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#1 Nicole

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 07:30 PM

This is the Czech version of Katherine, and also the name of one of the models on America's Next Top Model. I absolutely love it and I think we might use it.

The middle names we like are Grace, Caroline, and Paige. So, her nickname will be Kate or Katie.


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Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:11 PM

How exactly is it pronounced? I'm trying to say Cat-ar-zee-na, but I might be wrong. Nonetheless, I think it looks pretty and I think Katarzyna Grace sounds beautiful.

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Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:48 PM

I'm undecided on whether I like it. Another name I do like with similar sounds is Karenza/Karensa which is a cornishname that means love.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 12:40 AM

How exactly is it pronounced? I'm trying to say Cat-ar-zee-na, but I might be wrong. Nonetheless, I think it looks pretty and I think Katarzyna Grace sounds beautiful.



That is how it is pronounced, I believe. Does it even matter to use a non-American name for a child?

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 12:47 AM

Why not? People do it all the time.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 01:05 AM

Teasing. Mispronunciation, Misspelling.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 01:40 AM

I think it's fine. Katarzyna is actually spelled phonetically, so I don't foresee any problems. Though it is more common to see non-English names on recent immigrants (first or second generations too). But I think the name is pretty, so I think it should at least make the list.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 08:10 AM

Hurray for pronouncing it right, then! Now that I really know how to say it out loud, Katarzyna Grace (I also like Katarzyna Hope) is definitely a gorgeous name. I see absolutely nothing wrong with using a non-American name; Victoire is purely French, and we still get a lot of funny looks for Sinéad's name. For the longest time I wanted to give my child a Japanese name, because I love the culture. If you love it, use it :) I think it's beautiful.

As for the teasing? Trust me: no matter what name you choose, the cruelest kids will always find a way to make fun of another child's name. I got picked on because of Charity, and so did my cousins at one point or another.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 09:22 AM

Katarzyna looks pretty, but I'd pronounce it kah-tar-zee-na. In my opinion it's fine to use a name from another culture, it's done so often that people don't even find it odd anymore. I like Katarzyna Paige.

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 10:43 AM

I’m a little more inclined to agree with Kate on the pronunciation; I tried to use the “Kah-tar” sound as well - either way, I think it makes a very beautiful name for a little girl. I absolutely agree that it’s fine to use a name from another culture, there isn’t anything wrong with that at all! I say go for it. I don’t care for Caroline as a middle name for it, but the other two are lovely and I like Char’s suggestion of Hope.

And Charity’s DEFINITELY right about the teasing… kids will always find some way to tease another kid! I usually got called A-Drain :)

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 12:49 PM

It maybe pronounced that way Adriana. "ka-tar-zy-na". If nothing else, we could call her Katie

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 12:58 PM

Pronunciation: kah-tahr-zee-nah

Gender: Girl Name
Origin: Polish
Name Meaning: Polish cognate of Katherine, which is from the Greek Aikaterine, a name derived from katharos (pure, unsullied)

http://www.babynames..._Katarzyna.html you can hear how to pronounce it on this link..


I think it is really pretty and I like it with Paige

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 07:27 AM

Thanks Jennifer!!!

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 12:59 PM

I take some sense of pride in knowing that I was phonetically correct, when Char the journalism major was not :) But I really adore the name. It's absolutely beautiful, and reminds me of a fairytale princess.

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 04:24 PM

How about Katharina? I like Katharina Grace a lot.

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 09:51 PM

I'm not using it

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 03:08 PM

This is pretty much a moot point since you've decided not to use it, but I know a woman named Katarzyna. The way she pronounces her name is very difficult for my American accent to replicated, but it's very close to Katarina. The Z sound is very subtle and almost an R, if that makes sense.

I do think it would be a pretty hard name to live with in the US. People are going to look at and get confused and then butcher it in 500 different ways. If you still like the sound, Katarina is very similar and a more "user friendly" name.




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