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#31 of 54 Old 12-09-2009, 12:50 AM
 
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Bilingual names in my life:

Laura Andrea Maya Cecilia Ines Elisa Patricia Sarah Rebecca Paloma Cristina Carolina Susana

Emile Eduardo Alexander Nicholas Timoteo Louis David Roberto Cristian

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We have a similar situation, only I'm SUPERDUPER-picky. For our daughter, we settled on Evelyn Elizabeth. For a boy, Adam, Andrew, and Gabriel were top picks. As you can probably figure out from our faves, we've found anything from the Bible works well in any language. DH's cousin who also has a bicultural family, went with Elias and Julian, both of which I think are excellent picks. Others we've considered:

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Mariana
Julia

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Tomas

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So I was thinking about some of the names we thought about and then I came up with a list for u...

Joel, Julian (one of my favorites) Saul, Tomas, Mario, Andrew or Andres (i love these too) Cesar

for girls,
Elizabeth, Evelyn, Ariana, Adriana, Liset, Maria, Kathy (one of my daughters in spanish pronounced Koty) Jasmin other daughter, and Joselyn my other daughter but pronounced Yoseleen and i spelled it that way.

My husband really like Dayanna.
I cant wait to hear what u pick...

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Daniel, Ariel (not so good in English but I love it in Spanish!) Hector, Benjamin, David, Samuel, Rudi, Alberto, Valentin, Ruben

Beatriz, Marcela, Alicia, Diana, Veronica (Vero) Lidia, Silvia - these last four are my ex-SILs and lovely ladies.
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Our dd is Carmen Dolores.

I like Amapola though I think it would be harder in English than Spanish. Ama is a really cute nickname, imo.

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My daughter is Raquel Natalia. For boys, I like Victor and Nicholas.

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Thank you all for the responses! A lot to think about! Here's a follow-up question: what do you all think of the name Amapola?

A friend of mine recently had a dream that the baby was a girl and that we named her (in English) Poppy. But then dp and I were talking and he thought, hm, Amapolo (poppy in Spanish). But I don't have an ear for how that mine sound to someone who is a native Spanish speaker or at least someone more fluent than I am (I'm working on it!).

If it matters, dp is from Madrid.
I'm not big on Amapola, but there is a really pretty old Spanish song called "Amapola"

(Andrea Bocelli sang it on one of his albums)

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My daughter is Madeline, named for her great-grandmother who was Magdalena. She's from Mallorca and she doesn't pronounce the g.
I love Magdalena. Except I would pronounce the G so I could use Maggie as a nickname.

Lucia, Beatriz, Sarah and Luisa are also good choices.
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Dolores means "pains"
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I had a friend in hs from Columbia and her name was Juliana, I think it's a great name for both cultures.

I babysat for Cuban wedding a few months back and there were two girls there with very pretty names. Da(h)lia and Celia.

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I like Julia or Juliana, Miriam or Mariana, Magdalena, Cecilia, Ana.

My boys names are Salvador & Santiago (the 2nd is harder for English speakers, I don't know why - he always becomes San Diego. Anyway.). I also like Jacob, Javier, Alejandro & Sebastian.

This is always an issue for us as well. Both families need to be able to pronounce it! My dh is from Mexico.

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DH and I had a lot of trouble naqming DS. I said even before I was pregnant that if we had a little girl her name was going to be Leonor, regardless if DH liked it or not. He tried to change my mind with Eleonor, I said no and that's about the only name I like, plus Catalina and Aurora.

I just like Ricardo for a boy. DS is Owen Ricardo, but we just call him Jr.

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amapola- its kind of a mouthful- i think because the m and p sounds are both bilabial consonants. but it is pretty, at least on paper! and there are lots of apportunities for nicknames in there.
amapolo- not my favorite.

ETA: I always thought amapola was hibiscus.. a google image search returned images of poppies AND hibiscus.
Hibiscus is Jamaica in Spanish....but maybe there are multiple translations?
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These are some names of friends & family (and they work in English & Spanish)...
Girls-Susanna, Amalia/Emilia, Lidia, Rosa, Nora, Marisa, Marina, Monica, Silvia/Silvina, Olga, Margarita, Delia, Estela, Lorena, Vanessa, Claudia, Lucilla/Lucia, Camila, Gabriela, Carolina, Antonia, Gemma, Valeria, Melina, Teresa, Lara, Daniela, Veronica & Karina
Boys- Cristian, Pablo, Oscar, Agustin, Julian, Julio, Daniel, Abram, Elias, Caleb, Emilio/Emiliano, Camilo, Sebastian, Joaquin, Luis, Benjamin, Carlos, & Lionel (pronounced Lee-oh-nel).

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We had this converstaion when I was pregnant. I am mexican, husband is not.

Our daughter's name is Katherine Frieda - We call her Katy which is easy in both languages. Contenders were Elizabeth, Abigail, Sandra, and Freya.

Our sons's name is Calvin Augustus - it isnt easy in spanish but we call him Cal. My mexican family call him Augusto. My husband chose his name... obviously. Contenders were Cesar, Angel, David, Michael, and Tor.

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Bilingual families I know have used these names:

Alma
Isabel
Sebastian
Javier/Xavier
Cristian/Christian
Luz
Sol
Adam/Adan
Abraham
Noelia
Nico
Eva
Laura
Lisa (short for Analisa)
Layla (pronounced "Lie-lah")
Paloma
Nora

And I'm sure there are more I'm forgetting!

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I am partial to the name Alma... for some reason.

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I am partial to the name Alma... for some reason.
Hmm... I wonder why!

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My daughter's name is Jenssy. Its actually a latina name, but works well in English too, although pronounce different here in the US (think Jenny with an s) I also love Alejandra

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Michigan Mama, I have Santiago as well But we call him "tiago" or "tiaguito"

I have a thing for Spanish names, I'm half spaniard but we won't really live in an spanish speaking country but I love the way they sound.
My children's names:
Alec Santiago
Leonora * I call him Leo, but everybody else calls her Nora
Catalina * I call her Cata but everybody else calls her Lina and she refers herself as Lina

I also like:
Andrea, Veronica, Rodrigo, Edgar.

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I love the name Santiago! How majestic.

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I am loving this thread, thank you all for all the suggestions!

There are quite a lot of Spanish names that I LOVE, actually. The problem is that I end up saying them in an exaggerated bewildered-American-teacher-on-the-first-day-of-school accent and they just don't work!

Amapola, Amparo, Adriano, etc.!

It's hard, too, because we would like to eventually settle in Spain but I don't know whether it will happen for sure. So we really just have to chose a name that works in both languages. Also, I think my parents would freak out if I picked something unpronounceable in English!

But there are loads of good ideas here and here's what I'm leaning toward:

Girls:
Clementine (a longtime favorite)
Valentina
Aurora

Boys:
Diego
Ramon
Adrian(o)

Will keep you all posted but we've got time!

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i love the name alejandra. i have a cousin from mexico with that name and people call her ale (ah-leh), or just alex. it's beautiful! there's carmen (so common), and i like lorena, pronounced with an accent. i think amelia pronounced the spanish way is beautiful (ah-me-LEE-ah).
I love this name Alejandra or Alejandro for a boy of course! I love the nickname Ale! That's probably how I'd spell it.

For me I'm going to try and find a nice Spanish name that also works in English and French since I do live in Quebec but am not French.
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