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  1. #1
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    HELP! What do you think of when you hear the name Allegra?

    I am expecting a girl in March. My first DD's name is Anneliese. I get nothing but complements on the name- however, my choice for my second DD, Allegra, is getting panned because everyone associates it with a cold medicine (Allegra D)

    I wanted something melodic, elegant and romantic which goes with Anneliese and I feel that Allegra fits the bill. I love the name! However 75% of the people I've told make a face at it. What to do when you feel a name is right for your child? I don't think kids will know about the darn medicine and certainly it will be phased out soon --- its not like I'm naming her Tylenol for heaven sakes!

    The authors of the Baby Name Bible gave it a star as an overall great pick but mentioned nothing about this drug association. Wondering what y'all think. Thanks for your honest input!

  2. #2
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    Re: HELP! What do you think of when you hear the name Allegra?

    I associated it with music (allegro tempo) until the medicine came along. It's a lovely name, and I think if you can live with people's initially startled reaction, you should go with it. Everything changes once an abstract name is attached to a real baby anyway; the name my sister chose made me retch, but now I couldn't think of that sweet little girl any other way!

    Just make sure her middle name doesn't start with D. ;)

  3. #3

    Re: HELP! What do you think of when you hear the name Allegra?

    I love the name Allegra. When I told my sister about it, she made a face, too. But I think it is becoming more popular and less associated with the medicine. It also means happy, which I love. If you watch the movie "Hitch" there is a character Allegra Cole, who is adorable, which may make you like the name even more!

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    Re: HELP! What do you think of when you hear the name Allegra?

    I love the name Annaliese! Allegra is also really beautiful. They shouldn't have named a medicine after it. I do experience the tension between the beautiful sound of Allegra paired with the sneezy connotation of the medicine brand. If the medicine connotation really begins to bother you, maybe you would like Clarissa, Adelaide nn Addie, Simona, Georgia, Paulina nn Polly or Lena, Margaret nn Maisie, or Millicent nn Millie. To me, all of these names have a similar flowery, alpine feeling that Annaliese has. I also thought of the girls' names from "The Sound of Music": Brigitta, Marta, Louisa, Liesel (too much like Anneliese), and Greta. Then there's Mariel, a lovely form of Mary. That would be a great name to pair with an equally lovely form of Ann. But go with Allegra if you absolutely adore it.

  5. #5
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    Re: HELP! What do you think of when you hear the name Allegra?

    It's a beautiful name, making me think of happiness. Nice choice!

  6. #6
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    Re: HELP! What do you think of when you hear the name Allegra?

    Both of those names are beautiful. I agree that Allegra sounds pretty and happy!

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    Re: HELP! What do you think of when you hear the name Allegra?

    Honestly, It reminds me of Allegra Cole from "Hitch", too... and even though she was a nice character, it's not my style. Annaliese is a lot prettier sounding to me. Other "A" names I think would go nicely with Annaliese:

    Amelia
    Adelina/Adeline
    Amara
    Amaya
    Adrienne
    Adriana
    Ariana
    Audrey
    Audra

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    Re: HELP! What do you think of when you hear the name Allegra?

    As someone who's seriously considering Jemima for a girl of her own (and Cosmo for a boy!), I say go with Allegra! It's a lovely, warm, happy & elegant name. The medicine won't be around forever, brands change, and quite often, rapidly vanish. If you're really second guessing yourself over this, think this way "If I didn't use it, will I regret it in ten years?" I'd say from the sound of you, the answer would be yes. Some things just don't need mass approval and your childs name is one of those things. If Allegra is what you and your husband can agree on, then ignore all the naysayers. And next time? Tell them you're naming it (pick something utterly ridiculous, we use things like Thor & Euridyce)! They'll be so relieved it's something other than (insert something ridiculous here), they won't say another word! :D

    I really think Allegra is beautiful. I wish I could get my other half to agree on it!

  9. #9
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    Re: HELP! What do you think of when you hear the name Allegra?

    I love Allegra, it reminds me of ballet for some reason... very elegant and beautiful....

  10. #10
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    Re: HELP! What do you think of when you hear the name Allegra?

    I think of Viagra! :-O Or allergy medicine. Too bad, because if you think of Allegra with absolutely no influences it's pretty.

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