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Athena, Adelaide or Xanthe?

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Disastronaut Sat 26-Oct-13 19:44:15

These are our final short list for newborn DD1. Do people think Xanthe is a bit pretentious/Islington-y? Is Athena always going to be a poster shop?

She'll have a double-barrelled surname, half of which is 'foreign'.

Honest opinions welcome! Ta.

JimmyCorpseHell Sat 26-Oct-13 19:49:22

I really like Xanthe. I don't like Adelaide at all. Athena... dunno. HTH grin

Disastronaut Sat 26-Oct-13 19:54:14


nomorecrumbs Sat 26-Oct-13 19:54:58

I really like Adelaide. Xanthe and Athena are very Greek! smile

MiniTheMinx Sat 26-Oct-13 19:57:45

Not the capital city of South Australia? noooooo

I love Athena

ChipAndSpud Sat 26-Oct-13 19:58:17

I love Xanthe, but I'm not sure if people would know how to spell/pronounce it?

I'm not sure if I like Adelaide or not, and Athena is nice.

TallulahBetty Sat 26-Oct-13 20:00:12

Love Adelaide. Don't like the others.

JumpingJackSprat Sat 26-Oct-13 20:04:40

Athena adelaide then xanthe but theyre all beautiful.

nevergoogle Sat 26-Oct-13 20:08:09

We currently have Adelaide on our list for DC3 due in April.
It's a family name (and has nothing to do with australia btw).
I like it, but think it might be a bit marmite for many.
We may use it as a middle name.

Disastronaut Sat 26-Oct-13 20:11:12

Thanks all.

Mini: we were wondering about the 'Australia issue' too. Don't want that to be the first thing that everyone thinks when they hear it.

hatebeak Sat 26-Oct-13 20:24:02

I really love Adelaide and it was a name long before it was a city. It's beautiful - strong and graceful. Athena is fine, strong as well. For me, Xanthe is a bit much: it's not hideous or anything, and there's nothing wrong with a good pretentious name, but to me it manages to be a bit prententious without the benefit of being especially unusual. It's pretty enough.

TheNunsOfGavarone Sat 26-Oct-13 20:46:10

Xanthe is lovely and so is Ianthe.

I prefer Artemis to Athena.

Coupon Sat 26-Oct-13 20:48:17

Adelaide = Australia
Athena = greetings cards

Xanthe is a lovely name, pretty and unusual.

TravelinColour Sat 26-Oct-13 20:49:16

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hoppinghare Sat 26-Oct-13 20:51:52

Adelaide is really nice. I. don't like the other two.

Frontdoorstep Sat 26-Oct-13 20:56:48

Even though Adelaide is an ok name, I think most people will instantly think she was called after the Australian city.

They'll all ok as names I guess but not my cup of tea.

Joycey29 Sat 26-Oct-13 21:28:44

Love them all! Adelaide is family name - shortened to A-dee!
Off the three I d go Xanthe! But as an Anthea I have been Anthe all my life so love the similarity!

MiniTheMinx Sat 26-Oct-13 22:04:10

I used to know an Adelaide, I do actually like it and it can be shortened to Ada (ayda) which is quite nice. But how many people will just instantly think Australia?

night1971 Sun 27-Oct-13 08:50:39

I know of a few Athenas and it is one of my favourite names!

Also know an Adelaide known as Addie. Never once thought about Australia!

Xanthe is very pretty too.

saintmerryweather Sun 27-Oct-13 08:53:13

why does it matter if people think of australia when they hear the name? adelaide is beautiful

CordeliaRose Sun 27-Oct-13 12:04:18

I love the name Xanthe - to me is beautiful, unusual but not 'way out'!

LondonNightmareInGhostlyBoots Sun 27-Oct-13 12:45:28

Xanthe, its awesome! Way high up my list. I really like Athena too - I perfer Athene bit I'm very unkeen on -a names in general. Never heard of a card shop - would people really think of a card shop before the greek warrior goddess of wisdom?hmm

Adelaide is fine, nothing wrong with it, but the other two are much better imo.

aoife24 Sun 27-Oct-13 12:54:31

I think I prefer Xanthe. As others have said, the name Adelaide pre-dates the city. The city was named in honour of Princess Adelaide, Queen Consort of William IV.

Allalonenow Sun 27-Oct-13 13:02:54

I like Adelaide best from your list, I feel people will think of the royal connection rather than the Australian city.

curiousgeorgie Sun 27-Oct-13 23:40:21

I love Athena, it was on my short list for DD2..

Would have used Athie as a nickname smile

Can never have it though even if I have a DD3 one day as it rhymes with the name we did choose!

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