OK, now that I found another name that DH at least kind of likes, thoughts on Genevieve?
For a nn, he likes Gen; I like Vivi or Evie.
embraParticipant4 months, 4 weeks ago
Love it! I like Vivi, Nevi, or Nev as a nn. Gen sounds like it should be a nn for the ever-popular Jennifer of our youth, and Evie is a nn for every name under the sun currently.
IngaParticipant4 months, 4 weeks ago
I love Genevieve! We actually have an adorable little one on our street who goes by Vivi. I like the full name by itself best, but Vivi and Evie are very cute nicknames.
Thanks for the responses! Yeah, I feel the same way about Gen … but maybe that could be Daddy’s nn for her and everyone else calls her Vivi or Evie.
I only currently know one Evie around here that I can think of (the little sister of one of my boys’ classmates). My HS BFF also has an Evelynn nn Evie but I don’t know too many. To me it seems somewhat popular but not ubiquitous.
He also told me he really still likes Julia. He wasn’t as put-off by the “downy-bearded youth” meaning as I was.
NMteacherParticipant4 months, 4 weeks ago
I didn’t find downy bearded youth as the meaning. I did see downy haired and youthful, also child of Jove (as in Zeus or Jupiter). I think it is a pretty name. Doesn’t go with Eliana as a mn, but I think it would go with Evangeline.
smilealldaylongParticipant4 months, 4 weeks ago
I think Genevieve is beautiful
NMTeacher: That’s the meaning listed here on this site:
which is a pretty accurate site in general. (I’ve noticed some sites tend to tweak meanings to make them more acceptable.) Downy-haired was what I’d come across when I was initially researching it but I don’t know, I just think as a girl that having your name meaning listed as “downy-bearded youth” on any reputable site would kind of suck. Which is a shame, b/c it is a pretty name. I might be able to get over it but it’s just put me off the name for now. I agree that Julia Evangeline would be really pretty though.
kimihaParticipant4 months, 4 weeks ago
i like genevieve. but im not a fan of the french pronunciation
TheWishingStarParticipant4 months, 4 weeks ago
I like Genevieve, but I’ve always thought it was kind of too much of a name. Like, it’s really fancy and over the top to me. It’s really pretty, but it would be such a pain to teach a kid to spell, and you basically guarantee that they’re never going to go by the full thing…I like Vivi and Evie, but I like other names they could be derived from better (Vivian or Evelyn, or anything along those lines).
Personally, I like Julia a LOT more, meaning aside. It’s simple, pretty, and it flows much better with Evangeline than Genevieve would. It’s a nice contrast – a simpler name followed by a less common, more extravagent name. In all reality, the meaning of a name doesn’t matter much in the real world. Unless the meaning is really obvious, very few people know the meaning of names besides their own, and if their’s is kind of boring, then it’s something you just ignore and move on. Like, my name, Kelsey, on this site is listed as being derived from Cenel’s Land. On other sites I’ve seen it as Island of the Ships. Either way, the meaning is just an old forgotten meaning and it doesn’t really come up ever in real life. Julia is a common, old enough name that I don’t think anyone would give the meaning a second thought. Also, I’ve heard the old Latin meaning of the name as more like “youth whose first bead is growing,” implying time and youthfulness, not so much an actual bearded youth. I think it’s important to realize that the name only has a masculine meaning because it’s directly derived from a male name…
Personally, I think it’s history as a name is way more interesting than the meaning, being derived from Julius and long connected to the founding of the Roman Empire. I remember learning in History classes that the Julius line of ancient Rome could trace it’s ancestry, through the name, back to the goddess Venus (Aphrodite), giving the line a divine right to rule.
Julia is pretty high on my list of names, so I guess I’m naturally inclined to defend it. That’s just my take, though. If the meaning really turns you against it that much, don’t use it. But I personally think there’s a lot more to a name than meaning.
wishing_gateParticipant4 months, 3 weeks ago
I love Genevieve. I think its so pretty and feminine. And both Vivi and Evie are simply adorable. As others have stated, Im not too sure it goes with Eliana as a mn either but its still a gorgeous first name
TheWishingStar: I know what you mean; name meanings have always been very important to me though (even when I was a kid), so I probably rank them higher in naming criteria priority than most people do. If the meaning itself weren’t that interesting but I was naming the child after someone I really admired (so the choice was meaningful in a different sense) that would work for me, too.
Oh and I wouldn’t go with Genevieve Evangeline. I agree that’s too much. Possibly Julia Evangeline, or Genevieve Eliana (which to me sounds fine, especially with our LN).
yellowwattsParticipant4 months, 3 weeks ago
I really like it! I like Vivi or Evie as nicknames.
embraParticipant4 months, 3 weeks ago
You are probably right that Evie isn’t that common. I think my view of it is skewed because it is a darling of several people on this website, but really it is probably the same people posting it multiple times. It’s a cute nickname, and I only know one in real life.
Haha yeah, I think there are a few names that are way more popular among a few of us here than in general. I’ve noticed that on a few baby name boards; you get tired of hearing something on the board and then look at the SSA list and waddyaknow, it’s only #227.