Help!! im trying to pick a middle name for my unborn daughter

Hello, im new to this but im really trying to find help from other mothers .I need a middle name for my unborn daughter. Ive came up with her first name and her father and I both really love it (Malasia)..Its so cute to me and unique what do you guys think about it? and any middle names nothing to long perferably short<3 thanks


November 26, 2012 5:39 PM

Do you have any connection to Malaysia? If so, I'd recommend choosing a name that is representative of the culture. If not, any short name like Rose, June, Leigh, or Ann would work.

By hyz
November 27, 2012 12:52 PM

I will second Elizabeth T.'s comment that I would not use Malasia since it (presumably) sounds exactly like Malaysia, unless you have some strong personal connection to Malaysia.  Maybe Milena or Milana would appeal to you? 

November 27, 2012 1:00 PM

I agree.  I'd be hesitant to use Malasia unless you have some connection to the country Malaysia.   Even then, my feeling would be that a traditional name or the name of a specific location within the country would probably be preferable to the name of the country itself.

In addition to the suggestions hyz offered, I'll also suggest Malia, Makayla and Mila.

November 27, 2012 3:49 PM

Since you asked what we think about it, I'll tell you that I don't like it.  It sounds made up to me. 

I agree that it sounds like the country Malaysia, which smacks of imperialism if you don't have any connection to that country.  (I dislike the name India for the same reason.)

Malasia also sounds like the word malaise, meaning a low-level illness or ennui - a terrible meaning for a person's name.

One similar but nicer option is Mahalia (like Mahalia Jackson: )



By EVie
November 27, 2012 7:34 PM

I agree with this. It's also only one letter off from "malaria," another unpleasant word. The prefix mal in Romance languages (Latin, French, Italian, Spanish) means "bad," so a lot of words beginning with "mal" in English also have negative meanings.

You might also run into pronunciation and spelling problems—I assume it's pronounced like the country Malaysia, but it could also be read as muh-LAH-zee-uh.

Other similar names I can think of: Melissa, Melina, Melaina, Melania, Melantha, Melinda, Meliora, Melia, or if you like the -asia ending, Anastasia, Aspasia, Athanasia, Euphrasia, Nicasia (these are all very Greek). 

By hyz
November 28, 2012 12:04 AM

I agree with the malaise, malaria, and the mal- prefix comments.  I had the thought that the name reminded me of illness, but all I could think of was malaria and mal- and I knew there was some other reason I couldn't place at the moment (brain lapse)--malaise is what I was thinking of.  You guys also came up with a lot more good suggestions for name alternatives--hopefully one of those will be appealing.