In the time since my last thread about Hildegarde, I have realized I could never use it as a first name. Ever. Not even on this hypothetical girl who seems to have come into existence with the name! But as a middle? Who knows... How often are middle names used? Not a lot, so I started playing around with cool first names for Hildegarde. I came up with a lot, none (in my opinion) are 'clunky cool' like Hildegarde, but they sound good with it. My favorite is Bethany Hildegarde, what do you think? The others include:
Isabeau Hildegarde (guilty pleasure!)
Vivienne Hildegarde (spelling?)
But I keep coming back to Bethany! Do you have any opinions, suggestions?
Isobel, Isabeau, Azalea & Acacia are my favorites with Hildegarde. Bethany doesn't do it for me with Hildegarde. For me it pairs best with names with a lot of glamor and sparkle. Bethany is more of a quiet beauty to me.
Anais Hildegarde and Sofia Hildegarde sound best to me - they're equally quirky-'European' as Hildegarde, but are glamorous and light-hearted enough to even out it's clunky factor. They sound like old-Hollywood stars or something.
These have a similar feel -
I'm definitely not psyched about Bethany Hildegarde. Together it's rather boring and doesn't match in style. I'd have to agree with previous posters that Hildegarde needs to be paired with something that has more spark, preferably something with a light and pretty sound.
My favourites from your list:
I'm surprised how much I like Bethany Hildegarde! It's unexpectedly pretty :)
I have loved Bethany for a long time. It's so beautiful and I like nickname Betty. I am surprise to find out I like it paired with Hildegarde. Well done!
Me also. I think common, down-to-earth, calm and bit plain, but lovely Bethany complements clunky Hildegarde nicely.
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