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A reader named Debra would like some help naming baby número três:
We are just not finding THE name. I’m American, husband is Portuguese and we live in the states. We have two boys; Diogo and Cruz. I am due any day with #3 a GIRL. We definitely want a Portuguese name.
Our criteria…the name needs to be relatively easy for Americans to pronounce. Don’t want a name in the top 100 in the states. I prefer names that aren’t automatically shortened to nn – Debra to Debbie, Kimberly to Kim. I don’t usually care for names that end with the “e” sound, ex. Zoe. The name should be beautiful and sophisticated, more than cute.
I really like Sofia and Isabel, but they are just too popular in the U.S. right now. Other names we like are Beatriz (too hard to properly pronounce in US?), and Mara.
Please help us. I’d love to have a name before she is born! I’m 38 weeks today!
I think Mara would be a great choice, based on the criteria. Here are some other names that might also work:
Sílvia (good alternative to Sofia?)
Do you like any of the above for the baby sister of Diogo and Cruz? What other (preferably Portuguese) names would you suggest to Debra?
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:
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…
Alexandru and Livia Ionce of British Colombia welcomed their 18th child last week. They now have 10 girls and 8 boys:
23 years old
23 months old
6 days old
The parents, originally from Romania, immigrated to Canada in 1990. They’ve been married 24 years.
I think they chose some great names for their kids. I do wonder, though, if things ever got confusing for Alexandru (father), Alexandra (child #2) and Alex (child #6).
Source: Parents proud of record 18th baby