Philomena and Lillian? Is it ridiculous?

My SO and I definitely have drastically different taste in names, and with two weeks to go, we’ve only got a short list we barely agree on.

We both like the name [name_f]Philomena[/name_f]. However, our other daughter’s name is [name_f]Lillian[/name_f]. She goes by her full name usually, but grandparents call her [name_f]Lilly[/name_f]. Would using [name_f]Philomena[/name_f] be out of the question? I imagined that would automatically get shortened, even as an unofficial NN, to [name_u]Phil[/name_u]/[name_u]Philly[/name_u], unless we called her [name_f]Mena[/name_f] or [name_f]Mimi[/name_f]?

I think its doable. Although the nickname options are very similar the full names are very different. I would still try to steer [name_f]Philomena[/name_f]'s nickname more towards Lo, [name_f]Mena[/name_f], or [name_f]Nina[/name_f].

I think that there are so many nickname options for [name_f]Philomena[/name_f] that I’m sure you could come up with one that sound nothing like [name_f]Lillian[/name_f]/[name_f]Lilly[/name_f] and use it and [name_f]Philomena[/name_f] interchangeably. [name_f]Philomena[/name_f]'s a lovely name - I think it works well with [name_f]Lillian[/name_f].

I noticed one person that responded is in Australia and one is a bit younger than me…are you familiar with twins from the show The Rugrats? I’ve gotten quite a few comments that if I have a boy I should name him [name_m]Phillip[/name_m]. I know that most of my friends would make the connection and ”comment on it, but I’m not sure how noticeable it would be to my kid’s generation, grandparents, etc.

I kind of like it!

I’m kinda in a similar situation, liking both [name_f]Veronica[/name_f] and [name_m]Dominic[/name_m] (and [name_m]Nicholas[/name_m] if I could ever get DH on board) for future children’s names even though they both have a “nic” sound. In our case, we’ve agreed if we used one name (probably [name_f]Veronica[/name_f], which is our current girl name choice for the baby I’m pregnant with now), we wouldn’t use the other. However, if you really love [name_f]Philomena[/name_f], I don’t think [name_f]Lillian[/name_f] and [name_f]Philomena[/name_f] is 100% out of the question. It helps, I think, that [name_u]Phil[/name_u]/[name_u]Philly[/name_u] are such masculine-sounding names that I wouldn’t think of using it as a nickname for [name_f]Philomena[/name_f] unless I was asked to call her that. (Unlike the more unisex possibility of [name_u]Nic[/name_u]/[name_u]Nico[/name_u]/[name_u]Nicky[/name_u] in our case.) [name_f]Mena[/name_f] feels much more logical, and [name_f]Mena[/name_f] and [name_f]Lilly[/name_f] are adorable together.

I think it’s very cute and not ridiculous at all.

[name_f]Philomena[/name_f] and [name_f]Lillian[/name_f] are lovely together. I don’t think there are many people who would jump to the dated [name_u]Phil[/name_u]/[name_u]Philly[/name_u] for a baby girl. Introduce another nickname and I think you’ll be fine.

I am but I didn’t notice the connection until you said something I actually kind of like that! I don’t think children their age will take the connection though.

I think it could be a bit of a stretch. [name_f]Lillian[/name_f] sounds so youthful to me while [name_f]Philomena[/name_f] sounds very old-timey.

I am familiar with Rugrats, but didn’t think of it until you mentioned it. [name_f]Philomena[/name_f] is not really my style but I think it is definitely doable, as previous posters have suggested there are a number of nicknames you could use to avoid [name_f]Lilly[/name_f] and [name_u]Philly[/name_u] :slight_smile: