Girls' name that sounds good in German, French and English

(54 Posts)
qwerty2013 Sun 16-Jun-13 15:00:56

Due to a rather complex family background DH and I are looking for a name that is easily pronounced and recognisable in German, French and English for our baby girl. Unfortunately this means that when we look through name lists in any of these languages we exclude rather a lot of names as we can always think of a way the name could be mispronounced in one of the three languages! We do not want anything that is way out there and are not too bothered about popularity as we do not know where we will be living in the future. So really looking for some inspiration from you ladies - thanks!

NoNoNoMYDoIt Sun 16-Jun-13 15:01:15

Anna

Iusedtowearmakeup Sun 16-Jun-13 15:02:35

Clara

Verycold Sun 16-Jun-13 15:03:25

Emily

Nadia

Katrin/Catrin

Amelie/Amalie

I like the Anna and Clara suggestions.

Suzieismyname Sun 16-Jun-13 15:05:50

Anna

Laquila Sun 16-Jun-13 15:06:48

Annabel
Cleo
Carina
Lena

WouldBeHarrietVane Sun 16-Jun-13 15:08:12

Eleanor / Elena
Anna as pp said
Isabelle

PipkinsPal Sun 16-Jun-13 15:10:06

Claudia, Cecille. Corrine, Corrina.

HoneyandRum Sun 16-Jun-13 15:16:04

We live in Germany and some of my children attend an international school. Names that seem to be popular across Europe are

Amelie
Lily
Maya
Catherine/and versions
Ana/Anna
Sophia/Sofia
Cina (Italian but used by two other nationalities that I know of, pronounced Sina)
Zoe
Georgina (Gina)
Charlotte
Sabine/Sabina
Saskia
Antonia

Cravingdairy Sun 16-Jun-13 15:17:44

Marie

Polyethyl Sun 16-Jun-13 15:18:06

Another vote for Anna

HoneyandRum Sun 16-Jun-13 15:18:43

Oh and now my girls tell me Clara-Charlotte (pronounced with an 'a' at the end in German) is very popular.

TanteRose Sun 16-Jun-13 15:19:05

Maya - can be used all over the world

Wildwaterfalls Sun 16-Jun-13 15:19:31

Celeste
Josephine

I know a German/Anglophone couple with a Julia.

steppemum Sun 16-Jun-13 15:28:18

Lisa
Miriam
Dani/Danielle
Marie

Shesaysso Sun 16-Jun-13 15:29:36

Elise

Want2bSupermum Sun 16-Jun-13 15:34:01

Helen(a). We used this as a middle name for DD. It is tough finding cross border names (England/Denmark/America).

CaptainJamesTKirk Sun 16-Jun-13 15:40:29

Louisa?

SisterMatic Sun 16-Jun-13 15:42:04

Alice

fussychica Sun 16-Jun-13 15:54:56

Anya

Wildwaterfalls Sun 16-Jun-13 16:58:29

Ooh yes Elise is a great suggestion! Nearly picked it for DD. Also Marielle

Wildwaterfalls Sun 16-Jun-13 16:59:51

And Astrid perhaps? Not sure if that works in French?

LousyMe Sun 16-Jun-13 17:00:34

Freya

ZZZenagain Sun 16-Jun-13 17:02:15

would it matter to you if the names are pronounced differently in the different cultures? For instance Charlotte becomes Char-lott-er in German (stress on 2nd syllable) although written the same. Catherine would be Cat-er-een-a (stress on third syllable) etc

Bearandcub Sun 16-Jun-13 17:02:42

Helen

yegodsandlittlefishes Sun 16-Jun-13 17:12:55

Erica

Nicola

Mia

Sabrina

Nadine/Nadia

Rosalinde

Sabrina

Simone

wellthatsdoneit Sun 16-Jun-13 17:18:24

Freya

Badvoc Sun 16-Jun-13 17:18:38

Anna
Clara
Helena

Badvoc Sun 16-Jun-13 17:18:50

Elizabeth
Catherine

BoffinMum Sun 16-Jun-13 17:18:54

Sandra - more popular in Germany and perhaps France than here, I think.

Christa
Anya
Emma
Frieda

heidihole Sun 16-Jun-13 17:22:02

Sophie
Charlotte
Miriam
Caroline
Claudia

qwerty2013 Mon 17-Jun-13 18:27:47

Thank you ladies for all these useful suggestions! Quite few short simple names I like and that we had overlooked so far (Anna, Clara...). Also like Charlotte and would not be too worried about the slightly different pronunciation/stresses in each of the languages. Still have just over two months to go so will mull over these with DH.

NoNoNoMYDoIt Mon 17-Jun-13 23:40:11

smile

Anna is the name I would have loved for DD. so simple and elegant. Had wanted it ever since uni when I studied Anna Karenina (probably not best role-model but oh such a beautiful name, complex character and a phenomenal novel). Vetoed by exH, so my daughter is not Anna. She would have been a stunning Anna tho.

Babel1111 Tue 18-Jun-13 00:12:06

Adelaide?

sashh Tue 18-Jun-13 00:16:00

Katerina

meala Tue 18-Jun-13 00:25:07

Gisela

bouncingbelle Tue 18-Jun-13 00:31:01

Liselotte
Monica
Maya
Freya
Helena
Madeleine
Louise

mrsyattering Tue 18-Jun-13 00:54:37

antonia

sleepywombat Tue 18-Jun-13 05:34:51

My English/German cousins are Sophie and Lilly.

Anna, Lucia, Maria, Rebecca, Sarah/Sara, Lisa all work too.

I don't think anything beginning with H is good for France (unless you don't mind it dropped)!

GiraffesAndButterflies Tue 18-Jun-13 05:57:20

Victoria

Babel1111 Tue 18-Jun-13 08:21:40

My French friend is Alexandra, it sounds lovely when her mum says it in her heavy French accent. I don't know how well it works in german though? Are you bothered about the nn Alex? I think that would be easily pronounced.

MajesticWhine Tue 18-Jun-13 08:22:15

Another vote for Amelie

NoNoNoMYDoIt Tue 18-Jun-13 09:10:04

I would caution against Louise. It's very unpopular in France - they think it's an ugly old name and laugh when you say it's your name. And the Germans ALWAYS spell it Luise. (can you guess my name?)

elvisola Tue 18-Jun-13 09:15:06

Amelia

MarshmallowFarm Tue 18-Jun-13 09:16:42

Sarah
Claudia
Marina
Camille
Isabella
Laura/Lara
Sasha
Natasha
Alexandra
Emma

bouncingbelle Tue 18-Jun-13 19:07:26

Florence

qwerty2013 Wed 19-Jun-13 17:37:39

Thanks for all the further responses! Amelie which has been suggested by several of you is on our shortlist and one of the few names DH and I agree on...one of the names that has come up several times is actually my own, so will probably skip that one! NoNoNoMYDoIt - agree on Louise/Luise which has quite an old-fashioned feel to me in German as well.

Lucielou123 Thu 20-Jun-13 09:44:54

I may be biased but Lucie works well ;)

burberryqueen Thu 20-Jun-13 09:48:56

Claudia
Sophia
...

gertrudestein Thu 20-Jun-13 11:21:57

Lara

SugarMouse1 Fri 21-Jun-13 14:09:36

I think Victoria might work

Or Suzanne, Matilda, Rosa, Lena, Lola, Camille, Olivia, Emma,

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