Last week's results are in: Cecilia beats Aria 7-4; Soledad wins over Sahara 4-2.
This week's match-ups: 1 Aiona vs. 8 Gasia from the "International"
region, and 1 Elisheva vs. 8 Elise from the "Biblical names"
Pronunciation guide: Aiona (Eye-oh-nah), Gasia (Gahz-ee-ah), Elisheva (eh-LEE-sheh-va), Elise (Eh-liz).
This week, we have some special guest commentators: Grandpa & Grandma Wong!
Gar: Though I'm a little bummed that Aria got upset last week, I'm a big fan of Aiona! Aiona is phonetic spelling of the Irish girl's name "Iona", which means "blessed." It's also a name for an island between Ireland and Scotland. I like G-names of course, but I think "Aiona" just has a nicer sound to it. For the "Biblical" names region, Elisheva is alternate spelling to Elisheba, a Hebrew name which is the root of the popular girl's name "Elizabeth." It has the awesome meaning of "God is my oath." Elise is a French girl's name that has the same meaning and owes the root of its origin to Elisheva... so in this case, I'll go with the original, Elisheva.
Shiv: When we were brainstorming names for the bracket, I was looking for a "G-name" that was unique and different. While watching morning news in California, I saw this name, Gasia Mikaelian. I think it was a moment where I liked the name for it's uniqueness. As for the other match up, I would agree with you about going with the original. Plus, Elise is a more common name that I have heard in the store or in the classroom.
Grandpa & Grandma Wong: I like Elisheva because it has the sound of Siobhan in the name. I don't like Elise because it reminds me of the not-so-great contestant on American Idol. Baby Girl Chan might be nicknamed like her mom with Shiv. I don't like Gasia because it has a similar sound to gas and she might be called gassy. Aiona has an Irish connection and the sound is nice too. I would not know what to nickname her. I guess she will always be just Aiona or maybe Ai. There is no danger of it being butchered when people pronounce it.
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Here's a link to Baby Girl Chan's Name Bracket.
EDIT: Voting is now closed!