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Thread: Viva? And a few others...
August 2nd, 2013 10:33 AM #6
Viva- i have a real soft spot for Viva. I had a friend called Viva when i was little, it was a nickname for Genevieve which is gorgeous. And Rufus Wainwright has daughter Viva Katherine. The down side, and the reason that it doesn't make my list, is that its often used as a brand name. In the Uk we have Viva paper towels and a music channel called Viva. But if that doesn't bother you then its a great name.
Ennie- its a sweet nickname, would work for anything with an En sound. Maybe Sienna? Clementine?
Macerine- not into this. I'd prefer Mazarine.
Livian- its looks like a smoosh of Livia and Vivian and a bit made up. Its a pretty sound though.
Dorothy/Dorothea- two of the best underused old-lady names, especially Dorothea. i love nn Dottie and Thea.
Thisbe- not one for me, i always hear Frisbee.
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August 2nd, 2013 11:02 AM #8Member
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Hmmm... We're considering Vyvyan (my husband's grandmother's name) and I would use Viva as a nn for this. Aviva is a BIG no no over here (UK) as it's the name of a huge insurance company. Ennie could be a nn for Clementine or Jennifer but I wouldn't use it on its own personally as I don't think it gives enough room for growth as the wearer gets older. Agree with other posters that Macerine sounds like macerate. 'Livian' is interesting but you could go for 'Vivian' and then combine it with Viva? LOVE both Dorothy and Dorothea and they're on our shortlist for a girl, but hubby prefers 'Dorothy' because we have a double-barrelled surname and he's worried that the 'thea' ending could sound pretentious and I'm worried about the 'thy' ending because of Oz! Thisbe is very, very cool but as previous poster has put, the similarity to 'frisbee' could be a problem, especially if your little one has a lisp! What about a different ancient Greek name? Euthalia, Pelagia, Hero or Phoebe?
August 2nd, 2013 01:03 PM #10
August 2nd, 2013 01:13 PM #12
Viva- seems insubstantial
Ennie- Viva or Ennie could be nicknames for Vivienne
Macerine- spelling problems and sounds like macerate
Livian- pretty, but it will be frequently misheard as Vivian or Livia
Dorothy- Oz is all I can think of
Dorothea- dated, but I love nicknames Thea or Dorrie
Thisbe- Thizz-bee, too tragic with Pyramus and Thisbe association
Just some random ones I've been thinking about lately.Caspian ~ Genevieve ~ Benjamin ~ Claire ~ Sebastian
Caspian Bartholomew & Claire Gwendolen
Currently: Corisande + Icarus + Aurelia + Casimir + Octavia
August 2nd, 2013 01:34 PM #14Senior Member
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Viva seems like it is lacking something - I think Aviva would be better. Also, Viva Las Vegas springs to mind...
From your list, I like Dorothy/Dorothea best. The Oz connection isn't necessarily a bad one - it's a literary one, which is nice. Dorothea gives you options of Dottie, Dori and Thea as nicknames.
Ennie would, to my mind, only work as a nickname. Henrietta? Vivienne? Endora?