Catherine or Natalie?

DH and I are TTC our first child and we’ve already decided on [name_m]Nathan[/name_m] [name_m]Oliver[/name_m] for a boy ([name_m]Oliver[/name_m] is a family name.) My husband wants [name_f]Natalie[/name_f] if it’s a girl, which I honestly don’t like. I’m really loving how classic [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] is, and that we can call her [name_f]Katie[/name_f] as a nickname. Middle name would be [name_f]Marie[/name_f]. Thoughts?

I prefer [name_f]Catherine[/name_f], although [name_f]Natalie[/name_f] is pretty, I’m not very big on the name. Have you considered [name_f]Cathlyn[/name_f] or [name_f]Natalia[/name_f]?

I really don’t like [name_f]Cathlyn[/name_f] or [name_f]Natalia[/name_f], I’m looking for names that are easy to pronounce and spell and that won’t “get old” or seem “trendy” so basically generic, classic names.

I really love both [name_f]Natalie[/name_f] and [name_f]Catherine[/name_f]. If you dislike [name_f]Natalie[/name_f], does your husband like [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] at all? If not, here are some suggestions:


I love [name_f]Catherine[/name_f], as well. Maybe you will like, [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f], [name_f]Alice[/name_f], [name_f]Rose[/name_f], [name_f]Amelia[/name_f], or [name_f]Juliette[/name_f]?

Both are beautiful names that I feel could fit a wide variety of personality types. I personally prefer [name_f]Catherine[/name_f].

You both need to adore the name. Neither should give in and just accept a name.

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I love [name_f]Natalie[/name_f], but you shouldn’t use it if you don’t like it obviously. You probably wouldn’t want a [name_f]Natalie[/name_f] and a [name_m]Nathan[/name_m] if you have more than one kid anyway.

I love [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] too (especially with that spelling) - like you said very classic. [name_f]Natalie[/name_f] is not really my style.

I personally prefer [name_f]Catherine[/name_f], especially this spelling. :slight_smile:

(I also agree that [name_m]Nathan[/name_m] and [name_f]Natalie[/name_f] are a bit too similar).

Well, first I think you should decide how certain you are that if you ever have a son, you would name him [name_m]Nathan[/name_m]. If [name_m]Nathan[/name_m] is one-hundred percent your boy name and you are planning to have more than one child, then I wouldn’t use [name_f]Natalie[/name_f] or [name_f]Catherine[/name_f]. Especially not [name_f]Natalie[/name_f]! [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] you could maybe get away with if you didn’t use [name_f]Kate[/name_f]/[name_f]Katie[/name_f] as the nickname and didn’t use [name_m]Nate[/name_m] as a nickname for [name_m]Nathan[/name_m], but those nicknames are so common that they would be tough to avoid.

However, if you’re only planning one child, then I would choose [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] between those two names. (Obviously, since that’s my oldest daughter’s name.) That being said, it sounds like you and your husband really need to generate a longer girl list and focus on names that are not so similar to [name_m]Nathan[/name_m]. Other posters have already suggested some great names that are just as beautiful and classic as [name_f]Catherine[/name_f], so I would start there. Good luck!

[name_f]Natalie[/name_f] is an OK name (though I prefer [name_f]Nathalie[/name_f]), but it sounds hard and staccato to me. Also nat/gnat is not a sound I enjoy.

[name_f]Catherine[/name_f] to me is the ultimate classic name (my favorites are [name_f]Kitty[/name_f] and [name_f]Cat[/name_f] and [name_f]Cathy[/name_f]) – a great choice.


As a name I prefer [name_f]Natalie[/name_f], however I really like the nickname [name_f]Katie[/name_f] :slight_smile:

There, you’ve answered yourself. I think it’s important to use names that both parents like. So in this case, my vote goes for [name_f]Catherine[/name_f]. :slight_smile:

I agree that both [name_f]Natalie[/name_f] and [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] are too close to [name_m]Nathan[/name_m], especially [name_m]Nate[/name_m]/[name_f]Cate[/name_f] and [name_m]Nate[/name_m]/[name_u]Nat[/name_u] for nicknames. Part of the subconscious appeal of those girl names is probably that they both sound similar to [name_m]Nathan[/name_m], which you both love.


[name_f]Catherine[/name_f] [name_f]Marie[/name_f] gets my vote! [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] is classic, beautiful, and will never go out of style.

I prefer [name_f]Catherine[/name_f], nn [name_f]Katy[/name_f].