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.......?

FriggFRIGG Sat 13-Apr-13 08:43:13

Gah!
Blooming DH's....I say,have a few ready and when she's born and he's in awe of you,just say "oh hello Edith!" (Or which ever gorgeous name you've choosen)

He won't be able to resist mwhahahahahaaa

TheRealFellatio Sat 13-Apr-13 04:33:29

Both lovely but I think Edith has the edge on sophistication.

raisah Sat 13-Apr-13 04:32:32

I know of two cousins called Sylvia & Sylvana! Both in their 30.s & 40s now.

thornrose Fri 12-Apr-13 23:36:54

Edith was my nana's name. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out, my grandad called her Edie. The name is due a revival.

Todays children won't associate it with being a granny name and probably won't even have heard of it so I wouldn't worry about bullying.

I'm completely biased, and I never go on baby name threads grin

SilverBirdie Fri 12-Apr-13 23:33:27

Oh frigg you are good!
Names from your list that have come up in conversation are:
Emmeline
Elsa Dh not so keen [ sad]
Elspeth
Clara
Rosa and
Olive

I like them all but Dh has issues with them all grrrrrrrrrrrr

SilverBirdie Fri 12-Apr-13 23:27:55

Lily Allen's first dd was Ethel

Simian0 Fri 12-Apr-13 23:09:57

We're going with Edith if its a girl. Really love it shortened to 'Edie'.

I say go for it!

Simian0 Fri 12-Apr-13 23:09:56

We're going with Edith if its a girl. Really love it shortened to 'Edie'.

I say go for it!

ExcuseTypos Fri 12-Apr-13 21:29:13

Dd is 19 and has a friend called Sylvie, I've always thought it is a lovely name.

MummyBurrows Fri 12-Apr-13 21:25:20

Didn't Lily Allen call her first born Edith and get a tonne of stick in the media for picking such an old fashioned name? I think it's a pretty but too old fashioned name for a child but dd would certainly grow into it,I'm also not keen on sylvie for the same reason bt I can see that it would certainly grow on people once they got used to it and its definitely not a common name which is always good!

If I had to choose I'd pick Edith but I would shorten it to Edie in day to day use,if only so it doesn't sound so granny-ish.....all depends on whether you care what people think or not. Also try to think to the future,would either name result in potential bullying at school for being such an "old lady" name? Nobody likes to think of their child getting bullied but names are usually the main cause for bullying. I'd certainly err on the side of caution if you go with either name personally,especially if there's really nothing more "modern" you can come up with,perhaps swap Edith/sylvie with the middle name you have picked out so you can still have the name you love but with a first name that won't spark any bullies interest? Just a thought that's all,it is obviously up to you and your dp what you choose to call your child smile xx

FriggFRIGG Fri 12-Apr-13 21:23:08

Oh,and Dinah grin

FriggFRIGG Fri 12-Apr-13 21:06:40

I love Sylvie and Edith...along similar lines;

Ada
Adeline
Agatha
Agnes
Alma
Betsy
Bonnie
Bessie
Betty
Blythe
Clara
Claudia
Clementine
Constance
Connie
Cora
Dorcas
Elsa
Emmeline
Esther
Evangeline
Elspeth
Enid
Ethel
Fleur
Flora
Genevieve
Greta
Henrietta
Hester
Hetty
Iris
Ivy
Ida
Isadora
Iva
Jemima
Kitty
Lavinia
Loretta
Lucille
Maggie
Minnie
Mabel
Marcie
Margot
Maude / Maud
Millicent
Minerva
Myrtle
Nancy
Nell
Nora
Ottilie
Octavia
Olive
Pearl
Penelope
Penny
Pippa
Polly
Primrose
Priscilla
Rosa
Rita
Rosetta
Rowena
Sadie
Sybil
Tabitha
Thea
Theodora
Vera
Winifred
Willa

Any good?

pigletpower Fri 05-Apr-13 01:40:34

Sylvia Edith sounds fab I think.

doradoo Thu 04-Apr-13 18:41:22

I saw an Edita on a talent show here in Germany.

I love both Edith and Sylvie though so can't help you further!

unless you do one as a middle name and use both! no I'm not sitting on the fence at all, me, oh no!

Iris1 Thu 04-Apr-13 18:35:30

Both Lovely, I think I prefer Sylvie but although I think it is nice to honor your mum you might want to gauge a reaction from her first as it is practically the same name (which may be a nice thing for you to do). I know for me I couldn't eg my mums name is Lynn and I love Evelyn but just couldn't do it its too similar.

Other names I think are similar and lovely - Martha, Anna, Ivy, Florence, Esther, Violet, Betty?

thermalsinapril Thu 04-Apr-13 18:04:35

Edith is lovely and underused. Edie is a pretty nickname too.

Sylvie is a little bit faddy IMHO, but I like Sylvia.

Of the two most definitely Edith. You will know when she's born and once it's her name no one will comment negatively on it ime.

SugarMouse1 Thu 04-Apr-13 11:39:47

Edith reminds me too much of 'Allo 'Allo! Sorry!

I prefer Sylvie

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Thu 04-Apr-13 09:40:29

Edith. But it's about to become very popular, so get in now before it explodes. wink

GummyAdams Thu 04-Apr-13 08:03:57

I love the sound of Edith. It isn't hard-sounding at all to me. If you're bothered, I think it feels very English.
It also feels like a name in itelf, whereas, although Sylvie is beautiful and I had considered it in the case of a dd, it sounds more of a nickname because of the 'ie' ending.
I'm not keen on Edie though, mainly because of its similarity to the other (lovely but overued,) 'Evie', 'Ellie' etc.

joby21 Thu 04-Apr-13 07:49:17

Love Edith, but it was our name if DS had been a DD so maybe slightly biased!

joby21 Thu 04-Apr-13 07:48:54

Love Edith, but it was our name is DS was a DD so maybe slightly biased!

Choccyjules Thu 04-Apr-13 07:48:01

My Grandma was called Edith and it's on my list to consider if we ever have another DC.

I don't know any children called Edith but do know one Sylvie.

I think go with your gut.

bigbluebump Thu 04-Apr-13 07:41:26

Edith sounds harsh and unfeminine imo. Also hard to pronounce for non English speakers.
Sylvia / Sylvie is gorgeous, feminine and underused these days. Great choice!

sassy34264 Thu 04-Apr-13 07:38:49

<waves>

how about,

Ivy
Mabel (love love love)
Avery (love this, wanted it for dd3)

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