Name Indecision

See the results of this poll: Which name should we go with?

Respondents: 58 (This poll is closed)

  • Edith (Edie) Isla : 12 (21%)
  • Nora June: 46 (79%)

[name_m]Both[/name_m] names are gorgeous. I prefer the flow of [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u] since [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_f]Isla[/name_f] is a combo of two vowel names with two syllables each, it seems a bit choppy.
However I do love that you are considering [name_f]Edith[/name_f], which is quite underused.

[name_f]Nora[/name_f] by a huge gigantic mile! One of my favs. I really dislike [name_f]Edith[/name_f]. I just don’t see the appeal.

I, too, like the idea of an “old lady name” as a way to give a child a unique name that’s not too out there. That said, [name_f]Edith[/name_f] just isn’t one of the old lady names I like. I think [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u] has the same uniqueness you’re looking for, but is a little more approachable and “real world” friendly. Nicknames for [name_f]Nora[/name_f] might be [name_u]Nori[/name_u] or No/Nono.

Have you considered [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u] ([name_f]Edie[/name_f])? I think it has a nicer flow that [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_f]Isla[/name_f] and would still keep [name_f]Edie[/name_f]. Plus [name_u]June[/name_u] is clean, sleek and feminine and has a fresh sparkle of summer. As a “word” name it works really well with modern trends but it also honors a family member.

While I personally would go with [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u] (I just adore [name_f]Nora[/name_f] - never going to happen for us though as FH has a cousin by the name) I really think [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_f]Isla[/name_f] is a better combo for you guys than [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u] and just enjoy you got a great name and stop psyching yourself out.

I love [name_f]Edith[/name_f] more than [name_f]Nora[/name_f] (although that’s great too), but I just think [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u] flows better. If the combo was [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u] (as pp suggested), I’d vote for that.

Ugh. It’s seriously making me sick to my stomach. I think I’m having a crazy pregnant lady anxiety attack.

It doesn’t help that we’ve already told quite a few people that her name is [name_f]Edith[/name_f]. [name_f]Every[/name_f] time we tell someone, I just don’t feel that confident about it. I think I thought “announcing” it to a few people verbally would help me commit, but now I kind of regret telling anyone until I felt totally, absolutely sure.

Naming a human is hard. :frowning:

So sorry you’re going through this, but I assure you it’s normal!

I see why you’re torn. I love both names (obviously I love [name_f]Nora[/name_f]!). [name_f]My[/name_f] [name_f]Nora[/name_f] is 3 and I have never come across another one. Everyone loves her name and says how sweet and quirky it is. Her middle name is [name_f]Cathleen[/name_f] so sometimes we call her [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_f]Cate[/name_f]. [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u] was a combo we considered because I wanted her middle name to honor my mother who is born in [name_u]June[/name_u]. We decided to go with a variant of her name, [name_f]Karen[/name_f]. I love [name_f]Kate[/name_f]/[name_f]Cate[/name_f], but hubby hated the idea of common [name_f]Katherine[/name_f]/[name_f]Catherine[/name_f] so we went with [name_f]Cathleen[/name_f] (we both have Irish roots). It suits her well. :slight_smile:

That being said, we are going to TTC soon and [name_f]Edith[/name_f] has been on my radar. All the reasons you said you love it, I do as well. I like the idea of pairing it with the soft [name_f]Isla[/name_f] and I think the “flow” works. Also [name_u]LOVE[/name_u] [name_f]Edie[/name_f]! I do also understand the old lady concern. :confused:

As for popularity, I am VERY concerned with it as I have a VERY popular name for my generation and I hate it. I grew up with so many other girls with my name that I was always referred by my first and last. I promised myself I would ensure that I would never do that to my kids. [name_f]Nora[/name_f]'s growing popularity was definitely a cause for concern, but when I analyzed further and talked to other people, I realized the popularity list is pretty relative. Have you seen the other names right around [name_f]Nora[/name_f]? Or even before her on the list? Some of them are… surprising that they are THAT popular. So my thought process was that if certain other names that are pretty rare are supposedly MORE popular than her, then I think I’m still okay. Percentage-wise and number of births also helps to put things into perspective. Also, have you checked your state’s list? That’s more realistic than the whole country when it comes to seeing if she’ll run into other Noras or Ediths.

Bottom line is go with your gut. You could always wait until she’s born and decide which suits her best after you meet her. Good luck!

I should also mention whenever someone hears her name for the first time, after complimenting how pretty it is, they usually say something to the effect of, “I never hear that name!”

I’m torn. I think you like [name_f]Edith[/name_f] but are having cold feet, and I like it for you, plus I adore [name_f]Edie[/name_f]. On the other hand, I like that [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u] includes a family name, and I love [name_f]Nora[/name_f]…

I would vote for [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u], if that’s on the table. That way you’d get your [name_f]Edie[/name_f], and have a family name in there. Otherwise I will tentatively vote [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u] for the family name.

I love both [name_f]Edith[/name_f] and [name_f]Nora[/name_f], which I perceive to be equally spunky and ladylike. [name_f]Edith[/name_f] is quirkier (something I appreciate, as well). Either way, you can’t go wrong.

[name_f]My[/name_f] favorite middles for you:

[name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_u]Arden[/name_u], [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_f]Arwen[/name_f], [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_f]Audrey[/name_f], [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_u]Blair[/name_u], [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_f]Caroline[/name_f], [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_f]Ivy[/name_f], [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_f]Margaret[/name_f]

[name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_f]Daisy[/name_f], [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_f]Genevieve[/name_f], [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_f]Gwendolen[/name_f], [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_u]Juniper[/name_u], [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_f]Kate[/name_f], [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_u]Quinn[/name_u], [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_f]Vivienne[/name_f]

silah - I have the same concern with popularity. As a [name_f]Sara[/name_f], I was never the only one in the room, and though I always liked my name, I hated feeling like one of many. I don’t want something too unusual, but I would love for her to be the only ___ in her class. Thanks so much for your thoughts on [name_f]Nora[/name_f]. I haven’t looked at the names around [name_f]Nora[/name_f]; maybe that would help. I also hadn’t looked at names by state - [name_f]Nora[/name_f] is #85 here. :-/

maggiefromcanada - I like [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u] - the flow is definitely better, and I do like using a family name - but I think I still prefer [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_f]Isla[/name_f] because of the balance. To me, [name_f]Edith[/name_f] and [name_u]June[/name_u] are both “old lady” names, and it feels weighed down, even though I like the flow. Family names are nice, but have never been a big draw, for me.

apollonia - Thanks for the suggestions. :slight_smile: H and I are both pretty picky, and I feel like I ran every possible mn by him, for [name_f]Edith[/name_f], so I think it’s [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_f]Isla[/name_f] or nothing. [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u] is still the winner for me, as well. Middles aren’t really the issue; it’s just committing to a fn.

[name_f]Edie[/name_f] is adorable, but not sure [name_f]Edith[/name_f] flows well with [name_f]Isla[/name_f]. [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u] is better, but [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u] is fabulous!

I adore [name_f]Edith[/name_f], and [name_f]Nora[/name_f] is lovely as well. Perhaps you should wait until you meet her to make a final decision?

I am an a [name_f]Edith[/name_f] nn [name_f]Edie[/name_f] and I love my name it is spunky but classical [name_f]Edie[/name_f] doesn’t really feel old lady-ish and people have heard the name but not recently I always get compliments, and it feels original because I think i have only met [name_f]Edie[/name_f]'s who dont have longer names. I am not a fan of [name_f]Nora[/name_f].

I really like [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u]

First off, both names are gorgeous; you can’t go wrong. I can’t speak for where you live, but where I live, [name_f]Nora[/name_f] is a very happening name for little girls and has been for the past 5 or so years. So while I still find it pretty, I do know quite a few / hear it when I go out, etc. So [name_f]Edith[/name_f] feels fresher by default - and I love nn [name_f]Edie[/name_f].

[name_f]My[/name_f] favorite would be [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_f]Isla[/name_f]. [name_f]Isla[/name_f] does lighten up the more dusty [name_f]Edith[/name_f], and they combine nicely. I’d sit on this dilemma until you meet her though, unless you have an epiphany that leads you definitively in one name’s direction.

[name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u] flows beautifully.

[name_f]My[/name_f] niece is [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_f]Lily[/name_f] – the only [name_f]Nora[/name_f] I know – and we call her lots of nns – [name_u]Nori[/name_u], [name_f]Nona[/name_f], Noni, but mostly [name_f]Nora[/name_f] because it’s such a lovely name. [name_f]Nora[/name_f] [name_u]June[/name_u] is super gorgeous and flows really well, but [name_f]Edith[/name_f] [name_f]Isla[/name_f] flows excellently too. [name_f]Edith[/name_f] isn’t really my naming style, but I would [name_u]LOVE[/name_u] to meet a little [name_f]Edith[/name_f]/[name_f]Edie[/name_f], and it also ages so well. This is such a difficult choice – they are both lovely, well-flowing names but they are also so different. Maybe once you meet your little one, you’ll have a better idea of which names fits her better. You really can’t lose with these names. Good luck!

how about isla june…