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Orla, Iona or Nia ... and middle names that go with them

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JudithDawn Thu 08-Oct-09 13:26:14

DC1 is 5 days old and we can't quite decide between Orla, Iona (pronounced the Welsh way Yona), Nia (pronounced Knee-ah). Any suggestions for middle names that go with any of these 3

MaggieBehave Thu 08-Oct-09 17:00:32

Orla Juliet
Orla Beatrice
Orla Skye
Orla Maeve
Orla Joy

Iona Bethan
Iona Faith
Iona Laurel

I really don't like Nia at all

Thissideofchannel Thu 08-Oct-09 18:21:05

All lovely names!

Why don't you choose a family name for a middle name?

Congratulations by the way!

boodleboot Thu 08-Oct-09 21:53:09

Orla is absolutely heavenly.

i would have Orla Ruby

congrats on your little miss...smile

marialuisa Fri 09-Oct-09 08:52:29

DD was almost Nia but DH felt it was too close to his dad's name (Neil). Nia Elisabeth works well.

MaggieBehave Fri 09-Oct-09 11:00:00

That sounds like Near Elizabeth ina new zealand accetn.

ludog Fri 09-Oct-09 12:16:22

Orla Jane

fairimum Fri 09-Oct-09 19:49:46

We have an Iona jane!

mejon Sat 10-Oct-09 17:27:26

Shame she wasn't born in September as Iona (or Nia) Medi would have been lovely.

Iona/Nia Elin
Iona/Nia Elen
Iona/Nia Gwawr (is the 'Dawn' bit of your name significant?)

mumstheword09 Thu 15-Oct-09 13:35:20

I have a niece called Nia her middle name is Lucy which I think is beautfiul. (she is Welsh)

OrlasMummy Sat 24-Oct-09 23:57:13

We have an Orla Louise!

JJB Mon 26-Oct-09 22:01:27

We have an Orla Hannah Claire!

Vivia Tue 27-Oct-09 14:13:54

Really hope you have called your LO Orla, it's just perfection.

birdofthenorth Tue 27-Oct-09 17:06:51

Name the poor pet!

Orla Maeve is lovely in my view.

Lakesandsnadders Tue 27-Oct-09 21:10:13

Beth or Kate could work well with all of them

mumto2chumbles Tue 01-Dec-09 00:37:19

We have 'an' Orla Grace and she really suits her name, or I should probably say her name really suits her; she is placid but very quietly determined too! We are delighted to have gone with this choice.

Mammina Tue 01-Dec-09 12:37:47

Orla, I love it. Don't like Nia sorry, very boring in Wales & millions of them. Otherwise I quite like Iona

do you want welsh middle names? Mererid?

Pingpong Tue 01-Dec-09 15:01:08

Iona like the Scottish island is very pretty. Iona said the Welsh way is IMVHO horrific. Please don't use it and as for the Gwawr suggestion !!!! When I met my next door neighbour and she introduced herself I had to get her to repeat it 4 times. I had no idea what she said. It is one of the worst Welsh girls names I have heard yet.
I like Seren - Welsh for star.
How about Orla Seren ?
Orla has the advantage that it will be pronounced correctly wherever you are. Iona will be pronounced incorrectly if you want it to be Yona and Nia can be pronounced Ny-ah.
Yes go for Orla

TinyPawz Tue 01-Dec-09 21:39:51

My bf is Orla Alice

DippyDino Tue 01-Dec-09 23:48:02

I'll give you my dd's name (!)

Nia Alena (ah-lee-ner)

Tis bee-yooo-ti-ful! grin

garvbuck Wed 02-Dec-09 10:31:04

I love the name Orla but my DH has vetoed it because there was once a woman called Orla on Big Brother whose big boobs are firmly implanted in his memory. When he hears Orla, he hears boobs. I have told him that the image of his own daughter would be enough to dispel that stupid memory, but he won't have it! Jealous you can use it!

Orla Grace
Orla Rose
Orla Beth

Buda Wed 02-Dec-09 10:34:11

My sis is Orla Maria!

mejon Wed 02-Dec-09 10:43:41

Smac - as my daughter would say 'how rude!' Iona said the Welsh way is in no way horrific (and no, it isn't my name) and I dread to think what your neighbour's name was. I don't particularly like 'Gwawr' as a name but thought it may appeal to the OP as her name has Dawn in it and gwawr is dawn in Welsh but hey-ho, each to their own.

Also, Nia is never (in Welsh at least) pronounced Ny-ah unless you're saying it wrong!

HerHonesty Wed 02-Dec-09 11:47:25

orla is beautiful. dont like nia. iona is ok.

SmacOnTheLipsUnderTheMistletoe Wed 02-Dec-09 14:04:13

I quite agree mejon but on MN we are allowed to be rude! I do think Iona pronounced the Welsh way is horrific and I am entitled to that opinion and yes Gwawr is my neighbours name. My Scottish ear is taking some time to adjust to the Welsh tongue and I am perfectly aware that Nia is knee-ah in Wales however in Scotland I had only ever come across Nye-ah so I'm going to continue to be rude and stick my tongue right out at you!

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