We can't choose Skye can we? Please help us choose...

(51 Posts)
FetaCheeny Sat 27-Jul-13 22:23:56

Ok so DH never gets excited about names and there's only 1 name he really loves and it's Layla (I prefer Leila he prefers Layla)
We went on honeymoon to the Isle of Skye and since then we've both also fallen for that name too. But our surname is Forde. Skye Forde is only 2 syllables and sounds like Skyfall, should we rule it out? Nn would be Mary (family name on both sides)

If we went for Leila, how does Leila Skye Forde sound?? I'm not sure about it. Or Leila Skye Mary Forde? I'd like to get Mary in for family reasons.
The other name I love is Alexandra and DH likes it... Alexandra Skye [Mary] Forde sounds nicer and more classy but DH can't let go of Leila and I kind of like that he loves a name that much because no others get him excited. Help!

One other thing - DH is Irish, we are both fair, he's slightly auburn and very pale, would Leila suit a fair child? That's the only thing that puts me off.

Other names we both quite like

Any advice much appreciated!

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Sat 27-Jul-13 22:29:30

I think if you are going to NN your child Mary it should feature in her name somewhere. I.E - she goes by her middle name.
I love the name Layla (DH vetoed it - boo!) but not sure it goes with Skye.
I also like Alexandra (DH vetoed that too!).
I think Alexandra Mary Forde sounds lovely.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 27-Jul-13 22:32:09

I do prefer the Layla spelling. But Layla Skye Forde sounds fine. It's a middle name,you won't be shouting it in the street in it's entirety very often.

I think your surname can carry a polysyllabic first name well. Francesca Forde sounds great. But then I am of the non MN opinion that some alliterative names sound fabulous. The key is they in no way rhyme.

LaRosaBella Sat 27-Jul-13 22:32:48

I think leila Skye is a lovely name but that's probably because its very similar to my daughters name which is Lilah Skye and we have a surname beginning with F too!

Twirlyhot Sat 27-Jul-13 22:33:09

Do you mean MN Mary?

Alexandra is lovely. Alexandra Mary Forde is great.

Writerwannabe83 Sat 27-Jul-13 22:34:31

I love Layla too - I think Layla Skye Ford sounds lovely grin

dementedma Sat 27-Jul-13 22:35:17

I don't understand why you would give the child one name and then call her Mary?
Why don't you just call her Mary and have done with all the Skye/laila stuff?

LazyMonkeyButler Sat 27-Jul-13 22:35:29

I don't really understand how the nn can be Mary when there's no Mary (or anything similar) anywhere in the name?

How about Skye Leila Mary?

FetaCheeny Sat 27-Jul-13 22:35:44

Oops sorry yes meant middle name Mary. Thanks for responses so far!

Twirlyhot Sat 27-Jul-13 22:36:43
Alisvolatpropiis Sat 27-Jul-13 22:37:05

Totally missed Alexandra in your OP.

It's a lovely classic name. Alexandra Skye Forde also sounds great.

Your surname lends itself to so many names because it has no s at the end.

FetaCheeny Sat 27-Jul-13 22:38:05

Haha he is a claot

Thurlow Sat 27-Jul-13 22:38:13

Alexandra Skye Ford is gorgeous. And there's a dozen nn's you can have for Alexandra.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 27-Jul-13 22:38:18

OP I know two Layla's. One is Jordanian. The other is blonde and blue eyed. I think it's sufficiently crossed cultures that having a fair Layla doesn't raise eyebrows.

FetaCheeny Sat 27-Jul-13 22:38:46

Haha he is a Clapton fan yes! grin

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Sat 27-Jul-13 22:42:20

This Version is what made me love the name Layla smile

FetaCheeny Sat 27-Jul-13 22:52:21

little princess that is a lovely version of it smile. Music does seem to feature heavily in DH's opinions on names.

WafflyVersatile Sat 27-Jul-13 22:55:02

Forde is a good strong surname

Leila Skye Forde sounds good. or Layla. I'm not fussed. grin

FetaCheeny Sat 27-Jul-13 22:56:12

alisvola I'm glad you said that. I do tend to agree that the name has been used enough to have crossed cultures now. DH uses the cultural argument to push for his fave (Clapton) spelling of the name though. Oh god he's going to get his way isn't he? It is a lovely name.

I love that Alexandra has more nn's, but Alex Forde does sound quite masculine, with the surname being a car manufacturer, whereas Leila/Layla adds more femininity.

TidyDancer Sat 27-Jul-13 22:58:32

Alexandra is the nicest name you have on your list IMO.

Layla/Leila is pretty but is becoming very common now.

Skye is better as a middle name I think.

Mary is also nice and less common.

chilipeppers Sat 27-Jul-13 22:59:08

Go with Skye. It's a beautiful name. Sounds fine with your surname!

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 27-Jul-13 23:01:39

I think because Layla is the more commonly used form he might do. I think people would assume that was how you were spelling it. Holly v Hollie is similar.

Historically Alexandra's used Alix rather than Alex. I know an Alexandra who occasionally goes by Alex but more often Al or Lexi (very close family and friends). I know another who flat out ignores people who call her Alex, it's Al,Ally or Alexandra.

UnrequitedSkink Sat 27-Jul-13 23:02:05

Leila Ford sounds better than Skye Ford imho. As a compromise you should go with your spelling if its his choice of name. And Skye is a lovely middle name.

BlueStarsAtNight Sat 27-Jul-13 23:03:37

I think Layla Skye Forde or Layla Skye Mary Forde are both lovely. I don't mind Alexandra but think Layla is prettier and def more feminine.

TidyDancer Sat 27-Jul-13 23:03:55

Ooh really? I have a close friend called Alexandra and have never heard Alix used. Looks like a brand name for something! I've known a few men and women called Alexander or Alexandra over the years and the nn has always been Alex.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 27-Jul-13 23:06:34


I meant really historic, Edwardian era and before smile. I think it is still common in Europe (not Southern) though.

WafflyVersatile Sat 27-Jul-13 23:07:15

Never heard of the Alix thing either.

squoosh Sat 27-Jul-13 23:19:33

I think Skye Forde sounds beautiful. A striking and elegant name.

I'm not wild about Leila/Layla.

FetaCheeny Sat 27-Jul-13 23:23:29

Thanks for all the responses so far. It looks like quite an even split between Alexandra and Layla, with most preferring Skye as a mn.

I just looked up the baby names list for 2012 and Layla was much higher than I expected, at 29! way higher than Alexandra and some other names I assumed would be high like Bella.
I don't have any other dc so don't know many children, are there lots of Laylas running about? We're in greater London.
It wouldn't put me off entirely, but I would prefer it didn't get up towards top ten.

Also, anyone with a little Layla/Alexandra? do they like their name?

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 27-Jul-13 23:23:40


It's an old nickname in the UK as I said. Definitely still happened though! grin

squoosh Sat 27-Jul-13 23:25:10

Lots of Laylas/Leilas/Lilas/Lolas/Lyras around at the moment.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 27-Jul-13 23:26:33

Are there lots of Lyras squoosh? That's interesting, I've yet to meet one but I suppose name popularity depends on where you live!

WafflyVersatile Sat 27-Jul-13 23:27:16

I'm in the UK! and I'm old! Well I'm not young any longer. hmph.

squoosh Sat 27-Jul-13 23:28:13

When I say 'lots' I mean I've met two and Sophie Dahl has one! Not exactly a scientific survey.

FetaCheeny Sat 27-Jul-13 23:29:11

Squoosh - interesting to hear you think Skye Forde is striking. That's a good point, I think the 2 syllables can make it sound quite strong.

steppemum Sat 27-Jul-13 23:29:11

my favourite nn for alexander is sasha, which I think is very pretty.

If you want to call her Mary though, then put it in somewhere

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 27-Jul-13 23:32:36

Ah I see squoosh. I wasn't saying you were wrong, it is interesting how a name can be significantly more popular in some areas than others. The thread I started about Noah was indicative of that.

OpenMindedSceptic Sat 27-Jul-13 23:35:24

Fetacheeny - I don't know ant Laylas and i know only two small Alexandras.

OpenMindedSceptic Sat 27-Jul-13 23:35:42


squoosh Sat 27-Jul-13 23:37:10

Personally I far prefer Skye Forde to your other suggestions Feta, the other names you're thinking of are fine but don't thrill me particularly.

Skye Forde sounds like a modern day literary heroine.

squoosh Sat 27-Jul-13 23:38:55

Oh I know you weren't Alis and I am very prone to exaggeration. Have definitely met a fair few Leilas/Lilas though. I think they're names that celebs picked for their kids and seem to have trickled down.

Onyabike Sat 27-Jul-13 23:41:10

I know two Laylas - both in their 30s. Don't know any young Laylas though.

GW297 Sun 28-Jul-13 00:00:56

Layla Skye Mary Forde is lovely! I think I might have even taught a Layla-Skye at some point.

Alexandra is also lovely.

JumpingJackSprat Sun 28-Jul-13 07:20:05

My favourite combination of your names is Francesca Leila Mary Forde. PP is right, Francesca Forde is great!

DoubleLifeIsALifeHalved Sun 28-Jul-13 07:32:23

I actually think all the names are lovely - which is surprising as I confess am very picky!

Layla is quite popular now, 2 in my Ds nursery (London), but it's still a nice name. Skye I actually love, im wondering why you went off it a bit? Mary also lovely... Skye Mary Forde?

Also liking alot Francesa and Alexandra, but for me (& names are sooo personal!), more classic than individual... Which is a good quality but your others are more individual?

jazzcat28 Sun 28-Jul-13 07:47:10

I love the name Alexandra but can't use it as DH and DF are both Alexander. I went to school with an Alexandra who chose to shorten to Lexi/Lexy as she felt Alex was too masculine.

Lexi Skye Mary Forde or Lexy Skye Mary Forde looks feminine to me

MrsBungle Sun 28-Jul-13 07:53:46

I like Skye Layla forde


Skye Mary forde

Wbdn28 Sun 28-Jul-13 09:47:27

Skye Forde sounds great! I don't know what Skyfall is so wouldn't have thought of it.

Writerwannabe83 Sun 28-Jul-13 09:49:21

Not a Bond fan then.... smile

FetaCheeny Sun 28-Jul-13 10:22:49

doublelife I think you've hit the nail on the head with your comment that Alexandra etc are more classic and therefore less original. I love the name Alexandra but find it hard to get AS excited about as Skye or Leila which I find more quirky.
Francesca was my old favourite before I thought of any of the others but what put me off was the nn Fran, I love Frankie, Cesca, Chessie but dislike Fran.

The only reason I've gone off Skye is purely the movie and song Skyfall, as whenever I hear the name I hear Adelle's dramatic voice. This is Dh's fault as he's mentioned it so often. But so many of you have thought it sounds lovely I'm starting to be swayed.

I was considering going for Leila Skye Mary and using Skye as a nn if it suits her? I had lots of nn's growing up, and quite liked it. I definitely want to use Skye day to do IYSWIM!

SoupDragon Sun 28-Jul-13 10:32:43

Mary Skye sounds better than Skye Mary for some reason. So Alexandra Mary Skye, Leila Mary Skye...

However, if you want to use Skye day-to-day then use that as the first name. Skye Leila Mary? I don't see a problem with "Sky Fall" TBH.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now