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    September 14th, 2014, 02:30 PM
    Behind the Name is a good place to start: http://www.behindthename.com/names/usage/scottish Annabel and Arabella also arose in Scotland, but for...
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    September 7th, 2014, 02:36 PM
    lumen replied to a thread Unique/Made Up/Rare in Baby Names
    For my own children I prefer traditional names that have historical and literary significance. There are some combined names (e.g. Anneliese) and...
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    September 7th, 2014, 01:35 PM
    lumen replied to a thread Allegra..... in Baby Names
    I like Allegra. It's a sweetly feminine name with a joyous meaning. Possible sibling names: B: Orlando, Raphael G: Cosima, Ottilie
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    September 7th, 2014, 10:29 AM
    lumen replied to a thread How Odd is too Odd? in Baby Names
    I think people innately know how most names will be perceived in their community. If a name sounds too "odd", you just know it does, in the same way...
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    September 5th, 2014, 01:01 PM
    In the UK it's an-TOHN-ee-ə/an-TOHN-yə. I've never heard anything else in English, though I do know that in Greek it is pronounced with the stress on...
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    September 5th, 2014, 07:28 AM
    I think the moderators should close this thread, as this one was. It seems to be an attempt to insult the Behind the Name community.
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    September 3rd, 2014, 09:16 AM
    lumen replied to a thread Diana in Girl Baby Names
    I like Diana. It feels classic and elegant to me rather than dated.
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    September 3rd, 2014, 09:00 AM
    I have read the guidelines regarding registering births in Northern Ireland and have concluded that there are no laws here which restrict the choice...
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    September 2nd, 2014, 08:04 AM
    Sonia - I'd opt for the original form Sophia. But if you want something less popular there's the Polish diminutive Zosia. Richard - Rico, if it's...
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    September 1st, 2014, 01:54 PM
    I find Neva very pretty, and it doesn't sound overly close to Ezra in my opinion. The Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova has a daughter called it,...
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    September 1st, 2014, 09:11 AM
    I would transcribe it as ANN-ih-kə, but I know that would likely mislead American readers, since British people pronounce the name Ann(e) in a...
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    August 30th, 2014, 08:07 PM
    In France, Marie des Neiges (or Marie-des-Neiges) is extremely rare. Marie-Neige is a bit more common. Though I like the name, I think it would sound...
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    August 30th, 2014, 04:07 PM
    Magdalena is beautiful. Some ideas: Magdalena Beatrice/Beatriz Magdalena Colette Magdalena Constance Magdalena Ines/Inés Magdalena Iris...
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    August 28th, 2014, 12:26 PM
    lumen replied to a thread Name Culture Dilemma in Baby Names
    I know this doesn't answer your question, but there are a fair number of names of European/Western origin that are in use in Japan. A name book that...
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    August 28th, 2014, 11:33 AM
    lumen replied to a thread Minna pronunciation in Girl Baby Names
    It depends on the language. In English the most intuitive pronunciation would be would be MIN-ə with a "short" I sound, like Minnie.
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    August 28th, 2014, 08:01 AM
    Both names are traditionally German, and it gives an aristocratic German vibe. I like it.
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    August 24th, 2014, 09:26 AM
    There are men in the Islamic world named Isa. As a male name, Isa features on the Top 100 for Turkey and the Top 500 for England and Wales. I don't...
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    August 23rd, 2014, 07:17 AM
    I recommend looking at the German popularity charts on the beliebte-Vornamen website for inspiration....
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    August 22nd, 2014, 08:00 AM
    I find the name to be very much usable. The Hunger Games character is quite obscure to the average person and, unlike Katniss, the name wasn't...
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