Post # 1
I’m thinking of names….
Konstantinos and Eleni are non-negotiable (paternal grandparents – long tradition, v. Important to DH).
Middle names are NOT usually the done thing here, but in my culture they are and is very important for me that our child has something that WE chose.
Girl would be called Eleni (no other cousins called that). It’s a name I always loved and is very close to the Welsh version, and have no issues whatsover. I was glad his mother was called this because it was always a name I envisioned calling my child. (Welsh version Elen)
Boy would be called middle name (a cultural tadition from my side). Darling Husband has a nephew already called Konstantinos. The child has put both of us off using the name on a daily basis, and also I find it strange to have 2 first cousins use the first name. So this is DH’s compromise for me.
Let me know what you think. Or if you have any other suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
Post # 3
I picked Eleni Talitha and Konstantinos Ilias, with such a long first name it would flow better with a shorter middle name, that’s my opinion anyway 🙂
Post # 4
@Jacqui90: Exactly what I was thinking!
Post # 5
A few greekfriends of mine had to do the traditional naming after family members.There is a Konstantinos who we call Kosta for short. Could you perhaps give him a welsh middle name that he could go by?
Eleni is a cute name. I know an Eleni, but we just call her Elly.
Post # 6
@pink lantern: A very similar name in Welsh is Elias and it’s pronounced the same. It was something I wanted because it’s easy enough to keep their Greek heritage alive because this is where we live, but it’s equally important for me for them to embrace their Welsh side as well. Also I want something that will be easy for EVERYONE to pronounce. Looking at the names now, although I love Eleftheros, I can’t imagine my very welsh-80 year old grandfather being able to pronounce that name…. Same for the girl names I think Talitha is a bit easier for them to pronounce….
As for nicknames for Eleni, one of my closest friends is Elly for short, and she’s always insistied jokingly that someone must name a baby after her because she is the best. lol! I love Elly, Len, Leni, Nel – all the possiblities that go with it.
I’m glad with the results so far, the two high-scorers were also my favourite.
Post # 7
I’m going to be honest, I went for the names that I had the easiest time pronouncing (Talitha and Ilias)…but they also happened to be the names I liked the look of/sound of the best.
Post # 8
I am curious – how do you pronounce those names? As an educator, I always dread the first day because of having to call the roster.
Post # 9
Eleni = ELEN-KNEE
Talitha = TALI-THA(tched)
Theokleia = THEO(logy)-KLEEA
Theofania = THEO-FANIA – the prononcunation on the underlined A
Konstantinos: KOST-A-DINOS (The O a short sound like in Bob)
Ilias = EL(f)E-AS
Eleftheros = EL-LEF(t)THE(ory)-ROSS
Emmanouel – EM(ma)MAN-OOELL
Post # 10
I chose Eleni Talitha. Both are lovely names, plus Talitha makes me think of the beautiful Talitha Pol Getty.
Post # 11
I like Eleni Talitha and Konstantinos Emmanouel.