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bingeddybongo Sun 20-Mar-16 13:28:29

I'm 36 weeks pregnant with DD and my husband and I have as yet failed to come up with a name for her that we really love. I'm happy to have a top three or whatever to choose from when she arrives, but we decided on DS's name (a proper grandad name) the day we found out he was a boy, so didn't have to put any effort into coming up with names at all. This time we're totally stuck and I'm really frustrated I am spending so much time worrying about it!

We'd like a name that works well in English and German and isn't wildly popular in either country. The names we quite like so far include:

Marlene (pronounced the German way: Mar-ley-na)
Lila (Lee-la)
Julianne (Yu-lee-ah-na)

I would be so so grateful for suggestions along these lines! Thank you smile

iyamehooru Sun 20-Mar-16 13:31:14

I would immediately ditch the ones you've had to explain how to pronounce to avoid her spending her life saying my name is X and it's spelt like this X
I'd go with what goes with your son's name too.

SevenOhTwo Sun 20-Mar-16 14:16:44

I really like Marlene, but I suppose you do risk people pronouncing it Mar-Lean. Also think Anya and Lila are great. I would pronounce Lila as you describe.

Rosalind is pretty too, although I personally wouldn't use as I don't like Ros as a potential nickname. Wouldn't go with Matilda either as I know about five, not sure how popular nationally though.

Other ideas:

GoldPlatedBacon Sun 20-Mar-16 14:27:17


Floggingmolly Sun 20-Mar-16 14:35:28

Just stick with Anna, it's lovely smile

Sophronia Sun 20-Mar-16 17:01:59


ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 20-Mar-16 17:12:54

Any names you've put pronounciation in brackets after, dismiss.

Anna and Lara are lovely.


Afreshstartplease Sun 20-Mar-16 17:19:22

Love Lana

Also like Lila but I'd pronounce it Lie-la

Thewolfsjustapuppy Sun 20-Mar-16 17:25:52

I love Marlena, I also love Merielle and Mariella
Explaining spelling and pronunciation doesn't bother me in the slightest though.

NunoBettencourt Sun 20-Mar-16 17:30:57

I know of an English/German couple who have an Inga. Think that's a lovely name.

WaitroseCoffeeCostaCup Sun 20-Mar-16 17:32:25

Absolutely love Lana!

WaitroseCoffeeCostaCup Sun 20-Mar-16 17:33:52

My name is Meriel I have never seen it spelled Merielle! Have had a life time of Muriel, Merrel, Mirrel and even Melvin though...

bingeddybongo Sun 20-Mar-16 17:37:24

Oh wow, thank you everybody, for both input and suggestions, there's some lovely names there smile

And good point iyamehooru and ThroughThickAndThin01, thank you - my brain is obviously fried because that had been something I'd been thinking about and actually I like two of those three names only in German (Lila and Julianne) so I should have just crossed them off the list. My own name's not exactly complicated but I've had to spend my whole life spelling it, which has been really annoying. I do really love Marlene though - do you think it would get mispronounced a lot in the UK?

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 20-Mar-16 17:43:14

With Marlene - I would hesitate before saying Mar-layna?

I think your average Brit would say Mar-lean.

Thewolfsjustapuppy Sun 20-Mar-16 17:45:37

Sorry Waitrose blush I probably would have checked on the spelling before naming my imaginary DD Meriel!

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 20-Mar-16 17:47:29

Could you spell it a different way <sin really but maybe more important to get pronounciation right>.

Do you live in Germany op? If that's your Dds normal setting I wouldn't worry too much if it's her norm, and she just has to correct in the UK.

bingeddybongo Sun 20-Mar-16 17:59:43

Ok thanks thickandthin, I was sort of hoping Marlene Dietrich might still be well enough known to have it pronounced right... oh dear, makes me feel old!!

But yes we do live in Germany and will probably stay here.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 20-Mar-16 18:02:29

If you are in Germany use it!

Marlene Dietrich is old to me, and I'm way older than you. Your 2016 born DD's peers won't have a clue.

bingeddybongo Sun 20-Mar-16 18:20:14

Hahaha I have no idea how you know how old I am but that's a very good point!

MadameJosephine Sun 20-Mar-16 18:25:59

Love Marlene but I'd worry about the pronunciation as I think there's probably more people familiar with only fools and horses than Marlene Dietrich sad

How about Annaliese?

MadameJosephine Sun 20-Mar-16 18:27:15

Missed the bit about you living in Germany do ignore me, go with Marlene

MyBreadIsEggy Sun 20-Mar-16 18:28:39

Not German...but I have a Dutch friend whose DD is called Eline, I think it's beautiful smile

thisismypassword Sun 20-Mar-16 18:34:58

I like Leela but that is how I'd spell it because Lila is pronounced Lie la and you/ she will forever be correcting people. My daughter has a phonetic name, said as its spelt and even though it's unusual people still ask how it's pronounced which i don't get.

WaitroseCoffeeCostaCup Sun 20-Mar-16 19:29:38

Thewolf I actually prefer your spelling!

Sgoinneal Sun 20-Mar-16 19:45:44

Caroline/Carolina sprung to mind

I also have a soft spot for Gretchen but I've no idea if that's popular in Germany

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