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Oh help, I think we're being the fussiest people in the world about girls' names

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WhatDyouCallEr Mon 26-Aug-13 20:12:04

We're expecting a DD in October and seem to have so many requirements that there are no names left that we can agree on.

I'm English (with some Irish ancestry), DH is German, and we live in Germany. DD will have my (English) surname and I don't want to burden her with two difficult names, so we're looking for a first name that will at least be easily recognisable to German speakers, even if it isn't German.

And then there's the issue of the surname itself (starts with an H and rhymes with Keith) which, especially when it's pronounced with a German accent, makes several sounds (ie, th, s, t, f) problematic in a first name.

We already have a DS called Johannes so none of the -anna names are really an option.

So far Klara and Esther seem to be top of our joint list, but neither of us can quite settle on either... We've also considered Katharina, Natalia, Aila and Rebecca. And I like Maren (MAHren), Ellen/Elena/Nella, Laura and Alma too, but he's not so keen.

Does some inspired person out there have the answer?! (I realise this OP totally outs me, so RL people could you please just pretend you haven't seen it? Thank you!)

JamieandtheMagicTorch Tue 27-Aug-13 17:39:57


Turniptwirl Tue 27-Aug-13 20:58:29

Maren and Alia are lovely!

Marta, Katrina, and elena are also nice

MortifiedAdams Tue 27-Aug-13 21:01:02

What about


TheSecondComing Tue 27-Aug-13 21:08:48

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sparklingstars Tue 27-Aug-13 21:14:54


TheFallenMadonna Tue 27-Aug-13 21:20:46


TarkaTheOtter Tue 27-Aug-13 21:22:06

Like lots of others on this thread, I thought Elsa when reading your OP.

bunnymother Tue 27-Aug-13 21:31:26

Annalise (if not already suggested)

ElBombero Tue 27-Aug-13 21:32:45

Madeleine gringrin

monniemae Tue 27-Aug-13 21:45:21


WhatDyouCallEr Wed 28-Aug-13 09:44:41

Thanks so much for all the suggestions. Making a new shortlist...

ElephantsEye Wed 28-Aug-13 23:31:08

Elisabeth works in both languages, does it work with your name though?

I love the name Astrid.

raisah Thu 29-Aug-13 08:58:09


GrandstandingBlueTit Thu 29-Aug-13 11:08:45

I love the name Mareike, but it's probably too German for your specs.

Martha pronounced the German way improves the name. I think Marta is prettier.

ohmymimi Thu 29-Aug-13 12:52:08


AnotherStitchInTime Thu 29-Aug-13 13:20:26


capercaillie Thu 29-Aug-13 13:28:08

Agree that Martha and nina are lovely names.
Elke and Elsa also great.

WhatDyouCallEr Fri 30-Aug-13 20:53:34

Well my new shortlist isn't so very different from the old one, but somehow it's comforting that we're on the right track and hadn't overlooked loads of names we love. smile So many of you have suggested names that I've liked but had to abandon for one reason or another.

Anyway, here's my current top ten. Any opinions or further suggestions still very gratefully received. I'd be especially interested to know what other people think about whether or not we should avoid an "ie" sound, given my surname (think Hampstead H... if I haven't made it obvious enough).

Zoe (back in the running, and according to DH the German pronunciation is more like ZOH-eh)
Ellen/Elena/Nella/Nell (I'd love to use one of these because they have lots of family connections, but not sure which and DH doesn't seem convinced)
Martha (also back in the running for me, but I think it comes under DH's veto on old lady names)
Charlotte (I think Charlie is a great shortening but I just can't seem to love any of the longer options enough)

Thanks again, all.

NotMyChashkaChai Sat 31-Aug-13 08:25:52

Very biased but we have a Katerina who is nicknamed Katya. As we live in the UK, we spelt it without the 'h' (we're the opposite to you - german surname but live in the UK). We love the name and have received many compliments.

ELR Sat 31-Aug-13 08:56:02

All quite nice not keen on Alma and I don't think Esther goes with your surname. My faves are Klara or katharina also what about Kara? Also just wanted to throw a name I love in to confuse matters: Juliette.

LeoandBoosmum Sun 01-Sep-13 22:51:21

Clara or Claudia

babycakemumma Mon 02-Sep-13 19:35:11


WhatDyouCallEr Mon 02-Sep-13 19:59:17

Klara is the name we seem to keep coming back to, so I'm glad lots of people seem to like it. It's fairly popular here, but probably not enough to put us off.

Claudia isn't on my list because although I think the English pronunciation is really pretty, in the German context it has quite a strong 1960s/70s feel which I'm not so keen on. And although Elsa works really well and I like lots of variants of Elisabeth, I've pretty much decided against them because of a family association...

brightnearly Tue 03-Sep-13 07:47:51

What about Rosie or Maria, which is not that common in Germany and beautiful?

brightnearly Tue 03-Sep-13 07:55:42

Or Lily (Lilli, Lilly), Louise, Irene (might feel a bit old fashioned), or Amelie?

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