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  1. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    London, England
    Anything works in Europe, it's a tiny continent with lots of languages and people are (for the most) open minded about unfamiliar names, most cities are melting pots of nationalities now anyway. I think the biggest problem might be in France and some of the most eastern East European countries.
    My darling Marian Illyria Aphrodite, March 2013 & Little Bunny (a girl!) due 9th of February 2014

  2. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    I don't think any country in Europe wil be a problem. But every country (language) will have it's own way of pronouncing names. And plenty of names are known one way or another in most countries. Margot/Margaux for instance can be pronounced in just about every language in Europe. I think you have the biggest chance of succes when you use either a French name or an English one.

  3. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    To bibliophile: the German pronunciation would make Veronica sound like 'Feroneeca' - the 'v' sound is an 'f' sound in German. Still pretty versatile though.
    I was thinking that Camille/Camilla was fairly versatile, as well as Lucy/Lucia and Elena.

    twenty-two | law student

    * Beatrix * Nell * Penelope * Felicity * Margo *

    * Theodore * Hugo * Edmund * Felix * Oscar *

  4. #12
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    New Zealand
    We're an expat family but we move across Asia rather than Europe. Elizabeth wouldn't be the easiest name to pronounce here, it doesn't really matter if something is "classic" in one country if no-one in the country you live in has ever heard of it
    Our daughter's name Mila has been a good pick - simple and easy to pronounce in many languages.
    Then again, sometimes you can just get unlucky. I once worked with a woman called Alex in a part of India where "alex" sounds remarkably like a sexual slur in the local language.

    I don't think you can cover most eventualities, particularly as many expat families work on a 1-2 year contract basis so are frequently moving countries. However, picking something simple and avoiding troublesome combinations like th or sh or r (at least in some parts of Asia) can be helpful.
    Two small people, Mila Arden and Cato Bennett.

    If I had a baby tomorrow...
    Atlas Adair or Lyra Sylvie

  5. #14
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    South Australia
    I ask this because in the distant future when I have a family, I would like to consider us moving to Germany, Austria or Czech Republic (my great-uncle and cousin live in Hamburg, North Germany - which I've visited often and I love).
    Thanks! These suggestions are great, anymore are welcome!
    "Jessie" Jessica Emily Faith
    Living in the land of Oz...
    Ronan: For the sake of spicy, little boys wearing plaid shirts, running around in kneeless jeans, playing in the mud and being mischievous.
    Combo Considerations:
    ★ Amara Kate ★ Jonas Michael Ellis★ Lorenzo "Enzo" River ★ Viviana Camille ★ Rowe Henry Robin ★ Thora Jewel ★ Luca Rowen Henry ★ Emmy Noelle ★ Bentley Reed ★ Mary Belle Aster ★ Anna Lora Lark★

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