Theola?

(36 Posts)
MrsSneezy Wed 27-Mar-13 10:48:46

Our baby girl is due in 6 weeks and we've been stuck for names for ages. We came across Theola in our baby name book and both like it. Shortenings are Thea and Lola. I think it's unusual and pretty without being too 'out there', but would love opinions from others.

Our baby book says it's Greek and means gift from god. We have no Greek connection but if we stuck to English names that would be very limiting.

What do you think? Is it too out there? Does it sound made up even though it's not?

Teapig Sat 30-Mar-13 17:07:48

Thanks frikadellen, glad it's not just me and DH who like it.

So now we're trying to agree on middle names. I think because we're using an unusual first name we need to balance it with a more common middle name. Our short list so far:

Theola Isobel Rose
Theola Sophie Rose
Theola Amity Rose (I know, Amityville Horror and all that but it's French for friendship and I think it's quite sweet)
Theola Sicily Rose (DH's choice, I'm a little sceptical)

Or we may just drop the Rose, it's not a family name and mega popular these days I know. I just think it helps the name flow.

Frikadellen Fri 29-Mar-13 19:24:43

I like it

Wishfulmakeupping Fri 29-Mar-13 09:21:27

Chose even

Wishfulmakeupping Fri 29-Mar-13 09:21:09

I like Safia smile
Another name you might like is Athea I nearly choose it as a middle name I actually really like-Anthea but it's forever ruined by Anthea turner sad

seeker Fri 29-Mar-13 09:08:25

What about Theodora?

Teapig Fri 29-Mar-13 09:03:41

Thanks ladies. I love Thea too and think that will be the shortening we'll use. There's something about Theola though I just love.

It's great to have opinions from others though and also to know what might come up on predictive text when I start to send the baby arrival messages out!

lockets Thu 28-Mar-13 23:51:29

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birdofthenorth Thu 28-Mar-13 23:28:23

Sounds like a girl called Thea who plays the viola, sorry! I do love Thea though, it is simple, beautiful and underused (don't know why when Theo is pretty popular). Lola is nice but faddy and has already had its day in my mind if I'm honest (most I know are aged between 5 and 10, not babies).

lockets Thu 28-Mar-13 23:28:17

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nectarini1983 Thu 28-Mar-13 20:34:37

I prefer Thea/ Tèa/ Tia....I don't think Theola is a pretty looking name....and predictive text changes it to "throat" on my phone.

sittinginthesun Thu 28-Mar-13 20:11:43

I love Thea. Gorgeous name, and very strong sounding.

Shybairns Thu 28-Mar-13 20:09:15

Our neighbours eldest is called Thea. I really like it.

Theas18 Thu 28-Mar-13 20:06:57

Fiola? ? Now that's not the spelling our the pronunciation at all ugh!

Go for Thea, you know you want too wink

Viviennemary Thu 28-Mar-13 20:05:52

I don't like it that much. It doesn't really have a nice sound to it. But it's not awful.

ParmaViolette Thu 28-Mar-13 20:00:34

I prefer it spelled Fiola.

Bluestocking Thu 28-Mar-13 19:56:28

I don't like the "ola" ending. It makes the word sound like an early twentieth century brand name, like Victrola or Shinola. Thea is lovely, as is Theodora. I don't like Lola at all.

Teapig Thu 28-Mar-13 19:43:33

Thanks lockets, I misremembered the meaning earlier. I've read that it means 'divine' or 'sent from god', seems to vary a bit from website to website. I like the meaning 'divine'.

grey lady, interesting that there are other variations, I hadn't heard of Theonie.

Oddly I really like the 'ola' ending which I think is the bit most people don't like.

Thanks for all the comments!

thegreylady Thu 28-Mar-13 19:24:48

I know a Theonie which is similar-not keen on the 'ola' ending though Lola is quite pretty.

lockets Thu 28-Mar-13 19:24:29

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Teapig Thu 28-Mar-13 19:02:06

Yes I think it's about 7/1 not in favour which I guess shows that many people won't like our name choice which isn't surprising as Theola is a very unpopular name in terms baby name stats.

But it's made me realise that I don't really mind that and as long as DH and I love the name it doesn't really matter. Weirdly it's made me feel more sure about choosing Theola. I just hope our little one will love her name and if not she can go by Thea or Lola which I think are also lovely.

DoingItForMyself Thu 28-Mar-13 16:31:50

I prefer Thea tbh. Don't know why, I think maybe the 'ola' part reminds me of areola or Crayola!

Sorry, not especially helpful, but the 'ola' seems to be a bit of a thing for others too!

KittenOfDoom Thu 28-Mar-13 16:24:05

I make it 1 for, 6 against so far.hmm

Teapig Thu 28-Mar-13 15:57:09

When I googled it came up as a name in its own right, interesting though to see where it might be derived from.

kitten your were right that it dosen't 'gift' in the meaning, I'd misremembered that. Rechecked baby book and it means 'sent from god' apparently.

It seems to have been most popular in the 1920s and 30s but now seems completely unused.

It's great to have everyone's views. I guess a lot of friends and family will have similar opinions on it but we love it and hopefully it will be a grower on friends and family.

KittenOfDoom Thu 28-Mar-13 12:59:20

Ah right, see what's happened there - because anything with 'philia' in would go down really well nowadays, yeah?

badtime Thu 28-Mar-13 10:42:17

I don't like it, reminds me of 'payola' (music chart fixing in the US).

I had a quick google, and it seems that it is derived from 'Theophilia' (you may be more familiar with the male name 'Theophilus'). Theo means god, philia means love, so the meaning would be to do with that, not gifts.

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