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Is Moana unusable?

(39 Posts)
KaiandMoana Mon 17-Apr-17 10:27:29

We have a Kai and really want to name our baby girl Moana, but is it unusable now? sad

GiraffeorOcelot Mon 17-Apr-17 10:29:40

Yes I wouldn't use it.

AddALemon Mon 17-Apr-17 10:29:56

I watched moana for the first time with ds yesterday and I was thinking what a lovely name it is! I'd use it! Congratulations flowers

ILookedintheWater Mon 17-Apr-17 10:34:28

If you like it use it.
Madison, used as a girls name, first appeared in 1984, the year Splash was released, where the mermaid was called Madison. It was the first recorded use of the name as a forename and now it's everywhere, and no-one even thinks about it. In years to come Moana may be just as ubiquitous.
..and it goes well with Kai.

ImperialBlether Mon 17-Apr-17 10:39:58

Don't you mean Mona?

SilverLeafClover Mon 17-Apr-17 10:41:16

I prefer Mona. Much more standard spelling in the U.K. but pronounced the same.

violetbunny Mon 17-Apr-17 10:41:27

So long as you never plan a family trip to New Zealand. Kaimoana translates as "seafood" here...

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 17-Apr-17 10:41:30

You could use Mona.
How about Fiona or Leona.

ememem84 Mon 17-Apr-17 10:42:03

I'd use it. But probably only if I had Pacifica heritage. Which sadly I don't.

We watched the movie yesterday though and loved it.

KaiandMoana Mon 17-Apr-17 10:42:18

I love the meaning of it, it's very similar to the meaning of Kai.

We are native Hawaiians, but live in Wales. Which is why we prefer Moana smile Mona's Irish, isn't it!?

ElspethFlashman Mon 17-Apr-17 10:42:27

She'll just be called Mona for the rest of her life, though.

Cantwait2017 Mon 17-Apr-17 10:43:23

Native Hawaiians? Go for it! It's lovely anyway.

KaiandMoana Mon 17-Apr-17 10:43:55

Well, that's our heritage.

PaperdollCartoon Mon 17-Apr-17 10:46:00

Moana is lovely, use it. To PPs saying it's pronounced the same as Mona - it's not. It's Mo-anna.

AdorableMisfit Mon 17-Apr-17 10:47:14

Moana and Mona are not pronounced the same. One is Mo-Anna, the other is Mo-na.

Cantwait2017 Mon 17-Apr-17 10:47:40

I thought it was Mo-arna.

MaryPoppinsPenguins Mon 17-Apr-17 10:48:09

Do it! It's a lovely name (and a brilliant film!)

KaiandMoana Mon 17-Apr-17 10:48:27

We are very much Welsh citizens now grin but my lovely grandmother is still living in Hawaii (and can't speak a word of English) and it's still very much our culture.

MaryPoppinsPenguins Mon 17-Apr-17 10:48:56

It's pronounced 'mo-ahna'

PaperdollCartoon Mon 17-Apr-17 10:49:56

Moana in a Welsh accent is lovely as well. There will always be something to connect every name to - at least the film Moana is a baddass!

StUmbrageinSkelt Mon 17-Apr-17 10:52:48

It's Moarna. But yeah, seriously not a good combo with Kai if you ever go to NZ

Twoevils Mon 17-Apr-17 10:55:26

The Isle of Anglesey is called Môn in Welsh and Mona from Latin.

Ontopofthesunset Mon 17-Apr-17 11:11:29

Can't speak a word of English? Living in Hawaii? Is that really true? I thought that English was mandated as the language in schools from the end of the 19th century and the Hawaiian language only started being revived in the latter part of the 20th century. So I would have thought everyone would have had to be educated in English if they had lived in Hawaii even if they spoke Hawaiian at home.

Sorry, that's not the point of the thread but I was intrigued by the idea that anyone living in Hawaii today couldn't speak at least some English.

I think people in this country will just think of the film and also will mispronounce it. But that's OK. There are lots of Elsas and Aryas and other film inspired names out there.

KaiandMoana Mon 17-Apr-17 11:16:09

She cannot speak English, no. I'm going to PM you when I'm not using the app. Don't want to write very identifying info.

Lillabet Mon 17-Apr-17 11:18:07

I was going to come on and say, I wouldn't unless you are Hawaiian or have Hawaiian heritage because otherwise it'd be a bit daft. However, having read the thread I'd say go for it! grin

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