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NotChristmasCarol Wed 26-Sep-12 15:29:26

So I'm pretty hooked on Xanthe Joy, but trying to do a shortlist in case DD2 comes out with a full head of dark hair and Xanthe ("yellow, blonde") doesn't feel right.

I can't have a name that ends in an "a" sound because it sounds wrong with our surname. Hence..... Cordelie? Or not?

I know it's a bit like Coralie, but I don't really like Coralie. I love Cordelia, but the "a" sound means that Cordelie would be better - unless it's horrid?

Cordelie Joy?

OhSiena Wed 26-Sep-12 15:32:49

It isn't horrid but doesn't sound quite right to me. Maybe I'm just not used to it.

'can you all make a cordlerie line please??' is what I randomly think of.
Ignore me.

How do you pronounce Xanthe? (get used to that question!)

How about Coraline? Or even Caroline? V underused now and v elegant.

jkklpu Wed 26-Sep-12 15:34:06

I really like Joy but not sure about Cordelie.
How about Claudine or Odile?

NotChristmasCarol Wed 26-Sep-12 15:35:50

It is a bit unexpected, given Cordelia (while reasonably unusual) is "known". I think Cordelie is the French form.

Xanthe is Zan-thee

For some reason I have an aversion to Coral-based names. I think it's because I'm Australian and you do get people called Coral, but it's a bit of a middle aged name <apologies to all Corals; this is just my issue>

I like Caroline. I have thought about it. I sort of still am. I went to school with quite a few of them <80s> which is probably putting me off slightly

NotChristmasCarol Wed 26-Sep-12 15:37:56

Claudine is nice, I agree.

Claudine Joy is quite good actually. My DH's middle name is Claude. Not weird?

Odile I love, but the RL feedback was: Odile = Odious. Also, vile and bile. So I moved on....

OhSiena Wed 26-Sep-12 19:27:45

Claudine is v lovely. And link to Dhs middle name makes it lovlier.

Claudine Joy is v nice indeed. The holy grail of unusual but not weird, elegant yet not poncy.

ellesabe Wed 26-Sep-12 19:35:26

Sounds too much like cordial to me. I much prefer Coralie.

MacMac123 Wed 26-Sep-12 19:36:07

Love Xanthe, was on my short list but DH vetod it.
Think you should reconsider Coralie, that's also on my short list. Lovely name and almost the same, just not hard sounding

LuellaLovesLavender Wed 26-Sep-12 20:18:40

I like it, very beautiful and unusual!

baskingseals Wed 26-Sep-12 20:23:16

love Xanthe

what about

Ottile - i think that's the spelling



SilkStalkings Wed 26-Sep-12 20:49:45

Caudalie is a winemaking term.

YouMayLogOut Wed 26-Sep-12 22:31:52

Is it Cor-DEE-lee or COR-dee-lee?

The first reminds me of Cat Deeley and the second of the word "cordially".

EugenesAxe Wed 26-Sep-12 22:35:43

I'd be more worried about Cordless, for some reason. I don't mind it as a name really, but I just worry it has ribbing potential.

rachel1970 Thu 27-Sep-12 08:39:06

I love Cordelia but Cordelie is also nice. Also like Caroline very much.

londoner01 Thu 27-Sep-12 10:22:38

i love cordelie, i think its sweet but also good for an adult can be shortened to cordie (thats probably a NN only i like though!) or dilly.

NotChristmasCarol Thu 27-Sep-12 13:00:45

Thanks for the input everyone. There are clearly mixed views on Cordelie- which I did expect, although I'm glad some like it smile

I've really come around to Claudine, the Claudine Joy combination. And I'm loving the fact that it ties back to the Collette novels and a PJ Harvey song.

BUT: would anyone be put off by the "lame" meaning?

Alltheflowers Thu 27-Sep-12 13:48:28

You have similar taste to me! I like the name Cordelie, going to add it to my desperately short shortlist

Alltheflowers Thu 27-Sep-12 13:49:11

Ps Delphi is on my shortlist - you might like that too?

Badgerina Thu 27-Sep-12 23:06:36

Love Xanthe! Cordelie really NOT.

Coraline? It's a great book by Neil Gaiman.

MadBusLady Fri 28-Sep-12 07:46:47

We only use Claud- names now because it became the name of a dynasty of Roman emperors. So no, I wouldn't be put off using it because of the original meaning, it's at one remove from the reason why we use it.

I'm not keen on Cordelie either. She would forever be correcting people glancing at her name and saying Cordelia. Caudelie is also a French skincare brand by the way.

Ephiny Fri 28-Sep-12 09:57:13

Not keen on Cordelie either, it looks a bit awkward and people would probably say it wrong.

I think Coralie is absolutely lovely, but if you don't like it you don't like it! What about Corinne?

CachuHwch Fri 28-Sep-12 10:10:19

I think it's a bit too corduroy.
My friends and I are stupid. We've been saying Zanth for Xanthe instead of Zanthee. blush We were in a group of about 7 or 8 talking about names, and Xanthe came up, and everyone pronounced it Zanth. Just so you know that there are many thick people who can't say it... grin

Gwennan Fri 28-Sep-12 10:22:29

Cordelie = cordially.

Cordelia is miles better but, as it's not right for your family, how about Melanie ('black, dark')? It's a lovely name that's underused these days.

Otherwise, names I consider similar to Cordelie or Xanthe include:

NotChristmasCarol Fri 28-Sep-12 10:47:08

Ok - I can now confirm that Cordelie is OFF the list!

So I'm currently at:

Xanthe Joy

Claudine Joy

Sabine Joy

and <late entry courtesy of Gwennan>

Fabienne Joy

(I've also had a possibly-hormonally-induced-late-breaking-entry of my own: Artemis Joy. DD1s name relates to the sun, and I'm quite taken by the fact that Artemis is associated with the moon. I'm quite prepared to be told that I need to have a cup of tea and a lie down..... grin)

MadBusLady Fri 28-Sep-12 10:51:47

I LOVE Fabienne, was nearly called this (would have preferred it too!) Nickname would be Fab, how cool is that?

Otherwise I like Xanthe and Artemis (though latter is I think supposed to be very Mumsnet and therefore to be avoided?)

Claudine I like less than Claudia and Claudette. Sabine I don't like at all, it sounds somehow medical.

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