@ash, yes, Fia has been rescued from possible Spanish horror and goes at the top of my "Favorites I Would Actually Use" list. Okay, yeah it's only the 3rd name to make that list and the first two belong to my daughter. But I now have a favorite for each! (Will the person with a list of 20 whole sets for each give me a cheer! lol)
@diannaelaine, I came across Fianna this morning and I really like it! Thanks!
@norbury, oh that's cute! I'll add it to the list!
:shock: From our big Berry brainstorm list, hubby likes Seraphina best, next Fianna, and would like Daphine if it were pronounced Da-fee-na (and this morning I managed to dig up a Macedonian form of the name spelled Dafina). Diiiiiidn't realize he was that much into the frilly girls names. And apparently he has liked Seraphina for awhile; he likes that "Sarah" is in it and that it's frilly. This is breakthrough material for us here! He likes the second and fourth names from my Top 10? *happy dance*
To those of you coming in late, I'm really loving Fia, and I'd totally prefer to use just Fia, but hubby thinks it should only be a nickname. I'm thinking that if he's happy calling a hypothetical future daughter Fia, but putting Seraphina or Fianna on the birth certificate, I'm going to call this a successful compromise and merrily jot down a couple of real possibilities for us!
Thanks for the amazing ideas, everyone! I'm really pleased. Now I'll collect a few opinions on Seraphina and Fianna in a new thread! http://nameberry.com/nametalk/thread...-Fianna-nn-Fia
Finola is my favorite, but I like it because I like Nola.
I came across these names that, I don't think have been mentioned yet:
Phiala is the name of an Irish Saint
Finnea (maybe it's like Linnea?)
Fineena - means beautiful child!
Siofra means fairy, Fia could work as a nn...
Any F name could work. Fairuza is pretty.
I have heard a Felix being called "Fee". I am not too fond of Felixa, so what about Felicity?
Sarah like what you're describing as SEH-rah, and Seraphina is the same. I have heard other accents pronounce Sarah with a pretty harsh AIR sound, but we don't in this region, which borders the Great Lakes.
Forvo to the rescue... http://www.forvo.com/word/sarah/#en I say Sarah like the pronunciation posted by "palitioner" and "Sar27."
Seraphina is like "LaFratta_N" http://www.forvo.com/word/seraphina/#en
So not any particular difference between Sarah and Sera. I guess maybe there should be, but there isn't.
@niteowl, turns out hubby seems to like the frills; I'm less keen on frills but I don't mind if we find a compromise that makes us both happy. We know someone named Nola and don't want her name, so that one was probably first out, but it is cute. Someone found Fiala which I think would be about the same as Phiala, yes? The others are new to the list I think! Very cool, thanks! I sort of wondered about Felicity in passing, I know DH likes that one but it's kind of too...lacy? I just know I'll never say four syllables every single day, but if he doesn't care that I actually call the kid Fia every day, we may have opened a lot of options.