Sheila

I really love this name it’s currently top-10 on my list of girl names I am thinking about moving to my top-5 girl names what are your thoughts on it all the names I pick to add to my list boy and girl names would only be used as middle names not first names

I think it has potential. I’m Australian, so that colours my view, because [name_f]Sheila[/name_f] is a slang term for a woman - but I think it’s fading in use now.

It’s a pretty name with a pleasant sound. I like that it’s an [name_m]Irish[/name_m] form of [name_f]Cecelia[/name_f] - that makes me like the name a lot more.

You might get some questions if you use it, as it’s not a name you see often, but I don’t see any reason not to use it.

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I think it is pretty. It has lovely, familiar sound. The kind of name I’d thought I’d encounter more but apparently not.

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like @Chococat i’m aussie so have a strong association even though its fading, i still think it has a very particular feel / association. i can see it’s appeal but not a personal favourite - sorry!

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[name_f]Sheila[/name_f] is unexpected - feels a bit dated where I am, but a nice enough sound, something substantial but light about it and would make a charming middle!

I’m from [name_m]New[/name_m] [name_m]Zealand[/name_m]. I wouldn’t use it here or in Australia, it’s a slang term. I would worry about teasing/bullying potential.

I’m American but it’s very Australian to me. I can’t unhear it in [name_m]Steve[/name_m] Irwin’s voice, lol. It also feels very midcentury dated for a modern baby. I can appreciate what parents heard in it 1950s/1960s but it doesn’t feel fresh or comeback-ready. That being said, there were 127 babies born in the US in 2022 named [name_f]Sheila[/name_f] so some parents are still choosing to use it.

I think it’d be quite pretty as a middle.

It’s off limits for me as an Aussie though - no one is actually called [name_f]Sheila[/name_f] but [name_f]Sheila[/name_f] and [name_m]Bruce[/name_m] are used in comedy as the archetypal Aussie woman and man, and sometimes [name_f]Sheila[/name_f] can be used, as pp said, as slang for “woman” (in an ironically broad Aussie way).

I associate it with the play [name_f]An[/name_f] Inspector Calls!

I really like it! Has a retro feel in a cool unexpected kind of way.

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im australian and definitely think it is unusable if you are Australian, but if you aren’t then it could work.

Not a favourite, too dated where I am I’m afraid. I do like plenty of names that share sounds / are similar - [name_f]Shula[/name_f], [name_f]Siofra[/name_f], Seona…

[name_f]Sheila[/name_f] is a clunky grandma name to me, but I could see it coming back.

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[name_f]Sheila[/name_f] is pretty. I can see it coming back into fashion. I had two lovely Aunts both named [name_f]Sheila[/name_f], so the name has only good connotations for me. I wouldn’t let ‘dated’ comments deter you. Once [name_f]Esme[/name_f] was very ‘dated’ and now it is back alongside many others. Someone, somewhere used [name_f]Esme[/name_f] for their child and it instantly dissolved the so-called ‘dated’ connotations as a result.

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