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  1. #11
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    May 2011
    Hmmm. I am seeing your delima better now. But the fact remains that she has a name already and changing it is certianly not something to be done lightly in my opinion.

  2. #13
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Cair Paravel :)
    Congratulations on your adoption! I plan on adopting as well and I completely agree regarding the nn Nastia. I love it, but I just don't think it works in American culture, and poor little Nastia has enough adjusting to do on her own without dealing with the teasing that other children could give. It sounds like you haven't taken this decision lightly at all and have agonized over it, which shows how complicated the situation of changing names can be! I don't think most adoptive families change their children's names vindictively, just out of spite since they don't like the name, but it seems like a lot of people on name boards assume it is that way.

    If you like Anastasia I agree that there are other nns you could use (Anna, Annie, Anya, Stasia, Asia, etc.), but it could very well be that she would love having a new name! I know a lot of adopted children who have begged for a clean break from their history before their adoption, and fully embrace their new names (and often are the ones who ask if they can have a new name!), so I don't know that it's all as bad as many people on name forums usually make it out to be (although I'm not a parent yet, so what do I know? )

    I just want to make sure I understand--you want your daughter's name to be within the top 500 of the SSA list, or outside of it? Both Audrey and Harper are within it, I believe, so that is what I figured you wanted, and then I looked at your post again and I'm not so sure anymore!

    I think Penelope would be really nice with Audrey and Harper, although I think Penelope Anastasia would be a bit much. You could use the nn Nell, though, which would have the "N" connection. Eleanor nn Nell/Norah or Nadia might be nice, as well.

    Good luck!
    Last edited by ashthedreamer; May 1st, 2012 at 01:16 PM.
    Ashley | namenerd | Christian | storyteller

    princesinhas e príncipes:
    Isabelle Aurora GraceAdele Sofia EloiseEverett Joshua CharlesCasper Nathaniel Eden

    thinking about today:
    Violet Fiala Elisabeth Daniel Torin Elijah Evangeline Dagny Hope Hugo Emerson Jack
    Claire Everly ▪ Jack Jasper ▪ Delphina Lily "Della" ▪ Thomas Brynjar ▪ Hazel Isabella
    Sebastian Malachi ▪ Katherine Aurora ▪ Grayson Amory ▪ Grace Amélie ▪ Reuben Sebastian

  3. #15
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Is Anna really off the table or is there room for continued consideration? I get that it is a form of the MIL's name -but it is also part of this child's own name as well.

  4. #17
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Does the decision need to be made quickly? Maybe a new name or nicname will happen organically. Perhaps as Ashley mentioned she will be more than happy to take on something new.

    Natalie was what first occured to me when I heard Nastia. I also think Stasia is nice.

  5. #19
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Anna/Ana is definately out. Not only because of Anne, but the grandkids call her Annie, it's way too close for us. And to clarify on the 500 thing. Out of 100 is a requirement and I'd prefer it to be out of 500.

    I like Nell and Norah. Hubby just said "no". He has also said no to Estelle, Estella, Willow, Lucy, Imogen, Violet, Seraphina, Selah, Beatrice, Prudence, Hope, Cadence, Esther and on and on.

    I'm not 100% opposed to Anastasia having to be the middle name, but even if it were the first name it's way too much name for me and I'd likely call her by her middle name.

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