Originally Posted by SAmama
Hmm, I am struggling with names as well. I am starting to lean to looking to meanings more. My problem is that I am from South Africa, and I am Afrikaans (a bit like Dutch), so the names that I like often have rolled r's or funny g's. DH is American and even if he can say the names, not many Americans I know can. It is hard to find names that work in both languages... and cultures.
We didn't have a name for dd at all either though, and sort of thought she would be a boy, mainly because no girl names were "coming" to us. She was named about a day after birth. And actually dh paged through a corny name book that we had laying around and really quickly found one that just seemed to fit her and would work for both languages. It makes me relax about this little one a bit more. That we will know what to name him when we meet him.
oooh I am so with you. I am American and DH is Israeli...and finding names that work in both languages are quite a bother. For example, I came up with a beautiful name...that has the gutteral "ch" sound. Sounds absolutely lovely in Hebrew, but probably will be an issue in English. Then I've got another name that sounds so fresh and rad in English, but in Hebrew it's totally overdone in religious circles and not really original at all. I'm sure it's the baby's name...but the question is, is it his first or middle? Then we've got another one. It's not really a name in Hebrew, but it IS a word with a very specific and totally awesome meaning. It could be a name in English...kinda...theoritically, though I've never heard it used in my language EVER as a name. If so, it would likely be used for a girl, though it doesn't sound girly WHATSOEVER!!!! And, as an added bonus, the last two names I just mentioned COULD be percieved as girl names when an American says them with an American accent. Though neither one of them SCREAMS girl or anything. But still, might work to a disadvanatge for a man in the USA. So, it's like, would I be raising my son to live in Israel or there? And if so, how would each name affect him differently.
We totally scored with our other two kids though. Their names are totally original and unique in both languages, but with a whiff of "familiar" enough that people can latch on to it and pronounce it. We nearly ALWAYS get "oh what a beautiful name!" when we say our daughter's name in the USA and "oh what a beautiful name!" when we say our son's name here in Israel. Lol. Daughter's name sounds a bit too foreign to Israelis, perhaps, and ditto with dh's in America.
Originally Posted by Lauren31
Greta is too cute! I think it's nice with Grayson
AFM-- What are your thoughts on the name Leah? I love the sound of it but then think, is it kinda boring? I like Amelia bc then I can always call her Lia but she can go by Amelia as an adult
Amelia (Lia) Ruby ??? or Leah Anneliese? Leah Ruby??
Leah, in Israel, would be read as Lay-uh which is also very pretty and not boring. I think in the USA it would be read as "Lee", right?
Lia was on our short list for DD. we had actually given her the name in utero and it wasn't until the 8th month that I was like "wait a minute...this is ALMOST her name, but not quite." It wasn't because I didn't like the name. I LOVED it. But it just wasn't quite her energy. She was a bit quirkier and spicier than that. We ended up with a name that is close, but very different. lol. At any rate, I had had a friend who was named Mia but then was adopted and her adoptive family changed it to Lia. She was a STUNNING, smart and beautiful woman, so I always had positive associations with both names (Mia and Lia).
Have you tried just sitting still and tapping into your baby's energy. Just thinking about what kind of person she is...or what you feel she is. Even a hope or dream of what you would like for her to become (I'm thinking positive qualities here, like friendly, or caring, or loving...not a doctor or a writer, etc...that will just land you in bad bad territory about unrealistic expectations, etc...) then you can take a name that reflects that and start looking there. I think you are too worried about the actual sound of the name and what she can do with it if it doesn't pan out (Lia to Amelia etc) but the fact of the matter is that if she doesn't dig her name, she will just go by something else whether you gave that name to her or not. I did that, actually. And so did my mom. Several times, actually. So you go for what FEELS right instead of SOUNDS right and listen to your gut.
Also, you DON'T KNOW until you see the baby. Plain and simple. You can get close...you can even get the name, but when you SEE the baby and try the names on, THEN you know.