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Old 02-25-2008, 11:53 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My friend wanted me to post and get people's honest opinions - she won't be offended.

Well ya know how old-fashioned names are once again in style (I'm thinking both male and female turn of the century throught the 1930's) - names such as Hazel and Eleanor and Matilda and such...

Well she is wondering if the name *WILMA* is too out there. She has a beloved Aunt Wilma and can see how that would a nice honor to her but wanted honest opinions so go at it!

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my baby's name is eleanor

i was super close to naming my baby willa, not exactly wilma but kinda close. if your friend loves the name then that is all that matters!


 

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It is a little out there for my taste, to be honest. But obviously its what she likes and wants that matters. I REALLY like the idea of Willa, as a similar name and tribute name.
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It's a little out there, but not too far either. If she really likes it, go ahead! People get used to unusual names and then they love them.
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It's not really something i would use, but i LOVE the name Willa which is a great alternative. If I was her I would use Willa or use Wilma as a middle name. But if she is really in love with it then go for it, its not too crazy!
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My grandmas name was Willamina and she loved her name. We call called her Willy. I like it
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I like it, but I keep hearing Fred Flinstone's voice. "WIL-MA!"
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I like it, but I keep hearing Fred Flinstone's voice. "WIL-MA!"
This is what I was thinking, although the name itself isn't anything bad.

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Flintstones!
Meet the Flintstones...

WILLLLLLLLLLLL-MAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

Sorry I hope no offense!
That is my initial reaction to the name.


ETA: x-posted with pps
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Another Flintstones vibe here as well.

Willa is very nice.
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Yep, I like the name but WILLLLLLMAAAAA!

On the other hand, that will probably fade by the time the kid gets to kindergarten, and you know, although you think of it the first time you hear the name, when you repeat it several times you realize it has a lovely, soft-yet-strong quality to it that is very attractive.

I bet by the time they grow up, even if she marries someone named Fred, nobody will notice but us old biddies who will bother them with long explanations of what the name reminds us of.

I think she should go for it. Bring back Wilma!

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For some reason I just don't like Wilma. But I do like Willa and Wilhelmina. I think those are close enough to the original to still make a nice tribute.

Did aunt Wilma have a middle name that your friend is fond of?

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I'd do Willow instead.
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That's just our generation that thinks Flintstones. None of the little one's friends will have any idea who Fred & Wilma are.

I like it.
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I think it's great.
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My friend wanted me to post and get people's honest opinions - she won't be offended.

Well ya know how old-fashioned names are once again in style (I'm thinking both male and female turn of the century throught the 1930's) - names such as Hazel and Eleanor and Matilda and such...

Well she is wondering if the name *WILMA* is too out there. She has a beloved Aunt Wilma and can see how that would a nice honor to her but wanted honest opinions so go at it!

I do like the name Wilma. My great-aunt's name was Wilhelmina and she went by Mina (pronouced Mee-na), which is the Dutch nickname for Wilhelmina. Mina is also pretty IMO.
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I like Wilma and don't think it's any more "out there" than Hazel.

And I agree with pp that it's only our generation who will have the Flinstones association.

On the other hand, I don't have a tv. Are the Flintstones still around? In my 8 years of parenthood I've heard an awful lot of playground talk about Power Rangers and Batman etc. but I've never heard a kid mention the denizens of Bedrock.

I would totally go with Wilma to honor a beloved aunt.
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I love Wilma. I tend to like those old fashioned names and Wilma's one of my favorites.
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Love it. Traditional but not common, easily spelled and pronounced. Several seriously retro names were on the list for our baby, because we just love "old" names. Love it!
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I like it! Flinstones was the first thing I thought of too, but I don't even think it's on in re-runs anymore, so I wouldn't let that stop me from using it. I also like Willa and know a baby with that name, she's super cute. I really like old-fashioned names that aren't really in use anymore, hence my son's name...

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I don't like Wilma, but my opinion doesn't count. What matters is what she likes.

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I'm sorry. I think it's really really awful. I love every single other name suggested and really really really hope she goes for one of those instead. Wilma is just awful.
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I much prefer Willa or Wilhelmina to Wilma. Wilma just sounds rather wimpy to my ear. As a middle name, though, it would be a lovely way to honor someone.

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i'm not big on willma because of the flinstones but by the time that kid is growing up none of her friends will even know who the flinstones are. i can't remember the last time i saw them on tv. if there is an association it will be a weak one for her peers and it's nice to name people after those you love.

of course, what do i know? my son's are named Ivy and Loki
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I like Willa as an alternative. Wilma...it makes me cringe. Really. But if your friend likes it, it's all good.
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I do agree with most of the posters - Wilma is too "Flintstones" and even if some kids haven't heard of them, someone will and you know how that goes! I think Willa is pretty and would be close enough.
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i like it.
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Nope... Couldn't do it. But I agree that I love Willa... Or Willamina.

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I like it. If there is a problem, something like "Willa" could be a nickname.

My youngest son would have been named Winifred if he had been a girl, after a great-grandmother. My daughter was named Veronica to honor an Aunt Vera. I like traditional family names
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I like it!

I also like Wilhelmina and Willa.

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