Name delema, Dh and I can not agree.

(39 Posts)
chocolateicecream Sat 09-Feb-13 21:55:08

I have been struggling to find the right name for baby number three. We have two dd's and have agreed on a boys name but cannot agree on our girls name choices.

So far I like Mahala, Nina, Shona, Abrielle, and Heidi, but am very keen on choosing the name Jemima, a name that I have always loved.

My husband wants to call the baby Heidi if it is a girl. I do really like the name but it sounds like hidey hole, a phrase that I sometimes use when playing with the children, or referring to a pets hiding place. We both like Nina but it makes me think of ne na. I think that I may regret it if the baby has one of these names.

I would appreciate any input or advice with our name choices or help with how to get round this one get my own way. I have told my Dh that we need to wait and see what the baby looks like in order to deter him from thinking of this little one as a Heidi.

Heidi much nicer than the others.

Catchingmockingbirds Sat 09-Feb-13 21:58:35

I don't like any of the names you've said.

amck5700 Sat 09-Feb-13 22:06:38

That's a pretty eclectic list! My favourite would be Shona but I would expect the boys to have similar Scottish type names smile Heidi would probably be next, but I've heard a couple of Heidi's recently. Jemima is not my sort of name I'm afraid - it's a bit wet and sappy I think. Nina is ok, prefer Gabrielle to Abrielle and I have never heard of Mahala but it makes me think of an Indian takeaway - sorry!

chocolateicecream Sat 09-Feb-13 22:17:24

Oh dear, may have to go back to the drawing board.

Princesspond Sat 09-Feb-13 22:23:51

I thought from the title that you were suggesting delema as a name grin

amck5700 Sat 09-Feb-13 22:25:38

Sorry, I misread and thought you had 2 boys - what are your two girls called?

Ham69 Sat 09-Feb-13 22:32:04

Me too, Princess!!
I have to agree with a previous poster about Indian takeaway as I immediately thought 'Masala'. Not keen on any of names except Heidi and Jemima. Like Heidi and really like Jemima so I think you should keep trying to convince your DH.

Narked Sun 10-Feb-13 00:28:33

I agree with our DH. That's the best name by far from your list.

Narked Sun 10-Feb-13 00:29:16

Your DH. Fairly sure we don't share one grin

ladymia Sun 10-Feb-13 00:31:16

Mahala? It's a slang word for free of charge. it's a Zulu word. How odd, I have never seen it used as a name. Although I obviously realise after googling it that it is a name and means different things in different languages grin

DessieLou Sun 10-Feb-13 01:38:04

Heidi & Jemima are both lovely. How about Ariella?

heidihole Sun 10-Feb-13 01:47:27

Pick Heidihole!!

lottiegarbanzo Sun 10-Feb-13 02:24:43

Jemima is nice. I like Nina too. Not heard ofMahala or Abrielle, am afraid I might think that was a misspelling of Gabrielle. What is the origin of Mahala? It sounds nice, does it mean anything?

Heidi is ok but very strong association with the fictional Swiss character. I would expect her to have Swiss or German connections.

mathanxiety Sun 10-Feb-13 02:32:03

I know a Mahala, pronounced Moholla. Unusual name.

I like Jemima a lot, not so keen on Heidi or any of the others. I like Gabrielle but not Abrielle.

UterusUterusGhali Sun 10-Feb-13 02:34:53

Nina is great. Recognised all over the world!

Heidi is great too. You both like it!

Greensleeves Sun 10-Feb-13 02:40:38

how about Malalah after the brave, beautiful Pakistani girl who is campaigning for girls' education?

Mahalia is also a name, there's a singer called Mahalia Jackson

UterusUterusGhali Sun 10-Feb-13 02:49:49

Yes, Greensleeves!

Id be proud to be named after her!

Isn't Obama's gal called Mahala?

lottiegarbanzo Sun 10-Feb-13 05:18:56

I think Obama's dd is Malia.

Gwennan Sun 10-Feb-13 09:10:46

I agree that your list is quite eclectic! It makes it hard to suggest names you might want to consider.

But, as you like Mahala, what about Malala (as in, Malala Yousafzai)?

MerryMarigold Sun 10-Feb-13 09:13:26

I like Nina and Jemimah. I love the name Jemimah and wish I'd been allowed to call my dd that. I also like Heidi. I like your list! (except Mahala unless you have some obviously exotic roots).

JumpingJackSprat Sun 10-Feb-13 09:39:05

i like nina and heidi the best. if you like jemima and always have done then id try and convince your husband or you migt regret not using it.

lottiegarbanzo Sun 10-Feb-13 10:22:40

Ok, well I looked it up myself and wikipedia says 'Mahala is a name used in many languages and countries referring to Neighbourhood or Locality' (Turkish, Arabic, Easter Euorpean). 'In Bengali Mahalla pr Moholla also means an urban neighbourhood'.

lottiegarbanzo Sun 10-Feb-13 10:23:14

Sorry, Eastern European.

TheDoctrineOfSciAndNatureClub Sun 10-Feb-13 10:35:18

Nina and Heidi are both nice. Yes, there might be a phase where class mates replace with nee-naa or hidey-hole but most names can be made into something else if you try hard enough e.g.. Jemima = Jemima Puddkeduck to me!

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