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sparklydiamond Wed 31-Aug-16 23:59:45

What are your thoughts smile

Lollyp333 Thu 01-Sep-16 00:00:46

Hahahahahahha you might as well call her Chardonnay and be done with it. Sorry but you asked!

couldntlovethebearmore Thu 01-Sep-16 00:01:12

Ermm, no.
Just no.

TwentyCups Thu 01-Sep-16 00:01:34

Nope. Viola however could be nice.

Rainbowqueeen Thu 01-Sep-16 00:03:24

sounds made up

sorry but no

JigglypuffsCaptor Thu 01-Sep-16 00:03:29

And I'd like you to meet my son "trumbone jnr" and his sister "the triangle" grin

sparklydiamond Thu 01-Sep-16 00:15:00

I am from Moldova and my partner is from Bulgaria. This name originates from these two counties only which is why we thought it couple be special for us grin

Thanks for your thoughts anyway.

sparklydiamond Thu 01-Sep-16 00:16:35


Buntysoven Thu 01-Sep-16 00:16:40

Sorry to say this but to English ears it sounds like Vile Lena.

sparklydiamond Thu 01-Sep-16 00:18:41

I understand how people think of it in English would be different and most likely pronounced different.

But we live in England so I thought it would be interesting to ask.

I wouldn't want our daughters school friends laughing at her in the future. So thanks.blush

MumiTravels Thu 01-Sep-16 00:19:30

It's like the name Malena - which just gets lost in translation, especially if you're a health professional - yet popular in eastern Europe.

QueenLizIII Thu 01-Sep-16 02:57:33

It may not work on a child of British origin but from parents from eastern Europe with a non British surname, it would be more readily accepted.

I dont see why not use the name.

Popskipiekin Thu 01-Sep-16 08:11:38

As pp said, Viola (I think pronounced like Violet: vye-o-la not vee-o-la) would be fine. Or what about Violetta?

JasperDamerel Thu 01-Sep-16 08:19:18

If you are both clearly foreign, and this is reflected in your surname then I think it would fine, as long as the first syllable is pronounced "vee" rather than "vye".

But to a native English speaker who is unaware of names in your countries, it does sound as though you have named your daughter after a musical instrument. This is clearly unfair, as Viola is both a perfectly acceptable name AND and actual musical instrument.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Thu 01-Sep-16 08:57:57

Violetta (Etta) is lovely.

TheDowagerCuntess Thu 01-Sep-16 09:02:51

In fact, it sounds like you couldn't decide between musical instruments - violin? Viola? Violina!

TheDowagerCuntess Thu 01-Sep-16 09:04:20

Violetta's gorgeous! 🌸

QueenLizIII Thu 01-Sep-16 12:32:47

Are you aware you are all slagging off a name from the OP and her DP's native homelands?

Of course it wont look like they named her after a violin with a non British surname and the ability to speak a foreign language.

It wont look out of place on such a child.

QueenLizIII Thu 01-Sep-16 12:33:07

5 seconds...sounds like violin, no its a name in our country.


HoratioNightboy Thu 01-Sep-16 12:51:41

One of my ancestors was called Violina, (pronounced Veeleeny) but she wasn't "foreign". It was at one time popular in Scotland as an elaborated form of Violet (Veelit) so not enturely unheard of here.

People in real life generally aren't as forthright about names as they are here, where you explicitly ask for opinions, so I wouldn't be put off using it. I like the idea of it, but I'm just not wild about V names.

sparklydiamond Thu 01-Sep-16 12:55:22

Thank you for all the

It is pronounced completely different to Violin, it starts with Vee, not Vi. Like someone said grin Vee-O-lee-na.

JasperDamerel Thu 01-Sep-16 14:27:53

I've had all morning to think about it. I didn't like it at first, but having had it vaguely at the back of my mind for a few hours, I now really like it. I suspect that if you use the name for real, it will get a similar response. People will have an initial moment of shock, and will then really like it and think it suits your daughter. And it has lots of good shortening possibilities if she doesn't like the full version.

TwentyCups Thu 01-Sep-16 14:48:24

Violena as a spelling could work if that's how it's pronounced?
I think most of us thought violin-ah. The pronunciation is actually really pretty!

Catinthecorner Thu 01-Sep-16 15:09:19

I think it's really pretty and lovely that its significant to both your home countries. I'd use it.

I am partial to unusual names though.

Would it bother you to have to correct the pronunciation when you start registering her at schools/doctors/etc?

florascotianew Thu 01-Sep-16 16:07:00

I like it too, especially as it relates to your home countries. 'Lina' is a pretty nickname, as well. I also like the French name Violaine (Vee-oh-lane) - and Italian Violetta, mentioned by previous poster.

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