Thoughts on Via?
I saw this in a book as a nickname for Olivia and I totally fell in love with it. I'm not sure if I would use it, but if I did, I would probably just skip Olivia and name her Via (not a big fan of nicknames). What do you guys think?
Without the context of Olivia, people might have a hard time deciding whether to call her VEE-ah or VIE-ah. Or even WEE-ah, which is how my Latin teacher pronounced the word.
It looks like a nickname, to me. Or a misspelling of Mia.
The first thing I thought of was Flavia nn Via..I guess since the emphasis isn't on Via in Olivia, I didn't make the connection.
I like Via and don't see why it can't be a full name like Mia. I don't think many people would have problems with it as Mia is so popular and everyone knows how to say that.
That being said, I would prefer it as a nickname if I were using it. I'd use it for Viatrix, Elvia, Octavia, Silvia, Vivia, Zenovia (which is an alternate of Zenobia).
I think Via is a great alternative to getting your Starbucks coffee in the store.
Besides the instant coffee brand, you'd run into the same problem that word always has in its common usage: is it pronounced VEE-ya or VY-ah?
I think it's cute, but my first thought was the word 'via' and I think that could cause confusion and mispronunciation. but as a nn for any of the suggested names I love it. Some other options you could consider...
I'm not a fan of nicknames either, but this one would have to be a nickname for me to like it.
Via is cute as a nickname for Olivia! [were you reading WONDER btw?] I wouldn't use it on its own because lots of people would mispronounce it vye-a. [like the travel term]
I don't think it can stand alone. It just looks like the word via..like I'll let her know via text message. I think it's acceptable as a nickname, I dislike it for a stand alone name.
I'm in the same boat as you. I adore the name Livy and Liv, and I'm thinking of side stepping uber popular Olivia as well.
But I agree with the others that it feels very much like a nickname and all I hear is "through" or "way" when I hear Via. It would be akin to using Versa.