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Orangeisthenewbanana Sun 09-Mar-14 08:32:21

Trying to find a girl's name both DH & I like. We adore the name we chose for DD and are struggling to replicate that again!

DD's name ends in an -ee sound so I think I'd like to avoid that again (though that's not definite). Surname begins with S and ends with N. Keen to avoid names in the top 20-30 in popularity, but don't want anything too "out there". Not a fan of granny-chic or cursor names. MN will be Faith.

Suggestions so far.....
Mila - DH vetoed
Orla - I love this but we have no Irish connection
Cara - DH likes but I can't imagine using it day in, day out
Alana - bit too similar to best friend's name
Francesca - love this but dislike Fran, also too many F's with middle name
Alexandra - nephew is Alexander sad
Arya - have loved this for years after reading Game of Thrones but think the popularity of the TV series has spoiled it a bit for me
Keira - would you think Knightley?

Orangeisthenewbanana Sun 09-Mar-14 08:33:32

Oops! Cutsie not cursor! blush

Mumof3xx Sun 09-Mar-14 08:33:40

Orla is my favorite from your list

Orla Faith sounds lovely

KatAndKit Sun 09-Mar-14 08:36:34

If you love orla then use it, regardless of Irish connection or not. I don't think it matters and it goes well with your chosen middle name.

bakingtins Sun 09-Mar-14 08:39:18

Orla - like and don't think lack of Irish connection matters particularly if you use the anglicised spelling.
Cara / Carla / Carys / Clara all similar?
Francesca could have NN Frankie or Chesca, could add another MN to avoid the F-F
Arya - not a fan , what about Anya?
Keira = Knightley, sorry.

Orangeisthenewbanana Sun 09-Mar-14 08:47:53

Thanks for the quick responses. I'm not sure what it is about Orla that still makes me hesitate, though it's good to know people wouldn't find it weird to use it without any Irish family.

Another friend has a Clara and though I like Carys, it would be a bit of a mouthful with our surname.

Any other name suggestions more than welcome!smile

bakingtins Sun 09-Mar-14 16:35:51

Chiara? (kee-ar-a) name of a little girl in my DS's class, at first I thought it was a bit close to Kiora (orange drink of my childhood) but it has grown on me.

MyNameIsKenAdams Sun 09-Mar-14 16:41:50

I love Orla and its on my shortlist.

Francesca I like but would use the nn Frankie.

Not fussed in the rest sorry

Artandco Sun 09-Mar-14 16:48:24

Ariana , nn aria
Nuala
Clara
Lara

AMI88 Sun 09-Mar-14 16:53:28

I love April Rose, I was going to be called that but when I was born two weeks late, in April, my parents decided against it!

sleepingbeautiful Sun 09-Mar-14 17:04:57

I really like Orla and Cara (biased on one), and agree no problem with lack of Irish connection as spelling Anglicised way.

Other suggestions:
Ariana, Kyra, Gaia, Leah, Mara, Nina, Dorothea (Dora/Thea), Zinnia

Bowlersarm Sun 09-Mar-14 17:09:03

Lara, Laura, Freya or Flora all seem similar to the names you like.

alita7 Sun 09-Mar-14 17:28:39

Kiera smile my dsd3 is called kiera. Have you thought of Ariarna, Arianna, Ayla, Ariadne or arysa instead of arya ?

stinkingbishop Sun 09-Mar-14 18:42:28

What about Ailsa? Or Elsa? They both sound lovely with Faith.

LillyPops Sun 09-Mar-14 18:50:05

Cara is lovely

KiwiBanana Sun 09-Mar-14 18:50:11

You seem to like names in ending in A!
Antonia
Arianna
Alexia
Natalia
Emilia
Helena

Orangeisthenewbanana Sun 09-Mar-14 20:08:02

I do seem to like ones ending in "a" don't I? smile I'm not set on that, just thinking about something different from the "ee" sound of my DD's name, although I'm not dead set against that.

Arianna is my close friends' DD sadly, DH has vetoed Antonia and Freya/Emilia are beautiful but more popular than I'd like.

Lara, Helena, Ailsa, Leah are all definitely ones to think about. Any further ideas more than welcome!

Artandco Sun 09-Mar-14 20:35:52

Liliana
Lilian
Alina
Leonora

sleepingbeautiful Mon 10-Mar-14 02:58:26

Other 'a' names: Juliana, Julia, Lydia, Cora, Alicia, Tara, Claudia, Tabitha, Delia, Celia, Matilda, Sylvia, Carina, Natalia

Non ee/a names: Laurel, Megan, Bethan, Meredith, Merryn, Elowen, Alice, Harriet, Juliet, Kirsten, Erin, Tamsin, Edith, Honor, Margot, Corinne, Tanis, Josephine, Madeleine.

Newgoldheelsrock Mon 10-Mar-14 03:36:05

Rosa is lovely

aGirlDownUnder1 Mon 10-Mar-14 03:47:59

Cara, Alanda and Keira are lovely. If you like Keira, what about Ciara?

aufaniae Mon 10-Mar-14 06:40:00

Ariella

aufaniae Mon 10-Mar-14 06:40:34

Corinna

Mireio Wed 12-Mar-14 01:02:28

Anna
Saskia
Natalia
Iona
Kerensa
Liora
Amalia
Mattea
Rowena
Alice
Noelle
Sophia
Willa
Alix
Tessa
Alida
Cordelia
Jasmina
Delilah
Rosa
Louisa
Mara
Susanna
Gloria
Isadora
Maria
Ramona
Jemima
Thea
Zara

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