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Agatha, Melanie, Sebastian

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RainbowBabyMum Fri 01-Feb-13 09:42:45

I'm from Russia, but live in England, so I mb can't understand what the perceptions of names would be.
Could you help me please?
What do you think about:

Sebastian (for boy)

Rhubarbgarden Sat 02-Feb-13 08:26:13

I love Russian names. One of my all time favourites is Ludmila, I'd have loved an excuse to use it but no Russian connection here.

Agatha is lovely.

mathanxiety Sat 02-Feb-13 05:58:01

I would avoid Melanie. It's a name I associate with the Spice Girls.

Agatha is beautiful imo, but I don't like Sebastian. Both names would say Educated Middle Class to me.

In your position, I would really go ahead and choose whatever Russian name I liked, a name with a positive association for you, one that has a significance for you, and not worry about appearing 'too' Russian. You are going to be seen as Russian whether your family has Russian names or more English ones. Don't try to please everyone -- it's impossible. Please yourselves. Go with what you love.

Porkster Sat 02-Feb-13 00:08:19

Russian names look so much nicer.

I would avoid Melanie at all costs; it's a 'Sharon' type bame which was awful I the 70s and is even worse now.

lottiegarbanzo Fri 01-Feb-13 21:52:24

I think Agatha is a great choice, nice granny chic but not popular.

Melanie seems very dated in a less good way. It was popular in the 60s and 70s (goes with Debbie, Jackie, Joanne and Louise). I don't think it ever had been before, so it exclusive to 35-55yo women now. Makes me think of melons. Melody I nicer I think.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 01-Feb-13 21:45:42

Think it can be hard choosing our baby names wherever we come from smile

amck5700 Fri 01-Feb-13 21:41:58

Lilliana maybe?

RainbowBabyMum Fri 01-Feb-13 21:26:54

Thank you very much for your answers.
Well. There are a lot of Russian names (or not Russian, but international) which I think works in UK or could be simply transformed. For example
Maria (Masha)
Elena (Helen)
Natalia (Natasha)
Sofia (or Sophia)
Elisaveta (Lisa)
Ekaterina (Katya)
Margarita (Rita)
Irina (Arina)
Alexandra (Sasha)
Marfa (Martha)

For boys

Nikolay (Nickolas)
Timofey (Timothy)
Petr (Peter)
Stepan (Stephen)
Lev (Leo)

The problem is that most of them are very popular in Russia and especially here among russian people or I don't like them or my husband doesn'tsmile

jkklpu Fri 01-Feb-13 20:34:03

- I love all these

Minty82 Fri 01-Feb-13 20:26:17

Ok, honest associations for me:

Agatha - frumpy Victorian maiden aunt
Melanie - 1980s, bad perm (hairstyle)
Sebastian - for years this was considered almost unuseably posh and over-the-top, but it seems to have been rehabilitated, and I've actually changed my mind about it now that I've met a few real people called it; think I quite like it.

Agree that as long as it's pronounceable in English a Russian name would be fine.

JazzAnnNonMouse Fri 01-Feb-13 19:49:40

I like the look of the other names but how do you pronounce them? I wouldn't worry too much about what others think if they sound good to you though!

JazzAnnNonMouse Fri 01-Feb-13 19:48:12

I like Melanie and Sebastian both can be shortened nicely and sound nice in England. I personally don't really like agatha, I think it's the ag sound I don't like but that might just be me.
I didn't know Melanie was Russian smile learnt something new today!

MerlotAndMe Fri 01-Feb-13 19:41:59

Agatha - catholic martyr, burnt at the stake, it's almost so unfashionable and clunky that it's fashionable in that 'im so brave and posh i can use a yuk name' kind of way

Sebastian - jmo, but boring, wannabe posh. What do you shorten it to? Seb? blah. Bash? so wanky!

Melanie- I like this one! it's a bit dated but it's not tarnished by time. It's pretty and it would be unusual without being try-hard or weird.

What russian names would you think would work in the uk?

Allalonenow Fri 01-Feb-13 17:59:59

I really like Agatha and Sebastian.

amazingmumof6 Fri 01-Feb-13 17:53:37

Ephrosinia sounds like aphrodisiac (prosexual booster), so I'd avoid that one! grin

IAmLouisWalsh Fri 01-Feb-13 17:46:54

I love Evdokia and Ephrosinia. And Sergei.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 01-Feb-13 15:41:04

Agatha has made a comeback, I do like it, very elegant. Melanie is a pretty name. Sebastian is a great name.

Whichever name you choose, in Britain there will be some way of shortening it! The Russian names you mention sound very striking and attractive, don't be afraid to pick something unusual.

BlueChampagne Fri 01-Feb-13 14:28:07

Another vote for choosing the name you love! People will soon learn to spell and pronounce it.

shoobidoo Fri 01-Feb-13 14:03:17

I agree - Evdokia and Afansay are great names that not only have meaning to you and your child's heritage, they are also lovely names that aren't overused in the UK. Your child will be well remembered with his/her name!

amazingmumof6 Fri 01-Feb-13 13:51:36

I really wouldn't worry about that shocking people, I know really weird names that parents chose just to be different.

you are Russian, so if you want to keep your kids Russian names good for you!

people will get used to it!smile

I like Evgenij and Anastasia too (not sure how you'd spell them)

I LOVE Evdokia, how gorgeous!

RainbowBabyMum Fri 01-Feb-13 12:58:51

To be honest I would prefer Russian names like Aphanasy (or Afanasy) for a boy and Evdokia or Efrosinia (Ephrosinia) for a girl. But I think they are too strange and unusual for England and I don't want to shock peoplesmile
So I'm looking for something that sound good on both languages.

shoobidoo Fri 01-Feb-13 12:25:49

If you're Russian, I'd probably choose a Russian name that works well in English - much cooler and unusual!
I like Melanie - classic, feminine and underused these dasy. Sebastian is nice but I really dislike Seb or Sebbie (sounds so weak). Sergei is a great name!

amck5700 Fri 01-Feb-13 11:20:18

I like all those, Alexander is another name that crosses over perfectly too. My son also has a Yanis in his class but I think he may be Latvian rather than Russian.

amazingmumof6 Fri 01-Feb-13 11:00:28

Sergei rocks!

And you are Russian, so I'd definitely go for that - even if for a second name!

HillBillySillyBilly Fri 01-Feb-13 10:51:23

Love Agatha and Sebastian.

NowPlayingZone Fri 01-Feb-13 10:22:46

I quite like your choices.
Agatha is old lady chic, Melanie is retro, & Sebastian is fairly widely used. They all sound fine to me & I think if you like them, use them.

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