Names that work in Danish and English

(83 Posts)
BikeGeek Tue 29-Dec-15 10:17:31

I've got a long time to decide but struggling on finding names that work in both languages

Criteria :
Pronunciation easy for both Brits and Danes
If a Danish name not too similar to any English name that it could be mistaken for.
No non-English letters

Not finding out sex so need girls and boys names

AlisonWunderland Tue 29-Dec-15 10:23:40

Kirsten
Christina

Useful link
www.nordicnames.de/wiki/Emily

xmasseason Tue 29-Dec-15 10:47:24

Anna
Emma
Sofia
Victoria
Olivia
Astrid
Thea
Clara
Laura
Caroline
Ella
Isabella
Karla

Lucas
William
Jonathan
Daniel
Noah
Alexander
Oliver
Christian
Marcus
Adam
Tristan
Sebastian
Felix

BikeGeek Tue 29-Dec-15 11:00:45

Laura is a good example of the sort of name I want to avoid as the pronunciation is totally different in the two languages.

I'm not fussed about having a particularly Danish name, just one that both sides of the family can pronounce.

VocationalGoat Tue 29-Dec-15 11:03:33

Jonas ('Y'onas in Danish)
Theodor
Stephan
Joseph
Elias
Axel

YeOldeTrout Tue 29-Dec-15 11:12:47

Charlotte, if you can handle variations on last syllable.

AndAPartridgeInAPearwood Tue 29-Dec-15 11:18:55

Caspar / Kaspar

BikeGeek Tue 29-Dec-15 11:19:14

I like Elias but not convinced that it wouldn't be constantly mispronounced in the UK

BikeGeek Tue 29-Dec-15 11:19:55

I like Elias but not convinced that it wouldn't be constantly mispronounced in the UK

Merrylegs Tue 29-Dec-15 11:26:15

Espen (boy)
Astrid (girl)

BikeGeek Tue 29-Dec-15 11:28:13

Charlotte is another where UK and Danish pronunciation is totally different, not just the last syllable.

Kasper is too friendly ghost :-)

ChippyMinton Tue 29-Dec-15 11:31:20

Camilla

PennyHasNoSurname Tue 29-Dec-15 11:33:45

Anouk
Stella
Freya

Finn
Phillip
Sid

YeOldeTrout Tue 29-Dec-15 11:35:00

Charlotte sounds exactly the same to me in both languages except for the last e, but fair enough, I can't sing in tune either.

BigGreenOlives Tue 29-Dec-15 11:35:30

Peter
Nina
Nils
Lina

thelaundryfairy Tue 29-Dec-15 11:36:13

My Danish friends are called Christian, Daniel, Christina and Alex (3 different families).

Pipistrella Tue 29-Dec-15 11:36:30

Heidi

Freddie

Sara

Peter

bittapitta Tue 29-Dec-15 11:37:15

Xmas lots of that list doesn't work! Assume you don't speak Danish.

Adam for example is pronounced Ay-dam in Danish. Caroline is more like Caroleena.

I agree with choosing a Danish/Scandinavian name eg Kirsten, Anna, Freya.

PennyHasNoSurname Tue 29-Dec-15 11:40:48

Elin

Knottyknitter Tue 29-Dec-15 11:48:45

Saga
Lillian
Hannah
Janine
Sophia

Kim
Hans
Freddie
Mark/c
Rasmus
Jon

Guess I've been watching too much "the bridge" recently!

Pipistrella Tue 29-Dec-15 11:54:22

LOL grin

Saga is pretty unusual

BikeGeek Tue 29-Dec-15 11:55:34

I find that instead of being a source of inspiration the Danish TV shows just give me a whole new list of names to avoid!

Pipistrella Tue 29-Dec-15 11:56:27

plus the Danes say it like Sega...

Sum314 Tue 29-Dec-15 12:01:08

Just go for an English name. What sounds in our language can't they say?

I like Frederick but I think it sounds nicer in English. Fred in Danish sounds more like frul. Bitten is a name in Danish! as in bitten off more than you can chew. For a girl. Obviously.

lol at Saga!

DingleberryFinn Tue 29-Dec-15 12:05:48

Trina

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