4th Baby on the Way!

Hi everyone! It seems like forever since I was last here looking for help to name my current youngest, Ir3ne Flor3ntina. This time around we are trying to honor my husband's mother or grandmother, Virginia and Adelaide Suzanne. Virginia is just not working for us because it feels too old and not in the cute endearing way like our kids' names and because it's too tied to the word "Virgin" and that feels a too religious and prim and proper to us. Therefor, it's Adelaide and Suzanne we've mostly been trying to work with.


Since Adelaide doesn't sound anywhere near as pretty in Portuguese as it is in English we've been considering Adelina lately. If Z3lia weren't our daughter's name I would say Adelia would be perfect, like Brazilian author Adélia Prado and the character of Vesuvia Adelia Aguilar from the "Art of Death" book series which I love... I just don't think we are that out of options that we can't find a name that doesn't rhyme with Z3lia, lol.


Suzanne is a name we like with a bit less enthusiasm. The Portuguese form is Susana or even Suzana, but it feels a bit dull and tame to me. We've been throwing around Lily names: Lilia, Lilian, and Liliana, but nothing that special, really.


Anyway, we have once again reached a naming dilemma and would appreciate some advice and suggestions!





By EVie
September 24, 2018 10:11 PM

Adelina is lovely. I am also very fond of Susana, and don't find it dull at all, but I totally get that it might come across differently in Portuguese—in English Susana/Susanna/Susannah are all still very underused and feel both fresh and classic (Suzanne does feel much more dated, though, and Susan is a grandma name). 

Just for more ideas, would any of the other forms of Adelaide appeal to you? Adelais is an ancient Germanic form that sounds a little softer to my ear, though again, I'm not sure how it renders in Portuguese. There are also all the Alice variants, which come from a short form of Adelaide, including Alicia, Alisa, Alys and Alison, the super trim short form Ada, and the lesser-known Alida and Aleida. It really is too bad about Adelia, that's gorgeous... but I agree that it's best not to rhyme with your daughter's name.

I do like all the Lily names, but they've gotten pretty overused around here, so I'm nowhere near as excited by them as I used to be. 

September 24, 2018 11:01 PM

Does Ginevra work at all in Portuguese? It has both the -gin- and the 'v' of Virginia, but without the prim & proper associations.

Behind the Name suggests Alda, Aldina, and Aline as other Portuguese variants on the Adela family of names, but Adelina is I think the prettiest. (But I definitely have a thing for longer feminine names.)

It's a stretch, but you could argue for something in the Elizabeth family of names as an honor name for a Suzanne. The connecting link would be Lily: a diminutive of the one and the etymology of the other.

September 24, 2018 11:18 PM

Ginevra was my first thought, too. It's almost an anagram of Virginia, and would be especially apropos if Virginia was ever called Ginny.

An Elizabeth variant could also honor a Virginia, since that was an epithet for Queen Elizabeth I.

September 25, 2018 10:49 AM

I believe Genevra is the Portuguese variant. Although possibly it's the medieval Portuguese variant.

September 24, 2018 11:42 PM

Adelaide is on my short list.  I think it's probably more ideal as a middle name for us, but there are not a whole pile of names that my husband and I agree on.  I like the idea of Adelia but I see your concern.  Adalina is lovely and solves that problem.  I've also heard Adelyn and Adalie to keep a similar sound.

A few other suggestions that I think favor Adelaide: Clementine, Emmeline, Caroline, Arabella, Evangline

I think these are a little softer and may seem to flow a little better with a Portuguese accent.  

September 25, 2018 1:45 AM

Adelina is pretty.  Suzanne is lovely too - not biased at all

Z3lia  and Adelina is pretty  or Susannah 

other names Ada, Della, Alicia, Alisa, Heidi, Elke, Alison, Alice, Alida, Adela, Adara, Rose, Adele, Adeline, Adelma, Adelyn, Aleida, Patrice, Sari,  (all from the name Adelaide)

Virginia - Ginny, Gina, Gena, Jeana, Ginger, Geena, Gigi, Agnes, Ines, Inez, Ynez, Azra, Caitlin, Candace, Caryn, Cate, Catriona, Catherine, Katarina, Katrina, Kathleen

Suzanne - Susanna Suzette Sanne, Sanni, Sanna, Susan, Calla, Karen, Lily, Rose, Lillian, Lilliana, Maylis, Nari, Primrose, Raisa, Rhoda, Rosa, Rosalba, Rosette, Sharon, Nalani, Lileas, Lilibeth, Lilou, Shoshana,

September 25, 2018 4:43 AM

Have you considered a mashup of Adelaide and Virginia?  I am thinking of something along the lines of Adinia or Adelinia.  I believe Heidi and Adelaide are both derivatives of Adelheid.  None of these sounds particularly Portuguese, however.  How about Gina, Ginia, or Vera/Vira as a spin-off from Virginia?  Oooh, now my head is snowballing.  Is Aderia a name?  Avira?  Hmmm.

For the record, I think Susannah is overdue for a granny chic comeback. Lots of fun nicknames too, like Zanna.


September 25, 2018 12:46 PM

Susanna isn't popular here so sounds fresh. It has the option of the nickname Zan, Zanna and the classic Suzy. While two 'z' names could be overwhelming, if one is only a nickname, it works.

Adelina is a pretty variation. So is Adela.


September 25, 2018 4:39 PM

I was just musing on Susannah the other day! I like it. I've also come back to Joanna, in the same vein, which shares some sounds and characteristics with all three of your source names. 


What about Genevieve to honor Virginia?

October 2, 2018 7:13 AM

I really like Adelaide. I know 2 young ones but it's far from popular in my area. Adelia is lovely but I agree it's very close in sound to your daughters name. How about Adeline, Ada or Adele (Adelaide is stiff my favourite though).

I actually really love Susannah/Suzana.  I know a lot of adult Suzy's but still adore the full Susannah. My favourite nickname being 'Zanna/h' which would be a cute pairing with your daughter.

I do like all the Lily names and variants too but all a little more popular than Adelaide and/or Suzannah.