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….