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Thread: Girls names for expats?
October 15th, 2013 06:52 AM #6Senior Member
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October 15th, 2013 07:28 AM #8Member
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I don't think any country in Europe wil be a problem. But every country (language) will have it's own way of pronouncing names. And plenty of names are known one way or another in most countries. Margot/Margaux for instance can be pronounced in just about every language in Europe. I think you have the biggest chance of succes when you use either a French name or an English one.
October 15th, 2013 08:09 AM #10
October 15th, 2013 09:00 AM #12
We're an expat family but we move across Asia rather than Europe. Elizabeth wouldn't be the easiest name to pronounce here, it doesn't really matter if something is "classic" in one country if no-one in the country you live in has ever heard of it
Our daughter's name Mila has been a good pick - simple and easy to pronounce in many languages.
Then again, sometimes you can just get unlucky. I once worked with a woman called Alex in a part of India where "alex" sounds remarkably like a sexual slur in the local language.
I don't think you can cover most eventualities, particularly as many expat families work on a 1-2 year contract basis so are frequently moving countries. However, picking something simple and avoiding troublesome combinations like th or sh or r (at least in some parts of Asia) can be helpful.Mother to miss Mila Arden. Expecting her brother Cato Bennett in March 2014
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