Jump to content

Willa - WDYT?
Name test run!

  • Please log in to reply
83 replies to this topic

#1 mummyblossom

Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:52 AM

I am due in a couple of weeks with my 4th baby. We already have 3 little girls. If it's a boy we love Jude Donovan (mn is a family name) and if it's a girl we love Willa Blue / Willa Bleu.
I haven't run either of these names past anyone but DH, who is a bit iffy about the 'Blue' middle name for a little girl.
He's liking it more and more but I think he feels like other people might think it's too weird.
I'm happy to have something a little different and love a bohemian, pretty feel to girls names but  just want to test DH's 'too different' theory.

*****I've had more than enough replies now to realise this name is going to get a mostly negative response. No more plain old negative responses thanks, but suggestions for alternatives would be lovely***

Edited by mummyblossom, 03 February 2013 - 01:55 PM.

#2 EsmeLennox

Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:56 AM

I don't hate it, but prefer Willow.

#3 wish*upon*a*star

Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:57 AM

I really like Willa (more than Willow actually) and I think Blue fine as a middle name (NMS but it flows nicely with Willa). However be prepared for lots of Beyonce comparisons!

#4 babychacha

Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:57 AM

QUOTE (Jemstar @ 03/02/2013, 10:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't hate it, but prefer Willow.

I too prefer Willow.

Willa sounds a bit close to Wilma.

Will ya.....etc

#5 Mpjp is feral

Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:58 AM

Love love love it. Willow is too common for my liking, and a fad name...

#6 José

Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:58 AM

I don't mind the blue but dislike willa
I know jude can be a boys name but I know four female judes aged 5-50.

#7 Guest_~Karla~_*

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:00 AM

I don't like Blue for a MN. Way too "Beyonce" right now. Willa is cute though. original.gif

#8 mummyblossom

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:01 AM

QUOTE (strawberrypie7 @ 03/02/2013, 10:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I really like Willa (more than Willow actually) and I think Blue fine as a middle name (NMS but it flows nicely with Willa). However be prepared for lots of Beyonce comparisons!

Ohhh man!
I have honestly loved Blue/Bleu for the longest time. I CRINGED when Beyonce picked it.
I'd have had an Ella Blue 3 girls ago but our dear friends unintentionally hijcked Ella mid pg with our first. Blue hasn't flowed with any of our other girl name picks until now.
I think I'll take the Beyonce risk wink.gif

#9 HRH Countrymel

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:04 AM

Willa is just perfect.

Blue... no.  Don't do it, it has lost any 'cool' cache now and will be over used to the 'nth degree now that 'stars' have used it. (Bleu is worse... much worse)

Jude Donovan is great.

#10 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:12 AM

Willa is beautiful. I don't like Blue at all.

#11 mummyblossom

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:17 AM

Any suggestions for an alternative middle name for Willa?
Not Rose, Grace, Kate or Mae/May, waaaaaay too done in my group of friends.

#12 bakesgirls

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:27 AM

I don't mind Willa, but I'm not a huge fan of it. As for Blue- NMS. Bleu just reminds me of cordon bleu so I find myself saying it the same way.

#13 mummyblossom

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:27 AM

QUOTE (myfamilyrocks @ 03/02/2013, 11:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like Willa. Not my type, but I do like it. Blue, not sure. Bleu seems more name-like, but I keep thinking Bleur like Fleur, I can't look at it pronounced like Blue.

I love the spelling Bleu when pronounced as 'blue' but really in French it is more like "Bluh" mixed with "Bler" I believe, which bothers me.

#14 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:29 AM

Love Willa, not a fan of Blue, but the name as a whole works.

#15 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:29 AM

I love Willa and definitely prefer it to Willow. Not a huge fan of Blue but it does flow okay.

#16 Bluestocking

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:34 AM

I'd go for a slightly longer middle name with Willa.

Willa Sinaed
Willa Lillian
Willa Madeline
Willa Charlotte

#17 snortle

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:37 AM

Bleu was a slang way to write vomit when I was young lol
I guess from the sound it makes? laughing2.gif

Willa is cute though

#18 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:44 AM

I should stay right out of this one, but I won't. To me, Willa sounds like someone with a bad Australian accent trying to say Willow which I don't like as a name either. As for Blue - absolutely awful.

#19 Peppery

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:50 AM

DD likes watching a show called Willa's Wife Life, it's a cartoon show but the name has grown on me.

I don't mind it.

#20 Le-a

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:53 AM

I like Willa, I briefly considered it with DS (before I new he was a boy).

Not really liking Blue, but have you tried putting 'Blue' into a baby names thing and seeing what comes up? Perhaps there's another name/word/meaning for blue which will be a bit less obvious.

As always though, it's your choice. It sounds like you have a long love for the name, go for it if you love it!

#21 la di dah

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:56 AM

Willow is pleasant but I really love Willa. Blue is one my husband quite likes but he loves word names (so do I, admittedly, but not Blue as much)

Other middles for Willa in no particular order with a fairly word-centric basis, Scrabble-rule fans turn your head:
Willa Blythe
Willa Bay
Willa Brook
Willa Dove - Hazel Dove is a favourite combo of mine at the moment.
Willa Rain
Willa Soleil
Willa Celeste
Willa Clare (though Clare/Claire might be too common?)
Willa Saffron / Willa Sapphire
Willa Neve (with short Nehv sound, as in Neve Campbell, it means "snow")
Willa Emerald / Willa Peridot.
Willa Margaux
Willa Juno

#22 fifi-trixibelle

Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:02 AM

I hate Willa but I can stand Blue as a middle name only if you must use it.

Boy's choice is good.

#23 Ice Queen

Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:08 AM

Actually I dont mind Willa and I am very conservative with names.  Pretty and simple.

Bleu is dreadful.  Sooooooo tryhard hippy/cool and yes Beyonce just destroyed it.

#24 Bluestocking

Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:10 AM

wub.gif Willa Celeste

Hazel Dove has a real ring to it la di dah!

#25 la di dah

Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:24 AM

QUOTE (Excentrique @ 03/02/2013, 12:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
wub.gif Willa Celeste

Hazel Dove has a real ring to it la di dah!

Thanks. I had a great-great Aunt I loved who had a name that was a bit clunky but meant Dove literally in her first language... I'm thinking Dove would be no more difficult as a middle than her actual name was. laughing2.gif

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


Kourtney Kardashian goes nude for art

We've all done some pretty radical things after a big break-up, but Kourtney Kardashian has gone one better.

Video shows babies 'singing' to music in the womb

A new study has shown that babies may actually be able to hear from as early as 16 weeks – 10 weeks earlier than was commonly thought.

Prevent pelvic pain with pre-pregnancy exercise: study

Women who want to stave off aches and pains in pregnancy should exercise regularly before they conceive, experts say.

Dad's hilarious blog about life with twins

A stand-up comedian in the UK has plenty of new material since becoming a dad to twin boys.

Dinosaur products for babies and toddlers

Dinosaurs are one of those classic childhood crazes. We've put together a host of products for dinosaur-mad parents, babies and toddlers.

Restaurant manager sticks up for noisy baby

A mum was left upset by a note from neighbouring diners saying her screaming baby had ruined their dinner.

His name is Cayden: Mum and social media hit back after racist Facebook attack

When a man posted a selfie with a co-worker's son to Facebook, it became a magnet for racist comments.

Join the Real Mums Test Drive Team

Five new mums will join the Essential Baby Test Drive Team and discover great new baby toys from Fisher-Price & write a review to be published on Essential Baby.

The Chinese tradition for new mums that can now cost $37,000 a month

Opulent rest time is becoming the gold standard in postpartum recovery, inspired by a Chinese confinement custom known as "sitting the month".

How the media can shape our decisions when it comes to labour

We all like to think that we make our choices in fair, reasoned and well-thought out ways. Not many of us would admit that we allowed the media to influence us in our life choices.

Mum told to express in pet relief area at airport

A woman who flew from Boston to Washington says staff with United Airlines at Washington's Dulles Airport suggested she pump her breast milk in the pet-relief area.

Heartbreak as mum dies and her baby chokes to death

An Australian woman living in the US collapsed and died while feeding her baby, who then choked to death on his food. 

The hidden mental health illness of anxiety

Anxiety took over Robyn Read's life to such an extent she could not even buy the groceries and felt suicidal.

Two children fall from second storey window

Two young boys have been rushed to hospital after falling out a second-storey window of a home in Eastwood.

Mum gives birth to India's heaviest baby

An Indian woman has given birth to a baby boy weighing a whopping 5.97kg, setting a new record for the country's heaviest baby.

Grandma surprised with brand new granddaughter

Finding out you’re going to be a grandmother can be a very emotional moment. Finding out that you’re a grandmother and the baby is already here is just out of this world.

Saltwater Sandals for babies and toddlers

Many mamas are wearing Saltwater Sandals - why not buy them for your babies and toddlers too?

How to spring clean your body and mind

Whether you're pregnant, already a mum, or are just trying to be a bit more healthy, there are ways to use the rejuvenating season to give yourself a boost.


What's hot on EB

Stella McCartney honours mum with lacy bra

Fashion designer Stella McCartney has honoured her late mum, Linda McCartney, by designing a special bra for post-mastectomy patients.

Don't panic: A granddad midwife's guide for dads-to-be

Mark Harris has helped deliver 500 babies. And he's now telling fathers what to expect.

How to be a calm parent when you're feeling anything but

Being a calm parent takes a lot of work, sometimes more than is obvious to those around us.

The joy and isolation of being a stay-at-home dad

It's cool, kind of like a second childhood. I love him to bits and think, on average, I'm an okay dad. But I also want to talk about the other stuff.

How baby Teddy's short life is helping save thousands of lives

He may have only lived for 100 minutes, but that didn't stop baby Teddy from saving the lives of others.

A heartbreaking trail of missed chances in death of baby forgotten in car

A haunting reminder to stay mindful about babies in cars, especially as we approach summer.

What to do if your baby has tongue-tie

Tongue-tie can cause feeding problems. However once it is diagnosed, the condition can be easily treated.

How to move house without losing your mind

Some people move frequently, while others like to stay put. But everyone finds it stressful.

'She had nowhere to go': how new mum's life began to unravel

The birth of her first child should have been happiest of times for Campsie mother Phuong Cao, but friends say it marked the beginning of when her life began to unravel. 

Women giving birth to a son keep some of his Y chromosomes

It was an experiment doomed to failure - they were looking for male cells in female bodies. And their search was stunningly successful.

Photos: How babies fit in the womb

A gorgeous photo series shows babies in the first hours after their birth - as they were positioned in the womb.

Baby tries to persuade stubborn bulldog to walk, fails

We don't know what he's saying, but this baby has a very clear message for his bulldog pal: let's walk - NOW.

The best toddler gift ever? Nine gender-neutral play kitchen picks

Without a doubt, one of the best gifts for a toddler turning two or three is a play kitchen.

9 easy steps to improve your baby photography

With a few simple tips you can take your images from random happy snaps to lovely clean images that create beautiful lasting memories.



Can't decide?

Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.