I had a beautiful daughter that we named Madeline Claire. The names Madeline and Claire were our top two favorites throughout my pregnancy. We had trouble ultimately deciding on her name so we waited to name her until after she was born. We knew she would most likely be Madeline Claire or Claire Madeline.
Madeline is a name I have adored since I was a child. Growing up with the 'Madeline' books, tv shows, and movie cemented the Mad-uh-line pronunciation for me and that is the pronunciation I prefer. My husband and other family members liked the Mad-uh-line pronunciation, but also liked the Mad-uh-Lyn or Mad-uh-Len pronunciation.
Ultimately we went with Madeline as her first name not realizing all of the pronunciation problems we would run into. Most people say Madeline's name like Mad-uh-Lyn. I never realized it would bother me so much. Even after I introduce her as Mad-uh-Line they will still call her Mad-uh-Lyn. I feel like I set her up for a lifetime of name issues and having to correct people on her pronunciation.
Sometimes I wish we just named her Claire. Much more straightforward.
Is it crazy to want people to use my preferred pronunciation even though it is less popular? Should I give in and just call her Mad-uh-Lyn? Should she go by both? Does anyone know any Mad-uh-Lines?
My husband says people will learn her name the way we say. Maybe I'm just being too sensitive.