Difficult Naming Dilemma

Hello, my wife and I are expecting our first this December 2nd, however we are having trouble trying to pick a good name. My wife is Russian, we live in Florida, my last name is Italian (Vittorino), but my mother's family is Hispanic, so we need to be able to find a name that 

     - Is understandable in America
     - Is Russian
     - Easy for spanish speakers to say
     - Ale to go with our Italian Last Name

So far we have Mikhail for a boy, or for a girl Aleksandra give me your thoughts, thanks! 

 

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June 26, 2014 11:10 AM

Congratulations! Mikhail and Aleksandra are both good choices, although I'd change the spelling to Alexandra for ease of use if you plan to stay in the US. You might also consider Andrey (Andre, Andres, Andrew), Leon, Nikolai (Nico, Nicolás, Nicholas), Anton (Antonio, Anthony), Nadia, Anastasia, Irina, Katya, Larissa, Mila, or Olga. I tried to pick names that I thought would work well in Russia, Italy, Latin America, and the US.

2
June 26, 2014 2:34 PM

Thanks those are very good suggestions! We will find out sex July 18th! Good to be prepared

3
By EVie
June 26, 2014 2:48 PM

You've gotten some good suggestions from Elizabeth T. I'll throw in Natalia, Elena, Arina, Eva, Darya, Anna, Kira, Marina, Tatiana, Valentina, Veronika. Boys' names are a bit harder, but maybe Pavel or Sevastian?

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By rfb
June 28, 2014 10:29 AM

Here's a list of names (Russian spelling/Spanish spelling) that according to behindthename.com should work in both Russian and Spanish - and English of course. Also seconding all the other suggestions made so far.

Adam/Adán
Artur/Arturo
Benedikt /Benito (the Spanish wikipedia refers to Pope Benedict as 'Benedicto', so Benedict(o) might also work in Spanish)
David
Feliks/ Félix
Grigori/Gregorio
Luka/Lucas
Martin/Martín
Nikolay/Nicolás
Robert/Roberto
Samuil/Samuel
Valentin/ Valentín

Anna/Ana
Diana
Eva
Kristina/Cristina
Margarita
Marina
Marya/María
Sabina
Selena
Tamara
Tatiana
Valentina
Violetta/Violeta

I think Aleksandra is a nice choice for you. For boys' names I think there are quite a few names that are closer in spelling and pronounciation across all three languages, but if Mikhail is the name you like best, then go for it, don't let that stop you.

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July 1, 2014 6:46 AM

For boy names, I think both Viktor (Victor) and Vladimir are great sounding names that meet your criteria!

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July 1, 2014 9:56 AM

If the child's surname will be Vittorino, then I don't think Victor will work, unfortunately.