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Hispanic baby names mamiKrystal 4 kids; Hayward, California 783 posts
20th Feb '13

So, my 2 children's dad was Mexican, and my now-husband is also Mexican. My sons name is Simon Pedro, and my daughter is Cinthya Flor. My mom refuses to pronounce Simon the same way that everybody else does, which it's pronounced somewhat like "see-moan" in Spanish. It doesn't bother me a whole lot now that we live across the country from her.



Anyways, I'm pregnant and the names that my husband and I have chosen are these: Angel Rene for a boy, and Angelica for a girl.
I don't pick names because my mom likes them or pronounces them right, or because other people like them. My husband and I pick the names because they're the names that WE want to use for our child..right?



So, any one else have the problem of multi-cultural families and pronouncing names correctly or being judged by what you name your child? And how do you handle it? (moving across the country worked for me, but any other theories?)

The Pretender 2 kids; Brazil 1215 posts
20th Feb '13

I LOVE the word angel and arcangel in Spanish (mi esposo es Peruano)

mamiKrystal 4 kids; Hayward, California 783 posts
20th Feb '13
Quoting The Pretender:" I LOVE the word angel and arcangel in Spanish (mi esposo es Peruano)"

Me too. I love the name Angel, and my middle name is Renee (which in Hispanic cultures is normally a boy's name) so that's how I decided on the name.

Bob Wehadababyitsaboy 3 kids; 4 angel babies; California 30142 posts
20th Feb '13

Yes,omg my MIL sucks at pronouncing names (she's Mexican too) when i was pregnant with my son DH and i decided on the name Preston and his family would always pronounce it like Pres-tone because of the O, it annoyed me so much and they knew it. So When he was born we decided to change the spelling of his name so we didnt have to deal with it

ßlack Rose ♥ 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Sharon, OK, United States 5335 posts
20th Feb '13
Quoting mamiKrystal:" So, my 2 children's dad was Mexican, and my now-husband is also Mexican. My sons name is Simon Pedro, ... [snip!] ... by what you name your child? And how do you handle it? (moving across the country worked for me, but any other theories?)"


My grandpa was named Simon pronounced See-mon. That's how I've ever really known it. Its actually hard for me to say Simon lol.
My children are named Serena and Summer. People mispronounce my name more than theirs lol.

M A M A of ♥ N E Due March 14; 17 kids; 582 posts
20th Feb '13

When I tell people I'm naming my son Joel they give me a funny look than say "oh that's cute." But I just say yup and don't really care what people think! I had picked Valencia for a girl but everyone hated that lol but its not their kid!

S U Z I E 3 kids; Venezuela 18556 posts
20th Feb '13

I can't say Simon and recognize it as a name because here it means "yeah" or "I agree"...

ILOVEWINE Due April 24; 2 kids; Sweden 10814 posts
20th Feb '13

My family is from Sweden, so no one pronounces our kids named correctly lol. It doesn't bother me, if you name your child something cultural you are going to get comments.

mamiKrystal 4 kids; Hayward, California 783 posts
20th Feb '13
Quoting Bob Wehadababyitsaboy:" Yes,omg my MIL sucks at pronouncing names (she's Mexican too) when i was pregnant with my son DH and ... [snip!] ... me so much and they knew it. So When he was born we decided to change the spelling of his name so we didnt have to deal with it"


So what did you change the spelling to?
Lots of people mispronounce my son's name, but at least they try. The issue with my mom annoys me because she refuses to try, and insists on calling him Simon, in English, which nobody else calls him that, because that's not how we pronounce his name at home.



Our Mexican family doesn't pronounce my daughters name the same as me either. In Spanish, there's no "th" sound, so it sounds like Cintya. It doesn't bother me because I know that it's hard to pronounce a name if you don't know how to make the sounds.

mamiKrystal 4 kids; Hayward, California 783 posts
20th Feb '13
Quoting S U Z I E:" I can't say Simon and recognize it as a name because here it means "yeah" or "I agree"..."


Where's "here"?? I know in Mexico they use simon that way, but it's also a name, just not a very common one I suppose.

Bob Wehadababyitsaboy 3 kids; 4 angel babies; California 30142 posts
20th Feb '13
Quoting mamiKrystal:" So what did you change the spelling to? Lots of people mispronounce my son's name, but at least they ... [snip!] ... like Cintya. It doesn't bother me because I know that it's hard to pronounce a name if you don't know how to make the sounds."

we replaced the O with an E so Presten, it bothered me cause they knew how to pronounce it right and they know how to pronounce things right but they just dont want to, My DD's name is Juliette and MIL pronounces it Julietta it's annoying but im over it.

CokiMonsta 1 child; Virginia 341 posts
20th Feb '13

I understand! I've got the opposite going on though.. My (&will be babies) last name is Due

mamiKrystal 4 kids; Hayward, California 783 posts
20th Feb '13
Quoting CokiMonsta:" I understand! I've got the opposite going on though.. My (&will be babies) last name is Due
Heather&EJ+1 Due October 13; 16 kids; St. Helens, Oregon 48 posts
21st Feb '13

My hubby's name is Eligio Romeo. I loooove his name. its pronounced Ee-lee-hee-oh

**Eryn Lee** Due March 12; Boston, 685 posts
21st Feb '13

M sons father is puerto rican and my soon to be daughters father is from costa rica. I picked names that sounded good in both english and spanish. My son is Alexander and my daughter is Arianna :)