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#1 RealityBites

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:36 PM

We have an Anna and a Sascha Ingrid. Our surname is Russian and I guess we have a 'Russian-inspired' theme going on. I am all out of ideas *sigh*

At the moment our not-hated list includes:


Leo Valentin
(and I like Ziggy, but DH says no)


Layla Valentina

#2 ComradeBob

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:42 PM

I like Luca, esp with your surname, and don't mind Lukas. I'm with your DH about Ziggy  biggrin.gif

I also like Layla and Zoey but would prefer Mathilda to Mathilde.

And I'm fresh outta new ideas, because I am TIRED!

#3 Mille-Mille

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:46 PM

Lukas is top on our list atm, so yeah I like that one:)

#4 auldlangsyne

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:48 PM


Edited by auldlangsyne, 03 March 2013 - 04:43 PM.

#5 la di dah

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:49 PM

Lukas - nice, but will get mispelled Lucas a lot. And Lucas is intensely popular.
Leo Valentin - I prefer Leon or Lev to Leo but it's not bad.
Luka - I prefer Lukas.
Rhy - How is this pronounced?


Layla Valentina - I like Leila more (said the same way) but EB's very splintered on that. I don't really like Valentina but a lot of people do.
Zoey - Please spell it Zoe? I love Zoe. Zoe would be my choice.
Mathilde - I like it.

Other suggestions:
Dmitri - wub.gif
I would have said Alexander/Aleksander and Andrei but you're probably trying to avoid repeat initials.

Valeria/Valeriya  wub.gif
And there's Alexandra/Alexandrina but maybe not.

EDIT: love Tatiana, auldlangsyne!

Edited by la di dah, 09 November 2012 - 07:50 PM.

#6 ~Peaches~

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:54 PM

From your boys list I really like Lukas and Luka (Prefer Lucas/Luca myself though).

And from your girls list I like Layla Valentina. original.gif

#7 sylvastar

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:04 PM

hheart.gif Layla Valentina (though i've never been a big fan of Valentina, the names together do sound so lovely original.gif)

I'm of Polish descent so I understand how you want to run with the Eastern bloc naming (if I have a daughter next her name will be Ania/Anya) - so many BEAUTIFUL Russian (and Euro in general) names.

Don't mind Luka for a boy. Good luck!!

#8 la di dah

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:06 PM

I was going to say my issue with Layla Valentina is both end in the same sound and that's not ideal but now to be honest I can't think of any Russian girls names that don't end in -a.

#9 *molly*

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:10 PM

I love Leo, and la di dah's suggestion of Veronika  wub.gif

#10 Therese

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:12 PM

I love Luka and Layla original.gif

#11 RealityBites

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:17 PM

Thanks guys!

Ladidah - I like Leon (Uris!) too, but our surname ends in 'n'. I can't spell Zoey without the 'y'. I know it makes bogan but I love it this way.

Valentin is a family name, I don't particularly like it, but it is cool enough for a middle name.

The 'k' in Luka and Lukas is the Russian spelling.

Rhy is a made up name by my DH, pronounced 'rye'. I don't think it's a serious contender.

I think I know too many old lady Valerie, Veronica and Irene's ..

What about Mila?

QUOTE (Therese @ 09/11/2012, 09:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I love Luka and Layla original.gif

Can I swap you for my DH  biggrin.gif

#12 Gudrun

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:17 PM


#13 B.feral3

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:20 PM

Leo Valentin


Layla Valentina

#14 nothing123

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:24 PM

QUOTE (Gudrun @ 09/11/2012, 08:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

Oh yes, love this!  

Can I ask, how do you pronounce Valentin?  Is it Valenteen? or pronounced just how it's spelt?

#15 lynneyours

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:24 PM

I like Luka and Layla from your list.  

What about these that will be OK to pronounce in English and probably most people can spell them too:


Nikolai - be back with more boys later .

#16 RealityBites

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:28 PM

QUOTE (nothing123 @ 09/11/2012, 09:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can I ask, how do you pronounce Valentin?  Is it Valenteen? or pronounced just how it's spelt?

My FIL goes by Valentine (well, actually, Wally!) but is actually spelt Valentin with a short 'tin', which I prefer.

Nicholas is one of my all-time favourite boys' names but DH said no, his uncle is Nicholas  sad.gif

#17 la di dah

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:29 PM

QUOTE (RealityBites @ 09/11/2012, 09:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The 'k' in Luka and Lukas is the Russian spelling.

Rhy is a made up name by my DH, pronounced 'rye'. I don't think it's a serious contender.

I think I know too many old lady Valerie, Veronica and Irene's ..

Irina is cuter than Irene, I think. Or so I tell myself. Valeria or Valeriana are both DEFINITELY cuter than Valerie.

I know the k is right, I just think it will get mispelled a lot because "c" is more common. No big deal really.

Rhys (reese) is nice and I would keep it in consideration for a middle name. But Rhy? Why? wink.gif

I did like Katja/Katya as an idea but I like Katia best as a spelling because I'm weird like that.

Have you considered Lena? It's so simple yet old-fashioned and quite pretty, IMO. Could be old-ladyish though I guess.

#18 Gudrun

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:37 PM



ETA Mila is nice!

Edited to rank your options:



Ziggy would be up there as a NN to Sigmar, Sigfrid/Sigfried, Sigmund/Zygmunt


Rhy seems the odd one out.

Edited by Gudrun, 09 November 2012 - 08:54 PM.

#19 auldlangsyne

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:41 PM


Edited by auldlangsyne, 03 March 2013 - 04:43 PM.

#20 Captain Plum

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:47 PM

A's best friend in nz was Natalya I love it original.gif
Layla is great love the spelling.

Ziggy my fave of the boy names original.gif

#21 feralangel

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:47 PM

I'm from an eastern european background.

We have a Ana, Natasha and Katarina in our family.

I've always liked Sasha for a boy.

#22 Awesome101

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:48 PM

Lukas and Layla

#23 kerilyntaryn

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:54 PM

In order

Lukas - I prefer Lucas spelling
Luka - prefer Luca
Leo Valentin
Rhy - usually spelt Rye

Layla Valentina
Zoey - prefer Zoe




Edited by kerilyntaryn, 09 November 2012 - 09:58 PM.

#24 becstar101

Posted 09 November 2012 - 10:18 PM

More 'eastern European' options



#25 RealityBites

Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:55 PM

DH has pronounced his favourites:




I am now going to campaign for Maya Astrid, I do love a good Scandinavian middle name  biggrin.gif

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