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#1 4Kiddos

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:37 AM

We are due to have our sixth baby soon- a little girl- and we are so excited. For reasons I don't really want get into, I am having trouble with baby names. I really like Odelia and think that it would be my first choice but I am worried it is too close to Adele and I don't want to get close to that. So I thought I would ask here. Do you think Odelia (pronounced O-dee-lia) is too similar to Adele? If I do choose this name do you think that spelling it Odelia or Odeelia is less confusing? I would appreciate any opinions you have. :)

 

P.S. I really like more old fashioned, elegant girl names so if you have any other suggestions I would appreciate that too. Evangelina is also a favorite.


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#2 medawyn

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:44 AM

I don't think Odelia is too close to Adele, and I would spell it without double E's.

We're going with Vivienne, but Lola, Margaret, and Beatrice were all on the list. I have a Josephine. Evangeline is also lovely.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:56 AM

I think it sounds somewhat similar to Adele when you say them both out loud, but as long as you don't have a dd named Adele, then I think Odelia would be fine.

 

I like the spelling of Odelia more than Odeelia because it's more traditional, but I suppose some people who don't know the name might pronounce it O-del-ia.  So, if you don't want to have to correct people now and then, Odeelia might be easier to pronounce??  Being more of a traditional-name person, I'd probably go with Odelia myself.

 

I think it's a very pretty name that you don't hear much!  I like it.

 

Also, congratulations!!

 

 



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:15 AM

I don't think it sounds similar, and I would stick with the original spelling you were using.



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:17 AM

I agree with the above.  I think they sound different enough not to be easily confused, and I would use the traditional spelling.  Beautiful name!!!



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:20 AM

I like Odelia - it's a very pretty name.

 

In my house, I would have to stand there with a baseball bat to keep everyone from calling her Odie as a nickname (after the dog in Garfield).  But then, I am not super-fond of nicknames even though my girl Margaret has always gone by Peggy.



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:37 AM

Sounds nice! Traditional spelling all the way, though. And be prepared for a few people to call her Ophelia on accident.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:42 AM

We are due to have our sixth baby soon- a little girl- and we are so excited. For reasons I don't really want get into, I am having trouble with baby names. I really like Odelia and think that it would be my first choice but I am worried it is too close to Adele and I don't want to get close to that. So I thought I would ask here. Do you think Odelia (pronounced O-dee-lia) is too similar to Adele? If I do choose this name do you think that spelling it Odelia or Odeelia is less confusing? I would appreciate any opinions you have. :)

 

P.S. I really like more old fashioned, elegant girl names so if you have any other suggestions I would appreciate that too. Evangelina is also a favorite.

I do not think they are at all alike! Great choice!



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 11:45 AM

I said it out loud and to me the two names don't sound similar. Like Artctic said, some may think they are reading Ophelia. I'd guess that would happen more often than confusing it with Adele.



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:48 PM

I'm not a fan of the name Odelia.  I'd go with Ophelia because people are more likely to have heard it before.  If I saw Odelia written I would be inclined to ask if the e is short or long. If I saw Odeelia I wouldn't ask how it's pronounced, but I would have to ask how to spell if if I had only heard it.  Of course, that's just part of American culture now because Kree8tyv spellings are all the rage among many segments of the population.  I'm old and boring and think it should be as straightforward as possible.

Evangelina is an elegant old fashioned name, people would be much more likely to know how to pronounce it and spell it, and it's got several cute nickname options: Eva, Evie, Ang, Angie, Eline, Elina, Lina. Someone is going to want to use a nickname even if mom and dad aren't inclined to that.
 


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#11 BusyMom5

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 02:10 PM

I would pronounce is with the short e, too. If you have a DD named Adelle, then Odelia is too close- but if it's a cousin that would be okay.  If i were choosing, Evangeline is probably over Odelia, but both are pretty names.  It's taken us almost the entire 9 months to decide on a name (and we still aren't sure), so don't stress yet!  What about Eveline/ Evelyn, Caroline, Beatrice, Charlotte (this one is a little too popular, but love it!), or Violet?  

 



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:15 PM

Not sure if popularity is an issue for you - if so, a pediatrician friend was just saying she's seen an uptick in "Adele" variants recently, including Adalia, Adella, and just plain Dell. So you might get that association. I think it's pretty, though! 



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:28 PM

I prefer the Odelia spelling and I don't think they are too close to Adele. I love it and think you should use it! ;)

I am also a fan of Ophelia, Opal, and Octavia. I really like O names since they are not used very often. In fact, I would probably use Octavia in a heartbeat if I was having another girl any time soon :)

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 04:35 PM

P.S. I really like more old fashioned, elegant girl names so if you have any other suggestions I would appreciate that too. Evangelina is also a favorite.

 

I think Odelia is lovely.

 

Claire is a classic name.

 

If you want to go really classic ~ Athena, Demeter, Gaia, Hera, Iris, and Rhea.

 

 

Regards,

Kareni



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:39 PM

Perhaps Cordelia would fit the bill?  Also a classic and very similar.

 


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:47 PM

I think that they are close. Too close for my comfort, but I wouldn't say they're objectively too close - clear as mud?
I like the suggestions of ophelia. I also like odessa or odette.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:49 PM

 

 

I think Odelia is so lovely, and underused. I don't find it too close to Adele at all. I agree that it's more likely to be confused with OPEHLIA, but that's just not a common name where I live so that wouldn't stop me. Not like Eva (EE-vah) being mistaken or pronounced as Ava, e.g., which would stop me. 

 

I'm a traditionalist when it comes to spelling. And honestly ... I feel like people mispronounce things once, maybe twice. But people misspell things way more often. I'd rather correct someone's pronunciation than their spelling of my name. So definitely Odelia, and not Odeelia. It'll get confused attention either way, so go with what's easier and more reliably corrected IMO.

 

Really love the name Evangelina, too. I think you have great taste.  :001_wub:

 

Other ideas (which you've probably already rejected by this sixth child!) That, and well "elegant" is subjective and few who know me would confuse me with elegant:

 

Delphine, Emmanuelle, Clementine, Henrietta, Cecily, Camille/Camilla, Virginia, Lilith, Delilah, Jocelyn, Adelaide, Colette, Celeste

 

Congratulations on your baby! 


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:56 PM

I think Odelia is so lovely, and underused. I don't find it too close to Adele at all. I agree that it's more likely to be confused with OPEHLIA, but that's just not a common name where I live so that wouldn't stop me. Not like Eva (EE-vah) being mistaken or pronounced as Ava, e.g., which would stop me.

I'm a traditionalist when it comes to spelling. And honestly ... I feel like people mispronounce things once, maybe twice. But people misspell things way more often. I'd rather correct someone's pronunciation than their spelling of my name. So definitely Odelia, and not Odeelia. It'll get confused attention either way, so go with what's easier and more reliably corrected IMO.

Really love the name Evangelina, too. I think you have great taste. :001_wub:

Other ideas (which you've probably already rejected by this sixth child!) That, and well "elegant" is subjective and few who know me would confuse me with elegant:

Delphine, Emmanuelle, Clementine, Henrietta, Cecily, Camille/Camilla, Virginia, Lilith, Delilah, Jocelyn, Adelaide, Colette, Celeste

Congratulations on your baby!


Delphine....*swoon* wish I would have thought of that one when I was still having kids.

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:58 PM

Could you go for Odette instead ?



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Posted 14 September 2017 - 02:12 AM

Or Ottilie?

 

I also like Evangeline, Daphne, Eliza and Charlotte.  


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