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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2010

    Mara vs Mari vs Louisa

    What is your favorite of the three? What thoughts come to mind with each name?

    We are looking for a name that is feminine and timeless (and will age well), strong yet sweet, and fairly recognizable/easy to pronounce. Agreeing on anything is proving to be difficult.

    I would love your feedback!
    Last edited by gigi22; Yesterday at 01:59 AM.

  2. #3
    I prefer Mara. Mostly I think of the book title The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I think it sounds fresh but simple.

    Mari I don't like as much because it might as well be Marie to my mind. There's something unfinished about just Mari.

    I'm not a fan of Louisa because it was a really popular name for my generation. There were a lot of Louises and Louisas or girls with Louise or Louisa as a middle name. So it doesn't seem fresh enough for me.
    Current favourite girls names: Verity, Eden, Cliora, Antonia, Morwen, Catriona, Dervla, Colette, Sorcha, Tahlia, Lucina, Vita (as name or short for Victoria), Zabet (as name or short for Elizabeth), Nina, Kylara, Zelda, Sabine, Eliska, Zelina

    Check out my fantasy/sci-fi girls names list, you'll be surprised how 'normal' they can be!

  3. #5
    Join Date
    May 2012
    I like Mara, it sounds really mature yet still sweet. We have Amara on our list which is a favourite of my husbands.

    Mari looks incomplete to me and although I don't think it would necessarily create pronunciation problems, it's similar to many words (Maori, marry, Marie) and be easily confused...

    Louisa is lovely, I love how it looks and the cute nn's, but the way pronounce it as Lou-weeza makes it unattractive to me.
    Eliza Audrey, Freya Madeleine
    Ronan Seth
    Nora Amalia Esther Ada
    Eamon Leo Emmett Arlo

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    A country where we get weather that people complain about a lot.
    Mara is my favourite and I think it fits the bill. I like Louisa too. Not keen on Mari. I suppose Mari could be a nickname for Mara.

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    Даниил / Роман / Артемий ≶ Victor / Myron / Sylvan / Vincent / Lucien

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    New York
    Mara makes me think of the would mar so I am not a big fan.

    Mari looks like some forgot the e on Marie. I would go with Mary if choosing this name.

    Louisa is my favorite of the three. It is lovely and versatile giving a child the options of using the full name or some cute nicknames - Lulu, Lu, etc.
    I like simple yet versatile names that work well for the athlete, the comic, the genius, and the judge.

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