Naming our multi-cultural little girl :) Please help!

[name]Hi[/name] there ladies! My name is [name]Whitney[/name]. I have always been a name nerd, and since discovering this site earlier in the year it has become my absolute favorite! Thank you for that, [name]Pam[/name] and [name]Linda[/name] :slight_smile:

My husband [name]James[/name] and I are expecting our first child, a little girl whom we are over-the-moon ecstatic for. My naming style is completely all over the place, but we both have the same goal in mind: we want to honor our respective heritages. I am of distant Romanian descent, and I”ve thusly been obsessed with anything and everything Romania for the greater portion of my life. [name]James[/name]” family hails entirely from [name]France[/name], and we have a very, very French last name.

Probably the neatest thing about our melting pot of cultures, though, is that we have some honorary Italian thrown into the mix! [name]James[/name] was actually born in [name]Milan[/name], [name]Italy[/name]; his parents and brothers were on summer vacation there and he decided to come join the fun two months early. I have always found the story positively adorable and have long-wondered if we could commemorate the tale with our child”s name. It is also tradition in [name]James[/name]” family to have two middle names, and I would like to continue that :slight_smile:

Without further adieu, I present to you all our shortlist! Any help ” opinions on present names or suggestions for more ” would be so greatly appreciated. On some of the more blatantly foreign names that most of you have probably never heard of, I tried to elaborate with origins, pronunciations, etc. :slight_smile:

[name]Angelique[/name]
[name]Apolline[/name]
B”line
[name]Bianca[/name]
[name]Capri[/name]
Cosmina (Romanian name pronounced [name]Cos[/name]-me-nah)
Crina (Romanian name pronounced Cree-nah)
[name]Dominique[/name]
[name]Elisabeta[/name] (Romanian form of [name]Elizabeth[/name] pronounced Ee-lis-ah-bet-ah)
[name]Eloise[/name]
Esm”e
[name]Etoile[/name]
[name]Genevieve[/name]
[name]Giovanna[/name]
[name]Italia[/name]
[name]Jacqueline[/name]
[name]Jessamine[/name]
Luminita (Romanian name pronounced Loo-me-nee-tah)
[name]Milan[/name]
[name]Mirabelle[/name] (Hubby”s favorite; he loves the nickname [name]Bella[/name]! If anyone knows of any other ways to get to it outside of the trite [name]Isabella[/name], please speak up!)
[name]Romany[/name]
[name]Sicily[/name]
[name]Siena[/name]
[name]Venice[/name]/Venizia
[name]Verona[/name]
[name]Victoire[/name]

As an alternative to [name]Mirabelle[/name] and a way to get the nn [name]Bella[/name], [name]Arabella[/name] comes to mind.

[name]Angelique[/name]- this name is trying too hard
[name]Apolline[/name]- dont like
B”line- i like this one as a mn
[name]Bianca[/name]- nice
[name]Capri[/name]- my least favorite italian city name
Cosmina- [name]Love[/name]
Crina- dont like the sound
[name]Dominique[/name]- i think im just not a fan of the -ique ending sorry
[name]Elisabeta[/name]- [name]LOVE[/name] [name]LOVE[/name] [name]LOVE[/name] pls use this for at least a mn
[name]Eloise[/name]- cute
Esm”e- love
[name]Etoile[/name]- not sure
[name]Genevieve[/name]- [name]LOVE[/name]
[name]Giovanna[/name]- I have a friend w this name and i have always liked it
[name]Italia[/name]- to literal
[name]Jacqueline[/name]- nice
[name]Jessamine[/name]- seems made up
Luminita- fairytailish
[name]Milan[/name]- like as mn
[name]Mirabelle[/name]- i like this name but dont like nn bella as its super common
[name]Romany[/name]-no
[name]Sicily[/name]- like as mn
[name]Siena[/name]- very nice a lil pop though
[name]Venice[/name]/Venizia- cute
[name]Verona[/name]- my fav italy name
[name]Victoire[/name]- if you give her this name she will be called victoria her entire life

good luck

Congratulations :). I love a lot of the names on your list!

[name]Angelique[/name]: Pretty…
[name]Apolline[/name]: I think it’s beautiful!
B”line: It seems like it’s cut off of a longer name, somehow…
[name]Bianca[/name]: Nice name, but I’ve never really been a fan
[name]Capri[/name]: Reminds me of capri pants, and it’s an island… I don’t like it at all
Cosmina: It sounds very pretty!
Crina: Interesting…
[name]Dominique[/name]: Not a fan, personally
[name]Elisabeta[/name]: Such a pretty name!
[name]Eloise[/name]: I [name]LOVE[/name] this!
Esm”e: Very pretty, but may become trendy due to Twilight…
[name]Etoile[/name]: It’s a French word, not a name…
[name]Genevieve[/name]: I absolutely love this, too!
[name]Giovanna[/name]: I have a bad association with this name
[name]Italia[/name]: It would be ridiculous if she ever moved to [name]Italy[/name]-- like being named [name]America[/name] or [name]France[/name]…
[name]Jacqueline[/name]: Seems a little dated
[name]Jessamine[/name]: I adore this name!
Luminita: [name]Lovely[/name] sounding name
[name]Milan[/name]: It’s a place, not a name… doesn’t sound very classy to me at all
[name]Mirabelle[/name]: I really like this. [name]Arabella[/name] or [name]Gabriella[/name] could also be nn [name]Bella[/name].
[name]Romany[/name]: I really don’t like this…
[name]Sicily[/name]: Another place name… I love [name]Cecily[/name], though
[name]Siena[/name]: Ditto
[name]Venice[/name]/Venizia: Ditto again
[name]Verona[/name]: There’s a town near where I live called [name]Verona[/name], so I can’t really see it as a name.
[name]Victoire[/name]: I love it!

You have some place names/words in other languages in your list that I don’t think fit with the other names you have. To me, these kinds of ‘names’ are part of a trend, and won’t serve your daughter very well later in life. My favorites of your list are [name]Genevieve[/name], [name]Apolline[/name], [name]Jessamine[/name], and [name]Eloise[/name]-- all such gorgeous names! Here are some combos using your names and other that fit:

[name]Genevieve[/name] Crina [name]Victoire[/name]
[name]Genevieve[/name] [name]Esme[/name] [name]Bianca[/name]
[name]Genevieve[/name] [name]Luisa[/name] [name]Beline[/name]
[name]Genevieve[/name] [name]Mira[/name] [name]Celeste[/name]
[name]Apolline[/name] [name]Esme[/name] [name]Victoire[/name]
[name]Apolline[/name] [name]Jessamine[/name] Cosmina
[name]Apolline[/name] [name]Claire[/name] [name]Angelique[/name]
[name]Jessamine[/name] [name]Alessandra[/name] [name]Victoire[/name]
[name]Jessamine[/name] [name]Cecily[/name] [name]Eloise[/name]
[name]Jessamine[/name] [name]Elisabeta[/name] [name]Bianca[/name]
[name]Eloise[/name] [name]Jessamine[/name] [name]Eve[/name]
[name]Eloise[/name] [name]Angelique[/name] Luminita
[name]Eloise[/name] [name]Maia[/name] Evangelie

Names you might like:

[name]Elodie[/name]
[name]Cosima[/name]
[name]Ottavia[/name]
[name]Elettra[/name]
Casimira
[name]Mireille[/name]
[name]Selena[/name]
[name]Paloma[/name]
[name]Adele[/name]
[name]Aurora[/name]
[name]Viviana[/name]
[name]Aurelia[/name]
[name]Evelina[/name]
[name]Lilia[/name]
[name]Cecily[/name]
[name]Louisa[/name]
[name]Coralie[/name]
[name]Catalina[/name]
[name]Florence[/name]
[name]Ginevra[/name]

Cosmina
[name]Elisabeta[/name]
[name]Eloise[/name]
Esm”e
[name]Genevieve[/name]
[name]Giovanna[/name]
[name]Mirabelle[/name]
[name]Romany[/name]
[name]Verona[/name]

These are my favourites.

[name]Elisabetta[/name] [name]Genevieve[/name]
[name]Eloise[/name] [name]Verona[/name]
Esmee Cosmina
[name]Mirabelle[/name] [name]Romany[/name]

For [name]Genevieve[/name] are you pronouncing this [name]Jahn[/name]-vee-ev? I love this prononciation! If so…

[name]Genevieve[/name] [name]Eloise[/name]

[name]Do[/name] you like [name]Romy[/name]? I love [name]Romy[/name], it’s so cute, and I love [name]Romy[/name] Cosmina.

Yes, we are pronouncing it [name]Jahn[/name]-vee-ev; it was my hubby’s late grandmother’s name, and that’s how she pronounced it :slight_smile: I love [name]Romy[/name]! [name]James[/name] loves it as a nickname for [name]Romany[/name], but I love [name]Romy[/name] Cosmina as well. I love all of your combinations, actually, and yours as well, irisrose. I will admit to you that word and ESPECIALLY place names are a weakness of mine; they always have been, and I guess it’s because of my longtime love of them that they don’t seem too trendy to me.

Thank you all for your help thus far :slight_smile:

[name]Angelique[/name]: I know a sweet [name]Angelique[/name], so I have positive associations with the name. I love French names, but for some reason, the ique ending isn’t one of my favorites. (That’s just me, though.) :slight_smile:

[name]Apolline[/name]: I think this is beautiful…

B”line: I think it’s pretty, but I have to admit that I think of a Baleen whale when I hear this name. (I’m really sorry!)

[name]Bianca[/name]: I think it’s pretty…

[name]Capri[/name]: I only think of the [name]Isle[/name] of [name]Capri[/name] and [name]Capri[/name] pants, so I have a hard time picturing this as someone’s name.

Cosmina (Romanian name pronounced [name]Cos[/name]-me-nah): I want to like this name so much, but it reminds me of the word “cosmetics.”

Crina (Romanian name pronounced Cree-nah): I like some of your other names more.

[name]Dominique[/name]: I love French names, but I love your non -ique names more…

[name]Elisabeta[/name] (Romanian form of [name]Elizabeth[/name] pronounced Ee-lis-ah-bet-ah): I [name]LOVE[/name] this! I think it’s just beautiful! :slight_smile:

[name]Eloise[/name]: [name]LOVE[/name]!!!

Esm”e: I think it’s beautiful, although destined for popularity due to Twilight.

[name]Etoile[/name]: I want to like this, but I can’t help but think of toile wallpaper and fabric.

[name]Genevieve[/name]: [name]LOVE[/name]!!!

[name]Giovanna[/name]: I like some of your other names more…

[name]Italia[/name]: At first glance, I thought this was a typo of Italian or Italic, so I prefer some of your other names.

[name]Jacqueline[/name]: I think it’s beautiful, but at the same time, it feels a bit dated to me and not as fresh as some of the other French names on your list.

[name]Jessamine[/name]: [name]LOVE[/name]!

Luminita (Romanian name pronounced Loo-me-nee-tah): It reminds me of Lumiere, the candlestick from Beauty and the Beast, as well as the Illuminati.

[name]Milan[/name]: I like some of your other choices better. I guess it feels trendy to me, like [name]Paris[/name] or [name]London[/name].

[name]Mirabelle[/name] (Hubby”s favorite; he loves the nickname [name]Bella[/name]! If anyone knows of any other ways to get to it outside of the trite [name]Isabella[/name], please speak up!): I love [name]Mirabelle[/name] so much! You may also like [name]Annabelle[/name], [name]Christabel[/name], or [name]Rosabelle[/name]/Rosabella.

[name]Romany[/name]: You may also like [name]Romilly[/name] (nn [name]Romy[/name] or [name]Milly[/name]), which is a French place name.

[name]Sicily[/name]: I only think of the place, but I do love [name]Cicely[/name] and [name]Cecily[/name].

[name]Siena[/name]: This feels very trendy to me…

[name]Venice[/name]/Venizia: [name]Venice[/name] reminds me of trendy place names like [name]Paris[/name] and [name]London[/name].

[name]Verona[/name]: I think this is pretty, and it feels less trendy to me than the other place names on your list.

[name]Victoire[/name]: I love [name]Victoire[/name]!

My favorites: [name]Elisabeta[/name], [name]Eloise[/name], [name]Genevieve[/name], [name]Jessamine[/name], and [name]Mirabelle[/name].

You may also like:

[name]Amandine[/name]
[name]Amelie[/name]
[name]Annabelle[/name]
[name]Arabelle[/name]
[name]Allegra[/name]
[name]Camille[/name]
[name]Cosette[/name]
[name]Delphine[/name]
[name]Emmanuelle[/name]
[name]Estelle[/name]
[name]Juliet[/name]
[name]Lilou[/name]
[name]Leonora[/name]
[name]Luciana[/name]
[name]Lucia[/name]
[name]Lucienne[/name]
[name]Marielle[/name]
[name]Romilly[/name]
[name]Raphaelle[/name]/[name]Raphaela[/name]
[name]Seraphine[/name]
[name]Veronique[/name]
[name]Violetta[/name]
[name]Viviana[/name]

Good luck! :slight_smile:

This is a very interesting list. I think with 3 names and to honour 3 heritages (Italian, French and Romanian) it would make sense to have one of each.

On the [name]Bella[/name] nn front, here are some more names that you can get [name]Bella[/name] from.
[name]Arabella[/name]
[name]Abelle[/name]
[name]Arbelle[/name]
[name]Adabelle[/name]
[name]Anabelle[/name]/[name]Anabella[/name]
[name]Elizabelle[/name]
[name]Clarabelle[/name]
[name]Christabelle[/name]
[name]Maebelle[/name]
[name]Robelle[/name]
[name]Rosabelle[/name]
[name]Sabelle[/name]

I also like [name]Romy[/name] more than [name]Romany[/name] although it’d be a good nn for [name]Romany[/name]. It sort of kills two birds with one stone too because it can refer to [name]Rome[/name] in [name]Italy[/name] or the begining of the word Romania. [name]How[/name] about [name]Florence[/name] too? That’s an Italian place name after all. You could also have [name]Mila[/name] as a short version of [name]Milan[/name].

[name]Angelique[/name]
B”line
[name]Bianca[/name]
[name]Capri[/name]
Cosmina
Crina
[name]Dominique[/name]
[name]Elisabeta[/name]
[name]Eloise[/name]
Luminita
[name]Mirabelle[/name]
[name]Romany[/name]
[name]Siena[/name]
These are my favourites of your list.

Crina [name]Mirabelle[/name] [name]Romy[/name]
[name]Capri[/name] [name]Beline[/name] [name]Eloise[/name]
[name]Siena[/name] Cosmina [name]Beline[/name]
[name]Florence[/name] [name]Eloise[/name] [name]Romy[/name]
[name]Mila[/name] [name]Bianca[/name] [name]Dominique[/name]
Luminita [name]Maebelle[/name] Cosmina
[name]Sabelle[/name] [name]Angelique[/name] Crina
[name]Robelle[/name] [name]Dominique[/name] [name]Mila[/name]

My first thought for you was [name]Milena[/name] (mee-lay-nah) which is the feminized form of [name]Milan[/name]. Also I thought it was Romanian but it turns out it’s more Czech, Serbian, etc. So not sure if that will work for you after all. But it is beautiful, I think, and has adorable nickname [name]Mila[/name] (mee-lah) which also means “dear one”.

Yes, we are pronouncing it [name]Jahn[/name]-vee-ev; it was my hubby’s late grandmother’s name, and that’s how she pronounced it :slight_smile: I love [name]Romy[/name]! [name]James[/name] loves it as a nickname for [name]Romany[/name], but I love [name]Romy[/name] Cosmina as well. I love all of your combinations, actually, and yours as well, irisrose. I will admit to you that word and ESPECIALLY place names are a weakness of mine; they always have been, and I guess it’s because of my longtime love of them that they don’t seem too trendy to me.

Thank you all for your help thus far :)[/quote]

[name]Romy[/name] would be a really cute nickname for [name]Romany[/name], I never caught on to that before!

I also forgot that you said you wanted to middle names, so I revise my list to…

[name]Romany[/name] ([name]Romy[/name]) [name]Elisabeta[/name] [name]Genevieve[/name] - maybe too long? I kind of like just [name]Romy[/name] [name]Elisabeta[/name] [name]Genevieve[/name] too, because the first is shorter than the two middles. But these are my three favourite names from your list. Maybe…
[name]Romany[/name] [name]Elisabeta[/name] Esmee
[name]Elisabeta[/name] Esmee Cosmina
[name]Genevieve[/name] [name]Romany[/name] [name]Eloise[/name]
[name]Mirabelle[/name] [name]Verona[/name] [name]Eloise[/name]

I feel like with three names, there should be one in each combination with just one (maybe two) syllables. [name]Do[/name] you like any one syllable names?

I’ve never heard this before but I love it. And I [name]LOVE[/name] the name [name]Mila[/name] SO MUCH.

Thank you all so very much! Your outpouring of suggestions has been not only helpful, but also heartwarming :slight_smile: It is so nice to know there are people out there like you all willing to take your time and help the rest of us! I know to some people it may seem like no big deal, but this is our precious baby girl”s name” it is a HUGE deal! We sincerely thank you!

I think we have all but decided upon [name]Romany[/name] [name]Elisabeta[/name] Esm”e (nickname [name]Romy[/name]) for our little angel. I love that it honors both Romania and [name]Italy[/name] in one foul swoop, whereas [name]James[/name] loves the nickname [name]Romy[/name]. My only concern is our 8-letter, 3-syllable tongue twister of a last name, which I”m not super comfortable giving out on the internet (it”s very, very rare here in the U.S.) but it begins with the same ”[name]Jahn[/name]” sound as [name]Genevieve[/name], and ends with something of a ”day” sound.

Yes, we are pronouncing it [name]Jahn[/name]-vee-ev; it was my hubby’s late grandmother’s name, and that’s how she pronounced it :slight_smile: I love [name]Romy[/name]! [name]James[/name] loves it as a nickname for [name]Romany[/name], but I love [name]Romy[/name] Cosmina as well. I love all of your combinations, actually, and yours as well, irisrose. I will admit to you that word and ESPECIALLY place names are a weakness of mine; they always have been, and I guess it’s because of my longtime love of them that they don’t seem too trendy to me.

Thank you all for your help thus far :)[/quote]

If you live in the state I DONT think you should go with this pronunciation unless you will have an easy nn. You will only be making your childs life very difficult.

[name]Romany[/name] [name]Elisabeta[/name] Esm”e I love this name! If you are worried of having a super long last name you could remove one of the middle names.

[name]Love[/name] your choice of [name]Romany[/name] [name]Elisabeta[/name] Esmee. And of course, I [name]LOVE[/name] the nn [name]Romy[/name].

I wouldn’t be too worried about your long last name either, as for the majority of her life she’ll just be [name]Romany[/name] ------, and the long middles name won’t be used very often, so I don’t think there’s any need to worry! The name is sooooo beautiful, unusual but not weird, and so lovely. Good luck!

The ones I like:

[name]Angelique[/name]
[name]Capri[/name]
Cosmina (Romanian name pronounced [name]Cos[/name]-me-nah)
[name]Elisabeta[/name] (Romanian form of [name]Elizabeth[/name] pronounced Ee-lis-ah-bet-ah)
[name]Eloise[/name]
Esm”e
[name]Giovanna[/name]
[name]Jessamine[/name]
[name]Mirabelle[/name] (Hubby”s favorite; he loves the nickname [name]Bella[/name]! If anyone knows of any other ways to get to it outside of the trite [name]Isabella[/name], please speak up!)
[name]Sicily[/name]
[name]Siena[/name]
[name]Victoire[/name]

I hate reading negative posts and so I apologize in advance for making negative comments, I really do. I believe that if you love a name then you should go with it. But I also think that you should consider backgrounds and context, so…

[name]Romany[/name] sounds like a pretty name when viewed from the US. But it is one of the preferred terms for “gypsies” (which I think is considered an outdated, insulting term, but I am no expert on this). The [name]Romany[/name]/Romani/Rom people face fierce discrimination throughout Europe. I’m most familiar with Italian culture and I know the Rom people there are, by and large, truly and thoroughly hated by the general population.

I’m sorry to be negative about your leading choice. Since you’re looking for a multicultural name, and presumably someday your daughter will travel and perhaps explore her roots, it’s something to consider.

Since I’m being negative already I’ll just push ahead and say I’m not a big fan of place names, and that Italians tend to think that Americans are odd for naming their kids names like [name]Capri[/name] and [name]Sicily[/name]. Also, “Venizia” is a misspelling of [name]Venezia[/name], the Italian word for [name]Venice[/name]. [name]Milan[/name] is a man’s name (think of the author [name]Milan[/name] Kundera).

I’m really sorry if I sound like a jerk. I am facing a similar dilemma and am looking for an Italian name for my daughter who is arriving in the spring. You have lots of beautiful names on your list!

[name]Hi[/name] there, [name]Elle[/name]! Please don’t apologize for negativity; I am the one who made the choice to turn to a public forum for opinions, and it would be ignorant of me to condemn you for yours :slight_smile:

I am actually very aware of the [name]Roma[/name] [name]Gypsy[/name] connotation with [name]Romany[/name] (though I’ve ever seen it spelled [name]Roma[/name] or Romani), because my Romanian heritage is, in fact, mixed with the Romani. It has never been an offensive term in my family, more of a thing of honor, so the potential negativity never really occured to me. I appreciate your outlook on it, though :slight_smile: I also appreciate your input as far as place names are concerned. I seem to be in the minority, especially on this site, but I do love place names. I guess you could say they are my guilty pleasure – and [name]Venezia[/name] was, in fact, a typographical error on my part :slight_smile: