I adore both names and I find it hard to know how I “feel,” so I appreciate it when others can deliver strong critiques.
Now, I’ve loved Violet since I was young, but after seeing so many comments about how “harsh” it is and how it looks/sounds like “violent” or “violate,” I’ve slightly fallen away from this earliest of name loves. But I met a little girl named Violet, and I remember noticing her name. It just stood out as so strikingly beautiful, I wonder if there’s something within me that just can’t ever stop loving Violet? Some say that it will date horribly and that the name Violet will one day seem apt for a crusty, old shrew. That wretchedness is not an appealing image.
As for Charlotte, she’s a newer love. I didn’t grow up with a lot of Charlottes, so when I heard the royals Kate and Will named their daughter Charlotte, I was blown away by its fresh, wholesome, British storybook beauty. But I’m doubting myself. I knew a child named Charlotte (among many at a church function) and I had forgotten that fact until my recent love for the name Charlotte started to blush, so I’m worried that my heart truly belongs with Violet even though Charlotte has now replaced Violet on my name lists.
Here are some other names on my list: Eva, Lily (I used to massively prefer Violet, but again, Lily is a newer love), Julia, Diana (as a middle name), Lucille (as a middle name), Margot, Elise (as a middle name), Sylvie, Celine, Caroline (as a middle name), and Ruby.
For boys, I love Max (just Max), James, Jack, Alexander, and Gabriel (as a middle name).
Which do you prefer? Charlotte or Violet? And what are your opinions on names you loved as a child versus names you’ve learned to love through your name hobby?