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Girls names that work in Dutch, English (and maybe French)

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SomethingSuitablyWitty Wed 17-Oct-12 10:27:46

I'm based in Belgium and will be expecting DD2 in March! We are a bilingual family, speaking English and Dutch (Flemish). Where we live is largely French speaking. So, I'm looking for ideas!

Basically, DD1 has a very simple little Irish name spelled as it is pronounced and said more or less the same in the three languages (similar to "Sara"). I'm looking for another name, possibly with an Irish connection, which would also travel well and work in Dutch.

I like some Dutch names, like Marta or Freya for example, but think they are a bit too close to DD1's name. French names are also popular here: like Sophie or Léonie and I'd be open to something like that too. But nothing has really struck me yet and I'd like to start getting some ideas together!

Any inspiration?! Thanks a lot!

Gwennan Wed 17-Oct-12 10:36:35

Simple suggestions
Cara
Maria
Alannah
Orla
Tara
Clara
Ruth
Shauna
Amber
Emma
Eva
Anna
Beatrix
Anneke
Mia
Emily
Elsa
Lucy
Julia
Chloe
Jessica
Megan
Molly
Laura
Grace
Leah
Zoe
Kate
Hannah
Ruby
Holly
Amy/Aimée
Lily

eBook Wed 17-Oct-12 10:37:48

Laura
Nicole
Jessica
Eva
Emma
Melanie
Jennifer
Charlotte
Julie
Lisa

SchrodingersMew Wed 17-Oct-12 10:39:05

Astrid
Freya
Erica
Stephanie
Cassandra?

SomethingSuitablyWitty Wed 17-Oct-12 10:43:34

Ooh! this is fun. You have some great ideas. Really liking Anneke, Mia, Eva and Astrid so far (though I think Astrid is one of the Royal family here, so probably not a runner)...

SchrodingersMew Wed 17-Oct-12 10:54:08

Is it? I didn't know that. Does that mean it wouldn't be okay to use?

HipHopOpotomus Wed 17-Oct-12 10:56:54

Monique
Naomi

SomethingSuitablyWitty Wed 17-Oct-12 11:10:37

Well, it would be OK schrodinger, but actually the Flemish don't tend to be such keen royalists ;-) Though extremely mild and non-nationalist, I couldn't see hubby going for it.

cheesesavory Wed 17-Oct-12 11:20:04

Erin?

SomethingSuitablyWitty Wed 17-Oct-12 11:27:24

Erin is cute, but I think of it as a bit more american really. I woudl like to get an Irish connection in though...

echidnakid Wed 17-Oct-12 11:37:47

How about Brigid/Brigit?

SomethingSuitablyWitty Wed 17-Oct-12 11:39:36

THat's the kind of thing that could work, but I always think of Brigid as a bit of an old lady name.

notMarlene Wed 17-Oct-12 11:54:32

We much enjoyed compiling a list of totally unusable names for our dutch / english DCs. I can't remember them all but Freek, Goof, Joke and Floor were in there. Prefectly acceptable in dutch but, erm, less so in english.

Finding nmas that worked was quite a struggle, the e endings are a killer: Charlotte prn. Charlotta, Eve prn. Ava, Isabelle prn. Isabella. Glad I don't have to go through all that again!

Anywya, that was of no help at all hmm

Good luck!

notMarlene Wed 17-Oct-12 11:55:58

Saskia?

LadyMargolotta Wed 17-Oct-12 12:03:32

Nora
Lotte/a
Nina
Mara
Minne/a
Anya
Dana

Mia is a bit out of date, associated with middle aged women.

I don't think there is an Astrid in the belgian royal family, maybe in the dutch royal family.

SomethingSuitablyWitty Wed 17-Oct-12 12:04:03

YY to the unsuitable Dutch names :-) I like Saskia though.

LadyMargolotta Wed 17-Oct-12 12:04:53

grin at unusable dutch names.

I know a Bent (Bente for a girl); and a Frig.

LadyMargolotta Wed 17-Oct-12 12:05:29

If you like Saskia, what about Silke/a or Skye?

jkklpu Wed 17-Oct-12 12:08:20

Elise
Margot
Louise
Caroline

LadyMargolotta Wed 17-Oct-12 12:09:07

That reminds me, I also know a baby 'Line'.

SomethingSuitablyWitty Wed 17-Oct-12 12:09:34

Nina and Anya are nice. You may be right about Mia. As for Princess Astrid...

echidnakid Wed 17-Oct-12 12:09:47

I love old lady names so I'm probably no help!

Helena
Ellen

SomethingSuitablyWitty Wed 17-Oct-12 12:10:31

Frig, Line... wow, those could really work. grin

SomethingSuitablyWitty Wed 17-Oct-12 12:11:56

Elise definitely travels very well.

JennaLemon Wed 17-Oct-12 12:12:06

Anya is lovely
Margot was Anne Frank's sister so presumably that is used in the netherlands ?
Ellen is lovely no idea if that sounds like a Dutch word though. I know no dutch

bent and frig?!

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