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Em1503 Sat 10-May-14 15:09:57

Our baby girl is due soon and we are struggling to decide on a name! DH's mum passed away recently so he wants her name (Sandra) to be in there somewhere. We were thinking of changing it slightly and having Sandy as a middle name but DH really likes Allesandra as a first name. So.... Thoughts?? Or altrenatives?? Current first name favourite is Olivia.

So... Olivia Sandy or Allesandra something?? Other suggestions greatly welcome!!

guineapig1 Sat 10-May-14 15:12:00

Olivia Alessandra is lovely, you can still use Sandy as a nickname

AuntieStella Sat 10-May-14 15:14:06

I'd spell it Alessandra, and think it's a lovely name.

Do you have any names on your side of the family that might go nicely in the middle?

AMillionNameChangesLater Sat 10-May-14 15:14:58

My friend from uni was Alessandra, we called her Ssandra. Lovely name

Oblomov Sat 10-May-14 15:15:24

but its just an unusual spelling if Alexandra. please don't do this. she will spend her whole life spelling out her name to people.

Em1503 Sat 10-May-14 15:19:10

Oops, that's how I meant to spell it (Alessandra). I believe it is a name in its own right, just can't decide if I like it or not! Not sure if it's a pretty name or a bit of a mouthful! It would probably get shortened to Ally or something, don't really like Sandra.

IkeaFurnitureAssemblyChampions Sat 10-May-14 15:20:46

It's not 'an unusual spelling', it's an Italian name (a lovely one).

Em1503 Sat 10-May-14 15:20:56

No I don't really have any names from my side of the family that I'd want to use as a middle name, so it would be whatever we wanted.

WolfMoon Sat 10-May-14 16:19:35

DH's sister is Alessandra, she gets Alessi. It's a lovely name.

meditrina Sat 10-May-14 16:37:48

If you don't really like Sandra, then I think going for Alessandra is a really good choice, as MIL's name is right in there, but there is such great nn potential you'll never need to call her exactly the same.

I'd stick with an Italic/classic name in the middle. How about: Maria, Julia, Fabia, Luisa (or Louise)?

LadyRochford Sat 10-May-14 16:41:18

Lovely name, I like it much better than Olivia (although that's nice too).

alita7 Sat 10-May-14 18:29:26

Less used than the very popular Olivia which is good smile

how are you saying it? Aless an dra or aless arn dra?

burgatroyd Sat 10-May-14 19:14:37

Love it! Flowery without being Ott! How about Melisande or Corisande? Sandrine? Cassandra, Zandra? If Zadie Smith can z up Sadie then you can z up Sandra!

Jumblebee Sat 10-May-14 19:22:02

Love love love it!

Kind of wish I could have another baby girl so I could make her that...

Love the Alessi nickname as well!

Jumblebee Sat 10-May-14 19:24:05

*name, not make!

DaffodilsandTruffles Sat 10-May-14 19:29:10

Very pretty.

Passes the high court judge test too.

Winnie101 Sat 10-May-14 19:30:06

What a beautiful name!

Rosie29 Sat 10-May-14 19:37:34

That's a lovely name! Olivia is nice too but Alessandra is fab !

FatalCabbage Sat 10-May-14 19:41:16

I know an Alessandra - her little sister calls her Sandra but otherwise she gets her full name.

I like it in general, and in particular in your circumstances.

Olivia is very popular, approaching overused. Sandy is awful.

FourForksAche Sat 10-May-14 19:43:19

lovely name.

HollyBen Sat 10-May-14 19:43:42

Alessandra is much nicer than Olivia imo. How about Alessandra Olivia?

cheesecakemom Sat 10-May-14 19:58:38

Olivia Sandra / Sandrine / Alessandra

ANM07 Sat 10-May-14 20:01:56

Love it and much nicer than Olivia!

Em1503 Sat 10-May-14 20:07:49

This is the general feeling I get off everybody, that they love the name! Maybe it needs time to grow on me more, I know DH would love to use it. I'm not against it, it just wouldn't be my first choice - I think the sandra part of it sounds old fashioned?!? Am I just being silly and thinking about it too much???

AuditAngel Sat 10-May-14 20:30:51

DS is Alessandro Valentino, although we use Valentino as his given name, Tino for everyday. I was spluttering when someone suggested it was a made up name!

I also really like Luisa (DD2's name)

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