Reader Leanne is looking for a name for her baby girl. She says:
Names that have been shortlisted to date are Eliana Heidi and Melanie Jacinta. However, my nieces are Ariana and Stephanie so I would like [a name] that doesn’t sound too similar.
She liked the combination Hayley Melissa at one time as well, but the “-ley” ending doesn’t work with her married name, and she’d like to stay away from an alliterative pairing.
Other favourite names such as “Anneliesa” and “Shay-Lisa” seem to blend awkwardly with [my] surname and almost make it sound like the surname is “Sleazeman”.
That’s not good. Finally, she loves the name Heidi, though she’s “more inclined to use it as a middle name.”
There is German heritage in my husband’s family and whilst it would be nice to reflect that, it isn’t essential.
My first thought was to look for a few feminine-sounding German names. Nadya, Ottilie, Saskia and Tatiana fit the bill, but none of these are as modern-sounding as the names Leanne mentioned, so they may not be of interest.
Other possibilities include:
What ideas do you guys have? (Please feel free to suggest combinations as well.)