Name for a girl

Hello ladies! 

I'd like to ask you to share your opinions on the following names: 

1. Veronica or Anastasia- whIch one do you prefer?

2. Laura or Emma - which one do you prefer? 

What's your favourite combination using these name? Veronica Emma? Emma Veronica? Anastasia Emma? Etc 

 

Thanks a lot!

Replies

1
December 2, 2018 12:40 PM

I prefer Anastasia and Laura.  I guess Laura Veronica would be my favorite pairing out of these options, but I would prefer a middle name that doesn't also end in A.

2
December 2, 2018 12:51 PM

I'm not generally a fan of both names ending in A, but of your choices, I prefer Veronica Laura.  If you are open to reversing the order both Laura Anastasia and Emma Anastasia are more pleasing to my ear.  Potential alternatives: Laurel/Lauren or Emily/Emmaline.

3
December 2, 2018 2:27 PM

Anastasia and Laura.  Love Emma too.  No 2 was a hard choice

Emma Anastasia from the combos

4
December 2, 2018 7:24 PM

1. Anastasia I think it’s unique but not super rare and it has lots of nick name oppotunites.

2. I really like both BUT I have two kids who are in nursery/school groups and there are honestly so many Emma’s. My eldest has three in her class, the next has two Emma’s, one Emily and one Emm. But I really, really love the name. It would just be the popularity. However, it does appear to a name you love and ultimately that’s what counts. However, I also LOVE Laura and think that it is a lovely and captivating name that could be perfect. Personally I would have to go for Laura, just because I know So Many Emmas.

 

All this being said, my favourite combo is probably Emma Anastasia 

 

 

 

5
By mk
December 3, 2018 1:16 PM

Anastasia and Laura or Emma and Veronica.

I don't have any problem with both names ending in -a, it is common in Italian names so I see it all the time. However, my personal preference is not having an ending vowel and a starting vowel together, so Emma doesn't work as a middle name for me.

6
December 3, 2018 6:06 PM

Talk about chocolate or bacon! :-)

Veronica has the advantage of having just the one pronunciation, no smushing or swallowing of syllables likely. It has the disadvantage of having another valid spelling (Veronika).

Anastasia has the advantage of having just the one spelling. It has the disadvantage of some pronunciation ambiguity (primarily /-zhuh/ versus /-zee-uh/).

Laura has the advantage of relative rarity. It has the disadvantage of pronunciation variability (/LOW-/ versus /LAW-/ versus whatever your dialect has done with the whole spectrum of vowel sounds around the bottom and back of the IPA vowel chart).

Emma has the advantage of a single pronunciation and spelling. It has the disadvantage of high popularity. (No name nowadays qualifies as actually popular, but this makes _any_ repetition of names more noticeable than it used to be.)

If I had to choose just one pairing from these names, I think I'd go with Veronica Emma. (If you ask me again tomorrow, my answer may change.)

7
December 5, 2018 5:29 AM

Thank you for taking the time to point out both the positive and negative sides.

Btw has your answer changed today?:)

8
December 5, 2018 5:52 AM

A huge thank you to everyone! Any thoughts/ideas are higly appreciated.

I think I like Veronica with Nica or Nikki as a nn.. But I also like Arina now if it wasn't the "arena" issue. :((

 

9
December 5, 2018 8:44 AM

Vonnie is a good nn too, what about Athena, Aria, Sabrina, Katrina, Karina, Melina, Selena, Audrina, Regina, Adina, Galina, Katina, Zena, Petrina, Yasmina

10
December 5, 2018 3:28 PM

My mind immediately split the difference to suggest Analytica Lemma. Don't listen to that.

I think Veronica Laura has the best cadence of the choices, and I'd go with that. The "-a Emma" combo is a potential tripping point, as is "-a Ana-". 

11
December 5, 2018 6:11 PM

Congratulations! 

The names on your list seem very stylistically different to me, especially when it comes to popularity peaks. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I am interested to know what draws you to these names specifically. 

Veronica is a largely contemporary name, and it has been falling on the charts since around the turn of the century. I believe it is Italian or Spanish in origin, but that is definitely not the connotation it has in my mind due to how common it is in non-European countries. I would honestly group it in with Jessica, Andrea, Amanda, and other 3+ syllable, ends in -a 90s hits. Anastasia, on the other hand, still is very largely linked to Russia, where it originates (as far as I know). I would guess that, unless it very dramatically increases in popularity elsewhere, it always will be. It will definitely raise more eyebrows than Veronica. Both, however, come with plenty of good nickname options. 

Laura and Emma are more similar, but still have their differences. Laura was used somewhat steadily throughout the 20th century and has now started to decline. Emma, OTOH, was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fell asleep, and is now back and better than ever. It ranks in the top 5 for girls regularly.  Both are deep-rooted classic girls names that are familiar to most people and generally liked among non-name nerds. ;) 

As for the combinations, Emma Veronica and Laura Veronica are the only ones that I would say flow well, and for that reason I prefer them.