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Will Josephina automatically be Jo?

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snufflebum Tue 11-Nov-14 11:42:09

I like Josephina, OH likes Stephanie (as per my previous thread.) I have a friend called Josefina, goes by Fina, which I like. She is Belgian, and OH is convinced that, like it or not, in the UK, Jo is inevitable. What do you reckon?

Beehatch Tue 11-Nov-14 11:44:02

I would think Josie quite likely (which I love). You could try and aim for Depth, but you don't always get a choice in these things!

snufflebum Tue 11-Nov-14 11:44:23

Ooh, forgot to ask, is it a bit try hard? OH thinks so confused

Beehatch Tue 11-Nov-14 11:44:45

Blooming phone. Depth = Sephy

EmilyGilmore Tue 11-Nov-14 12:58:36

I would think Josephina would naturally get Josie or Sephie?

Posy is a nn for Josephine.

I think Jo is unlikely actually.

squoosh Tue 11-Nov-14 13:47:53

Josephina sounds very clunky to me. Jo would be a blessing.

Lizlette Tue 11-Nov-14 13:51:54

I know a Josephine who is a Sepphy (not sure how it is spelt) which is very cute.

Shedding Tue 11-Nov-14 13:52:45

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livingthegoodlife Tue 11-Nov-14 13:56:36

the two girls i know called josephine are nn Josie, not jo

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Tue 11-Nov-14 13:59:45

I think the thing with any long name is that you have to be willing to live with the nickname if it happens, unless all the child is ever to be known by is the nickname. Does that make sense? An example might work better:

If you have an Elizabeth who is always, always known as Libby, chances are she will stay a Libby. If you have an Elizabeth who is sometimes Elizabeth and sometimes Lizzie, there is a fair chance as an adult she might be known as Liz.

Whilst she is a child, you have more control. If you call her Josie, others will follow your lead.

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Tue 11-Nov-14 14:00:39

Oh, on the name itself. I prefer Josephine to Josephina. Josephina does sound a bit 'jumping on the bandwagon of every girls' name this century having to end with an a' to me. Sorry.

snufflebum Tue 11-Nov-14 15:44:43

Haha Squoosh I appreciate your forthright style! Thanks Penguin, that does indeed make perfect sense. I have been offered a lovely range of shortenings, on this thread, but the overriding feeling seems to be I've managed to find a clunky name, clunked it up some more, then added a dose of bandwagon confused oh bums. I can't really use the ie shortenings, as my son already has one, which is plenty for me. Sephie is lovely though

WrappedInABlankie Tue 11-Nov-14 15:53:55

I prefer Stephanie tbh

But as a Josephene, I'm a Jo. Never been a Josie, posy, Jose etc

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Tue 11-Nov-14 15:58:51

Oh no, I didn't mean to make you sad. I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet at the moment about the number of 'a' ending girls names. My DD1 has one, then I realised just how common they were and I swore off them for DD2. She has a really marmite name which I've seen described on here as ugly, clunky and hideous. DD1's name is apparently getting far too common, try hard, etc. If you love it, that's all that matters (you know, unless you are about to name the poor child Fifi-trixie-bella-May)

I actually like less 'frilly' names anyway - much prefer Josephine to Josephina, Isabel to Isabella, Julie to Julia, etc, etc. I also love names like Ruth.

I think Josephine is lovely, if you could be persuaded. Nickname Joss?

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Tue 11-Nov-14 15:59:57

Stephanie is fab too. Probably really rare in her age group too. I've always wanted an Effy (though I note you're not doing y endings, so no good to you).

Legionofboom Tue 11-Nov-14 16:00:13

The 'a' ending feels redundant and adds one syllable too many to take it over the edge.

Josephine is lovely.
Josephina is too frilly.

I agree with Penguins about nicknames. If she wants to be Sephie she needs to introduce herself as such. If she is known as Josephina then I think from some people who can't stop themselves from shortening names Jo is inevitable.

WrappedInABlankie Tue 11-Nov-14 16:14:28

Wasn't there a thread on here he other day about Josephene /Josephine names and the majority of adults that had them actually didn't really like the name at all and its a tad embarrassing as a child confused

TheHorseHasBolted Tue 11-Nov-14 17:06:14

I don't know anyone called Josephina, but I know a girl called Josephine (who must now be about 14) whose mum has always called her Jo, but she had to positively ask before anyone at school would call her Jo. New people sometimes asked her if she liked being called Josie but never Jo. I think maybe more people think of Jo as being short for Joanne.

EstellaSpitsEmOut Tue 11-Nov-14 17:11:55

I know a toddler Josephina and whilst I didn't like it to begin with, it's really grown on me. She is often called Josie. Never Jo.

snufflebum Tue 11-Nov-14 19:32:48

Awww, I was a bit nervous about posting, and appreciate the help and tactfully put opinions. As a reward, you get my snot fuelled award speech since I've only ever won a bottle of shit whiskey I was too young to drink, & my secret lemonade drinking Granny snaffled grin Thankyou everyone. Grandma Madge, God, my momager Especially Blankie, Legion and Penguin. I couldn't have done it without out you! I dedicate this award to all you ladies out there who are slightly loosing the plot, in the search for The Name yes, I'm looking at you Balonze The 'it' in question being giving Baby Buggins an actual name. Which is Stephanie. Fanx y'all and goodnight grinwine

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Tue 11-Nov-14 19:52:53

Lovely. smile

bouncingbelle Tue 11-Nov-14 19:59:32

The Josephine I know is always known as Jo, or occasionally Jophine

WrappedInABlankie Tue 11-Nov-14 20:35:10

Congrats snuffle Stephanie Snufflebum is a beautiful name! I'll be expecting you to help me choose a name for my DC in a couple of months time!

snufflebum Tue 11-Nov-14 20:41:28

Haha Blankie who says alliterative names don't work grin congratulations on your soon to be miniwrapped thanks

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