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January 24th, 2013 01:44 PM #1Member
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After pouring over the baby name books I've compiled quite a list of possiblities. :)
We already have a short list with a few well loved names. But I just keep thinking we might be missing some great name that we never considered. Plus I just like reading the baby name book! I made a list of all the names that kind of jumped out at me for one reason or another. I tend to like names of different styles, but my main criteria is a name that's somewhat familiar feeling but also unexpected. So, what do you think of these?
Adria (I'm saying it with a long A at the beginning, as in the word ate, is this correct?)
Arielle (I like the are-ee--ELLE pronunciation)
Corinna (rinna, not reena)
Leila (I say lay-luh is that correct?)
Lorraine (I like the nn options - Lor, Lora, Raine, Rainie, etc)
Raquel (does this work for a non-Hispanic family?)
Reva (not sure how to pronounce this. REE-vuh or RAY-vuh?)
January 24th, 2013 01:47 PM #3
January 24th, 2013 02:18 PM #5Senior Member
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January 24th, 2013 02:22 PM #7
Lorraine really jumped out at my from your list. I agree with you that it has a lot of cute nicknames, and it is also such a great name for a woman - I foresee a comback for this name!!Cheers,
Married to David Robert
Daughters: Elena Rose (nn El, Ellie, and Laney) and Felicity Iris Ruth (nn Lissy)
January 24th, 2013 02:22 PM #9
Adria: AY-dree-ah is how I would pronounce this, which from how you worded it is how you are pronouncing it. It is pretty but seems a little incomplete. Like there should be an -na after it. Adriana.
Arielle: I love that pronunciation, it reminds me of how Sebastian says it in The Little Mermaid. Very pretty.
Corinna: This is Cor-ee-nah to me. No one will ever say it corectly, fair warning. But I feel like a lot of yours are like that, so perhaps you don't mind!
Estella: Pretty, but I prefer Estelle or Stella.
Irene/Irena: Irena would be my preference, but it is still a little bit old ladyish to me.
Laurel: Very pretty, I love the nature reference. A great update on Laura.
Leila: Lay-lah is, I believe, the correct pronunciation. Pretty as well.
Lorraine: I am biased on this name because I know someone with it, so to me it belongs to an 80 something year old woman.
Liana: Lee-ah-nah? That is pretty, but another that may have pronunciation issues.
Lydia: Very nice, reminds me of a great book I read in school.
Raquel: To me this is a French name. I'm from Northern New Hampshire and am very French and know French women with this name, though typically spelled Raquelle.
Reva: Which pronunciation do you prefer? I would be inclined to pronounce it Ree-VAH.
Shana: Shah-nah. This is the only one I really don't like. It reminds me of Shannon, which I don't care for.
Top picks: Serena, Laurel, Arielle
Low on the totem pole: Irene/Irena, Corinna, Shana