Sylvia, Eleanor, Lucie or Rosalind😀

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celestestelle Wed 05-May-21 12:59:59

Help a sister out! Could you give me feedback or reorder in order of preference. What do you think of the names, do you know any LGs with these names, are they popular, are there any strange associations I should know about etc etc. Basically I'd just be interested to get a mix of feedback and opinions.

Thank you.

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Orangebug Wed 05-May-21 13:01:55

In order:
Sylvia - I like this
Lucie - I would spell it Lucy
Rosalind - nice, nickname Rosie
Eleanor - not keen, and Ellie / Ella nicknames are v popular around here

StrongerOrWeaker Wed 05-May-21 13:03:23

Lucy (spelt like this)

floridapalmtree Wed 05-May-21 13:07:02

In order

Sylvia - nice
Lucie - nice but think you/she would have issues not spelling it Lucy
as long as you expect that. Luci is also nice.
Eleanor - would be shortened to Elle, Ellie, Ella which are nice.
Rosalind - not so keen personally

Peachbubble Wed 05-May-21 13:16:10

Lucy (spelt this way). Not really keen on any of your others, sorry.

imsofatffs Wed 05-May-21 13:28:14

Rosalind or Sylvia.

Rosalind is gorgeous, timeless, womanly.
Sylvia is beautiful, unusual and has a beautiful meaning.

Eleanor and Lucy (would use this spelling as it is more classic) tie for me. I actually think they would balance each other perfectly as a sibling set. Eleanor is very English rose, elegant and mature, Lucy is very English rosebud, sweet and youthful.

All fab names! P.s if you do opt for Eleanor you don't have to shorten it (my name is 4 syllables long and I insist it stays that way) and if you do opt to give her a NN there is Elle, Nelly, Ellie, Ella, Nora, Nori etc to choose from.

Violetlavenders Wed 05-May-21 13:30:33

Love Sylvia!

So refreshing after all the Ellies Evies Sophies and Izzies!


grapewine Wed 05-May-21 13:31:20


roadwarrior Wed 05-May-21 13:34:45


Edenember Wed 05-May-21 13:55:00

1. Eleanor (have Eleanore / Eleanora on my long list)
2. Lucie (prefer Lucy spelling)
3. Rosalind
4. Sylvia (though Sylvie would take position 1 or 2)

orangejune Wed 05-May-21 13:57:33

Me being positive:
Sylvia - Shakespeare, nature, charmingly unusual, conjures imagery of silver woods and magic
Eleanor - of Aquitaine, light, classic, muliebrity, English rose, Jane Austen, Lord of the Rings, Saint Eleanor
Lucie - Light, French, English, Narnia, Sense and Sensibility, youthful, Saint Lucy, fresh

Me being negative:
Sylvia - Sylvies Love was a big 2020 movie so expect much more use of Sylvie and Sylvia. Sylvanians.
Eleanor - a bit old lady
Lucie - a bit wet already why make it more twee by changing the spelling
Rosalind - gentle horse

Take or leave from that whatever you want, no offence intended just everything my brain thought of.

CaffiSaliMali Wed 05-May-21 14:01:05

Lucie (prefer Lucy)

Rosalind and Eleanor have a very elegant feel to me and I like them both equally, I put Rosalind first as it feels slightly more unusual.

Talipesmum Wed 05-May-21 14:01:16

You’ve pretty much got all my favourite names on that list (none of which I could use as I had boys!). Sylvia is probably my favourite. Great choices!

FrozenVag Wed 05-May-21 14:01:26

Eleanor will always be Ellie, awful insipid name

Rosalind - great name

Talipesmum Wed 05-May-21 14:03:13

Oh, and I know a few Eleanors and Lucy’s (both older and younger) but almost no Sylvias or Rosalinds. Sylvia is probably hardest to make nicknames out of - that could be a plus or a minus for you!

Cowbells Wed 05-May-21 14:04:49

Sylvia is my favourite. Lucy is gorgeous too. I like Rosalind and love Rosa more than Rosie as a shortened version. Eleanor is a fabulous name but was super popular a decade or two ago so it may feel outdated and overused by now

AnxiousAnnie86 Wed 05-May-21 14:10:37


timeaftert1me Wed 05-May-21 14:21:00

Lucie is sickly and common, Lucy is classic. Ellie, as someone else mentioned, along with Elle, Ella is insipid. Syvlia and Rosalind are real names.

logoffbarry Wed 05-May-21 14:31:10

Sure Syvlia is a real name? Any relation to sieve?

IamnotwhouthinkIam Wed 05-May-21 14:32:00

Gosh this is actually really difficult as I love 3 of these a lot (only one I dislike is Lucie which I find too sweet/cutesy even as classic Lucy and will also be misspelt).

1) Sylvia - lovely sound, is on the rise but it's not there yet - so she is fairly likely to be the only one in her peer group (at the moment- I think in 10 - 20 years Sylvia could make top 100). Nice nn in Sylvie and cool namesakes in Pankhurst and Plath.

2) Eleanor - has become a classic, lots of history and cool namesakes in Aquitaine and Roosevelt and lots of nn choice (I love Nell but there's also Elle/Ellie/Ella/Leni/Nora). Only reason I've put it second is it's current popularity (along with Ellie/Ella/Elena...).You could consider less well used (Shakespearean) Helena instead?

3) Rosalind - elegant Shakespearean loveliness, also with an impressive namesake in scientist Franklin. But just like with Rosamund, I'm personally not keen on the nn Roz (which is very likely), so I've put it last for that reason.

MayIDestroyYou Wed 05-May-21 14:33:06

Sylvia and Rosalind are sisters, diametrically opposite in personality.

Sylvia, the elder: spiky red-haired sharp tongued wit, with hidden vulnerabilities. Red lipstick, wouldn't be seen dead in trainers. In novels she'd be the invaluable PA to a CEO. Not interested in marriage, a quite spectacularly brilliant aunt - whisking small children off to highly unsuitable theatrical events and lunch at Claridges. Lives in a tiny, treasure-filled flat, spends five times what she earns, ridiculously generous. A diamond.

Rosalind ... Rounder and quietly pretty. A reputation for domesticity without any evidence to back this up. Calm. Reliable. Remembers people's names and gets them to do the talking. Eventually writes a devastating novel under a pseudonym. Spends a lifetime in unrequited love with a married someone. Everyone she knows will say she's the person who has had the most influence on the direction of their lives.

Lucie - talented, surprisingly air-headed artist. Very well to do, pleads poverty, has never spent a weekend in Town in her entire life. Genuinely believes her success is down to aesthetic discernment, rather than being able to invite eager patrons to her family estate to talk about her work.

Eleanor: the clever but impecunious friend to whom the others are all scrupulously kind.

logoffbarry Wed 05-May-21 14:36:03

I've found that often the people who find Lucie wet or Ellie insipid go on to raise spineless, anaemic, spoon-fed little poppets. There are plenty of classically named, graceless twits out in the world with poor manners and a stunning sense of entitlement.

My fave from your list is Rosalind because it's my own but I like all from your list and also like the French and Czech spelling of Lucie.

Mumoblue Wed 05-May-21 14:40:48

As a Lucy myself I can tell you in 30 years I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve been asked if it was with an I-E. If you choose this name, I’d spell it with a Y or she’ll forever be saying “Lucie with an I-E”.

Personally I love Rosalind!

MintyCedric Wed 05-May-21 14:48:25

Sylvia (or Sylvie) is lovely
Lucie...can't help but feel it's a little boring but nice enough and I quite like the ie spelling (and know someone who spells it this way)
Rosalind - at some point it will probably get hacked down to Rosie or Ros...both of which would drive me up the wall
Eleanor - pretty, classic. We considered it for DDs middle name but a colleague at the time who was also pregnant (didn't know it was one of our possibles) had a step daughter with that name and said it conjured up a maiden aunt kind of character. 16 years on I've never forgotten that assessment (and we chose something else for our DD!)

Fifthtimelucky Wed 05-May-21 15:17:23

I love all of them, probably in this order: Eleanor, Sylvia, Rosalind and Lucy. The first three all have a similar sound - three syllables with the stress on the first - that I really like.

Although Eleanor is my favourite, I agree that there are too many Ellies around at the moment. It reminds me of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Eleanor Rigby.

I prefer Lucy to Lucie. I think it's a lovely name for children and great aunts, but somehow doesn't seem right for young adults (even though I have known several).

I like Rosalind, and know three of them, all now young adults. One is always known as Rosalind, one is Rosie and one is Ros. It reminds me of Shakespeare and the one in my family. Personally I prefer Rosamund.

I love the sound and meaning of Sylvia. It reminds me of Pankhurst and Plath, 'Who is Sylvia' in Shakespeare, set to music by Schubert (and others) and 'Sylvia's Mother' by Dr Hook.

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