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Kayley or Olivia

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Wonderland22 Tue 20-Dec-16 13:35:26

DP and I have narrowed it down to these 2. Can I have some opinions please?

LouiseBrooks Tue 20-Dec-16 13:37:18

Olivia definitely.

Wolfiefan Tue 20-Dec-16 13:38:16

Olivia. Definitely.

SausageSoda Tue 20-Dec-16 13:38:28

Really don't like Kayley so Olivia by default.

Ida3456 Tue 20-Dec-16 13:38:55


Wonderland22 Tue 20-Dec-16 13:40:29

Thanks. Could I also have some feedback on Kayley? Although Olivia is likely to be the favourite, I'd be keen to see if Kayley is still liked as it's much less popular. Thank you

BagelDog Tue 20-Dec-16 13:45:31

Olivia is classic and classy but very popular. Kayley is a lot less common, but feels very eighties and a bit chavvy. Falls in the Keeley/Kayleigh/Madison/jade bracket somehow?

SausageSoda Tue 20-Dec-16 13:45:49

I think Kayley sounds really 80s and harsh.

TheLongRains Tue 20-Dec-16 13:47:13

Kayley sounds rather more dated, in my opinion. I went to school with hundreds of them in the 80s...and you'll probably find people spell it every which way, which is what happened to all the Kaylee/ Kayley/ Kayleigh/ Caleys I knew. I find it harder to imagine on older people too - I think it works for a baby (and up to a teenager), but I think of it as a "younger" name, rather than one that will go well through to pensioner years.

Also Olivia has better nickname/shortenings.

But if you love Kayley, go for it smile it's not like you'd have given her a terrible name!

NotTodaySatan Tue 20-Dec-16 13:47:55


And I'm not even a massive Olivia fan but it's so much better than Kayley.

Olivia: Timeless, classy.

Kayley: 1980s. Not classy.

SorenaJ Tue 20-Dec-16 13:50:51


Wolfiefan Tue 20-Dec-16 13:52:47

Kayley. Don't like the spelling. Looks like Hayley spelt wrong.
Olivia. Classic. Works for baby, child, adult or old lady.
Kayley. Not a "classy" name. Can't imagine an old lady called that.
Sorry. I'm a name snob! shock

Glitterous Tue 20-Dec-16 13:56:07

I'm a self confessed pretentious name lover, however, I've never understood the appeal of Olivia or why it is so incredibly popular.

I would choose Kayley (prefer that spelling) as I think it's nicer but have you considered Kayla or Kaia? (Ky-a/Kay-a whatever you prefer!) - similar but perhaps not so 80s.

MiniMaxi Tue 20-Dec-16 13:59:52

Another vote for Olivia - lovely, classic, timeless name.

EmpressOfTheSpartacusOceans Tue 20-Dec-16 14:23:22

As other people have said, Kayley sounds very 80s. I think it looks misspelt to me because I expect to see Kayleigh as in the Marillion song.

It's better than Kaylee though, which just looks silly IMO.

Swearwolf Tue 20-Dec-16 14:39:50

I'd choose Kayley - Olivia is sooooooo common! It is quite 80s, but I think it's very sweet and quite refreshing to hear.

Annabel11 Tue 20-Dec-16 15:41:15

Even though one is rather old, I would not discard based on that reason alone. Both names are lovely, think about how you would prefer to call your child, i.e. short names and nicknames. It often helps to think about such minor details when you are trying to choose between 2 names.

NavyandWhite Tue 20-Dec-16 15:58:50

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hoddtastic Tue 20-Dec-16 15:59:46

all of the other 9million Olivia's wandering round have no issues with their name, it's not exactly rare/comment worthy.

Kayley is really not very nice, least of all because it doesn't look like it's spelled correctly.

What else do you like?

BayaGoji Tue 20-Dec-16 16:09:32

Kayley is tacky as hell.

glindathegoodfairy Tue 20-Dec-16 16:11:31

How about Kaylea?

Wolfiefan Tue 20-Dec-16 16:13:54

Not Kaylea. Looks like Dairylea!!

RubyRedTapShoes Tue 20-Dec-16 16:26:59

Kayley - never going to find anything with it spelt like that, we struggle with it spelt with leigh at the end!
Olivia - nice enough

Both names have potential to be shortened.. what do you think of the abbreviations of them?

1horatio Tue 20-Dec-16 17:07:36


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