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oliveisabella1 Sat 29-Oct-16 21:41:42

Really stuck for names - we already have a Seraphina - does Lavinia go? What does it make you think of? All I can find on the internet are negative literary etc connotations, but in real life will anyone actually think of them? Thinking there are lots of interesting potential nicknames, and it's unusual enough to be on a level with Seraphina- but is there a good reason for that? Help please!!

HoratioNightboy Sat 29-Oct-16 21:43:37

Makes me think of the Scottish author Lavinia Derwent. I liked her and I like the name.

Lavvy might come up as a nn though.

Sophronia Sat 29-Oct-16 21:46:14

Lavinia is a lovely name

Queenbean Sat 29-Oct-16 21:46:18

It's lovely

For a plump, posh 50-something farmer's wife who accessorises with Cath Kidson

May be a good time to reclaim it!

TheLegendOfBeans Sat 29-Oct-16 21:47:29

Yes it's a lovely name but oooooooh, you know that the shortened version will be "Lav" - NOT COOL.

HappyCamel Sat 29-Oct-16 21:50:15

Love Lavinia, classic and underused name.

Pluto30 Sat 29-Oct-16 21:50:39

Lavatory is all that comes to mind.

I don't like it at all.

My2centsworth Sat 29-Oct-16 21:51:36

No sorry I don't like it.

SittingDrinkingTea Sat 29-Oct-16 21:52:06

It's kind of the opposite of the currently fashionable cutesy names, which suit toddlers but not adults. It's a very 'big' name for a little girl, but a great name to grow into.

DramaAlpaca Sat 29-Oct-16 21:54:00

I think Seraphina is an absolutely beautiful name.

The full name Lavinia is pretty, but the inevitable abbreviation to Lav or Lavvy would not be good.

Suggestions for similar types of names:


BikeRunSki Sat 29-Oct-16 21:54:22

Does anybody actually use the word "lavatory" anymore?

Pluto30 Sat 29-Oct-16 21:55:29

Bike No, but that doesn't mean that people don't still KNOW the word.

Whyisitsodifficult Sat 29-Oct-16 21:57:38

I knew a little girl called Lavinia who was just the most precocious and precious brat I have ever met! Mind you maybe down to her mum with her "no darling don't do that" whilst said child did the exact opposite!

PaperdollCartoon Sat 29-Oct-16 21:58:01

I quite like it, unusual but not silly and made up. I'd think you could shorten it to Vinnie as well if you were so inclined.

TheLegendOfBeans Sat 29-Oct-16 22:00:13

BikeRun having worked with a brace of cheeky cockney city boys gits I can confirm that "lav" is still in extensive use.

As is "slash" and "wazz" confused

emmeline7725 Sat 29-Oct-16 22:01:02

I knew a Lavinia once. She was awful in so many ways that the name is tarnished for me. She did, however, get called Lin by some family members so that's an alternative if you want to avoid Lav.

oliveisabella1 Sat 29-Oct-16 22:17:00

Ahh yes I can see Lav/Lavvy might be a problem, I was thinking nicknames more like Vivi, Liv, Vinnie, Vina, Vinia even Vita - but maybe I'm being too optimistic- I don't want her to completely hate it.

RosaliesGinBottle Sat 29-Oct-16 22:24:04

I know one little girl with the name, and it does work. Unusual but not out there.

Wheredidallthejaffacakesgo Sat 29-Oct-16 22:25:49

We call it the lavatory. Lavinia is a nice name though

Vegangelist Sat 29-Oct-16 22:35:00

It's not a patch on Seraphina which I absolutely love.
Evangeline would be a perfect sibset.

Other ideas:
Celestine (ok, I really do like Angel names!)
Genevieve (can give you your Vivi nn)

OhtoblazeswithElvira Sat 29-Oct-16 22:35:25

Ooh wasn't the Lead Nasty Girl in The Little Princess called Lavinia?? Can't get over that I'm afraid.

MrsNuckyThompson Sat 29-Oct-16 22:44:53

Sorry, don't like it.

bluebump Sat 29-Oct-16 22:47:01

My DS goes to school with a Lavinia, I like it.

MidnightVelvetthe7th Sat 29-Oct-16 22:50:34

I like Lavinia. I also like Vivienne & Genevieve

rainbow99 Sat 29-Oct-16 23:25:37

I really like it and think it goes nicely with Seraphina. I would use Liv/Livvy as a nn

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