Nickname Question

I’ve already been asked several times, “So what are you going to call her?” Tim and I love the name Adelaide and we intend to call her just that, the full name. However, as someone who has a short, one syllable first name, I understand that a three syllable name could be a mouthful. Before she was born, Tim and I discussed that fact that she will likely be called Addie (Addy?) and though I have nothing against that name, I prefer the less common Aida. Maybe I’m wrong, but with the popular Madeline, Maddison and Addison, I figure there will already be Maddies and Addies on the playground.

And that brings me to my question. How should Aida be spelled?

Just to be clear, I’m talking about a pronunciation with a long “a” sound. Aida as in first aid. Aid – uh. The other more common nickname would be pronounced Add – E. Make sense?

My first instict is spelling it A-I-D-A. That’s how I’ve spelled it so far in this post, and I think maybe that would be the least likely to get mispronounced. However, there is an opera  titled Aida and it’s pronounced Eye – E – duh.

This week, I saw something Tim wrote and he spelled the name Ada. While that may be the simpler spelling, I’m afraid it would get mispronounced as Add – uh, with the short “a” sound similar to Addie. Heck, I prefer Addie over Add-a, so I wouldn’t want that to catch on if I can help it.  Ava is a popular girls name. People seem to know how it’s pronounced and know that it’s said with a long “a”.  Our nickname rhymes with Ava, just with a “d” instead of the “v,” maybe I’m not giving people enough credit and Ada would be the best spelling?  What do you think? How would you pronounce Ada if you saw it written? What about Aida? Am I overthinking this?

Maybe we should just take my dad’s suggestion and go with the nickname Del. Or, what Tim often calls her, Lemonade. I know once she gets to school people will just call her whatever they want.  I’d still like to set some kind of precedent/guide if I can. Plus, even before she was born, I liked the middle name Fen in part because I liked having the nickname option of Aida Fen.

Aida Fen. Isn’t that just adorable? Or is that Ada Fen? Hhmmm….

 

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  1. Helen’s avatar

    I also spell it Ada, per the twins Lem n’ Ada in Strawberry Shortcake’s classic episode, “Housewarming Surprise”.

    But, actually, Ada was on my list of possible baby names, for Ada Lovelace, widely credited as the first female computer programmer. (Bryan nixed it as “too dorky a reason”.)

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    1. nextlifechapter’s avatar

      I completely forgot about Lem n’ Ada. To tell you the truth, I think that’s when I first started liking that name.

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    2. Paige’s avatar

      I would go with Ada. I don’t think anyone would mispronounce it as Add-uh. Aida looks like Eye-E-duh like you said.

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      1. nextlifechapter’s avatar

        It looks like Ada is the consensus. Thanks for your input.

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      2. Brooke’s avatar

        I think Ada is cute and like you said looks like Ava without the “v”. Adda would be the way to spell it as “Add-uh”. But do you think people would get confused if her full name was pronounced A-de-laide(long a) vs. Add-a-laide? Just overthinking with you on this one. I also like Aida! Just go with your gut. It’s funny that you are also thinking of spelling the nickname. I’ve decided that our nickname for Jack will be Jax instead of Jacks. Not that it matters, but Jax is more like a name (and doesn’t rhyme as much with his dad’s name therefore easier for me to yell around the house when he’s older and avoid confusion!).

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        1. nextlifechapter’s avatar

          Yeah, after Tim read my post he said, “I think you’re overthinking it.” But that’s what I do. Jax is cute. I’m glad I’m not the only overthinker.

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        2. Rosalie’s avatar

          I’ve always gone by my full 3-syllable name and it’s worked out ok! Can I call you Rose? Nope. Not my name. Rosa? Rosie? Ro? NO. 😉

          Adelaide is a super cool name and she should use it to the fullest extent of its coolness!

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          1. nextlifechapter’s avatar

            Rosalie, you’re probably right. We love the name Adelaide, so we’ll probably just go with the whole name most of the time. I still like Ada Fen though as her little pet name from me. Plus, I like that Adelaide allows her options if she decides (god forbid) that she doesn’t like it one day.

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