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May 6th, 2014, 02:54 PM
Join Date: Apr 2014
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Hello all! My DH and I are expecting our first baby in December. My first language is french and his is english and we live in a mainly anglophone city, but because we plan on raising our kids bilingually, it's important for us to have names that work in both languages. For girls, this is easy! We've already picked Laura Marie (our grandmothers' first names) for a girl, but are having a heck of a time for a boy. Here are our ideas so far:

Alain JoŽl (my FIL's middle name is Allen, my brother's first name is JoŽl)
Charles JoŽl
Henri JoŽl (I'm not such a huge fan of this one)

We don't want to use JoŽl as a first name to save confusion. My brother's girlfriend's name is Joanne and we can only have so many Jos! Also other bilingual names like Paul, David, and Daniel are names of good friends we don't necessarily want to name our kids after.

Opinions or suggestions?
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May 8th, 2014, 12:01 PM
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i like those names, my favorite is henri! my aunt named my cousin 'jaque" (i think that's how it's spelled- i havent seen him in years) not sure how well that goes with joel but just an idea
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May 11th, 2014, 12:36 PM
sunqueen's Avatar Super Mommy
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Location: La Paz, Bolivia
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Tricky.....how about:

We had a similar problem finding names for our boys. I'm Danish, my husband is French/Bolivian/Russian, we speak french but live in Bolivia (Spanish). Our main mission was to find a name that was easy to pronounce in all languages. We thought we were in the clear with Luka but the French community keep calling him Lucas!!!

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May 16th, 2014, 08:36 PM
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Those are all great names, but some of them remind me of specific students (I teach in a francophone school...) and the others are names of cousins! Haha, big french catholic families...
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May 17th, 2014, 09:01 PM
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