I just found this blog, and it is just what I need at the moment! Immediate moment. I'm due in less than a week with our second baby girl, and we need naming advice. My husband is Greek, and in fact we live in Greece at the moment. I'm American. Our first daughter is named Audrey Victoriana. Her middle name covers all honoring of relatives that we were obliged to do, so we are free to name the second as we wish - as long as the first name is Greek (this is my husband's wish since Audrey is not Greek at all). Our last name starts with a D, ends with a S and is 2 syllables, 6 letters.
While there are a ton of beautiful Greek girl names, we don't want anything too common here or anywhere. So we have settled on either Lena (my pick) or Thalia (his pick). The first bit of advice needed is what do you think of Thalia? Originally I didn't like it all all - mostly because of the beginning "Th" sound. It has definitely grown on me, but I'm still not totally in love with it. My husband loves it because even living in Athens most of his life, he has never met a Thalia.
My second issue is the middle name. My favorite girl name is Scarlett. If we had a third girl sometime in the future, I could finally use this name....but chances are, we're done with babies, and I want to use the name. But Lena Scarlett D _____ has the initials LSD...should I care about this? I don't want to scar her for life, but is it really that important? While Lena Scarlett is nice, I think that there are other names that sound better with Lena - Lena Rose, Lena Mae, Lena Josephine, etc. Thalia Scarlett poses no problem intial-wise, and I'm quite happy with the flow.
So there are my issues. Advice, opinions, thoughts are all welcome!
The first question is, What do we think of the name Thalia? I looked up the Greek pronunciation of it, and it looks like the first half is pronounced somewhere between "TAL" and "t'HAL" (rhymes with Hal and shall), and the second half is pronounced somewhere between "yuh" and "ee-uh." The emphasis is on the first half. I think it's beautiful name.
Lena is also a beautiful name. I do think Lena is a better international choice, not that I know Thing One about international names---but Lena has fewer tricky sounds. Still, I think both names are great. Let's make the first poll a simple choice between the two names. [Poll closed; see below.]
Now. Initials, and whether it's okay for them to spell something. When I choose my babies' names, my answer to that is no. I don't even like the initials to spell something good. But that's purely a matter of personal taste, not of universally-agreed-upon okayness or not-okayness. So let's make the second poll a question of what people think of the initials LSD. [Poll closed; see below.]
If you're not entirely pleased with the rhythm of the names that spell LSD, it may be a moot issue. Perhaps you could make the first name the deciding factor on that: if you use your choice for first name, you could save the name Scarlett just in case; if your husband gets his choice for first name, you could use the name you love as the middle name.
Weigh in, everyone!
Thalia: 54 votes
Lena: 48 votes
LSD is fine: 40 votes
LSD is not fine: 58 votes]