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  1. #1
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    Feb 2009

    31 weeks and still no name -- help!

    We had a name we like for our little boy, but good friends of ours used it recently, so we are trying to move on. Painful, but friendship is more important :-) My husband is German and I am American, and while we live in Germany now, we can imagine moving to the US in the next 10 years, so the name has to work in both countries. We have a scant few options on the table:


    We are both sort of leaning towards Joaquin/m, but we aren't sure how popular it is in the US. We also are having a hard time assessing how it would sound with our last name, Preibisch (rhymes with eye-bish). Here in Germany it's prounounced szho-ah-keen(m). Would the combo be too much of a mouthful? Does it fit? We'd appreciate any feedback on that or the other two names. No middle name yet, but we fortunately have more of a starting point there.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    Re: 31 weeks and still no name -- help!

    Hi! I'm sorry to hear about not being able to use your favorite name now. :-(

    Joaquin/Joaquim- Joaquin is ranked #290 in popularity, so it's not that popular. It's one of those names that sound great to me, but it's just not my style. (I also don't care for its German pronunciation, but that's just me.)

    Jonah- A great name in both English and German

    Roman- Actually more popular here than Joaquin (#207), but if you love it, go for it! It's a lovely name that's both classic and masculine.

    I think all three names go nicely with your last name, with Joaquin, of course, being the most exotic choice. For me, the Joaquin choice isn't so much a mouthful with your last name, as it is unusual (not a bad thing!) :-)

    You've got three great choices, so you can't go wrong! Out of curiosity, what is the name you longer can use?

    Here are some more names that work in both German and English:

    August (Augie, Gus)
    Luke (Lucas or the German Lukas)
    Oscar (or the German Oskar)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2009

    Re: 31 weeks and still no name -- help!

    Roman is definitely my favorite. What are you thinking for a middle?
    Favorite girl names: Estella, Marielle, Carys, Doutzen, Mireille, Edith, Saskia, Eve, Sienna, Cosima, Winnie, Delphine, Meredith, Sylvie, Sloane

    Favorite boy names: Otto, Owen, Aaron, Daniel, Henry, Adam, Seth, Abram/Bram, Johan, Johannes, Sven, George, Adlai, Adam

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    Oct 2008

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2009

    Re: 31 weeks and still no name -- help!

    Thanks for your suggestions. I have free reign on the middle name, and I was thinking perhaps Alexander, but honestly haven't given it a lot of thought yet. For that I'd choose something more classic in case he needs it for professional reasons someday, or perhaps a family name. But for the first name I'm just not feeling classic. Jill thanks for the ideas...most of them are either WAY too popular here (like in the top 10, and likewise taken by friends), have been nixed by my husband, or have something against them like they already belong to the beloved family dog! BTW we would have used Anton. It's a very old name here but we thought it had a good feel. But our friends really cared that the name remain individual to their child, and I totally understand that.

    Also, the name has to have an A in it, and preferably also an O. Some weird urge of my husband's...

    Thanks again!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Los Angeles

    Re: 31 weeks and still no name -- help!

    Joaquin/m is popular here mostly because of the actor Joaquin Phoenix, so most people pronounce is the way he does: wah-keen. I do think if you move back to the US you will encounter pronunciation and spelling problems with this first name, especially combined with your last, and the simpler Jonah or Roman, which are both great names, would be preferable. I'd see both those names as somewhat popular but not too -- they fit in that golden middle ground.
    Pam Redmond

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