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  1. #1
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    Looking for name to honor two grandmothers, Juanita and Waneta

    My DH and I each have a grandmother named Juanita/Waneta and we would really like to honor them. We love using family names, however we're not sure that we love the name Juanita. It's been growing on me as a middle name, but I'd appreciate some help thinking of variations or alternatives. I'm feeling stuck on this. Any thoughts?

  2. #3
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    Juanita is a Spanish feminine form of John, so Jane was my first thought.
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    If you want to use both, you can play around on the scrambler to come up with something: http://www.babynamescramble.com/names/babynames.cgi

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  4. #7
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    It's a lovely idea to honor family members. Here are some suggestions:

    1. Any of the feminine John names would work-- Jane, Joan, Jean, Joanne/Joanna, Janet, Janelle, Janice, etc. Here's a link to a bunch: http://www.behindthename.com/php/related.php?name=john.

    2. You could also use any name starting with J or W or maybe use JW or WJ as the baby's initials: Josephine, Josie, Juno, Julia, Winona, Willa, Wren, etc.

    Julia Wren
    Willa Josephine

    3. You could go with the meaning of John/Juanita/Waneta (beloved) and use a name with the same or similar meaning. A few of these are:

    Amy, Cara, Davina, Esme (to love), Vida

  5. #9
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    Love suggestion of Jane! One of my favs. I also like the idea of the J and W (Julia Wren).

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