My friend just called her baby

(47 Posts)
Fifi2406 Thu 22-Nov-12 09:05:22

Briseis's from Greek mythology...what do you think?!!

picnicbasketcase Thu 22-Nov-12 09:06:05

Not fond tbh. It's from the Iliad isn't it?

SummerRain Thu 22-Nov-12 09:08:35

Not keen but it's not the worst name I've heard lately tbh

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Thu 22-Nov-12 09:09:33

Her baby, her choice. I am sure there are plenty of people out there who don't like my choices of names for my kids but I do, so does DH and so do the kids although, like lots of people, there are times they wish they were called something else.

5madthings Thu 22-Nov-12 09:10:35

her baby but as its an unusual name if you now google it i am guessing this thread will come up!

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 22-Nov-12 13:08:19

How do you say it?

RooneyMara Thu 22-Nov-12 13:09:40

What does it mean?

I imagine you say it 'Bris - eh - is'

Ahardyfool Thu 22-Nov-12 13:10:33


YouOldSlag Thu 22-Nov-12 13:11:12

It just sounds like a massive load of intellectual chowing off.

YouOldSlag Thu 22-Nov-12 13:11:29

showing off, not chowing off. Dear me.

mamasmissionimpossible Thu 22-Nov-12 13:14:54

dislike sad

Ahardyfool Thu 22-Nov-12 13:15:10

My DC are named after characters from Greek Mythology. This is due to my passion for the literature and the personal meaning attached rather than any intellectual showing off.

OatyBeatie Thu 22-Nov-12 13:15:52

Wasn't she handed about as war plunder, known only for the fact that Achilles and Agamemnon squabbled over who had claim on her, and whose pride was piqued the most by not having ownership of her acknowledged?

Not a good set of associations.

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 22-Nov-12 13:17:36

I'm not sure I'm a fan,just based on how it is likely to sound.

That it originates from the Iliad doesn't bother me.

My OH has spent a couple of years talking me out of insisting on naming future daughters Persephone and Antigone. I hold steady with Hermione though grin

shirash1 Thu 22-Nov-12 19:29:25

Not a fan

Lebkuchenlover Thu 22-Nov-12 19:36:10

I don't think I would post the names my friend just gave her newborn on the internet! I know this is a forum to ask for opinions about names that we're deliberating for our children, but what is the exact point of this op?

Everlong Thu 22-Nov-12 19:36:31

How do you pronounce it?

Lebkuchenlover Thu 22-Nov-12 19:36:54

Alis, I know an Antigone who goes by Tiggy - I think it is lovely!

MaMaPo Thu 22-Nov-12 19:42:27

Makes me think of bris - ie circumcision ceremony.

evilgiraffe Thu 22-Nov-12 19:45:08

I like it! I wouldn't call my own child it, but Briseis is a lovely name (pronounced Bri-SAY-iss, I believe, with the "Bri" as in "Bristol"). It's certainly no more pretentious than Persephone, which seems to be gaining popularity.

karatekimmi Thu 22-Nov-12 19:45:11

Alis my DH loved Persephone. Luckily we had a boy!!

Don't mind Bri (bree? Brie?) as a nn though.

She's the one who shags Brad Pitt in the film of Troy. In the film she is a royal cousin and priestess of Apollo.

I think it is pretty but wouldn't use it.

almapudden Thu 22-Nov-12 19:59:11

Yes, Briseis is Achilles' geras (battle prize), taken from him by Agamemnon because Agamemnon had to shore up his own status as King of Kings after he had to give his own prize, Chryseis, back to her father Chryses in order to make Apollo end the plague on the Greeks that Chryses had called down.

She is a plot device, basically: Agamemnon's slight on Achilles' kleos (glory, reputation) leads to his withdrawal from battle and everything that unfolds thereafter.

It's also a pretty unfeminine name. I imagine a Briseis would have thick ankles.

Fifi2406 Thu 22-Nov-12 20:09:44

Lebkuch...I was curious what people thought that's all! I'd not heard it used before!!

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 22-Nov-12 20:13:43

*Lebkuchen there was an Antigone a couple of years below me at school who went by Tiggy. I thought it was gorgeous. DP did not sad

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 22-Nov-12 20:16:02

Oooh Bri-say-iss! That's not bad sounding at all.

It doesn't have the on-ee ending I am so fond of though grin

AlwaysHoldingOnToStarbug Thu 22-Nov-12 20:26:15

I like it, it was a name in one of my favourite books too.

evilgiraffe Thu 22-Nov-12 20:33:23

Thick ankles sad I'm so self-conscious about my cankles, but was trying to convince myself that no-one really notices or cares. Apparently this is not the case. <puts on welly boots in an attempt to hide the ugliness>

iklboo Thu 22-Nov-12 20:43:25

I've got shankles never mind cankles.

OatyBeatie Thu 22-Nov-12 22:12:30

And Achilles is clearly head over heels for Patroclus, so even without her thick ankles, the poor sap is basically unwanted except as a way of proving a point.

purplecrayon Thu 22-Nov-12 22:19:06

I just think that nobody will be able to pronounce it and the child will probably find it frustrating. I would have had no idea how to pronounce it and for that reason, I'd avoid saying it.

Also no idea whether male or female.

Lifetime of being spelt incorrectly.

Embarrassing to give name on phone.


YouOldSlag Fri 23-Nov-12 14:46:44

purplecrayon has hit the nail on the head. The child will have a lifetime of people either giving him a nickname or deciding not to use his name or frowning when they see it written down.

I'm all for beautiful or unusual names but you have to think what problems this will cause for a child and adult throughout life. It's just not worth it just so the parents can look "special" and different.

Fifi2406 Fri 23-Nov-12 14:58:08

Youold...its a girls name!!

YouOldSlag Fri 23-Nov-12 15:56:31

her name then. It's still a silly name whether it's him or her. Besides it reminds me of the Jewish circumcision ceremony- the Bris.

ChippingInLovesAutumn Fri 23-Nov-12 15:59:32

I thought of a Bris as well. Poor kid sad

thegreylady Fri 23-Nov-12 18:02:12

I cant get past the 3 year old Ptolemy I know !

CheungFun Fri 23-Nov-12 18:31:40

I must admit I didn't know how to pronounce it, bu I guess with any name, once someone tells you, you remember and it fits that person.

Chubfuddler Fri 23-Nov-12 18:36:51

I'm turning over a new leaf with baby names. Unless someone calls their baby aryan nation I'm no longer going to judge.

BangOffTrend Fri 23-Nov-12 18:37:20

Yep, circumcision sprang to mind.
Oh well. I have a Henry and you could argue that serial adultering, wife decapitating king springs to mind.

FairPhyllis Sat 24-Nov-12 23:17:30

Come, come, the Iliad may be silent on the subject of her ankles, but she is 'like golden Aphrodite' ffs.

Welovecouscous Sat 24-Nov-12 23:21:52

I know a little Balthasar nn Baz

OatyBeatie Sat 24-Nov-12 23:28:45

She was "like golden Aphrodite" from the calves up, but her ankles were her Achilles heel.

itsallinmyhead Sun 25-Nov-12 12:15:47

My sister's friend has a DD names Briseis.

I love it!! She is a beautiful little thing. She mostly calls her Bree, which I also love.

EvilTwins Sun 25-Nov-12 12:19:49

I think it's lovely, though she will spend her entire life telling people how to spell/pronounce it. IIRC, it's pronounced incorrectly all the bloody way through "Troy", which annoyed me intensely. But then, the film is a pile of pants anyway.

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Sun 25-Nov-12 12:31:17

"brise" in french is a gentle wind which feels nice.
I would pronounced it Bree-Zai-ees which I know is as wrong as the "gentle wind" is (I googled and the meaning is unknown but when I read the Illiad in my youth I thought it was the true meaning)
Very feminine, and beautiful and then in complete disagreement with the cankles remark.

Janeatthebarre Sun 25-Nov-12 14:45:08

I don't like it at all. I'm all for people moving away from the uber popular names and trying to be a bit original, but I would consider this name to be going a bit far.

Also, don't agree with the poster who thinks we shouldn't post unusual names we've heard being used and ask what people think. Its a forum to discuss baby names, not just names you're considering for your own baby.

pixiestix Sun 25-Nov-12 15:39:19

I wouldn't mind the associations but I really dislike the sound of it.

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