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Thread: Portuguese/German Names PT. II
December 22nd, 2013 10:30 AM #1Senior Member
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Portuguese/German Names PT. II
I posted months ago about this and got some wonderful feedback..
Here's a bit of a recap - I am of English and Portuguese origin. My hubby is English, German and American Indian. I would like a name that will be accessible to both sides of my heritage as well as his.
The name that stood out to me most was Nina Anneliese. Nina obviously honoring my side and Anneliese honoring hubby's German side. Also I like that it somewhat honors my mother's name, Anabela.
Seems like the perfect combo, right? Well welcome to my indecisiveness lol. It is still a top contender, however I'd like some other suggestions. Ines/Inez was on my list, however hubby doesn't like it so unfortunately it's off the list. I also considered using Anna or Marie in the middle spot to honor my mother/grandmother.
Please include both Portuguese and German names. Nothing too old lady like please and would like it to be easy to pronounce, especially on my side as I have a lot of family that only speaks Portuguese.
Thanks a lot for all your responses. Look forward to them
December 22nd, 2013 02:55 PM #3Senior Member
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I do really like Nina Anneliese. But if you are still looking for ideas, here are some suggestions. I have no idea what is an "old lady" name in Portuguese or German; I just used behindthename.com to generate this names.
Portuguese / German (At least they are spelled the same in both cultures)
Lara / Laura
Anina nn Nina * This is probably my #1 alternative to Nina, as it gets Ann in there too.
Carina / Karina
Christiane / Kristiane
Franziska / Ziska
Leona / Leonie
Leonore / Leonie
Tatiana"Don't try to be modern, it's the most old-fashioned thing there is," - Attilio, The Tiger and the Snow
Domenico/Dominic, Gianfranco/Gianpaolo, Giacomo, Antonio, Raphael, Calogero, Leopold, Angelo, Giorgio, Alban, Malachi, Dante, Mirek, Dario, Lionel, Asa
Katarina/Caterina, Irena, Silvia, Aniela, Delfina, Raffaella, Apollonia, Cecilia, Pasqualina, Rosalind/Rosina, Josephine, Allegra, Alba, Leokadia, Annunziata, Bronya, Adrasteia, Vincenza, Althea, Eurydice, Regina, Mirella, Arianell
December 22nd, 2013 05:39 PM #5Senior Member
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I can only help you with the German names (live in Germany but know nothing about Portuguese). I am pretty sure the names I have listed have German roots but it is possible that some of them are just names that are popular or used here without actual German roots.
Janna (J is soft)
Again, sorry if some of these don't have actual German roots. I just tried to think of names of people I know and names that I know are German. Most of the top girl names in Germany now are very similar to the top names in English speaking countries (Olivia, Sophia, Emma etc) and there is also a lot of French influences.
December 26th, 2013 12:32 PM #7
Well your husband clearly doesn’t get how AWESOME Inez is. (My fiancé doesn’t either. Stupid, stupid…)
I think you should be able to find ways to honor your English and his German roots with a single name. Many English names have Germanic roots and therefore German counterparts that are often incredibly similar. You should also consider if you are interested in names that have traditionally been used in German - many of which will be French, Greek or Roman in origin - or if you prefer names with Germanic language roots. (I * the Germanic ones below). Unfortunately Germany doesn’t keep a yearly list (or maybe they do and they don’t publish it) like the US and England do. So finding something that is fresh and potentially popular can be a little more difficult.
My family in Germany have been choosing very old fashioned/classic names for their kids names (just FYI: there’s aren’t their names but are in the same style) like Katharina, Nikolaus, Theodora, and Leopold.
Have you considered:
Annemarie (ahn-nə-mah-REE) - it would honor both your mother and grandmother in one fell swoop. I know it might feel a little lazy as a choice but it’s a very legit name - I grew up going to school with one and to church with another. So not just an old lady name. (PS: I’m in my late 20s).
Elsa (EL-sah) - short forms of Elisabeth (There is also Else which I personally would avoid as it’s the name of the little girl who is abducted and murdered at the beginning of the iconic film M. If you haven’t seen it you absolutely must but it has made this variant an non-option for me).
Hannah (HAH-nah) - could also honor both. Sort of. Biblical like Maria and Anna right in the middle. Plus one of my favorite things it that it usually translates well to most languages and it’s a Palindrome. (dork-glee).
Hedwig*(HED-vikh)/ Heilwig* (HIEL-vig)
Katja (KAHT-yah) /Katherina (kah-te-REE-nah)/Katinka (kah-TING-kah)
Marianne (mah-ree-AH-nə) - see Annemarie
Marlene (mahr-LE-nə)- Could be a cool way to honor a Maria
Both used Portuguese and German:
Clara, Elisa, Gloria, Helena, Ida (I know one who is 2), Zita, Alexandra, Andrea, AntoniaMAJOR CONSTRUCTION ZONE
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December 26th, 2013 01:28 PM #9
we don't have an official list but here is one that is pretty accurate (the owner of the site puts a lot of hours and hard work into creating one).
I don't think I have many names to add, maybe Frida / Frieda and Mathilda.
I really like teacherma's suggestions, she listed some fantastic choices.
My favourites being Amalia, Leonor & Ida (ee-da).
It really depends on what you want I suppose.
For example: Anneliese, Amalia and Leonore are vintage german names that are still being used here while you most likely won't meet any baby Ute's, Angelika's or Brigitte's, however these might be easier to recognize as german.
I think behindthename has some great lists for german and portuguese names, too. It's worth checking out (if you haven't already).
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