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!

specialknickers Wed 27-Mar-13 21:59:23

Love both. Edith is already having a revival though - I know 3 Edith / Edies under the age of four... Only know one Sylvie though.

CruCru Thu 28-Mar-13 10:41:58

I think Edith is amazing - like Edith Piaf.

TiredFeet Thu 28-Mar-13 13:55:29

I really really like both names. I knew a lovely, feisty, pretty, kind Edith growing up and I think it is a very pretty name. Ignore what other people think!

yawningbear Thu 28-Mar-13 15:05:48

Sylvie by far.

SilverBirdie Sat 30-Mar-13 18:28:55

Bumping as so far the reactions are pretty much 50/50 grin

Other suggestions welcome flowers

CPtart Sat 30-Mar-13 18:54:19

Edith. There are far far too many ie ending names at the minute.

Mummynotmum Sat 30-Mar-13 18:58:46

Ivy? Livvy? Livia?

delilah88 Sat 30-Mar-13 19:50:48

Hello! I have already commented but feel motivated by this threat as we did, at one point, consider one of these names. They're both very classy and sort of daring being as they are so grannyish. FWIW a French friend told me that Sylvie is like Lynn or Carol in France, so also grannyish but in a different way. I reckon you can think up a better, third alternative! This is how it starts, with the daring vintage names and hopefully you find something with the same level of vim and surprise but less obviously trendy.
I like Mummynotmum's suggestion of Livia but how about just Liv -- Julianne Moore's daughter is called this, it's a Scandinavian name.
Agatha is nice, and European.
How about Claudia? Or Helena. Or even just plain Helen. Now that's classy.
Oo, oo -- Tess, or Ruth.

SilverBirdie Sat 30-Mar-13 20:18:37

I like your thinking delilah and hadn't realised that about Sylvie in France...... Mmmmmm
We have a good friend with an Olivia and my sister is also pregnant with that on her top three so wont be using that or a variation, although very nice.
My middle name is Helen! Dh isn't keen for us to have H names as in our area of Yorkshire they are not always pronounced sad
Not mad on Ruth but think I do need to compile a list of granny chic names smile
I wonder if someone's already started a thread on this to make life a bit easier.... Find it hard to find names' lists out of top 100

delilah88 Sat 30-Mar-13 20:23:59

I will list some I can think of:
Blanche (!)
Blythe (?)
Maud (?)
Dorothy (awesome)


LynetteScavo Sat 30-Mar-13 20:24:15


Please, I beg you. It's soooo much nicer than Sylvie.

FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 30-Mar-13 20:26:28

DD is an Edith, she is beautiful, strong willed, determined.

FingersCrossedLegsNot Sun 31-Mar-13 00:20:57

Sylvie is lovely but Sylvia would be super adorable!

Dixiebell Wed 03-Apr-13 22:31:21

Hi Silver!! <waves>

Like both your names. I have two friends though with an Edie and an Edith respectively. So I think I'd lean towards Sylvie, more unusual and v pretty. For Granny chic, we would have gone with Betty for a girl, but as you know it's boys all the way for us so far !

I'll suggest


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


how about,

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

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!

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.

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

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

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!

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.

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

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

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

I prefer Sylvie

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.

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.

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?

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!

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

Sylvia Edith sounds fab I think.

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

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

Maude / Maud

Any good?

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

Oh,and Dinah grin

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

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.

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!

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!

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

Lily Allen's first dd was Ethel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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