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Thea, Stella or Clio???

(34 Posts)
islandinthestream Wed 26-Nov-14 12:27:06

Thanks to everyone who offered opinions and suggestions on my previous thread. A couple of new ideas have since been thrown into the mix and am keen to get thoughts on these - particularly from any Irish MNers as DH is Irish. DD1 is Phoebe.

Thea - how likely would this be pronounced Tia?
Stella - apparently this means chav in parts of Ireland???
Clio/Cleo - does it just make you think of the car?


SunnyBaudelaire Wed 26-Nov-14 12:28:51

Love Stella
Know a Thea who pron it 'Taya' but got sick of telling people and changed the spelling.
Clio sounds like a car. My neice is called that and the kids call her 'Renault'

EbwyIsUpTheDuff Wed 26-Nov-14 12:37:37

I like Thea

CommanderShepard Wed 26-Nov-14 12:39:08

I know a Clio, and she's utterly fabulous.

mausmaus Wed 26-Nov-14 12:41:11

I like all of them.
the thea I know is pronouced 'teya'

squoosh Wed 26-Nov-14 13:11:21

Thea - lovely name but could well be pronounced Tia in some parts of the country.

Stella - have never heard this used in Ireland as a term for 'chav'.

Cleo - GORGEOUS. I don't think of the car. I really love it and think it will be an easy name for your daughter to carry no matter where she ends up in the world.

IvyMay Wed 26-Nov-14 13:19:48

Stella is lovely and goes really well with Phoebe. Isn't Phoebe the moon goddess - and Stella means star.

Legionofboom Wed 26-Nov-14 13:52:36

Thea is a lovely name. I like it pronounced Thee-a, Thay-a and Taya. Never heard of it being pronounced Tia though.

The similar sounding Theia was a titan goddess and sister of Phoebe in Greek mythology which may or may not appeal to you.

Stella - OK but is associated by some with the beer. No idea about in Ireland though.

Cleo/Clio - does make me think of the car I'm afraid.

skyra13 Wed 26-Nov-14 14:09:05

I like Thea but if ppl say Tia they obvs can't read names :P

squoosh Wed 26-Nov-14 14:14:24

Obvs they can but obvs different regional accents can result in different pronunciations.

AdorableAbbie Wed 26-Nov-14 14:37:13

Thea sounds great.

islandinthestream Wed 26-Nov-14 15:25:55

Thanks everyone. The pronunciation of Thea as Tia I was particularly thinking about in Ireland where sometimes the h is dropped after t. Not that it's a huge issue, just interested to hear if people think that's likely to happen.

TempsPerdu Wed 26-Nov-14 15:47:05

Love Clio - I think of the Muse, rather than the car. Thea is very lovely too. Wouldn't think to pronounce it Tia, but I'm in London not Ireland! Have come across the Taya pronunciation though.

Personally not a fan of Stella - it always seems a bit brash to me, and i associate it with the beer and Stella McCartney. Much prefer Estella.

I think I'd go with Clio, if only because Phoebe and Thea is a bit of a mouthful.

Spanielpuppy Wed 26-Nov-14 16:53:50

Def Thea don't think anyone would call it Tia.

TheCatTheCuntAndTheCupboard Wed 26-Nov-14 17:49:25

I once met twins called Stella and Cleo, not sure if the parents realised they'd done a brand name double.

I love both of them, less keen on Thea.

Not keen on Clio at all, that really does make me think of the car.

hlc123 Wed 26-Nov-14 20:01:22

Clio is my favourite, but prefer the spelling Cleo

PepperMallow Wed 26-Nov-14 20:46:35

I love Cleo, for what it's worth I think it goes well with Phoebe. I also really like Thea. Less keen on Stella. Astrid?

Sophronia Wed 26-Nov-14 22:29:49

I like Clio / Cleo the best with Phoebe.

Theas18 Wed 26-Nov-14 23:41:18

We have never had issues with pronnounciation of Thea beyond the toddler f-ia version which is as speach immaturity really.

overthemill Wed 26-Nov-14 23:46:31

Taya is Greek pronunciation of 'Thea' and the one I would use.
Clio is a car so I would use Cleo but not that keen ( though know a clione which I like)
Stella I quite like though prefer Estelle personally

You've gone quite Greek you know! I love Cassiopeia and calliope!

NeedABumChangeNotANameChange Wed 26-Nov-14 23:50:55

Thea pronounced properly, followed by Cleo, never Stella it's very cheap sounding, reminds me of pleather jackets!

DramaAlpaca Wed 26-Nov-14 23:59:46

I love Cleo/Clio and it goes really well with Phoebe.

Stella is lovely too - I live in Ireland and I've never heard of it meaning chav, but you might get a few jokes about the lager.

Thea - in the region where I live it would almost certainly get pronounced Tia, but that wouldn't happen everywhere in Ireland.

AbsolutelyCrushed Thu 27-Nov-14 00:01:30

Stella is chavvy around here. Lager.

Nightstar Thu 27-Nov-14 00:22:50

I love Stella, but my husband says it's too hippy for us hmm

Cleo is great, but Clio def reminds me of a car

Thea, meh! Not so much for me, doesn't have as much weight to it as the other two, but only my opinion

CoffeeandNumbers Thu 27-Nov-14 00:40:56

My dd is your third option, but with an e, so I think you can guess which gets my vote! But I love clione as someone suggested upthread, which I think I read somewhere is Irish? But top result on google comes up with sea slug, and that put me off confused

Check out the name register doodah (been posted lots already!) here if your concerned about popularity...
I'm a bit worried, and gutted, Cleo may become the new Ruby/Freya/whatever

Have you considered Felicity? Goes lovely with Phoebe in my mind. Didn't see your old thread so apologies if it's already been discarded.

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