Alina - too similar to last name? and mn ideas?
I'm looking for a bit of advice. I love the name Alina. To me, it sounds a little bit unusual but easily pronounced and with an international flavour. It also has good nickname possibilities (Ali, Lin, Lina, or at a push, Nina). However, I'm concerned that it's too similar to our last name, which sounds similar to the word learner. Is the repeated "L-vowel-N" too close for comfort to your ears? Do I need to give up on this beautiful name, or could we make this work?
I'm also struggling to think of middle names - I think one syllable names would work well (e.g., Grace, Rose) but either these feel like "filler" names to me or are they are names of friends/family that I wouldn't want to use. Other middle names I've considered all start and/or end with a vowel or have a very similar stress pattern (Melinda, Sofia, Delia, Elissa) which I think might be a bit much. Other names I like are Leila, Liana, Joanna, Mariella, Samira, and Maira. My goodness, I just realised that they all end in -a! Maybe I need to branch out a bit....
If you have any thoughts, they would be gratefully received.
Thu, 05/24/2012 - 1:39pm