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DH and I have a long way to go before choosing a first name, but have discussed giving the baby one of our names as his/her middle name, Campbell (DH's mn) or Veronica. Well, we were talking the other day, or honestly I was throwing more names his way, and he actually liked one on my suggestions, Sylvia. So of course I started thinking about the entire name, and Sylvia Veronica just sounds like a mouthful to me. We have another option, which is my middle name, Lou. Besides being my mn it is also my MIL's mn, my grandmothers fn and DH's grandfathers fn. A LOT of ties to this name, which is sweet and great, BUT I HATED having it as my mn growing up. I've softened too it in the last 10 years, but really envied friends with mn's like Elizabeth and such.<br><br>
So, what do you think? Will we be dooming our daughter to hate her name as I did? DH and I are quite different parents than mine were and I hope to instill some pride in the fact that she's named after so many ancestors. My BIL's mn is Homer, a family name, and somehow DH's family was able to convince him that having the name is an honor. BTW DS has my grandpa's name as a mn and DD has DH's g-grandma's name as a mn. So with this one we'd be honoring both families again.<br><br>
Sorry, long post for a baby that may very well be a boy!
 

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Well, Sylvia is on our list of girl names, so of course I love it and I say do whatever lets you use it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I know what you mean about liking certain names as a kid (my mn's Elizabeth and my first name is so hokey and uncommon, the Elizabeth really made up for it) but I think for much more of her life she'll really appreciate the deep meaning and family connection, PLUS she'd have a lovely classic first name already <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Yes, this is what I've been thinking as well. Having Lou as a middle name definitely didn't define or scar me in any way.<br><br>
Sylvia is a great name, isn't it?! DH has a history of finding some issue with names though, so I'm trying not to get too attached.<br><br>
I have to admit, I'm extremely curious as to what your first name is....hokey and uncommon, you have piqued my interest!
 

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I personally really like Sylvia and liken it to Sophia but I guess that Sylvia still has too much of an "old lady" or, maybe too young of an old lady (60s?) stigma attached. But it doesn't need to, it's a very pretty name. Totally go for it.
 

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I find it fascinating to compare the popular first names in America to those that are popular in New Zealand - they're so different. I hadn't even HEARD the name Evangeline before until I saw it on these forums, and apparently it's popular. Sounds a bit too close to evangelical to me :p
 

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I like Sylvia. But then I have a Sophia...so.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
and actually even though it's not on her birth certificate, my Sophia will *always* be Sophia Veronica to me. DH's culture names 1st name, dad's name, grandfather's name boy or girl, and he said we had to "officially" have her name be that way for if/when they get 'official' records there. (FTR, DH wasn't opposed to the idea, just to the fact that it wouldn't be recognized officially there)<br><br>
It's my mom's mom's name and I loved my grandma....what can I say? She passed away a little over a year ago, but I think it meant a lot to her whether it was official or not.<br><br>
I had the same thought, about the "mouthful" but then...how often do you say the whole name anyway? and for me, it had meaning.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I like the name Sylvia - very pretty. Would you consider doing a variation on Lou? I think that Sylvia Louise goes well together.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that"> I was thinking the same thing.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I like the name Sylvia - very pretty. Would you consider doing a variation on Lou? I think that Sylvia Louise goes well together.</div>
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Yes, I think it would be fine, but DH is against it. We thought our twins would be our only children, so I gave what I thought were pretty convincing arguments as to names that I could live with (Louise, Lewis, Lulu) three years ago, but he doesn't see the point. We are ALL Lou's, even my grandma's fn was just Lou. Honestly even the alternate spelling of Lu makes it a bit more tolerable to me, but he doesn't see it. If we're not going to use the "real" name, then why bother using it at all, is his position.<br><br><i>I had the same thought, about the "mouthful" but then...how often do you say the whole name anyway? and for me, it had meaning.</i><br><br>
I actually do use DS & DD's mn's fairly often. I kinda do the opposite of usual nicknames, instead of shortening their names I make them longer. Also when I really want to get their attention I use their full names.
 
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