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Very reassuring comments, everyone! Thank you!
I can't get the name out of my head. I feel like it really could be the one. Husband rubbed my bump today and said "little Wolf baby." He's sure we are having a boy. He was right with our first two so we will see...
Completely blank when it comes to girls names. I love Lorelei but it was immediatly vetoed.
It has been a stand alone name for almost 1,000 years. I'm not trying to be nit picky here, but it is generally not used as a nickname. I have strong ties to that part of the world. My husband made the selection of Alec.
I generally prefer full names.
By strong I mean masculine. Names that aren't going to run risk of being remotely femine or soft. Names meaning war or warlike are welcomed as my name bears that meaning also.
Although, I have posted on a different site before about masculine names and got replies such as Peter and Kevin, which to me are incredibly 'soft" names - so it is definitely subjective!!
Some names i consider masculine but not usable for us are Magnus, Mars, Alexander.
No, no. Not using them as nicknames. They would both end uo with nicknames, be it name or personality related. Viggo is generally not used as a nickname.
My husband likes Alec as the full name, which is fine by me, but I don't feel it has much personality.
I generally like names that are full and have appealing nicknames, but it's not a requirement. I just want something strong.
Yes, that is what I named her :) My son is Is@@c Roman, but he goes by Ike.
I have zero desire to create any kind of matching, flowing, or fitting sib set. I look at names as individuals, standing alone.
Thanks everyone. I'm happy that she has her name now and I don't have anything to stress about. I can jusst relax, and wait for her to arrive!
Fingers crossed she doesn't make us wait too long!
I like Eve, but it doesn't blow me away.
I love Elise with Valentina, but it sounds awkward with our surname. Too many S sounds.
My favourites were Anouk and Aviva. Anouk Zenobia is a great choice! Although Zenobia is not my cup of tea, it's awesome as a middle name and goes great with Anouk.
My surname begins with a D. Does this mean that automatically and middle names beginning with a D are out of the question/would sound weird?
And if I go with Valentina should that rule out all middles ending in A?
Cool charts! I need to explore this site a little more!
Valentina Eve is lovely. I will bring that up to my husband and see what he thinks, thank you!
Lots of great advice as usual, thanks everyone!
My Mum text me today suggesting the name Cleo. I told her that I'm still very strongly in love with Valentina and she responded by saying "please don't name her that" - Instead of getting upset I responded saying "why shouldn't I name my daughter the name that I love most?" - I got no response after that.
I'm finished with getting upset and hurt... now it's beginning to make me angry. I have feelings and they are being rudely trodden on.
My Husband names my son Isaac (Ike) after Sir Isaac Newton and Valentina just so happens to be the first woman to fly in space. I like the connection.
I liked the middle name Elise a lot, as suggested above, and I think it goes very well with Valentina but it sounds strange with our surname. So the hunt for a middle will continue. My husband likes Vivienne for a middle, but I think it might be "too much" of a name... what do you guys think? The good thing is that it would make gorgeous nickname Vivi appropriate (LOVE!)
Arabella was on my very first list, I adore it, but was immediatly vetoed because my husband hears it as Arab Ella. Valeria conjures up images of "gothic" to me for some reason.
I am completely against naming after other people (I know that's weird)
I am immeditaly in love with Elise. It sounds so lovely next to Valentina. I had liked the common but perfect Rose, but had too many concerns about there being too much of a Valentine's Day connection.
I really am at the end of my rope, but you're right, she may be born soon, but there is no law to say I must have a name ready.
I guess i'm putting too much pressure on myself. I'm just terrified that I'll end up going with something because I feel rushed and then end up regretting it down the line.
Boys names are much easier for me, I don't know why I find girls so difficult.
Thanks for the link, i'll use that, and maybe go over old threads on here and see if I can find some inspiration.
I strongly dislike Brielle and Presley, but LOVE Autumn and Scartlett. I particularly like Autumn, it's just so beautiful with your surname.
Thank you, everybody. I feel much better tonight after reading through all these comments. I'm sure that once the baby arrives the people I care about will begin to warm up to whatever name I have chosen.
I'm hormonal, and oversensitive. My mum could/should have been more tactful with her honesty but oh well!
Thanks everyone :)
Thank you! That's a very reassuring point of view to read.
Thank you for that link!
I personally don't see it as a reason not to use the name. Her surname will be Brazilian regardless of what her first name is, and it's not like Valentina is unheard of or difficult to pronounce.
My husband came here as an exchange student barely speaking English and is now a nuclear engineer with job offers regularly thrown his way. He's done very well for himself with a very foreign first and last name, so why would his white American daughter have any problems?! I just don't think she would. I considered keeping my British surname hypenated with his name, and now i wonder if for my kids sake I should have.
Isn't it sad we have to worry about such prejudice in 2015.
I adore Valentina Rose, I had thought of it, but I think it might be too much of a Valentine's Day theme.
Vivienne Rose in another option we are discussing. My husband really likes Vivienne, but I feel like it's a bit "trendy"
Valentina Rose just sounds so beautiful and perfect, regardless of the Valentines day associations. I need to think on it more and if it really bothers me or not I guess.