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What do you think of the name 'Ima'? Have you ever met one and what was she like?

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InTheBox Mon 10-Aug-15 19:13:50

Just that really.

Do you like it? Do you know of any, where are they from and what were they like?

IsItMeOrIsItHotInHere Mon 10-Aug-15 19:15:03

Is it pronounced the same as 'I'm a…' ?

Because if it is, it's going to bring her a whole heap of trouble. I wouldn't risk it. It's not that nice anyway.

LineRunner Mon 10-Aug-15 19:15:42

It's Hebrew for mother / mum. That's my knowledge of it, anyway. Pronounced eem-a.

YAsoNBU Mon 10-Aug-15 19:16:48

What were they like?

Because your name determines what kind of person you are hmm

Lurleene Mon 10-Aug-15 19:17:16

Ima Frayed Not, sorry.

FenellaFellorick Mon 10-Aug-15 19:17:16


that sounds nice enough but yes, she'll have a lifetime of explaining it's not I'm a....

No, I don't know any, it's not a name I've heard before.

InTheBox Mon 10-Aug-15 19:17:55

Yes LineRunner --> IsItMeOrIsItHotInHere it's pronounced 'eem-a'

Am I mistaken it is a typical dutch name, or was someone lying to me?

FenellaFellorick Mon 10-Aug-15 19:22:10

click here

according to this, it's a variant of Emma

chipsandpeas Mon 10-Aug-15 19:23:18

written down i would think it was ina misspelled

Mmbop Mon 10-Aug-15 19:28:14

I've never heard it before. I think I like it pronounced eema, not eye-ma though.

Naoko Mon 10-Aug-15 19:31:27

I'm Dutch, and I've never heard the name before. I know a woman called 'Ina' (same kind of pronunciation), I think it's short for something but not sure what - possibly Wilhemina, although Mina or Mien would be the more common shortening. Not very modern though.

There's also 'Ieme', which is a male name you might hear in the Northern, Frisian-speaking part of the country.

CarriesBucketOfBlood Mon 10-Aug-15 19:36:16

I hope your DC never falls in love with a Mr Knobbe or Hoare.

SmugairleRoin Mon 10-Aug-15 19:47:11

Sounds pretty op, but I think she'd be driven mad by constantly having to explain how to pronounce it.

iamabear Mon 10-Aug-15 20:14:07

I agree that it sounds like 'I'm a...', but then i've always thought that Isla always sounds too much like 'I'll er... (make a cake, for example)' but that doesn't seem to have put people off!

mammmamia Mon 10-Aug-15 20:19:26

Is it pronounced the same as the Irish name Eimear? Because I like that more than Ima even though they sort of sound the same.

GladysTheGolem Mon 10-Aug-15 20:20:30

I like Ida, Ava etc but I've never heard of it.

Costacoffeeplease Mon 10-Aug-15 20:22:21

To me, it looks like it should be Irma

mammmamia Mon 10-Aug-15 20:22:27

Actually I think Eimear has more of an 'r' sound on the end so sounds a bit softer. Can you use that instead?

UptheAnty Mon 10-Aug-15 20:22:43

Ima is Hebrew for mother.

sleeponeday Mon 10-Aug-15 20:23:30

I know an Ima. She's English and in her '60s. Was very beautiful as a young woman, if a bit troubled from what I've heard. Has had an interesting life.

She's the only one. With he it's pronounced Eema, though, not I'm A. I think most people would say it the second way? I was introduced before I ever saw it spelled.

JohnFarleysRuskin Mon 10-Aug-15 20:26:00

I don't much like it sorry.

The potential for knock knock jokes is huge tho.

spiderlight Mon 10-Aug-15 20:29:06

Your surname would be a major consideration as well - Ima Pratt would not have a good time at school!

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