Odile 🦢

I came across [name_f]Odile[/name_f] a few months back and I have been absolutely enthralled ever since. [name_f]Odile[/name_f] is the black swan maiden and the secondary antagonist in [name_m]Pyotr[/name_m] Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s [name_u]Swan[/name_u] [name_u]Lake[/name_u]. Her opposite is [name_f]Odette[/name_f], the white swan maiden, who is the heroine of the ballet while [name_f]Odile[/name_f] is the antagonist. In some productions, [name_f]Odile[/name_f] is known as the [name_m]Black[/name_m] [name_u]Swan[/name_u].

Although many would prefer [name_f]Odette[/name_f] to her, I am certain, and I find [name_f]Odette[/name_f] to be charming too, but [name_f]Odile[/name_f] is a sparkling gem. She is brilliant. According to Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names, there were two saints of the name – both patronesses of good eyesight. Nameberry describes it as ‘sensuous’ & ‘sinuous’ so am doubting it’s usability as a name and most probably wouldn’t use it.

Nonetheless, what are your opinions on [name_f]Odile[/name_f]? Is there a particular picture painted in your mind when you think of her? Also, get creative and come up with some combos involving [name_f]Odile[/name_f], both as a first name and middle name! I am awaiting your responses. Thank you.

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Is it “O-deel?” or “O-dee-lay?” That would help know my opinion.

I think both are usable actually, depending on the surname first/middle paired with it.

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Odile is intriguing. Personally I dont really like the black swan association. (But I am a ballet teacher and also grew up with the swan princess movie where Odile is not portrayed favorably, so maybe have a stronger association with it than others) But as a combo I would choose something equally as feminissa ballerina though maybe a little softer in sound like…

Odile Vivienne
Odile Maria
Odile Marguerite

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I want to like it, but I am completely incapable of separating the name from the [name_f]Barbie[/name_f] depiction of the character which is… less than flattering. I don’t really see why it couldn’t be usable for other people, though. It also reminds me of crocodile, which is kind of cool? I’d maybe lean more towards using it for a middle.
[name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_f]Estelle[/name_f]
[name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_f]Violetta[/name_f]
[name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_f]Rosalia[/name_f]
[name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_f]Anneliese[/name_f]
[name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_f]Ramona[/name_f]
[name_f]Fleur[/name_f] [name_f]Odile[/name_f]
[name_f]Adrienne[/name_f] [name_f]Odile[/name_f]
[name_f]Daphne[/name_f] [name_f]Odile[/name_f]
[name_u]Simone[/name_u] [name_f]Odile[/name_f]
[name_f]Juliet[/name_f] [name_f]Odile[/name_f]

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I completely understand your appreciation for [name_f]Odile[/name_f]. I think she’s chic, sophisticated, magical. Here are some pairings:

[name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_f]Ambrosine[/name_f]
[name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_f]Amethyst[/name_f]
[name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_f]Marsaili[/name_f]

Antara [name_f]Odile[/name_f]
[name_f]Amara[/name_f] [name_f]Odile[/name_f]
[name_f]Ruza[/name_f] [name_f]Odile[/name_f]
[name_f]Eira[/name_f] [name_f]Odile[/name_f]

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I honestly don’t see her as “sensuous and sinuous” at all - and I don’t see how someone else would. [name_f]Odile[/name_f] is beautiful, elegant, and chic. She fits right in with other fashionable [name_u]French[/name_u] choices like [name_f]Odette[/name_f], Ottillie and [name_f]Ophélie[/name_f]! The [name_m]Black[/name_m] [name_u]Swan[/name_u] association isn’t a big deal imo.


Intriguing and kind of darkly magical. I know nothing about the ballet so I can’t comment on that association, but my pause would be that where I am, it would sound similar to the word ‘ordeal’?

Still, some [name_f]Odile[/name_f] combos:

[name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_f]Ginevra[/name_f]
[name_f]Paloma[/name_f] [name_f]Odile[/name_f]
[name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_f]Saskia[/name_f]
[name_f]Una[/name_f] [name_f]Odile[/name_f]
[name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_f]Miranda[/name_f]
[name_f]Francesca[/name_f] [name_f]Odile[/name_f]
[name_f]Odile[/name_f] Rosfirth
[name_f]Minerva[/name_f] [name_f]Odile[/name_f]
[name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_f]Apolline[/name_f]
[name_f]Noemi[/name_f] [name_f]Odile[/name_f]
[name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_f]Lunaria[/name_f]


This one. :slight_smile:

I like [name_f]Odile[/name_f]. The sound, the very floaty feel. The [name_u]Swan[/name_u] [name_u]Lake[/name_u] villain, if you will, is my first and only association; even having never seen the ballet, I know [name_f]Odile[/name_f] to be a dark name. So, the picture painted in my mind when I think of her is, indeed, a black swan. She’s so pretty—but she’s definitely dark!

Some combo ideas:
[name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_f]Morwenna[/name_f] / [name_f]Morwenna[/name_f] [name_f]Odile[/name_f]
[name_f]Daisy[/name_f] [name_f]Odile[/name_f] / [name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_f]Daisy[/name_f]
[name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_f]Felicity[/name_f] / [name_f]Felicity[/name_f] [name_f]Odile[/name_f]
[name_u]Léonie[/name_u] [name_f]Odile[/name_f] / [name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_u]Léonie[/name_u]
[name_f]Zora[/name_f] [name_f]Odile[/name_f] / [name_f]Odile[/name_f] [name_f]Zora[/name_f]

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I prefer [name_f]Odile[/name_f] to [name_f]Odette[/name_f]. I like the darkly magical black swan thing. Also really like [name_f]Odele[/name_f], a sort of half-way house between the two. [name_f]Odette[/name_f] looks very pretty but I just hear oh debt.

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