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Orla Yves - french middle name thoughts!

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Stella29 Tue 09-Dec-14 23:18:23

Hi mummies,

We have been pondering over our girls middle name. Originally Orla Rose but starting to think it's too common (MIL is a Rosemary) Husbands grandmother is french - we decided a french middle name would be nice. Thoughts on

Orla Yves (pronounced Eve)

Orla Odette (husbands grandmother)

Or still Orla Rose

TheHoHoHoundsBitch Tue 09-Dec-14 23:23:00

Yves is a boys name.
Orla Rose is the best of those.

Beangarda Tue 09-Dec-14 23:34:59

Just adding my voice to the 'Yves is a boy's name' cohort. The French version of Eve is Eve, with an accent on the first 'e', and pronounced, roughly,'Ev'.

Orla is lovely, but the lack of 'r' pronunciation (assuming you're English with a non-rhotic accent, OP) makes it 'Ola', which isn't so nice...

Bonsoir Tue 09-Dec-14 23:41:09

Orla Yves is a very odd combination indeed for reasons explained by other posters.

Orla Odette isn't great either.

AfroPuffs Tue 09-Dec-14 23:53:07

Giselle ?

TheCowThatLaughs Wed 10-Dec-14 00:09:04


MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Wed 10-Dec-14 00:23:38

You can't give her a boy's name shock

Orla Louise
Orla Marianne
Orla Josephine

Threeplus1 Wed 10-Dec-14 00:25:52

Orla kiely grin

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Wed 10-Dec-14 00:28:47


Yeah call her Orla Kylie.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Wed 10-Dec-14 01:09:44

I rather like Orla Yvette actually!

I think Orla is quite a different 'style' of name to many French names, so it might be tricky to find one that goes well.

moonrocket Wed 10-Dec-14 01:36:03

If you're thinking Orla Odette... I hope your surname does not begin with 'H'!

Yves you cannot give her!

Orla Frances?
Orla Francoise?

mathanxiety Wed 10-Dec-14 06:18:13

Orla Madeleine
Orla Mélanie
Orla Marie or Manon
Orla Noemie
Orla Juliette
Orla Ines
Orla Solène
Orla Delphine

EhricJinglingHisBallsOnHigh Wed 10-Dec-14 06:48:30

There is something a bit odd about a clearly Irish name followed by a clear
Y French name. Yves is a no no as it's a male name but actually most of the others are lovely names and as I think middle names are a bit pointless anyway, go for it!just not yves.

Hakluyt Wed 10-Dec-14 06:52:32

Orla Helene (with the accents- don't know how to do them)

Beangarda Wed 10-Dec-14 08:24:07

Why not just Orla Eve?

CitronVert Wed 10-Dec-14 09:03:09

Apart from the fact that Yves is a boy's name, a middle name starting with a vowel doesn't really flow after Orla (which is lovely). I'd go for a middle name starting with a consonant. If you like French names how about
Orla Jeanne
Orla Claire
Orla Celine
Orla Sylvie

AdventCaroline Wed 10-Dec-14 09:16:25

Beangarda, people with non-rhotic accents do mark r's sometimes!

It wouldn't be Ola in my accent, more like Aw -luh

Agree Yves is a boy's name.

Stella29 Wed 10-Dec-14 09:43:01

Thank you all v much! Yves is a no after reading this!! I still like Orla Rose. Quite like Orla Celine too!

mathanxiety Wed 10-Dec-14 23:07:14

Awla is just as incorrect as Ola. The R does not have a W sound.

chrome100 Thu 11-Dec-14 11:16:17

Isn't Yves a boy's name?

GreatAuntDinah Thu 11-Dec-14 13:35:04

yes, as practically every other PP has already pointed out grin

minipie Thu 11-Dec-14 18:37:19

Orla Yvette

I agree consonants work best though. I'd also pick something that's both a French and a UK name, so it doesn't contrast too much with Orla.

Orla Madeleine
Orla Vivienne
Orla Juliette
Orla Marianne
Orla Clementine

ch1134 Thu 11-Dec-14 20:48:45

Orla Yves is odd, I agree with others. Strange to have very Irish + very French, Yves is a boy's name, and they don't flow (it sounds like 'or leave'). Maybe the Orla Claire suggestion would work as Clare could be French or Irish (whichever spelling you prefer).

kelda Thu 11-Dec-14 20:49:42

Yves is a boy's name.

Orla Odette is nice.

ch1134 Thu 11-Dec-14 20:50:43

Orla Celine akes me think of rhinoceros (orloceline)... Minipie has the right idea.

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