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July 11th, 2013 06:07 PM #1Junior Member
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2 months to go - still very unsure!?
(sorry, I've read through this and not much makes sense. My brain is both stressed with name-finding and pregnancy hormones, so please forgive my rambling)
Our first little girl is due in September and we have no idea on a name yet, and I'm panicking because it feels like time is just slipping away and we're never going to decide! She will be joining older brother Leonard.
She will be half French/half English - we need a name that will work in both languages since we're probably moving to France within the next 5 years. To make things a bit easier our current list has 3 categories:
Sixtine - so beautiful, would love this in the first spot but totally unusable in the UK
Beatrix - I absolutely love this. It's a nice English link via Beatrix Potter who is incredibly important to me
Philippa - Would love to use just Pippa in the first spot but not usable in France, according to DH
Agnes - We tend to like old fashioned names but this is a bit much for DH, I think
Leda - Too close to Leonard, unfortunately
A problem we're facing is that anything on the French list will be too French in France for a part English little girl. And anything from the English list will be too English in the UK for a part French little girl. Maybe I just care too much about what people think? Probably.
Like Leonard is, we're leaning towards her first name being neutral, with a French/English name in the middle.
Any suggestions of combinations, or any suggestions at all for that matter would be wonderful - Thanks!
My darling Léonard Cyrille born 08/11
Little lady born 09/13 - name under-construction
July 11th, 2013 06:12 PM #3Senior Member
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Given your concerns about too French for a half English girl and vice versa, I would have to choose Juliette from your list. There is no way I can see that name as too French for a half English little girl. It is commonly used and well-known in the English-speaking world, so it seems like it would be a great compromise name.
Overall, from your list, I love the following:
Clara BeatrixMom to Alexander Patrick (9), Madelyn Esther (7), and Genevieve Susan (2). Expecting Theodore James in February 2014!
Baby #4 will be the last for us, so I am kind of sad to be saying goodbye to the beloved names I will now never use! At least I can still come here to encourage others to use them!
Girls: Bridget, Elizabeth, Felicity, Helena, Marianne, Violet, Penelope, Ophelia, Isadora, Victoria
Boys: Theodore, Sebastian, Julian, Everett, Elias, Caspian, Desmond, James, Arthur, Edmund
July 11th, 2013 06:21 PM #5Junior Member
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Juiliette is totally lovely. Good luck.
July 11th, 2013 06:22 PM #7Senior Member
Eudora - Casilda - Violetta - Odelia - Leocadia - Odette - Isolde - Valentine - Euphemia - Leopoldine - Isadora
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- Sydney Australia
Eulalia - Aurelia - Hyacintha - Marigold - Ariadne - Sophronia - Crescentia - Thomasina - Apollonia - RomildaAmedeo - Casimir - Lancelot - Ignatius - Benedict - Thaddeus - Raphael - Leopold - NicodemusCassian - Isidore - Wenceslaus - Balthasar - Tiberius - Romulus - Cornelius - Augustine
July 11th, 2013 06:23 PM #9
Hi there! Nice list. I'm in England, I've lived in France from time to time, so I hope I can be helpful.
I think Delphine, Ottilie or Athene (changed the spelling) would be your best choices. They're pronounced almost identically in French and English (assuming you'll pronounce Ottilie O-tee-lee/O-tuh-lee). I know an English Delphine who lives in London, and no one thinks her name is strange. Over all I think English people (at least in the southern parts) are so used to Frecnhies that we don't think about it anymore.
I think all of them work with Beatrix in the middle.My darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014