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    name for a girl

    A Korean woman with the name meaning "marble" in Korean is trying to make an English name.
    Would "Gemma" or "Ruby" proper for her?

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    Re: name for a girl

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    Both are English girl names, but neither of them have anything to do with "marble".
    Last edited by José Manuel Rosón Bravo; 14-Aug-2014 at 09:58.
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    Re: name for a girl

    I am not a teacher.

    There is nothing wrong with it as a name, but to my English ear 'Ruby' is very dated. It was popular towards the end of the Victorian era, 120 years ago. If you don't have that in the back of your mind it is still a pretty name for a girl.

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    Re: name for a girl

    I've never heard of anyone named "Gemma."

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    Re: name for a girl

    I met a girl named "Gemma" in England some years ago. She was studying civil engineering.

    It is a female name: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemma
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    Re: name for a girl

    Gemma is a common enough name. My daughter's best friend is a Gemma.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: name for a girl

    I think Gemma is a lovely name. While it has no relationship to marble, it is related to jewel, and you might know the English actress Gemma Arterton.

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    Re: name for a girl

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    #9

    Re: name for a girl

    Is "Gemma" pronounced with a hard G or soft G?

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    Re: name for a girl

    I am not a teacher.

    As the name suggests, it sounds like English 'gem' with 'a' on the end. In Italian the 'mm' would sound a little longer than in English.

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