Re: Baby Names
posted at 2/11/2012 4:34 PM EST
name her Genevieve! I think that's such a lovely, elegant name! And, if you must, you could call her Genny for a nickname. Or Vivie, or Viv.
However, I am one of the few people in the world (my mother being the only other I've ever met) who doesn't like nicknames. I have a name that could be shortened to Cassie, Casey, Sandy or Sandra and I have never liked that - in fact, my mother said I would always correct people, even as a young child, when they tried to shorten it. So if I named a daughter Genevieve, I'd call her the whole name, from birth. Yes, I think you CAN do this, you don't have to have a short name for a baby!
We have a Matilda Ann at our center and that's her whole name - and her parents use the whole thing. Every once in a while they call her Tilly Ann, but most of the time it's the whole thing.
Now, remember that Cassandra, in mythology, was a Princess, daughter of Helen of Troy. It was Cassandra who said "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts" when talking about the Trojan horse - the Trojans didn't believe her, let the horse in and the Greeks jumped out of said horse and killed the Trojans. The reason nobody believed her was that Apollo, the god of love, had fallen in love with Cassandra, so gave her a gift of being able to foresee the future. When she spurned him, he couldn't take back the gift he'd bestowed (that's a loophole, evidently) but he could ADD to it, so he gave her the curse that nobody would believe her when she saw the future. So I don't think of it as a cursed name, I think of it as a royal name. It's just that OTHERS just don't believe her - and since she's always right, that's THEIR problem!
I love the fact that my name is pretty uncommon!