Spanish/English baby names- help!
My husband and I are expecting our first little one in January! We aren't planning on finding out the gender, so we need to come up with a boy name and a girl name. We have just started officially discussing names and we have already run into a problem! My husband wants to honor his Mexican heritage and many of his family members still speak Spanish at home, so we want and need a name that honors our heritage and works in Spanish as well as English. Unfortunately, the style of names that I love and that have been on my list since I was a teenager are more quirky, old-fashioned names. We're having a really hard time blending these two styles! It also doesn't help that our last name is a very near rhyme with any name that ends with the -ina sound, which is a large portion of the names that fit my style and also work in Spanish (ex: Marina, Lena). Our last name is a common Spanish last name, S@linas.
I've been reading the blog here for a long time and have been reading suggestions on other posts for ideas, but I figured it was time for me to ask the brilliant minds on here for some advice. :)
For starters, here's the names we've been talking about:
Isabella (pretty, DH loves it, but wayyyyy too popular for me)
Eleanor (we love this, but it doesn't honor our heritage)
Anna (family name)
Julia (we both like this, but not the Spanish pronunciation)
Boys names are where we really have trouble!
Henry (I love, DH not so much)
James (we can actually agree on this one, but we don't love it)
Xavier (I think it works perfectly, but my husband refuses to consider it for whatever reason)
Luca (too "girly")
Wed, 06/27/2012 - 8:55pm