My husband and I are trying to agree on a girl name. I like the name Leah, but my husband pointed out that with our last name her initials would be L.D. (without her middle initial). He thinks that she’ll get teased because LD is also short for learning disability.
What do you think? Is it really that noticeable or do you think initials are really that important?
Maybe I’m out of it, but I really didn’t associate the initials with the acronym. Is this common in schools? If so, perhaps it would be teasable, but very remotely.
Here’s some homework: do some “field research” and ask some kids what they think of the initials LD. See if they make the association. Always go to the source!
My fiancee and I are already considering names for when we decide to start a family. We both love Beatrice (especially me due to the name’s wonderful association with Dante’s poetry), however, my last name starts with an S and our fear is that Beatrice S**** will be too cumbersome to pronounce because the two S-sounds will run together. We’ve already looked at alternative forms such as Beatrix, Beatricia, Beatriz, etc., but we prefer Beatrice. Any thoughts?
Having a first name that ends with the same sound as the beginning of the last name does put a little burden on the child. For example, if you were considering Taran Nagel – people wouldn’t know if you were saying “Tara Nagel” “Taran Egel” or “Taran Nagel.” The child would be doomed to spell it his/her entire life.
However seeing that Beatrice and your last name (which I saw on your email) are both common and cannot be confused with other names, I don’t see it being a problem with spelling or pronunciation. I’ve said the name several times out loud and it’s not a tongue twister.
I say if you love Beatrice, go for it!
Nadia+Aria = Nadaria
May 6, 2014 12:47 PM
I was messing around with names recently and came up with Nadaria, a mix of Nadia and Aria.
I was thinking it could mean hopeful melody and am now thinking about using it for my first daughter.
What do you think?
I think Nadaria is a great name. I really like when people create names, especially when they are easy to spell and easy to pronounce. If you think about it, all names were “created” names at one point, right?
If you love it, use it!
VIDEO: Name Sniping
Apr 30, 2014 04:29 PM
Hello! I’ve decided to answer some of our reader questions on video! Today’s topic is baby name sniping: when you’ve planned to use a baby name and someone close to you decides to use it first! This is particularly frustrating if you’ve chosen a unique name. Have you experienced name sniping? What do you think about the subject? Comment me on YouTube or drop me a line. ~ Jennifer.
I’m wondering about your thoughts on the name India. When choosing a name for me twenty-two years ago, my parents considered both India and Hilary, however, they went with the latter because they were too nervous to give me such an exotic name.
To this day, we all love the name, however, many people have criticized it. They say it sounds, for lack of a better term, like a stripper name. My mother’s name is Jane, my middle name is Jane, and I think India Jane sounds classy and unique. Not only that, I am a huge fan of Gone With the Wind, and I know there is a character named India in the novel/movie. It is easy to spell, and pronounce.
Is it cheap sounding? Would it be associated with the country?
I’m not sure if you’re asking about the name India for you (changing your name) or for a baby or a character in a novel. Either way, I can only give you my opinion. I do not perceive the name India as being cheap, at all. Yes, it is a place name and therefore will be associated with the country. For a fictional character, you are right: it is easy to spell and easy to pronounce and therefore gets my approval! As an aside, Margaret Mitchell did an awesome job naming her characters in GWTW.
From the point of view of an American, the name India could seem “exotic.” But exotic does not equal exotic dancer! I don’t see India as a stripper name, at all. But like I said, everyone has their own name perceptions. Maybe I can put a call out to the readers of the column? What do you think?
Apr 23, 2014 03:25 PM
My grandmother’s first name was Gloriette, pronounced glory-et. I’ve tried looking up this name before with no luck. Does the name come from somewhere? People used the nickname Glo for her a lot. That side of the family also has a strong French Canadian background. Thank you for any information you might be able to give!
Yes, the suffix -ette is a diminutive used to mean “young” or “little” in the French language. Gloriette, then, would mean “Little Gloria,” most often used for a daughter–or relative–of someone named Glory or Gloria.
It would have the same meaning, then, as the name Gloria: “Glory (to God).”