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Which of those two names you like better?

  • Aglaia

    Votes: 7 16.3%
  • Ioanna

    Votes: 36 83.7%
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I am having a difficult time to decide...<br><br><b>Aglaia</b><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Usage</span>: Greek Mythology<br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Other Scripts</span>: Αγλαιη (Greek)<br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Pronounced</span>: ə-GLAY-ə (English), ə-GLIE-ə (English) [key]<br>
Means "splendour, beauty" in Greek. In Greek mythology she was one of the three Graces or Χαριτες (Charites).<br><br><b>Ioanna</b><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Usage</span>: Greek, Biblical Greek<br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Other Scripts</span>: Ιωαννα (Greek)<br>
Greek form of JOANNA. English and Polish form of Latin Iohanna, which was derived from Greek Ιωαννα (Ioanna), the feminine form of Ioannes (see JOHN). This was the name of a follower of Jesus in the New Testament. In the Middle Ages in England it was used as a Latinized form of Joan, and it became common as an English given name in the 19th century.
 

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They are both really interesting. Can you tell us how you would pronounce each one?<br>
Thanks!
 

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Oh, sure, just updated the original post
 

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Yes, very unique names! I think I like Ioana better.
 

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Ioana is lovely and definitely uncommon. Gets my vote!<br><br>
Aglaia is unfortunately a little too close in sound to "ugly" which could be a real bummer for a girl.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Aglaia is unfortunately a little too close in sound to "ugly" which could be a real bummer for a girl.</div>
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I know! It is such a bummer. Even though the meaning of the name is "beautiful", so ironic that in English it is so close to "ugly" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Ioanna is gorgeous! My friend's daughter is Iona- very similar- and her nickname is Io...so cute.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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If you like the three graces connection, how about Moira?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Aglaia is unfortunately a little too close in sound to "ugly" which could be a real bummer for a girl.</div>
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That was my first thought when I said it aloud.<br>
Tell me how to say Ioanna so I know I am getting it right. If I'm doing it right, I think that is a very lovely interesting name.
 

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<a href="http://www.pronouncenames.com/pronounce/ioanna" target="_blank">http://www.pronouncenames.com/pronounce/ioanna</a><br><br>
Is it "Ya-nah" or "I-ah-na"?
 

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Is it "Ya-nah" or "I-ah-na"?</div>
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It is like Joanna, just instead of "Jo" you say "Eeo"
 

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Honestly, I think they're both completely lovely. I picked Ioanna, just because it seems like it would be easier to deal with. But you should do what feels/sounds right to you! Does your LO seem more like one or the other?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Honestly, I think they're both completely lovely. I picked Ioanna, just because it seems like it would be easier to deal with. But you should do what feels/sounds right to you! Does your LO seem more like one or the other?</div>
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She totally seems like an Aglaia and I really love the name. Its just the closeness to the word "ugly" that scares me away from calling her that way. Myself I am not a native English speaker so it wouldn't bother me at all. But 2 American friends I asked immediately told me that the name sounds too close to "ugly". I like Ioanna too, its just not as nice as Aglaia IMO. I even thought of changing it to be Adlaia, even though I don't think there is a name like this.<br><br>
Anyway, the poll results speak for themselves...
 

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I voted for Ioanna but mainly because my name is a very similar version of this and I have loved my name at every stage of life. So I am baised, but if you need a case study, it is a good one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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