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#1 purpledusk

Posted 29 June 2018 - 10:21 AM

Delphine.

Not pregnant, but it never hurts to be prepared.  Lately I haven't been able to get this name out of my head.  
I've noticed that I like strong, feminine names (usually French) that have shorter, spunkier nickname potential. Delphine both looks and sounds beautiful to me, and I would use the nickname Delphi.

However, I am also aware that I am prone to being infatuated with certain things for short amounts of time and then coming to the realisation that it was a period of insanity.

I am someone with a very uncommon name.  The sort of name that causes people look at me like I have two heads when I introduce myself and that no one can ever pronounce when they see it written down. (No one would blink an eyelid though if I lived in Sweden lol) And that experience is something I would like to try and avoid for future children, though I would still definitely want something out of the top 100.

So what are your thoughts? I think its a beautiful name, but if you were to meet a Delphine, what would your initial reaction be?  Does it sound too prententious, or would it be silly if I'm not French? Is Delphi a cool or odd nickname?
TIA

ETA: Middle name suggestions would also be appreciated :smile:

Edited by purpledusk, 29 June 2018 - 10:37 AM.


#2 NastyGal

Posted 29 June 2018 - 10:28 AM

I  like it. Unusual but not 'out there', and easy to pronounce. Delphi is a great nickname.

Made me instantly think of Delphine from Orphan Black, who was a pretty cool character.

ETA: by easy to pronounce, I mean how it should be pronounced seems obvious.

Edited by NastyGal, 29 June 2018 - 10:29 AM.


#3 Jenflea

Posted 29 June 2018 - 10:34 AM

I like it, I think it's lovely.

I think there's a minor character in Harry potter called Delphine.  One of the french tri Wizard competitors?

#4 Kreme

Posted 29 June 2018 - 10:34 AM

I think it would be lovely if it was always spoken in a French accent, but given the way Australians butcher anything that ends in “ine/een” it’s a no from me.

#5 Drat

Posted 29 June 2018 - 10:39 AM

It's pretty. We considered it for our daughter, and possible will in the future. I don't think it's too 'out there'.

#6 blimkybill

Posted 29 June 2018 - 10:44 AM

I like it, my first impression is you probably have a French connection as it is a popular French name.

#7 seayork2002

Posted 29 June 2018 - 10:48 AM

In a way I like it but I can't imagine it ever being used in full so then IMO it would seem pointless to use it, again IMO

#8 livvie7586

Posted 29 June 2018 - 10:53 AM

Like Delphine Donkey?   Makes me instantly think of peppa pig.

One of mum's friends is delphine, she gets del.

Not the worst name I've ever heard, but at least for the moment it has peppa connections

#9 AliasMater

Posted 29 June 2018 - 11:05 AM

Don't like it. I look like 'dolphin' to me.

I like Seraphine and Seraphina though.

#10 **Xena**

Posted 29 June 2018 - 11:13 AM

I love Delphine and Delphi as a nickname Makes me think of the Pythia and the Oracle of Delphi :)

#11 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 29 June 2018 - 11:15 AM

Sounds a bit wimpy for my ears but I'm a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to names apparently.

#12 Ozquoll

Posted 29 June 2018 - 11:17 AM

I like it. Pronunciation is fairly obvious (no doubt some people will get it wrong though), and it’s a bit unusual but not too out there.

#13 Imaginary friend

Posted 29 June 2018 - 11:36 AM

I dont like it enough to ever consider using it myself- but nothing wrong with it

Seems straight forward enough and basically pronounced how it looks: Del feen

People are familiar with ph being f sound from photo, dolphin, Stephen etc and ine ending same as Maxine, Pauline etc

I guess someone could read it as Del fine with the ending of Caroline - but that is easily corrected and understood after one correction.

Doesnt seem a name likely to cause misunderstanding issues to me.

#14 maryanneK

Posted 29 June 2018 - 11:45 AM

Sorry but I'd put that down as one of your periods of insanity 🤣 it's not a terrible name (and I do have very conventional/boring name tastes) but to me it's up there with bad 1950s name like Doreen or Eileen. Reminds me of the old tv hostess, Delvene Delaney (spp?) Agree it would be better in France. Delphi is a cute nickname but I can't come up with a nice 'full' version. On the other hand it does suit your criteria if unusual but not hard to spell or pronounce. ☺️

#15 purpledusk

Posted 29 June 2018 - 11:47 AM

View PostImaginary friend, on 29 June 2018 - 11:36 AM, said:

I dont like it enough to ever consider using it myself- but nothing wrong with it

Seems straight forward enough and basically pronounced how it looks: Del feen

People are familiar with ph being f sound from photo, dolphin, Stephen etc and ine ending same as Maxine, Pauline etc

I guess someone could read it as Del fine with the ending of Caroline - but that is easily corrected and understood after one correction.

Doesnt seem a name likely to cause misunderstanding issues to me.

Thanks Imaginary Friend
Yes, that is one of the reasons that it DOES appeal to me (the fact that it is spelled phonetically)
Its more that I am concerned that it would come across overly pretentious or try hard if I am not (nor the child for that matter) French.  I should have made that a bit clearer in the OP.

#16 lizzzard

Posted 29 June 2018 - 11:58 AM

I think it’s fine but I would assume a French heritage - if you aren’t French I’d find it a bit weird. Some French names are well known in English (like Charlotte) but Delphine isn’t in that camp.

#17 ERipley

Posted 29 June 2018 - 12:12 PM

I know a Delphine. She is French. I had never heard it when I first met her. I thought she said Dolphin at first. I think it’s a lovely name now, but as it’s less common in Australia I expect she will get lots of questions about whether she has French heritage, how it’s spelled etc.

#18 ERipley

Posted 29 June 2018 - 12:15 PM

Whether it’s considered pretentious probably depends on where you live. It is a traditional name after all.

#19 Bereckii

Posted 29 June 2018 - 12:19 PM

I don't know about the assuming French heritage thing. DD's name is French, we have never been asked about French heritage. I also know of others with French names (eg Odette), there was no assumption of French heritage there either.

My immediate thought was a reminder of the Dolly Parton song Jolene, which is not an awesome association.

But I stongly believe that children make their names their own and associations like this quickly drop away. So I wouldn't be overly worried about that.

I think PP is right about the likelihood of her nickname ending up being Del once she gets to school.

#20 angelam pacificae

Posted 29 June 2018 - 12:23 PM

I like it, and if you love it, I say go for it.

Delphine Bianca
Delphine Hannah
Delphine Holly

#21 Dadto2

Posted 29 June 2018 - 12:41 PM

Honestly, I don't like it. Delphi is better, but it's also a computer programming language.

#22 kyrrie

Posted 29 June 2018 - 01:05 PM

Nothing wrong with it, but it doesn’t sing to me.

For alternatives I do know an Adelphi.

Delphi is cute, but I love the short Del.

#23 seayork2002

Posted 29 June 2018 - 01:07 PM

View Postkyrrie, on 29 June 2018 - 01:05 PM, said:

Nothing wrong with it, but it doesn’t sing to me.

For alternatives I do know an Adelphi.

Delphi is cute, but I love the short Del.

Maybe it is just me but when I hear/see Del I think of Only Fools and Horses

#24 Schmig

Posted 29 June 2018 - 01:36 PM

I like it. My daughters and I have french names that are not too common but common enough to be pronounced correctly. No one has ever asked if we have  any french heritage.

I love old fashioned and french names.
I also like Amelie, Madeleine, Camille, Clementine, Beatrice, Celeste. So many beautiful options out there.

#25 StartledFlamingo

Posted 29 June 2018 - 01:47 PM

I can only seem to think about it being pronounced in a broad nasal 'strine with the long whining 'eeeeeene' sound, which is quite ugly.

Del isn't bad (but there are nicer names that lead to that nickname) but I don't like Delphi, it's awkward.




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