Girls' name that sounds good in German, French and English

(54 Posts)
qwerty2013 Sun 16-Jun-13 15:00:56

Due to a rather complex family background DH and I are looking for a name that is easily pronounced and recognisable in German, French and English for our baby girl. Unfortunately this means that when we look through name lists in any of these languages we exclude rather a lot of names as we can always think of a way the name could be mispronounced in one of the three languages! We do not want anything that is way out there and are not too bothered about popularity as we do not know where we will be living in the future. So really looking for some inspiration from you ladies - thanks!

SugarMouse1 Fri 21-Jun-13 14:09:36

I think Victoria might work

Or Suzanne, Matilda, Rosa, Lena, Lola, Camille, Olivia, Emma,

gertrudestein Thu 20-Jun-13 11:21:57

Lara

burberryqueen Thu 20-Jun-13 09:48:56

Claudia
Sophia
...

Lucielou123 Thu 20-Jun-13 09:44:54

I may be biased but Lucie works well ;)

qwerty2013 Wed 19-Jun-13 17:37:39

Thanks for all the further responses! Amelie which has been suggested by several of you is on our shortlist and one of the few names DH and I agree on...one of the names that has come up several times is actually my own, so will probably skip that one! NoNoNoMYDoIt - agree on Louise/Luise which has quite an old-fashioned feel to me in German as well.

bouncingbelle Tue 18-Jun-13 19:07:26

Florence

MarshmallowFarm Tue 18-Jun-13 09:16:42

Sarah
Claudia
Marina
Camille
Isabella
Laura/Lara
Sasha
Natasha
Alexandra
Emma

elvisola Tue 18-Jun-13 09:15:06

Amelia

NoNoNoMYDoIt Tue 18-Jun-13 09:10:04

I would caution against Louise. It's very unpopular in France - they think it's an ugly old name and laugh when you say it's your name. And the Germans ALWAYS spell it Luise. (can you guess my name?)

MajesticWhine Tue 18-Jun-13 08:22:15

Another vote for Amelie

Babel1111 Tue 18-Jun-13 08:21:40

My French friend is Alexandra, it sounds lovely when her mum says it in her heavy French accent. I don't know how well it works in german though? Are you bothered about the nn Alex? I think that would be easily pronounced.

GiraffesAndButterflies Tue 18-Jun-13 05:57:20

Victoria

sleepywombat Tue 18-Jun-13 05:34:51

My English/German cousins are Sophie and Lilly.

Anna, Lucia, Maria, Rebecca, Sarah/Sara, Lisa all work too.

I don't think anything beginning with H is good for France (unless you don't mind it dropped)!

mrsyattering Tue 18-Jun-13 00:54:37

antonia

bouncingbelle Tue 18-Jun-13 00:31:01

Liselotte
Monica
Maya
Freya
Helena
Madeleine
Louise

meala Tue 18-Jun-13 00:25:07

Gisela

sashh Tue 18-Jun-13 00:16:00

Katerina

Babel1111 Tue 18-Jun-13 00:12:06

Adelaide?

NoNoNoMYDoIt Mon 17-Jun-13 23:40:11

smile

Anna is the name I would have loved for DD. so simple and elegant. Had wanted it ever since uni when I studied Anna Karenina (probably not best role-model but oh such a beautiful name, complex character and a phenomenal novel). Vetoed by exH, so my daughter is not Anna. She would have been a stunning Anna tho.

qwerty2013 Mon 17-Jun-13 18:27:47

Thank you ladies for all these useful suggestions! Quite few short simple names I like and that we had overlooked so far (Anna, Clara...). Also like Charlotte and would not be too worried about the slightly different pronunciation/stresses in each of the languages. Still have just over two months to go so will mull over these with DH.

heidihole Sun 16-Jun-13 17:22:02

Sophie
Charlotte
Miriam
Caroline
Claudia

BoffinMum Sun 16-Jun-13 17:18:54

Sandra - more popular in Germany and perhaps France than here, I think.

Christa
Anya
Emma
Frieda

Badvoc Sun 16-Jun-13 17:18:50

Elizabeth
Catherine

Badvoc Sun 16-Jun-13 17:18:38

Anna
Clara
Helena

wellthatsdoneit Sun 16-Jun-13 17:18:24

Freya

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