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Matilda or Alice? And nn's

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JoPie Sat 23-May-09 11:38:52

Which do you prefer, Matilda or Alice? Surname begins with an O' if that makes any difference.

Also wondering what nicknames you would use for both?

rubyslippers Sat 23-May-09 11:42:40

Matilda is lovely - tilly, tilda, mattie

alice - not sure about NN - v pretty name

lechatnoir Sat 23-May-09 11:49:22

Like Matila & Alice and would resist nicknames as long as possible as I definitely think the full name is best in both cases (although TBH can't think of any for Alice hmm)

HollyPutTheKettleOn Sat 23-May-09 12:01:54

I have an Alice with an O surname, she is very beautiful, just like her name!

As for NNs we chose a name that couldn't really be shortened so that we didn't have an issue with it!

Matilda is lovely too, Tilly is a great shortened version.

iMissEdith Sat 23-May-09 12:04:35

Matilda. Matilda Matilda Matilda.

Not Alice.

peppapig3 Sat 23-May-09 12:10:54

Both lovely but slightly prefer Alice. Prefer the full version of both names.

Thunderduck Sat 23-May-09 13:28:21

Matilda. Full version. I'm generally not a fan of nicknames. I don't see the need for them.

ohdearwhatamess Sat 23-May-09 13:39:09

Love both. I think Alice would work better with an 'O' surname.

Not so keen on Tilly as a nn. Lots and lots of them round here.

gegs73 Sat 23-May-09 13:45:41

I like both, though I prefer Alice. I don't think you would need to shorten it as its a pretty short name anyway. Matilda could be Tilly or Matty.

magbags Sat 23-May-09 13:48:12

I prefer Matilda, I know a little girl called this and she is adorable. Alice is just ok for me.

noddyholder Sat 23-May-09 13:52:29

They are 2 of my faves If pushed I would go for alice

KnitterInTheNW Sat 23-May-09 14:05:33

Alice could be Lissie?

sockmonster Sat 23-May-09 15:00:52

Alice by a mile. Matilda, sorry to all matildas out there, is a lovely name and I don't dislike it.. but seems a bit faddy at the moment. Alice is a classic elegant name.

All I would say though, is that I think it depends on what she will look like- an Alice to me is fair haired, or dark but with blue eyes, whereas Matilda seems to fit a dark haired little girl. Maybe I am associating i with lewis carroll and roald dahl's characters but I wouldn't name a child Alice unless they looked like one.

leothelioness Sat 23-May-09 15:04:13

I know an Alice shortened to Ali but to be honest its lovely and doesn't need a NN

fannybanjo Sat 23-May-09 15:04:44

I was considering Alice for DD3 and we also have an O surname She ended up being called Esme though. I prefer Alice a lot more than Matilda.

foxytocin Sat 23-May-09 15:07:50

oh, both lovely but Alice is the bees...

BikeRunSki Sat 23-May-09 18:24:39

I am an Alice and my name has rarely been shortened. Occassionally Ali, but nn mainly based on surname or distinctive hair, rather than on first name.

I am fair with blue eyes if that helps! But I know a dark grown up Alice too.

Karam Sun 24-May-09 10:20:19

Definitely Matilda. Alice always makes me think of people who are intellectually challenged (think media stereotypes - Vicar of Dibley, Casulty etc...)

Castiel Sun 24-May-09 10:30:29

I have a Mathilda and we call her Mathilda usually but Tildy sometimes. I can't bear Tilly, it's too cutesy and 10 a penny.

Alice is a lovely and classic name too and I did consider it for dd.

Cies Sun 24-May-09 10:32:27

I prefer Alice, it seems to stand the test of time better.

I have an Alice and she occasionally likes to be called Ali but not often, it's such a pretty and short name it doesn't need a nn.

Alice is less popular right now than Matilda, if that's a concern.

I like Matilda too, we have a Tilly in the family

SlartyBartFast Sun 24-May-09 10:47:16

alice doesnt really get a nickname.
perhaps al
or ali
but only at a push.

matilda might,

violethill Sun 24-May-09 11:56:20


It doesn't lend itself to a nn which is an advantage! Matilda is lovely, but whatever you say, other people will call her Mattie, Tilda or (shudder) Tillie.

I also think Alice sounds better with an O surname. Plus Alice is more timeless, whereas Matilda has become very popular, and will therefore probably date equally quickly.

nooki Sun 24-May-09 11:56:36

Definately Alice - much more classic. Agree that Matilda is quite 'trendy' at the moment and may date more than a classic name like Alice.

No need for a nickname for Alice imo - it's short enough.

BottySpottom Sun 24-May-09 12:21:34

Both beautiful. I too think of Alice being a name for a blonde little girl. I also remember meeting a very trendy, edgy adult called Alice and couldn't quite fit the name to her personality.

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