Theola?

(36 Posts)
MrsSneezy Wed 27-Mar-13 10:48:46

Our baby girl is due in 6 weeks and we've been stuck for names for ages. We came across Theola in our baby name book and both like it. Shortenings are Thea and Lola. I think it's unusual and pretty without being too 'out there', but would love opinions from others.

Our baby book says it's Greek and means gift from god. We have no Greek connection but if we stuck to English names that would be very limiting.

What do you think? Is it too out there? Does it sound made up even though it's not?

Kt8791 Wed 27-Mar-13 10:54:56

I like it! But then I like unusual names for girls. Also like the nn's.

KittenOfDoom Wed 27-Mar-13 10:56:16

I think it does sound made up. Where is the 'gift' element? Theodora means 'gift from God', as does Dorothea. 'Theola' doesn't seem authentic like either of those.

ladymia Wed 27-Mar-13 12:58:50

I do not like the sound of it. It either sounds made up or it sounds like you just like the boy's name Theo and decided to added -la to make it a girl name. Or worse, you put two names together to make one.

I really don't like it.

lockets Wed 27-Mar-13 13:07:16

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Teapig Wed 27-Mar-13 13:49:36

Thanks, it's great to have all these opinions.

kitten, some websites I found said it means 'gift from god' and others say the meaning is 'divine', they must be rough translations from the original Greek.

I guess my main worry is that it's so unusual people might think we made it up but then I suppose we can set them straight.

I like that it's an unusual name that also gives us more usual nn options.

Teapig Wed 27-Mar-13 13:54:25

Ooh just to say that the above post was from me, MrsSneezy/Teapig. I name changed for my local threads and forgot to change back earlier.

OkayHazel Thu 28-Mar-13 00:29:10

It sounds like Thea and Lola have been mushed together. I'd pick one of these too. Or, go fot Thea Lola Surname or similar.

MidnightMasquerader Thu 28-Mar-13 00:37:42

I don't think it looks that nice when written done, nor the sound of it. It looks like you were set on the name Theo, and then had a girl...

When there are so, so many lovely names out there to choose from, this seems like an odd one to make the short-list, let alone be the pick.

As for people thinking it's made up - most people won't actually tell you they think this; they'll just think it, so you'll rarely get the opportunity to put people right. wink

Teapig Thu 28-Mar-13 08:11:42

Thanks for all the comments it's really good to get feedback before we go public with our name choice.

Our short list is actually
Theola
Ottilie
Fionnuala
Safia - it's Arabic and means pure though we have pretty much discounted this as it's likely to be mistaken for Sofia a lot

As you can tell we like unusual names. I think that despite the comments Theola is still top which I reassures me that I do really like the name even if people think we mashed together Theo and Lola or really wanted a Theo when actually it's just an old fashioned under used name that we really like.

KittenOfDoom Thu 28-Mar-13 10:33:18

I'm afraid it makes me think of tombola.

badtime Thu 28-Mar-13 10:42:17

I don't like it, reminds me of 'payola' (music chart fixing in the US).

I had a quick google, and it seems that it is derived from 'Theophilia' (you may be more familiar with the male name 'Theophilus'). Theo means god, philia means love, so the meaning would be to do with that, not gifts.

KittenOfDoom Thu 28-Mar-13 12:59:20

Ah right, see what's happened there - because anything with 'philia' in would go down really well nowadays, yeah?

Teapig Thu 28-Mar-13 15:57:09

When I googled it came up as a name in its own right, interesting though to see where it might be derived from.

kitten your were right that it dosen't 'gift' in the meaning, I'd misremembered that. Rechecked baby book and it means 'sent from god' apparently.

It seems to have been most popular in the 1920s and 30s but now seems completely unused.

It's great to have everyone's views. I guess a lot of friends and family will have similar opinions on it but we love it and hopefully it will be a grower on friends and family.

KittenOfDoom Thu 28-Mar-13 16:24:05

I make it 1 for, 6 against so far.hmm

DoingItForMyself Thu 28-Mar-13 16:31:50

I prefer Thea tbh. Don't know why, I think maybe the 'ola' part reminds me of areola or Crayola!

Sorry, not especially helpful, but the 'ola' seems to be a bit of a thing for others too!

Teapig Thu 28-Mar-13 19:02:06

Yes I think it's about 7/1 not in favour which I guess shows that many people won't like our name choice which isn't surprising as Theola is a very unpopular name in terms baby name stats.

But it's made me realise that I don't really mind that and as long as DH and I love the name it doesn't really matter. Weirdly it's made me feel more sure about choosing Theola. I just hope our little one will love her name and if not she can go by Thea or Lola which I think are also lovely.

lockets Thu 28-Mar-13 19:24:29

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thegreylady Thu 28-Mar-13 19:24:48

I know a Theonie which is similar-not keen on the 'ola' ending though Lola is quite pretty.

Teapig Thu 28-Mar-13 19:43:33

Thanks lockets, I misremembered the meaning earlier. I've read that it means 'divine' or 'sent from god', seems to vary a bit from website to website. I like the meaning 'divine'.

grey lady, interesting that there are other variations, I hadn't heard of Theonie.

Oddly I really like the 'ola' ending which I think is the bit most people don't like.

Thanks for all the comments!

Bluestocking Thu 28-Mar-13 19:56:28

I don't like the "ola" ending. It makes the word sound like an early twentieth century brand name, like Victrola or Shinola. Thea is lovely, as is Theodora. I don't like Lola at all.

ParmaViolette Thu 28-Mar-13 20:00:34

I prefer it spelled Fiola.

Viviennemary Thu 28-Mar-13 20:05:52

I don't like it that much. It doesn't really have a nice sound to it. But it's not awful.

Theas18 Thu 28-Mar-13 20:06:57

Fiola? ? Now that's not the spelling our the pronunciation at all ugh!

Go for Thea, you know you want too wink

Shybairns Thu 28-Mar-13 20:09:15

Our neighbours eldest is called Thea. I really like it.

sittinginthesun Thu 28-Mar-13 20:11:43

I love Thea. Gorgeous name, and very strong sounding.

nectarini1983 Thu 28-Mar-13 20:34:37

I prefer Thea/ Tèa/ Tia....I don't think Theola is a pretty looking name....and predictive text changes it to "throat" on my phone.

lockets Thu 28-Mar-13 23:28:17

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birdofthenorth Thu 28-Mar-13 23:28:23

Sounds like a girl called Thea who plays the viola, sorry! I do love Thea though, it is simple, beautiful and underused (don't know why when Theo is pretty popular). Lola is nice but faddy and has already had its day in my mind if I'm honest (most I know are aged between 5 and 10, not babies).

lockets Thu 28-Mar-13 23:51:29

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Teapig Fri 29-Mar-13 09:03:41

Thanks ladies. I love Thea too and think that will be the shortening we'll use. There's something about Theola though I just love.

It's great to have opinions from others though and also to know what might come up on predictive text when I start to send the baby arrival messages out!

seeker Fri 29-Mar-13 09:08:25

What about Theodora?

Wishfulmakeupping Fri 29-Mar-13 09:21:09

I like Safia smile
Another name you might like is Athea I nearly choose it as a middle name I actually really like-Anthea but it's forever ruined by Anthea turner sad

Wishfulmakeupping Fri 29-Mar-13 09:21:27

Chose even

Frikadellen Fri 29-Mar-13 19:24:43

I like it

Teapig Sat 30-Mar-13 17:07:48

Thanks frikadellen, glad it's not just me and DH who like it.

So now we're trying to agree on middle names. I think because we're using an unusual first name we need to balance it with a more common middle name. Our short list so far:

Theola Isobel Rose
Theola Sophie Rose
Theola Amity Rose (I know, Amityville Horror and all that but it's French for friendship and I think it's quite sweet)
Theola Sicily Rose (DH's choice, I'm a little sceptical)

Or we may just drop the Rose, it's not a family name and mega popular these days I know. I just think it helps the name flow.

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