Help me decide! Baby due in two weeks!!

Okay, so my daughter is due in 2 weeks. We have still not chosen a final name. We want a Greek/Italian name that is 3-4 syllables (although 2 is okay), and not TOO popular, but not extremely  rare either (unless we really like it). Herw are our ideas: 

  1. Celestina (is this too over the top? pronounced CHEL-AY-STEENA)
  2. Clementina (again, too over the top?)
  3. Luna
  4. Camila
  5. Martina(?)
  6. Lia(?)
  7. Aria(?)
  8. Aurora (?)
  9. Serafina/Seraphina 

Our surname is Rosa. Any other name ideas for us? Which name do you prefer and which names are over the top? Are the first 2 too foreign sounding?

 

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March 11, 2019 9:06 PM

Celestina Rosa - Are you in the US / somewhere English-speaking?  This pronunciation will be really difficult to enforce.

Clementina Rosa - Maybe.  I don't think Clementina (or Celestina) is too much or too foreign to use, but it's a little bit word-y/color-y (like an Italian Crayola color) in combination.

Luna Rosa - Definitely too naturey.  It sounds like a phase of the moon cycle.

Camila Rosa - Pronunciation?  This could be a nice choice.

Martina Rosa - This works.

Lia Rosa - It kind of sounds like a double first name.  "Hi, I'm Lia-Rosa."

Aria Rosa - The duplicated Rs are tough in combination with the double -a endings.

Aurora Rosa - Too much -ro-.  Aurora is hard to say on its own, Rosa compounds that.

Seraf/phina Rosa - A good option.

 

My favorites for you are Camila and Serafina (no strong preference for f vs. ph).

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March 11, 2019 11:28 PM

Thank you for your suggestions. We are in the US. Celestina is a family name, so we will most likely use it in some way, but maybe as a middle name instead of a first name. My husband is not big on Martina, Aurora, or Lia, so those are out of the question at this point. Clementina is a question mark as a middle name. Camila is pronounced cah-MEE-la. He suggested Angelina instead. So we have narrowed it down to that, Seraphina, Camila, and (maybe) Celestina.

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March 12, 2019 12:10 AM

Based off of my friends who are Greek and Italian:

Kristina 

Amalia (Amalia Rosa - SO cute)

Nikolina

Calla

 

I'm a big fan of joining names together so I'd even offer Lally Dysis. It's absolutely gorgeous. Lally means well-spoken and Dysis means sunset, and I don't really love the two on their own but together I think it's a wonderful option for you. Lally Dysis Rosa sounds heckin superb.

 

From your list, my fave is Martina Rosa

 

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March 12, 2019 12:16 AM

I love Camila Rosa! I think the spelling Camilla is also nice.

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March 12, 2019 8:11 AM

from your list I like Camila, Lia and Aria best,  Serafina is ok too.  Sorry dont like Luna at all.  The others are ok, but I think 4 syllable C names might be a little 2 much - Angelina is nice

Amalia, Anastasia Katerina Natalia Sofia Tatiana Ariana Amelia Bianca Carolina Felicia Rosalba Rosalia Sabrina Sybilla Susanna Tamara Vanessa Lydia Carissa Cassandra Tessa Annabella Gemma

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March 13, 2019 1:23 AM

From your list, I prefer Camila, Lia, or Aria. I think Aria is rising in popularity, but you’d have to check the rankings to see what your “limits“ are for how popular you want to tolerate. It is a beautiful name. 

Luna Rosa means ”pink moon” in Spanish and Italian, so I’d rule it out being that it makes a phrase. I‘ve also heard it a lot lately given to baby girls. 

Other ideas: Ariana, Lucia (can have nn Lucy), Giana, Gianni

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March 13, 2019 4:16 PM

Now that I think about it, I think I prefer Arianna to Aria. It is a big “maybe” though, because of the associations with the singer and the journalist. 

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March 13, 2019 8:03 PM

Arianna is pretty,  similar ones Arielle, Arietta, Ariadne.  I wouldnt be worried about the singer or journalist - I didnt know who the journalist was,  but I'm in Australia

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March 14, 2019 10:41 PM

I think that Arianna is popular enough (though not overly popular) to not have such a close Association with the singer Or any one celebrity in particular. And if you wanted to, you could shorten Arianna to Aria as a nn or just for fun. 

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March 13, 2019 4:39 AM

Personally, I love Celestina. It is very rare, but Celeste is well known, so I don't consider Celestina unusable at all. It is a much more striking name than some of the others on your list, but I personally see that as a good thing. The pronunciation is not the one most English speakers would default to, but in a country with a huge Latin population who often pronounce their names otherwise than the expected English way, I don't think it would be that hard to teach people Chel-ay-Stee-na. You would need a zen attitude on it being mispronounced when read though.

My next favourite is Clementina for many of the above reasons (I might like it more except that Celestina is a family name).

Luna, Aria, Martina, Lia et. al. are perfectly nice and unobjectionable, they are just very popular where I live (Spain) so I'm a bit over them. In any case, I have a hard time getting excited about Aria when Celestina is a competitor.

 

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March 13, 2019 8:49 AM

I agree that Celestina is the most striking choice, and that this is actually a Good Thing.

For the pronunciation, you can just accept that it's said differently in Italian and English; use the one at home, the other at daycare/school/etc. Children can easily learn to associate with multiple pronunciations or versions of their names. My name begins with a /y/ sound like in "yew" in Hungarian, and a /dg/ sound like in "Jew" in English, and this has never been a problem. (The only pronunciation I cannot associate with and actually dislike is the Spanish /h/ one.)

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March 13, 2019 4:04 PM

Is Celestina considered dated? I‘m not familiar with the name popularity charts in Spain.

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March 14, 2019 9:30 AM

It's an old lady name (not popular, I don't know any, but not that rare either, looking at statistics). The median age is 71 so I guess it's due for a comeback in a while. But Spain is a) a bit behind the anglophone world on name trends generally and b) currently in a love affair with shorter names, so I certainly wouldn't base a decision on Spanish name stats.

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March 13, 2019 9:31 AM

Celestina would be off limits to me because of the work of medieval Spanish literature by the same name (La celestina). For centuries, the name was synonymous with a kind "procuress", a madam who set up assignations and prostitution. I realize, however, that this usage has fallen away and that most people don't have advanced degrees in Spanish literature. I mention it just so that you are aware. 98% of people, even in Spain, will not have this association. But to the minority who do, it's a startling choice. (Of course, the Italian pronunciation removes the association.)