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dancingunicorns123 Sun 24-Nov-19 01:36:43

I absolutely love the name Willa. DH likes it to, however mentioned it to my mum and she laughed. sad is it that bad? My DS is Arthur.

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hauntedvagina Sun 24-Nov-19 01:44:48

Have you mistyped? Did you mean to write Wilma?

TheNamesBond Sun 24-Nov-19 01:50:56

I love the name Willa.
I presume it’s after Willa Cather, the author?

You could call her Antonia?

dancingunicorns123 Sun 24-Nov-19 01:51:03

@hauntedvagina greatconfused no I meant Willa

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dancingunicorns123 Sun 24-Nov-19 01:52:03

@TheNamesBond not after anyone, just saw it on a baby names list and fell in love! Thank you, I do like that although I think I would prefer it to be just Willa?

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LonginesPrime Sun 24-Nov-19 02:02:58

There is character called Willa in the Jolene episode of Dolly Parton's Heartstrings on Netflix. - why don't you watch that and see if you still love the name?

DramaAlpaca Sun 24-Nov-19 02:15:47

It will constantly be misheard as Willow, which is a much nicer name.

TheNamesBond Sun 24-Nov-19 02:16:52

Oh I see, I thought you’d read her.
My favourite Willa Cather book is “My Antonia”, about a girl growing up in rural Texas.. hence me suggesting Antonia.

Springb0ks Sun 24-Nov-19 02:17:53

Really like the name!

PenelopeFlintstone Sun 24-Nov-19 02:25:07

I know two Willas. One is six and one is sixteen. I love it.

PenelopeFlintstone Sun 24-Nov-19 02:27:01

It will constantly be misheard as Willow, which is a much nicer name.
I don’t think so at all and she won’t have the pressure to be willowy with Willa, in the way that people and their names don’t always marry up.

Staffori Sun 24-Nov-19 02:42:48

It's really unattractive to me, sorry. But then I never like 'feminised' boys' names i.e. male names with an 'a' stuck on the end. Definitely prefer Willow.

Thetimetravelerswife Sun 24-Nov-19 04:23:26

Sorry also dislike, doesn’t sound very nice to me

chillpill123 Sun 24-Nov-19 04:25:15

Never heard it before! Go for it if you like it 🥰

Astronica Sun 24-Nov-19 04:45:53

I really like it. And like it for Arthur's sister. I guess your mum is just quite unfamiliar with it as, even though it's been around a long time, it has only recently been much taken up, and feels quite smart, grown-up and modern to me - in the same way that names like eg Greta, Tessa, Georgia do.

user1471582494 Sun 24-Nov-19 05:08:26

I've heard it before and I like it. Not sure it goes with Arthur though

Flymetothestars Sun 24-Nov-19 07:51:47

Love the name Willa. One of my absolute favourites. Unusual name but not unfamiliar if that makes any sense

Leopardprintboots Sun 24-Nov-19 07:54:23

Such a gorgeous name. I had never heard of it til recently and then I met a Willa and I just thought it’s the coolest name I’ve ever heard. Suited her so much
I think Willa would sound amazing with any sibling name especially Arthur

Pegase Sun 24-Nov-19 07:55:57

I think she would get hassle at school...

Sewingbea Sun 24-Nov-19 07:58:53

I also thought of Willa Cather and her book "My Antonia". However it also makes me think of L.M. Montgomery's book "Rilla of Ingleside" but sadly as if the R hasn't been pronounced properly. I actually like the name Willa, but I do think you'll spend a lot of time correcting people's pronunciation. Rather like Hester/Esther etc.

MissHenty Sun 24-Nov-19 08:03:36

I’ve recently done a thread about this name. I just ADORE it. Honestly want to have another child just so I can use this name if it’s a girl 🤣🙈 @dancingunicorns123

I love the names simplicity yet uniqueness. I have now met a Willa and she loves her name (not surprised!)

I would give your mum time to adjust and hear the name a couple more times . Willa is a fairly normal name compared to all the Hunters Foxs Wolf and Bluebells about these days. Your mum will just be used to her own generation’s names where 1 in every 5 men were called John or whatever

You could suggest she watch the TV show “succession” that has a Willa in it as she is gorgeous and def not a joke character

MissHenty Sun 24-Nov-19 08:05:11

Ps. The Willa I know doesn’t get any hassle at school about her name- I can’t see why she would to be honest.

daisypond Sun 24-Nov-19 08:05:52

I like Willa and I think of Willa Cather and her fabulous books. I much prefer Willa to Willow.

BillywilliamV Sun 24-Nov-19 08:06:29

Very pretty!

MissHenty Sun 24-Nov-19 09:22:05


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