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Petra? Kiki? Zara?

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birdofthenorth Thu 04-Aug-11 14:17:35

Ok, following on from the gutting news that my current face girls name Vita is about to become a Play Station console :-() what do you think of...


Be honest, I can take it!

Yama Thu 04-Aug-11 14:18:43

Love Zara.

Not keen on the other two.

EdithWeston Thu 04-Aug-11 14:20:37

They are very closely associated with 1970s children's telly (or nearly so).

I'd go for Zara.

birdofthenorth Thu 04-Aug-11 14:25:44

Which 1970s kids tv? I was born in 1980, sorry!

sancerrre Thu 04-Aug-11 14:27:18

Another vote for Zara.

EdithWeston Thu 04-Aug-11 14:28:54

Petra was a Blue Peter dog, and the only one to have statue erected.

Kiki is the frog in Hector's house (ZsaZsa -nearly Zara - was the cat, which is why the three names together put me in happy reminiscence).

Vita the name will outlive vita the playstation, BTW.

belgo Thu 04-Aug-11 14:30:11

I like Vita,Zita,Zinnia,. Zara is nice to. Don't let a computer game put you off.

IslaValargeone Thu 04-Aug-11 14:35:42

I like Petra, it's different, certainly in the Uk anyway.
Like Kiki too, Zara I'm a bit meh about.

birdofthenorth Thu 04-Aug-11 14:36:06

Thanks Edith that makes sense now!

I hope you are all right that Vita has not been ruined forever more!

noddyholder Thu 04-Aug-11 14:36:31

I loved hectors house which is why I probably like kiki

birdofthenorth Thu 04-Aug-11 14:39:38

I do like Petra, I like pronounceable but unusual names. Kiki too but worry it might be a bit babyish or informal for adulthood?

Zara is DH's suggestion, which I do like, but would have been better received if we weren't watching Zara Philips' wedding coverage at the time! Also is it a bit like calling your baby Top Shop to today's generation?!

WynkenBlynkenandNod Thu 04-Aug-11 14:46:48

My DD is isn't Kiki as a nickname, I'm not hugely keen but it's OK.

I have a lovely cousin called Petra who I saw this week for the first time in 10 years and she's as great as ever. But over here in Germany they pronounce it Paytra, which I personally prefer.

Zara is my favourite of the three names.

manicinsomniac Thu 04-Aug-11 14:54:37

Love Zara, Petra is ok, Kiki is a bit too 'out there' for my taste.

rachel234 Thu 04-Aug-11 15:04:31

In German Petra is pronounced Peh (long e sound)-tra. It is an e sound, not ay. I like it.

Kiki is a little babyish and Zara a little 'trendy' and may date more.

Yama Thu 04-Aug-11 16:00:38

You could spell it Zarah.

mathanxiety Thu 04-Aug-11 16:09:10

Kiki was a parrot in an Enid Blyton story iirc.

Petra is a bit 'wanted a boy'.

Zara is nice -- but I would use Vita despite the game console.

Or would you consider Zita?

Suncottage Thu 04-Aug-11 16:14:07

My nn when I was little was Kiki becuase I could imitate the frog in Hector's House - I am not sure I would like to be an adult Kiki though hmm

InstantAtom Thu 04-Aug-11 16:24:19

Zara is lovely.

Petra is the Blue Peter dog.

Kiki is too showbizzy/nicknamey.

WynkenBlynkenandNod Thu 04-Aug-11 16:55:56

Ah yes, what Rachel said about the German way of saying Petra, I couldn't think how to explain it properly.

Bandwithering Thu 04-Aug-11 16:57:42

Zara is the nicest there. Petra reminds me of a dog for some reason. An alsatian. Or a petri dish. What was the other one? Kiki? oh cute nick namebut put Katherine on the bc perhaps.

Bandwithering Thu 04-Aug-11 16:59:24

ah the blue peter dog! of course.

MEBMotherof3 Thu 04-Aug-11 18:27:20

A friend of mine has just had a Zaria (like Zara but Za-re-a), just thought I'd throw that out there!

RatherBeParcelPiste Thu 04-Aug-11 18:33:42

To be fair Petra the Dog is ancient history! I was there and I know grin

My brother had a friend called Petra at the time of Petra the Dog and it was fine. She would be late 40s now. I like it though...

EyeoftheStorm Thu 04-Aug-11 18:33:46

I have a Zara and it really suits her. If meaning is important, I've come across 'brightness of dawn' and 'splendour of flowers'. Shops and newly-married prinesses rarely come up although is sometimes heard as Sara.

EyeoftheStorm Thu 04-Aug-11 18:34:25


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