Post # 1
im trying to figure out baby names. i already have the name if its a boy Aaron james. and if its a girl i was thinking Marieke annette ( Mar-i-ka) its a dutch name which both me and other half are. its his great aunts name and i love it. but i dont know if its too old for 2011. i cant ask my family because we are keeping the names a secret until the baby is born. also my family is big on nicknames, no one is called by there name. so i have no idea what the short form would be. Be honest please if you hate the name and you think id be tormenting my child by naming her that then let me know!
Post # 5
I think its very pretty and unique. Not too old for 2011, ive never heard it before.
Post # 6
I don’t dislike it, but I think people will likely pronounce it wrong her entire life.
Post # 7
I really like it! Maybe a nickname could be Mari?
Post # 8
I think it’s a nice name, but I know the frustration that comes when names don’t sound the way they’re spelled. You wouldn’t be tormenting your child, just setting her up for a lifetime of “It’s mar-i-ka, not mari-ekay.” (or some other genius way people will come up with to pronounce it)
My friend just named her daughter Isla. Cute right? Well they pronounce it Eye-la. What? Like anyone is EVER goingto get that right.
Post # 9
I think it’s a real pretty name and love the significance. I feel like it’s a good name for a young girl and when she’s an adult!
Post # 10
I LOVE it! We know someone named Marieke… beautiful name!
Post # 11
What if you just spelled it Marika- that way it’s essentially the same name but she doesn’t get the lifelong frustration of every single person pronouncing/spelling her name wrong. Either way I think it’s pretty and unique and has a nice history in your family.
Post # 12
It’s a very pretty name. But as someone who constantly has her first name miss-spelled and miss-pronounced and eventually started reacting to any name remotely close to mine, I can tell you first hand that little girl will experience some frustrations with her name.
Is there a dutch name you like that is easier on English speaking people?
Post # 13
I think it’s a very pretty name, but I think you should spell it differently so she doesn’t have to constantly correct people mispronouncing her name for her entire life.
Post # 14
I think it’s really pretty and love names with family history but I do agree with previous posters who’ve suggested she might be consigned to a lifetime of having to correct spelling and deal with mispronounciation. There are much worse things to deal with in life, though, so it’s not that big a deal.
@Floridagirl2010: I like that idea. I think it’s up to the OP if it’s more important to preserve the traditional spelling or make life easier for her potential future daughter. It’s a pretty name and it’s not the end of the world either way.
Post # 15
As a person with an unusual first name, I have to say: get ready for a lot of explanations. I was made fun of in school, but I got over it and I love my name. I talk on the phone a lot at my job and I probably spell my name 10394838 times a day. Some people are SO rude. Obviously, I don’t mind the people that say “Oh, that’s pretty.” But I DO mind the people that say :
“What? That’s unusual. Good luck with that.”
“Why would your mother do that?”
Post # 16
Thanks everyone! im glad that everyone likes the name. as for the spelling i understand having a name that isnt spelt the same as it sounds and i dont really think it had a huge toll on my life i really would like to keep the spelling the way it is because thats the way it is in our family.