(Closed) Inter/multi cultural couples: How to name babies

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I like the idea of using a name that is common or used in multiple cultures/languages. For example, my new favorite name is Nina, which is used in Russia, India, Italy, etc and has different meanings. I think it makes the name more universal should your child move out of the country.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Me and Fiance are both American, but I think if I was in that situation, I’d just have me and him both come up with a list of names that we like and sit down and discuss ones that we both liked, regardless of what culture its from. No good picking a name you hate just because of its culture. 

We’re kind of in the opposite boat though, we’re both American and like foreign names. 😛

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We’re an anglophone/francophone couple – given the English side speaks almost no French and significant parts of the French side speak zero English, we’ll only consider names that work in both languages. This might mean a slightly different spelling and pronunciation (but if we have our next child in the US, we may use the English spelling on the birth certificate) for each side of the family, but it’ll be names they can pronounce in their first language. So names like Théodor/Theodore, Olivier/Oliver, Léa/Leah, Mélanie/Melanie, etc.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My friend has one very hispanic name and one french name (the cultures of her parents) and it sounds quite lovely… so you can definitely work in multiple cultures!

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@gramgeek:  

Dasha – Russian

Hanako – Japenese

Sakura – Japanese

Saoirse – Gaelic/Irish

Siobhan – Gaelic/Irish

Soraya – Arabic

Zuri – African

 

Avan – Persian

Loki – Scandinavian 

Pasha – Russian

Sabin – French

Sasha – Russian

Sergei – Russian

Sora – Japanese

Soren – Scandinavian 

 

Theres a ton more, too, but I cant think of them right now. Fiance is in love with this one Russian name, and I dont even have the slightest clue how to spell it. 

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have no idea what we’ll do.  I kind of like the idea of using a name in one language that has an easy nickname in the other.  Like Amelia with Ami as a nickname.  Or Kenta with Ken as a nickname.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@gramgeek:  Ah no, I just love it. Its actually one of my favorites on the list. I play the Sims and I actually have like 3 girls named that right now. XD

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