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  1. #1
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    Marc + Angela = Marcella?

    I recently posted Marcella on a poll and no one voted for it!!!

    What do you think of combining mom and dad's names into a name?
    Marc + Angela = Marcella


    We recently had a fabulous trip to Italy and I fell in love with that country, so we would use the Italian pronunciation of Marcella, with a ch sound instead of a soft C.

    Nn could be Cella(pronounced chella).

    What do you think?

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    Re: Marc + Angela = Marcella?

    I happen to think Marcella, esp the way you are pronouncing it, is a very pretty name. That being said, I can't help but think that as a grown woman - or even when I was younger - I would NOT want to have a name that was my parents' names combined. Something about it sort of icks me out, for lack of a better way of putting it. I think it's because combining your names like that feels overly sappy - think "Brangelina" - not a way most people want to think of their parents at all, let alone a name they want to have to wear themselves, any more than you want to think of yourself explicitly as the product of your parents' romantic relationship.
    Mom of one daughter, age 2, and name-enthusiast

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    Re: Marc + Angela = Marcella?

    I was going to say I didn't like it and prefer Marcelle (one of my best friends is called Marcelle, and I've always thought it suited her so beautifully!). But with the Italian pronunciation it completely changes it. Mar-che-la is so pretty (although she would have to explain that pronunciation).
    It's also different enough from Marc and Angela not to be too soppy, I think.

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    Re: Marc + Angela = Marcella?

    I really like it. It really is more a feminization of Marc or Marcellus, but I like how it includes both parents. I would not be put off with such a name, except for the names of my own parents do not really mesh so easily and I would end up with a lot more awkward name.

    The only thing I can think is wrong with this practice is what kind of names do you give your children (if any) down the line? Will they be the magical creation your first-born is and get a name derived out of this bond? It's not that unusual for the first born son to be named after his father or to feminize the father's name to a daughter, or in some cases both (my paternal grandparents did this). I find it refreshing that many couples honor the mother in their children's names nowadays, and not just the elder females. If you are combining your names for the first child as a symbolic treasure of the bond of your love, it may make it difficult to come up with a name that means even half as much later on, but maybe not - it's just something to think about.

    I mostly think this is a great combo that just happens to work out and sound like a good name - I love the C(h)ella! I think a lot of people working with this idea aren't lucky enough to have names that combine well and then go ahead anyway (usually in the way of an unfortunate invented portmanteau a la the aforementioned Brangelina). It is a beautiful idea if it works and this works. I hesitate only to consider future issues, but then again some people find it a lot healthier to cross that bridge when they get to it, and find it wasn't all that difficult.

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    Re: Marc + Angela = Marcella?

    I knew a little girl whose name was Christanie, a combination of her father's name Chris and her mother's name Stephanie. That icked me out. But Marcella is really a name, plus it's pretty. So that's a good thing. Nn Cella is very cute.
    I guess the thing to do is to pretend that your parents thought of a name for you that was a combo of their two names. What would it be? Would you have liked it? Then think of a name combo from your husband's parents and see how your husband would like it.
    If my parents had named be a combo of their two names, it would have been Kendell maybe (Ken and Helen). The way I feel about it would be, I would feel very special, I like the name Kendal, but I would feel really attached and close to them, maybe too close. I would feel so close that I would feel like I should always stay close by and not go out on my own. But that's just me. Maybe it has to do with a bunch of family baggage that I carry around.

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