Question of the day, or more like a fun name game.

Earlier today I was just mindlessly scrolling through the Namenerds subreddit and found a fun game. I had actually a lot of laugh reading it. I was thinking for a long time that I’d like to do some name games on here like I used to for a while in the beginnings of this blog, since I’m into baby naming and all things names so much, but also wanted it to be light and not too demanding or full of rules, so that it would actually fit on a blog, and just couldn’t come up with any good idea. So thought I’d steal this one from Reddit, maybe you’ll like it:

What would you be named if your name had to be a combination of the names of your grandmothers/grandfathers (kind of like Renesmee from Twilight is a smoosh of Renee and Esmee)?

Me: My grandmothers are Helena and Stefania. I think Helenia sounds quite interesting. It does have a clear invented name feel but it’s not all that obnoxious. It flows really well. I love Helena and Helenia sounds even more dainty.

Stelena could be some trendy spin on Stella. I like Stella, and Stelena is not awful, but it does scream “I’M MADE UP!” Also I don’t really like when -ena names are pronounced -eena or -ayna (-ena with the short e is the only way to go in my opinion) and I think Stelena wouldn’t avoid the -eena pronunciation in English.

What else… oh, there are actually legit Polish names, or rather diminutives, Hania and Henia. Hania is from Hanna and Henia is from Henryka. But Hania is very popular for kids right now and it’s not really my cup of tea, whereas Henia is suuuuper elderly and not in a charming vintage name like Hattie has been in the US lately. πŸ˜€

Now that I think of it, I remember my Mum’s invention “Hestefa”. We call my grandmother Stefania Stefa for short most of the time. We were on a walk, I think I might have been about Sofi’s current age, and Mum was telling me something about my grandma. I asked “Which grandma?” to which she responded: “Hestefa”. We both laughed at that, and then I thought that it sounds like some German aristocrat, especially coupled withh our very German-sounding last name. Her Excellency Countess Hestefa von Z… πŸ˜€ Obviously I had to share that with Mum, and then we kept laughing at that all the way back.

Oh wait, Hestia! LOL. That’s interesting! I don’t love the name very much but I like the goddess Hestia and I vaguely remember that years ago, back when I used to do more social media, there was a sort of personality test going among my Twitter friends which told you what your goddess archetype was, and mine was Hestia according to it. Hestia is cool. I guess I could live with that.

But, as I keep thinking of it, I’ve convinced myself that Helenia rocks!

Your turn. πŸ™‚

12 thoughts on “Question of the day, or more like a fun name game.”

  1. Oh boy I love name games!! Let’s play!!

    I have six grandfathers! Geez. I won’t include the one I’m neither related to nor ever met. The other five are: Clyde, Anderson, Ben, Ed, and Max. My grandmothers are Mildred and Frances.

    Wow. Frances and Anderson were my bio maternal grandparents. Their names are practically begging to be combined into Franderson. Oh my. I’ll go with Mildred to the Max! HA HA HA HA!

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  2. One gran was Betty,the other was Rena. So am I Retty? Or Bena? Interesting post. Soo glad my mom got my names of soap operas. This family has really dull names to pass down.
    And yes,Grandma Rena was an eeeee sound,sorry if it grates😜

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    1. I think I’m generally glad that passing names through one generation on to another isn’t as much of a common thing as it used to, so that there is more diversity among names. That being said, I do like honour names when they’re interesting.


    1. :O Oh gosh!
      I know there is a Germanic name Anstrude, so I guess Anntrude could be an option too should you become sick of Anger at some point. πŸ˜€ Or Ruanne, not terrible actually imo.


  3. I can’t think of anything catchy. My maternal grandmother was Vilborg and my paternal grandmother was Roslyn. So I would either be Villyn (villian) or Rosborg. If I were forced to choose one, I would go with Villyn.

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    1. I really like the way Villyn looks and generally the idea of Villyn, because I love Vilhelmina and a lot of -lyn names, and I’d surely like it even more if not the fact that most people would probably associate it with the word villain first thing, which would be a real pity.
      Rosborg is not catchy indeed, but I immediately thought that it would mean something like rose fort/castle in Swedish, which is kind of cool. πŸ˜€


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