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. I'm finding this to be a daunting task and would love some outside feedback. This is what I've come up with so far..
Anna-The Portuguese pronunciation is UH-NUH which I prefer. It's much softer and feminine IMO. Also it honors my mother whose name is Anabela. I like that it is recognizable in most languages including German, however I'm not sure about using it as a first name. It seems a bit plain. I think I might prefer it, or a name variant as a middle name. I like Anneliese, which is a very old-fashioned German name. Thoughts?
Nina-So very sweet, simple and old fashioned. Having trouble finding a German name that flows well with it. I think a 2-3 syllable name would sound best since Nina is already so short. What are some of your suggestions?
Ines-Adore this name! Portuguese pronunciation is EEN-EHZH. I don't mind the English pronunciation I-NEZ. Not sure which pronunciation I'd use though. Would it be more appropriate to use the English pronunciation since I live in the U.S? Or does it not make a difference? Also, having trouble finding a German name that flows well with it, just like Nina.
Catarina/Catharina/Katarina-Catharina is the German spelling which honestly I'm not very fond of. Hubby really likes this one. He actually prefers the spelling Katarina which I'm also not very fond of. I prefer Catarina. Which is your favorite?
Bianca-I really like the idea of using the nn Bia. It's so sweet. Have no idea what I would pair this with.
Maria-Every Portuguese woman has this name it seems lol. I would never use it as a first name but since it is my great-grandmothers name, I thought about maybe using it as a middle.
Ok this is what I have so far. Obviously I still have some tweeking to do lol. Would love to hear some of your suggestions. Thank you :)
Ooh. Your options are stunning. Not the biggest fan of Maria but the others are amazing.
I would use Catarina.
What about Camila?
My favorite name and combo on your list is Nina Anneleise. I also really like Ines Maria.
Love Anna and Bianca! Love suggestion of Camila.
I also agree with the above post that said Nina Anneliese. It is an elegant and beautiful name. I am biased though, since I've named my own child Nina : ) I also like Ines Maria. I am not a fan of Katarina.
I agree with @desdumoulins, Nina Anneliese is stunning. My mother is completely Portuguese and my Dad is mostly French, so I can understand having to bridge the language barriers, lol. But I think Nina Anneliese is a great combination.
Keep in mind that "Inês" may look simple but sounds quite difficult to non-Portuguese ears when spoken out loud. And Bianca is a little trashy in Portugal (most foreign-sounding names are, I'm afraid). The Portuguese-German kids I know are called Maria, Jano, and Eva. My advice is to something simple, classic and international.
Ema / Emma
Oh I love Anna and Inez (uh-nez not i-nez -
but if it comes down to it and you like both it doesn't matter my name sounds very different in English and German).
If you think Anna is too plain how about something very similar to it like Hannah, Johanna etc?
Inez however wins to me. I just love this and would consider it for as it works for our German/American/Spanish/Argentine house hold.