Stuck Between 2 Name

the two names we feel the most soild about are Abigail Francine and Lillian Francine, my husband also suggested Meira which I've always thought was pretty but I fear that it would just be too much with our last name because it is pretty strange, Tyyska (pronounced Twoska...but we just say ty-ska when we feel lazy lol) right now i would say i lean the most towards Abigail..

I'd love your thoughts, thank you :))


December 14, 2015 1:36 AM

So... both Amberly and Sage are now out?

How would you pronounce Meira? I'm trying to decide between MAY-ra and may-EE-ra.

EDIT: Meira is a Hebrew name and the latter is its Hebrew pronunciation. If I met a Jewish girl with that name, wouldn't use any other pronunciation unless told otherwise.

December 14, 2015 6:20 PM

Lol yes I expect to feel 100% certain on the name then the next day change my mind again, thats what I did for most of my first pregnancy before I decided on Connor Solomon.

After some thought amberly sage just sounds too...gimicky? But I am open to amberly francine. One thing we are set on is the middle name Francine to honour a relative.

I was wrong about the pronunciation of Meira and don't really care for the correct one, we like classic sounding names, I tend to like girl names that are longer if you have any suggestions. you have been a great help :)

December 14, 2015 6:42 PM

Naming a baby can be a very long and winding process. I think that's why most people wait to post in the announcements section until they've actually held the child and solidified the name. But no worry. Most important is that you ultimately decide upon a name that you like and that feels right for your child.

If you're leaving Amberly, which sounds like a modern mash-up name, for a more classic name, you'll find people on this board much more helpful in making suggestions. I've never really been one who makes suggestions, though if something comes to mind, I'll let you know :)

I was also wondering about the pronunciation of your last name. When you wrote two-ska, I assumed that it was two, like the number 2. But then I started wondering why you would write "two" instead of "too" in that situation, and thought maybe the W was actually pronounced. 

December 14, 2015 1:40 AM

I like Abigail too, but I'm also curious: why do you think Meira is strange? Does it have a pronunciation different from what it looks like?

December 14, 2015 6:17 PM

well I always thought it was pronounced meer-uh but could be wrong, idk it isn't that it is strange it is just our last name is so strange that it needs something more simple to balance it out i think...and meira isn't strange but a little bit different. still undecided tho

December 14, 2015 6:23 PM

Maybe Mira or Mera could solve the pronunciation issue.

December 14, 2015 10:56 PM

I agree with this. I was thinking something less intuitive to English speakers, like Meira being pronounced ma-EE-ra. :) Just alter the spelling, OP, and you'll be fine. (Though I have to admit I still prefer Abigail.)

December 14, 2015 10:58 PM

And you were correct, since Meira is not originally an English name :)

December 14, 2015 1:46 AM

I prefer abigail of your 3 names in this post. Meira sounds fine with two-ska IMO. 

December 14, 2015 1:53 AM

I like both of these names over your previous considerations of Amber variations. I'd favor Lillian a bit. Love the choice of Francine.

December 14, 2015 4:13 PM

I really like both of these names.  I think I lean towards Abigail, but you really can't go wrong with either.

I think the only potential issue with Meira is pronunciation concerns, but a lot of names need clarification, so I don't think it is enough of a concern to eliminate the name if you really like it.

December 14, 2015 5:18 PM

If "Meira" is simply "Myra" spelled differently, I think it sounds a bit sing-song with Tyyska.  If it's pronounced differently then I wouldn't worry about it, although I might worry that it will always have to be spelled out or the pronunciation corrected.  As a teacher, I can definitely say that if a student has a difficult-to-pronounce name,  she will often end up with a simplified/anglicized/shortened form, even if the teachers and the student herself actually try to pronounce it correctly.

December 14, 2015 6:15 PM

thank you, it's nice to get a teacher's perspective :)

December 14, 2015 5:41 PM

I love Lillian, but if you prefer Abigail, then there's your name. :)

I agree that a simpler name is often better with a really complicated last name. As someone whose first and last names are both uncommon enough that I nearly always have both names mispronounced and misspelled (and they're not nearly as uncommon names as Meira or Tyyska), I can attest to it being a bit of a pain to have to constantly correct people. My first instinct for Meira would be MEER-uh. From other posters, it sounds like that's probably not right... And if Meira is two syllables (as opposed to three), Meira Tyyska sounds kind of clompy to me, with the DUN duh DUN duh pattern, especially since both names end in A. 

If you like it a lot more than the others, though, and are prepared to do a lot of correctiong people, and to teach her to love her name enough to bear correcting people herself, I think it's a fine choice. 

December 14, 2015 6:13 PM

I always thought it was pronounced MEER UH too maybe I'm wrong lol. It doesn't sound as pretty to me the way they pronounce it...  Honestly I would not burden my child with having to explain both her first and last to people for the rest of her life, gonna go with something simpler :)

December 14, 2015 8:59 PM

Mira might be a better spelling for you, in that case. :)

December 14, 2015 10:51 PM

Mira would be a really intuitive spelling for that pronunciation! Beautiful name!

December 14, 2015 7:23 PM

I personally like Abigial Francine :)

I agree with what everyone is saying- I am not sure how to pronounce Meira, but if it is pronounced Meera or Myra, then perhaps changing the spelling would be better for you. Either way, I do prefer Abigail or Lillian over any of those pronounciations.

December 14, 2015 9:11 PM

I would have guessed Mira (meera) for Meira, or maybe Myra (my-ra). I think Mira would get you the sound you want most of the time. We are considering Miranda nickname Mira for our little one so you could do something similar if you wanted a longer formal name. Mirabelle maybe? 

I love Francine for the middle, I think it's a beautiful and underused name. Lillian and Abigail are great names, I like them much better than Amber or Amberly, Amber feels dated to me and I don't much care for the -ly trend. (With the exception of Beverly) I personally prefer Abigail of the two. 

December 14, 2015 10:57 PM

I like everly but I know I crazy Beverly so it strikes me as too close!