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Xanthe Joy or Thea Adelphie?

(14 Posts)
NotChristmasCarol Sun 23-Sep-12 22:08:33

That's it really. Which do you prefer? I've abandoned the quest for seasonal names (DD2 due late Dec) and just gone with two names I love- Xanthe and Thea. With the middle names, Joy would be for my grandmother and Adelphie has significance as DD2 is a longed for and unexpected sister for DD1. While I like both middle names, I don't think they mix and match with the first names. So I don't really like Thea Joy, iyswim.

So: Xanthe Joy or Thea Adelphie??

YouMayLogOut Sun 23-Sep-12 22:10:35

Xanthe Joy is lovely!

Thea Adelphie is a bit of a mouthful.

SlightlySuperiorPeasant Sun 23-Sep-12 22:11:28


mellen Sun 23-Sep-12 22:17:06

If you wanted you could have Xanthe as the formal name, but make Thea a nn, using the end part of the name eg the-a, that way you get them both

bigbluebump Sun 23-Sep-12 22:17:49

Thea, perhaps short for Theodora?

Not sure how to pronounce Xanthe: Xan-the, Xan-thee, Zan-the, Zan-thee?

NotChristmasCarol Sun 23-Sep-12 22:20:52

Xanthe is, in England anyway, Zan-thee. I love Theodora but it sounds too much and too rhymey with our surname- which is 3 syllables ending in an "ah" sound.

Badgerina Sun 23-Sep-12 22:22:57

Xanthe Joy! Love it smile

NotChristmasCarol Sun 23-Sep-12 22:23:22

Mellen having had DD1's name shortened through school etc to something I don't particularly like, one of the reasons I like both Xanthe and Thea is that they're quite short and sweet and won't necessarily automatically be reduced by everyone to a single nn- famous last words!

mellen Sun 23-Sep-12 22:37:04

Never underestimate the ability of kids to shorten any name grin

Tryingtothinkofnewsnazzyname Sun 23-Sep-12 22:41:56

I love Thea but I'd go with Joy after it.

LuellaLovesLavender Mon 24-Sep-12 12:26:16

Xanthe Joy......really really beautiful!

DessieLou Mon 24-Sep-12 13:28:38

What beautiful names! A close call but I say Xanthe Joy. Xanthe has been vetoed by OH but I feel better knowing you may use it! smile

GoldenGreen Mon 24-Sep-12 13:35:09

Both beautiful. Only thing is it's a little awkward to say Thea and then another name beginning with "a".

NotChristmasCarol Mon 24-Sep-12 22:04:02

Thank you everyone. I think the consensus, with a little RL input as well, is on Xanthe Joy

And no vetoes to deal with- which is one of the (very few) advantages of having no DH or DP around. Always look on the bright side.... smile

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