Bear with me here on this long post. I posted a few weeks ago about some names. Some people liked this particular name and others didn't, but wanted to get another round of thoughts since we're in the home stretch (if I haven't had baby by 11.11.11, I'll be induced that day).
Our children's names are Christian and Caroline. We also had a daughter named Elisabeth, we called her Elle, who passed away. So as you can see, we like classic names. I am having trouble however finding a classic name I love the way I love these names. I really, really like the name Livia. I actually prefer the sound of it over Olivia. At first I was concerned about the constant "It's like Olivia without the O." I've come to terms with the fact that we'll/she'll be saying that, but Caroline gets called Carolyn all the time, and I think it's something that will just deal with as a minor inconvenience.
My real concern with Livia is that people will hate it or think it's awful. Others say that shouldn't matter to me, but this isn't my name, I'm picking it for my child and I don't want her stuck with a name everyone hates. Also, I think it has a classic feel to it, even though it's not traditional like our other names.
What do you think of the name Livia in general and how would you describe it (trendy, weird, made-up, classic, hideous, pretty, etc.)? Do you think it fits reasonably well with our other names?
I'd appreciate honest opinions. I'm really stressing about whether we might regret this choice down the road, even though right now it's my favorite name.
Another random point. Our daughter who passed away was born on August 26th, 8/26. I'm constantly seeing references to 826 all the time, on the clock, etc. Well, when I thought of the name Livia and wanted to make sure it wasn't a "made up" name, I found it on the SSA site as the 826th most popular girls name. This may be sort of a stretch, but I also thought maybe it's a bit of a sign.