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Ottilie shortened to please?

(40 Posts)
K8ster Thu 17-May-12 08:53:02

I like the name Tilly and was thinking Matilda but recently came across Ottilie, now I am confused!

Please let me know your thoughts.

BobbiFleckman Thu 17-May-12 08:54:59

have a google for the newspaper article by (i think) Lucy Cavendish saying how much she regretted calling her daughter Ottiline / ottilie. It's a hard name to wear.

redemptionsong Thu 17-May-12 08:56:53

Love Tilly smile not so keen on Matilda tho, never heard Ottilie but it is nice, a little different but not too off the wall.

ripsishere Thu 17-May-12 08:59:32

Oooh, it's a lovely name. DD had a friend called Ottoline. She was a delightful little girl.
I think you tend to associate names with people. I don't like Mathilda because a friend has a 15 YO who is a royal PITA.

redrubyshoes Thu 17-May-12 09:01:02

Ottilie Botterlie.

'Nuff said.

BillyBollyBandy Thu 17-May-12 09:01:16


I really like Ottilie, pretty and unusual. Do not like Ottoline from the article though

lesstalkmoreaction Thu 17-May-12 09:01:40

If you like Tilly then go with that, I've got a child with a nickname and she wants to change her name by deedpoll as at school it has driven her nuts as legally everything has to have her proper name on as opposed to her nickname, so she has to remember to write Elizabeth on exams etc instead of Lizzie and we have never called her Elizabeth, I wish I had put Lizzie on the birth certificate.

redrubyshoes Thu 17-May-12 09:01:51

I have heard of a Myrtle nicknamed Tilly though.

K8ster Thu 17-May-12 09:10:18

Yes not so keen on either.
There is Tilda or Natalie for Tilly I suppose but am not too sure about those. Any other suggestions? thinking that Ottilie is my favorite at the moment.

FetchezLaVache Thu 17-May-12 09:11:22

I really like Ottilie, Tilly AND Matilda <no help whatsoever>.

K8ster Thu 17-May-12 09:11:51

Lesstalkmoreaction.....I understand your point, my name is the same....I go by the shortened version but it has never really been a huge issue.

PacketOfBiscuits Thu 17-May-12 10:33:55

I don't like Ottilie/Tilly/Matilda but they're all perfectly good names/nicknames.

FrankWippery Thu 17-May-12 10:35:34

A friend of mine has an Ottilie. She has never been known as anything but Tilly (now almost 16). I think it's a lovely name.

sparkle12mar08 Thu 17-May-12 10:38:24

I know an Ottilie who is known as exactly that. It's classy and classic and she's a lovely child. Few names are actually 'difficult to carry' in my experience, it all comes doan to the confidence of the parents, and the confidence they imbue their children with.

ShowOfHands Thu 17-May-12 10:43:57

I have a Mathilda and I love the name Ottilie. I really dislike Tilly though, it's twee and girly and popular. But that's just personal preference.

lancelottie Thu 17-May-12 10:47:19

I know a Charlotte Elizabeth known as Tilly!

PorkyandBess Thu 17-May-12 12:05:01

I love Ottilie, but Tilly is too common imo.

I know 3 Tillys and 1 Tilda

sonniboo Thu 17-May-12 15:38:23

Why would you shorten a lovely underused name like Ottilie to such a common and overused nickname like Tilly?!

Also, I'd pronounce Ottilie with the emphasis on the Ott part, not the tilie part, so more likely to shorten to Ottie, if at all.

MoonHare Thu 17-May-12 17:15:30

Not sure about Ottilie, I'd never heard it before about a year ago and really thought the woman had said her daughter was called Otterly, which left me confused until I saw it written down on MN. Whenever I see it now all I can think of is otters!

Matilda is much nicer imo and as 'ee' ending nicknames go (of which I am not a fan) Tilly is among the better ones.

ErikNorseman Thu 17-May-12 21:04:18

Ottilie is a french name. If you don't have a french accent then it is crap. Nothing worse than a raucous english voice squawking Ottilie/Amelie/whatever. Just don't.

sonniboo Thu 17-May-12 21:18:53

Ottilie is actually a German name, the female version of Otto. In German it is pronounced Ott-ee-lye.

I thought the French and English pronunciation was the same though.

ErikNorseman Thu 17-May-12 21:33:17

Ok German - that might shoot my argument down somewhat. My point was that lovely names that sound beautiful in certain accents can sound completely dull and ruined in an English accent.

MrsAmaretto Thu 17-May-12 23:39:16

But ErikNorseman, does your point matter if the child is going to be called Tilly? The choice of names is only for paperwork or if she wants a different name when she's older

upsidewide Thu 17-May-12 23:49:23

It's a beautiful name <adds it to her wistful list of girl's names, no chance of another I'm afraid> smile

I like Ottie as well as Tilly as a nickname

LetThereBeCupcakes Fri 18-May-12 09:31:35

Oh wow, I love Ottilie. I actually don't know any Tillys - obviously not popular around here. Wouldn't bother me if it was though! If you like it, go with it!

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