Baby sister for G@briel@ and Andr3
Everyone here is so helpful! Do you have suggestions or comments for me?
DH from Brazil, and I from California, seek another international name for a daughter we expect in October. We prefer established names with a long history, preferably pronounced the same in Portuguese and English. My very-Italian LN, starting with the letter A, is our kids' MN, and his very-Portuguese LN starts with the letter M. Both very vowel-heavy. I dislike the way the letter R is pronounced when it starts a word in Portuguese, and we are trying to avoid sharing initials. I also want to avoid names that are too common in either Brazil or the US, since our older daughter G@bri3l@ is one of several in her class.
Our short list: Julia (beautiful, but too common), Juliana (too much like Julia), Liliana (DH doesn't like the repetitious "Lili"), Helena (pronounced differently in the two languages-- eh-LEH-na and HELL-en-ah), Leona (DH dislikes but cannot explain why), Natalia (sounds too Eastern European to me).
DH's list would include loads of Latino names, many pronounced very differently in English.To give some samples: Diana (DJEE-ah-na), Amanda (ah-MAHN-da), Laura (Lah-OW-rrra), Joana (zho-AH-na), Fernanda (fehrrr-NAHN-da), Carolina (cah-ro-LEE-na), Erica (EH-ree-ca), Claudia (CLAH-oo-djee-ah), and Carla (CAHRRR-la), Beatriz (BEH-ah-TREESH).
My list would include a few oddball family names like Lotus or Serena. Also Isadora, Eva, Zoe, Vera or Veronica.
I thought the name Leona was a brilliant addition to the list, since it's unusual, but an established name with a powerful meaning. Neither of us has ever known (or had the chance to dislike) anyone named Leona. It has many of the sounds we like, without the repetition. It's easy to say and spell in both languages. I think it's just a little too "out there" for DH.
Mon, 07/09/2012 - 3:17pm