Anais, Esme or Isobel

(51 Posts)
JojoMags Thu 16-May-13 22:07:34

Mn would be Margaret, which is a family name. Last name rhymes with 'tree'.

LaRegina Fri 17-May-13 11:14:38

Isobel has become a bit meh as it's way too popular. Esme is lovely and not over-used. Anais is a fine but all the problems with pn would irritate me.

abasicname Fri 17-May-13 13:26:56


ZolaBuddleia Fri 17-May-13 13:57:40

Esme pronounced Ezmay for me. Anais is too near anus, and Isobel is too popular.

Esme is lovely. Classic, pretty but strong. Isobel, although pretty, is very popular and Anais is not to my taste.

TheSecondComing Fri 17-May-13 14:01:28

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miffybun73 Fri 17-May-13 18:30:58

Esme (pronounced Ez-may)

thing1andthing2 Fri 17-May-13 18:34:48

Anais (an-eye-eece) was our front runner until a (blunt) friend of mine said "you're going to call your daughter anus?".
So we called her Eva. grin

deleted203 Fri 17-May-13 18:42:24

Anais, unfortunately, I always just think 'Porn'...and a minute or two later, 'Incest'.

I know that's a bit simplistic, but the name was popularised by Anais Nin, so it's just what springs to mind for me.

I like Esme and Isobel, but agree that Isobel is becoming fairly common.

SirChenjin Fri 17-May-13 21:27:49

It just makes think of Anais Anais - we all reeked of the stuff in the 80s, before we discovered Poison and Obsession grin

SirChenjin Fri 17-May-13 21:28:32

(but we pronounced it Anay Anay..)


NowPlayingZone Sat 18-May-13 18:44:25

Anais. Beautiful.
Bored of Isobel & Esme is a bit meh.

Secondme Sat 18-May-13 18:51:10

Is Isobel that popular? I have one and she constantly gets called Isabel and Isabella. I can say that I know only 4 other Isobels. I can't really talk on this one (totally biased to Isobel) but I would have no idea how you say Anais and probably her teachers won't either. Esme that American girl in Malory Tower...

JennyEnglishTwo Sat 18-May-13 18:53:15

I wouldn't ever be certain if I'd heard Isobel or Isabel, so I'd lump them in together to be honest.

Anais is ugly imo. What about Anouk? Anneka? Anya?

DisappointedHorse Sat 18-May-13 18:55:38

I have an Isobel and I still love it. It is popular although we only know one other - her best friend who is an Isabel!

Esme is lovely, I don't like Anais.

JojoMags Sat 18-May-13 19:38:31

Thanks everyone. On the strength of this thread, Anais is out (though I still like the apparent mis-pronounciation of An-ay-iss - totally accept this is wrong grin!) Isobel is not that popular around us, particularly not this spelling. The other option is Margaret Rose (I know, I know - Rose is very common as a mn but DO NOT care), who would be known as Meg or more probably Rosie. So the options are:

Isobel Margaret
Esme Margaret
Margaret Rose

I think Isobel might just have the edge...

KittenofDoom Sat 18-May-13 19:48:31

I read a novel in which a female character was called Ismay, which seems to be a variation of Esme. Does that appeal to you, as it has an element of Isobel? Far less common, and avoids the spelling and pronunciation issues.

JojoMags Sat 18-May-13 20:04:07

Ismay should be perfect! The trouble is it only needs a 'd' to be dismay which is what I see when I look at it. Thanks for the suggestion though.

KittenofDoom Sat 18-May-13 20:17:14

Oh, well you can do that to a lot of names smile We had a dog called Grace who often got called Dis-Grace grin

Snazzywaitingforsummer Sat 18-May-13 21:33:22

Margaret Rose was Princess Margaret's full name, IIRC. It's a nice combo.

girliefriend Sat 18-May-13 21:39:56

Esme is my personal favourite and if I ever had another dd would use it. Always pronounce Es - mee

however with Margaret as a mn I am tempted to say I prefer Isobel and actually think Margaret Rose has a nice ring to it, I like Maggie for a little girl as well smile

Glad you have gone off Anais really don't like that and as someone above said it makes me think anal/anus blush sorry.

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Sat 18-May-13 21:44:02

Es-mee is just <cringe> and besides, you would have to go with the far nicer Es-may pronunciation, if your surname rhymes with 'tree'.

I wonder if all the Renées out there feel pretentious, and so (mis)pronounce their name Ren-ee...? hmm

dragonflymama Sat 18-May-13 21:56:32

Anais for me..beautiful name & sure the correct pn will catch once people have heard it once or twice! As for Isobel...we have an Isabella and whilst I love the name, I was disappointed with how popular it became.

TerrysNo2 Sat 18-May-13 22:07:33

I like Esme. prefer Isabelle spelling if going for that

TerrysNo2 Sat 18-May-13 22:12:29

Esme phonetically should be Ez-may imo

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