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What do you think of Viola?

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Feb25 Tue 08-Apr-14 14:51:52

Good or bad?

I love it and I think it's a wonderful alternative to Violet! My husband likes it too, but says that it might remind people of the musical instrument or worse it might remind them of "violence"...

It can be pronounced vie-O-la, VIE-o-la or VYO-lah. I just LOVE the latter!

Lovely, but it will never be pronounced correctly.

ChickenMe Tue 08-Apr-14 15:58:11

If you love it why not. I don't love it but that's just my opinion. Read the Shakespeare play with viola in and see if you still like it after that. Or google people who have it as a first name and see if it works

bakingtins Tue 08-Apr-14 16:17:32

I like it. The two associations are the instrument and Twelth Night, both positive.
I'd say Vye-o-la (similar sound to Violet)

nyldn Tue 08-Apr-14 16:22:26

viola can be beautiful, but people will unfortunately pronounce it like the instrument, which is the least pleasant sounding.

Mintyy Tue 08-Apr-14 16:24:58

Absolutely love this name. I am fairly sure I would choose it if I were to have a baby girl now.

WowserBowser Tue 08-Apr-14 16:28:12

I like it...although my first thought is Herbert Viola

WowserBowser Tue 08-Apr-14 16:31:16

Can someone explain the different pronunciation to me?

I would pronounce the name VY O LA and the instrument the same?

Is the instrument Vee o LA?

CPtart Tue 08-Apr-14 16:34:05

Immediately thought of the musical instrument.

Northernlurker Tue 08-Apr-14 16:44:28

If I had dd4 (which I won't be doing) she would have been Viola. My others have Shakespearean names. I think it's a fab name.

Mintyy Tue 08-Apr-14 16:45:11

The instrument is pronounced Vi - OH - la

The name is pronounced VI ola (like violet)

magentasurprise Tue 08-Apr-14 22:17:08

Beautiful name but I was worried about mis pronunciation too.

mummy1973 Tue 08-Apr-14 22:23:39

Not for me. I think of the instrument and think Violet is much nicer.

lessonsintightropes Tue 08-Apr-14 22:26:37

I think of the instrument too.

I also couldn't do Violet having read Margaret Atwood's MaddAdam trilogy <random, sorry>

NomDeClavier Tue 08-Apr-14 22:29:13

People will say it 'viler'. Not a winner for me.

TheBookofRuth Tue 08-Apr-14 22:36:34

So pretty!

ToffeeMoon Wed 09-Apr-14 00:32:11

I like it in theory. But it does make me hear "violate" in the same way that Violet says "Violent" to me.

crabb Wed 09-Apr-14 00:48:23

Immediately thought 'voila'!

Polonius Wed 09-Apr-14 01:40:07

Viola! (Vwa-La!)

Gorgeous name.

Dovahkiin Wed 09-Apr-14 02:13:36

Gorgeous name - but sounds bad in my accent, or really forced. If that's not an issue for you, go for it.

telsa Wed 09-Apr-14 08:49:36

Very pretty. It also like Violette....with a soft I.

TinyTear Wed 09-Apr-14 08:56:09

Too much connotations with the instrument.

you wouldn't call a boy Piano or a girl Tambourine

GreatAuntDinah Wed 09-Apr-14 18:06:38

Not sure how relevant this is, but it's the past tense of the French verb meaning to rape. That would put me right off it.

Libby456 Wed 09-Apr-14 18:10:15

Its a very pretty name! never occurred to me that its linked with violence, i always think of musical instruments!

peppinagiro Wed 09-Apr-14 19:10:32

I have the same problem with it as a PP re: the 'rape' association. In Italian, viola (same spelling, pron VEE-o-la) means he/she rapes/violates. Puts me off. Otherwise, it's a pretty sound.

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