Ottilie Again

I’ve been thinking about Ottilie. How soft and charming she is, how pretty. yes, I still love Ottilie.

What I have been rethinking is her combo. Ottilie Alice Ghislaine is pretty stunning and isn’t going anywhere just yet but I wanted to try Ottilie out with my Mom’s name. Ottilie Frances feels a bit more grounded than Ottilie Alice, to me. I think it’s the F, that consonant is quite down to earth.

So I went digging and came up with a handful that please me in various ways, from the simple to the elaborate. Here they are:

Ottilie Frances Jane
Ottilie Frances Loveday
Ottilie Frances Valentine
Ottilie Frances Violet
Ottilie Frances Adele
Ottilie Frances Elanor
Ottilie Frances Isadora
Ottilie Frances Kathleen

I’m really digging Ottilie, for her Tillie potential, also for her overall look & sound. So pleasing both to see & hear. makes me smile.

Now I’ve been leaning towards the sweet & simple Ottilie Frances Jane but He likes a few of the more flowery pairings more. Which of these would you pick, if you had to and why did you pick that one (if you don’t mind telling me)?

I’d love to know your thoughts on these, better or worse than Ottilie Alice Ghislaine?

As always, thanks for stopping in, I greatly appreciate it!

Tillie & Tullia

After brewing Tillie combos because of the family link, I’ve fallen in love with Tullia, ancient Roman dear she is.  Some days I think she’s a bit frilly. Tullia reminds me of nothing more than tulle. But I’m discovering I like frill in small doses. Who knew? 🙂 I like Tullio too, for a boy but can’t get it past the other half.  I have a few thought for a beginning combo, but nothing full yet:

Tullia Lucy
Tullia Ivy
Tullia Frances
Tullia Jane

I’m still thinking though./ Done thinking, what about these?:
Tullia Lucy Scarlet
Tullia Lucy Petronel
Tullia Ivy Rosalind
Tullia Ivy Catherine
Tullia Frances Lenore
Tullia Jane Petronel

 

On the update front, Here’s  the narrowed bunch:

Ottilie
Clementine
Maud
Cecily
Zelda
Lucretia

with Pomeline the wildcard, I’d be sad if she vanished.

Rufus
Cosmo
Remy (can’t shake them both off!)
Clarence
August
Arthur

and Barnaby’s staying as a wildcard, for now. Neither one of us wants to see him gone.

Tillie

I’ve got two ways to get her. And I really want to get her. It would mean a lot to him. Tilley is “the” family surname for his mom’s side and no one else has used it. We’re the babies of the family here, his sisters are a small bit older (5 -7 years) and my siblings don’t want kids. So if we don’t use it with this last one, somewhere, it’s going to be gone.

I thought about using it as a middle for a boy, but it sounds too feminine for him there. So, spelling changed on a girl.

My choices are Ottilie & Ottoline. I toyed with Matilda, found I preferred Mathilda and then dismissed it altogether as potentially too popular. I mean, I know Matilda, in any form is not on the charts but I’m hearing it a lot and that bothers me.  I heard Josephine a lot after I had her but that didn’t other me, she was already here.  I don’t have Tillie yet (and don’t know if it will be a Tillie). 

 I love Ottoline, I find her charming and I adore her length. I love saying it. I think she looks pretty neat despite the ‘otto’ at the beginning. I actually like the ‘otto’ at the beginning, I don’t find it any different from any other feminised boy name. But I’ve been rethinking Ottilie, since it’s 1) more familiar, 2) what she’s be called the other part of the time she’s not “Tillie” and 3) a bit more feminine sounding.  I’m not entirely sold on that last point, I mean, I don’t mind feminised boy names and generally find those the fluffiest of all girl names, so maybe consider just points 1 & 2.  🙂

Ottilie feels a bit short to me too, which is odd because she’s three syllables just like Ottoline. And I’m not sure I’m sold on the frilly feel of Ottilie. Ottoline is a bit less frilly and a lot more satiny.  I prefer the satin, overall.

I have a solid combo for each:
Ottoline Alice Marigold – which I absolutely love and couldn’t replace if I had to. It’s perfect!

and

Ottilie Violet Jane – sweet, short, simple. I like it very much but it doesn’t feel as warm and inviting to me as Ottoline & her combo.  And it feels really simple next to her sister’s whole name! The poll for the battle of the Tillie’s is at BtN now, here . Votr of you’re so inclined. Thanks. 🙂

 

So, can you help me?  Which should I put in my #2 spot, possibly #1?  I know you’re all probably sick & tired of me mentioning these two, but I swear, this is the last waffle with her. I’m completely satisfied with both combos.  Please, help?   Thanks!

Which Oddball?

Have got it down to two, actual working possibilities for the wildcard spot. I have one Wildcard, That one that I normally wouldn’t use but find so charming that if circumstances are right, Will be used.  Both first names are loves, middles honor (as usual), Here they are, along with why they are:

Clementine Lily Elinor– I love Cleo/Clio. Ask anyone who knows of my passion for names. I have been insisting I’m a Cleo/Clio/Cleopatra since I was two. The story of “Cleopatra & I”  was one of my Mother’s favorites.  And my loathing of my first name has long been documented by family.  I think Cleo’s aces and would happily rename myself it if I thought everyone would actually stop referring to me as Lola.   I like the fresh feel of Clementine, don’t mind either possible pronunciation and really like the way it looks on paper (yes, paper is still a priority for me) 😉  And well, Clemmie stinks as a nickname, the CLE is rightthere. Haven’t you ever heard someone make a nickname by adding ‘O’? I have, hence Cleo for Clementine! I love it, just  a teensy bit offbeat and the possibility of Cleo? Awesome!

Lily was Grandma. Well, Lilian was, but she was always called Lily/Lil by Grandpa & her sisters. She called me Lily until her death in 1994.  She always said I should have been named for her. So I’m guessing the thought went something like this “They named her Laura, hmm? Not for me? Well, I’m just going to call her Lily and see if they can stop me!” Yep, that was Grandma. A ‘do what she wanted, to He** with everyone else’ person. She was my hero!  😀  (Where’s that cheesy grin smiley when you want one?)

And Elinor is a cousin that died when I was 9. A lovely young lady, always was willing to hang around with us kids. I still miss her and think about her every day.

Mathilda Esme Primrose– Mathilda’s  been a love since I was a kid. 80% of my dolls were Mathilda. I have no clue why I prefer this spelling over the more standard Matilda except to offer Matilda looks lopsided to me and reminds me of kangaroos. Mathilda feels elegant and regal and no hint of kangaroos!  I also like the possibility of Tillie. Tilley is THE family surname and Mathilda, nn Tillie works for that sort of recognition. and rather matches Poppy’s Rosamel in the middle (It was a surname before it was a first name!). And I think Tilley is too nicknamey on it’s own to use in the middle.  Anyone have thoughts towards that end?

Esme is for Esmeralda, Great Grandma’s older sister. She was a real oddball of a lady, smoking cigars and speaking her mind. Great Grandma always spoke of her fondly. Esmeralda died the year before I was born.  Of course, Esmeralda, Great Grandma Rosamel and their sisters were Spanish. Full Spanish. And Esmeralda in full (while if greatly appeals) is just too unwieldy with the Scottish surname I inherited.  I like simple Esme for her elegance and she’s the loveliest shade of plum. 

Primrose is one of those “weird” flower names that’s all over the family tree. We’re apparently great lovers of florals for girls, Eglantine is another possibility. (I love her, but that’s another story). The Primrose in question went by ‘Prose’ as a nickname. I can see why, but wonder “why not simply Rose”?  Anyway, I find her a bit fluffy and not at all serious but I love that touch of whimsy after the regal Mathilda and the lush Esme. So she’s my choice for third here.

 

I have a poll running at BtN now:  

 

Feel free to stop by and vote for your preference, but you can also post here, if you so choose. Feel free!

 

*Update! Mathilda Esme Primrose won the poll 15-11 as of noon today. Generally, a poll won’t get many more votes after it’s slipped onto the second (or further back) page but I must admit, a few more votes won’t bother me. I still love them both but find Mathilda/Tillie/Maudie more practical than Clementine/Cleo/Clio for daily use. And that, right there may be what wins out, in the end.