Which do you prefer? Tatum (Tate) Natalya (Tully) Alessia (essie)

(35 Posts)
TheBleedinObvious Tue 20-Aug-13 10:08:17

Opinions and other alternative suggestions appreciated.

Dh wants something substantial on the birth cert so the full names are my compromises.

We will however be using the nicknames primarily from birth.

Surname is 2 syllables 'flowery' type so I didn't want anything too feminine.

TheBleedinObvious Tue 20-Aug-13 10:09:54

Oh and middle name is family name Margaret smile

meditrina Tue 20-Aug-13 10:14:35

Of those, I'd prefer Natalya, but with Tasha as the nn.

If you really want to use one of the nns day to day, than I'd go for Alessia/Essie.

What about a unisex (but more widely used on boys) name like Sasha?

Thesimplethings Tue 20-Aug-13 10:15:10

I like natalya

I like natalya but with the nn Talie.

squoosh Tue 20-Aug-13 12:25:43

Don't really like any of the nicknames, to be honest I'm not crazy of the full names either but would choose Natalya.

Drop Tully though, it's just awful. Reminds of of Susan Tully aka Michelle from Eastenders.

squoosh Tue 20-Aug-13 12:26:09

Sasha is gorgeous.

Hate the nicknames, love Natalaya and Margaret, don't like the rest. Well you did ask!

DolomitesDonkey Tue 20-Aug-13 12:32:43

Natalia, pronounced Talia - although it'll be bastardised and prounced with a flat a. sad

Your nicknames are all dire and scream of try-hard. Well, you did ask!

Teladi Tue 20-Aug-13 12:36:05

I love Alessia, but I think you'll find she'll end up being Ali to her friends, even if you start with calling her Essie!

night1971 Tue 20-Aug-13 12:47:20

I don't understand the fixation on nicknames. The names are pretty enough on their own.

Sometimes nick names evolve, sometimes they don't. Sometimes they come about due to other characteristics (physical) or personality traits and have nothing to do with their name.

I would go for the name I like best TBH.

ZolaBuddleia Tue 20-Aug-13 12:57:47

Essie is the only nickname I like, but I'd come to it from Esther or Cressida.

Good shout zola Cressida is a great name and essi as nn makes perfect sense.

TheBleedinObvious Tue 20-Aug-13 14:06:19

I quite like Esther but thought it is maybe too granny ish especially with Margaret which is 100% the middle name choice. It does sound like a woman in her 80s.

I don't like sasha or Cressida, but thank you for the suggestions.

I am quite happy with this list, despite the criticisms so I think we have finally found our short list smile

TheBleedinObvious Tue 20-Aug-13 14:12:09

I don't mind if no one likes the middle names or even if they don't stick and I'm the only one using them. I would like to give them a go as I like them.

I would prefer just to use the nicknames myself but dh has convinced me that using more substantial long names has a number of benefits.

As it is I do like the long versions as well, so if she wants to go by that I'm happy anyway.

Jojay Tue 20-Aug-13 14:14:34

How about Natasha, nn Tasha?

love Tully. reminds me of a book of the same name I really enjoyed.

Thurlow Tue 20-Aug-13 14:17:29

Esther Margaret is lovely!

Tattva Tue 20-Aug-13 14:24:34

Natalya and Alessia are nice enough. Everything else is dire.

I have never seen a positive example of a parent trying to manipulate the nickname from birth. It always ends in frustration (and on one occasion tears).

Choccyhobnob Tue 20-Aug-13 16:07:45

Think I'm on my own but really like Tatum (but not the nickname Tate)

niffernaffer Tue 20-Aug-13 17:59:14

Another for (Natalya) Tully Margaret here. Do what you want to do, above all, some of the commentators on these threads can really get you down!

Cassieyellow Tue 20-Aug-13 18:57:38

You cannot determine nicknames! Makes me shake my head every time people presume they can do this. when child becomes a teenager (or probably longer these days) they Will decide themselves and even then it can change again and again.

Cassieyellow Tue 20-Aug-13 18:58:11

earlier not longer!

picnicbasketcase Tue 20-Aug-13 19:02:33

Not at all keen on Tully or Tate, so Alessia / Essie gets my vote. The long name is very pretty and the nn is sweet too.

I asked this on your other thread as well but why force the nickname? Tate and tully for a girl are bloody awful anyway but honestly, you should pick a name you like and plan to use and let the nickname evolve from it. Forcing a nickname out of any old random long name is weird.

Natalia would be tally not tully. Tatum is heinous. Allessia NN essie is the only one where both names are nice and the nickname actually flows.

jumpingpillows Tue 20-Aug-13 19:27:49


DizzyCow63 Tue 20-Aug-13 19:28:43

My DSD is Natalya, but gets Nats from her friends, Tally from her Mum and Talya from the younger members of the family who can't pronounce her name!

Thurlow Tue 20-Aug-13 20:01:10

You can choose nicknames and build from there, plenty of people do that, but I think it tends to only work with reasonable derivatives. So you can want a Beth and then decide whether you want Bethan, Bethany or Elizabeth. Or you can want an Ellie and choose between Eleanor, Elinor or Eleanora.

The nn's you like, while nice, feel forced out of the longer names, if that makes sense?

(Also, as a lisper, I think Essie might be the hardest to pronounce name I've ever heard! grin)

Rhubarbgarden Tue 20-Aug-13 21:51:20

I love Esther. It's much nicer than the others.

PistachioTruffle Tue 20-Aug-13 21:54:37

I really, really dislike Tatum, sorry.

I think Natalya is pretty, but if you're set on the nn Tully I think it may be misheard/mispronounced as Tally (which I personally like, but you may not).

Alessia is pretty, as is Essie.

TheBleedinObvious Thu 22-Aug-13 00:34:04

Thanks for your opinions.

You haven't put me off grin

I am happy with the long names now and I love them with Margaret as a middle name.

Tbh if the nicknames don't stick I'm am fine with that.

I think natalya, alessia and Tatum are all very nice names and I would be proud to name my daughter any of them.

Which is good as we have had such a headache coming to a short list that we agree on smile

sleepywombat Thu 22-Aug-13 02:02:25

Natalia is the nicest.

georgettemagritte Thu 22-Aug-13 02:27:07

I prefer Alessia of the three.

Oriunda Thu 22-Aug-13 06:32:56

I like Alessia not so keen on Essie though as nn (and does not seem a natural nn). I suspect she may get called Alex which is not a bad nn. In Italy Alessia would get shortened to Ale (allay).

Natalya ok but again I think Nat would end up being a more likely nn. Prefer Natalia as a spelling though.

Agree you can't choose a name based on what you think will be her nickname. My nn at school was 'carrot' (no I don't have red hair!) so there is no way of knowing what she will end up calling herself/being called.

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