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(14 Posts)
BoyMeetsWorld Mon 08-Apr-13 20:05:17

1) how would you pronounce Raphaëlle?

2) what do you think of this for a baby girl with a French surname / family?


aoife24 Mon 08-Apr-13 20:56:19

I'd pronounce it 'raf i elle'. It's a beautiful and elegant name and would, I think, go very well with a french surname.

thegreylady Mon 08-Apr-13 21:27:18


jkklpu Mon 08-Apr-13 22:44:40

It's a lovely name in French, pronounced the same as Raphael.

formicaqueen Tue 09-Apr-13 23:35:15


deleted203 Tue 09-Apr-13 23:49:25

Raf - I - Elle...(although personally I clicked on the link thinking, 'oooh...female teenage mutant ninja turtle grin

Still18atheart Tue 09-Apr-13 23:55:54

I actually really like it especially with a French Surname. Plus it's got that little bit different factor which is a bonus

BoyMeetsWorld Wed 10-Apr-13 07:22:28

Thanks everyone, more positive than I'd expected smile

Haha we don't really mind the female ninja turtle connotation - DS would love it!!!

Only concern was is it too masculine & people will think she's a boy on paper? Do you prefer it as Raphaella?

cuillereasoupe Wed 10-Apr-13 09:01:20

I love it. It woulda been a contender but DP's cousin got there first.

BoyMeetsWorld Wed 10-Apr-13 09:12:28

Oooh how has your DP's cousin found the response to the name (if you know)?

NotTreadingGrapes Wed 10-Apr-13 10:08:58

I think you might find some people initially being surprised it was a girl, but then with a French heritage, they should soon get to grips with it.

I also like Raffaella very much.

ZolaBuddleia Wed 10-Apr-13 16:05:12

I love it. I'd pronounce the male version as Raff-ay-ul and the female as Raff-eye-ell. No idea why the middle syllable changes for me, but it does! blush

fussychica Wed 10-Apr-13 17:07:12

Lovely - how about Inez as a middle name?

ZolaBuddleia Wed 10-Apr-13 17:47:45

Ah, I love the look of Inez. Is it Innez, Inness, Eyenez?

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