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    If you want to get a fresh sense of the name,...

    If you want to get a fresh sense of the name, check out the Wallender TV serial, which is available on Netflix. The one starring Kenneth Branagh. The Wallender character's daughter is a beautiful,...
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    Uma makes me think of Parvati. It's another name...

    Uma makes me think of Parvati. It's another name for the Hindu god Parvati. I also thought it was a type of school within Buddhism, but I can't find any reference to that online, so I might be wrong....
  3. Thread: Thessaly??

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    Thessaly makes me think of Thrace. I see how it...

    Thessaly makes me think of Thrace. I see how it could sound like a lispy Cecily, but I like it. I'd like it paired with a short Greek-ish middle name like Hero, Charis, Cora, Echo, Petra.
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    I think it's lovely. It's common in that people...

    I think it's lovely. It's common in that people born in the 40s through 70s will be very familiar with it, but it's very rare for children born these days. I think it's soft and lissome and connotes...
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    Poll: Guinevere is too Arthurian for me. Therefore, I'd...

    Guinevere is too Arthurian for me. Therefore, I'd go with Gwendolen. Also, the nickname Gwen comes more effortlessly from Gwendolen than from Guinevere. Guin just sounds odd as a nickname to me,...
  6. Meera, Mina/Meena and Nora also work in Indian...

    Meera, Mina/Meena and Nora also work in Indian and many European languages.


    Just another note of caution (which may be totally obvious to you): You want to make sure the name you pick fits with...
  7. Keep in mind with Anika that it's pronounced...

    Keep in mind with Anika that it's pronounced quite differently in India vs. the US. I'm not sure about Europe. So in India it's uh-NEEK-uh, where as in the US it tends to be ANNE-ik-uh or AHN-ik-uh....
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    I really like Roxana when I think of it as a...

    I really like Roxana when I think of it as a Persian name meaning dawn. I've known several lovely and brilliant Iranian-American intellectuals with that name. I think that the pesky association with...
  9. Poll: You've picked out many of my favorite names! You...

    You've picked out many of my favorite names! You can't go wrong. I'll have to come up with an absolute favorite to vote, though. Any way you go, this girl's going to have a beautiful name!
  10. Sorry about the double post! Edited to add: I...

    Sorry about the double post!

    Edited to add: I also really like Thera, but am worried people would pronounce it the way they pronounce Tara (in the South at least).
  11. Thanks all. This is really helpful. Tessa...

    Thanks all. This is really helpful.

    Tessa still doesn't do it for me. For some reason it makes me think of temper tantrums. Testiness? I dunno.

    Thora I love. That's definitely on the list. I...
  12. Names to honor a Theresa that don't sound religious?

    I'm finally expecting, and my dear grandmother Theresa passed away recently. I'd love to honor her in my child's name. Let's say for the sake of this thread I'm expecting a girl.

    The wrinkle is...
  13. Saying Elowen out loud always makes me think "L M...

    Saying Elowen out loud always makes me think "L M N O P." The way I pronounce it, it just sounds so similar (to the first part of the LMNOP series, at least).
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    Ingrid is an incredible name. It does sound...

    Ingrid is an incredible name. It does sound imposing, but in an excellent way.

    That said, I love names like this. Ingrid, Gretchen, Astrid and the like.
  15. Thread: Carlo?

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    I think Carlo is really great. Carlo Victor is...

    I think Carlo is really great. Carlo Victor is pretty fantastic. That said, Victor Carlo might be even better.
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    It seems a little over-used right now to me. Too...

    It seems a little over-used right now to me. Too trendy and potentially date-stamped now-ish, IMHO.
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    I think you want to vary the number of syllables...

    I think you want to vary the number of syllables a bit. I think Calla, two syllables, goes best with a three-syllable middle name. Calla Eve is a little too curt, and Calla Harper is too evenly...
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    LOVE IT!!! (Said in my most resonant, melodious...

    LOVE IT!!! (Said in my most resonant, melodious Opra voice).

    I think it rocks the so-old-lady-it's-fresh vibe. It's also wonderfully international, with much nicer pronunciations and variations...
  19. Thread: Leigh?

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    I think that Lee is the more masculine spelling,...

    I think that Lee is the more masculine spelling, although it can also work on a girl too. Leigh does seem feminine to me.
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    Sorry, instead of just correcting old posts, I...

    Sorry, instead of just correcting old posts, I should reply to this thread.

    Last two I've met are:
    Lilou
    and
    Beatrice
    (Unrelated).
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    Well, that's how you pronounce Malia, as in Malia...

    Well, that's how you pronounce Malia, as in Malia Obama. It's a Hawaiian name. Definitely not made up.
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    But del-feen is the French pronunciation of the...

    But del-feen is the French pronunciation of the name. It's a slightly shorter I sound than the extended diphthong most Americans use, but definitely not the short I as in in or it.
  23. Thread: Indigo

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    On Indira, be aware that many may associate the...

    On Indira, be aware that many may associate the name with or assume your daughter is named after Indira Gandhi, the third prime minister of India. Gandhi, (no relation to Mahatma Gandhi), became...
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    Checking out the name's entry in the Nameberry...

    Checking out the name's entry in the Nameberry database, I see that it's Irish, not Scottish.
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    I have to say I imagine a girl with Scottish-ish...

    I have to say I imagine a girl with Scottish-ish heritage, with auburn curly hair and freckles. Maybe even a little on the stouter side. I have no idea where this mental image is coming from. Very...
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