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post #101 of 245

I hope to have another baby after this, so not my last go round, hopefully.  Might be my only shot at naming a daughter, which I have fantasized about my whole life, so it still feels significant.

post #102 of 245

The name I've gotten kind of attached to, while worrying that it's too popular, is Nora.  So, now that I'm hyper aware of the name, it's the name of the woman I was sitting next to in yoga class this week.  And the 2 week old daughter of an acquaintance in my neighborhood is Eleanor (which I also love, but my husband doesn't) nn Nora.

post #103 of 245
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Originally Posted by greentomato View Post

The name I've gotten kind of attached to, while worrying that it's too popular, is Nora.  So, now that I'm hyper aware of the name, it's the name of the woman I was sitting next to in yoga class this week.  And the 2 week old daughter of an acquaintance in my neighborhood is Eleanor (which I also love, but my husband doesn't) nn Nora.


I adore Nora.  I have an 8yo, Eleanor.  I kick myself to this day, that I didn't name her, Eleanora, instead.  How about Eleanora?

post #104 of 245
Love both of those too! Eleanora is SO PRETTY. It sounds a lot like Adora so I am caving on my DHs bias because its just on the precipice of name sounds I really love. I just wish it was a tad more sophisticated.

Eleanora is just that!

Anyone suggest a similar sounding name that goes with Isabella? I'm so out of things to suggest. But this might be the last pregnancy (which agreed Dakipode, I am a bit sad about, though naming has been torture!) though I have a feeling DH will want to try again for a boy. Lol.
post #105 of 245
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Anyone suggest a similar sounding name that goes with Isabella? 

 

similar sounding to Adora and Eleonora?

 

Evora

Sonora (ok, this might be too out there for a person. it's the name of my ferret cause i too love the sound of all those names!)

Lenora

Isadora (too close to Isabella, though)

Sephora (hmm, there's this cosmetics store though..)

 

there are probably many more that end on the -ora sound.. just a few suggestions!

post #106 of 245
Thread Starter 

I like Lenora a lot. Or Pandora- I've always loved that name :)

post #107 of 245

I feel sad this is my last time in the baby-naming rodeo.  While I am not a "name buff" like Swistle or folks like her, I often have the next kid's name [picked out before the postpartum bleeding is done from the first one!  I feel pretty confident that this is our last one, so I wonder if that will be a hard habit to break or if it will just....pass along?

 

Normally when I am not pregnant, I don't feel the overwhelming urge to hold other people's babies (with permission, of course!!), but I think, "oh, I'd like one more...
Lately, when I imagine this scenario though, I imagine myself content to hold a baby and then give it back without any thoughts of expanding my own family.  This time, I feel "done" but the inner spiteful woman in me doesn't want to stop on one boy, because FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE people are going to assume we stopped at three because "we got our son finally" when that has NOTHING TO DO WITH IT, and in fact, we were both rooting for a third girl.  It's hard to explain that away without sounding snotty though!

post #108 of 245

A couple of other names that rhyme with Adora: Leora and Elora. I love both of them, and Elora is on my list. smile.gif

post #109 of 245
Thread Starter 

You know, this doesn't rhyme, but Bromache's suggestion of Leora reminds me of Leonie.  That would've been this baby's name if he'd been a she instead :)  I like the sound of it, and I like that it means lioness.

post #110 of 245
Ooooh! I love Elora.

I'm not sure how I feel about this potentially being the last time I name a child. It's been over 5 years since there was any major discussion for names, because my 3rd was named before she was ever conceived and my son was always going to be the III, so no discussion there. I'll admit, getting to name a boy would have been a lot of fun, since after 4 going on 5 kids, I never have. He keeps saying maybe one more, but barring another surprise, I think realistically it will be a hard sell to talk me into another baby.
post #111 of 245
post #112 of 245

 

Some of those girls' names caught me off guard! 

 

Lupe?  Every girl I knew that grew up being Guadalupe with that nickname thought of it akin to Jen/Jennifer.

 

Nemo?  Thanks to Pixar, I don't think this is going to work for kids for probably another 20 years or so.  I get that it's trying to reference the book and not the animated fish movie, but once you become a parent, I think that connection turns to the movie quicker than it does the book!  Also, I'm still not sure it jives (for me) as a girl's name.

 

The boys' names I largely agreed with - stylish without being ridiculous.  Except maybe Neev.  I think of Neve Campbell.  Though I'll be the first to admit I'm generally not "hip" enough to run with the crowd that would name their kid Neev.

post #113 of 245
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Some of those girls' names caught me off guard! 

 

Lupe?  Every girl I knew that grew up being Guadalupe with that nickname thought of it akin to Jen/Jennifer.

Yeah, I was surprised to see Lupe since for me it really isn't a stand alone name but a nickname.

It feels like the name Simón is almost decided on for us even though we plan on not deciding until we see the guy.  When people ask about a name, DP has started telling them Simón.  I guess it makes sense since it's the only name that has been around from the very, very beginning.  I feel at a total loss for a middle name.  None of our other shortlist names really work.  We could also make Simón the middle name and come up with a different first name.  Here about as many people go by their middle names as go by their first names.  DP's family calls him by his middle name (he actually goes by a completely unrelated nickname with is friends - which is how I met him and what I call him).

The other thing I'm trying to figure out is if we name him Simón (pronounced see-MOHN), will we fight for it to be pronounced that way in the US, too.  I imagine most non-latinos in the US will call him Simon (sigh-muhn).  Should he just be someone whose name is pronounced differently depending on what country he is in or should we correct folks in the US?  My dad is Chilean, so I have a name that gets pronounced one way in the US and another in Latin America.  No one ever fought for it to be pronounced the Latin American way when I was growing up and now I definitely identify more with the US pronunciation.

post #114 of 245
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The other thing I'm trying to figure out is if we name him Simón (pronounced see-MOHN), will we fight for it to be pronounced that way in the US, too.  I imagine most non-latinos in the US will call him Simon (sigh-muhn).  Should he just be someone whose name is pronounced differently depending on what country he is in or should we correct folks in the US?  My dad is Chilean, so I have a name that gets pronounced one way in the US and another in Latin America.  No one ever fought for it to be pronounced the Latin American way when I was growing up and now I definitely identify more with the US pronunciation.

 

i have a "foreign" name. growing up (in Germany), everybody mispronounced my name, which frustrated me so much i had a phase where i tried to "germanize" my name just so i wouldn't be the "strange, foreign" one anymore. it bothered me a lot as a child.

now i'm grown up and living in yet another country. in the US, it just so happens that everybody pronounces my name right. i don't have to correct anyone anymore. 

 

i know lots of immigrants who pick names for their kids that "work in both languages". like Sophia, or Alexander, pronounced pretty much the same way in English as in German. 

 

we decided on an American name that people in Germany won't know how to pronounce (unless they speak English and are aware of it being an American name). i decided it's not worth the effort to try and find a "compromise name" just so people would know how to pronounce it. we're going with the name we love. i think in these globalized times people should be able to pronounce a name the way it's intended. a friend of mine is named Andrés - he usually just has to correct people once or twice that the 's' is silent, and then they got it. so i think if you are ok with correcting people once or twice that it's see-MOHN and not SIGH-mon, go for it!

 

as for middle names.. do you have any other names on your list? or any preferences on middle names (should it be a family name, or tie first and last name together, or..)? 

post #115 of 245

lilmamita - I love the name Simón!  I don't know if it's California upbringing and the Latin influence, but I don't even think of calling him Simon when I see that, I think Simón (see-MOHN).  I can see where I live now you might have to do some correcting, but I would fight for the proper pronunciation if you think it's important to his heritage!  To me, one of the only good parts about living in the US is the fact that culturally we have SO MANY influences and I personally feel a little sad when I see someone not cling to their heritage a bit more.  I might be projecting a bit here because my husband is fortunate to HAVE cultural ties (He's 1/2 German) and I am just some generic Hungarian/French mixed breed.  I wish I could identify more with some sort of past.

post #116 of 245
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I don't know if it's California upbringing and the Latin influence, but I don't even think of calling him Simon when I see that, I think Simón (see-MOHN).  I can see where I live now you might have to do some correcting, but I would fight for the proper pronunciation if you think it's important to his heritage! 

 

if the accent remains on the o, then i would know right away how to pronounce it. however, sometimes accents disappear in the American spelling - some people can't make accents on their computer, or some governmental forms (?) might not accept them. so in those cases he might be a SIGH-mon until you tell people how it's really pronounced.

post #117 of 245
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Originally Posted by lilmamita View Post


The other thing I'm trying to figure out is if we name him Simón (pronounced see-MOHN), will we fight for it to be pronounced that way in the US, too.  I imagine most non-latinos in the US will call him Simon (sigh-muhn).  Should he just be someone whose name is pronounced differently depending on what country he is in or should we correct folks in the US?  My dad is Chilean, so I have a name that gets pronounced one way in the US and another in Latin America.  No one ever fought for it to be pronounced the Latin American way when I was growing up and now I definitely identify more with the US pronunciation.

 

If it helps, I'm a Canadian with absolutely no Latin/Hispanic/South American background at all, and I was pronouncing it the way you intended due to the accent. smile.gif Obviously, you can expect to run into some people pronouncing it incorrectly, but you might be surprised how many will get it right!

post #118 of 245
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i know lots of immigrants who pick names for their kids that "work in both languages". like Sophia, or Alexander, pronounced pretty much the same way in English as in German. 

i decided it's not worth the effort to try and find a "compromise name" just so people would know how to pronounce it. we're going with the name we love. 

I'm an expat and looking for a compromise name that I love.  But not finding one, so I think I'm going to do a compromise first name that I *like* and a middle name I really love, that totally sounds different depending on which side of the family saying it, but since middle names aren't used out loud very often, it doesn't matter.

post #119 of 245

We have another boys name on our list. 

 

Aldous or Aldo. Not sure which, but in this case we could easily give him the nickname of Aldo if we choose Aldous. 

 

Aldous comes from Aldous Huxley but I was orginally thinking of Aldo Leopold. Leopold is an American writer/environmentalist who had a beautiful way of looking at nature. My dad love his works and I've been getting into them as well. 

 

The more I think about it, the more I like it. 

post #120 of 245

vc2013, aidenn, and Bromache - Thanks for the vote of confidence.  I think I'll correct people to pronounce it see-MOHN when we are in the US, and glad to hear it sounds like most people would know how to pronounce it if they saw it written with the accent.  And depending on if we end up living in the US when he is growing up, once he is old enough, I'll let him decide if he wants to correct people or go by SIGH-mon.

 

vc2013 - We really haven't put any thought into middle names until today.  DP and I just chatted about it.  He had said I get to choose the middle name since he picked the first name (he doesn't remember I first suggested Simón, he vetoed it and then suggested it himself a couple weeks later).  Today when we chatted, DP liked my suggestions of Diego Simón or Balam Simón (we would call him Simón) or Simón Gonzalo.  I like how all sound.  As for family names, DP doesn't want to do any from his family.  I'm not a huge fan of the names of either of my grandfathers, though both men are more than worthy of the tribute.

 

Mama Ana - You sound pretty enthusiastic about Aldo.  I think you should go for it.  It's a great name.

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