Is This Name Too Italian for the U.S.A.?
Should we go with the Italian spelling or the American version? Both will be mispronounced. This actually doesn't bother me much, as my own name is mispronounced often. Even my son’s easy-to-say name is mispronounced.
Mamma, you’ve made my job easy—you’ve answered your own question! It sounds like you just need a little reassurance to follow your own reasoning, and your heart.
If both the Italian and the Americanized version of the name you love are in danger of being mispronounced, you won’t invite (extra) trouble by choosing the Italian name. What’s more, you already have plenty of experience with mispronunciations and they don’t bother you. That’s a great attitude. Even names that seem simple and straightforward are subject to incorrect interpretations and pronunciations, which are almost always well-intended.
You know that both you and your daughter will need to correct people who don’t get her name right on their first attempt. You can teach her to do this politely and cheerfully (she’ll follow your lead). You both may even enjoy the opportunity to spend a few extra minutes talking about the name you love so much and why you chose it.
So go forth with the name you love, con i miei complimenti!