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  1. #6
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    Barbara isn't that bad. I would use it in the middle spot.

    What about her maiden name?
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  2. #8
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    Dec 2012
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    Use a Bar- name or a Ba- name. I have a bunch of Mar- named people I wanted to honor but don't like any Mar- names so I picked a Ma- name I love.

    I'm also honoring my MIL by using her initials, and my mom by using her favorite color/gem and birthstone as a middle.

    If you can't find another way to honor Barbara, the following are nice:

    Bobbie
    Bara
    Basia/Basha
    Bailey
    Bay
    Baya/Baia
    Basilia
    Bardo
    Babette
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  3. #10
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    May 2012
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    Barbara is dated, but I agree it's a very nice name (if we weren't all sick of it, and thus treat it as frumpy). If you want to honor someone, use it as a middle name. Otherwise, besides Babette, I don't think there are variations that would do the trick.

    What kinds of names do you like, that might work in the first spot with Barbara as mn?

  4. #12
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    Jun 2012
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    I'd just use the -ara part. Arabelle would be my choice.
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  5. #14
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    I would use Barbara or Basia. I've always loved Basia, but I started seeing Barbara as "ancient warrior" instead of "old lady." I like the nickname Bunny for Barbara.
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