Is Marianne different enough to Marian?

(43 Posts)
shoppingtrolley Thu 04-Oct-12 10:53:18

I love Marianne but don't like Marian at all - do you think they are different enough?

Also what's your favourite of these:


scootle Thu 04-Oct-12 10:54:51

Marianne is a really beautiful name - and I don't like Marian either.

Also love Miranda.

YouMayLogOut Thu 04-Oct-12 10:55:02

Marianne is quite different to Marian.

Love Miranda, then Mary and Marianne. Martha is a bit dowdy.

squoosh Thu 04-Oct-12 10:56:11

Marianne is 728 times prettier than Marian.

I also like Martha a lot. Not dowdy at all to my ears.

mollymole Thu 04-Oct-12 10:58:01

Marianne is lovely - I also like Martha

shoppingtrolley Thu 04-Oct-12 11:02:24

Thanks ladies! I also hope it is different to Miriam, which I dislike as well-

squoosh Thu 04-Oct-12 11:03:44

Miriam is so drippy!

howcomes Thu 04-Oct-12 11:04:21

Marianne is my favourite, also really like Marianna (realise that wasn't on your list though!)

squoosh Thu 04-Oct-12 11:04:32

Although Maryam is pretty. I think I must just prefer broad vowels.

<sniffs disdainfully at e and i>

shoppingtrolley Thu 04-Oct-12 11:04:37

Yes - don't worry it's not an option for me! It's a v humble name, and I want a precocious daughter!

shoppingtrolley Thu 04-Oct-12 11:05:12

Sorry that last post was re. sqoosh & Miriam.

AppleCrumbleAndFish Thu 04-Oct-12 11:07:32

Apparently my Mum was going to call me Marian. Thankfully my auntie talked her out of it. I really like the name Marianne though, it's all in the pronunciation. Of the others I like Martha.

Minty82 Thu 04-Oct-12 11:09:23

I love Marianne - campaigned for it with no luck for DD. I thought it was perfect - Leonard Cohen and Sense and Sensibility in one go! Don't like Marian either, totally different name somehow.

Otherwise Martha's my favourite from your list (actually was very nearly DD's name as it's one of the few DH and I agreed on).

shoppingtrolley Thu 04-Oct-12 11:13:41

I love Leonard Cohen too -- and it's not too overtly religious / catholic. Also I think it would be fun to learn to spell when she was little? Marianne.

shoppingtrolley Thu 04-Oct-12 11:14:09

(lucy escape applecrumble)

shoppingtrolley Thu 04-Oct-12 11:14:17


shoppingtrolley Thu 04-Oct-12 11:14:36

I wonder if you got called Lucy - now that would be weird.

squoosh Thu 04-Oct-12 11:16:07

'Tis a great song.

I'm always jealous of people who have a really cool song with their name in the title.

Not Cecilia though, or Delilah, either of those names would be a mahoosive pain in the bum.

shoppingtrolley Thu 04-Oct-12 11:16:52

Yes - or to an extent Clementine. 'Oh my darlin' etc.

Jusfloatingby Thu 04-Oct-12 11:18:04

There is a world of difference between Marianne and Marian. One is so elegant and poetic and the other is so frumpy and mumsy.

I also like Miranda.

Jusfloatingby Thu 04-Oct-12 11:19:34

I see someone mentioned Marianna. That's really lovely.

shoppingtrolley Thu 04-Oct-12 11:21:43

Marianna is very pretty but I like Marianne as it is a bit more different without that 'a' ending lots of names have now. Maybe she could be called that for fun occasionally!

flopsy1974 Thu 04-Oct-12 11:37:21

Marianne is a lovely name and much prettier than Marion. I have a Martha so that is my favourite from your list smile

shoppingtrolley Thu 04-Oct-12 11:38:37

Martha is super cute but just v similar to a family member's name. Martha has a great Tom Waits song to go with it!

shoppingtrolley Thu 04-Oct-12 11:39:05

I love these M names!

lynniep Thu 04-Oct-12 11:45:54

I really like Marianne (was on my list but DH hated - never had a girl anyway!)
I saw the name Miryama once and thought that was also pretty. I dont really like just 'Miryam' but I quite like Mira. If that exists. and Mirelle. But I don't know how you'd pronounce (MIR-ELL or MIR-AY or MY-RELL)

squoosh Thu 04-Oct-12 11:48:30

Tom Waits 'Martha' is heart breakingly beautiful! My second favourite TW song. Prefer it to Leonard Cohen's Marianne.

Sorry Leonard!

shoppingtrolley Thu 04-Oct-12 11:50:30

But to be fair if you were growing up you might find LC's Marianne funner than TW's Martha to put on while you did your makeup etc. TW's is too heartbreaking!

seeker Thu 04-Oct-12 11:51:23

"I love Marianne but don't like Marian at all - do you think they are different enough? "

different enough for what? To me they are practically the same name- and I feel equally lukewarm about both. But you have strong feelings about one so only you can know whether the other produces the same strong feeling, surely?

[puzzled emotion]

shoppingtrolley Thu 04-Oct-12 11:54:02

Well, they have a different load of cultural/historical associations and a different sound for me, but I wanted to check whether they did for others too. Lol but I can see that written down they look almost the same smile

Jusfloatingby Thu 04-Oct-12 12:01:00

Different enough from each other Seeker.

To me they are totally different names - one is lovely, one is bleh.

Likewise, as I said yesterday on another thread, I dislike the names Jean, Joan and June but adore the name Jane.

Sometimes, even when two names look very similar, they can have totally different associations for people. It's amazing how even adding an 'a' onto a name sometimes really changes it in people's perception.

shoppingtrolley Thu 04-Oct-12 13:07:30

Thanks everyone! I do love Martha too.

ditzydrawers Thu 04-Oct-12 14:07:30

I totally agree, shoppingtrolley. Love Marianne. Not keen on Marion/Marian/Miriam. Don't really like Marianna either - the 'a' somehow makes it too fussy. Apologies to anyone with those names - just my own personal taste.

Anyway, DH and I loved the name Marianne so much we named my DD it! It has great nickname potential, has very cool namesakes (Faithfull and Dashwood) and it's so gorgeous and elegant for later years.

ditzydrawers Thu 04-Oct-12 14:08:10

named our DD - not just mine!

Clarabumps Thu 04-Oct-12 14:13:48

I have a 6 week old Martha grin it's a marmite name. Some people LOVE it and some don't like it at all. People's reactions to loving it far out weigh the ones who don't like it. Martha is my favourite!! Obviously!!

ditzydrawers Thu 04-Oct-12 14:25:08

I loved Martha too - clearly have a thing for M names!

shoppingtrolley Thu 04-Oct-12 14:25:30

That's useful, ditzy, to hear the name is working out for your DD!

thegreylady Thu 04-Oct-12 15:44:24

Kind love Mary-so under used these days too.

baskingseals Thu 04-Oct-12 17:28:29

love Marianne and also Miranda.

don't like Marian at all - i do think there is a difference.

ditzydrawers Thu 04-Oct-12 19:39:24

I reckon that Mary may have a resurgence due to Downton!

I really do think there is a big difference between Marian and Marianne. I remember my HV, when she saw DD's name, said: 'Oh, my mother's name is Marian!' and I smiled politely and nodded but was thinking: 'But that's COMPLETELY different!'

NoWayNoHow Thu 04-Oct-12 19:52:06

Marianne is very different from Marian - different sound, look, pronunciation.

To throw in a curve ball, I also really like Arianne...

Melpomene Thu 04-Oct-12 19:54:09

When I saw the thread title I thought you meant that you already had a Marian and were thinking of calling your second daughter Marianne!

eryan Thu 04-Oct-12 21:36:11

From your list I like Marianne and Miranda. We are also considering Marianne and I agree that it's completely different to Marian, which I don't like either.

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