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slidley Tue 07-Jul-15 11:15:54

What are opinions on Octavia, for a girl, please. Good name or bad name? Also, I'd thought it was obvious, but how would you pronounce it.

WellErrr Tue 07-Jul-15 11:17:35

I like it.

strawberryshoes Tue 07-Jul-15 11:20:28

my car is a skoda octavia

I say oct-tar-vee-a
some say oct-tay-vee-a

midnightvelvetPart2 Tue 07-Jul-15 11:28:57

I'm ambivalent, I'd pronounce it Oc tay vee a possibly Oc tarr via

To me it means a measurement of 8ths derived from octave, a car, there's an Octavia in Shakespeare (Anthony & Cleopatra possibly?) & its a character in The 100, & a character in a Jilly Cooper book when I was younger.

No good or bad associations with the name from me...

TheWildRumpyPumpus Tue 07-Jul-15 11:50:50

8th child?

TheJiminyConjecture Tue 07-Jul-15 11:55:13

Had sex with her brother.

I'd pronounce it Oc-tay-vee-ya

UpNorth74 Tue 07-Jul-15 12:05:30

Id say oc-tay-vee-ah.
Beautiful alternative is Oceana, there are probably other spellings, pronounced oh-shee-ah-na.

Sidge Tue 07-Jul-15 12:13:11

I love it. I wanted to call DD3 Octavia but was vetoed sad

I pronounce it Oct-ay-veeya

sallyst123 Tue 07-Jul-15 12:15:19

Love it!
I'd pronounce it oc tay vee ah

Tattiesthroughthebree Tue 07-Jul-15 12:20:08


If I met an Octavia I might wonder if she was an eighth child.

LorelaiVictoriaGilmore Tue 07-Jul-15 12:24:37

Amazing name. Love it, love it, love it!! I had a children's book called 'The Moon's Revenge' by Joan Aiken when I was little and it has a character called Octavia - I've loved the name ever since!

Turtlefeet Tue 07-Jul-15 12:26:14

DS has a friends called Oc-tay-vee-ya. She is called Otty for short.

I think it is a lovely names.

slidley Tue 07-Jul-15 12:28:01

No, not an eighth child! Not even close grin

reuset Tue 07-Jul-15 16:13:02

Good name

Oc tay - vee a usual English pronunciation

Also Oct tar vee a

MamaLazarou Tue 07-Jul-15 18:48:30

It's a lovely name, a bit ostentatious but you might not mind that. I would pronounce it Oc TAY veea.

CakeOClock123 Tue 07-Jul-15 18:50:17

No it's a bloody car.

BleachEverything Tue 07-Jul-15 18:54:51

Octayvia is how I would say it. I love it.

sweetpeame Tue 07-Jul-15 22:11:06

I'd say Oc-tay-vee-a. It sounds incredibly pretentious IMO but that may not bother you!

WorktoLive Wed 08-Jul-15 07:08:19

As long as you're happy with a lot of 'what, like the car?' comments, it's fine.

I know it's a real name and there was one in Shakespeare.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 08-Jul-15 10:16:47

I'm sure you will get comments about cars the way some say Lotus! when a girl's called Elise but I like it, I'd say OcTAYvia.

slidley Wed 08-Jul-15 10:25:12

It was a classical Roman name, then used by Shakespeare, long before a Skoda car was named. So if the car is a person's main/only point of reference than that doesn't bother me

shushpenfold Wed 08-Jul-15 10:27:06

Octay-vee ah

LOVE the name....might just use it myself!!

CardinalRed Wed 08-Jul-15 13:11:03


There is no "r" in Octavia!

I thought of the Jilly Cooper book too.

Sansarya Wed 08-Jul-15 13:11:56

It's my mother's middle name and she's always hated it. No idea why, as I think it's very stately.

Sansarya Wed 08-Jul-15 13:12:25

It was my gran's middle name too as she was an eighth child.

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