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I love it. And it's not bizarre at all – there are two in my circle!
I'd read Irene as "EYE-reen", Irena as "ee-REY-na" and Irina as "ee-REE-na".
Irina and Iris are both already on our list – such brilliant names.
I was reading this thread and loving lots of the names mentioned… and then you got to Florentina and the story behind it, and it was so lovely that I now want to name *my* baby that, too! You have such a great story to go with the name, and it absolutely honours your mums (and I love that book, too).
It's a great combination of being a name I've never, ever heard before… but also sounding hugely traditional. Lovely.
(I'd assume Hadwin would be a boy and Hadwen would be a girl, if you're canvassing assumptions!).
Thanks! Yep, several of those are also on our little list. (And lots are ruled out because they're already relatives ;) )
Thanks; much appreciated!
There'd be no hiding the hispanic-ness unless we changed our surname ;)
Thanks! Both our hometowns are spectacularly international and most people we know are choosing baby names that are really, really, really unusual so I think our perspective is really altered by that!
Thanks! That's great input. We've just done a quick survey (highly unscientific, obviously!) and none of us made that association, so perhaps it's a regional problem… plus we're all in a very Spanish-speaking area, so perhaps we're all just familiar with the name. (Remy's would be absolutely cute, wouldn't it?)
Thanks so much for your thoughts; I totally get what you mean. I've always thought of it sort of the opposite way around – that people named Remedios are just naturally making the world a little bit better with their existence :)
There are three, I think… [checks Wikipedia]. Yep, the child-bride one, the magically beautiful one who just ascends into heaven one day, and one who falls in love with a mechanic and gets banished to a nunnery. None we'd be naming a child after, but at least they're interesting :)
Love R Varo, though – even more interesting!
Me too – if we don't use it, I'd be so thrilled to meet someone else who did!
Thanks for your thoughts!
It's pretty well known everywhere, I think ;)
Wow, Inmaculada would be an incredible baby name. It's not for us but I'd love to meet a little kid with that name!
Thanks for your thoughts! We're Catholic, but I also lean towards your way of thinking, too, that the literal meaning gives it a not-specifically-religious element, too. (And I've met some great Remys of various ages, and love that, too.)
Thanks so much! Yep, we have lots of Spanish marian names in the family so it would definitely have precedent. And grandmother names are our favourites and we also enjoy the literal meaning of this one, so those points are pluses for us :)
Yep, me too!
I'd say absolutely if it's being used as a nickname for Anastasia. I'm not sure by itself – I don't really know where it originates other than that.
Mirabel is wonderful. (Isabel's lovely, too, but it seems to me that everyone and their dog is called Isabel at the moment, so I'd vote Mirabel by a mile.)