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Rhea, Celina or Maya

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Newyork88 Thu 11-Feb-21 11:22:55

Please help us decide! Nepalese, Indian and British, living in the UK.

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IamnotwhouthinkIam Thu 11-Feb-21 11:31:57

Maya is simple and pretty - it's also well used/popular in many countries, so I think it's ideal for mixed heritage girls (although you may occasionally get May-ah vs My-ah in the UK).

Celina and Rhea are lovely, elegant classical names but much less popular in the UK- so Celina will have spelling issues with the more well known Selena, and some people may not know how to pronounce Rhea (eg. you may get Ray or Raya?)

SmeleanorSmellstrop Thu 11-Feb-21 11:33:49

Celina is by far my favorite.

Maya is very pretty but there are so many Maya and Mias about.

Someone asked about Rhea on here and everyone said it reminded them of diarrhea blush

ArosAdraDrosDolig Thu 11-Feb-21 11:36:23

Isn’t a Rhea a bird, like an ostrich?

Newyork88 Thu 11-Feb-21 11:42:45

The Rhea being linked to Diarrhoea has totally put me off! I’m open to other spelling suggestions like
Maya, Maia (name will be pronounced like Mya)
Rhea, Riya
Celina, Selena, Selina

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HideTanner Thu 11-Feb-21 11:42:51

Celina not a name I've ever really thought about but suddenly I'm struck by how elegant it is.

So that's the one that gets my vote smile

LizzieAnt Thu 11-Feb-21 11:44:56

Yes, Rhea immediately made me think of the bird too. Maya and Celina are lovely, though there may be a bit of pronunciation/spelling confusion with both.

IamnotwhouthinkIam Thu 11-Feb-21 11:45:15


Isn’t a Rhea a bird, like an ostrich?

Yes, but she's also famously a Goddess in Greek Mythology (there's a moon named after her). But I think the bird thing (and the pronunciation issues) are why it's not often used in the UK. Seems a bit better known
as a girls name in the US, where there's a couple of celebs with the name.

Iwantmychairback Thu 11-Feb-21 11:48:45

Love Celina.
Rhea is a bird.
Maya too many Mia’s Mya’s around.

IamnotwhouthinkIam Thu 11-Feb-21 11:53:58


The Rhea being linked to Diarrhoea has totally put me off! I’m open to other spelling suggestions like
Maya, Maia (name will be pronounced like Mya)
Rhea, Riya
Celina, Selena, Selina

I don't think changing the spelling of Maya will help much (most will still pronounce it as Mya anyway though if you are concerned).

Riya could be easier (although it bugs me to change spellings of classical names grin).

Changing the spelling to the more classical Selena will definitely help though - it's the most popular spelling it the UK anyway, closest to the original name (Selene) and will be the one most familiar to kids thanks to celeb Selena Gomez.

crumptrump Thu 11-Feb-21 11:56:34

I like Selena best. I do like Maya but I would assume it was pronounced May-a not my-a

TinyCake Thu 11-Feb-21 11:58:49

Another vote for Selena

I wouldn't use Maya unless you absolutely love it and nothing else will come close as it's used so much.

HideTanner Thu 11-Feb-21 12:01:44

I think the Celina spelling looks more chic than Selena but I agree that Selena will be spelling assumed by most people, because of Ms Gomez.

Bluesername Thu 11-Feb-21 12:14:12

Selena is nice. Selina is too similar to semolina.

amallierory Thu 11-Feb-21 14:39:09

I would assume Maya was pronounced "may-a". Spell it Mya if you don't want the confusion.

Celina is really pretty. I'd go with this.

SmeleanorSmellstrop Thu 11-Feb-21 14:50:18

Celina, Selina, Selena... I don't care which spelling, they're all so beautiful and elegant and classy and underused! Choose one of these three grin

35andThriving Thu 11-Feb-21 15:15:58

Celina is my favourite.

YouWontBelieveYourEyes Thu 11-Feb-21 16:01:41

I’m just not keen on Myah and it’s so popular with Mia. It’s overused.

PattyPan Thu 11-Feb-21 16:02:02

Hate Rhea, it makes me think of the birds and don’t really like the other spellings either.
Maya is ok but I personally wouldn’t name my child after an ancient civilisation renowned for human sacrifices wink
Selena or Celina are lovely, I’m less keen on the spelling Selina but it’s still nice.

InTheKitchenAtParties Thu 11-Feb-21 16:07:41

Another yes to Celina. Gorgeous, love it 😍

HeadlessGummyBears Thu 11-Feb-21 16:33:52

Celina/Selena/Selina sounds lovely. I’ve come across the Selina spelling with a few Bangali/Indian classmates in the past and I thought that it was lovely. I remember one of the girls was in my grade 7 class and her older sisters also had equally lovely names - Jasmine and Shereen.

Monkeytapper Thu 11-Feb-21 16:34:32

How about Reeva?

emmy239 Thu 11-Feb-21 17:41:14

I do like Rhea, but the only Rhea I've known in real life pronounced it Ray-uh (very pretty). I think Ray-uh is the correct Greek pronunciation. So I don't think spelling it Riya is right.

Namingtrends Thu 11-Feb-21 19:45:03

I like the suggestion of Reeva above, and I quite like Celina but wonder if Céline (French) or Cecily wouldn’t achieve the same style and be a “known” name

Spied Thu 11-Feb-21 19:47:28


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