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Galina or Galena?

(41 Posts)
Pluto30 Tue 03-Jan-17 21:11:08

What do you think of the name Galina? And do you prefer the spelling Galina or Galena?

DC is due is 5 days and we're still at a loss for a name. DH likes this one with the nickname Gigi.

Threelittlerobins Tue 03-Jan-17 21:11:53

I like it. Are you Russian?

lljkk Tue 03-Jan-17 21:12:46

hen?... in Spanish I think it's Gallina... too close for me.
I think Geraldine nn Gigi could work (or simply Gina).

OverAndAbove Tue 03-Jan-17 21:14:08

Isn't it lead ore? In which case it would be Galena. I much prefer Geraldine as suggested by the pp

orangepudding Tue 03-Jan-17 21:15:05

Galina I would pronounce the ending like Tina , Galena like Lenny. Which way are you pronouncing the name?

isupposeitsverynice Tue 03-Jan-17 21:16:23

I like Galina

Pluto30 Tue 03-Jan-17 21:16:27

We aren't Russian, but DH is Norwegian so we need a name that works there as well and I don't like a lot of Scandi names. blush

TwoCirclesthatdontoverlap Tue 03-Jan-17 21:16:53

omg, it just means hen to me. no lo hagas.

Pluto30 Tue 03-Jan-17 21:17:31

We'd pronounce the ending like Tina orange, so thanks for that insight! Perhaps Galina makes more sense then.

fueledbybacon Tue 03-Jan-17 21:18:21

Gallina is Italian for hen also. I can't get passed that.

TwoCirclesthatdontoverlap Tue 03-Jan-17 21:18:31

No I apologise hen is gallina with two lls.

Pluto30 Tue 03-Jan-17 21:18:32

Neither of us have any connection with Spain or any knowledge of Spanish. We live in Australia, so I don't think the hen association would be a thing here. smile

Eroica Tue 03-Jan-17 21:18:46

The one I know is Galena (rhymes with Tina).

howtheheckdoidealwiththis Tue 03-Jan-17 21:22:41

What a pretty name! Prefer the Galina spelling. Don't know anything about the hen references! Gigi is gorgeous nn.

elQuintoConyo Tue 03-Jan-17 21:28:20

It screams chicken to me too. Lo siento blush

Sophronia Tue 03-Jan-17 21:30:11


talkshowhost97 Tue 03-Jan-17 22:02:41

I like Galina (to rhyme with Tina) and also nn Lina is lovely. Not so keen on Gigi but sure it could be cute on a really little one.

If I read Galena I would say it with a long eh sound or even Ga-lay-na.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Tue 03-Jan-17 22:09:35


1horatio Tue 03-Jan-17 22:16:10

For me personally Galina is too close to gallina. Which means hen in Italian...

And whilst Italian may not be widely spoken there are quite a lot of Italians. And combine that with all the people that speak Spanish...

So, definitely Galena.
What about Carina/Karina?

OpalTree Tue 03-Jan-17 22:21:46

I like it (but never learned Spanish or Italian, so wouldn't make that association.) Reminds me of a character in a book i read years ago called "The Summer of the Barshinskeys."

OpalTree Tue 03-Jan-17 22:22:27

Sorry, should have specified it's Galina i like and that was the character in the book

Raines100 Tue 03-Jan-17 22:23:56

Galena is lead glance.

sassolino Tue 03-Jan-17 22:27:40

Not sure about Gigi being short for Galina. Russian nicknames for Galina would be Galia/Galya, Galinka, Galochka, Galchonok, Galka

sassolino Tue 03-Jan-17 22:29:15

And the name has origins in ancient Greek and means tranquility and silence

EweAreHere Tue 03-Jan-17 22:31:17

There are loads of lovely Norwegian girls names (we have lots of Norwegian nieces). smile

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