, great sound, unusual and different, but still gorgeous and accessible. [name_m]Even[/name_m] a good connection to Greek mythology.

I love both!! Either way you’ll be doing it right.

I love [name_f]Calliope[/name_f].

I prefer [name_u]Bay[/name_u]. I’ve never heard the name on a person. I know one [name_f]Calliope[/name_f], but she is already over 50 I think. I think both names are perfectly usable. I understand pps’ concern about “bae” sounding the same, but really, your daughter will hopefully live a good 80, 90, 100 years. I rather doubt that will be the term in use for the next century, so it wouldn’t influence the choice if it were mine to make. If you choose [name_f]Calliope[/name_f], she will have to tell lots of people how to spell and pronounce it.

I vote [name_f]Calliope[/name_f], I agree that [name_u]Bay[/name_u] sounds like the term “bae” that is being used a lot lately. It’s sweet and has a nice sound but I much prefer [name_f]Calliope[/name_f].

Thank you all so much for commenting!

Our sons’ names are [name_u]Kai[/name_u] and [name_u]Finley[/name_u] (usually called [name_m]Fin[/name_m]) so we lean toward [name_u]Bay[/name_u] more as it has the same one syllable sound to it. Our last name is quite a mouthful!

We are an international couple and with our varried group of friends we only actually know of 2 that had even heard the term ‘bae’ so that gave us hope and we thought perhaps it was fading out. Its so funny when tv characters or colloquialisms get in the way of naming our children. All of these associations we carry with us will always affect our choices, just don’t know how much they should.