Linnea

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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 4:59pm

My DH and I are still going through fertility treatments (22 mo and counting!) and we discuss names on and off again. I find that we have a hard time agreeing on names. He wants it to be unique, but not as unique as my suggestions.


We agreed on a name for a son: Archer. Not sure about the middle name yet.

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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 9:41pm

"Lin-nay-ah" is the only way I would ever think to pronounce it, but it is not a name I have ever heard used irl...I've just seen it on naming boards a couple of times. Sorry I am not much help!

As for an accent mark, I really don't think it would help that much. I have also heard that accent marks are a major PITA. One woman I know named her daughter with MN Renee and wanted to use an accent mark and her child's Social Security card has something crazy on it like RENE'E which has been really troublesome.

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In reply to: chouli77
Thu, 06-03-2010 - 9:57pm
Because the correct pronunciation is li-NAY-uh, you and she are going to have a lifetime of mispronunciations if you try to make this name LIN-ee-uh. Aside from that, yes, LIN-ee-uh just sounds like linear, which is awkward, IMO. Linnea or Linnaea, pronounced li-NAY-uh, is gorgeous and would be a wonderful, classy, feminine choice. GL!
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In reply to: chouli77
Thu, 06-03-2010 - 10:20pm
I have only heard that name pronounced Li-Nay-uh as well.

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Fri, 06-04-2010 - 2:18pm

I don't think Linnea is a common name, but I'm acquainted with two, both middleagedish (I'm not a great judge of age). An occasional commenter on the name boards has a Linnea, but she's Scandinavian.

It's a pretty name, but you are going to have problems if you change the pronunciation. You could try changing the spelling (Linnia? Lynnia?) or you could keep looking for a different name:

Zinnia, Brenna, Cynthia, Ginia, Kenna, Lilia, Quinna, Rionna, Zanna, Stina, Svenna, Tionna, Vinna, Winna, Ximena

Anya, Bonnie, Brynna, Bindi, Connie, Dani, Danya, Ginger, Genoa, Gwenna, Gwynna, Glenna, Glynna, Janna, Jonna, Kenya, Kinnie, Lynnie, Lindy, Linda, Lynley, Lani, Lannie, Loni, Luna, Lana, Lara, Lydia, Lucia, Luca, Lalia, Lauria, Laurie, Lyssa, Lisa, Licia, Lyta, Olivia, Lexie/Lexa/Lexia, Penny, Shanna, Shana, Shawna, Tana, Vana, Wendy, Windy

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Fri, 06-04-2010 - 6:22pm
My Swedish friend has a daughter named Linnea, but pronounced the way you don't like. It is a beautiful name.
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Sat, 06-05-2010 - 12:21pm
I knew one girl in high school with this name.
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Mon, 06-07-2010 - 8:27am

Good point from the pp about people looking to you for pronounciation guidance since few people actually know the name in advance.


We have an 14 yo Linnea but as another pp said, we are Scandinavian, Danish actually. The name is very Swedish and has a pretty and attractive history IMO.


I spent a lot of time on the name and on similar names. We have 3 daugthers and I have toyed with the idea of what to name them today if I wanted to stick to the Linnea theme:


Linnea
Dahlia
Tillia


Linnea and Tillia is actually the same name, just that Tillia is via a Latinization of linden tree, and the von Linné family branched so that one kept the Swedish Linné and the other took up Tilliander.


Dahl was a student of Linné and Linné named the Dahlia flower family after him.


We pronounce Linnea as Leen-né-uh never as Linear. Basically try it out on friends and see how the fare with the name.


And we never had anything but compliments, it is truly a lovely name, good luck.

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Mon, 06-07-2010 - 1:54pm

I love the name. It's on DH's and my long list. I've never heard it pronounce li-nee-ah though, always with the nay. That could be tricky, but since many have never hard of it, you might be okay.'

Very pretty!

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