Maria Theresa

(121 Posts)
chickenfactory Thu 13-Jun-13 12:52:30

Too holy sounding?
Can't decide on a middle name for our 2day old, any other suggestions?

KittenofDoom Thu 13-Jun-13 12:55:42

Holy, no. Empress of Austria, yes.

lollypopsicle Thu 13-Jun-13 13:07:54

Sounds very 1950s Irish to me: a la Maeve Binchey...but I don't think that's a bad thing. My issue would be that they both end in 'a' so would probably go for Therese instead.

chickenfactory Thu 13-Jun-13 13:08:42

Hhm should have googled. She might just be plain old Maria then.

thegreylady Thu 13-Jun-13 13:11:35

I think it sounds lovely and flows very well.I have a cousin named Marie Claire-she always gets called the whole thing and it really suits her.

squoosh Thu 13-Jun-13 14:13:55

I agree about the 1950s Irish thing. She'd be born holding a scapular in one hand and rosary beads in the other.

Oh, and she'd be wearing a nun's habit.

FlowersBlown Thu 13-Jun-13 14:18:03

Very Catholic. Lots of people with this combination of names. Sister Maria Teresa was the founder of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, a teaching order. Hence the many Sacred Heart schools.

PoppyAmex Thu 13-Jun-13 14:21:11

Lovely name, I have a Maria too. wink

I prefer Teresa (no "h) but I'm from Southern Europe and the "th" sound isn't very friendly to us continent-dwellers.

If you like the musical lilt of the name, how about Maria Louisa or Louise?

Other options:

Maria Joanne
Maria Catherine
Maria Joy
Maria Alice
Maria Lillian
Maria Lily

chickenfactory Thu 13-Jun-13 16:38:23

Oh I like Maria Catherine. Decisions decisions!

Maria Theresa is lovely

Disclaimer: I'm Irish Catholic grin

HesterShaw Thu 13-Jun-13 16:41:51

Erm....sounds like a Habsburg Empress to me. Not a name for a 21st century child.

Elquota Thu 13-Jun-13 16:45:22

Agree it's very Catholic. I think Maria plus any saint's name is likely to have this effect.

wigglesrock Thu 13-Jun-13 18:34:41

I love Maria, I met a grown up one a few weeks ago and I had a terrible case of name envy.

Is it Maria (1st name), Theresa (middle name) or all one name?

wigglesrock Thu 13-Jun-13 18:36:19

Sorry, can now see Theresa is a middle name blush. Lovely, but if we're suggesting middle names - Juliet?

chickenfactory Fri 14-Jun-13 00:44:27

Theresa as a middle name so wouldn't be used everyday.
Any other suggestions greatly appreciated!

amazingmumof6 Fri 14-Jun-13 01:14:12

Maria June?

lottiegarbanzo Fri 14-Jun-13 01:14:36

Either name by itself sounds distinctly catholic to me, so both together suggests you may already have her name down for a convent.


lottiegarbanzo Fri 14-Jun-13 01:27:57


BlueStarsAtNight Fri 14-Jun-13 01:32:11

I like both names but not together. How about:

Maria Louise
Maria Charlotte
Maria Sophie
Maria Joanne
Maria Juliet

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Fri 14-Jun-13 08:31:19

I like Maria. Underused in a UK setting.

I don't like Theresa. Catholicky-ness aside I find it a bit meh sounding. And there's always the pronunciation issue, Te=reesa/Teraysa.

I'm in Italy so surrounded by Maria+somethings (DD has 7 girls in her class all called Maria+ something)

I like Maria Catherine.

Maria Caroline
Maria Celeste
Maria Carenza
Maria Nancy

bugsybill Fri 14-Jun-13 13:26:26

I think it sounds like she is from a very traditional catholic family.

Maria Catherine sounds less holy if this the criteria.

Also how about:
Maria Emmaline
Maria Georgina
Maria Claire
Maria Abigail
Maria Louisa

^^ These sound less holy imo. So something similar if that is what you are looking for. I think a lot of names go nicely with Maria so it cont be too hard to find something you like smile

RaRaZ Fri 14-Jun-13 13:30:21

Sorry, I think it sounds like a nun!

chickenfactory Sat 15-Jun-13 05:35:24

Maria Catherine is now the front runner, I like Maria Louise but

chickenfactory Sat 15-Jun-13 05:38:14

Bf little Maria sorry!
I like Maria Louise but I have a good friend Louise and and wouldn't want it to be after her if that makes sense?

nooka Sat 15-Jun-13 05:53:15

I went to a catholic school which mainly drew from an Irish area, and i agree with many others that that is a very Catholic combination.

I actually really like Maria but I'd opt for something less traditional as a middle name

AlanMoore Sat 15-Jun-13 07:35:10

I love Maria (was my first choice for dd) and you can't go wrong with it IMO. Maria Elizabeth is nice...I do like Theresa though!

HahaHarrie Sat 15-Jun-13 08:36:12

So an overtly Catholic name is something to which to be wary? hmm

Good luck with your baby naming OP. Both names are lovely.

burberryqueen Sat 15-Jun-13 08:39:43

I knew a girl called this and everyone called her 'Maytree' if that is interesting?

Scarletbanner Sat 15-Jun-13 08:55:37

Hapsburg Empress for me too. It also reminds me of M-T Street which is the main shopping street in Innsbruck (and probably lots of Central European cities).

I really like Maria Louisa (which can also become Marisa) and Maria Catherine.

I did wonder that Harrie. There is a touch of "ooh no too Catholic" on here.

HesterShaw Sat 15-Jun-13 09:04:42

I agree partly - we have no idea if the OP is a Catholic or not, so therefore assuming she wouldn't want to name her child because it's a Catholic name is a little bit off.

However, if she ISN'T Catholic and ISN'T aware that's a very Catholic name then she MIGHT want to avoid it.

HesterShaw Sat 15-Jun-13 09:05:38

However like I and a couple of others have said the name sounds to our ears mainly like the name of an eighteenth century Empress, and therefore may be a little "weighty" for a little baby smile

mikkii Sat 15-Jun-13 09:09:42

My husband has a cousin called Maria, then for middle name Del Mar meaning of the sea in Spanish

I taught a Catholic Austrian girl called Marie Therese. It got shortened to Marie quite a lot. Lovely name smile

I also knew a German family who had several daughters and they were all called Marie Something, but went by the Something.

RubyOnRails Sat 15-Jun-13 09:16:53

Why is everybody so worried about sounding catholic?? Would you say "oooh no, maybe it sounds a bit Jewish?"

Last bastion of prejudice in this country.

OryxCrake Sat 15-Jun-13 09:21:15

Maria Theresa is pretty - and shortens straight away in my mind as Mattie. Personally prefer Teresa to Theresa...

OryxCrake Sat 15-Jun-13 09:22:51

to Mattie

AnnoyedAtWork Sat 15-Jun-13 09:23:41

Love it

My grandma's best friend was called this she was a very warm and elegant lady

kelda Sat 15-Jun-13 09:23:41

Maria Theresa is lovely.

Maïté is the Spanish nickname.

agendabender Sat 15-Jun-13 09:30:01

I really like it, but I am an Irish Catholic. I have an aunt called "Marie Louise" and she uses the whole thing, but it's pronounced "Marry-Louise." I always think it's quite pretty.

Floralnomad Sat 15-Jun-13 09:31:30

Maria Grace

HesterShaw Sat 15-Jun-13 10:22:53

To qualify my statement above, there was nothing remotely anti Catholic about it. Apologies if it looked it was.

Maria Emily, that was my first thought.

Are there no family names or meanings that you would like to find a name to give as a middle name.

I do think Maria Theresa sounds like a nuns name, I guess it doesn't really matter in the whole scheme of things.
Is there a reason why you chose Theresa?

chickenfactory Mon 17-Jun-13 05:11:04

I like emily actually, forgot it was one if my options for a first name.
Theresa is a name of both sides of the family but neither person is bothered if we use it, they don't really like it themselves. Hence the question if we lumber her with the same!
We are catholic if that makes a difference.

ZZZenagain Mon 17-Jun-13 05:35:27

Theresa is just the middle name. She'd be Maria to everyone. I like it.

Eastpoint Mon 17-Jun-13 05:39:05

What about Maria Scarlett? Is there a non-traditional name you like? Do either of you have any different cultural reference points you can pull in? Eg if any Spanish Ines, Gwenyth & Wales, Danish Astrid

What about Maria Maude?

sashh Mon 17-Jun-13 07:53:47

Makes me think of a nun, sorry.

kelda Mon 17-Jun-13 08:37:12

Nothing wrong with being reminded of a nun.

Maria is typically a Catholic name, with a strong traditional in Spanish speaking countries, the Low countries and Ireland etc.

My dd1 has Maria as a second name.
I know loads of people with Maria in their name -
Rose-Maria (Rosemie as a nickname)

Mia /Mieke are traditional nicknames.

RaRaZ Mon 17-Jun-13 09:18:02

...except she'd probably get bullied at school, Kelda , and might be a little too keen to shed her holier-than-though persona when she hits the age of 13...

kelda Mon 17-Jun-13 09:19:37

Really? Bullied for having the name Maria Theresa?

kelda Mon 17-Jun-13 09:21:39

But then if there are people on mumsent calling the name 'holier then thoguh' then I am not surprised if their children do turn out to be bullies because of a child's name.

RaRaZ Mon 17-Jun-13 09:24:48

Lol. There's a big difference between thinking a name sounds 'holier than THOU' and actually picking on someone because of it - I hope you realise that.

It may be ok where you live and where you send your child/ren to school, and I think there'd be a big difference between state and private and RC and non-RC schools too, but I certainly wouldn't give any of my children a 'saintly' sounding name because I know that around here it would set them up to be picked on, especially in their teenage years. Doesn't really matter what would happen where I live or where you live though - it's where the OP lives that matters here.

kelda Mon 17-Jun-13 09:27:44

What exactly is the problem with a Catholic name? Do you also have a problem with Islamic/Jewish names?

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Mon 17-Jun-13 09:32:42

RaRaZ As the OP has said she is Catholic I think we can presume her acquaintances would have no problem with her child being called Maria.

I have a huge problem with chavvy/surname/made up/uniquely spelled names but to presume a child would be bullied because of having a name which has been around for millennia is frankly a little bit mental.

RaRaZ Mon 17-Jun-13 09:33:14

No, I don't. Nor do I have a problem with Catholic names. I think you're missing the point somewhat. The OP asked if it too saintly sounding. Several of us replied that we thought it was. I couldn't give a monkey's about the origin of the name, but I do think it sounds too much like a nun and therefore, for me, it's not the right name. I've also stated that, in my area, it would likely inspire bullying. Yes, so might a million other things, like having red hair or speaking 'posh', but personally I wouldn't choose a name I thought my child would be picked on for. I'm not saying I'm right, but the OP asked for opinions and that was mine. I really don't see your problem.

bridgetsmum Mon 17-Jun-13 09:35:05

I love it, probably cos that's my name, grin
But I'm Maria Teresa, no 'h'

I was named after Maria in West Side Story, don't know where the Teresa came from!

RaRaZ Mon 17-Jun-13 09:35:18

TheBirds : Did she? Sorry, I must've missed that. So yes, fair point: she's likely to be attending a school where that won't be a problem.

However, if the OP asks for an opinion on whether it's too saintly, what's wrong with giving an opinion? I think it is; you may not.

kelda Mon 17-Jun-13 09:37:19

I don't think it is particularly relevant where the OP lives. Unless you live on the moon, we live in a multicultural society with many different names.

Parents from all over the world use their cultural heritage and religion as influences for their children's names.

In my son's class there a Maria and a Moses. Side by side. I really hope that no-one will ever think it is acceptable for either child to be bullied because of their name.

bridgetsmum Mon 17-Jun-13 09:38:58

P.s. I'm Irish Catholic too, but don't use my middle name in everyday so I'm just known as Maria

HahaHarrie Mon 17-Jun-13 09:42:06

Goodness RaRaZ, how depressing you live in an area that is so prejudice, ignorant, unaccepting of others and limited! Not doubt it is the parents attitude that the children are picking up on? Woe betide anyone being different by the sounds of things.

"I've also stated that, in my area, it would likely inspire bullying. Yes, so might a million other things, like having red hair or speaking 'posh', but personally I wouldn't choose a name I thought my child would be picked on for. "

Elquota Mon 17-Jun-13 09:42:53

Saying the name "sounds Catholic" definitely isn't a judgement either way, it's just an observation.

kelda Mon 17-Jun-13 09:46:11

Exactly Elquota. It is a Catholic name. And no-one should be scared of using it just because it is Catholic.

MurderOfCrows Mon 17-Jun-13 09:49:22

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pinkje Mon 17-Jun-13 09:50:31

Maria Grace (as suggested up thread) is beautiful.

MurderOfCrows Mon 17-Jun-13 09:50:49

Forget the bullying, it's simply an uninspired, boring name.

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Mon 17-Jun-13 10:00:30

I know! Call he Maria-Maddison or Maria-Chardonnay (don't forget the hypen!!!! Tres important!) Then she'll fit in everywhere.

I think that as the OP has also said her baby is already called Maria and that she is looking for a middle name, we could perhaps leave the obnoxious comments about her choice out of it, no?

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Mon 17-Jun-13 10:01:19

I like Maria Elena (as suggested upthread) as well. They sound lovely together.

MurderOfCrows Mon 17-Jun-13 10:09:39

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Lovely name.
I am an Irish Catholic by descent and also a Theresa.

And that is Theresa - with an 'H' - full Irish spelling is what people are told when questioning the spelling.

Middle names are not used in day to day conversation. Don't let that sway your choice.

Heart7 Mon 17-Jun-13 12:40:32

It's a lovely name. I really like Theresa,I would probably go for that as the first name, but Maria is nice too. There will be no bullying a girl called Maria, it's really not unusual enough.

As for it being 'too Catholic', well that's just offensive hmm

squoosh Mon 17-Jun-13 12:43:45

I'm a Catholic and think it's too Catholic.

squoosh Mon 17-Jun-13 12:45:58

Maria on it's own is gorgeous.

Theresa has never and will never be gorgeous.

PoppyAmex Mon 17-Jun-13 13:19:43

Good god, what next; too Black/Jewish/Muslin/Gay?

What's "too Catholic"? What degree of catholicism is acceptable?

I'm baffled by some of the comments on this thread.

MrRected Mon 17-Jun-13 13:24:19

Very holy, with a strong Catholic feel.

Elquota Mon 17-Jun-13 15:40:51

> What's "too Catholic"? What degree of catholicism is acceptable?

I've heard "too Biblical" a hundred times more often than "too Catholic" on the baby names threads, but no-one seems to comment...

sweetkitty Mon 17-Jun-13 15:55:58

I like Maria Grace the best.

I don't like Maria Theresa as thy are too similar both ending with an -a

I know quite a few little Maria's and Theresa's all catholic

Love threads like this. Very handy for showing you who you should avoid on here...

Naoko Mon 17-Jun-13 16:26:41

Anyone who thinks that's too catholic would be horrified by my father's family, he and his four sibilings all have 'Maria' as one of their (several) middle names, males and females alike. grin Catholic area outside the UK, born in a city which has the Virgin Mary as its patron saint. I'm not Catholic myself, but no one would bat an eyelid at 'Maria Theresa' there. I think it's lovely myself, as are most of the other suggestions being bandied around in this thread. smile

Panzee Mon 17-Jun-13 16:30:03

Will she be choosing a confirmation name when she's older? It's up to you of course but you may feel three "very holy" names would be too much.

squoosh Mon 17-Jun-13 16:33:57

My first name, middle name, confirmation name all combine to make me sound like the holiest member of an enclosed order!

I've just noticed the Theresa is a middle name, in that case use it.

I know a family where the daughters are called Mary Catherine, Margaret Angela, and there are a couple of others too I think. They go by their full names all the time. I think it just sounds so clunky and nun like.

Elquota Mon 17-Jun-13 16:56:54

I think "too Catholic" is just a comment made on the context of what the OP's looking for. I'm sure no-one meant that a Catholic-sounding name was a poor choice in general!

Many people decide to choose a name which reflects their own culture or religion. It doesn't mean they don't like other cultures or religions, does it?

Others just pick a name they like the sound of, whether or not it's connected to their beliefs or heritage.

It's just personal choice and there's nothing wrong with either of the above.

There are threads from time to time, from OPs who are looking for names which reflect their background, or who'd prefer to avoid names which reflect a background that isn't theirs, and this doesn't usually attract comment.

If someone's looking for a Muslim name then they're unlikely to pick a name which most people would associate with Buddhism/Hinduism/Sikhism/Quakerism. So, many names would be "too Buddhist/Hindu/Sikh" not in themselves, but in the context of what they were looking for. It doesn't mean they have anything against the other backgrounds, just that they'd rather refer to their own cultural history than someone else's.

I think since the OP has expressed reservations about using a name which reminds people of a specific religion, then that's why people are saying her suggested name sounds "too Catholic" in the context of the OP's preferences. That's all.

PoppyAmex Mon 17-Jun-13 16:59:26

So I'm sure you'd be perfectly comfortable substituting "Catholic" by any other cultural/racial/religious group, right?

squoosh Mon 17-Jun-13 17:17:39

I feel more than comfortable saying 'too Catholic' as I am a Catholic, I wouldn't feel qualified to make a 'too' comment on a group that I wasn't a member of.

Elquota Mon 17-Jun-13 19:30:02

> So I'm sure you'd be perfectly comfortable substituting "Catholic" by any other cultural/racial/religious group, right?

If it's a case of "too XYZ for what you're looking for" then yes, why not?

RubyOnRails Mon 17-Jun-13 20:01:27

I'm a catholic and I get really irritated about the casual bigotry in this country, none more obvious than o. This board right now. Shameful.

KobayashiMaru Mon 17-Jun-13 20:56:42

I don't see any. Bit over sensitive?

Minoan Mon 17-Jun-13 21:01:56

How about Maria Stella?

Justfornowitwilldo Mon 17-Jun-13 21:17:53

As the OP has actually stated that she is catholic and was asking if the names sounded 'too holy', not too catholic, does that change your opinion?

Justfornowitwilldo Mon 17-Jun-13 21:18:40

But don't let facts get in the way of your defence of acceptable bigotry.

It is my Mum's name. Most people don't really come across her middle name so it is a bit of a non-issue. I like it.

She is Catholic and was named for the saints btw. And I do agree that it sounds like a nun's name but that is no bad thing.

Flicktheswitch Mon 17-Jun-13 21:28:19

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Alisvolatpropiis Mon 17-Jun-13 21:33:07

The way it sounds out loud makes me think of Mother Theresa. Also,doesn't flow that well because of the ah endings.

Everybody is getting a bit touchy hmm

takeaway2 Mon 17-Jun-13 21:40:40

I'm catholic. My confirmation name is Therese. Just not in the passport of course. My dd is Grace. Growing up I had catholic friends who were Marie Christina and Marie Celina. Pretty names!

What's the problem having a name that's Catholic or Holy sounding? Aren't most first names Christian in origin (at least in the uk, and at least the traditional ones). Pick up any name book and plenty of names are saints or have meanings of some virtue or positive thing....

Elquota Mon 17-Jun-13 23:38:48

> As the OP has actually stated that she is catholic and was asking if the names sounded 'too holy', not too catholic, does that change your opinion?

Is it incorrect to assume that holiness to a Catholic might be mainly based on Catholicism? confused

I don't know who you were addressing, but if you read the thread, I wasn't among those saying the name was "too Catholic", I said it was "very Catholic".

If someone wants a name associated with Catholicism/holiness in a Catholic context then Maria Theresa is a wonderfully Catholic/holy combination. If they don't, then the level of religious connotation is going to be too high for their criteria. These are neutral observations with no judgement on the religion per se at all.

I have no particular views on Catholicism either way. I just come on these threads to try to help people find names they like!

sashh Tue 18-Jun-13 00:11:33

What's the problem having a name that's Catholic or Holy sounding?

It can be a problem if you don't want to be labelled and unfortunately in some parts of the UK it can help or hinder you in later life.

Babel1111 Tue 18-Jun-13 00:15:16

Oooh I enjoy lotties suggestion of Maria Cecilia! Less holy sounding, but still rolls off the tongue in the same way.

SeaWave Tue 18-Jun-13 00:42:14

At school and now I hardly no any of my friends middle names. so dont worry about being bullied etc, just use it if its a family name and you like it. Don't understand thefuss about middle names, you never say your full name. Even getting married in church just used first names

Elquota Tue 18-Jun-13 01:26:30

> Would you say "oooh no, maybe it sounds a bit Jewish?"

This happens all the time on these boards, as people often say a name is "too Biblical", i.e. its too Judaeo-Christian for their tastes.

No-one ever complains about that though. Will you do so next time?

RaRaZ Tue 18-Jun-13 01:58:19

Shame this thread has ended up a debate about the acceptability of saying a name is 'too Catholic' rather than actually answering the OP's Q... I think mebbies everyone should get back to the issue of the middle name rather than debating what's acceptable to say - no-one has been remotely offensive the OP and has merely answered her Q with their opinion, so discussion as to whether people's opinions are acceptable seems beside the point.

bugsybill Tue 18-Jun-13 05:07:12

I had a quick look back and some people said it sounded "very catholic", not "too catholic".

The OP originally asked if it was "too holy" so maybe that is where the confusion is coming from.

OP have you made a decision? Did you go with Maria Catherine?

rundontwalk Tue 18-Jun-13 05:39:16

Congratulations on your new daughter! This is probably too late,but how about Therese if you're unsure of Theresa?

Babel1111 Tue 18-Jun-13 08:30:26

Ooh you bunch of moaners!! I am a catholic, from an Irish family, and I hope a speak in behalf of my fellow Catholics when I say this thread isn't offensive at all. Urghh I hate the PC brigade; grow up! By your logic then, saying a name is too 'girly' is offensive to women? Or saying a name is too old fashioned is ageist is it? Saying a unisex name is maybe for a certain sex is sexist? You see where I am going with this! How annoying.

RoooneyMara Tue 18-Jun-13 11:00:45

I think its the idea of naming a child purely on the grounds of your religion, rather than it being the Catholic religion. Or any other religion.

I think that's what people kind of feel is the issue, why 'Catholic sounding' isn't something that some people feel positive about.

It's an opinion.

chickenfactory Tue 18-Jun-13 12:32:45

Little bit scared to come back to this thread.... Not offended but the 'very catholic' opinions. That's why I asked. She may go to a catholic school but not necessarily. The city we are in just now can be very divided religiously in parts but as its a middle name hopefully it wouldn't be an issue. And we probably won't be here when she starts school.
As it is we still haven't decided!!
Theresa, Catherine and Louise are the front runners. Emily's out in case we have another girl next time smile
Dh is thinking no middle name at all if we can't choose.

Erebus Tue 18-Jun-13 12:39:27

Someone I know well, living in Scotland, got herself a Protestant NI partner. If she could be said to be of a religion, it'd be CofE (she's English but been in Scotland for decades). She planned on going to live in NI with said partner, but found his adult DC in NI reluctant- Why? It transpired that they thought she was tricking their dad and that with her name, Teresa, she had to be Catholic...! shock

I'd'v'e never have thought of Teresa as being specifically 'Catholic' but then, in the MC secular part of England I live in, the issue doesn't come up but I honestly thought Madonna, the popstar, was a stage name. I was amazed when I went to live in Queensland how many Madonna's and Maria's there were, all, of course, Catholic. Like apparently South America is full of Jesus'!

chicken, any of those options would be nice. Can I also add in Rosa?

Maria Rosa for me takes it into the "continental" sounding bracket rather than pinning it on Religion as such.

I'm in Scotland too, and yes, I would if I heard the full name of Maria Theresa make a presumption that the bearer was catholic - I couldn't care less btw - I have no religion at all, but I would still make that assumption. That doesn't make it not a nice name and as was said, you really very rarely hear someones middle name after the birth has been "announced" fgs I can't even remember how to spell my 2nd son's middle name as there are a variety of possible spellings and I can't always remember which one we used blush.

Everyone in my family and my OHs family have middle names so it would hae been odd not to give our children one and we also used them to honour family members, if none of those factors make you want to definitely have one then go without. But there are lots of lovely names that go perfectly well so if you truly want one, just pick one that you love/like.

oh, and bear in mund that if you go for theresa her initials will be MT (empty) fine as long as your surname isn't Box or Tank etc grin

SaskiaRembrandtVampireHunter Tue 18-Jun-13 17:58:36

Going to out myself here, but what the heck - my middle names are Maria Theresa. It does sound very Catholic, but I don't think that's a bad thing. And thinking about it, no one has ever said it sounded too holy when I've told them my full name, but I have had a few people ask if I'm Italian, and a couple who mentioned the empress.

Saying that, I don't use my full name, not because of any religious connotations but because I have three, multisyllabic names and it sounds a bit of a mouthful. Also, it doesn't fit on forms. And also, I prefer the abbreviated version of my first name which I feel suits me far better.

mathanxiety Tue 18-Jun-13 23:14:51

Maria Elisa
Maria Delphine
Maria Estelle (mentioned above)
Maria Georgina (mentioned above)
Maria Alexandra
Maria Anastasia
Maria Isabella or Isobel
Maria Annabel
Maria Constance
Maria Eleanor
Maria Leonore
Maria Genevieve
Maria Vivienne
Maria Rosalie
Maria Willow
Maria Felicity
Maria Hope

chickenfactory Wed 19-Jun-13 17:17:18

It's done. It's Maria Theresa. smile

TheBirdsFellDownToDingADong Wed 19-Jun-13 17:21:21

Congratulations! smile

PoppyAmex Wed 19-Jun-13 17:23:59


FWIW it's a smart/posh name in Southern Europe and I imagine she'll be spending a lot of time there smile

Solaia Wed 19-Jun-13 17:42:13

Ah very nice choice!

I must live in a bubble because my three names which have all been suggested as very Catholic names have never seemed all that nun-like to me! And I've certainly never been bullied because of them.

I would draw the line at Immaculata Concepta though wink

rundontwalk Wed 19-Jun-13 21:50:04


bugsybill Wed 19-Jun-13 23:29:01

Well done chickenfactory! Congratulations

ZZZenagain Thu 20-Jun-13 09:45:03

Immaculata Concepta indeed. Or Pia Maria as a friend of mine has called her daughter would also have been a bit much for me. Although both sets of names actually sound nice.

chickenfactory Thu 20-Jun-13 12:00:32

Thanks for all the replies and congratulations.

RaRaZ Thu 20-Jun-13 15:07:24

Congratulations on your choice :-) I think it's good that you didn't have the name totally planned out when she was born - to me, it's more likely that it'll suit her now you've known for a few days before choosing. I'm sure she's beautiful.

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