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(48 Posts)
17caterpillars1mouse Wed 22-Nov-17 13:10:08

What are you thoughts on Ottoline?

Also how would you pronounce is (line or leen)

Any nn ideas?

Also thoughts on Ottilie

ErrantBakedBean Wed 22-Nov-17 13:12:44

I like it and would pronounce it 'leen' if I had to guess. Ottilie is nice too but more popular these days. I've always thought Oli would be a cute nickname for a girl.

Queenofthedrivensnow Wed 22-Nov-17 13:16:27

Chris Riddel books that dd1 loves!!

sashimiyummies Wed 22-Nov-17 13:28:04

Prefer Ottolie

CoteDAzur Wed 22-Nov-17 13:36:26

That is the ugliest name I have ever heard, sorry.

Otto = Male
...line = Female

Is this supposed to be a girl's name?

Icantreachthepretzels Wed 22-Nov-17 13:48:45

that could be said of other names: Joseph - male ...ine female. So I don't see why Ottoline is any more ridiculous.
It makes me think of the Chris Riddel books as well, but they are fab so that isn't a problem. I have always pronounced it 'line' rather than 'lean'.
I think Ottilie is prettier than Ottoline, but if you prefer Ottoline - go for it.
You'll never please everyone, there are some names that are routinely pronounced 'gorgeous' on here that I think are unbelievably ugly.
But if you read her Ottoline and the yellow cat, then she will absolutely love having that name.

ThisIsReallyFunny Wed 22-Nov-17 13:51:18

Sorry it sounds like a type of medicine

Allthebestnamesareused Wed 22-Nov-17 13:52:13

My friend just had a baby Ottilie. I think its lovely.

RaptorInaPorkPieHat Wed 22-Nov-17 14:01:15

I do love the Ottoline books smile

TonicAndTonic Wed 22-Nov-17 14:01:33

Otto = Male
...line = Female

Is this supposed to be a girl's name?

Not the ugliest name I've ever heard, but do agree with the above that it is a bit of a mishmash of masculine/feminine. Not sure how I'd pronounce it tbh!
Ottilie is nicer, I've seen it a lot on baby names threads on MN but don't know of anyone called Ottilie in RL.

What about Odette?

HughLauriesStubble Wed 22-Nov-17 14:03:33

Sorry makes me think of the stuff you spray in your ear to dissolve the wax. Otto on its own os nice though smile

Navegante Wed 22-Nov-17 14:09:47

I use to drink in a pub called Lady Ottoline. Even the staff there couldn't decide how it was pronounced. We just called it the Otto grin

Ottilie is perhaps a bit more mainstream than Ottoline.

TerrysChocolateOrange761 Wed 22-Nov-17 14:25:09

Never heard of Ottoline before- I would pronouce it as it is spect: Ott-o-line. It's awful, sorry. Sounds like a medical company.

I like Ottilie. However, it might be quite a mouthful for a child to say. It's increasing in popularity.

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HettyB Wed 22-Nov-17 14:33:48

We had it on the shortlist for DC2, but I think I’ve gone off it since because no one can seem to agree on how to pronounce it. I’d say it -line, like Caroline, but don’t think I could stand a lifetime of correcting the people who pronounced it the other way (one of my DC’s has a name that is pronounced incorrectly about 20% of the time and even that drives me crackers!)

HettyB Wed 22-Nov-17 14:34:12


Debby08 Wed 22-Nov-17 14:38:37

I prefer Ottolie cause it sounds cute and very unique.

pipilangstrumpf Wed 22-Nov-17 14:45:43

I like Ottoline and also Josephine.

I’d say Otto-leen.

TheLegendOfBeans Wed 22-Nov-17 14:47:17

I’ve heard it pronounced both ways, I love it but it’s quite a mouthful.

I associate it with Lady Ottoline Morrell, look her up, very interesting character.

BernardsarenotalwaysSaints Wed 22-Nov-17 14:50:07

I prefer Otilia (Oh til ee a) personally.

mammmamia Wed 22-Nov-17 14:56:55

My DD loves the books!
Prefer Ottilie as a name though

MammieBear Wed 22-Nov-17 15:18:26

Rarer than Ottilie and gives that name as a Nn option if you wanted.

Allthecurrentybuns Wed 22-Nov-17 18:45:56

Love both smile I know a little Odette too smile

Sugarpiehoneyeye Wed 22-Nov-17 19:13:44

Ottiline, pronounced Ottoleen.
Very nice, not a name I'm familiar with.

Mrsknackered Wed 22-Nov-17 19:13:48

I don't like Ottoline, but I do like Ottilie.

What about Coraline? It's my favourite -line name

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