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being induced tomorrow - having a little wobble on my boy's name!!

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Nancy54 Mon 24-Sep-12 08:01:08

hi everyone,

i'm being induced tomorrow and i'm having boy / girl twins.

i'm english but live in france with dp who is french.

The little girl is gonna be called ella (known but not really common in france) and until this v early morning (as i laid in bed thinking about it!!), the little boy is going to be samuel.

just having a little wobble on samuel, not really sure why but not hundred percent sure.

so i thought i'd ask for any other suggestions, just in case!! it has to be a name that sounds ok in both french and english, and if possible isn't prononced totally differently in the two languages.


boyfallingoutofthesky Mon 24-Sep-12 08:05:54

Samuel is a lovely name.

The only thing I would worry about is if they are going to be referred to as Sam and Ella...I guess you could make sure from the beginning you always say Ella and Sam!

Natnat29 Mon 24-Sep-12 08:18:48

Agree with poster, do you have any back up named for either?

PiratesKnittingTreasure Mon 24-Sep-12 08:22:26

I wouldn't cos of the salmonella connotations!

Both lovely names but I wouldn't use them together.

Good luck!

GoldPlatedNineDoors Mon 24-Sep-12 08:32:59

Its the Sam and Ella thing that would put me off.

Eva, Emma, Tom, Jack

scaevola Mon 24-Sep-12 08:35:04

Samuel is a lovely name.

If Sam and Ella together making Salmonella is off putting, how about Daniel?

CachuHwch Mon 24-Sep-12 09:26:20

I know of Sam and Ella twins, and I'm afraid they get shock looks all the time. In fact, the mother had to go into school to tell the teachers to refer to them as Ella and Sam. The mother did notice the salmonella thing before, but never thought it would be the big issue it has become. Sorry. sad
I'd go for Ben.

YouMayLogOut Mon 24-Sep-12 09:55:57

"Sam and Ella" does sound like "salmonella".

Ella and...


Nancy54 Mon 24-Sep-12 13:35:19

oh shit, hadn't thought of the salmonella thing!!! shock

i don't think it'll matter in france cos it isn't exactly the same, plus they don't tend to shorten names so samuel will stay samuel.

however, i'm gonna have to think about when we go in hol to englad, their english familly etc.

do have a couple of back up boys names. dp is completely set on ella.

joseph and louie were the other boy's names we liked but joseph is a bit old manish in france and louis is in the top 3 of names given here at the mo

MelodyPondering Mon 24-Sep-12 15:33:57

Oh yes, I'd probably step away from Samuel if you are also having an Ella!

I like Joseph, what about these:


Nancy54 Mon 24-Sep-12 16:51:22

oh bloody hell, starting to wish i hadn't asked actually as ignorance would been bliss!! lol

have asked french people and have been reassured that this is really not an issue in french. now just need to decide if the fact that it is in england bothers me. bearing in mind that they will go to school in france and just have holidays etc in england.

what do you think?

there is also the added prob that in france you have a max of 3 days to declare birth and name after birth so we need to be pretty quick deciding!!! confused

delilah88 Mon 24-Sep-12 16:54:06

no, don't worry about it at all! Someone on another thread pointed out (correctly) that Amelia is the medical term for a birth defect where the baby is missing limbs -- that hasn't stopped it becoming no.1 name in England.
People don't think about sickness when they are engaging with children.

delilah88 Mon 24-Sep-12 16:54:50

p.s. Also will force you into good feminist practice of saying your daughter's name first ;-)

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Mon 24-Sep-12 16:59:02

If you won't shorten it, and it wouldn't be an issue in France, I wouldn't worry.

MelodyPondering Mon 24-Sep-12 17:00:35

Deliliah makes an excellent suggestion!

delilah88 Mon 24-Sep-12 17:11:17

Lastly I think it occurs to us because of the salmonella outbreak of the late '80s... not something your kids' peers will remember!

BikeRunSki Mon 24-Sep-12 17:12:00

I love Samuel, but am biased, and it works well with my French nephew and niece.

But Sam and Ella.... no, 'fraid not.

I love Louie though.

PiratesKnittingTreasure Mon 24-Sep-12 18:16:39

Very few people know that about Amelia though - very few people haven't heard of salmonella!

I had a Sam and an Ella in my class to so long ago (not siblings) and if I ever said "Sam and Ella . . . " without thinking, my kids would roll around laughing (Y6).

There are so many lovely boys names without this connotation, why take the risk?

Nancy54 Mon 24-Sep-12 18:21:00

hmmmm not sure.

gonna run it past dp this eve.

having asked for other suggestions has made me realise how much i want to call him samuel!! grrrr

it def won't matter in france but if we ever move back to england.....

i'll let you know if we went with it or not!!

Ham69 Mon 24-Sep-12 19:00:52

I agree, I wouldn't 't risk the Sam and Ella thing.
I'm trying to think of other boy's named that you might like, though don't know anything about popularity in France.

CheerfulYank Tue 25-Sep-12 03:35:19

If he will always be Samuel I wouldn't worry overmuch. smile

soon2bmumof3 Tue 25-Sep-12 11:40:16

I love Samuel, could DH be persuaded to Elsa? I love that and a little less popular in UK (altho you say Ella is not overly popular in France as it is here), would've used for DD but I can only make blue ones it appears!

Teamthrills Tue 25-Sep-12 13:55:29

I would stick with Samuel & consider an alternative girls' name. Ella is a lovely name, but it's so popular here now you can be sure every little girl you meet is either Ella, Evie or Isabella...

diddl Tue 25-Sep-12 14:10:40

Don´t change either.

They are both lovely names.

When would they ever be referred to as "Sam & Ella"?

PiratesKnittingTreasure Wed 26-Sep-12 15:47:08

All the time diddl, they're siblings!!!

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