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  • Josephine

    24 54.55%
  • Josefa

    20 45.45%
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2012

    Middle name debate

    I need opinions, dear berries...

    We've known for months we're going to use some form of DH's great grandmother's name for our daughters middle name. She was a holocaust survivor and just generally a very tough, amazing woman.

    The name in question is Josefa (you-sef-uh). Yes it would probably be pronounced "joe-sef-uh" most of the time in the US, but in the middle spot I don't think that's a deal breaker.

    DH favors using Josephine in the middle instead because it's (and I quote) "less weird." He's more sensitive to the "What if she hates it" or "What if people make fun of it?"...moving to the US during middle school he liked having a name that wasn't particularly foreign sounding and I think that's carried over. I like Josephine too, but I just can't get Josefa out of my head lately! So tell me: Josephine or Josefa? Is it a less-than-attractive name? General thoughts on honoring using the real name vs. anglicized?
    Olivia Józefa: July 2013 . Expecting #2: July 2015

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    I absolutely vote for Josefa. If you are honoring a family member, stay true to the name, especially since it is in the middle! I think it will be an incredible way to give your daughter a sense of her heritage and family history.
    Mom to Alexander Patrick (11), Madelyn Esther (8), Genevieve Susan (3), and Theodore James (stillborn at 37 weeks on February 3, 2014). Expecting #5 (a girl) in May 2015 -- Penelope Bridget.

    Boys: Everett, Sebastian, Augustus, Samuel, Julian, Nicholas, Desmond, Jasper, Ezekiel, Malcolm
    Girls: Bridget, Felicity, Elizabeth, Penelope, Leona, Ophelia, Elodie, Callista, Miriam, Delilah

  3. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    What is the first name going to be? That may help a little. I voted for Josephine because people would say Josefa with a J sound so it would really even be the same name. Plus I adore the name Josephine and I think that it is so similar to the original name that its basically the same thing

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Boston, MA
    People outside your family pretty much never say your middle name except to ask what it is, to which she would reply "you-sef-uh" and then spell it when they ask how it's spelled. I think it's a great name. Josephine is also very pretty though.
    Esme Cordelia | Gwyneth Rosalie | Madeleine Vesper | Phoebe Matilda | Sylvie Marigold
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  5. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Somewhere along the banks of the mighty Columbia
    I love Josephine, but I like the idea of using Josepha. It's not as pretty, but I think it's a lot more meaningful to you. I don't think pronunciation issues are terribly important for a middle name. I vote for Josepha!
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