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  1. #1
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    Deciding on the 3rd baby name -- shortlist down to 3

    We have 2 sons -- one named Noah and the other with a biblical name that starts with S. We are currently working on naming our third baby, who is a girl! I thought naming boys was hard, but naming girls seems to be even harder! We started with a list of about 15 names that neither of us hated, and we have whittled it down slowly to three. I am constantly looking for other options, but DH invariably says no to anything that is not relatively conventional. Middle and last names are family names, MN: a 2 syllable Hispanic name ending in O, LN: a 1-syllable German name similar to Schultz. Ideally, name would be easy to pronounce in English and Spanish (we are a cross cultural family, so some family speaks only English, and other half only Spanish) and not too hard to spell.

    Our top 3:

    Susannah - I like this, it is biblical, goes well with biblical siblings. I don't love the nicknames. I can't really imagine calling out "Susie" around my house, and have tried "Sanna" , "Sunny" and even "Sookie" as well, but they don't feel right. I don't really like "Zuzu" or "Zuzie" and definitely don't want to go to "Susan" (just too date-stamped). The best it has going for it is flow with the siblings, plus it is a well-known, and wouldn't cause too much confusion.

    Rosanna/Rosana - DH is a big fan, it has grown on me. Love the nickname Rosie, and also the name Anna. Our two sons picked Rosie and Anna for baby, respectively, and it's cute to hear them say it. I had a slight negative first reaction to the name, but again, it has grown on me. I imagine seeing a baby and calling it Rosanna would quickly nullify any negative associations I may have with the name (just imagining that scenario is helping me like it more). Best things going for it: nicknames and that it incorporates sibling picks.

    Violetta/Violeta (pronounced vee-oh-LEH-ta) - I love this name. It is the one I have the most affection for. I like nicknames Vi, Vio, and Violet. I can hear myself calling this name around the house. The English version of the name is easily pronounceable in English, but the Spanish version is less pronounceable. DH is concerned that many people would first say "vie" instead of "vee", and a quick poll on babycenter's website suggests that's probably true about a third of the time or more. He thinks he doesn't want to deal with that. But I have affection for it. Another con on this name is the Disney series in Latin America by the same name (just google it if you are curious). But, I think that is a passing fad. Best thing going for this name: nicknames and affection.

    DH likes the first two about the same, and Violetta a distant 3rd.

    So, how do we decide??? Any ideas/thoughts/suggestions on how to decide? (We got to our shortlist after an exhaustive review of names, so unlikely anything new will sway us at this point)

  2. #3
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    I think Susannah is a good choice. It works in English and spanish.
    I am not a huge fan of Rosanna but I am huge fan of other rose names:
    Rosalind/Rosalinda
    Rosalie(I have heard this pronounced in Spanish, and it sounds pretty)/Rosalia
    Rosalina
    Violetta- I don't think pronunciation will be that big of a deal. And also I wouldn't worry too much about the Disney show, I don't think Violetta will become too popular.
    Raquel-21 year old who loves names, books, and languages

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  3. #5
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    With your abrupt German one-syllable "S" surname, I think Violetta would be the best option from your list. Susanna and Rosanna may sound a bit lispy with the s's next to your last name. A longer and feminine first name would be ideal.

    Other Suggestions

    Viviana
    Rafaela
    Emilia
    Juliana
    Arabella
    Arianna
    Lydia/Lidia
    Claudia
    Camilla
    Philippa
    Evelina
    Valentina
    Veronica
    Catalina
    Liliana
    Antonia
    Aurelia
    Lavinia
    Nadia
    Melania
    Mariana
    Corinna
    Daniela
    Liana
    Tatiana
    Cordelia
    Philomena/Filomena
    Adelina
    Gabriela
    Yolanda
    All the best,
    Mischa.

  4. #7
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    Rosanna seems like the best compromise. You and your husband both like the name and the nicknames, and it's cute that it incorporates her brothers' picks as well. I'm a big Susannah and Violetta fan, too, but I feel like Rosanna works well.

    I won't bombard you with more suggestions, except one - have you thought of Rosetta? It incorporates elements of both Rosanna and Violetta, and you can still use Rosie (or Etta).

  5. #9
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    I think Susannah is gorgeous! I was going to suggest Anna or Ana.

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