Think we've settled on names - come on MNers... do your worst. What say you?

(49 Posts)
YellowWellies Tue 25-Sep-12 16:28:27

We don't know if we're team pink or blue, and we aren't going to finalise the name until we meet him / her. Buuuuuut at the moment these are our proposed names?

Jonas Adam - (the Jonas has a soft J like y, and Adam is DH's name - a family tradition), we're still musing on a third name that has a strong meaning for us - possibly Albert.

Lillemor Marlinna and either Bluebell, Pelagia or Liberty as a third name (Lillemor means 'little mother' and is in honour of my late Mum, and Marlinna is a mix of my Mum and sisters' names).

So what do you reckon? Both first names are Norwegian which reflects the naming tradition of where we live (Orkney). Do the names fit? Any suggestions for a third boys name?

Gwennan Tue 25-Sep-12 16:32:45

I really like your boys' name.

I'm not sure I like Lillemor - it sounds like a place name to me or a surname. I like that it has a special meaning for you. Is it pronounce Leel-more or Lily-more or Lil-more?

I do not like made-up names in general so I'm not sure about Marlinna. It does sound like many common names (Marilyn, Marley, Marianne, -lyn names) and it means a lot to your family so I think, for that reason, it's a nice pick. It's just not one I'd pick.

newby2 Tue 25-Sep-12 16:36:34


I love your names. I think they're sensitive and interesting. I'm not sure whether every-one will "get" the soft "j" if they haven't met him but it's lovely and suits Orkney. I also like Albert too. Can't really add to those I think you have it bang on. We like Tom and Gabriel, Solomon and Eli but that's just us.

Lillemor is lovely Marlinna is interesting but not too out there to be weird. Again suits where you live too. We like India and Flora personally with Lillbet, Elspeth and Eliza as dirivs of Elizabeth too.

Northernlurkerisbackatwork Tue 25-Sep-12 16:37:48

Jonas - fine, lovely.

Lillemor - ok, well I'm not mad on it but if it will fit in Orkney then fine.


All hideous - are you out of your mind?

Liberty - bit better but not great and not good with Lillemor.

I will have a think.......

Northernlurkerisbackatwork Tue 25-Sep-12 16:39:01

What was your mum's name? Marlene? Margaret? Honestly I would just use that as a proper tribute tbh.

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 25-Sep-12 16:39:18

If they fit for you then they are nice names. We are far south of the UK and names that are common here would no doubt stand out like a sore thumb in the North of Scotland. Portuguese names are very common which reflects our community.

So while the names sound odd to me that is because I'm not used to them.

Northernlurkerisbackatwork Tue 25-Sep-12 16:41:57

From googling I see Thea is a popular Norwegian name. Apparently it means gift from God. I think Lillemor Thea Your Mum's name might be nice? Also I think Linnea is very pretty - is that your sister's name?

yousankmybattleship Tue 25-Sep-12 16:44:02

I think they are lovely names and the sentiment behind them is also lovely. Bluebell though? You're almost into Apple territiry there! Also not keen on the joining two names together thing. It's a nice idea, but the resulting name is a bit bizarre.

TittyWhistles Tue 25-Sep-12 16:47:49

They are both beautiful.
I think that Lillemor Marlinna is enough name though, do you need the second middle name?

Blu Tue 25-Sep-12 16:52:35

Say Lillemor Marlinna out loud a few times. It's like a tongue twister. Too many l and m sounds in quick succession.

And Marlinna sounds made up. Which it is. You can save names for a subsequent child, you know - you don't have to get them all in now!

Mama1980 Tue 25-Sep-12 16:58:44

Love your boys names. But don't like your girls sorry, lillemor I just don't think is pretty, and marlinna makes me think Marlena which to me sounds slightly American and a odd combination.

lisaro Tue 25-Sep-12 17:03:17

Wow - that's interesting, the Norwegian thing. Jonas is great, not keen on Lillemor, the made up of two names thing is really bad, and the others are ugly.

Narked Tue 25-Sep-12 17:09:03

I like Jonas Adam and Lillemor.

Not keen on Marlinna. Could you not use your sister's name or your mother's name?

Albert is nice, but Adam Albert is a bit 'a' heavy.

Bluebell is okish.

Pelagia or Liberty are not names I'm keen on.

MrsJohnDeere Tue 25-Sep-12 17:10:59

Boys name is fine.

Girls names not my cup of tea, but Lillemor is the best of the bunch.

lottiegarbanzo Tue 25-Sep-12 17:16:05

Your girl's names have a lot of syllables and do sound like a mouthful, out loud. I'd go for long / short, or other way round.

IdoknowtheMuffinMan Tue 25-Sep-12 17:27:02

I'm from Orkney and I haven't heard of anyone with those names but then I suppose they are a change from the usual Magnus, Erik and Thorfinn and Inga, erica and Ingrid grin

delilah88 Tue 25-Sep-12 17:33:49

The boys name is lovely, but I think the girls one is a bit drag-queeny. I think you should pick a more normal girls name.

YellowWellies Tue 25-Sep-12 17:52:19

Lillemor is pronounced Lillamo (with the emphasis on the first syllable) and would be shorted to Lilla or Mo.

My Mum was Lynn and my sister is Maria - I just hate Marilyn as a mix of the two as it makes me think of the bimbo from home and away.

Will have another think. Pelagia was my late Polish Gran so that's where that came from. Bluebell is a bit London I'll admit. I agree on Albert not being ideal with Adam - might have to rethink that too, it was DH's Grandad's name. Would love to have my Dad's name but Kazimierz wouldn't be totally leftfield with the other names and our surname says she glad to have got rid of my Polish maiden name now that WAS a tongue twister

I love the Orcadian names from the old norn but none go with our surname - hence looking at Norwegian names...

YellowWellies Tue 25-Sep-12 17:52:50

Thanks all for the comments - you never get any frank feedback in real life until it's too late! grin

Northernlurkerisbackatwork Tue 25-Sep-12 17:56:07

Hmmmm - tbh I'm not sure how you can mix Lillemor (lovely pronunciation) and Lynn and ever get something you can actually say. What was your mum's middle name? Or maiden name?

YellowWellies Tue 25-Sep-12 17:59:41

Her middle name was my name and I don't really want to use it, as nice as it is, as think I'd sound a bit of an egotist!!! I'm blaming my twin sis for this trend as she started it by mixing my name and my Mum's for her wee girl's middle name - Caitlynn which works out lovely with her other names. Oh gawd at this rate I might just let DH pick the middle names...

Narked Tue 25-Sep-12 18:07:00

Maybe look at some other Polish family names? It would be nice to reflect that heritage. And if Lillemor is in honour of your mother, do you need to use part of her name too?

Northernlurkerisbackatwork Tue 25-Sep-12 18:20:45

What about Marial or Meriel or Meryl? Then you can sort of refer to both your sister and your mum?

IdoknowtheMuffinMan Tue 25-Sep-12 18:38:56

Do you know, you very rarely say your DC's full names after announcing their birth and name to everyone, it only really matters how the first and surnames sound together.

You will write their name with middle names on some forms but rarely say them.

lottiegarbanzo Tue 25-Sep-12 18:49:44

Lilla is really nice and the pronunciation of lillamor makes much more sense of it. Personally I like Bluebell, it's one of many flower names, why not?

barleysugar Tue 25-Sep-12 18:59:05

I agree about Marilyn, but a subtle change of spelling makes all the difference. Marylin, or Marylinne, sound much nicer with an A sound than an a sound.

lottiegarbanzo Tue 25-Sep-12 19:14:01

I like Marlena (think Suzanne Vega song of mid 80s, or Dietrich) but prob not with Lillimor.

delilah88 Tue 25-Sep-12 19:18:58

There are some lovely Polish names. If I'm right Lillemor wasn't your mum's name. Why not choose your baby a fresh first name just for her to reinvent anew, and then use the name Marlena as a pretty middle name for Maria and Lynn -- it's Polish and makes me think of Marlene Deitrich, and Suzanne Vega's song! Or call her Lydia Marie -- a nice modern remix of Lynne and Maria.

It's a lovely idea that you've got for naming your daughter and she's very lucky to be born into such a strong sense of family history.

delilah88 Tue 25-Sep-12 19:19:33

lottie oh snap!

jkklpu Tue 25-Sep-12 19:23:34

how about Lindsay/Lynsay for a girl?

SecretNutellaFix Tue 25-Sep-12 19:25:18

What do you think of the combination Lilla Maria Lynne/ Lynette?

YellowWellies Tue 25-Sep-12 20:31:41

Marlena is lovely. Hmmm....

We're fixed on Lillamor (it's been my favourite name since I was like six and knew a Swedish friend with the name, it's only because it means 'little mother' that it recently ticked my sentimental boxes - I had no clue previously that was what it meant).

The changed emphasis / pronunciation of Marylyn is also nice.

Liberty's a bit vague and 'done' too. Pelagia (hard g?) is my fave because of Captain Corelli.

Ooh how about Kashmir for boy or girl in honour of your dad? Bit of Led Zepgrin.

ProphetOfDoom Tue 25-Sep-12 21:13:58

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YellowWellies Tue 25-Sep-12 21:54:04

I love Kashmir and travelled there years ago - amazing place. Hmmm see the closest English of Kazimierz is Casimir which I like but DH knew a wanker called that grin so unlikely to be a go-er as far as he's concerned. The Pelagia would be a soft g like the Polish - my Gran had this name and it was always shortened to Pela (short e) and I love it, in fact i prefer the shortened form so might suggest Pela as a middle name. My sis' isn't planning more kids but yes this is our first so we could have more daughters. Equally this bellydweller could be a boy and I might avoid the quandry altogether. I clearly have the intuition of a brick but I have NO clue at all as to gender. I did think it was a girl but now I'm not sure at all.

notallytuts Tue 25-Sep-12 23:47:27

I really like Lillemor and Marlinna, but not together as its so tricky to say! I like Pela too, although not Pelagia so much, I think it looks harsher written down than it sounds, and middle names are rarely used for anything bar formal purposes.

Your boys name is lovely

nooka Wed 26-Sep-12 07:06:40

Just because your sister found a name that paid tribute to you and your mother doesn't mean there is now a tradition to live up to. I think if you choose Lillemor you really shouldn't use another name with lots of 'l's and 'm's because your child won't really want a tongue twister of a name. If Lillemor is already a tribute to your mum then why not just pick a name that references your sister - there are lots and lots of Mary/Marie variants.

If I were you though I'd just use two names, Lillemor Pelagia sounds lovely (likewise Jonas Adam is much better without adding Albert too). I say this as an owner of three names who has found having two middle names a bit of a nuisance.

YellowWellies Wed 26-Sep-12 08:52:52

Thanks ladies! Wonderful advice - much appreciated.

So either Lillamor Maria or Lillamor Pelagia - I reckon.

And Jonas Adam


BikeRunSki Wed 26-Sep-12 08:58:14

Jonas Adam Albert is fine! I havevan Amy Alice ThirdName and it's fine.

I think Lillemor Marlena is lovely, but just as no one seems to have mentioned it, it reminds me of 'Lili Marlene' the German love song, my Gran loved the words "My Lili of the lamplight, my own Lili Marlene." Wiki link

YellowWellies Wed 26-Sep-12 09:46:03

Woo lovely point Tiddly!

TheDetective Tue 09-Oct-12 19:16:46

Waves What about Merryn as a middle name? It kind combines Maria and Lynn. With a little artistic creativity!

I've only ever known one Merryn, and I thought it was cute!

kerala Tue 09-Oct-12 19:36:13

Also keep in mind she will inevitably become Lily and there are lots and lots of Lilys.

honeytea Tue 09-Oct-12 21:18:17

Another Swedish name that means mother is moa (rhymes with noah) my DP's neice is called Moa and she hates babies and kids, not really a fitting name for her!

YellowWellies Wed 10-Oct-12 22:13:56

Detective I should have known I could have counted on you for a stroke of genius! Merryn - I love it!!!!

Moa is cute but isn't it also a big extinct bird from NZ (or did my brain make that up!?)

Good point Kerala, though she might also become a Lilla which I like more?

TheDetective Wed 10-Oct-12 22:19:03


It was the first thing that came to mind grin

exoticfruits Wed 10-Oct-12 22:24:53

Don't try mixing names - it doesn't work. Glad you are rethinking Bluebell - but I don't even like the rest , except Adam- sorry.

TiddlyZomZomZombie Wed 10-Oct-12 22:40:06

Ooh, Merryn is a lovely name! Merry is a v cute shortening too.

Merryn sounds a bit Welsh to me which is always a good thing smile

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