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Officially...

The child's name will be Ari Leo Dal B.

Had a chat with Dave about switching the names around, pointed out that his mum goes by a name that is neither her first name, nor her middle name (as she doesn't have a middle name) and then reitterated my *cultural* reasons for wanting to switch the sequence of the name from Leo Ari to Ari Leo - has to do with syllabic intonation and what sounds Iceland and what doesn't, Leo Ari doesn't, it sounds Norse; Norwegian or Swedish...

So, on paper it will be Ari Leo, but we're still just calling him Leo because a) Dave prefers the name Leo to Ari, and b) while I LOVE the name Ari, I'm afraid you Aussie mangle the name to my sensitive Icelandic ears, roflmao! (goddammit, you guys just need to roll your Rs, hahaha)

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Amanda O. said…
I like it both ways... liked Ari since you first mentioned it but also really like Leo.

It seems like a really good compromise if Ari really rings in your heart. We went with L-Etienne instead of Etienne-L because it'd be easier to pronounce for Aussie tongues. (Only one pesky rolled r as opposed to the thousand butcheries of Etienne.) Two and a half years later - I still like Etienne better and no one uses La's first name anyhow because they can't pronounce it. ;-p

I still wish I'd have insisted on Etienne as the first name and as it turns out no one even uses La's first name properly. (Precisely because the whole rolled R's thing...)
Sif said…
Yeah, those are exactly the kind of regrets I have about Erik's name. I wish I'd insisted on putting Eirikur on his birth certificate. He will be the only one of our kids who doesn't have a proper Icelandic first name because it's Erik rather than Eirikur. People would, and could easily have called him Erik/Eirik anyway...

You know I love the name Etienne! You could still change it by deed poll if Nick agreed (Dave won't agree to the deed poll change for Erik now)...
Clel said…
Kaje only just deed poll-ed his name recently, plenty of time for that. I do love Ari, as you know, we might still use it some day if we have spare kids.

Hey Sif, on another note - just read your old posts. That paed sounds like exactly the sort of person I want to refer a friend to - who / where are they? I'm glad you are getting a better picture of what is happening with Erik and some ways to help him.
Sif said…
Clel, his name is Dr James Hu, and he's on Elgar Road in Box Hill, if you need more specific details, let me know, and I'll dig out the referral letter and pm you on AB :)...
Clel said…
Nope, that's great, I'll track him down. Thanks :)
Nalin said…
Hey Sif, just reading this now - WOW that the actual name of your child will be almost exactly my chosen surname (just with a space between the syllables)! That's so cool! I already feel a connection with this little one. We are both little "Lion Lion"s.

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