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#1 of 17 Old 01-26-2010, 10:11 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I find naming so stressful.

It doesn't help that my background is (half) Hispanic, and my husband's is not - as a result, many names that are names to me (and are in my family) do not even register as names to him.

We managed to name our two boys (a week or two after birth!) after a lot of struggle. I like names that are a little unusual, and since the boys got DH's last name (Jewish-German) I like having a first name that reflects my heritage more. But I gave them both "standard" middle names they can revert to if they end up not liking their unusual names. They are:
Mateo Lucas
Ilario Joshua

So now we're expecting a girl. It feels like there are even MORE options for girls! Augh! Some that we've considered are:

Paloma
Marisol
Indigo
Lapiz OR Lazuli
Lucia

I am drawn to Aztec names like Xochiti (I have two distant cousins with that name) but I think it would be too hard because few know how to pronounce it here (SO-chee).

I like Citlali (which means star, and is pronounced Seet-LAH-Lee), but how would you pronounce it?

I like Tulipan but it's not common as a name, it's a flower (Hibiscuis) but in my family we called them tulipan and I've always loved that word. (Two-Lee-PAN).

I too like a lot of the common names - like Isabella and Olivia - but don't want a top 25. I liked having an unusual name. Kind of ironic, since now MY name is top 10, though with a different spelling (Sofia).

Any thoughts? I know I can't name her until I meet her,but I'm trying to get some thoughts in order now! She's due in a few days....
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I really love Marisol. It's recognizable without being super-popular. The others are ok for me personally, my least favorite being Paloma for some reason but I can't place why.

As for the Aztec names, I agree that Xochiti is too hard for most people (including me) to pronounce. Citlali I automatically pronounced sit-lolly, so take that as you will. Tulipan is very original, but I think most everyone would pronounce that correctly.

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I love the name Marisol. My friend's daughter (age 17, 1/4 Mexican) is named Jasmin (has-meen) Marisol, it's such a pretty name!

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My favorites are Indigo and Citlali, with the nickname Lali. I think Xochiti is pretty too.
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I love all those names - I am particularly drawn to Marisol as well!

Xochiti would be a challenge, and you'd have to get used to explaining it, but it is pretty! Citlali - I'd say Sit-Lally. And assume I was wrong

And Mateo - what a great name.

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Paloma or Indigo have the best chance of not causing your kid pronunciation/spelling issues.
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Marisol is my pick!
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I love your names! You are a name-finding genius!!

Marisol was on my list of possible girl's names.

Lucia is pretty and recognizable, but maybe too close to Lucas?

Paloma is my least favorite b/c it makes me think 'horse' (palomino).

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I love the name Melina for a little girl. My mexican host "sister" was named that and she was GORGEOUS. I also love Marisol but I am not sure if it's going to be properly pronounced in America. They might emphasize the I like in Marissa. I am honestly not a fan of Citlali. I would have pronounced it how you want but I also took Spanish Phonetics in college. I like names like Elena, Mira, Alicia, Lucia, they might be good with a german last name while still keeping the mexican heritage.

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Marisol is very pretty and solid. I also like Lucia and Paloma from your list.

As far as the Aztec names go - I love Xochiti although I would never have figured out the pronunciation (once I read the pro. I liked it!). SO-chee - very cute. Tulipan was the only one I could pronounce

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You guys are great!
I'm having trouble with a nickname from Marisol, since I'm not a fan of Mary.

To name my boys, I worked backwards from nicknames; Mateo came from Teo (a weird way of naming him after my brother, Timoteo) and Ilario came from Rio.

I like the nickname Lali, but I think you're all right that Citlali would be too had. I like the nickname Rue but could only come up with Maruka.


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Paloma is my least favorite b/c it makes me think 'horse' (palomino).
DH will love this. When I suggested Paloma back when I was pregnant with our first, his reaction was, "Isn't that a horse?" and I've teased him for it.
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I love the name Melina for a little girl.

I like names like Elena, Mira, Alicia, Lucia, they might be good with a german last name while still keeping the mexican heritage.
Great suggestions.

I love Melina, but I have a cousin named Melida... on the other hand, she doesn't live in the same state. Also love Alicia, and have a local cousin with that name!

Elena is growing on me. Hmmm.
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If you like Elena, you might like Magdelena bc then you can call her maggie, delany, elena, delena, etc.

Rue... hmmm... not a fan bc my husband is from New Orleans and all I can think of is the rue for the gumbo... also I think of Ru Paul. haha

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I like Elena! Also Iliana.

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I like Citlali and would pronounce it the way you did. I also like Marisol and would probably call her "Maris" for short -- "Mah-rees."
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I find naming so stressful.


Paloma
Marisol
Indigo
Lapiz OR Lazuli
Lucia
I like Marisol and Lucia. In fact, I have a Lucia. It fits well with the trendy "old lady" type names right now. I did rule out Lucas as a boy's name, though, because it was too close to her name. Since it is your son's middle name, maybe it's okay.

We also like Elena, Lidia, and Leila as names that work well in English/Spanish. My middle has a name that is basque in origin, but shortens to a common American name. We also found a native Chilean (mapuche) name that did the same thing -- Millaray can be Mia.
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Well I like Paloma alot...maybe because I like doves or pigeons lol.....I am hispanic and had a hard time pronouncing Xochiti (sochee tee) ....

I have named my kids pretty standard names no thanks to dh who would balk at the idea of hispanic first names....he could not pronounce them but that is ok.....I was shocked however when he came up with Isabella on his own if this had been a girl.....

Anyway I know a Marisol and she goes by her full name, no diminutive....
I like Sofia (was my Mom's middle name)
Carmen, Maria, and your pick Lazuli is pretty and unusual too!!
Good luck I am also still working on my son's name!!!

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