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July 22nd, 2013 09:53 PM #16
Cosima is. I've been saying CO-sih-mah. Which is probably wrong, haha. The one site I usually go to for pronunciations says it's generally co-SEE-mah or KAH-sih-mah. I'm rather partial to a mix of the two, though, lol.
Josephine? Harsh? Maybe it's because it sounds so soft and lyrical in French, but I don't think of Josephine as harsh at all. Maybe that's why I had liked it paired with so many "Z" names. I usually wouldn't go for something with so many similar sounds, but I do really like it with all the Z/Tz names.
As for Millie--I'm not sure about Josephine Millie. It's cute, but meh. It doesn't really do anything for me. I considered her actual FN, Amelie, but something about Josephine Amelie seemed off, too. I remember when she came to America to visit (her grandmother, ironically, is from the very same area I grew up in, and it was a present to her grandmother several years ago), she was so excited about being "Amelia" in America, so I had thought about Amelia, too (which also happens to be my great-grandmother's mn, so I thought that would be a nice touch), but I'm not sure about Josephine Amelia, either. The last time Josephine was on my list, I had opted for Josephine Emilia, but I just don't love it this time around. It just doesn't seem right.
Erm, her grandfather's nn for her was Fleurette, so I generally just like the idea of Fleur as a second middle, but that makes it harder to honor family, since most of my family names are only one syllable. Something like Josephine Grace Fleur doesn't work as well, imo.
I just can't get behind Josephine Ruth! That nightmare was stinkin' awful. It's probably been half a decade and I still can't get those images out of my head, lol. And Josephine Tzofia Ruth doesn't sound that bad to me--is it truly awful? Besides, my little sister's "name" in Spanish is Sofia, Ruth is her MN, and she has a Christmas name (which Josephine could be classified, as well), so I sort of like that every name in the combo could honor Tallie, as well.
And nah, it's fine. I said I was having trouble with Josephine. It seems like I always do. :/ Either it's too long with the long Josephine and my 8-letter surname, it overpowers the classic Josephine, or something. I'm not convinced the "Z" names (or Tzofia) are really that bad, but I do realize it's not to everyone's taste. I still really like Zinnia, Zosia, and Zofia/Tzofia. I'm not sure where I stand on Josephine Ivy--part of me really loves it, while another part feels like it's unusable to me, for various reasons.
What would you pair with Josephine? I searched through every single girls' name on the Nameberry database, and this is what I was left with, but I'm certainly open to ideas.Lise
twenty-something name lover dreaming of adoption.
Isabelle | Arianne | Olivia | Violet | Rachel | Lillian | Charlotte | Eleni | Hannah | Eva | Catherine | Emmeline | Tess
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July 22nd, 2013 10:31 PM #18
after reading all the comments I want to suggest Josephine Eliora Ruth, Josephine Eliora Kate, or Josephine Eliora Grace. I really like Josephine and Eliora togeather. Nothing on your list really stood out to me sound wise, but I really liked the meaning Josephine Tzofia has to you so that would be my favorite off your list I guess.Top Girl names:
~Combos I love~
Elizabeth Winona "Elsie" ~ Adelheid Ruby "Addie Rue"
Marilla Delyth "Millie" ~ Casilda Josephine "Cassie Jo"
Hildemara ~ Isannah ~ Magnolia
Top Boy names: (a work in progress)
~Boy combos I'm considering~
Gideon Walker "Gid" ~ Evander Lane "Evan" ~ Malcolm Wesley "Cal" ~ Alaric Marion "Lark"
~Other Possible Firsts~
Mathias ~ Reuben ~ Gilbert ~ Cadmar
July 23rd, 2013 12:27 AM #20
July 23rd, 2013 09:44 AM #22
No, no, not harsh. Heavy. I think Josephine is heavy. Like, Charlotte and Liliana feel light to me, like crepe or crepe-back-satin fabrics on a Sunday dress, but Josephine is pinstriped wool suiting that you make into a tailored jacket. Annnd that maybe only makes sense to a seamstress, hahaha.
I actually think Josephine Amelie is REALLY pretty. Josephine Amelie Claire, Josephine Amelie Grace, etc. Amelie has enough vowel sounds to feel light and balance Josephine, but with three syllables it has enough substance too.
But, if you love the Tzofia combo, and it seems there's a lot of significance there, well then keep that one. It's not horrible, it just not something that's very appealing to the masses at large; you kind of have to know the backstory.
July 23rd, 2013 10:17 AM #24Senior Member
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