Honest thoughts on Lillevi?

Honestly, I think it’s a mouthful.

I know a Hillevi and I don’t find that name hard to pronounce, but Lillevi is more challenging even though I am pronouncing it the right way I think ([name_f]Lil[/name_f]-eh-vee, so that it rhymes with Hillevi).

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After reading what you and everyone else has said about it I think it’s a lovely idea for you. It seems to fit all your ideas and you seem to already have a strong connection to it.
However, I initially read it as lil [name_u]Levi[/name_u]. As in a little boy being referred to as lil’ [name_u]Levi[/name_u].
I also thought it sounded very similar to a colonisation of bacteria when pronounced this way. I’m in Australia but I don’t think that has anything to do with the way I read it, probably just what my eyes caught onto first.
To avoid this perhaps adding an e to the end would make it more clear it was [name_f]Lil[/name_f]-[name_f]Evie[/name_f] and not the “eye” ending. Or changing the e to and a so it didn’t contain the name [name_u]Levi[/name_u]. Lillavi. Lillevie.
I don’t think having to explain a names pronunciation is the end of the world though. If you love it don’t hesitate to use it.

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I have a [name_u]Levi[/name_u] so that’s where my mind went too. Cause when he was a baby I even called him little [name_u]Levi[/name_u]. But when you introduced someone as Lillevi, I suppose that would clear things up.

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I guess I can see that but honestly it didn’t even occur to me that [name_u]Levi[/name_u] was in the name. Lillavi looks like li-LAH-vee to me, and Lillevie is better but looks like li-LEV-ee to me. I don’t mind it but Lillevi is still my favorite. I’d also lean towards keeping the original spelling because it’s not an [name_f]English[/name_f] name, it’s a Swedish name, and I don’t know how that would change the pronunciation.

Lillevi is super pretty and has so many great nickname options, I really like it for you!

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@SparkleNinja18 I see what your mean, if Lillevi wasn’t in use until the 20th century its definitely not a very old name! Also, I don’t think Lillevi means “little mother”, I think someone has mixed up the names Lillevi and [name_f]Lillemor[/name_f] (another Swedish name). Lille = little and mor = mother so the literal meaning of [name_f]Lillemor[/name_f] is little mother. For Lillevi the literal meaning would be “little us” (lille = little, vi = we), but it’s grammatically incorrect in Swedish, so I think the meaning of the name is more likely to be something like what BtN suggested. Anyway it’s beautiful!

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@hedvigpihh, I actually really like [name_f]Lillemor[/name_f] too! Meanings aren’t really a top priority for me, as long as I love the name—I think of them as a cherry on top if they’re nice!—but I like both “little us” and “little devoted one”. BtN suggested that “vi” came from “vé”, which they say means “devoted, dedicated” in Old Norse.

I love it
But how do you prononce it

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Lil-eh-vee

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Thank you! Yes, that’s how it’s pronounced :grin:

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