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Nina or Zoe

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namechange5575 Wed 23-Mar-16 19:09:48

Hi all. We have one daughter already, called Sasha. I had been thinking of calling this one born today (squishy goodness!) Nina, but I'm a bit concerned that Sasha and Nina are too samey, especially as my name in Anna. Sounds a bit like three Russian sisters (we aren't Russian at all).

I also like names with an oh-ee sound, probably because my sister is called Sophie, and Zoe has kind of jumped into the ring as a contender. It's more popular than I'd like, but seems to be decreasing in popularity and Nina is rising. Collective mumsnet wisdom please!

turdfairynomore Wed 23-Mar-16 19:13:55

I've taught a few Ninas. It is nice at first, then the children say it over and over and it starts to reminds me a bit of the sound that an ambulance makes??

mrsschu Wed 23-Mar-16 19:14:27

I like Zoe but I love Nina! It sounds absolutely fine with Sasha and Anna. Is Nina even Russian?!

DramaAlpaca Wed 23-Mar-16 19:16:08

I like both a lot, but Zoe just edges it.

I think it goes just a bit better with Sasha & it has a lovely meaning too.

Congrats on your squishy newborn flowers

FuckyNell Wed 23-Mar-16 19:19:44


BikeRunSki Wed 23-Mar-16 19:20:29

I prefer Zoe.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Wed 23-Mar-16 19:39:39

Aww. Congratulations. I much prefer Nina.

Northernlurker Wed 23-Mar-16 21:15:07


Not sure this thread is going to help as seems an even split grin

LittleBlackTrilby Wed 23-Mar-16 21:18:21

I love Nina; pretty and unusual. I know two very cool Ninas!

Botchit Wed 23-Mar-16 21:20:53

Nina is a diminutive of Anna. I don't think Sacha and Nina sound too similar. Nina is a name known in several countries. I know a couple of Indian women called Nina too. I think it's a gorgeous name. Not as keen on Zoe but that might be because there are lots in my age group.

RomiiStartsAnew Wed 23-Mar-16 21:22:03

Congratulations! flowers

I thought Nina when reading the title, but think Zoe and Sasha maybe work better. But you are naming an individual, not a sibling pair, so Nina I think.

IoraRua Wed 23-Mar-16 21:24:42

In general I prefer Nina, but with your other names I think Zoe is better.
Both nice, anyway.

SevenOhTwo Wed 23-Mar-16 21:37:36


Both Nina and Zoe are great. I slightly lean towards Zoe because it has its own meaning, whereas Nina is (I think) a diminutive of other names, but that's just my preference for naming.

123beanie Wed 23-Mar-16 21:39:38

Nina is absolutely lovely.

Congratulations thanks

coffeeisnectar Wed 23-Mar-16 21:40:22

Zoe means Life. My oldest is called Zoe and she's nearly 18 now. There is another Zoe in the extended family (who is 4) but apart from that, we don't really know any other people using the name.

Questionsagaintoday Wed 23-Mar-16 21:42:41

The only Zoe I know pronounces her name as Zo not Zoey. detests zoey

Nina is lovely

Sophronia Wed 23-Mar-16 22:31:49

I prefer Nina

crapfatbanana Wed 23-Mar-16 22:35:13

I like both, but prefer Nina.

RockUnit Thu 24-Mar-16 00:07:02


My vote is for Nina.

Absolutelyfabulously Thu 24-Mar-16 03:42:12


NadiaWadia Thu 24-Mar-16 05:11:02

They are both lovely (sorry that's not helpful!)

PunkAssMoFo Thu 24-Mar-16 09:30:27

Both nice, but I think Zoe.

LanaLang66 Thu 24-Mar-16 09:52:42

Sasha is short for Alexandra. You are Anna, and Nina is a good third. Names ending in "a" are feminising usually. You like names that end with oh-ee, i.e. Sophie which suggests girlishness and youth. oh-ee names is what you give to Golden Retrievers, surely.

But if you are stuck on it try Sophia (Sofia).

LanaLang66 Thu 24-Mar-16 09:54:51

There's also:
Antonina - which is the full name of Nina.

LightTurquoise Thu 24-Mar-16 10:11:59

I prefer Zoe

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