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Aaaaargh GIRLS name :(

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BoyMeetsWorld Thu 27-Jun-13 19:37:18

I'm going (possible pregnancy led) bonkers!!!!

I've put so many posts on here, so many shortlists & had to delete the recent (most helpful) one because in my baby brained state I revealed my highly unusual surname.

I just loathe virtually all girls names sad and those I do like, DH detests sad he's French...that's important in our choice.

Please help us pick before baby arrives!!

Current short list = Aurora, Isolde, Jasmine or Juliette. I accept that Juliette is the most mainstream of those & therefore likely to be the favourite but I'm concerned it's becoming popular v fast plus I don't like the fact it means 'little Julie' (has to be the French version). None of our short list names feel 'perfect'.

Also v open to other suggestions I might like based on that short list - please think outside the box!!!

Thank you so much, someone has to be able to figure this out for me!

MortifiedAdams Fri 28-Jun-13 19:51:02

Ah ok thanks Fantail. Onoy just worked out what a Breton top is, to then find out they have Breton names too.

Fantail Fri 28-Jun-13 19:41:55

Mortified - Breton names are from Brittany in France. Breton is a Celtic language.

Slavetominidictator Fri 28-Jun-13 17:35:57

Love love love Isolde - I have a Claudia and Isolde is on my short list for dd2 yet to be conceived.

MortifiedAdams Fri 28-Jun-13 17:26:36

What are Breton names and why are they called that?

BumbleBee2011 Fri 28-Jun-13 17:24:04

In the Breton names I quite liked Nolwenn/Nolwene (tbh there are lots of spellings/variations of most Breton names, you can usually pick your favourite!)

Also Maela/Maelie (pronounced mah-eh-la/mah-eh-lee)

If you google "prenoms bretons" a few sites list them alphabetically for boys or girls.

BoyMeetsWorld Fri 28-Jun-13 15:07:56

Lily - we'd pronounce it Izz-Ol-Duh

LilyAmaryllis Fri 28-Jun-13 14:41:42

Chantal (always quite liked it since French lessons at school!)

Like Julienne too.

How do you pronouce Isolde?

Elquota Fri 28-Jun-13 14:31:27

Eliana Juliette would be a lovely combination. And what a great meaning too.

BoyMeetsWorld Fri 28-Jun-13 13:41:54

Do you think it could be shortened to Annie instead or would Ellie be inevitable?

LittlePandaBear Fri 28-Jun-13 13:26:47

I think Eliana is really pretty, but you'd have to be preapred for it to be shortened to Ellie, of which there are many.

BoyMeetsWorld Fri 28-Jun-13 11:43:31

The other name I do really like is Eliana (I have Hebrew roots) meaning 'of the sun or 'God has answered'. Probably with Juliette as the mn...

What do people think of that option?

Julienne is also lovely thanks to whoever suggested that, I'll see what DH thinks of it

mixedmamameansbusiness Fri 28-Jun-13 10:52:24

I like Edith too, but only in pronounced in the French way Ee dit.

In Tristan and Isolde, Isolde is Irish and doesn't have the duh sound at the end.

Either way though I will say it again stunning stunning name.

Eskino Fri 28-Jun-13 09:39:58

I know a French 'Marcelle'. I think its a beautiful and strong name.

baskingseals Fri 28-Jun-13 09:38:58

I think Agnes sounds absolutely beautiful in French, I would have used it for dd except I couldn't justify it at all, sadly having zero French heritage.

Also really like Solange, Delphine and Fabienne.

HoneyandRum Fri 28-Jun-13 09:27:22

Love that Lars.

larsandtherealgirl Fri 28-Jun-13 06:30:29

My friend is English and her husband is French and they called their daughter Solveig (pronounced Solvay). It's a Scandinavian name but sounds beautiful in English or French.

LittlePebble Fri 28-Jun-13 06:19:56

Isolde is so beautiful please choose it

nooka Fri 28-Jun-13 06:13:13

dd has a Julienne in her class (although she is mostly known as Julie) I thought that was pretty and unusual. Personally I prefer the look of Juliet to Juliette, but wither way it's another pretty name.

I would have thought that Jasmine was more commonly used that Juliette.

BoyMeetsWorld Fri 28-Jun-13 06:00:39

Bumblebee, as you sound so similar to my situation....which Breton names do you like, which your DH has vetoed? Perhaps my DH would like some!

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Fri 28-Jun-13 05:56:13

I love Celine, but it may well be dated in France.

As well as Aurelie, there is Aurelia.

BumbleBee2011 Fri 28-Jun-13 05:31:27

Claudia is "claw" in French too, "clou" as in "cloud" is German (tbh most names sound better with German pronunciation wink)

fuckwittery Fri 28-Jun-13 04:26:26

Would you not pronounce claudia as in cloud, not claw, or are you just worried about the anglicised pronunciation?

fuckwittery Fri 28-Jun-13 04:23:59

Arianne - v underused but lovely! (1731st, 10 babies in E&W 2010)

fuckwittery Fri 28-Jun-13 04:19:29

Here's a stats graph for Juliette popularity in the UK since 1996
717th 1996
482nd in 2010

To put that into context, there were 84 baby Juliettes in 2010 in England and Wales

May I offer my current favourite which is Emmeline

BumbleBee2011 Fri 28-Jun-13 04:05:43

We have a similar situation (I'm French and DH British, I was veto-ing a lot of his favourites as they sounded awful in French).

Isolde is lovely, would be "Izz-old" in French though rather than "Izz-ol-duh" (that's the more German/English pronunciation)

One of the things I wanted to avoid was names that sounded completely different in either language, so for example nothing starting with H (where you'd drop it in French) and nothing too heavy on the R front (so of course DH wanted Harriet confused)

We wanted "unpopular" names so have a Beatrice and an Emmeline, were also considering Emilie, Cecilie/Cecilia, Louise...

I love Breton names but DH wasn't keen - there are some beautiful and definitely unusual names which are easy to pronounce in English.

Good luck smile

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