Linnea or Flora

(31 Posts)
InTheBoonies Wed 17-Apr-13 09:07:35

Any thoughts on these two names?

Flora - Down side, the margarine connection.

Linnea - Is it too hard to pronounce?

mayihaveaboxofchoculaits Wed 17-Apr-13 09:20:11

love Flora, was going to use it 16 years ago but had the same misgivings because dh laughed for the same reasons.

I wish in some ways i had its lovely. Times have changed. Go for it, its classic(al). if you can have florence you can def have flora.

Linnea (after carl linneaus ?). not one im familiar with. People seem to have problems pronoucing ANY name nowadays , if you like it ,go for it.

thermalsinapril Wed 17-Apr-13 09:26:37

Linnea is very pretty and unusual. Once people have been told the pronounciation it won't be hard to remember.

Not so keen on Flora.

NotTreadingGrapes Wed 17-Apr-13 09:28:28

Linnea are sanitary towels here. <helpful>

How would you pronounce it? Linn-ea (like a line) or Linn-ay-er or what?

I do like Flora though.

Fragglewump Wed 17-Apr-13 09:30:19

I think there's a clothing line called linea isn't there?

Rhienne Wed 17-Apr-13 09:32:37

two friends have had babies in the last week. One Flora, one Linnea! smile

InTheBoonies Wed 17-Apr-13 09:59:48

Oh group mind in action Rhienne grin

Hmm well sanitary towels not good....

It's prounounced Linn-ay-er, I will probably go for Flora as it's more classic and i'm a bit of a nervous ninny about names. But I do think Linnea is lovely.

Gerrof Wed 17-Apr-13 10:02:31

Linnea is rather pretty, is it after Carl Linnaeus?

Flora is also lovely - both pretty names.

InTheBoonies Wed 17-Apr-13 10:21:36

It's a Swedish name in honour of Carl Linnaeus or the pink and white flower Linnaea borealis (also named in his honour).

It's currently a popular name in Norway and Sweden (top ten or near enough).

I have no Scandinavian connection, though I hope that does not matter.

Gerrof Wed 17-Apr-13 11:00:54

I really like it. It's unusual but very pretty.

MoonHare Wed 17-Apr-13 11:36:39

Prefer Flora, most people will see past the margarine thing.

I think you'll get Linn-ee-a as the pn for Linnea and it sounds too much like the word linear, i.e. relating to lines, which would seem odd. It's also a type of equation.

dyslexicdespot Wed 17-Apr-13 11:45:20

I am a Swede and love the name Linnea. Flora is pretty but brings to mind margarine and Fluoride.

dyslexicdespot Wed 17-Apr-13 11:47:06

Also Linnea is one of the prettiest wildflowers.

Gerrof Wed 17-Apr-13 12:16:42

I do prefer Linnea to Flora.

InTheBoonies Wed 17-Apr-13 12:17:53

dyslexicdespot as you are a Swede can I just check I have the pronunciation spot on. Lin-nay-a?


dyslexicdespot Wed 17-Apr-13 12:33:04

Yes, you are pronouncing it correctly. There are some very pretty books by Cristina Bjorkman about a little girl named Linnea. They are very popular in Sweden. Sorry I can't link.

BuntyPenfold Thu 18-Apr-13 22:29:37

Linnea - top of our list. Lovely meaning too.

TheSecondComing Thu 18-Apr-13 22:33:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BuntyPenfold Thu 18-Apr-13 22:40:00

Oh god are they - where? I have never seen them.

InTheBoonies Fri 19-Apr-13 07:14:43

Could some one link to these sanitary towels!

I've tried to find them on google but can't. Do they still exist or is it an old brand people are remembering?

Fudgemallowdelight Fri 19-Apr-13 20:03:20

I think Linnea is a beautiful name. I assumed it was pronounced Lineea though (which I prefer blush

Fudgemallowdelight Fri 19-Apr-13 20:05:00

It is the House of Fraser own brand,default,sc.html but that doesn't matter

Medlers22 Fri 19-Apr-13 20:05:05

My daughter is called Flora and people always say what a lovely name it is!

Linea is a brand of margarine in Spain! I think Flora is a lovely name - makes me think of La Traviata if that helps!

hollyisalovelyname Fri 19-Apr-13 20:14:25

House of Fraser brand. Don't!smile

DownyEmerald Fri 19-Apr-13 20:21:11

As a biologist I think Linnea is fab, and would have liked it myself but dp vetoed it. I prefer it to Flora.

Still18atheart Fri 19-Apr-13 20:23:44

Not keen on either but prefer Flora by a mile

raisah Fri 19-Apr-13 23:15:50

Linnea is also the namr of house of frasers own brand clothing.

If you want the floral theme without the margarine association, how about Zinnia? It is less popular than Flora so wil szand out more.

nooka Sat 20-Apr-13 05:58:02

Flora sounds a little bit bit dull to me, and has no obvious nicknames (I like names that offer possibilities). Linnea is nicer sounding I think, and does look like a pretty flower. I like Linnet too.

TheRealFellatio Sat 20-Apr-13 06:12:20

I don't like either. Flora always sounds frumpy to me, an Linnea doesn't even sound like a proper name.

ZenNudist Sat 20-Apr-13 06:24:32

Neither are to my taste sorry

Flora, apart from the ignominy of having your name on margarine, is frumpy

Linnea, might be good if you were Swedish ( if it's recognised as a real name there). Otherwise its a bit 'made up' sounding. It doesn't help that I shop in house of Fraser so it just makes me think of homewares & clothes etc

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