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#1 zoopyzoopzoop

Posted 09 February 2018 - 08:52 PM

Wanting your thoughts on the name Valentina. It’s our current front runner but we are used to it being pronounced Vah-lentina and I’m concerned by the Aussie twang here. Also we really dislike the shortening to Tina but I think we could avoid this. Thoughts?

#2 Ozquoll

Posted 09 February 2018 - 09:01 PM

It’s a lovely name but I think you’d be fighting a losing battle on both the pronunciation and the nickname 🤨

#3 cheshire_cat

Posted 09 February 2018 - 09:03 PM

 Ozquoll, on 09 February 2018 - 09:01 PM, said:

It’s a lovely name but I think you’d be fighting a losing battle on both the pronunciation and the nickname

Basically what she said! BUT it is a beautiful name.

Could you just surrender to the Aus pronunciation? It still sounds lovely.

#4 Mrs Claus

Posted 09 February 2018 - 09:14 PM

I would shorten to Val but that's not going to work with your pronounciation either

#5 ~J_F~

Posted 09 February 2018 - 09:19 PM

Yummy mummies.. https://m.youtube.co...h?v=yAzp6iatEGk

I don't think it's ever going to be pronounced the way you prefer, sorry.

#6 EmmDasher

Posted 09 February 2018 - 09:33 PM

I have known one... I think I understand what you mean about the pronunciation but I'm not quite sure. Do you want the emphasis on the first syllable?

The one I know got "v" as a nickname and now that I think about it, it was pronounced Va-len-TEE-na so a short 'a' (like in cat) at the start and the emphasis on the back end I think.

Edited by EmmDasher, 09 February 2018 - 09:34 PM.

#7 Inkogneatoh

Posted 09 February 2018 - 09:40 PM

Personally I wouldn't use it, but that is only due to Valentine being a passed down male name on my Dad's side. Also due to that, I'd automatically go to Val as the first sylobyl and nickname. I'd eventully convert to your pronunciation, but it would take me a couple of reminders.

#8 la di dah

Posted 09 February 2018 - 09:40 PM

I would dread Val more than Tina. That's my issue with Valeria, which I otherwise love.

I love a lot of V names, and this one doesn't beat Valeria, Veronica, Vivienne, Viviana, etc. for me.

And Veronica has Nicky, which is better than Tina, and the Vivi- names have Vivi, which I find very appealing.

#9 sparkles30

Posted 09 February 2018 - 10:49 PM

Beautiful name. I agree that you'd just have to get used to people using a different pronunciation.

I think nicknames you can create. "V" is a cool nickname. One of my daughters gets called "Ed" and her real name sounds nothing like that.... it just gradually developed out of her mispronouncing her own name as an 18 month old.

#10 HippyDippyBaloney

Posted 09 February 2018 - 10:53 PM

I love it so much. I used to know a little Valentina, she was maybe 7 yrs and it had yet to be shortened. My friend was worried about the nicknames however, so she used Valentina for her daughter's middle name.

My daughter has a long name (Clementine) and it isn't shortened, though she is only 3 so who knows if it will stay that way. I went to a wedding recently and the bride was Donnatella and she had never had her name shortened.

#11 Lunagirl

Posted 09 February 2018 - 11:12 PM

This was one of our frontrunners but we ended up having boys. I don't like the Val or Tina nicknames so was going to shorten to Ally if we couldn't make the full name stick. You could also potentially use Lennie - I know that won't be everyone's style though.

#12 kerilyntaryn

Posted 09 February 2018 - 11:57 PM

I think you wont get that pronounciation - more Val-en-tin-a.  If you want to avoid the Tina nn - you can always emphasis the full name if you wish - I've always been know as my full name.  Other nn Ally, lena, V, Nina

#13 Gudrun

Posted 10 February 2018 - 12:05 AM

An old EB favourite I think.  It might be uphill insisting on the full 4 syllables all the time (in Oz at least). I like nickname Leni.
(Or Lena or Valli.)

#14 Popper

Posted 10 February 2018 - 05:46 AM

Love it. DS has Valentino for his middle name.

#15 majirlo

Posted 10 February 2018 - 05:50 AM

Not a huge fan tbh but I think she would most likely end up with the nn Val more than Tina. Of the nn's, I like Lena or Nina but you would have to introduce her as those for it to stick.
I know a baby Elizabeth but they only call her Ellie so most people just assume that is her name and she doesn't get Elizabeth at all.

Vivienne or Evianne (E-vi-ahn) is gorgeous with lovely nn's.

#16 little lion

Posted 10 February 2018 - 08:35 AM

I wouldn’t pronounce it as you’re hoping (though I would after you corrected me). I like the idea of Valley as a nickname but Val and Tina are not my style.

#17 red_squirrel

Posted 10 February 2018 - 08:41 AM

It's a beautiful name.

Both my kids have names that can be shortened but they use the full name. No one tries to shorten them.

#18 Ianthe

Posted 10 February 2018 - 07:10 PM

It's beautiful but your pronunciation is likely to be an issue. I love the Leni nickname suggestion.

#19 Jekaho

Posted 11 February 2018 - 05:07 PM

I know two, one in her 30s and one in her 60s (she is Russian). Both pronounced "Val-en-teena", whether intentional or not. Both known by the full name. I'd never have even thought to shorten it!

#20 Littlecloud

Posted 11 February 2018 - 05:24 PM

I think about Valentina from RuPauls drag race ;)

Don't really love the name, but would 100% get shortened to Val.

#21 hills mum bec

Posted 11 February 2018 - 07:49 PM

I do think it’s a beautiful name but I could never use it after watching Yummy Mummies.

#22 Chief Pancake Make

Posted 11 February 2018 - 07:56 PM

I love it. I wanted to use it for DD name but DH wouldn't let me :-(

#23 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 12 February 2018 - 05:48 AM

Have only ever heard it pronounced as Val,  not Vahl. For my ears it also depends on the surname. Valentina Jones would sound a bit strange compared to a fancier surname like (rats, can't think of one at the moment!). As for nicknames, I think you're paddling upstream if you go for anything other than Valli.

#24 Imaginary friend

Posted 12 February 2018 - 01:33 PM

Not a fan of Valentina - fiddly cumbersome  4 syllable names are not my style - there are only a few I like

#25 seayork2002

Posted 12 February 2018 - 01:59 PM

I would not use a name that is pronounced different to its spelling

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