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Thread: Alternatives to India
December 15th, 2013 12:02 AM #6Senior Member
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Nahara- An exotic gem that sounds extremely feminine.
Indiago- Obviosly very similar to India. But with very different assosications.
Saffron- You could be mad about Saffron?
Astera- Persian for Star. It has a nice feminine but strong flair it.
Ilima- Hawaiian for Flower.
Indira- Both a goddess of wealth, and the name of a prime minister. A lot of great associations with the name!
Good luck and congratulations!
Last edited by blackcatsmeow; December 15th, 2013 at 12:04 AM.
December 15th, 2013 12:04 AM #8
Lucinda would be my choice.Psalm 23
December 15th, 2013 12:11 AM #10Senior Member
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I've known girls named India and Asia (among other place names)... perhaps I'm just ignorant but I wasn't aware it was a cause of offense.
Suggestions (forgive repeats):
ps I *love* Saffron
December 15th, 2013 01:02 AM #12Senior Member
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As a mom to an India, I just wanted to give you my experience. India Belle was my great grandmother and it was very important for us to honor her. My entire extended family was thrilled when we used the name and now our little India has all of India Belle's family heirlooms. I do get questioned about the name sometimes, "Oh, like the country?" I just explain it is a legit name and point out India Wilkes in Gone With the Wind. I also tell them it's a family name. Most of the time, I don't need to do the explanation and people have a very positive reaction to it. I know there is controversy over it on NB but personally, I've never experienced it. I do live in an area with an Indian population. Also, my mother in law is good friends with a woman from India and she loves the name and is always buying our daughter traditional Indian outfits. Now, obviously she is only one person, but I just wanted to say, not everyone is offended by the name. I don't regret using the name at all. It makes me so happy to be carrying on my lovely great grandmothers name and spirit. Also, with Chris Hemswirth using the name recently, and the artist Indie Arie, I feel the name isn't too unusual for people.
You could always use the name Indira. However, there would be people saying Indira Ghandi was a somewhat controversial figure. You could also consider: Athena, Talia, Violetta, Genevieve, Esme, Christabel, Renata, Corinne, Simone, Elena, Gemma, Daphne, Amira, Juliana, Marina, Sylvia, Miranda, Aurelia, Rowena, Hope, Camilla, Delphine, Cecily, Charisma, or Antonia.Mom to... Augustine Mark "Augie", India Marie "Indie", Theodore Odell "Teddy" and Philippa Lee "Pippa"
December 15th, 2013 01:03 AM #14
I think anything evocative of pungent spices/ herbs, a red/ orange/ yellow palette, ancient lands/ legends, has a regal quality, is mysterious/ lyrical and is sensuous/ exotic/ warm, enchanting, has a nature/ hippy feel, an Eden-like tropical landscape (i.e. centers on summer, the beach, relaxation/ mediation/ holistic health etc)....even Victorian...is comparable to India.
i.e. comparative names to India are:
Eve/ Eva/ Ava/ Avery
In particular, I think Sienna, Zara, Saffron, Ruby, Scarlett, Luna and Summer are seven names that have that similar India "feel".
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