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Italian Names (+ 1 English!) for a Girl

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WhatILoved Sat 06-Apr-13 13:58:43


Don't know what we are having yet, already got the name for a boy but need help for girls. DH is Italian, name has to go with fairly frilly 3 syllable surname that starts with a soft G (like a J) and ends in lli.

Just want some opinions on the shortlist.

Isola: pronounced EEzohla with emphasis on the I not the O, this is DH's favourite as in his family. I need convincing as don't think people will pronounce it right.

Joanna - not so keen on the Italian Giovanna spelling.
Beatrice - Italian pronounciation is Baya-treech-eh


WhatILoved Sat 06-Apr-13 13:59:35

Meant to add Livia as well

FeijoaVodkaAndCheezels Sat 06-Apr-13 14:03:42

Isola is lovely, but Alba is my favorite. I really like Ciara too.

BananaHammocks Sat 06-Apr-13 14:04:33

Alba sounds like your a big Jessica Alba fan.
Joanna I find a bit boring.
Beatrice I like but it sounds like the pronunciation could cause some confusion.
Carmen and Arianna I like.
Love Isola but would automatically pronounce it Iz-OH-la.

BNmum Sat 06-Apr-13 14:05:12

I like Isola and Beatrice best, but also like Alba and Livia. I love Beatrice Alba. Are you having middle names?

WhatILoved Sat 06-Apr-13 15:01:10

Thanks for suggestions so far. Middle names actually more likely to be English family names - traditional for our family, I have the same (unisex) one as my dad etc. Not really bothered if they don't gel well together.

I never thought about the Jessica Alba thing!

DH's grandma was Isola, think this is why he wants it, but it's not even popular in Italy

Willowbear Sat 06-Apr-13 15:03:39

I like giulla pronounced julia.
Arianna is also lovely.

MsAkimbo Sat 06-Apr-13 15:04:01

Isola is very pretty! But I think Livia might translate best for both cultures.

MrsBungle Sat 06-Apr-13 15:04:46

My Italian SIL is called Floriana. I love her name.

soontobeslendergirl Sat 06-Apr-13 16:59:53


thermalsinapril Sat 06-Apr-13 17:45:59

Isola and Beatrice - I'd avoid due to the pronounciation problems. Just had a quick look and Isola means island or person who lived on an island. Would Isla be any good?

Alba and Arianna both lovely.

Carmen is a little "harder" sounding. Maybe because it makes me think of cars and men!

Joanna is nice but maybe doesn't go so well with your surname?

WhinyCrabbyPeople Sat 06-Apr-13 17:54:07

From your list I adore Isola and Livia. How about Francesca, Cosima or Florence?

I live in North America where Arianna is very popular and a bit, um, well...common.

NotTreadingGrapes Sat 06-Apr-13 18:00:17

I have a soft spot for Carmen but think Beatrice is prettier.

Alba is v old fashioned here in the south of Italy, and usually a nickname for Rosalba.

I've never heard of Isola being used as a name to be honest, although there are lots of Grannies with really fantastically way out names! Might be nice as a mn to honour her?

Annunziata Sat 06-Apr-13 21:11:50

Oh no, Alba is terribly old fashioned.

I've never heard of Isola being a name, how interesting.

Beatrice is beautiful.

IroningBoredDaily Sat 06-Apr-13 21:50:27

A friend of mine has just had a baby Alba - it's lovely.

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