Thoughts on these names?

I never really see these names being discussed anywhere and I was just curious what impressions people had of them. [name_f]Do[/name_f] you like them? Why or why not? What kind of vibes do they give you? I’m not considering them for myself, but just curious!

[name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] (I do see this one around sometimes but just curious to know more about people’s perceptions of it!)

Honestly I like all of these names!

[name_f]Aida[/name_f] – I like it! I wouldn’t have it on my own list but I totally see the appeal. It reminds me a lot of the opera (?) which I don’t know much about but I feel like it’s pretty well known. The sound is lovely though and I like that it’s familiar but unexpected.

[name_f]Naima[/name_f] – I like this a lot as well! So pretty and cool, and I can picture it on any age or personality.

[name_f]Regina[/name_f] – I like this name a lot too. I do think the [name_f]Regina[/name_f] [name_u]George[/name_u] connotation is pretty strong, at least for me – I don’t know if Mean Girls is as big for the current generation as it was when I was in middle school, but it definitely feels like an iconic staple to me. I think it’s cool and sleek and [name_f]Gigi[/name_f] is a cute nickname.

[name_f]Marta[/name_f] – I do have [name_f]Marta[/name_f] on my longer list! It’s sweet and familiar yet unexpected, fits any age or personality, and works in many languages.

[name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] – I like this name! I never really saw the appeal until I met a [name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] earlier this year who was so nice and had such a bubbly personality that it made me appreciate the name. I think it’s fun and sunshiney but also tailored and professional sounding.

[name_f]Aida[/name_f] - I’m not entirely sure how this is supposed to be pronounced, but either way it’s alright, not something I feel strongly about but not bad. I like it a lot better than [name_f]Ada[/name_f] even if it’s pronounced the same, not sure why
[name_f]Naima[/name_f] - I’ve never heard of it and again aren’t totally sure how it’s pronounced. Not really my style but it’s ok
[name_f]Regina[/name_f] - I like it somewhat if you’re using the American re-JEE-na pronunciation, but the other pronunciation is too uh, anatomical for my tastes XD I also like the nickname [name_u]Reggie[/name_u]
[name_f]Marta[/name_f] - It’s sorta cute, gives off a sweet grandma vibe to me but also doesn’t feel completely dated
[name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] - Tbh I don’t really get the appeal, I’ve always felt weird about names that sound really close to much more common ones (in this case Jasmine) so maybe that’s why. If I had grown up hearing it more I might feel differently

[name_f]Marta[/name_f] :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: I love her. I think of the little girl from The Sound of [name_f]Music[/name_f] immediately! So to me that’s a musical, frolicking, tidy name.

Really like [name_f]Regina[/name_f] with the geena pronunciation, the other one is too close to another word for me so I wouldn’t use the name for this reason. Also very much like [name_f]Marta[/name_f], it’s sleek and manages to be both cottagey and fashiony. [name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] is ok, it’s one that’s been on my radar before, but I prefer the more formal [name_f]Thomasin[/name_f]. Not familiar with / keen on the other two.

[name_f]Aida[/name_f] - I love the flow and the sound of this - it’s enjoyable to say and I like the sharpness of it!

[name_f]Naima[/name_f] - ooh, this is interesting. I like how it’s one with multiple origins (that always intrigues me) and both pronunciations are nice!

[name_f]Regina[/name_f] - I do think [name_u]Reggie[/name_u] is cute for a girl but this does remind me of Mean Girls

[name_f]Marta[/name_f] - I like the international, distinctive sound of it, but it does remind me of martyr

[name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] - been loving this recently! Snappy and interesting

[name_f]Aida[/name_f] - I think most would assume it’s a more phonetic spelling of [name_f]Ada[/name_f]. I do like the sound of the name but I don’t think I’d want Aid in my name so not for me. It otherwise comes across as a self-assured, earnest and pretty name.

[name_f]Naima[/name_f] - seems trustworthy and scholarly to me. This seems like a name for someone who gets the job done! Same for [name_f]Naomi[/name_f], not sure about a Nah start to a name but I do like this.

[name_f]Regina[/name_f] - this name is tied up with my religious upbringing so I could never use it as a name - would seem way too high minded and intense! I also don’t love the geen sound.

[name_f]Marta[/name_f] is so spirited and charming - imprinted in my mind as [name_f]Marta[/name_f] was my favourite of the little kids in the Sound of [name_f]Music[/name_f]. The similarity to martyr would stop me using it - but I adore the name [name_f]Martha[/name_f] and would definitely use that!

[name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] - the three Tamsins I know are all extreme high achievers, have stern and strong features, and have no interest in following the group. Though I love tailored names, I’ve never warmed to the name (or am only just stating to see it on its own terms) including because those Tamsins I know are completely unsentimental, no-nonsense types!

I purposely didn’t include the pronunciations for [name_f]Aida[/name_f] and [name_f]Naima[/name_f] because I wanted to see if people were familiar with them!

The vowel combinations in both names are pronounced as two sounds “ah-ee”, so “ah-EE-duh” and “nah-EE-muh”. In some cases the pronunciation is realized as a diphthong on the first vowel “eye-ee”. I have heard of [name_f]Aida[/name_f] at least (and I’m sure there’s some Naimas out there) also being pronounced as a full diphthong “EYE-duh” instead of “ah-EE-duh” but I believe the “correct” way is with each vowel pronounced separately.

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[name_f]Aida[/name_f] - I was today years old when I learned that this is PN with three syllables. [name_m]Till[/name_m] now I thought it was a spelling variation of [name_f]Ada[/name_f]! So…as a first impression I really like how it sounds and I think I may prefer the spelling [name_f]Ayda[/name_f] to distance from the word ‘aid’ which I find a bit distracting and off-putting in [name_f]Aida[/name_f]. Aid immediately makes me think of crises and trauma needing aid, unfortunately.

[name_f]Naima[/name_f] - I especially like the 3 syllable Arabic version of this name, it’s really beautiful.

[name_f]Regina[/name_f] - makes me smile because of [name_f]Phoebe[/name_f] in Friends’ code name of [name_f]Regina[/name_f] Phalange! Feels dated and it doesn’t appeal to me much soundwise (whereas I love G sounds in other names and I love [name_f]Renata[/name_f] :woman_shrugging:t2: ).

[name_f]Marta[/name_f] - love this! [name_f]Martha[/name_f]? No. [name_f]Marta[/name_f]? Yes!

[name_f]Tamsin[/name_f] - I think this was one of my favourite names when I was a child. The sounds still appeal to me but it feels fairly dated now (I’m an 80’s kid).