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#1 Mozzie1

Posted 28 October 2012 - 01:18 PM

I need some help please!

I thought we had names picked out - Julien for a boy, and Emily for a girl. I still love Julien, but have gone off Emily a bit. I like traditional/common names, but it's just a little too common.

Other names we have considered are Sophie (same problem), Olivia and Emmeline (I like, DH doesn't). Middle name will be Michelle - family name, can't budge.

I just came across Emelia on a list of baby names from 1900 - I think I'm a bit in love, but DH prefers Amelia. For some reason, I'm not a fan of A names.

So, looking for opinions on Amelia/Emelia, and any other suggestions.


#2 Mitis angelam

Posted 28 October 2012 - 01:32 PM

I think Emelia will cause spelling/recognition problems for a lot of people.

How about...

Edith Michelle
Joanna Michelle
Laura Michelle

#3 B.feral3

Posted 28 October 2012 - 02:16 PM

Amelia is a fantastic name. Timeless, classic and pretty. I'm not fond of Emilia. Amelie is another option. It's kind of inbetween Emily and Amelia!!

#4 Gudrun

Posted 28 October 2012 - 02:18 PM

Julien is gorgeous. Love the French spelling.  Really, really, truly!

Re Emily I've always felt it lacked the lustre of related names even when there weren't a lot around.

Related options:

Emilienne (keeping up the French)
Emilie (also keeping up the French and adding a bit of interest but will be said the same as Emily in Oz)
Amalia (this is lovely IMO. Feminine and elegant)
Emelita (or Emmelita)
Emelina (or Emmelina)

Agree with Ange re Emilia. It will be spelt the same because it sounds the same as Amelia.  However both are lovely IMO and have 'the lustre'.   Emmeline is just a great name and I think suffragette. Pity you're not getting the support for it.

When combo-ed up with Michelle I would consider these:

Emmelina Michelle
Emera Michelle
Amalia Michelle
Emelita Michelle

Good Luck!

#5 saraal

Posted 28 October 2012 - 02:22 PM

how about Emma?

#6 BabyBumbleBee

Posted 28 October 2012 - 02:26 PM

I love all the names you mentioned but I'd spell Julian this way.

If you like Julian/Julien for a boy could Juliette, Julia or Juliana be an option for a girl?

#7 auldlangsyne

Posted 28 October 2012 - 02:42 PM


Edited by auldlangsyne, 03 March 2013 - 04:45 PM.

#8 opethmum

Posted 28 October 2012 - 02:57 PM

My Aunt is Julien and it suits her to a tee. Julien is pretty.

#9 niggles

Posted 28 October 2012 - 02:57 PM

Emilia is a family name for us so I love it very very much. It was the name of my Italian grandmother and it's also the name of my niece (who was the firstborn granddaughter on that side of the family).

Just thought I'd mention it as another alternative spelling. My Emilia has never had problems with people mispronouncing her name. It's pretty obvious and there are only so many names in the world that can be spelt without checking with it's owner first anyway.

#10 Mozzie1

Posted 28 October 2012 - 03:18 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions! I did put forward Juliette, husband vetoed it unfortunately. But it is a beautiful name.

Am LOVING Emilia, will have to convince DH! Also love Amelie.

How woul you pronounce Amalia? The middle A like day, or like car?

QUOTE (Gudrun @ 28/10/2012, 03:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Julien is gorgeous. Love the French spelling.  Really, really, truly!

QUOTE (BabyBumbleBee @ 28/10/2012, 03:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I love all the names you mentioned but I'd spell Julian this way.

Originally I suggested Julian, but DH is of German heritage and he suggested Julien, as it's the more common spelling in Germany. It's really grown on me, I absolutely love it now! I think it's nice for kids to have names that are a nod to their heritage.

#11 kerilyntaryn

Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:08 AM

I have a Amy Michelle,  and had picked out Sophie too

Emily is lovely
so is Olivia
what about Emma
Amelia is lovely,  Emelia is ok but spelling could be a problem
Emmeline is ok


Amalia - A marl e a

#12 Bel Rowley

Posted 29 October 2012 - 08:40 AM

Julien is fab!

I like Emily, I also like both Amelia and Emilia, but not Emelia (fussy with spelling wink.gif). I'm not so fond of Amalia or Amelie, which I think is frequently butchered by the Australian accent.

#13 Gudrun

Posted 29 October 2012 - 09:41 AM

Amalia would also give a nod to German heritage.  And works just as well in English. Second syllable like in car like in Talia etc.

#14 Mozzie1

Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:34 PM

Thanks all, I really appreciate the input.

For now, we have added a few of the suggestions above to our short list. We probably won't decide until its born. And thanks for all the Julien compliments!

#15 Amber Spyglass

Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:45 PM

Julien is adorable! I think Emilia is lovely too, if you don't have as much love of Amelie as I do  happy.gif

#16 carrielou

Posted 11 November 2012 - 08:39 PM

I've taught little girls called both Amelia and Emilia. Always lovely girls from lovely families, it seems!     Regarding the spelling, I only taught Emilia briefly but have not forgotten the spelling and her classmates had no issues. This spelling is not unheard of and people get used to names so quickly.

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