Agnes - fab or drab?

(76 Posts)
delilah88 Wed 26-Sep-12 13:54:56

What do you think of this one?

UntamedShrew Wed 26-Sep-12 13:55:26


ihearthuckabees Wed 26-Sep-12 13:55:35


sooperdooper Wed 26-Sep-12 13:55:50

I know someone called Agnes and she is very cool & artistic, so I say fab

BananaBubbles Wed 26-Sep-12 13:59:31

Awful.One of the ugliest,harshest,least attractive names out there.

Puremince Wed 26-Sep-12 14:01:35

Fab. DD might have been Agnes if I hadn't already used the name for my cat. Having said that, DD is very glad that she isn't called Agnes!

HaggisMcNeeps Wed 26-Sep-12 14:07:10



bananaramma Wed 26-Sep-12 14:11:42

Fab! Cool, classic and sophisticated (and not overused!)

It makes a refreshing change from all the cutesy girls' names (Lilly, Poppy, Evie, Molly, Milly, Mandy etc.).

Natnat29 Wed 26-Sep-12 14:13:44


plutocrap Wed 26-Sep-12 14:19:07

Some Eastern European variations are also quite pretty, like Agneta (tho' Agnieszka might be a bit much... wink).

I also like Dorota for Dorothy, and think Agata is nicer than Agatha!

nipersvest Wed 26-Sep-12 14:21:57

i like agnes. i know an agnes, she is the young daughter of a rather well known musician.

rachel1970 Wed 26-Sep-12 14:22:59

Love it - you are ahead of the curve (hence still a few 'drabers').

delilah88 Wed 26-Sep-12 14:28:54

Do you think you could use it with an 'S' surname?

mumnosGOLDisbest Wed 26-Sep-12 14:36:40

I like it and Aggie is cute. I like the french pronunciation too Ann-yes but spelt same so would always be called Agnes. might be tricky with an s surname though.

Bluestocking Wed 26-Sep-12 14:39:35

Drabberoony. And not ahead of the curve - I know adult and teenage Agnesses. The medieval pronunciation was apparently Annis which I think is prettier, as is the Spanish Inez.

Fab. But I know quite a few now

Dogsmom Wed 26-Sep-12 14:41:22

I'm not usually keen on 'old lady chic' but don't mind Agnes.

SirEdmundFrillary Wed 26-Sep-12 14:41:53

Agnes = fabnes(s)

Corygal Wed 26-Sep-12 14:43:06

I know two - geek chic ok for babies, a disaster unless the child is v good-looking. Let alone the poor adult.

R2PeePoo Wed 26-Sep-12 14:45:25

I love it.

Startailoforangeandgold Wed 26-Sep-12 14:50:14

Think that awful cleaning woman!

Just no!!!!!!

Startailoforangeandgold Wed 26-Sep-12 14:51:40

It is however, a beautiful place for a holiday.
(St Agnes in the Scilly isles)

DancehallDaze Wed 26-Sep-12 14:54:55

Not nice at all in English. A very pretty name in its foreign versions.

Yes to the medieval Annis - much nicer.

delilah88 Wed 26-Sep-12 15:01:51

no - I think annis is too like Anus!

YouMayLogOut Wed 26-Sep-12 15:02:14


persephoneplum Wed 26-Sep-12 15:02:36


delilah88 Wed 26-Sep-12 15:03:14

yes Corygal! I suppose the double-bind is that nobody thinks their little darling could not be beautiful!

DancehallDaze Wed 26-Sep-12 15:03:28

The two don't sound at all the same, but it's true that you would need to be careful when writing it! grin Still, who writes by hand these days?

airedailleurs Wed 26-Sep-12 15:05:39

Not so keen on Agnes, but love version Ines (see

elfycat Wed 26-Sep-12 15:05:43

Agnes... it's a good name and it's probably going to be very popular in 5 years.

Fab, and ahead of the curve.

Viviennemary Wed 26-Sep-12 15:11:17

I don't like it at all. I like a lot of the old fashioned names but this just isn't a very attractive name. That's only my opinion.

Jeezimacasalinga Wed 26-Sep-12 15:12:18

Yes love it, agree it's going to be very 'in' in a few years though so bear that in mind if you're looking for a more unusual name...

HiHowAreYou Wed 26-Sep-12 15:49:27

I don't mind it but I don't like Aggie at all.

Floggingmolly Wed 26-Sep-12 16:03:39

Nun's name, sorry.

mumnosGOLDisbest Wed 26-Sep-12 16:12:58

I like it and Aggie is cute. I like the french pronunciation too Ann-yes but spelt same so would always be called Agnes. might be tricky with an s surname though.

imustbepatient Wed 26-Sep-12 16:23:10

Drab sorry, and to me it doesn't come across as being ahead of the curve, just not a lovely sounding name. Think it is much nicer in the non-English versions (French and Spanish as mentioned above), if you have any connection to those?


CPtart Wed 26-Sep-12 16:37:13

Drab. One at DS school - she is the butt of all jokes!

exoticfruits Wed 26-Sep-12 16:42:04

Drab. Bound to be Aggie which is dire.

It will be this baby's middle name if it's a girl, but only because I'll be naming her after my mother. And my mother HATES her name.

delilah88 Wed 26-Sep-12 16:52:26

It's interesting that all the people with that name hate it / got teased. Maybe it appeals to us, but I guess if I'm honest I'm glad I'm not called it. What kind of names do you think people really love being called? Do you think it's just super-feminine names like Rose?

almapudden Wed 26-Sep-12 16:58:43


exoticfruits Wed 26-Sep-12 17:43:03

Why name her after your mother if your mother hates it?! I wouldn't use my mother's name, even as a middle name-my mother has always hated it-similar era to Elsie, Doris and Winifred.

exoticfruits Wed 26-Sep-12 17:43:51

Why not ask your mother to choose a name that she would have liked to be called-or is her mother's name any better?

7to25 Wed 26-Sep-12 17:48:59 Scotland. Even worse.
When we were little we called all old ladies "Aggie and Nellie"

delilah88 Wed 26-Sep-12 17:49:47

Senga is a truly terrible name.

1500mmania Wed 26-Sep-12 19:01:17

Fab it was on my list bit I was put off by the nn Aggie

MacMac123 Wed 26-Sep-12 19:36:54


misscomanche Wed 26-Sep-12 19:58:48

Agree with FloggingMolly, nun's name.

LuellaLovesLavender Wed 26-Sep-12 20:00:17

Totally fab! Paul Bettany and his wife have an Agnes Lark!

lljkk Wed 26-Sep-12 20:03:18


sambageeni Wed 26-Sep-12 20:05:42

FAB - I love it. Quite fancied it for my 3rd DD but went for Cecily instead.

exoticfruits Wed 26-Sep-12 22:54:09

I bet Cecily will be mightily relieved!

Prefer Ines.

Agnes = aggie which I dont like.

jenbird Wed 26-Sep-12 23:37:56

I love it. Is top of my list but dh hates it :0(

SomersetONeil Thu 27-Sep-12 03:46:48

It is definitely on the cusp of a popularity peak - the wheels of fashion have turned enough for it to have its time in the sun again.

I picture a slim, chic, elfin, 20s Bright Young Thing.

HarlettOScara Thu 27-Sep-12 04:10:20

I went to school with an Agnes (on her 30s now) and she was the polar opposite of that description. She also hated her name.

nooka Thu 27-Sep-12 05:30:34

I don't think Agnes is drab, but I do think it is very harsh sounding. I knew a little girl Agnes who was known as Aggie which I think is really quite awful.

Don't call your daughter a name you woudln't like to be called!

Not sure why you think people only like 'super feminine' names. I love my name but I don't think it's particularly feminine (not totally sure what you mean by that to be honest though).

nooka Thu 27-Sep-12 05:33:22

And of course there is Terry Pratchett's Agnes Nitt

SomersetONeil Thu 27-Sep-12 06:29:49

"...but I guess if I'm honest I'm glad I'm not called it."

I didn't see this on the first read - if that's how you feel, then you can't really choose it, can you? I assumed you loved it.

I don't think people necessarily really like super-feminine names. Some people will, but there's plenty of un-frilly girls' names which are also lovely.

Weenugget Thu 27-Sep-12 09:46:16

In scotland it's an old lady name and has the horrid nicknames Aggie or Senga! IMHO it's a very unattractive name

Bluestocking Thu 27-Sep-12 10:08:11

If you're glad you're not called Agnes, Delilah, then don't saddle your poor daughter with the name. Simples.

Hedwig3 Thu 27-Sep-12 10:09:02

The model Agyness Deyn is hardly drab! (pronounced Agnes)

Oddly, it is this association that has put me off the name, maybe I prefer drab confused

SminkoPinko Thu 27-Sep-12 10:11:32

Not keen. I always think of Oliver Twist's mother who was very unfortunate and drippy.

WineOhWhy Thu 27-Sep-12 10:13:29

I have a great aunt Agnes who is alays called Nessie.

I met a French girl called Agnes once, pronounced An-yess which I thought was beautiful (although she was herself very gorgeous which may have influenced me). I think the ENglish pronounciation is quite harsh but the nns are sweet.

What about Agatha?

lollystix Thu 27-Sep-12 12:02:10

Please don't - it's not a great name in Scotland.

delilah88 Thu 27-Sep-12 12:11:58

Yes, ok, this has really helped me come to a realisation -- thanks everyone!
We love Scotland and go there all the time, so also the suggestion of it being ugly there has put me off.
Thanks, posters!

VeritableSmorgasbord Thu 27-Sep-12 12:13:45

Very emotive for me. Ag ag ag. Horrid sound.
Had a horrid horrid aunt who was as leaden as it sounds.

delilah88 Thu 27-Sep-12 12:17:16

I do still like the European variants -- but alas, we are in Britain! Sorry about your Aunt, I can imagine her -- she sounds terrifying!

Floggingmolly Thu 27-Sep-12 14:35:53

If I'm honest I'm glad I'm not called it
Do people realy consider a name for their baby that they wouldn't like to be called themselves? hmm
That's the daftest thing I've heard in quite a while.

airedailleurs Thu 27-Sep-12 15:47:24

But you can still use the European versions in Britain DD has a "European" first name and nobody bats an eyelid except to say it's really pretty and ask what it means

delilah88 Thu 27-Sep-12 16:08:39

floggingmolly I meant instead of my actual name! I think part of the problem is that I cannot find a name I like as much as I like mine. Not out of vanity I have just always really enjoyed it. It is much easier if you've wished you were called something else and so have thought about names before. I have always just been glad I'm not called anything else!

delilah88 Thu 27-Sep-12 16:09:23

aire Interesting feedback!

SomersetONeil Fri 28-Sep-12 07:19:53

To be fair, Agnes Brown hasn't given the name much caché...

MadBusLady Fri 28-Sep-12 07:32:18

I know irrelevant now, but I don't think you can have a first name ending in the sound your surname begins with anyway. Think of all the times in school children have to state or respond to their full names. It would never flow well.

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