Thoughts on final name for our baby girl!

So my husband loves the name Carina and I'm still on the fence. What do you all think? I do love the meaning which is "dear little one"and "beloved" and is the name of a southern constellation which contains the second brightest star. 

Thoughts? TIA :) 




By EVie
March 22, 2018 12:02 PM

It's a pretty name that will wear well all her life. What keeps you on the fence? Do you have particular reservations, or just a nagging feeling that it's not "the one," or are there other names that you would like better?

March 22, 2018 12:24 PM

Thank you! No other names are particularly standing out to me. I always wanted a less common and/or classic name, but I think I'm just being very indecisive since it's such a big decision! I do like it though, especially since it's a bit unique. I was just wanting to make sure it didn't sound "too unique", if that makes sense. 

March 22, 2018 12:29 PM

Go for it.  I went to college with a Kareena, pronouced the way I think you are going for.  Why not?

March 22, 2018 12:34 PM

I think its pretty and lovely meaning,  I dont think it sounds too unique at all

others with similar meaning - Amy, Cara, Frida, Mila, Priya, Mary plus all is variants and derivites, Carita, Esme

March 22, 2018 12:46 PM

It's a beautiful, timeless name. It's familiar but not common. Really, it's perfect. The absolute only downside is that others won't be sure if it should be spelled with a C or a K, but that's very minor and absolutely wouldn't stop me from using it. The C is much more current/less dated and I think that you need look no further.

By EVie
March 22, 2018 1:24 PM

I've also known a Corina, which is from a different root (Cora/Corinne instead of Cara), but was pronounced the same in practice (it was the Romanian variant of the name). So spelling may need clarification, but pronunciation won't, so I think that's a pretty minor issue. I'm neutral on C vs. K, as they're both traditional spellings in different languages -- the C reads more Italian, the K more German/Scandinavian (in which I believe Karina derives from Katherine instead of Cara). The C is a bit softer and more graceful to me, the K stronger and bolder. Just a matter of preference. 

March 22, 2018 8:12 PM

I love this name my uncle called my aunt Karen, Karina as a pet name and it always sound so exotic to me.  I've met a little girl born in Puerto Rico named Karina. so I don't think its too out there at all!

March 25, 2018 9:57 AM

I love Carina (and Karina, both are perfectly authentic variants). I know a Karina, actually, and she wears it well. I also know a Corina and a few Caras, and I think all this names are perfectly classy and beautiful. One of my favourite books as a child was about a little girl called Kaarina, though I think you need Finnish heritage to pull that one off. Could make a good birthday present one year though. :-)

March 26, 2018 1:32 PM

Great to know..I'll have to look up that book!

March 25, 2018 11:13 AM

I love it! I know a Karina as well as Corrina, but honestly I prefer the Carina spelling myself. To me, it is a beautiful name and definitely not "too out there" at all. It is one of those names that everyone is familiar with but not inundated with, which is perfect IMO.

March 26, 2018 1:33 PM

Thank you! I prefer that spelling as well :) 

March 25, 2018 9:29 PM

Love it

March 26, 2018 6:20 PM

I think this name exemplifies the sweet spot: it's classic, beautiful, and unusual without being unrecognizable or eccentric. Love it!