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November 3rd, 2012 10:04 PM #6
My first thoughts were Etta and Carolina--Carolina has a very similar feeling to Carina to me, I saw one site that said Carolina means "little feminine one", although I think the more usual translation is "free (wo)man"--Charlotte/Caroline/Carolina/etc. all stem from Charles, meaning "free man", and so that would transition to "free (wo)man" when the feminine variants. On another site I saw that Etta means "little one", which I think is cute. I don't know how reliable that is, but since Etta could be a nn for so many names (and the -ette ending in French is usually diminutive, like "my little ____"), it makes sense. I think Etta would be an adorable replacement!
It doesn't have "little" in it, but I found a site that says Lena means "the bright one", and I think that's adorable and just so perfect! I love it.
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November 3rd, 2012 10:47 PM #8Junior Member
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Thank you all for all the replies already, I appreciate it so much As far as sound over meanings, I really do love the meanings behind names, that might be a little weird but they truly mean a lot to me. I've been an etymology buff for as long as I can remember and I've always loved "collecting" meanings of names
I have to say I absolutely love Capella, wow. I looked at it and seriously just kind of got butterflies in my tummy... or maybe that's just her, haha! I also like Serena and Selina/Selena (I like it this way a bit better - opinions?). Nina is cute, but I'm afraid it's a little short - maybe there's a name it could be a nickname of?
I have thought about spelling it Karina instead, but it still just kind of unsettles me some Karenna sounds very pretty, and is not a name I've heard of before. I also like Carolina, and Etta and Lena are SO cute! Wow... I wasn't expecting so many ideas so fast Thank you all, again... now I'm even more lost but it's in a much better way!!! So here are all the names I'm considering now:
Capella (Seriously... I really, really love this. Wow!)
Etta (Ideas for a longer form?)
Nina (Again, ideas for a longer form?)
Thank you guys again, so so much... this website rocks!
November 3rd, 2012 11:23 PM #10
If it makes you feel better about not using "Carina," the carina is an anatomical structure which in surgery we call "the crotch of the chest." There-- ruined any lingering attachment you had to the name.
Capella is pretty, and many people will think it's related to the word chapel (as in a cappella), but it means she-goat, if that bothers you.
Calandra (a lark, n Greek)
Calantha (beautiful flower)
Callista (most beautiful)
Carissa (similar meaning- my beloved)
Celina (the moon goddess)
Chiara (bright, famous)
Clarissa (most bright)
Cliona (a mythical Irish fairy queen)
Corinthia (from Corinth)
Cynthia (from a particular mtn in Greece, sacred to Artemis)
Carita (same name, but Scandinavian)
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November 3rd, 2012 11:33 PM #12Senior Member
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I would still name her Carina. I think the association would fade.Current Favorites:Elizabeth Lily nn EllieMary Emmeline nn MaisieSarah Evangeline nn Sadie
Nathaniel nn Nate
November 3rd, 2012 11:56 PM #14Senior Member
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How about Caramia? Same nicknames, almost identical meaning."What's in a name? That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet." --Shakespeare