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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Christchurch, New Zealand

    I need your creativity!

    Alright Berries, I need your creativity!
    I absolutely love the name Rio. There are many names I love, but for some reason I always come back to Rio. I like it on both boys and girls, but especially love it on a girl. But I worry she'd be mistaken for a boy if Rio was her full name. But we can't find a full name we love that leads to Rio as a nickname.

    We've talked about Oriana and Catriona but our surname is really long and we've decided that 4+ syllables would just be too annoying for her, so 3 syllables is the limit. We've also talked about Riona and Bryony but we're not too fond of them, and I feel like with River she'd have the same problem of being mistaken for a boy.

    So berries, what full names could we use to get to the nickname Rio? Or are my fears unfounded and we should use Rio as the full name?

    Thank you!
    Mummy to
    Toby Oliver Louis (23/04/2015)
    Rainbow baby - it's a girl!! (due 13/12/2017)

    Alba, Aurora, Delilah, Ember, Inara (Indy), Katara, Lyra, Mirabelle, Natasha, Oriana (Rio), Safira, Tala, Winter

    Archie, Caleb (Cub), Caspian, Edward, Felix, Flynn, George, Harry, Oaken, Remi, Ronan, Rowan

  2. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Rio sounds fine to me as a standalone name for a girl. In Spanish it's a masculine word, so I can see why some people might interpret it as a boy's name, but otherwise it's so unusual, I don't think the majority of people will have many preconceived notions about Rio before they meet her. I don't really see the point in picking out a longer name that you don't necessarily love just to get to a nickname, especially if you never actually plan to call her by the longer name.
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  3. #5
    I've actually met a darling little girl named Rio. It was adorable on her, and so I know it can definitely work as a standalone name. People might see the name on paper and assume she is a boy, but honestly, with so many unisex names now, I don't think it's a big deal. Once they meet her it shouldn't be a problem at all, so if you love it the most as a full name, I say go for it!

  4. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Southern United States
    While I don't think it's unusable as a full name, it does feel like a nickname to me.

    Here's some suggestions:
    Victoria could even work

    But of course,if you are in love with the full name Rio then go for it! It is all about what name you love and want to use.
    Mary Elowen | Jakelyn Odette | Natalia Jean | Wyatt Lee | Kaladin Todd

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    Arlen| Waylon | Ascanio | Garcia | Huxley | Hugo | Montgomery

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    Narcissa | Sahara| Charity| Mercedes | Scorpius | Severus

  5. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2014
    London, UK
    Rosario is a wonderful suggestion and the only one that screams the nickname Rio to me.
    current favourite:
    Esme Olivia

    proud aunt to:
    Isabelle Anne (b. 06.06.2015)
    TBC (due June 2017)

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