Girls Name Please Help!

Hi there

My husband and I love the name Ava for a girl, and would like to have Jean as a middle name as its a family name, but we joked once it sounded like aubergine, and now it has stuck!

Does anyone think that Ava Jean sounds similar to aubergine?!!
We don't want to give the baby a name its going to be teased over, so would like your opinion on whether you think its an issue or not (or if its just us thinking that everyone is going to hear aubergine in her name!)

thanks :)


July 13, 2013 6:31 PM

Relax. You've gone too deep in name analysis. Ava Jean is lovely and no one is going to think of aubergine. :)

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July 13, 2013 7:19 PM

Even if someone did think of aubergine, what's the problem? It's a nice food and a good color. Not like having a name that calls to mind excrement, right?

But I also don't think the association is all that obvious.

July 13, 2013 7:30 PM

You didn't mentione where you live, but how many children in the US have ever heard of an aubergine?  Most of them wouldn't even know an eggplant if they fell on it.  And any adult that teases a little Ava Jean by calling her an aubergine is unbelievably immature.  Are you planning to call her a double-barreled Ava Jean or just Ava, only using Ava Jean when she is being reprimanded or on ceremonial occasions?  If you plan on calling her just Ava on an everyday bais, how many people would even know about the Jean?  Not to worry!

July 13, 2013 7:59 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies, it's been so helpful. So nice to have a second opinion on our names. We really didn't want to spill our name choices to our family or friends until bubs was born so this forum is great! :)

July 14, 2013 1:01 AM

I don't even know what aubergine you're safe in my opinion!

July 14, 2013 2:49 AM

I had to look it up too. That is absolutely nothing to worry about. People name their kids sillier stuff than aubergine all the time, so any similarities to the actual name will be totally disregarded. I can picture it becoming a cute little in-house pet name for her though.

July 14, 2013 10:13 AM

I agree that it could be a cute, personal nickname, but that it's highly, highly unlikely that anyone else would notice. Aubergine is a commonplace word where I live and I certainly didn't go there when I read the name Ava Jean (which has a snappy sound, by the way. It works as a double-barrelled name, too.)

July 14, 2013 6:45 AM

You know what, I have a friend who has an Ava Jean and I never noticed the similarity to aubergine until reading this post (and we often call eggplant aubergine where I live) so I'd have to say it isn't an issue as I normally notice those sort of things.

July 15, 2013 11:10 PM

I don't think that at all - not even if I try really hard. I think you're more than 'safe' to use the combo.


If it makes you feel better, I did the same with our second daughter. She's Sydney Cate. I was, towards the end of my pregnancy, convinced that it sounded like we were saying "Syndicate." I almost changed my mind of honoring my DH's sister and great grandmother. Now, however, that never crosses my mind. Instead, people think we named her 'Cindy' based on how our older daughter pronounces her name. LOL  - who would have guessed.


Congratulations and enjoy your beautiful daughter to be - she'll have a great, strong name!