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What do you think? ..and any ideas for Danish middle names?

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whizzyrocket Wed 01-Jun-11 23:20:01

Righto! I'm not due until bonfire night, but my OH isn't interested in talking about names atm (the lure of the xbox is too strong!) so I thought I'd run my ideas past you here. The only things I have to guide me are that he likes traditional names (luckily so do I) and that he'd like it if we could pay homage to his roots by working a Danish name into the middle names somehow. So any Scandinavian names you can suggest will be gratefully listened to! His father's name is Rasmus (which my mum weirdly likes!) so please save my poor child from that appalling fate!

Here's my list of first names:

Adelaide
Claudia
Eve
Constance
Prudence
Penelope
Tabitha
Beatrice
Esther
Harriet

Frederick
Henry
Edward
Edmund
Reuben
Seth (no our surname isn't Starkadder!)
Theodore (Theo)
Matthias
Alexander
Ptolemy

So far on the Danish names front we could reuse Axel, which is my husband's second middle name, or Jorgen (pronounced Yohan), but goodness knows what you could do for a girl. I'd be happy with Klaus, but apparently in Denmark there's a family rift with an Uncle Klaus on the other side. Ho hum!

whizzyrocket Wed 01-Jun-11 23:22:16

Oh and our surname is unpronouncible, Danish, and with all kinds of accents: "S............ov"

Hope88 Wed 01-Jun-11 23:22:23

Claudia / Henry

YoureaKITTY Thu 02-Jun-11 12:51:38

Ooh Danish names smile lovely.
Something to bear in mind is that there are a lot of shared names (especially bible names) in English and Danish so have a think about whether it's important that it "sticks out" as Danish to reflect his/her heritage or you just want it to be pronounceable in Danish IYSWIM.

Here's the top 50 in Denmark atm.

My favourites:

Boys
Lars (the quintessential Danish name!)
Gustav
Emil
Andreas

Girls (NB in Danish you pronounce the "e"s on the end of names as a sort of "eh"/"ah" sound e.g. Josefine is Yo-seh-fee-neh)
Kirstine
Freja
Mathilde
Cecilie

whizzyrocket Thu 02-Jun-11 14:10:48

Thanks.

I ended up spending last night going through a huge list of Scandinavian names online, giggling at most of them and reading them out loud to the Man-of-the-Xbox-Controller.

Of the ones I read out we liked Felix and Mia (apparently Scandinavian meaning bitterly wanted child, and Star of the Sea.. as this one was a surprise I think the latter meaning is more apt!) but I don't think they're too obviously Danish. Do you think that matters?

Thanks for the link. It's interesting how names with English heritage like Tristan can be I think more popular over there than they are here.

NadiaWadia Thu 02-Jun-11 16:06:12

Asta or Astrid are nice. Or are they considered old-fashioned over there?

meditrina Thu 02-Jun-11 16:12:46

My favourite Danish girls name is Bodil.

I like all the girls names on your list, except Eve.

I like most of the ones on your boys list too - and would choose Frederick for a scandewegian feel.

YoureaKITTY Thu 02-Jun-11 21:46:42

No I don't think them being "too English" is a problem at all - Denmark gets more and more influenced by England/America by the day. Had an interesting conversation with my (Danish) mum about how some of the really popular names are actually reaaally English to the point where you can't really pronounce them using Danish sounds - you have to switch into an English accent to manage it! Oliver is the prime example.

Anyway, back on topic - Felix and Mia are both beautiful!

(PS Meditrina - at the risk of outing myself - Bodil is my name smile I do like it but it's a bit of a pain to have to spell out and because of the lack of a or e at the end people often think I'm male before they meet me! hmm)

ellangirl Thu 02-Jun-11 22:26:08

I love Inga for a girl and Tyge for a boy...
Of your first names I love Adelaide and Tabitha, and Matthias for a boy but prefer Edwin to Edmund/Edward.

whizzyrocket Thu 02-Jun-11 22:36:02

Wow! That's a truly unusual name.. I think I'd like it too. But our child will also probably be very tall (husband is 6ft6- one inch taller and he'd officially be a giant! :D) and ginger (my genes), and will always be the new kid as we're a forces family, so needs a first name at least that won't single them out too much when at school. Shame, I rather like names that noone else has- Clementine for example. Underused and very pretty.

I will bear in mind the more unusual names for their middle name(s) of course.

I do quite like Astrid. Pretty in an unconventional way. I'm not so sure about Asta though as it makes me think of Asti! :P

I'm glad you like Felix and Mia. They're really working their charms on me!

WillowFae Fri 03-Jun-11 23:53:55

Johanna (pronounced Yohannah)
Freya
Lise
Gretel
Kristine

IWishIWasAFrog Sat 04-Jun-11 02:39:01

Garth? My counsin is called Garth, blonde, blue eyed cricket genius, have always loved the name. Wish I could use it for my DS.

flimflammery Sat 04-Jun-11 02:45:09

Two Scandinavian kids I know are called Elvira (which I think is lovely, not known but easy to pronounce) and Oskar (also cool).

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