It's become my newest pursuit in life to find Roman baby names for girls that DBF and I can agree on. I've posted about this before, but he LOVE LOVE LOVES the name Helen, and it's just not really my style. We both like the idea of giving our children names that relate to ancient Rome (I'm Italian, he's a Latin teacher), so since it's one thing we agree on, I'm going with it.
One name we both love is Lavinia, but I recent came across Aurelia. What do you berries think? I kind of like it, but I'm worried it might be mispronounced. We live in the midwestern U.S. (Ohio) and I've never heard this name on anyone before.
I love Aurelia! I think it is a stunning name and has a romantic feel. I am from New York and still have never heard that name on anyone. Plus I may be a little biased because Aurelius and Aurelio are on our boys list. But I almost feel like I would mis-pronounce Lavinia more than Aurelia. I am not sure if I am even saying Lavinia right. And she has cute nick name potential as well. If you are into nicknames.
I love it. I always say that mispronouncation is inevitable, don't let worries about that put you off. People mispronounce my name sometimes despite it being one of the easiest to say correctly.
Aurelia and Lavinia are two of my favourite names from Ancient Rome. I wouldn't worry too much about pronunciation of either name. If names are uncommon, there are bound to be mispronunciations along the way. Even common names can be misspelled or mispronounced so I wouldn't let it trouble you. These two names would be worth it. They have beauty, history and depth. Since you're not crazy about Helen, would you consider Helena or Elena as alternatives?
Oh, Aurelia (which I say like awe-RAY-lee-uh) and Lavinia (lav-IN-ya) are incredibly beautiful. What about something like Junia or Albia? Here are some from the Nameberry list (sorry if you've already perused it):
Marcella (love this one, although I think I'm saying it wrong - like mahr-CHELL-uh)
Hope something appealed to you there - sorry again if you have read the list before! Good luck.
Ooh, also just thought of Flavia for you - thought it might be along the lines of what you might like. Good luck (again!)
Aurelia is a great pick! Lavinia is great too, but I think Aurelia would be better. It has an old world charm and beautiful meaning of "the golden one". If you're worried about the name being mispronounced, this name has several options for nicknames that are easier to say like "Elia" or "Lia".
Hope this helps you out!
I really like them both, though if I had to pick between the two, I'd have to pick Aurelia.
I really like Aurelia. I would also suggest Amadea or Albia if you want the Latin origins.
Aurelia is so pretty! But, be aware because it may become a new trendy name. Maybe you could compromise with your husband and name your daughter something like Halina or use Helen as the Middle name. I honestly think Lavinia sounds a little weird.