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Agata is beautiful
My favorites: Lucia, Domitia, Livia and Julia
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Correct: the "I" in Elvira is pronounced "ee", or as Y in "you".

Thanks misr for the Arabian names! (and for the congratulations).

Actually, I also love Sancrit names, I would love the name Shinshiva (it's the name of one of my son's friends). But it would be a little too exotic for a girl of Italian origins living in Switzerland...

So you all confirm that Marian is NOT a boy's name here in Switzerland? (like Florian, let's say?).
And would it be pronounced as it is written? Ma-ree-ann?
Yup, Marian = "Ma-ree-ann", shortened to Mari (ok), Märi (blech)
Marian is deffo not a boy's name here. But Marjan (Croatian) is, that's one of my friends' names.

I like the nickname Rina for Marian
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Old 01.04.2012, 00:14
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Re: would you help me choosing a name for my baby girl? :)

And what about Chloe?
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Re: would you help me choosing a name for my baby girl? :)

First of all congratulations

Mariana - was the name of my lovely Grandmother, an angel on earth she was.

I too love Heidi and Lilly. I think Lilly works great on most languages, less likely to be shortened.

LOL i had 2 girls names, but since our family planning will stop and 3 and we already have 2 boys, you can have out 2nd girls name as we will never use it, Laura.

My 1st option is actually Sofia which is much more likely to get misspelled and changed, but its a name i loved since childhood, so if my 3rd is a girl will be Sofia, but i adore Laura.

Be aware of Lucia, as in German its pronounced "Luchia" i find the middle sound spoils a great name. Also anything with J and V as the Swiss sounds for these 2 letters are completely different from English. I loved Joshua, Elliot and Elijah for our boys but all get mispronounced in German.

Good luck in coming to a decision.
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First of all congratulations

Mariana - was the name of my lovely Grandmother, an angel on earth she was.

I too love Heidi and Lilly. I think Lilly works great on most languages, less likely to be shortened.

LOL i had 2 girls names, but since our family planning will stop and 3 and we already have 2 boys, you can have out 2nd girls name as we will never use it, Laura.

My 1st option is actually Sofia which is much more likely to get misspelled and changed, but its a name i loved since childhood, so if my 3rd is a girl will be Sofia, but i adore Laura.

Be aware of Lucia, as in German its pronounced "Luchia" i find the middle sound spoils a great name. Also anything with J and V as the Swiss sounds for these 2 letters are completely different from English. I loved Joshua, Elliot and Elijah for our boys but all get mispronounced in German.

Good luck in coming to a decision.
I've come across Loo-tsee-ah's here, that's just horrid.
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Re: would you help me choosing a name for my baby girl? :)

To choose a name for a child is a very personal thing. Therefore I won't give you my opinion but just let you know some general thing:

Marian is not te spelling used in Switzerland, that would be Marianne. If the name of your child is spelled differently they will get that wrong here.

Heidi is the name of a famous book but it's not a name that is really used here. All the Heidis I know are actually English

Laura has been the favorite name for a girl for the last couple of years so I would avoid that.

Short names are en vogue like Lara or Lia and even Lilly (spelling!). So be prepared that there might be other girls with the same name.

I would make sure that the name chosen fits the family name. Nothing worse than Kevin Huber / Müller / Meier...

Choose an easy name that can be pronounced in different languages. Alexandra, Barbara, Christine...

But finally you have to pick a name that you like, that sounds good to your ears!

All the best for the family and the little girl, whatever the name
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Choose an easy name that can be pronounced in different languages. Alexandra, Barbara, Christine...
Lexi, Babsi, Chriglä ...

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Lexi, Babsi, Chriglä ...

And Barbie...
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Choose an easy name that can be pronounced in different languages.

This is exactly what I am looking for! But it's not easy at all...

Are Cecilia and Chloe easy names that can be easily pronounced in different languages? (Marian could be the second name: I don't want to renounce it...)

Cecilia Marian
Chloe Marian

(question for everyone, not only for Irish temptation)
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This encourages me then to say some arabic names

Nour or Noura "meaning comes from light, like the one who brings light wherever goes, something near this"
Farieda "means unique"
Laila (pronounced like Layla or LAY-lah) "means, hmm let us say 'night's beauty' - when the sky is lighted by the stars"
Haya "not sure about the meaning"
Hana "hmm like brings contentment and satisfaction, not entirely sure"
My daughter is Leila (still pronounced Layla) and the Swiss always pronounce it Lila! So maybe it's not one to go with if it would annoy you to continually correct people!
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This is exactly what I am looking for! But it's not easy at all...

Are Cecilia and Chloe easy names that can be easily pronounced in different languages? (Marian could be the second name: I don't want to renounce it...)

Cecilia Marian
Chloe Marian

(question for everyone, not only for Irish temptation)
Chloe - I'd pronounce it like this:
English - Chl-oh-ee
German - Chlo-ay (swiss hard ch, short "ay".

To learn what Swiss CH sounds like, go to http://de.forvo.com/word/chuchich%C3%A4schtli/ then to "Aussprache auf Deutsch", then to "Aussprache von Simon" and click on the arrow.
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All the Heidis I know are actually English

I would make sure that the name chosen fits the family name. Nothing worse than Kevin Huber / Müller / Meier...
I Know one Swiss Heidi - at least one of her parents is Swiss.
I don't get the Kevin thing - do they sound bad, locally? Or am I being ignorant about names of some high profile locals?
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I Know one Swiss Heidi - at least one of her parents is Swiss.
I don't get the Kevin thing - do they sound bad, locally? Or am I being ignorant about names of some high profile locals?
Käwinn with the hard Swiss K, c'est horrible
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I am expecting a baby, she should be coming by the end of April, but I still have not chosen a name for her...
I would like a name that sounds nice both here in Switzerland both in Italy (we are Italian). And in English too...

Here is a list of names I like... please help me, tell me your impressions, and how do they sound in your language...
THANKS!

- Marian (This is my favourite, but in some languages it's a boy's name... what do you think?)
- Cecilia (Somebody told me that Cecilia doesn't sound nice in Switzerland, it's an "old lady's name"...)
- Agata

Combination:

- Cecilia Marian
- Marian Lily (is it too "meaningful"?)


Impressions, comments, suggestions?
thank you!
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I don't get the Kevin thing - do they sound bad, locally? Or am I being ignorant about names of some high profile locals?
I've heard, if you name your baby Kevin in German-speaking world, you prepare it for a life of ADHD, social welfare, jail and early death through cirrhosis. And you are required to name your daughter Mandy or Jenny then.

Well, how much truth there might be in it or not, apparently Kevin seems to be or at a least was a "fancy name" amongst the poorer social classes of Germanic people, and one should be careful what message gets sent when naming someone Kevin. I guess it's one of the things you're better off when you're an English-Speaking foreign
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I Know one Swiss Heidi - at least one of her parents is Swiss.
I don't get the Kevin thing - do they sound bad, locally? Or am I being ignorant about names of some high profile locals?
I once asked a guy working at the bank about the name Kevin(his first name). He said it was from a very popular football player. ( maybe in the 1980's).
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I would personallly go with Agata, if your choice is limited to those threee.
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Lilly-May, that's my cousins name and she suits it.
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