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A boys name that works in English and Spanish.

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Chica31 Sun 19-Sep-10 12:41:59

We are really struggling with this. We live in Spain and both my husband and I are English. I really want a boys name that works in both languages. Girls names are easy, loads work both ways, but boys I am finding really hard!

Our dd is called Isabel Naiomi to give you a clue of names we like.

Help please, I don't know why but I am getting really stressed about it!

Greensleeves Sun 19-Sep-10 12:43:36


isw Sun 19-Sep-10 12:49:06

Daniel, Leo, Lucas, Christan

loopyloops Sun 19-Sep-10 12:49:55

Javier / Xavier

loopyloops Sun 19-Sep-10 12:50:40

Personally I like Hugo Rafael.

sarah293 Sun 19-Sep-10 12:51:49

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Chica31 Sun 19-Sep-10 13:15:31

Thanks so much for your quick reponses!

I love loads of the names out of looyloops list and Hugo Rafael, but do you think they sound, or we would sound a pit affected if we used them? Either of us are Spanish

loopyloops Sun 19-Sep-10 13:17:39

Hugo would be ugo, but I think that's fine.

fuzzywuzzy Sun 19-Sep-10 13:24:45

Alex would work, I know a Spanish Alex, his actual name is Alejandro Spanish form of Alexander but he's known as Alex.

Chica31 Sun 19-Sep-10 13:31:56

I like Hugo, but DH and I are both teachers and have taught to many "interesting" children with the name Hugo over the years!

Chica31 Sun 19-Sep-10 13:33:15

I have also taught hundreds of Alejandros recently, I think it is the number 1 boys name in Spain at the moment

Chica31 Sun 19-Sep-10 13:35:24

I want something that sounds the same in English and Spanish, but I don't think it is possible really.
Due to other people close to me using them I don't want to use

seeker Sun 19-Sep-10 13:38:44

My half spanish nephew is Oscar. Bizarrely, I like it when his Spanish family says it, but nit when his English one does. Somehow, "Osk -er" sounds downmbeat and sad to me, while "Osk-ah" sounds happy and positive.

Chica31 Sun 19-Sep-10 13:44:23

That is so true seeker. DH and I say that all the time with loads of different Spanish names.

ProfessorLaytonIsMyLoveSlave Sun 19-Sep-10 13:46:52

A Spanish-Scottish couple we know who are expecting in a few weeks <waves to J if she's reading> are planning on David for a boy. The pronunciation is slightly different across the two languages, but they aren't bothered by that.

ProfessorLaytonIsMyLoveSlave Sun 19-Sep-10 13:48:47

If you're planning to stay in Spain long-term I don't think it would sound affected to use a Spanish name (actually, personally I don't think it would sound affected anyway, but I don't see how a Spanish name could sound affected for a family living in Spain, assuming the children are growing up speaking Spanish outside the home).

Chica31 Sun 19-Sep-10 17:27:30

Yes, we are planning on being here long term, we have already lived here for years and both speak Spanish well.

I love the name David, but it is my Dad's name.

Tuschinski Mon 20-Sep-10 13:10:00


Sari Mon 20-Sep-10 13:16:26

Oliver works well. Also shortened.

Chica31 Mon 20-Sep-10 19:19:41

I really like Ruben, great name! On the list now.

Oliver is another great name, but a childhood friend has recently used it and our mums are still very good friends, so no

Meow75 Mon 20-Sep-10 19:22:24

My nephew who is British, but has lived in Lanza since he was 4 months old, and his name is Tomas (I think there is an accent of some description on the "a" but I'm not sure.

He is now nearly 4 yrs old, btw.

Chica31 Mon 20-Sep-10 19:22:39

I wish I had let the doctor tell me the sex of the baby at the scan now. He was just about to say, when I suddenly remembered, I don't want to know. All my friends, who are Spanish, think I am mad! But we didn't know for DD either. The doctors at the hospital think it is some funny old English tradition not to find out.

Please keep more names coming I need more ideas. Thanks every one.

Chica31 Mon 20-Sep-10 19:25:27

Thanks meow I love the name Tomas, but 3 of my friends have a Thomas.

Chica31 Mon 20-Sep-10 19:28:08

DH doesn't like Ruben as our surname begins with a R. Plus we really need to use the name Robert as a middle name at least, DH, his Dad, his Grandad ..... are all called, Robert something but are called by their middle name

Sari Tue 21-Sep-10 11:33:11

William. Everyone will be able to pronounce it even if it's not a Spanish name. I know a William with a Spanish mother and British father.

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