Baby Name Needed – Girl Name that Works in English and Spanish

A reader named Martha recently e-mailed me:

Hello! I am Peruvian and my husband is American of English/French descent. We are looking for a name for our baby girl that will travel well. We plan on living in both countries and our household and families are bilingual. We love the name Olive, but fear it does not sound good in Spanish.

I think Dora and Rosa match the simple, old-fashioned style of Olive quite well. I also think these names could work:

Amalia
Ana/Anna
Anabel
Carla
Carmen
Cecilia
Clara
Elena
Emilia
Estela/Estella
Eva
Isabel
Laura
Lidia/Lydia
Luisa
Liliana
Marcela
Martina
Natalia
Paulina
Ramona
Sabina
Sara
Selena
Silvia/Sylvia
Teresa
Valeria
Victoria

What do you think about the names above? What other names would you suggest?

P.S. The baby’s surname will be a 2-syllable Y-name of English origin.

Update, 6/6: Scroll down to the last comment to find out which name Martha chose…


3 thoughts on “Baby Name Needed – Girl Name that Works in English and Spanish

  1. so many of these are so beautiful! truly some of the prettiest names out there. i love, love love Cecelia (nn Celia or Cece). Estella and Liliana are good choices as well. I also love Elliana/Eliana. It sounds more like ee-liana in Spanish but more like ellie-ana in English.

  2. When I grew up I shared a name with every other girl on the planet, so I wanted my daughter’s name to be unique. We named her after her great-great grandmother from Sweden (a german name) Amalia (Ah-mah-lya). We drop the A for her nickname – Malia (Mah-lee-ah) and a few people use the more traditional Mali (Molly). I understand it is also a Spanish name, so this might fit what you are looking for. One drawback – she does have to constantly correct people who try to call her Amelia.

  3. Update: We named our little one “Olivia Mae” and call her Olive for short. The middle name came from her paternal grandmother and it fits her perfectly. Thanks for all the suggestions. She is now 6 months old and quite the bundle of energy… She is perfect.

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