I didn't choose Adelaide...was I right?

(45 Posts)
Pos1 Tue 16-Apr-13 11:03:28

Just a musing really. When I was pregnant with my now 18 month old, the girls name I liked the best was Adelaide. I didn't go for it for a whole host of reason....didn't want to saddle her with an unusual name not sure of reception from family and wondered how she would feel growing up in Sputh East London with such a name.

Anyway we went for another one which is completely differ net but still lovely with lots of lovely derivatives. But.... What do you think of Adelaide? Would you have rolled your eyes in private? Any other such names? My mum wanted Guinevere for me, but decided against for the same reasons.......

InTheBoonies Tue 16-Apr-13 11:10:13

I nearly went for Adelaide too. I love it but didn't like the thought of the nickname Adi, I went for something more 50's in the end which I'm happy with.

I did wonder if Kate Middleton might use Adelaide as it's a Royal name.

hatebeak Tue 16-Apr-13 11:12:01

I love Adelaide, but I'm sure what you've chosen is just as nice! Guinevere probably is a bit more extreme, so I can understand why your mum might have decided to back away from that one...

I love it.
What did you choose in the end?

Pos1 Tue 16-Apr-13 12:23:58

I'd rather not say which name we chose in the end but we have two girls and the names we considered were


And we out girls names are from that list (but obviously not Adelaide!)

thermalsinapril Tue 16-Apr-13 12:43:05

TBH I prefer all the other names on your list to Adelaide! So whatever you've chosen I think it's a nicer choice.

xyla Tue 16-Apr-13 13:24:10

I prefer the others to Adelaide, too. I think it looks pretty on paper, but I don't like the spoken version. Maybe it's the final 'D' sound.

I think all your list is lovely so even if Adelaide would have been the best you've chosen well.

MolotovCocktail Tue 16-Apr-13 13:54:58

I prefer Mary, Maria and Constance to Adelaide. Adelaide sounds to me the most faddy - well, the only faddy name on your list.

HTH smile

Lavenderhoney Tue 16-Apr-13 14:01:54

My grandmothers middle name was Adelaide and she grew up in London. I think it's a nice name, but it was never explained why- London family so no Aussie connections ( that we know of!)

ExasperatedSigh Tue 16-Apr-13 14:42:32

Personally I'm not a fan, so I think you made the right choice. Also, I have a strong SE London accent and Adelaide does not lend itself well to such a thing grin

Exhaustipated Tue 16-Apr-13 17:19:24

I think you were right smile
I just think 'Australia' and prefer all the other names on your list.

MoonHare Tue 16-Apr-13 17:30:44

You did the right thing, Adelaide is clunky.

forevergreek Tue 16-Apr-13 17:37:23

A family member has a 9 month old called Adeline which is v similar but maybe not as harsh?

rowtunda Tue 16-Apr-13 19:37:32

I prefer all the other names on your list to Adelaide!

Cravingdairy Tue 16-Apr-13 19:39:47

I like it.

raisah Tue 16-Apr-13 21:54:07

Adelaide is lovely and so are Adele and Adela.

SarahAndFuck Wed 17-Apr-13 09:56:29

I'm trying to convince my friend to call her baby Adelaide or Florence right now. I love them both and don't think Adelaide is all that 'out there' even though it's not a commonly used name at the moment. Best of both worlds really.

It's a Royal name and I think it has quite a musical sound to it, and something French. Not faddy at all.

My favourites from your list are Adelaide, Constance, Elizabeth and Judith.

fedupofnamechanging Wed 17-Apr-13 10:00:05

I like Katherine and Maria best out of your list. Adelaide just makes me think of Australia!

I actually prefer Adelaide to all the names on your list, I think they're a bit stuffy.

I wouldn't have considered it an out there name at all. I think you should have gone for it.

charlottery Wed 17-Apr-13 14:42:16

My little girl is called Adelaide. I know what you mean about doubting it. Even though I love her name, it still worries me what other people think (hence clicking on this thread!) Strangely, we never even considered it when I was pregnant, it just seemed right when she was born. Judith and Elizabeth were on our list too!

Pos1 Wed 17-Apr-13 15:46:28

Well lots of interesting replies - quite split really, so I guess pretty much the same as any other name.....it's all down to personal opinion!

IroningBoredDaily Wed 17-Apr-13 21:03:21

I'm not overly keen on Adelaide. There's an Adeline in ds' class (nn Addie) and I do think that name is lovely.

I don't like it - you were right.

JambalayaCodfishPie Thu 18-Apr-13 21:35:01

I loved Adelaide. It was on our list along with Alice, and Nancy.

aftermay Thu 18-Apr-13 21:39:59

I thought Adelaide was a version of Adelheid, Heidi.

mathanxiety Thu 18-Apr-13 23:43:30

It reminds me of adenoid and also of a old Dublin hospital.

It's a name that gets chosen with a particular nn in mind (Addie) -- I don't know any Adelaides that are ever known by their full name. Parents who choose Adelaide have an aversion to Addison.

mathanxiety Thu 18-Apr-13 23:43:47

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MiaowTheCat Fri 19-Apr-13 21:00:43

I prefer Adeline - similar but without the Australia thing going on as obviously.

squoosh Fri 19-Apr-13 21:14:54

I don't like Adelaide, you made the right decision! It's an odd mix of frilly yet frumpy.


Laquila Sat 20-Apr-13 09:29:22

I think Adelaide is pretty but I also like the others on your list, particularly Constance and Rosemary.

Could the posters mentioning Adeline please tell me whether it's pronounced A-deh-lyne or A-deh-leen? Thank you

MiaowTheCat Sat 20-Apr-13 15:57:57

The one I knew of was Ad-eh-lyne (best I can do with a keyboard to approximate it).

diddl Sat 20-Apr-13 18:16:16

I really like it.

Also like Della.

I know an Adelina.

simplesusan Sun 21-Apr-13 23:05:59

I like Adelaide.
I also like most of the other names on your list too.

I like all your other names except adelaide. It makes me think of australia.

nooka Mon 22-Apr-13 04:45:24

I don't really like Adelaide. Partly because it makes me think of Great Aunt Adelaide from Nurse Matilda and she was a very unattractive character, and partly because I just don't think it's very attractive sounding. To me it's an old lady name that shouldn't come back (like Agnes, Gertrude or Maud).

Guinevere on the other hand is beautiful.

lulalullabye Mon 22-Apr-13 04:54:18

Adelaide is the city where I live not a name wink

diddl Mon 22-Apr-13 07:26:36

Adelaide the city is named after a Queen Adelaide isn't it?

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Mon 22-Apr-13 09:28:44

No, I don't see it as a nice, attractive name at all.

The royal connotations have been completely overrun by the city-in-a-neighbouring-country-to-me connotations. I would even venture that it's a bit <whispers> c-word where I come from.

HagsFlungOut Mon 22-Apr-13 11:49:23

"Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen (Adelaide Amelia Louise Theresa Caroline; 13 August 1792 – 2 December 1849) was the queen consort of the United Kingdom and of Hanover as spouse of William IV of the United Kingdom. Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia, is named after her."


She would indeed have been Adelheid to her German family.

mylittlepuds Mon 22-Apr-13 20:26:22

I love Adelaide but you would have to be bold and prepared for the criticism behind your back - unfortunately that's always going to happen with unusual names. I think Adelaide as a middle name would be safe as middle names are there to be daring smile

melodyme Sun 28-Apr-13 19:51:26

I'm in the US and Adelaide is actually getting a little common. There were two in my daughter's dance class. One went by Lydie and the other by Addy. It's a pretty name.

TheRealFellatio Sun 28-Apr-13 19:52:25

Yes. It's a horrible name. Very hard sounding and inelegant. It's a mystery to me why it's suddenly so popular.

Rhubarbgarden Sun 28-Apr-13 21:26:23

I like it. But I like all the names on your list do you've clearly got good taste.

amessagetoyouYoni Sun 28-Apr-13 21:29:06

Your list is really nice. I do love Adelaide, though. Great name.

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