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Old 01-15-2011, 01:59 PM
 
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I signed out because I'm giving my last name. Probably paranoid for no reason though.

I'm having a girl. My favorite name is Olivia. My husband's pick is Haylie. We've come to agreement that either name is fine with the both of us. So we're going to be putting the names together, but we still can't decide which sounds best:

Olivia Haylie Fergusson

or

Haylie Olivia Fergusson


What do you think?
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:01 PM
 
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I like Haylie Olivia, it flows better. Very pretty by the way!
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I think Haylie Olivia sounds better.
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:07 PM
 
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Like the pp said, Haylie Olivia flows better.
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:08 PM
 
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Now I think Olivia Haylie Fergusson is a better fit. Sorry, not much of a help.


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Old 01-15-2011, 02:09 PM
 
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haylie olivia! Very pretty!
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:10 PM
 
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I love the name Olivia for the first name. Unique. Haylie is more common.
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:11 PM
 
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I like Haylie Olivia Fergusson - same reason as above, I think it flows better.
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Haylie Olivia.

Pretty!
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:13 PM
 
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I just tried sternly saying each name(which all parents do when their angry) and Haylie Olivia sounded better


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Old 01-15-2011, 02:18 PM
 
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I think Haylie Olivia has a better flow.
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:23 PM
 
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I agree with the posters above...Haylie Olivia flows better. That said, Haylie is way more common that Olivia so if you are looking for unique I would go with Olivia Haylie.
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:36 PM
 
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Haylie Olivia! Are you going to call her by both names? That is so pretty!
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:38 PM
 
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Haylie Olivia flows better, cute name!
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with everyone else
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:41 PM
 
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Olivia Haylie. But I love the name Olivia so that's probably why.
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:44 PM
 
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I like Haylie Olivia too, but I don't like the spelling of Haylie... lie to me doesn't make the "leigh" sound. Hayley or Haylee even would be better?? But it's up to you, you're the proud new mommy!!
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Old 01-15-2011, 02:47 PM
 
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I like the sound of Haylie, but I think Olivia is a name that will "grow" with your daughter.
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Old 01-15-2011, 03:27 PM
 
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I'm a fan of both names, but think I like Olivia Haylie better. You aren't going to be saying Olivia Haylie Fergusson that often after she gets older, and I love the way Olivia Fergusson sounds.

I really don't think you can go wrong either way!

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Old 01-15-2011, 03:30 PM
 
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As PP mentioned, the flow is better when Haylie is first. However, I doubt you will continuously address her by first and middle name at once....so either one is cute! I love Haylie though..lol. You might just have to choose by the toss of the coin.
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Old 01-15-2011, 03:31 PM
 
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Haylie Olivia sounds better.
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Old 01-15-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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I'm in the minority with Olivia Haley. Like the poster before me, I think Olivia is a more sophisticated name to grow into. Also, when she writes her signature, as Haley Olivia, it will be Haley O. Ferguson...could be confused that her last name is O'Ferguson.
I think the flow is better with Olivia as a first name.Techinically it's a four syllable name. However, we say it in such a way as to be a 3 syllable sound. So with Olivia as a first name, you have 3 syllables, 2 syllables, 3 syllables.
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Old 01-15-2011, 04:08 PM
 
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Love Haylie Olivia
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I like Haylie Olivia better.
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Old 01-15-2011, 04:16 PM
 
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Love Haylie Olivia
I am partial to the name Hayley.
My dear niece is called Haley Alyce (as in e-lise)
Lots of variation of HAY-LEE to consider;
Haleigh, Haylee, Haley


♪ ♫ ♪ Hayley Olivia born this day to loving parents ♫ ♪ ♫
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Old 01-15-2011, 04:27 PM
 
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I would pick Olivia as the first name, because it is a name that will work for an adult as well as a baby name. Haylie is very cute and works just fine for a baby, little girl, or even a teen, but it's not the kind of name that will work well for an adult later. It's not a name that commands respect, should your daughter decide to go into certain types of professions later. Think: Judge Haylie Fergusson. Dr. Haylie Fergusson. President Haylie Fergusson (). It does not sound or look right, it just seems silly.

Haylie is a cute nicknamey name, and will never be anything else. Do your daughter a favor, and pick Olivia as the first name.
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I like the name Olivia for a first name for the reasons PPs stated. Haylie sounds little girlie to me. Olivia will grow with your daughter and sounds more distinguished to me.
Congratulations BTW! I have two daughters and having girls is wonderful!
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Old 01-15-2011, 04:40 PM
 
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I like Olivia Haylie!

Congrats!
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Old 01-15-2011, 04:57 PM
 
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Teenytiny wrote: (not sure how to quote signed out)
(BEGIN QUOTE I would pick Olivia as the first name, because it is a name that will work for an adult as well as a baby name. Haylie is very cute and works just fine for a baby, little girl, or even a teen, but it's not the kind of name that will work well for an adult later. It's not a name that commands respect, should your daughter decide to go into certain types of professions later. Think: Judge Haylie Fergusson. Dr. Haylie Fergusson. President Haylie Fergusson (). It does not sound or look right, it just seems silly. (END QUOTE)

Honestly, I'm quite offended by this post. My name is Haley. I'm 28 years old, I have a Masters degree, and I'm a professional in the field of education. I have had no problems being taken seriously. I'm respected by my peers, admin, students, and parents of my students. To the OP.. don't worry about your daughter having a cutesy name. There are plenty of females named Haley/Hailey/Haylee/Haylie in this world. Most of them are young now, but one day they WILL be adults. They'll have leadership roles. Their names won't seem any more silly than Beatrice or Gertrude seems to us now. Times change. Trends in names change.

Plus, if you're going by popularity, Olivia ranked 3rd while Hailey ranked 14th (according to babynames.com). Both are GREAT names and I do like the way you spelled Haylie. I don't think anyone will mistakenly call her Hay-LIE (like you told a lie).

For the record, I think Haley Olivia flows a bit better. Either way is lovely. Congrats on your new addition!
 
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:00 PM
 
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I meant to type I think Haylie Olivia flows a bit better.. sorry for the misspelling!
 
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I like Haylie Olivia better also I would change the spelling of Haylie though. I would spell it Hayley or Haylee.
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"Mynameishaley", I'm sorry if you were offended by my post.

However, you must remember that the OP outright asked for opinions on these names, to help her make her choice an informed one. I think you are taking things too personally.
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:22 PM
 
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I remember stressing about my daughter's middle name and I don't think I have said it out loud for about 10 years! lol

I would pick Olivia as the first name. I think it has better nickname potentional...Liv, Livie, V...

I don't know what the nickname for Haylie would be...Hay? Leigh? Only a consideration if you live somewhere where names tend to be shortened...

I have to agree with the poster who said Haylie sounds like a young girl...I think it does too. I am not meaning to offend, just stating my opinion. Doesn't meant there are not a lot of grown up professional Haylie's out there.

I feel that way about the name Blake too...my friend named her son Blake and to me that sounds like a small boys name, not a grown up. I am sure many would disagree...just my opinion.
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:30 PM
 
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Teenytiny,
How is she taking this too personal? You just bashed her name. You said HER name sounded unprofessional and silly. I don't even know my doctor's first name, but her first name wouldn't be the deciding factor in choosing a doctor or another professional. I get that you are giving your opinion, but to say that mynameishaley is taking it too personal is going far. I would be offended if you just said that about my name.
 
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:36 PM
 
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If you don't think it matters what a doctor's name is, then why would my opinion be a problem?

If you believe that Haley is very respectable and professional sounding name, you are certainly entitled to that opinion and should rest easy with that.

Life is too short to get hung up on someone else's opinions. Really.
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:46 PM
 
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I like both but Haylie Olivia seems to flow better!

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Offended hit the nail on the head. It's hard not to take it personally when someone says YOUR name sounds unprofessional and silly. Teenytiny, I realize that you aren't the only one who said Haylie has a youngish sound. I think it was the unprofessional comment that really struck a chord.

Most professionals aren't called by their first names anyway. My students call me Mrs. (last name). Not Mrs. Haley. You wouldn't say Dr. Haley, Judge Haley, or President Haley anyway, so that's a moot point.

I am still offended, even if it is just your opinion. I'm glad that I have friends and colleagues who treat me respectfully and like the professional that I am. I don't need to get hung up over what someone on a message board says, especially someone who states their opinions in a disrespectful way. Thanks for the apology, though.
 
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To the original poster, I'm sorry I hijacked your thread. I'm finished posting about it, and I hope that others give you opinions on which choice they like best!
 
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:14 PM
 
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If I was choosing a baby name I'd focus more on how the first name sounded with the last. That's what will more commonly be said together. My personal opinion is that Haylie Fergusson sounds better. Olivia is a beautiful name, one of my favorites, but with Fergusson it seems a bit of a mouthful.
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I like Haylie Olivia...my 2nd DD is Lucy Olivia and I love the name Olivia Her initials will be HOF, like Hall of Fame...that's cute!
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I don't see how my opinion could be "disrespectful" when it was never posted to you in the first place. It was an opinion on an unnamed baby- an opinion that the OP asked for.

When I was pregnant with my own children, I asked for name opinions, too, and was genuinely grateful when people were comfortable responding with what they really thought. I didn't agree with all of their opinions, but I did want to hear them. My own mother told me my top contender for my first daughter sounded like a stripper name. . I disagreed, was comfortable that my own opinion was the correct one, and chose it anyway.

If you are fully comfortable with your own professionalism and your name connected with it, then that should be enough for you. Why would you care what I think?
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