Edith or Sylvie

(65 Posts)
SilverBirdie Mon 25-Mar-13 20:50:19

We've been set on Edith for a while bit I'm wavering the more I hear people grumble about it. Not that we've told anyone we like it but they know we like old names and have been guessing/passing comments on what they consider awful sad
Sylvie we also love but it's very close to my DM's name and our sons name is a variation of DF's name so I don't know if that's a bit silly although unintentional.

Any thoughts.......?

birdofthenorth Mon 25-Mar-13 21:40:53

Sylvie is lovely and nice to honour your mum with a similar name. Not silly to honour both your parents. Edith is beautiful too, perhaps harder to wear, but lovely.

OzmaofOz Mon 25-Mar-13 21:44:15

Out of the 2, Sylvie. I would have loved love to use Sylvie but have Ds and a lisp so couldn't.

NowPlayingZone Mon 25-Mar-13 21:44:36

Sylvie- hands down. Sorry, but I too consider Edith to be an unattractive name.

Vijac Mon 25-Mar-13 21:48:49

I like Edith and eedie for short best. I love that name (though I am biased as was my nanny's name and is also my friend and teddy's name blush). But also think it nice to have name close to your mums.

saintmerryweather Mon 25-Mar-13 21:48:55

I love edith and will use it for my firstborn. even if its a boy.

everlong Mon 25-Mar-13 22:10:04

Sylvie is beautiful. However Edith is not.

Leeds2 Mon 25-Mar-13 22:32:51

I love Edith and Sylvie. Especially Sylvie, because that is the name of a girl in Haiti that I sponsor!

AuntPittypat Mon 25-Mar-13 22:44:40

I love both. Although Sylvie does sound a bit Americanised to me though (not that that's a bad thing, just maybe a different vibe to what you intended). Love the nickname Edie for Edith.

ElegantSufficiency Mon 25-Mar-13 22:51:34

Sylvie is a more attractive sound but Edith has a strength about it that I like. And I don't like every strong name. does that make any sense?
I like them both so that 's no help. Ok, I prefer Sylvie. But I like Edith too. confused

ThreeMenFromCarntyne Mon 25-Mar-13 22:54:18

Sylvie is a beautiful, stylish, timeless classic.

Edith is none of those things, sorry.

spottyock Mon 25-Mar-13 22:55:51

Edith was our name for this baby if a girl. I think it's strong, not common but not out there either. Love nn Edie too.

SilverBirdie Mon 25-Mar-13 23:06:07

Thanks everyone
I've knocked .5 off Sylvie because its close to DM's and knocked 1 off Edith because a: it would bother me that some people consider it child abuse and b: Edie would get confused for Evie so, so far I think Sylvie wins with 9.5/10 grin

It's such a tricky one though...... Loved Edith for so long

SilverBirdie Mon 25-Mar-13 23:15:24

For those of you liking both, any other suggestions??

thewhistler Mon 25-Mar-13 23:15:56

I prefer Edith, although I really like Sylvia ( not Sylvie, sorry).

siluria Tue 26-Mar-13 09:34:48

Edith is my DD's middle name and we wish we had saved it for a first name for DD2 (I find out today if this baby is a DD or a DS!). I think it is an absolutely beautiful name. I know a toddler named Edith, too, and she is gorgeous and really suits her name.

In the abstract, I can sort of see why people don't like it. But when it's actually on your child, I think it's one of those names that a child will make gorgeous, IYKWIM. I reckon everybody will love it by the time she's 6 months old and think it's funky and cute and lovely. If you like it, don't worry what other people think, and just go for it. There are plenty of people who will think it's really lovely x

Sirenetta Tue 26-Mar-13 13:54:20

I am an Edith, aged 32 - born when absolutely no one would think of calling their baby Edith (except my wacky parents- lol). My experience of being an adult Edith is great - there's only ever me in the Starbucks queue! No seriously, people often remark "nice name", and it's slightly different without being impossible to spell or out in left field. People from non English speaking countries never know what I'm saying though - I usually get a puzzled look followed by "Eda?" - in other languages Edith is with a shorter e so sometimes I have to try that. Certainly it's not child abuse to call your daughter Edith .

Exhaustipated Tue 26-Mar-13 18:50:45

Love both actually, maybe see which suits her better?

simplesusan Tue 26-Mar-13 22:05:27

I really like Edith and think it is due a revival.

Rather than Sylvie how about Sylvia? I love this name.

Fwiw both Edith and Sylvia are family names so I am biased.

SilverBirdie Tue 26-Mar-13 22:53:55

Sylvia is my DM's name so don't want to copy it totally..... Sylvie I could do though grin

whyno Wed 27-Mar-13 20:57:31

Sylvie is totally beautiful.

purpleloosestrife Wed 27-Mar-13 21:04:36

I think both are gorgeous. Both were "on my list " Wait and see what you think when she's born?

SilverBirdie Wed 27-Mar-13 21:35:12

Thanks everyone... We won't get to birth day with just one name as feel its important to have a choice hence me feeling the need to extend our list from just Edith. I'm really surprised and pleased that it's pretty much a 50/50 split as so, so many people I've spoken to seem almost aghast that we'd consider Edith. I find that really sad as think it's a beautiful name smile

Oscarandelliesmum Wed 27-Mar-13 21:57:31

Stopped in my browsing tracks by how lovely both names are!
Go for either, dh says he likes Edith best

delilah88 Wed 27-Mar-13 21:59:21

Edith is kind of hideous but also gorgeous on the right girl. I say go for it!

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