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Panoramarama Mon 27-Nov-17 18:08:08

Pronounced 'Ne-FEL-ee'

It's an ancient Greek name. How does it sound to you?

DH is Greek and I'm English but a Greek speaker and have lost all objectivity.

Still a long way to go and we don't know what we are having so open to other suggestions. Ancient names we also like are Ariadne and Lydia.


CarlHickbread Mon 27-Nov-17 18:09:05

I like it, I love Greek girls names

JollyGiraffe Mon 27-Nov-17 18:10:17

I've only met one Nefeli. I think it's a lovely name!

As are Ariadne and Lydia.

Panoramarama Mon 27-Nov-17 18:19:49

Thanks! That's encouraging.

Also just thought of Faidra.

Nefeli still our favourite.

JollyGiraffe Mon 27-Nov-17 19:06:00

I've never heard of Faidra. Pronounced Fay-dra or Fye-dra?

Didntcomeheretofuckspiders Mon 27-Nov-17 19:42:20

Nefeli is pretty and not too difficult to say/read as an English speaker!

NickMyLipple Mon 27-Nov-17 19:47:18

Just screams nelly the elephant to me sad

Panoramarama Mon 27-Nov-17 20:03:34

Haha I didn't think of the elephant.

Faidra would pronounced Fay-dra in the UK. In Greek the d (delta) is similar to a Spanish d.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 27-Nov-17 20:09:01

❤️ Faidra is lovely !

genever Mon 27-Nov-17 20:11:27

Nefeli looks like an anagram. Sorry.

genever Mon 27-Nov-17 20:11:56

P.S. I like Ariadne and Lydia. Not for me, but pretty

Yika Mon 27-Nov-17 20:14:54

I love Nefeli, beautiful name!

EssentialHummus Mon 27-Nov-17 20:15:19

Love everything except Lydia. Can I chuck in Eleni as an option? Love it, we nearly had Elena (Russian) here.

ImaginaryCat Mon 27-Nov-17 20:19:05

My absolute favourite piece of music by Ludovico Einoudi.

ChocolateCrunch Mon 27-Nov-17 20:30:16

How about

IVflytrap Mon 27-Nov-17 20:31:45

Nefeli is lovely! I know of the ancient Greek Nephele. I'm guessing Nefeli is an alternative form? I prefer Nefeli anyway - I think the spelling is more intuitive for English speakers. I also really like Ariadne, but Lydia and Faidra less so.

SuperBeagle Mon 27-Nov-17 21:33:28

I would assume a Nefeli was Middle Eastern, to be honest. Primarily because it looks and sounds similar to Nefertiti etc.

Faidra should surely be Phaedra?

Dixiestampsagain Tue 28-Nov-17 01:08:08

It just reminds me of the Einaudi piece I’ve been teaching some of my piano pupils! I’d never thought of using it as a name- it’s quite nice!

Bubblesoup Tue 28-Nov-17 06:14:52

Both are beautiful! I think Faidra has the edge for me, partly because the pronounciation seems more obvious.

HuskyMcClusky Tue 28-Nov-17 06:19:21

I think Nefeli will get incorrectly pronounced as ‘NEF-eh-lee’ her whole life.

I would go with Phaedra, spelled like that.

Caulk Tue 28-Nov-17 06:23:48

I like Nefeli. I know a Nifemi (Nif-em-e) which I think is pretty.

AlmostChristmas Tue 28-Nov-17 06:36:36

I know one Nefeli, Mum Greek and dad British. Lovely name and really suits her.

confusedandemployed Tue 28-Nov-17 06:40:42

I love it. I would pronounce it the way OP suggested, I'm a Welsh speaker and we seem to have a lot of the same pronunciation rules as Greek!
Nelli for short! Which again I love.

EmmaGrundyForPM Tue 28-Nov-17 06:43:34

Isn't it Phaedra?

I think if you call a child Nefeli you will have to prepare yourself for spelling it out to everyone. Personally I don't like it but it's up to you what name you use.

Movablefeast Tue 28-Nov-17 06:49:52

Love Nefeli - beautiful. What does it mean?

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