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May 1st, 2014 08:23 PM #1Member
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Romance Language Names for Girls
My husband's parents are non-native English speakers; both were first fluent in Romance (Latin) languages. We'd like to choose names that will be easy for them (and us!) to pronounce. Any ideas for names from these languages (e.g. Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Romanian) that would not be difficult for my own, native English speaking tongue?
May 1st, 2014 08:48 PM #3
I recently came across Gracilia (Portuguese) which I thought was intriguing--it sort of seems to combine Grace and Cecilia. I found that I liked just Grace Cecilia better, myself, but Gracilia is intriguing! I love Aurora, Liliana, Giovanna, Giuseppina, Gemma, etc., in Italian, and Mireya and Catalina in Spanish, and several that are quite international, like Anna/Ana, Clara, Eva, Sofia, Lucia (although I prefer the English LOO-shah or the Italian loo-CHEE-ah to the Spanish loo-SEE-ah), Camila, etc., etc. I'm not terribly familiar with Romanian names, but I've found Romansh names to be really intriguing.
French is where my true passion and understanding are; I'm learning French and my best friend was French; I have family living in Paris, and I just really am in a French name kick right now. Some of my favorites, lately:
Sixtine (SEES-teen; I think it's beautiful!)
Rebecca works pretty well in all the languages, too. I also like Adelaide, Genevieve, and Edith, and they are pretty widely used in French culture, but I don't like the sound in French at all (ah-deh-lah-eed, zhahn-vee-ev, and ay-deet).
Hopefully, others will have more thorough Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, etc. names for you.
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May 1st, 2014 10:46 PM #5