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Susannah or Sophia

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PontypineNumber9 Thu 30-Oct-14 22:01:04

Just interested in which name people prefer?
I think Sophia is more beautiful but the popularity puts me off. On the other hand I am not keen on the nickname Susie - is it inevitable with Susannah? Our surname is very boring, one syllable.
I also like Rosanna but DH not so keen.
The alternative is Charlotte which is fine but a bit bland in my view. Neither DH nor I love Charlotte but I am worried if its a girl she'll end up being one just because we can't agree on anything else!

WittyUsername102 Thu 30-Oct-14 22:05:54

I prefer Sophia, but if your surname is 'very boring', I'd think Charlotte would be a better name. There are more nicknames for it, and I think it's less common (and in my opinion also a nicer name).

FinDeSemaine Thu 30-Oct-14 22:10:51

Definitely Susannah. I quite like Susie, though.

Sophia and Charlotte are very very dull, IMO. And please, for the love of God, don't do Isabel or any variant thereof. That's in exactly the same category (safe, nice, popular, bland).

thecaroline Thu 30-Oct-14 22:51:50

Susannah by a long shot! It's much nicer than Sophia, which is too prissy and too popular.

I know two Susannahs who don't go by Susie. I don't think it's inevitable. I like Susannah nn Annie, but I've also heard of Susannah nn Sally or Sunny, which I also think are cute.

Snapespotions Thu 30-Oct-14 22:57:09

Don't like susannah at all. Sophia is quite nice, but honestly I prefer Sophie.

Is Sophia very popular at the moment? I don't know a single one!

britishbakeoffblues Thu 30-Oct-14 23:03:39

What about Suzannah? Suzy for nn?
Lucinda nn Lucy?
Phillipa nn pip or Pippa?

SinglePringle Thu 30-Oct-14 23:11:31

Susannah. By a country mile. Classic, beautiful and uncommon.

It would be my choice, no doubt.

Mampire Thu 30-Oct-14 23:13:44

prefer Susannah

BiancaDelRio Thu 30-Oct-14 23:13:55

Susannah. No question. Susie is lovely.

Both Sophia and Charlotte are exceedingly dull and overused.

CarriMarie Thu 30-Oct-14 23:16:39

Much prefer Susannah. Suki could be another nn choice.

BonaDea Thu 30-Oct-14 23:17:30

I love Susannah but not Sue or Susie or any other variant.

Sophia is lovely.

Charlotte v popular but lovely name.

overthemill Thu 30-Oct-14 23:19:45

Hate Susannah and Susie, sorry. Love Sophia and only know 1 and as a former teacher only ever had 1 in my classes. Does it have to be an 's'? Or 'sh' sound? I'd go on top 100 girls names and cross them all off! Do you know it's a girl? Try a French or Spanish nsme

HoratiaDrelincourt Thu 30-Oct-14 23:21:18

Susannah nn Sukey was high on my girl list. I think Sukey is edgier without losing femininity.

I have three sons hmm

PontypineNumber9 Thu 30-Oct-14 23:26:04

Wow interesting to see how opinions are so split!
It doesn't have to be an S name but those are our top 2.
I don't think french or Spanish names will work as we are completely english and DD has a very english name.
We're not finding out the sex but if its a boy he would probably be thomas or theodore.

overthemill Thu 30-Oct-14 23:33:22

Theodore doesn't sound 'English' to me! What about Theodora or Therese (needs accents but do those) or Alicia or Alice ? We have a very foreign surname and our two girls have unusual names tho poor boy a big standard name!

SnoringNorma Fri 31-Oct-14 01:57:06

I have a Susannah so I'm biased. Still madly in love with the name...and her of course! She is often a Susie though.

turdfairynomore Fri 31-Oct-14 02:30:17

Love Susannah. Know a lovely 9 year old one who always gets the full title. Also know a grown up Rosanna why gets Ranna as that's how her brother said her name!!

TheNewStatesman Fri 31-Oct-14 03:49:33

Both fine, but Susannah is especially nice and there are so many Sophias/Sophies around!

TheNewStatesman Fri 31-Oct-14 03:50:32

I know a Susannah who goes by Zanna as a nn, so Suzy is not inevitable.

nooka Fri 31-Oct-14 05:16:11

Love Susannah

northgoingzax Fri 31-Oct-14 05:45:49

Susan or Susannah - lovely

Lunastarfish Fri 31-Oct-14 08:27:51

Susannah is lovely and so is Susie. I'm not a fan of Charlotte. How about Roseanne instead of Rosanna?

ashesandfire Fri 31-Oct-14 09:43:51

Susannah would be my pick. I think Sanna is a fab nn. Sophia I find a little bland.
Charlotte is popular but I do think it's lovely.

lecherrs Fri 31-Oct-14 10:06:21

Nice names grin

My preference would be Susannah as I think it is pretty but also a little but different. I'm also not so keen on Susie or Sue (which for us meant we ended up using it as a middle rather than a first name) but I do know people who use the shortening Zanna / Zanny. However, I personally wouldn't choose a name that you dislike the nicknames for, as once your child hits 5 you won't control their nickname. So I'd only use a name if I'm happy with the nicknames.

Sophia is lovely and would be my next choice. Only thing that puts me off is the sheer number of Sophies / Sophias that are around atm.

Next choice would be Charlotte. I love Lottie as a nickname too. Only thing that puts me off this name would be Charlie as a nickname. Not inevitable, but again is beyond your control once the name has been given.

My least favourite would be Rosanna and I would say is nowhere near as pretty as the others. I think the Two parts of the name sound clunky together and does not flow nicely. Whereas your other names I would describe as feminine and pretty, this one I would not.

However, your other three I really like and were all strong contenders when I had my DDs.

Legionofboom Fri 31-Oct-14 10:14:30

Susannah is lovely, and I love Zanna or Zannie.
I really dislike Charlotte.
Sophia is a beautiful name but it does feel a bit overdone now.
Rosanna is ok but a bit harsh and I don't like Rosa

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