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Kajsa, Katja or Katrin

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TooTweeOrNotTooTwee Mon 07-Nov-16 22:25:54

Scandinavian/Dutch family, naming a currently entirely imaginary DC3.

I love the three names above, which works best in England? I think Katrin is my favourite ..

DC1 and 2 have traditional names in our country, a bit unusual here but work well in English, so that's what I am aiming for..

TheGirlOnTheLanding Mon 07-Nov-16 22:28:37

Katrin is my favourite too, with Katja second.

ABCFamily Mon 07-Nov-16 22:31:22

I really like Katja.

How do you pronounce Kajsa? I've not heard it before.

TooTweeOrNotTooTwee Mon 07-Nov-16 22:33:35

The Kaj bit rhymes with 'hi', and the s is a sharp s, if you see what I mean.

Correct pronunciation might be an issue with that one I guess

steppemum Mon 07-Nov-16 22:42:09

My dh is dutch, and I speak it, and I wouldn't know how to say Kajsa, in fact I thought it was a typo, and it should be Kasja.
So I think you would run into constant problems with pronunciation and spelling.
Katrin and Katja both work well. I like Katja best

TooTweeOrNotTooTwee Mon 07-Nov-16 22:46:07

Yes Kajsa is a suggestion from the Scandinavian side of the family, not Dutch. We don't spent much time in Holland so mostly worried about how people would cope with it here. But it does seem to be the trickiest one!

KoalaDownUnder Tue 08-Nov-16 05:20:49

Kajsa sounds a bit like 'Kaiser', then. Not ideal.

Katja. Or I love Lilja/Lilya.

KoalaDownUnder Tue 08-Nov-16 05:21:15

Ooh. Or Kristin. Love that!

GinIsIn Tue 08-Nov-16 05:46:18

So it's pronounced Kaiser?! I think that would be a no - sorry! I like Katrin, or how about Kezia?

TooTweeOrNotTooTwee Tue 08-Nov-16 06:37:50

Yes it would is a bit like Kaiser I suppose. Kristin is nice but too close to someone in the family. Karin and Ingrid, which I both like, are out for the same reason. I'm also considering Sigrid.

AmberEars Tue 08-Nov-16 06:39:54

I like Katrin.

throwingpebbles Tue 08-Nov-16 06:50:56

I have a niece who is a Katja, she changed it to Katy for school! (Her choice!). I think it's a lovely name that works well in both languages

Kirsten works really well here too

throwingpebbles Tue 08-Nov-16 06:51:55

Sorry just saw it was Katrin! My brain is not working! Think that works equally well and again can be shortened to Katy/Kat if she chooses

dangerrabbit Tue 08-Nov-16 07:09:31

Katja is a great name

MadameSilva Tue 08-Nov-16 07:40:23

Katrin is the easiest for Brits to pronounce. You might find the odd person pronouncing Katja as Kat-jah (with a hard J like James).

Saskia or Astrid as an alternative? both well known here

Eolian Tue 08-Nov-16 08:16:18

I love Sigrid. And Astrid.

Chinnygirl Tue 08-Nov-16 08:21:55

Kajsa would be pronounced correctly in dutch (like the name!) but won't won't work in English so I would leave that one out. I like Katrin as well. Just to give another suggestion: would Kaya do in all three languages? It's a nice name as well.

MaryWortleyMontagu Tue 08-Nov-16 08:28:07

I have a katja (although we went with the -ya spelling). I'm obviously biased, but I think it's a wonderful name! The only issue that we've had with pronunciation (which we didn't forsee) is that there is a tendency in the UK to pronounce it with three syllables (kat-EE-ah). Quite where people are getting three syllables from 5 letter word I don't know, but this may not be an issue for you if you're not uk based.

TooTweeOrNotTooTwee Tue 08-Nov-16 09:05:00

Thank you all! Glad Katrin and Katja likely to be ok!

Sugarpiehoneyeye Tue 08-Nov-16 09:19:27

Katrin is my favourite, then Katja, both lovely OP.

Foxtato Tue 08-Nov-16 09:50:57

Katja is my favourite

swimmerforlife Tue 08-Nov-16 10:57:55


MadameSilva Tue 08-Nov-16 12:52:04

Mary how do you pronounce Katya then? I've met two Katya in my lifetime, one Russian descent. They both pronounced it as Kat-ee-yah.

Frankiefarr Tue 08-Nov-16 16:14:15

Love Kayla. My best friend is a Katrin too.

My Dutch friend called their girls Renske and Alexa

I like Danica as a Scandi name

Frankiefarr Tue 08-Nov-16 16:14:41

Sorry predictive text meant Katja

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