New Niece - A Naming Mystery to Solve

My sister is expecting her first baby - a girl - in the coming weeks. I asked her today if they've chosen a name, and she said yes. It's a surprise, but she gave me some pretty big hints. Perhaps you can help me guess what the name might be?

 

She said it's a German name, but not "too German". It's on the list of approved Icelandic girls name - because, you know, they might live in Iceland someday (they love to travel). She works in a school and said there's 5 Prep (i.e. first year of primary school) girls with this name, so it's not uncommon, at least here in Australia. And it's not Elsa, as that was vetoed by her DH. Also not Sara, Adelaide or Josephine.

 

Any ideas?

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November 11, 2018 6:58 AM

Heidi, Greta, Ada, Anika Clara Ida Ingrid Isabelle Johanna Sophie Susanna Ursula Veronika Alice Amelia Ella Emma Milla Milly Rebekah Lily Stella Louise Louisa Lydia Natalie Natalia Nicole Nina Nora Olivia Rosa Sabrina Selma Silvia Thea Lea Leona Lara Julia Evelyn Eva Astrid Anneli Annalisa Angela Andrea Amanda Alexa

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November 11, 2018 3:54 PM

I'm assuming it's not Johanna as that's one of my daughters' names, nor Louise or Louisa because I have a Lewis. But a lot of these are ones I had thought of.

 

The popularity thing is what's tripping me up. As I was thinking about it overnight, I realised she must have said 5 students in the whole primary school, not five students just in one grade. I don't think any of those names would be that common here - maybe Emma, but even that might be a stretch.

 

I'd love for my niece to be called Ingrid or Heidi but I'd be very surprised if that's her name! I feel it's something more like Eva or Nina. But I could be wrong!

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November 12, 2018 12:10 PM

Lily and Sophie stand out as names that are popular in Germany now and for school-aged children in Australia. Furthermore, they're on the Icelandic list. However, would they feel German to an Australian?

 

One other name that checks all these boxes, and has the added benefit as a compromise choice for a vetoed Elsa: Ella.

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November 12, 2018 3:02 PM

Lily, Sophie and Ella definitely fit the criteria, but I don't think any of them would be considered German at all here. I did think Ella would be a strong contender, except that I already have an Eleanor and might be annoyed if she has to share part of her name with her cousin!

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November 12, 2018 1:02 PM

Friederike? Nina? Mila?

What a fun and tantalizing mystery! I eagerly await the big reveal. And I'll keep my fingers crossed for something like Annika, Heidi, or Ingrid. 

 

 

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November 12, 2018 3:03 PM

Oh, Annika, that's a good one! I love it.

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November 13, 2018 8:14 PM

I'd say probably Ada.  Outside guess Freja.

 

EDIT: Actually I meant to say Ava, but Ada is good too.

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November 14, 2018 4:11 PM

I actually think you're probably right with Ava! It hadn't occurred to me as a plausible German name, because I thought of it as an Eve variant, but it has convergent origins. It is a name that I'd absolutely be unsurprised to find five of in a school, especially five older kids, without involving any particularly striking immigrant community patterns. 

Well played, Marelle!

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November 13, 2018 1:18 PM

What a fun challenge! My guess would be Clara, maybe Ada or Greta. I agree that the popularity is what’s making this harder, because I do not know much about the popularity about names in whatever particular region of Australia, in the neighborhood and class and ancestry breakdown... but those are the names I could see cropping up multiple times in a school where I live!

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November 15, 2018 1:49 AM

I now have it on good authority from a family member that Emma was on my sister's shortlist, so I'm tempted to think that will be the name as it certainly fits the criteria. But Ava is a good guess too. Clara, Greta and Ada are outside possibilities, I'd say - I haven't come across any kids with those names here.

 

Hmmm ... I am impatient to find out!! And to meet my new niece too, of course!

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November 29, 2018 2:31 AM

I can now reveal her name because she arrived today! She's Eva, which I love so am delighted with their choice.

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November 30, 2018 3:30 PM

Hooray! Congratulations on your new niece. Love the name! 

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November 30, 2018 6:54 PM

Congratulations, Auntie! And good going on the expert name predictions, since I see Eva was your first guess :).

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November 30, 2018 10:52 PM

Thanks! I wasn't 100% sure on Eva as it's already used in our extended family, but it's so sweet I'm glad they chose it.

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December 1, 2018 6:10 PM

Well done all around and congratulations! I wouldn't have thought about Eva as being a German name, and here it's much more of a 'why not' underutilized name so the popularity is not what I'd have expected, so I was way off all around. It's a lovely choice, I'm so happy for your new niece and also your superior name-guessing prowess!

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December 1, 2018 5:56 AM

Eva is lovely!!!