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Thoughts on the name Giovanna?

(29 Posts)
Sophiet1908 Wed 15-Mar-17 17:19:30

Gia for short as I think it's bit long to say every time smile

Gummibears Wed 15-Mar-17 17:19:44


SweetChickadee Wed 15-Mar-17 17:23:26


olderthanyouthink Wed 15-Mar-17 17:24:11

Love it

Sugarpiehoneyeye Wed 15-Mar-17 17:42:17


onalongsabbatical Wed 15-Mar-17 17:48:33

Beautiful - and Italian (such a lovely, musical language).

Shamoffour Wed 15-Mar-17 17:58:18

Depends on how you would say it. I don't like Jee-oh-varn- na. Joh-vah-na I love, it was my grandmas middle name. I did think about it for dd2 but the mis pronunciation would annoy me too much.
I have an unusual Italian name and it causes grist confusion.

user1482079332 Wed 15-Mar-17 17:59:41

Was on my short list if I had a girl

Minty82 Wed 15-Mar-17 18:02:48

Lovely if you're Italian. Would find it slightly random if you're not.

ILikeSalmon Wed 15-Mar-17 18:04:28

Lovely but only if you're Italian
I am very English, White, freckley and could not get away with being called Giovanna

onalongsabbatical Wed 15-Mar-17 18:11:19

Doesn't matter where you're from or what origins you have (or how white and freckly you are!) - it's a lovely name.
Why not have a name that is from another culture?

Sophronia Wed 15-Mar-17 18:25:32

I like it

ChippieBeanAndHorro Wed 15-Mar-17 19:53:01

I like it smile

I don't think it matters if you aren't Italian. My mother is and I want Italian (or at least names that sound nice in Italian) for any child of mine (the one we picked for DD is not uniquely Italian, for example).

But if somebody saw a child of DH and mine?

they'de be quite pale, most likely won't speak Italian... But that wouldn't keep me from using a name I love.

It's a really lovely name!

I also like Giuliana smile

Mumzypopz Wed 15-Mar-17 20:21:41

Hate it, what a mouthful

VintagePerfumista Wed 15-Mar-17 20:27:45

It is very very old fashioned. It's like calling your child Doris, or Ethel.

I think it does matter for some foreign names that you have some link, otherwise it sounds a bit random as others have said.

She'd also have a lifetime of people arguing over the pronunciation, however you would pronounce it, how people think it's pronounced and how Italians actually pronounce it!

DramaAlpaca Wed 15-Mar-17 22:38:51

I think it's lovely.

EssentialHummus Wed 15-Mar-17 22:41:00

I love Gia.

myoriginal3 Wed 15-Mar-17 22:49:25

I suspect you're going to pronounce it your own way lol.

In Italian it's pronounced Jo-vanna. With an emphasis on the 'van'.

Are you going to go with Jee-ah-vanna? Jee-ah for short?

Sophiet1908 Thu 16-Mar-17 09:33:11

I prefer jo-vanna, but jee-ah for short

marmitecheesetoast Thu 16-Mar-17 10:51:22

I think it's lovely

BarInSpace Thu 16-Mar-17 12:17:59

I like it smile

VintagePerfumista Thu 16-Mar-17 13:37:59

Remember if you do meet any Italians they'll think her name is Giacinta, as Gia is short for that, not Giovanna.

Deciding on short forms before the child is born is a bit of a minefield anyway, as either the child will decide their own, or their schoolfriends will. Gianna or Vanna or just Gio will be what any Italians will come up with.

BaffledMummy Fri 17-Mar-17 06:38:51

Love it...I know a lovely Giovanna so I may be biased. She is always known as Giovanna though, never been shortened.

GreatFuckability Fri 17-Mar-17 06:46:34

I think its lovely!

Gummibears Fri 17-Mar-17 09:30:44

Lovely name. I'd say Jo-vanna

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