What do you think of Natalia?

As many of you already know, Ursula has been our top girl name for awhile now.  We find out mid-May what gender the baby is, so I'm still playing around with our options.  I just thought of Natalia.  DH said "put it on the list", but didn't comment further.  

I was wondering what people's impression of Natalia is?  Is it too exotic/frou-frou?  A little too ballerina?  What we like about Ursula is that it's womanly, has history, but seems smart and strong.  Also, Talia seems a likely nickname, and I think there are some cultural associations with that name.  

Natalia would work well with the last name, so I think it's worth considering, but I just thought I'd see what people think of it.



April 29, 2012 9:01 PM

I don't mind Natalia, although it always reads a little Eastern European to me. With your surname it would definitely read European. Not at all a bad thing but maybe not what you are looking for.

I do think it sounds love with F........ as a surname but it might be verging on frou-frou. It is very different in style to Ursula and I would probably raise an eyebrow at siblings named Natalia and Ursula. They don't sound bad to me, just differing styles.

I do think Natalia is more the style of Anya though if you still had that on the table?

RE the nickname Talia/Tahlia, I know quite a few young girls in the 5-10 year age range who are Talia's. It seemed fairly popular around here 5 years ago but I haven't come across any babies with that name lately.

By Guest (not verified)
April 29, 2012 11:13 PM

I think it is a beautiful name, not frou-frou to me.

April 29, 2012 11:20 PM

I have to say that I like Natalia (either on its own or with Talia as a nickname) much better than Ursula.  However, that is entirely because Ursula is the sea-witch from Disney's The Little Mermaid, and it is an extremely uncommon name for my area.  If you're somewhere that isn't as common or known, then that wouldn't be a problem for you.

If it wasn't for the Disney reference, I would have to say that Ursula is more of a powerful name, and Natalia is more of a beautiful name.  It's entirely up to you as to what you prefer to give your baby.  :)


(I think I would still choose Natalia, but that is also because I like having nickname options, and I can't think of any for Ursula, where with Natalia you get Nattie, Talia, Lia, Tallie...)



By mk
April 29, 2012 11:23 PM

I love the name Natalia! I like it more than Natalie.

I like Ursula too. I know a few Ursulas so it never seemed unusual to me. I think either name is great!

April 29, 2012 11:47 PM

I don't know that I like one name more than the other, they are both very nice.  

They both seem vaguely European but they also give me very different images.   Natalia is a pretty, peppy, popular-dark haired girl and maybe a cheerleader or active in sports.  Ursula is much more serious, blond, more likely to be student body president or maybe the girl who gets other students involved in social causes.   Not sure if that helps or not.  

I've lurked around on the blog for a while but rarely posted.  I seem to recall your last name is very French sounding-am I correct?  If I'm remembering right, I like the sound of Ursula F-- better than Natalia F--.  


By hyz
April 30, 2012 11:37 AM

I like Natalia for all the reasons you mention.  It does not sound too frilly to me, and I think it works very well with your LN.  It sounds mildly exotic to me--that is, enough to be interesting, but familiar and approachable, so not so exotic as to make me think, "why'd they pick that?  I guess they must be Russian.  Hmm, last name is French, so maybe the mom is Russian...."  (For instance, I'd say Natalia, yes, Nadezhda, no.)  I do not have any particular ballerina association with it--honestly, it sounds more strong than dainty to me, although (like a ballerina?) it is a bit of both.  I like the full name better than going by Talia as a nn, but that may just be because of a Talia I knew and disliked in high school--in any event, the full name feels more distinctive and lovely to me.

April 30, 2012 1:52 PM

PennyX-Glad to see you again and hope that things are going well. I like Natalia but am extremely biased as my dd is Natalie. She is partly named after my great grandma. I think is flows well with your LN and like someone else said is simply a different style than Ursula. I also think it "goes a little better" with Anya as well. As far as going with the boy name ideas I last heard from you-yes it does as well. I think using the nn of Talia is fine. We were going to go with Ally/Ali/Allie but it didn't stick. 

April 30, 2012 10:40 PM

I love Natalia and the shortened Talia.  Ursula is forever linked to the sea witch in The Little Mermaid for me, although I love how strong it is.

By Guest (not verified)
April 30, 2012 11:51 PM

I love Natalia and the potential nn Talia.  I don't know about frou-frou, but I would worry about a Russian/East European sound ONLY IF your last name is Bryzynski or Chekoff, etc.  For most people, i think it'd be a great name!  Good luck!

By Guest (not verified)
May 1, 2012 2:08 PM

I agree. Natalia is also a common Italian and Spanish name, so lots of people will have that connection to it as well.

May 3, 2012 1:40 PM

Though I think it's largely considered a stand-alone name in English-speaking countries, "Natasha" is the diminutive Russians use for Natalia, if that's of interest to you.

Agree with the previous posters who have pointed out that Natalia is kind of pan-European. One of my best friends is a Spanish Natalia, so even though I spent years in Russia, I actually don't even mentally travel there first when I hear the name! I think it's a lovely, musical name open to anyone.

That said, if I met sisters named Anya and Natalia, I would absolutely guess that they were Russian or at least born to Russophile parents. :)

May 4, 2012 8:30 AM

How do you pronounce Natalia?

May 4, 2012 9:26 AM

Na (like the vowel in add) TAL (like the vowel in Albert) YA

May 6, 2012 10:50 AM

i love both Natalia and Ursula. when you close your eyes and say each name, what is your gut reaction? does ursula bring anxiety? natalia-acceptance? on babynamegenie, they have a baby name test drive, but you can easily do this without that site, of inserting the name into lifetime scenarios: And the winner is Ursula ___, Ursula, have you finished your homework?, "Hi, I'm calling for Ursula",  "Mrs. X, Ursula would be a much better student, if she handed in her homework on time. "   these are examples.  i prefer natalia,but as another expectant mother, if i were in your shoes with these two particular names, my instinct is to actually prefer the name that most people don't pick, or the lesser popular of the two, just for that reason, not to settle. hope that makes sense, i'm with the underdog, Ursula!

May 18, 2012 8:36 AM

Danasurfside - Good advice!  I'm going to try that test drive out.  

May 9, 2012 10:31 PM

I love Natalia, one of my very favorites!

May 10, 2012 10:36 AM

Natalia is pretty, but I like Ursula better (which I'd use if I didn't already have a Sebastian).

Natalia flows nicely with your last name and the two middle names you picked, if you'd be keeping those. Depending on where you live, as others have pointed out, by itself it'll screw towards Eastern European or Hispanic, though not together with your last name. I know 2 Natalias under 5 (SF Bay area) and it was more common a couple of years ago, but that seems to have fallen off in my area recently.

Natalia doesn't come across as frou-frou, a bit bubbly, but not frou-frou. Ursula is definitely the stronger sounding of the two, but it's one of those names that, as a teenager, if you daughter suddenly decides to hate it, will make her feel like she's walking around with a giant spotlight focused on her. Regardless, I'd still use it.

Good luck.

May 17, 2012 4:37 PM

I really like Natalia.

By Guest (not verified)
June 14, 2012 3:40 AM

How about Jen as a first name and Natalia as a middle name?


By Guest (not verified)
July 13, 2012 12:31 AM

I like Jennifer Natalia better than Jen Natalia. 

October 28, 2015 3:27 PM

Well my name is Natalia and when I was in primary people were saying how Natalia is a good name. And people say Natalia is a better name then Ursula.