Thoughts on this name?

(22 Posts)
ClareaBear Sat 08-Mar-14 11:03:21

I am expecting a baby girl (sister for brother Jamie- Christened James). My husband and I had narrowed down our final list but he came to me a couple of days ago after watching a film with a character called Paloma. wasn't keen at first but it is already growing on me. What do people think of this? One thing that concerns me is I like nicknames and names that can be shortened. I cam't think of anything for Paloma other than Pal/Pally but to be frank that reminds me of a dog's name! Any input would be great smile Thanks all!

Dovahkiin Sat 08-Mar-14 11:12:45

It's a lovely name! I wish my DH would come up with something half as nice - he suggested Samantha earlier...
I think Lola or Polly would be natural nicknames.

EyelinerQueen Sat 08-Mar-14 11:17:08

I don't like it - it's Spanish for pigeon which is not pretty or feminine.

I also don't think it goes with James/Jamie. At all.

And I don't understand English people using Spanish/French names when there's no direct connection.

Dovahkiin Sat 08-Mar-14 11:19:01

I thought it was dove rather than pigeon - much nicer connotations smile

ClareaBear Sat 08-Mar-14 11:19:36

Dovahkiin I was surprised myself especially as he suggested "Iingrid" a few weeks ago!!

ClareaBear Sat 08-Mar-14 11:24:44

EyelinerQueen it actually does mean dove, not pigeon smile I understand where you are coming from but there are so many popular names that people use whether they have connections to that country or not. French- Madeleine, Aimee, Amelie, Fleur, Eloise, Monique, Lorraine, Jolie, Ariane, Renee, Blanche, Elise, Camille, Jacqueline, Esme, just off the top of my head!!

Spanish- Sofia, Isabella, Gabriella, Bianca, Antonia, Natalia, Marina.. Name's are crossing over more and more now and I don't really see that as any bad thing

PandaFeet Sat 08-Mar-14 11:28:06

I just think of Paloma Faith the singer.

On a side note, Samantha seems to be coming back in. I know of two baby Samanthas born recently.

Lyonesse Sat 08-Mar-14 11:28:07

It actually means both dove and pigeon smile

Raxacoricofallapatorius Sat 08-Mar-14 11:30:53

I prefer Ingrid.

EyelinerQueen Sat 08-Mar-14 11:31:45

It means both dove and pigeon.

The name came up in a conversation with my Spanish relatives and they all disliked it and said their first thought was 'pigeon'.

Not being a fan of the disease-ridden winged rats, it is enough to put me right off grin .

ClareaBear Sat 08-Mar-14 11:35:05

Thanks for the input EyelinerQueen. Not having any Spanish connections or connections to Spanish people, this doesn't concern me too much smile

Dovahkiin Sat 08-Mar-14 11:35:56

Still voting for Paloma here. Professor Wikipedia suggests lots of famous Spanish and American women called Paloma, including the brilliantly named Paloma Kwiatkowski, which suggests a truly international background smile

Samantha = Samantha Fox = lady mullet and giant boobs. Not good.

Floggingmolly Sat 08-Mar-14 11:37:22

But lots of English people are aware of the meaning, op. I'm Irish and I knew it...

UriGeller Sat 08-Mar-14 11:38:52

Paloma is lovely. I think of Paloma Picasso.

And it makes me think of Palomino which would be a lovely name too.

LCHammer Sat 08-Mar-14 11:39:13

Paloma Picasso as well. It's like Pamela but more exotic. I quite like it.

lljkk Sat 08-Mar-14 11:39:13

It's okay, I would have thought Pam is obv nn.

Coconutty Sat 08-Mar-14 11:39:31

I like it nn Lola.

2girls4lou Sat 08-Mar-14 11:46:10

I think it's lovely. Floggingmolly I always knew it to mean "dove" and I think that's what most people think of, not pigeon. Let's not forget that Rachael means "female sheep" but that hasn't put people off!

2girls4lou Sat 08-Mar-14 11:49:31

Nice names with bad meanings:

Emily - Rival
Claudia-Lame
Cecilia- blind
Deirdre- sorrowful
Lola- lady of sorrows
Mara- bitter
Portia- pig
Saskia- knife
Byron- barn of cows
Cameron- crooked nose

Point being- don't worry about Paloma meaning pigeon as most people know it to mean dove anyway

Floggingmolly Sat 08-Mar-14 12:11:01

Now that I didn't know, 2girls. Point taken smile

Allalonenow Sat 08-Mar-14 12:18:00

I think it's a lovely name, it reminds me of the dove of peace. I like Lola as a nn too.

Seminyak Sat 08-Mar-14 13:04:31

Love it, it's on my list

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