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My dear Grandmother passed away 3 years ago. Her name was Arlene Ione. She was my best friend, we could talk like we were sisters. If I have a baby girl, I would like to honor my Grandmother but I don't want to call baby by either Arlene or Ione. Are their any pretty variations that you can think of? When she was alive I was pregnant with my DS. We spent hours on the phone discussing names and if I remember right, we both really liked Sierra. I don't think we settled on a middle name. I thought about honoring her in this way but Sierra didn't strike me this time around. However, now that I am missing my Grandmother, the name is leaking it's way deep into my heart. My thought right now is Sierra Lene'(?) or Lenee'(?) (pronounced like Renee [Len-ay'] but I don't know how to spell it or if it needs an accent mark). I know it may be made up sounding but I think it sounds pretty. Very open to any beautifully creative suggestions. Thanks!<br><br>
Blessings,<br>
Cherie
 

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It's pretty, but instantly makes me think of Sierra Leone. The other kids might not notice, but I suspect a lot of teachers and later in life, colleagues, will always think of her as the person named for a country in Africa.
 

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Tie-Dyed,<br><br>
Point well taken! Maybe spelling it a different way like Ciara Lenee?<br><br>
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I think Ciara Lenee is beautiful. I think people might pronounce "Lenee" like "leh-NEE" rather than "len-AY", though; on the other hand it is safely tucked away as a middle name and it doesn't really matter much. I use all my difficult to pronouce or unpopular names in the middle so I don't have to use them if I don't feel like dealing with mispronounciation. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Why not expand your search out a bit? Maybe she had a good friend, or a favourite name, or a place she was from, a favourite musician, last name favourite flower, favourite gemstone, favourite colour etc?<br><br>
I vote for the C spelling for Sierra...the country is well...<br>
But Ione is nice how is that pron? or what about a name that ends in<br>
ione? Like Chione( Egyptian Mythical daughter of the Nile. )<br><br>
Or what does her names mean and find a name with the same meaning?<br>
like:<br>
Ione is Greek for Amethyst. Violet.<br>
or other versions?<br>
Ionessa Greek Amethyst. (I like that one Ionessa is pretty maybe as a middlename?)<br>
Ionia Greek Amethyst.<br><br>
I see arlene is the female version for Charles..<br><a href="http://www.mybirthcare.com/favorites/babynames.asp?customerID=1017854372" target="_blank">http://www.mybirthcare.com/favorites...rID=1017854372</a>
 

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What about Ilene or Irene as a combination of both of your grandmother's names?
 

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I vote for the Sierra spelling instead of Ciara. I think Ciara looks generic.<br><br>
Sierra Ione? (I'm trying to decide if that's 'too much')<br><br>
Arley (instead of Arlene) I knew a little hippie boy named Arley in h.S. He was the only one I've ever known w/ that name. But the name definitely goes either way, g/b.<br><br>
Hmm, that's all I can come up w/ for now. Good luck and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> for honoring your gramma's name. I recently decided to do the same thing. If I have a girl her mn is gonna be my gramma's mn which is Lenore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I just love it!<br><br>
Keep us posted on what you decide. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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What a fabulous idea! However, everything kinda came back to where I started oddly. Neat how that worked out!<br><br>
Ione is pronounced like I-own and she personally hated it although I really dig your suggestions of Chione and Ionessa!<br><br>
Ciara Lynae may be the winner!<br><br>
I still get the 'Lenee like Renee' thing going on but it means small blue flower and I much prefer the new spelling. She loved flowers of all sorts and her favorite color is blue and to top it off it is a scandinavian name and fits our heritage. I think she would love it!<br><br>
Oh, how I hope I have a girl!!!!!<br><br>
Blessings,<br>
-Cherie
 

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Ecomama7,<br><br>
I am trying to stay away from Ione as she personally hated this name! Lol! And I thought Shiloh's suggestions of Ionessa and Chione were quite lovely!<br><br>
I am yet undecided as to the spelling, Ciara Lynae or Sierra Lynae? With Ciara and Lynae both having 5 letters together looks a little strange to me and yet Sierra Lynae looks very lovely together. I am quite bothered by the whole Sierra Leone issue though. Whats a girl to do?!?<br><br>
Blessings,<br>
-Cherie
 

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Ciara is more traditionally an Irish name that is pronounced like Kyra/Keira. That may not be what you had in mind. I think of this pronounciation before I'd think of saying it more like "Sierra." Although if you don't live in an area with a large Irish population, maybe this isn't a concern for you. Or you could do Cierra just to make it really clear. What about giving her 2 middle names? Like Sierra ____ Ione so it breaks up the "Sierra Leone" connotation? Lena or Lene are also nice variations on Arlene.
 

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I wouldnt be worried about the sierra leone thing i mean, leone is the mn. so most ppl won't even know it. leni is also a cute variation of arlene. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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