Help! We need a girl name that works in Finnish and English

So I’m Finnish and my husband is British. His family is a bit… well, posh and it’s a tradition for their family to use old-fashioned names which is fine with me because I like those types of names as well. And yet, I’m really struggling.

We already have a three-year-old called [name_f]Elisabet[/name_f] (Finnish spelling) and her sister’s due date was yesterday so she’s going to be born any day now and we still don’t have a name for her.

Any suggestions?

Edit: Elisabet’s full name is Elisabet Susanna Helena and one of her baby sister’s middle names will be Emilia after me.




I thought of the name [name_f]Sofia[/name_f] for you, since I think it’s also of Finnish origin! The name [name_f]Aleksandra[/name_f] would also pair nicely with [name_f]Elisabet[/name_f], a couple of other ones are:

  • Kaarina
  • Susanna
  • Camilla
  • Fredrika
  • Margareta

I tried to find the finish spelling for these along with Finnish names that would translate well in [name_m]Britain[/name_m]! [name_f]My[/name_f] vote Is for [name_f]Fredrika[/name_f]! As it has the poshness the family may like :rofl: ultimately my favorite is [name_f]Kaarina[/name_f]!

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How did I not think of [name_f]Sofia[/name_f]?! That’s definitely going on the list. Let’s hope that my husband likes that one. We thought about [name_f]Aleksandra[/name_f]/Alexandra for a while but apparently, I struggle with pronouncing it :smile:

Kaarina: [name_f]My[/name_f] cousin’s name so I don’t want to use it.
[name_f]Susanna[/name_f]: Cute, love it! But it’s already one of [name_f]Elisabet[/name_f]’s middle names.
[name_f]Camilla[/name_f]: Not my favorite. [name_m]Don[/name_m]’t know why.
[name_f]Fredrika[/name_f]: Same problem as with [name_f]Alexandra[/name_f]. I can’t pronounce it well, haha.
[name_f]Margareta[/name_f]: Hmm… I’ll have to think about this one. Not sure if I love it or hate it.

Thank you so much for all the lovely suggestions!

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Hi @Emiliasnames - I’m Finnish too and me and my American wife live in [name_f]Scotland[/name_f]. [name_f]Elisabet[/name_f] is such a perfect Finnish-[name_f]English[/name_f] name!

We’ve played around with:

[name_f]Olivia[/name_f] (yes, it’s really popular in the UK… but the lack of pronunciation issues still makes it appealing to me :smile:)

Some of these ideas I’ve picked up from the Finnish-Swedish nameday calendar. I’ve found it useful for finding names that aren’t too weird in either country, even though my family isn’t Swedish-speaking.



Hello there fellow [name_u]Finn[/name_u]! I agree [name_f]Elisabet[/name_f] is the perfect Finnish-[name_f]English[/name_f] name and for me the most beautiful name in general. I pretty much just told my husband that our daughter will be [name_f]Elisabet[/name_f] and he agreed. Oh, it was so nice and easy :sweat_smile: I’ll definitely check out the name calender you suggested!

Now to the names you suggested:

Vivian: I’m okay with it. Husband doesn’t like it at all. [name_u]Boo[/name_u]!
[name_f]Erika[/name_f]: Pretty but with [name_f]Emilia[/name_f] being one of the middle names I’m not sure…
[name_f]Ada[/name_f]: So beautiful! On the list it goes! (Although I prefer longer names usually)
[name_f]Sylvia[/name_f]: Pretty. [name_m]Will[/name_m] think about it.
[name_f]Annette[/name_f]: [name_m]Just[/name_m] not my style.
[name_f]Emma[/name_f]: Pretty but once again with the whole [name_f]Emilia[/name_f] thing… maybe not.
[name_f]Matilda[/name_f]: Onto the list it goes! [name_u]Love[/name_u] it!
[name_f]Leila[/name_f]: Not my fav.
[name_f]Elvira[/name_f]: Mmh, maybe. Have a feeling hubby isn’t going to like it though, haha.
[name_f]Amanda[/name_f]: A family member’s daughter’s name is already [name_f]Amanda[/name_f].
[name_f]Alma[/name_f]: Not my style.
[name_f]Leonora[/name_f]: Mmm… No. I like [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] but I don’t know.
[name_f]Anastasia[/name_f]: [name_f]Kinda[/name_f] like it, kinda don’t.
[name_f]Miriam[/name_f]: Not sure yet what I think of this name. Not my favorite.
[name_f]Kristina[/name_f]: There are so many Kristinas that I know so maybe not :smile:
[name_f]Lillian[/name_f]: No.
[name_f]Isabella[/name_f]: No.
[name_f]Olivia[/name_f]: Like you said, it’s so popular! Not that [name_f]Elisabet[/name_f] isn’t but you know… [name_m]Will[/name_m] think about it but it’s probably a no from me.
[name_f]Rebekka[/name_f]: No.
[name_f]Emilia[/name_f]: Is my name and will be one of the new baby’s middle names.
[name_f]Evelina[/name_f]: Pretty.

Thank you so much for the suggestions!

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Elisabet is a gorgeous name! [name_f]Welcome[/name_f] to Nameberry and all the best with your new arrival :two_hearts:

International names I think work well with [name_f]Elisabet[/name_f]…

Josephine or [name_f]Josefine[/name_f]
[name_f]Elinor[/name_f] or [name_f]Eleonore[/name_f]
[name_f]Celia[/name_f] or [name_f]Cecilia[/name_f]
[name_f]Freyja[/name_f] or [name_f]Freya[/name_f]
[name_f]Louisa[/name_f] or [name_f]Lovisa[/name_f]
[name_f]Magdalen[/name_f] or [name_f]Magdalena[/name_f]

Best of luck! :four_leaf_clover:

I apologize I don’t know much about how Finnish works as a language but these are my suggestions. Hopefully some of them actually work:


Aww, thank you! I’m surprised how many people have already helped me out in this short amount of time :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

Josephine/Josefine: In Finland, this name would most likely be Josefiina but Josefiine would kind of work too. But I don’t think I like it enough to use it at least as a first name.

Clementine: Doesn’t work in the Finnish language. But it’s very cute!

Elinor/Eleonore: I’ve thought about [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] but I don’t know…

Matilda: [name_u]Love[/name_u] it! Already on the list.

Celia/Cecilia: I do like it but with [name_f]Emilia[/name_f] as a middle name, it doesn’t really work.

Freyja/Freya: [name_m]Don[/name_m]’t really like it.

Saskia: No.

Louisa/Lovisa: In Finnish, it would be [name_f]Lovisa[/name_f]/Loviisa. I’ll have to think about this one and ask my husband what he thinks about it.

Magdalen/Magdalena: A bit too complicated for me.

Claudia: No, don’t really like it.

Annora: Never heard of this. I have thought about [name_f]Aurora[/name_f] though. What do you guys think about [name_f]Aurora[/name_f]?

Evelina: [name_u]Love[/name_u] it!

Sunniva, [name_f]Cosima[/name_f], [name_f]Serafina[/name_f], [name_f]Flora[/name_f]: No.

Theodora: Might become one of her middle names.

Dorothea: Not my favorite as it would be a bit odd in Finnish.

Katerina: I’ve thought about [name_f]Katariina[/name_f] but probably no.

Clara: Cute but not what we are looking for.

Thank you so much for your suggestions!

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Thanks for the suggestions!

Adelina: [name_u]Love[/name_u] it, on the list it goes!

Cecilia: Doesn’t work with [name_f]Emilia[/name_f] (her middle name.)

Heidi: No.

Fredrika: No.

Irina: I just think about the singer. No.

Kaarina/Karina: Already in the family.

Nina: Too short and not my favorite anyway.

Paulina: No.

Oona: Cute!

Rebekka: No.

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Thank you! You did very well!

Paulina: [name_m]Just[/name_m] not my type of name.
[name_f]Johanna[/name_f]: Cute but… not sure of it.
Josefiina: Not my favorite.
[name_f]Susanna[/name_f]: Beautiful. One of [name_f]Elisabet[/name_f]’s middle names.
[name_f]Alisa[/name_f]: In Finnish, [name_f]Alisa[/name_f] or Aliisa. Might put this on the list.
[name_f]Camilla[/name_f]: Not my fav.
[name_f]Minna[/name_f]: No.
[name_f]Julia[/name_f]: Beautiful. [name_m]Will[/name_m] have to think about it.
[name_f]Katariina[/name_f]: Pretty but maybe not my style.

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I like it but it doesn’t feel quite as classic as [name_f]Elisabet[/name_f] or her middle names.

Is [name_f]Anna[/name_f] too plain? Maybe [name_f]Annika[/name_f]?


Yes, I see what you’re saying and kind of agree. [name_f]Annika[/name_f] isn’t my favorite, it’s sounds a bit too early 2000s to me. [name_f]Anna[/name_f] is beautiful but yes, a bit plain for me. [name_f]Valentina[/name_f]… I’ll think about it for sure.

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Okay, so me and my husband went through all the names that you guys sent us and we still gladly accept more of them. We’ve now decided on the two middle names which I will tell everyone once the baby is born, along with the first name of course, but these are the names we are thinking about giving our little girl:


My husband still doesn’t know which one is his favorite but I’m leaning toward one of these names. What do you guys think?

Also, funny fact, only about ten minutes ago, I had a bit of contraction kind of little thingy but I’m not going to get too excited yet. Maybe baby girl’s just waiting for us to give her a name before joining us here in the world :grin:


I really love [name_f]Matilda[/name_f] and [name_f]Adelina[/name_f] (+variations) both independently and a sister to little [name_f]Elisabet[/name_f]! Good luck :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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I love [name_f]Adelina[/name_f] and [name_f]Evelina[/name_f]! [name_f]Matilda[/name_f] is also gorgeous


Adelina is by far my favorite! I like [name_f]Evelina[/name_f] as well. Best of luck to you and your growing family!

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I love [name_f]Evelina[/name_f] so much. I think it’s far prettier than [name_u]Evelyn[/name_u], for some reason. I think it will work great for your British family as well. [name_f]Adeline[/name_f] is also beautiful.
I know [name_f]Aurora[/name_f] didn’t make your final list but it’s such a nice nod to Finland and your northern lights. And this is totally random but I am such a huge fan of the composer [name_u]Jean[/name_u] Sibelius and feel a slight affinity for Finland due to his music :slightly_smiling_face:

Thank you :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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