What are your thoughts on Evodia/Evodie/Euodia? I feel like they deserve so much more love!
[name_f]Evodie[/name_f] was listed on a Nameberry blog list a few months ago, and I immediately fell in love with it. The Nameberry listings say that [name_f]Evodie[/name_f] is the [name_u]French[/name_u] variant of [name_f]Evodia[/name_f], which is the latinized version of [name_f]Euodia[/name_f].
The meaning for all three is “A Good Journey”.
Euodia/Evodia is also the name of a beautiful species of tree.
Personally, of the three variants, I like [name_f]Evodia[/name_f] the best as a full name. The long O sound is pleasant to me, the pronunciation is pretty clear based on the spelling, and it feels like name that could carry a person through their whole life. The color of the name feels jewel toned, like amethyst or ruby, it’s soft like velvet, and if it had a smell, it would smell like fresh roses to me.
[name_f]Evodie[/name_f] feels a little more light and nicknamey, but it’s still lovely. It feels airy and springy, robin’s egg blue, petunia pink, mint, butter yellow to me, like a crisp breeze on the first real day of spring.
I hesitate to put [name_f]Evodie[/name_f] on my short list, because (at least in my dialect of English), the syllables get run together, and sounds like “Evity”, which doesn’t feel as round, substantial, and beautiful to me.
[name_f]Euodia[/name_f] is lovely, and it definitely still sounds very ancient to me. I’m not as much a fan of two strong vowel sounds in a row (“yoo-oh-dee-uh”). I see it as ivory linen and rich emerald green, like the dark shiny leaves of a magnolia tree.
As far as nickname potential, feel like if I named a daughter [name_f]Evodie[/name_f], I would just call her that, but if I named a daughter [name_f]Evodia[/name_f], I would give her a nickname like [name_f]Evie[/name_f] prn ehh-vee. I don’t intuit much nickname potential from [name_f]Euodia[/name_f]
I feel like all three are great, and deserve more love. What are your thoughts? [name_f]Do[/name_f] you think any of the three would be usable on a child today?