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April 9th, 2013 07:51 PM #6Senior Member
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I think Philomena could be workable. With all the Sofias and Fionas in the next generation, there are going to be a lot of little girls going by "Fi." An unusual name with a common nickname can hit the sweet spot for originality. There's also "Lo," which is pretty cute. And really, it's not like Philomena is harder to say than Margaret.
Or have you considered Ione Philomena?
April 10th, 2013 12:50 AM #8
Pippa is a cute nickname, but I think it ruins the feel of what Philomena gives me. Also I just couldn't see myself with a little Pippa running around.
Ophelia in Hamlet and that's why I didn't consider it for a long time. But I told myself that a lot of people aren't going to know the history of that character... and besides, if I have a little Ophelia, she can make her own name for herself. Who knows, she could even reinvent the name for her English and Theatre teachers someday.
I did think about Wilhelmina with the nickname Willa, but my guy's best friend's name is Will. Honestly I like Wilhelmina mostly for the nickname Willa, so I don't think that would go well either. I like Athena and Helena, but I just can't see myself with one. I really appreciate the in-depth reply!!
Ione as a first name, but every time I write Ione as a character for a short story or play, my readers always ask "Why is my character named Lone??" or "How do I even pronounce this??" I blame Arial font for making capital I's similar to lowercase l's... Also I'm afraid every time I called for little Ione, my mother would cry, as she misses her mother (Ione) very much.
I think mostly why I love Philomena is the "phi" or "pheel" sound to it. I think that's why I thought Ophelia was so similar to it. I like that Ophelia starts with an O, but I mostly like the -phelia part to it. Its earthy and feminine. I really like hearing everyone's suggestions and input!
April 10th, 2013 02:05 AM #10Senior Member
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- Adelaide Australia
My great aunt Philomena was nick named Philly, I think it's totally usable and not that dissimilar to Phillippa. My grandmother's siblings were:
Leontia (my grandmother)
there were 13 in total but I can't remember them all without looking them up! I have met a younger Philomena in her 40s, my great aunt wad born in 1916. My family is Irish and it was far from uncommon in her generation. The younger Philomena I met more recently was Kenyan.Thrilled to be mother to @gnes Ei1ish Madeline and Fe1icity Bridget Be@trice
If we'd had boys the list was: Godfrey, Seamus, Alexander, Michael, Felix, Peter, Ignatius & Sebastian.
April 10th, 2013 02:10 AM #12gaia ● gwen ● marian ● maxima ● pearl ● philippa ● sylvie
conrad ● desmond ● felix ● orlando ● peregrine ● robert ● winston
arthur stellan | louisa miriam
April 10th, 2013 03:42 PM #14My furry darlings ~ Bodie the border terrier & Portia and Penny the guinea pigs
Amabel ~ Beryl ~ Bryony ~ Cecily ~ Charis ~ Clara ~ Dinah ~ Flora ~ Georgiana ~ Ophelia ~ Rosamund ~ Sylvie ~ Tabitha ~ Tamsin ~ Violet
Arthur ~ Barnaby ~ Basil ~ Bertie ~ Darcy ~ Elliot ~ Felix ~ Fraser ~ Frederick ~ Henry ~ Monty ~ Rowan ~ Rupert ~ Theodore ~ Tristan