Opinions on Melody

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Registered: 06-21-2011
Opinions on Melody
Tue, 06-21-2011 - 9:15am

Hello, I'm new here. I was hoping to get a little outside opinions on my current naming situation!

My husband and I are having the hardest time agreeing on a name for our girl. At first we both fell in love with the name Lydia and had decided to name our daughter Lydia Ann (Middle name after his mother and my grandmother). Then I found out another woman in our family is planning to use that name as well. So, reluctantly we scratched it from our list. And ever since then we can not agree!

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Registered: 12-09-2008
Tue, 06-21-2011 - 11:38am
I like Melody, actually, but...

Similar sound to Melody: Melanie (much more 1980s though), Elodie, Bellamy, Charity, Chastity, Kasidy, Bethany, Calvary, Delaney, Dorothy, Felicity, Harmony, Liberty, Leilani, Magdalene, Menolly, Natalie, Naomi, Penelope, Romilly, Rosalie, Sidonie, Sophie, Stephanie, Trinity, Tammany, Unity, Verity, Victory, Zephanie, Melba, Melantha, Melinda, Melissa, Melissande, Melita, Melva, Melvina

Musical names:
Lyric, Harmony, Cadence, Cadenza, Cantata, Solo, Carol, Allegra, Cappella, Cavatina, Song, Corys, Coda, Graziosa, Glee, Madrigal, Song, Minuet, March, Musette, Nonet, Octavia/Octavie, Psalm/Psalms, Selah, Quadrille, Oratoria, Rhythm, Sonata, Sonatina, Symphony, Tessitura, Timbre, Tria (many inspired by musical terms http://www.classicalworks.com/html/glossary.html )

How out is Lydia? It's one I really like... here's some similar names: Leah, Lucia, Nydia, Dia, Sidonie, Thaddea, Zinnia, Lilia, Lyssia, Linnea, Olivia, Alexia

Would Ann Lydia be a possibility? If he likes Alice, what about Alicia, Alyssa, Alysse, Elise, Eliza?

Like Anna:
Hannah, Brenna, Annaliese, Annelie, Honora, Annabelle/Annabella, Annmarie, Marianna, Angela, Antonia, Anastasia, Annabeth, Annette, Nanette, Annika, Sienna, Christiana/Christianna, Danna, Danielle, Danya, Anya, Andrea, Antoinetta, Deanna/Deanne, Doriana, Eliana/Ellianna, Ivana, Frances, Francesca, Fernanda, Gianna, Giannina, Graceanna, Graceanne, Iolanthe, Janna, Johanna, Joanna, Joanne, Julianna, Julianne, Juliana, Jordana, Jordanna, Luciana, Liliana, Lilyanna, Leilani, Melantha, Melissande, Melissandra, Nana, Leeanne, Leeanna, Alexandra, Oceane, Oceania, Oriana, Orianna, Ariana, Arianna, Adrianna, Adriana, Pandora, Quintana, Rihanna, Rhiannon, Shannon, Roseanne, Roxanne, Roxana, Roxanna, Roseanna, Susanna, Suzanne, Sylvana, Sanna, Sanne, Diana, Tatiana, Titania, Natania, Vanna, Viviana, Vivienne, Adrienne, Lucienne, Wynne, Jan, Fran, Hanne, Nan, Shanna, Zanne, Ysanne, Gloriana, Gloryanna, Victoriana, Angeline, Angelina, Angelica, Angelique

Like Clara:
Clarity, Cleanthe, Cleo, Cleopatra, Clementine, Clementina, Cara, Carol, Coral, Carrie, Carolyn, Cora, Aura, Alara, Dara, Dora, Erica, Erinna, Eris, Erissa, Fiora, Flora, Daria, Florence, Dorothy, Dorrit, Doriana, Doris, Gloria, Glory, Gloriana, Hera, Jordana, Corinne, Charity, Cherie, Carissa/Charissa, Charlotte, Char, Charlene, Charmaine, Charla, Kara, Keren/Karen, Kerith, Claire, Kora, Karla/Carla, Karle=ne/Carlene, Lara, Laura, Lorelei, Laurie, Lyra, Kira, Kyra, Liora/Leora, Ora, Orabelle/Orabelle, Aurora, Maura, Moira, Mara, Mary, Marina, Maris, Nerys, Nerissa, Marissa, Marabelle, Mira, Myra, Mirabelle, Mirabella, Marcy, Mercy, Meryl, Marilyn, Marin, Meridel, Marjorie, Margaret, Marguerite, Marlene, Marlena, Marla, Marnie, Morning, Morwenna, Martine/Martina, Merit, Marvella, Maritza, Mariska, Maria, Nora, Pearl, Pierra, Piera, Peridot, Peregrine, Paris, Querida, Sarah, Shara, Sharon, Seren, Serenity, Serendipity, Serene, Serena, Scarlett, Sherry, Sherricke, Sheridan, Cherise, Cherish, Cheryl, Charys, Tara/Terra, Taura, Terry, Tere, Therese, Theresa, Ursula, Vera, Verity, Verona, Zara

Like Jane:
Jaina, Janice, Juanita, Juana, Joanna, Johanna, Joanne, Joan, Joni, Jade, Jada, Jolene, Joellyn, Jamyn, Jeanne, Jeannie, Jeanette, Jeannine, Josephine, Josephina, Joy, Jewel, Julienne, Julene, Janet, Janae, Janette, Anjanette, Angeline, Angelina, Hannah, Kina, Laine, Blaine, Ayn, Dana, Danae, Grainne, Rain, Reina/Rayna, Lana, Laina, Shayne, Shayna

LIke Alice:
Anise, Allyn, Alexa, Alexis, Alexandra, Alexandria, Alessandra, Alianna, Aliana, Alexia, Elysia, Elyse, Elizabeth, Elspeth, Doris, Darmaris, Amaryllis, Carys, Eris, Felice, Eloise, Heloise, Hollis, Ilyssa, Elyssa, Ilsa, Elsa, Elka/Elke, Janis, Janice, Jessa, Julissa, Melissa, Jolissa, Carissa, Dorissa, Dorisa, Lisbeth, Lise, Lisa, Lisette, Glynis, Phyllis, Jaylee, Raylee, Corliss, Pallas, Tess, Valencia, Tessa, Talia, Sally, Shelley, Stella, Marisol, Rose, Paz, Luz, Luxe, Lex, Cruz, Lal, Kes, Grace, Gail, Dallas, Elle, Calla, Belle, Bella, Bliss, Alla

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Registered: 11-05-2010
Tue, 06-21-2011 - 5:54pm
Hmm, I don't mind Melody, but it does seem somewhat dated. It reminds me of Hey, Dude. Man, I loved that show.

I know it's such a similar sound, but Elodie seems fresher. A musical name I adore is Allegra, but it has the allergy problem. It might scare some away, but not me, its lovely.
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Registered: 11-05-2010
Tue, 06-21-2011 - 6:02pm
Names that I find similar to Lydia, which I love BTW, how out is it? How close of a family member is using it? Will they have the same last name, will you only see this person once a year, etc? I don't think just because someone else has lovely taste, you have to give up your favorite. What if you told this person you were using this name as well, what would they do? Who is due first? What if they decide to use a different name at the last minute, how sad would you be to have given up the name?

Anyway, names I think would make a lovely sibling to Lydia...
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Registered: 08-24-2006
Tue, 06-21-2011 - 11:12pm

I am WAY too tired right now to offer any alternatives, but I actually am really liking Melody right now.

I agree with a previous poster in that the name USED to remind me of the old Nickelodeon (or was it Disney?) show "Hey, Dude!" which I loved! But it recently had a breath of freshness breathed into it when I heard it used on my favorite TV show Doctor Who :)

I agree with the others though. How close is the couple who is also using Lydia? And they might change their minds too. My friend at work told me that her brother and his wife had decided MONTHS ago to name their DD Tuesday Rain. Well, she was born this past Saturday and that name went out the window. The ended up calling her Aurora instead!

Good luck!

ETA: I don't think of Melody being 80's. I think of Melanie being 80's though!

- Caroline

* Wife of Eric (July 28, 2007)

* Proud Mommy of Allison Kathleen (April 14, 2007)

* Expecting another BABY GIRL on September 16, 2011

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Registered: 07-15-2003
Wed, 06-22-2011 - 9:35am

I think Melody is just okay, it doesn't do much for me. I had one fried (born in the early 80's who had that name). It doesn't scream 80's or outdated to me though, it's just not a name that you hear often.

What about combining Melody and Lydia some how .... like Melodia? nn Melody?

Others have mentioned lot's of names I really love like Allegra and Elodie.

What about Harmony?


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Registered: 04-14-2003
Tue, 06-28-2011 - 6:01am

Personally I dont care for Melody at ALL... it does sound dated to me, no matter how you spell it, when you call the name out on the playground the sound is the same.

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Registered: 07-01-2011
Fri, 07-01-2011 - 4:06pm

I think Melody is a sweet name.