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  1. #1
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    Lightbulb Looking for a cosmopolitan unique baby name

    Hi all

    I'm new to this forum and hoping for some input for our little one due in 2020. I've always been super interested in names since I was young and am always the one people come to to get name suggestions and now that it's actually my turn, I've totally hit a wall. Nothing seems to suit anymore...

    Some background: I am British, my husband is German and we live in the US. Baby's last name will be German and given we might move to Germany at some point in the future / lots of family is still there, we'd like a name that works well in both languages (but definitely doesn't have to be German by origin). That already disqualifies maaaany of my hipster-y favourites (Marlowe, Wren, and the likes). We also really don't want anything out of the top 30.

    For Boys: We really only have one favourite so far, which is Levi. We are not Jewish or religious in general - is that weird? Husband has vetoed Atlas and Remus already which I love.

    For Girls: We have absolutely no clue. We want something that isn't too romantic / girly. My husband likes Theo for a girl but I feel like the kid is going to get too much grief with this name, especially given it's getting very popular for boys at the moment. I really like Alma but the husband thinks it's a bit too old fashioned... I also like Maeva and Sapphra, but both don't sound super smooth when said by a German native speaker...

    Would appreciate any ideas and suggestions :smile:
    Last edited by marlowe; July 24th, 2019 at 02:03 PM.

  2. #2
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    What about Thea for a girl? Or something longer like Theodora?

    Levi doesn't strike me as a name tied to a particular religion.

  3. #3
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    Levi is great!
    Remy, Everett, Sebastian, Silas, Rufus and Casper came to mind

    Thea from pp is great!
    Flora, Alba, Ada, Indie, Lola, Viola?
    🌈Grace🌈
    Sarai Matilda|Mabli Charlotte|Una Adele|Cherith Eliza
    Sloane Felicity|Flora Penelope|Juno Delilah|Lois Aurelia
    Sholto Felix|Tristan Rafferty|Percy Evander|Bram Atticus
    Otto Elias|Linus Theodore|Jude Amadeus|Jesse Peregrine


  4. #4
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    Levi is a great name and I don’t think it’s weird at all if you use it!

    Like your husband I love Theo for a girl but if you don’t you could use Thea, as others have suggested? It’s a beautiful name. Or Theodora nn Theo/Thea. And if your husband thinks Alma is too old-fashioned then I think greyblue’s suggestion of Alba is a good one. It’s more contemporary and has a lot of spunk!

    Other suggestions:

    Noa
    Willa
    June
    Luella
    Matilda
    Iris
    Amelie
    Freya
    Bronte
    Nell
    India
    Kaia
    Eleanor
    Clementine
    Maya
    Poppy
    Violet
    Juniper
    Daisy
    Aurora
    Maeve
    Olive
    Phoebe
    Mirabel
    Ophelia
    Paloma
    Chiara
    Della
    Scout

    Kit
    Bastian
    Otto
    Milo
    Dashiell
    Jem
    Felix
    Oscar
    Theodore
    Otis
    Miro
    Angus
    Cyrus
    Max
    Tallis
    Silas
    Van
    Rory
    Dane
    Lennon
    Remy
    Alastair
    Callum
    Arlo
    Caspar
    Elio
    Flynn
    Gabriel
    Rafael
    Ezra
    Dion
    Kai
    Orson
    Rafe
    Phineas
    Quinn
    Xavier
    Rufus
    Wilder
    Xander

  5. #5
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    There's some great ones in there, thank you

    Scout, Juniper and Maeve are some of my absolute faves, unfortunately don't work in Germany though. Similar for Ezra, Arlo and Otis. Will definitely pitch Thea and Alba
    Atlas Theodore - Levi Atticus - Remus Leander - Ezra August

    Marlow Valentine - Scout Eloise - Maeva Lior - Sapphra Lyric - Alma Liv

  6. #6
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    I’m curious, why do you think Arlo doesn’t work in German?
    Also, do you want a name that’s pronounced the same in both languages? Because Levi would be Leh-vee not Lee-vy in Germany. Theo would be Teyo.

    Some naming tips, though your husband is probably already aware of them:
    Germans generally have problems with the Th and slight difficulty with the English J
    Also, I would strongly suggest you avoid a unisex name or a male name for a girl, that’s not really done in Germany. Up until a few years ago, it was even legally required to give a name that clearly indicates the child’s gender.
    Names that are too quirky are generally seen as silly. If you have a child named Sapphra, expect a few eye-rolls

    Some suggestions:
    Mara/Lara/Tara/Cara
    Anya
    Annika
    Mia
    Astrid
    Maya/Maja/Maia
    Annabelle
    Isobel
    Lena or Lisa (though they are very, very popular in Germany)
    Alicia
    Michelle
    Kiara
    Natalie
    Natasha

    Jonas
    Felix
    Finn/Flynn
    Dylan
    Hugo
    Frederick
    Bennett/Benedict
    Hector
    Niclas
    Ollie
    Leander
    Christoph
    Sasha
    Victor
    Timo
    Marc
    Rico
    Oscar
    Andre
    Milo Peter 2015

    Otis Henry is here! 💞

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    Little Laddies
    Asa Peregrine Jude
    Jasper Leo Augustin
    Bruno Sebastian Wilde
    Arthur Jules Hawthorn

    Little Lassies
    Sylvie Ada Juniper
    Thea Marigold Noor
    June Eliza Primrose
    Etta Wildflower Jane

  8. #8
    I feel like Rafael/Raphael is such a cosmopolitan, universal name. I also love Caspian.
    For a girl:
    Mathilde/Matilda
    Paloma
    Ingrid
    Sophia/Sofia
    Irina
    Anna

  9. #9
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    Thank you for those suggestions, I like Flynn, Leander, Hugo and Oscar in particular - those should also work well in German.

    My concern with Arlo is that my husband says Germans would not be good at pronouncing a strong R in the middle of a name, so Arlo might end up sounding more like "Ah-lo". Not sure if that's maybe just the region he is from? Good point on the silly names haha, our German nieces/nephews all have extremely "down-to-earth" names (think Emma, Mia, Sophia etc), so anything "exotic" will probably not go down super well, we'll have to find some kind of balance I suppose.
    Atlas Theodore - Levi Atticus - Remus Leander - Ezra August

    Marlow Valentine - Scout Eloise - Maeva Lior - Sapphra Lyric - Alma Liv

  10. #10
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    German girls' names in particular are really difficult. Most of them that haven't fallen out of fashion tend to be very feminine flourishy like Emma, Mia, Sophia. On the other hand a lot of the borrowed names like Summer, Diana, Jacqueline, or Kevin (for boys) are considered trashy.

    These are some names that are familiar in the US and Germany and do not seem to be considered Chantalisms or Kevinisms:

    Ada
    Alice
    Agnes
    Amelie
    Beatrix
    Iris
    Isabel
    Leona
    Lydia
    Nadine
    Nicole
    Petra
    Selma
    Tilda
    Yvonne
    Zoe

    August
    Conrad
    Dominic
    Elias
    Falko
    Hugo
    Leo
    Milo
    Oliver
    Raphael
    Roland

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