He finally agreed!
After years of trying to convince SO to consider my beloved Zuzu, he finally agreed. For me, it has replaced Xanthe Ada as our top name for a future daughter, but he's still pretty set on Xanthe. We'll see.
The problem now is the middle name. I love how Zuzu Ada looks, and Ada is one of the few names SO loves, but I also think it sounds a little weird. Too many repeating sounds. Our next choice is Zuzu Alice. We both love Alice, but I think it looks weird. Not that that really matters, it isn't like I'll be writing out her name just for kicks her entire life.
We're looking for a more traditional name that starts with A, because my SO likes the idea of her initials spelling ZAP. I think it's pretty cute. Any comments and opinions are appreciated. What do you think of Zuzu Alice?
Alice Xanthe has the best flow.
I understand wanting to use your absolute favorite name Zuzu, and how great that must feel that you may get to use it. I also see your SO's side. It seems like you're not really giving your SO a choice. It sounds like he feels pressured to give in or you'll be upset. Of course it is your and SO's business how you make the decision. If I were in your shoes, I would only use a name we both felt OK about, even if it wasn't my favorite. You can always use Zuzu as a sweet and quirky middle (Xanthe Zuzu has a cute and quirky feel), or you can use Zuzu as a offbeat nickname for Xanthe.
My favorite option is Xanthe Alice, nicknamed Zuzu.
raqkel - I didn't badger him relentlessly for years. He likes Zuzu, he just had some trouble imagining it on an adult. We considered Zuzu as a nickname or Xanthe, but it just seemed like too much of a stretch. Thank you for your input!
Not a fan of either. Sorry. I can see the appeal of Alice, although I'm not a fan of it myself, but I don't get Zuzu at all.
gabriela - Zuzu isn't for everyone, we were kind of expecting that. Thanks, though.
Zuzu Alice is cute, imo. :)
Also, loving the idea of her initials spelling ZAP! :D
the problem isnt imagining it on an adult its believing an adult would ever want to be called Zuzu for eternity.
there is also the connotation of the Zhuzhu pet craze.
to make sure your child has options, plus give the name better flow, go with Alice Zuzu or even Xanthe Zuzu?
my husband goes by his middle name and its never been that big of a problem.
plus this way if the cute factor wears off or gets tiring for your child it easier for them to transition to the first name instead of the other way around. the fact that your SO has taken so long to come around means theres probably a good reason. hearing your view on it all the time most likely made is seem more normal.
it doesnt feel like a 'name thats just not for everyone' at all. its BEYOND quirky or different like Xanthe, its at the point where people question its legitimacy. it IS a great name! but only in theory, fiction, and sadly jokes.
i think a lot of time we get lost in names we love and dont truly admit to ourselves or consider if we are really doing whats best in naming another person.
it really sounds like you are set, but hope you can think past what you want and think about what your child, not just as a cute little girl, but as a woman, mother, and professional would want to be called by her friends, husband, and boss.
I'll be honest I'm not a fan of Zuzu as it feels like a nickname. I however love Xanthe which is unusual but very beautiful. Could Zuzu be a nickname? Whilst it is absolutely none of my business I struggle to see Zuzu on an adult. Sorry :(