We had the name [name]Katerina[/name] [name]Jane[/name] picked out for our baby if it’s girl.

Our best friends [name]Jenn[/name] and [name]Matt[/name] having been trying to adopt a child from [name]Russia[/name] for a few years. They finally are adopting a little girl and her name is [name]Katerina[/name]. So we decided to change our name. Our back up name was [name]Anastasia[/name] but we can’t find a mn that we like with it. So we’re back to square one.

[name]Annabelle[/name] nn. [name]Annie[/name]
[name]Dahlia[/name] nn. [name]Lia[/name]
[name]Eleanor[/name] nn. [name]Elea[/name]
[name]Esmerelda[/name] nn. [name]Ella[/name]
[name]Helena[/name] (prn. Ha-lay-nah) nn. [name]Lena[/name]
[name]Josephine[/name] nn. [name]Josey[/name]
[name]Primrose[/name] nn. [name]Rose[/name]
[name]Rosalia[/name] nn. [name]Rose[/name]
[name]Talia[/name] nn. [name]Tally[/name]

[name]Feel[/name] free to suggest names! Thanks in advance!

  • [name]Tori[/name], [name]Jake[/name], and [name]Baby[/name] Girl/ [name]Ezekiel[/name] [name]Thomas[/name]

From you list of names

[name]Aria[/name], [name]Helena[/name] ([name]LOVE[/name]), and [name]Josephine[/name] are my personal favorites.

[name]Anabelle[/name] is a good alternative [name]Anastasia[/name]. Have you thought of [name]Alessandra[/name]?

Others you may or may not like -

[name]Aurora[/name] nn [name]Rory[/name]
[name]Elena[/name] - pronounced eh-lay-nah

hmm…let’s see if we can help you :slight_smile:

Maybe some middle names for [name]Anastasia[/name], too :slight_smile:
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Bryn[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Kate[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Claire[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Pearl[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Gray[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Rose[/name] (I know, boring…but it works)
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Blair[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Paige[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Faith[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Maeve[/name]

I’m not sure if you want to know how we feel about these or you want mn suggestions?

[name]Annabelle[/name] nn. [name]Annie[/name] - I think I’m the only one not in love with this name. I’m very glad to see you would be using nn [name]Annie[/name] instead of [name]Belle[/name]. [name]LOVE[/name] [name]Annie[/name]! :slight_smile:
[name]Aria[/name] - this one’s my fav…its on our short list :slight_smile: [name]Aria[/name] [name]Adeline[/name] is our choice (mn is family name) [name]Aria[/name] [name]Maeve[/name] is gorgeous, though. I think a lot of names will work with this one.
[name]Dahlia[/name] nn. [name]Lia[/name] - I actually like [name]Delia[/name] better. So sweet, though!
[name]Eleanor[/name] nn. [name]Elea[/name] - I love the name [name]Nora[/name], but I’m still working on [name]Eleanor[/name]…
[name]Esmerelda[/name] nn. [name]Ella[/name] - can’t get past “The Hunchback of Notre Dam”
[name]Helena[/name] (prn. Ha-lay-nah) nn. [name]Lena[/name] - Very pretty! [name]Helena[/name] [name]Josephine[/name] is a fun combo!
[name]Josephine[/name] nn. [name]Josey[/name] - I wish hubby would like [name]Josie[/name]…he says its waay to “…and the pussycats”
[name]Primrose[/name] nn. [name]Rose[/name] - feels kinda stuffy to me when its up front…fun in the middle, though
[name]Rosalia[/name] nn. [name]Rose[/name] - [name]Rose[/name] as a first name is so refreshing!
[name]Talia[/name] nn. [name]Tally[/name] - [name]Talia[/name] feels all nn to me. I like it for [name]Natalia[/name]

[name]Annabelle[/name] nn. [name]Annie[/name]
[name]Dahlia[/name] nn. [name]Lia[/name]
[name]Eleanor[/name] nn. [name]Elea[/name]
[name]Esmerelda[/name] nn. [name]Ella[/name]
[name]Helena[/name] (prn. Ha-lay-nah) nn. [name]Lena[/name]
[name]Josephine[/name] nn. [name]Josey[/name]
[name]Primrose[/name] nn. [name]Rose[/name]
[name]Rosalia[/name] nn. [name]Rose[/name]
[name]Talia[/name] nn. [name]Tally[/name]

Maybe these combos of your names will work?
[name]Rosalia[/name] [name]Jane[/name]
[name]Aria[/name] [name]Josephine[/name]
[name]Dahlia[/name] [name]Jane[/name]
[name]Annabelle[/name] [name]Jane[/name] ([name]LOVE[/name]!)
[name]Aria[/name] [name]Katerina[/name]
[name]Esmerelda[/name] [name]Jane[/name]
[name]Dahlia[/name] [name]Josephine[/name]

[name]Annabelle[/name] nn. [name]Annie[/name] - love, also [name]Annika[/name] and [name]Anneliese[/name]
[name]Aria[/name] - pretty
[name]Dahlia[/name] nn. [name]Lia[/name] - pretty
[name]Eleanor[/name] nn. [name]Elea[/name] - I love [name]Eleanor[/name]. [name]How[/name] do you pronounce [name]Elea[/name]?
[name]Esmerelda[/name] nn. [name]Ella[/name] - love it with [name]Esme[/name] as a nn.
[name]Helena[/name] (prn. Ha-lay-nah) nn. [name]Lena[/name] - love
[name]Josephine[/name] nn. [name]Josey[/name] - love [name]Josey[/name] spelled [name]Josie[/name] - love
[name]Primrose[/name] nn. [name]Rose[/name] - pretty and different!
[name]Rosalia[/name] nn. [name]Rose[/name] - love, also love [name]Rosalie[/name] - love both [name]Rosalia[/name] and [name]Rosalie[/name].
[name]Talia[/name] nn. [name]Tally[/name] - pretty, but I love [name]Nathalie[/name] and [name]Natalia[/name] even more.

[name]Feel[/name] free to suggest names! Thanks in advance!
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Beatrice[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Bernice[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Claudine[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Coco[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Cosette[/name] - love
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Delphine[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Elise[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Fleur[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Frances[/name] - love
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Francine[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Genevieve[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Georgine[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Giselle[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Helen[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Ivy[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Kate[/name] - love it!
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Lisette[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Lizbeth[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Marin[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Marian[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Maude[/name] - love
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Odette[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Ottilie[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Pauline[/name] - regal
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Pearl[/name] - pretty
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Rosette[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Ruby[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Violette[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Vivienne[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Willow[/name]
[name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Wren[/name]

  • [name]Tori[/name], [name]Jake[/name], and [name]Baby[/name] Girl/ [name]Ezekiel[/name] [name]Thomas[/name][/quote]

I really like [name]Aria[/name]!

[name]Lia[/name] is nice but I don’t love [name]Dahlia[/name], I also like [name]Eleanora[/name] better than [name]Eleanor[/name], [name]Elena[/name] (a version of [name]Helena[/name] and you can always use the nn [name]Ella[/name]) and I really like [name]Talia[/name].

What about [name]Tatiana[/name], [name]Larissa[/name], [name]Annalisa[/name] or [name]Nastassja[/name] as name ideas?

I also think [name]Anastasia[/name] is a very pretty name…Maybe [name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Eleanor/name?

Is [name]Ezekiel[/name] last name or middle name?

[name]Ezekiel[/name] is the fn. Our last name is [name]Banks[/name].

My sister [name]Alexandra[/name], suggested [name]Arianna[/name] nn. [name]Aria[/name] and we really love it! Thoughts?

  • [name]Tori[/name], [name]Jake[/name] and [name]Baby[/name]

[name]Arianna[/name] nn [name]Aria[/name] is really pretty, except I would spell it [name]Ariana[/name]-- so much prettier and simpler!

[name]Arianna[/name] is pretty and would work well with lots of the middle names suggested here. You had originally chosen [name]Jane[/name] (which I love of course - my daughter is [name]Jane[/name]!) - is that set? It sounds good with [name]Arianna[/name] but I think I like some of the longer middle names even better with your short last name [name]Banks[/name]. Like [name]Arianna[/name] [name]Josephine[/name] [name]Banks[/name] . . . I’m not as good as coming up with lists as some of the other posters, so I leave that up to them. But if you are set on [name]Jane[/name] for MN, then you might be done! Again, I think it sounds wonderful with [name]Arianna[/name].

Oh no! What a pity!

I love [name]Arianna[/name] nn [name]Aria[/name] as well as a lot of your other names, but since you liked [name]Katerina[/name] and [name]Anastasia[/name], I thought I’d give you some other Russian names you may like.


[name]Annabelle[/name] nn. [name]Annie[/name] - a pretty classic, although I have always personally preferred the [name]Annabel[/name] spelling. I like the suggestion of [name]Anastasia[/name], too.
[name]Aria[/name] - I think this is just beautiful, and I love the musical connection.
[name]Dahlia[/name] nn. [name]Lia[/name] - not my favourite from your list.
[name]Eleanor[/name] nn. [name]Elea[/name] - another pretty classic, although I think it would rule out using [name]Ezekiel[/name] for a boy in the future …
[name]Esmerelda[/name] nn. [name]Ella[/name] - I adore this name as it so gorgeous and unusual, and the nn [name]Ella[/name]. I also like the nn [name]Esme[/name].
[name]Helena[/name] (prn. Ha-lay-nah) nn. [name]Lena[/name] - A classic beauty.
[name]Josephine[/name] nn. [name]Josey[/name] - I actually quite like [name]Josey[/name], and [name]Josephine[/name] is one of my favourite names. [name]How[/name] about [name]Posy[/name], Sephy and [name]Effie[/name] as other possible nicknames?
[name]Primrose[/name] nn. [name]Rose[/name] - such a beautiful and underused flower name! [name]Rose[/name] is so neglected as a fn, too.
[name]Rosalia[/name] nn. [name]Rose[/name] - pretty, although I prefer [name]Primrose[/name].
[name]Talia[/name] nn. [name]Tally[/name] - this has always seemed like a nn to me, perhaps for [name]Natalia[/name]?

My favourites from your list would have to be [name]Aria[/name], [name]Josephine[/name], [name]Esmeralda[/name] and [name]Primrose[/name] (I think [name]Aria[/name] [name]Primrose[/name] would be an almost impossibly pretty combination).

Good luck!

I really like [name]Arianna[/name] [name]Josephine[/name]! I love the name [name]Jane[/name] but I agree that a longer mn does sound better! I also love [name]Arianna[/name] [name]Primrose[/name]

I think [name]Arianna[/name]/[name]Aria[/name] is beautiful!

[name]Arianna[/name] is very pretty. I liek it spelled [name]Ariana[/name] best. [name]Ariana[/name] [name]Josephine[/name] and [name]Ariana[/name] [name]Jane[/name] are gorgeous. Sorry I’m not sure who suggested them.

I think the A thing, not so good…
Try [name]Nikita[/name] (which I LOOOVE btw) but may be a bit much…

or you could shorten it to [name]Stacie[/name]
or use it as a middle name instead?
ALOT EASIER! :smiley:

Why give up the name you love? I am sure that your friend would not want you to do that. There is nothing wrong with the girls both having the same first name and not only that there are many nn’s to choose from eg [name]Kate[/name], [name]Katie[/name], [name]Katya[/name], [name]Trina[/name].

When I went to [name]Russia[/name] there were many [name]Anastasia[/name]'s, such a pretty name.

I think that [name]Julia[/name] is a beautiful name. In [name]Russia[/name] they pronounce the J like a Y though.

I love [name]Jen[/name] and [name]Matt[/name] for adopting one of those wonderful Russian kids; I went to live in a Russian orphanage for a while and it broke my heart to have to leave so many beautiful orphans behind.

If you are going to change the name and I don’t recommend it then [name]Anastasia[/name] [name]Julia[/name] would be just beautiful. Nn of [name]Anna[/name] or if you like a more unisex name [name]Stacey[/name]. Over there they use the nn of [name]Nastia[/name]! (In Australia we can’t adopt from [name]Russia[/name].)

Otherwise I suggest the beautiful [name]Alexandra[/name].

[name]Alexandra[/name] [name]Victoria[/name].

It’s so frustrating when you love a name and then a friend or relative uses it. That happened to me once so I understand.

What about [name]Katia[/name]/[name]Katya[/name]? I have always loved that one and different enough from [name]Katerina[/name] that you could still use it.


I think the OP has now chosen [name]Primrose[/name] [name]Victoria[/name] as her girl’s name, which I think is gorgeous! So it’s worked out well in the end.