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Not that I'm suggesting by any means that I would choose a baby name based on a LiveJournal poll *ahem* but which of the following do you like?

Coraline
0(0.0%)
Chani
0(0.0%)
Natalie
0(0.0%)
Sophie
2(4.5%)
Sofia
0(0.0%)
Chloe
0(0.0%)
Annika
0(0.0%)
Alyssa
0(0.0%)
Alice
1(2.3%)
Eva
1(2.3%)
Evie
0(0.0%)
Angelina
0(0.0%)

Not that I'm suggesting by any means that I would choose a baby name based on a LiveJournal poll *ahem* but which of the following do you like the most?

Coraline
1(2.4%)
Chani
2(4.9%)
Natalie
3(7.3%)
Sophie
5(12.2%)
Sofia
2(4.9%)
Chloe
2(4.9%)
Annika
3(7.3%)
Alyssa
2(4.9%)
Alice
10(24.4%)
Eva
7(17.1%)
Evie
3(7.3%)
Angelina
1(2.4%)

What is your absolute super duper favourite girl baby name?

What poll question would you ask about baby names?



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Please be kind to your future child (if that's what this is about) and save her valuable hours over the course of a lifetime spent spelling out her name. I have to admit that two of the names I ticked are likely to be difficult for people to spell (Chloe and Sophie), though. Natalie, Alice, and Eva are the only ones on your list that really win in that regard.

Heh, yep it's a minefield! I'm also wary of choosing a name that can be shortened or modified to something nasty.

I'm warming to Eva lots, but my wife isn't unfortunately.

Eva is lovely! In my opinion. ;)

It's the equivalent of "Eve" in Portuguese, which is why Lu's a bit funny about it. She's still dead set on Angelina!

I like Chani as a name, but the problem with that is that any Dune fan is going to recognise it, and I always find it kind of weird to name kids after a relatively well-known character in a novel (one with a distinctive name). You could always sneak it in as a second name or something (the same way I managed to sneak my son's middle name - Dain - in :) ).

I like Eva, though. Very pretty, but not too difficult to spell/pronounce.

Curiously I mentioned Chani to a SF fan and he didn't connect it up, so I guess it's at least slightly obscure. The bigger issue is that it sounds very similar to Chana, which means "ladies bits" in Portuguese! Hence Lu is a touch averse to it ;-) I would love to find a name though that's pretty obscure by normal UK standards, sounds really pretty, but can't be shortened, modified to anything weird, and works in Portuguese (and doesn't make Lu go "ugggggggghhhhhhhhh").

Eva's definitely shaping up to be a favourite! :-)

Blimey Mark, that's a bit of a tall order!!


The name is out there, I know it! ;-)

I actually plan on naming my daughter (if I ever have one) Siona. Another Dune character =)

Ohhh, that's a beautiful name as well! I'm so gutted Chani doesn't work in Portuguese :-(

It would be a good idea to consider names that can be used in both English and Portugese without sounding too funny/weird.

Ah yes, that's a big problem. Check the above comments :-)

I don't wish to blow my own trumpet ;) but Anna works in lots of languages and is vey nice. Don't forget to think initials (No B.U.Ms etc) and potential shortenings.

Clearly a good saleswoman ;-)

Just remember that if you choose an odd spelling of a name or a totally unusual name, that you won't be able to find anything that matches in these gift shops that sell things with kids' names pre-inscribed. It might make for some tears.

You might also consider NOT naming a child for a "famous" person. As much as I like the name Coraline, I can't help but think of a vacant-eyed book character.

Just remember that if you choose an odd spelling of a name or a totally unusual name, that you won't be able to find anything that matches in these gift shops that sell things with kids' names pre-inscribed.

Phew! ;-)

You might also consider NOT naming a child for a "famous" person. As much as I like the name Coraline, I can't help but think of a vacant-eyed book character.

I think Coraline is unlikely to be known by many people, but I can just imagine the poor kid having to spell it continually, "no it's not f**king Caroline!".

It's another reason why I'd rather not have Angelina.

I know the whole pre-inscribed names thing might sound silly now but when your child arrives, you're going to want to give them the moon - and that includes those gift shop things. ;)

Also, this will probably only matter for three or four years, the longer the name, the longer it will take them to learn to read and write it. Many children are proud of being able to write their names already, and being called "Vanessa-Alexandra" takes a lot more memorising than "Jo".

Plus, if their name follows "normal spelling rules" (insofar as English has them), it'll make them wonder less when they learn to read. As an example, "Anna" works well here, "Chloe" less so.

At first I was reading Chani as Chanti, which I thought was pretty cool!! lol

Would want to reveal your last name?? How the name flows would make a difference in the choice.

:-)

Not Chianti? ;-)

Last name is Taylor. I should have mentioned that at the beginning of the poll, sorry!

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