Annie or Clemency

(46 Posts)
Justcantdecide Mon 03-Dec-12 08:47:05

Help! Two weeks to go and just can't decide.

Love Clemency. But too posh? And dd1 also begins with C.

Love Annie too, but worry I'll regret not using Clemency.

Have middle name sorted.

Straw poll and comments please.

Lebkuchenlover Mon 03-Dec-12 08:57:54

Clemency is beautiful - elegant, feminine and underused!

MyCatsRule Mon 03-Dec-12 09:39:06

Annie - gorgeous! Also love Anna.

Pochemuchka Mon 03-Dec-12 09:42:26

Love Annie.

Clemency sounds a bit try hard to me.

MolotovCocktail Mon 03-Dec-12 09:57:37

This on is tricky for me ...

I'd choose Annie because out of the two name choices, I would prefer my name to be Annie.

I'm not struck on Clemency as I actually think it sounds a little less feminine. If the choice was between Annie and Clementine, though, Clementine would win hands down.

Told you it was tricky!

poppydaisy Mon 03-Dec-12 10:52:08

Clemency for me - beautiful name that sounds great on a little girl (Clemmie) and an adult. Also like Clementine.

Clawdy Mon 03-Dec-12 10:55:54

Clemency is beautiful! As a primary school teacher,have never come across one either. And even Clem for short sounds cute.

ChestnutsRoastingonaWitchesTit Mon 03-Dec-12 10:56:35

Gorgeous! Can you have both?

WonkyWilly Mon 03-Dec-12 11:58:39

Clemency is just gorgeous, Annie is beyond blah!

tammytoby Mon 03-Dec-12 12:03:03

Clemency is really lovely and elegant and much more interesting than Annie (which I agree is a little dull and overused).

YouCanBe Mon 03-Dec-12 12:13:03

I don't like the Clem sound. It makes me think of phlegm and clams.

JingleBellaTheGymnast Mon 03-Dec-12 17:33:33

Clemency! If you worry you'd regret not using it then it's The One.

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 03-Dec-12 17:47:52


Clemency is awful it's something you ask for not a name!

bigbluebump Tue 04-Dec-12 15:10:32

I really like the sound and look of Clemency. It sounds feminine, elegant and classic. It is also not overused as so many other names.

Annie is quite cute but a little dull in comparison. Also much more widely used and 'trendy' (along with other cutesy names Popppy, Ellie, Evie etc).

SuperChristmasScrimper Wed 05-Dec-12 12:13:42

Annie. Just becuase I wouldn't want to be a grown up called Clemency.

SuperChristmasScrimper Wed 05-Dec-12 12:14:15

Annie. Just becuase I wouldn't want to be a grown up called Clemency.

DoesntTurkeyNSproutSoupDragOn Wed 05-Dec-12 12:15:26

If it's one or the other, Annie. I despise "virtue" names.

Gwennan Wed 05-Dec-12 13:59:21

I like Annie - probably a little bit more as a nickname than as a given name in its own right.

I've only known (of) one Clemency. I expect she's in her late 20s now. I think she went by Clem, which I'm not a massive fan of but, then again, I don't like Em for Emily either. Her name sounded fab though because her surname also began with a C: think Clemency Carter or similar.

VictorAndBarry Wed 05-Dec-12 14:04:25

Annie, works so well with every age.

Clemency is a bit posh and feminine, bit restricting if she's a kick ass feisty type. Mind you, that logic could drive you mad, as you try to second guess characteristics!

rachel234 Wed 05-Dec-12 18:22:17

I think Clemency is gorgeous - classy, elegant and with the option of shortening to Clemmie.

Mu1berries Wed 05-Dec-12 20:38:46


Clemency is a good name for a celebrity who just wants to be known by her first name. but clem for short? not great.

What about Nancy? that seems to have a touch of Clemency about it. But not so extreme. or Anneliese? but Annie is lovely.

buttercrumble Wed 05-Dec-12 20:42:49

Both beautiful...

overtheseatocalais Wed 05-Dec-12 20:56:20

Annie. I love Clemency, but I agree with youcanbe (it brings to mind phlegm and clams) If everybody agreed they would only ever call her Clemency I'd choose it over Annie, but of course, that's unrealistic... Clem is awful as a nn and that's what most children would use as nn I think ... Annie is cool and sweet. smile

Dh2812 Wed 05-Dec-12 21:51:27

Annie. The shortened and nicknames for Clemency are awful.

Clawdy Wed 05-Dec-12 23:01:07

Why are Clem and Clemmie awful? If you start ruling out names because they rhyme with something,then you rule out most names...including Annie.

Mu1berries Thu 06-Dec-12 00:40:45

Clem and clemmie sound like somebody clearing their throat to me. Phlegm

TremoloGreen Thu 06-Dec-12 12:31:00

I'm another one who doesn't like the sound of Clemency. Also, I'm not a big fan of the 'virtue names' I agree with the poster who suggested Nancy as a compromise between the two names. I think it is less common than Annie as well.

justcantdecide Thu 06-Dec-12 14:13:03

Thank you for the responses so far, particularly the ones that address the question! To the people suggesting Nancy - er, if Nancy was in contention then I would have asked about that too. We are down to a shortlist of the two I mention.

DoesntTurkeyNSproutSoupDragOn Thu 06-Dec-12 14:16:00

Did you men to sound so rude?

DoesntTurkeyNSproutSoupDragOn Thu 06-Dec-12 14:16:10


Mu1berries Thu 06-Dec-12 16:37:43

er, just trying to be helpful. I took the time to answer your question. Your specific question. smile

TremoloGreen Thu 06-Dec-12 16:55:47


How rude.

I think you should pick Clemency wink

bellechristmas Thu 06-Dec-12 17:06:06

Clemency, only because I know an Annie and she's a absolute B, perhaps I shouldn't be too honest about it, she's not nice.

monsterchild Thu 06-Dec-12 17:09:48

Annie is fine, but I also don't like naming children after virtues or attributes. It seems very burdensome. What if she ends up a little tyrant? Clemency does sound nice, but so does Celery, and I wouldn't name a child that!

Geranium3 Fri 07-Dec-12 18:47:13

clemency is sweet, newsreader,kate silverton's baby is called it.
I don't think mulberries is being rude, just expressing her opinion which you do on mumsnet!!!

GinSoakedMu1berryLush Fri 07-Dec-12 18:50:49

Thank you Geranium. I only suggested Nancy because it did seem like the percfect mixture between Clemency and Annie. I wasn't trying to coerce the OP either way, her decision obviously People often ask for other suggestions. This isn't an exam where you can lose marks for waffling is it!? wink

1944girl Fri 07-Dec-12 19:08:56

My mother's name was Annie. She was known as Nancy.

Justcantdecide Fri 07-Dec-12 19:09:17

Sorry - am hormonal bundle of pregnancy touchiness. Didn't mean to be rude. Ex's dd is nancy so also a name I am touch about. Apologies though - I know you were being helpful.

Geranium3 Fri 07-Dec-12 19:15:04

that's ok, love your xmas addon to mulberry!!!
Think some mumsnetters can be very "precious" on lots of threads, some have rounded on me like a pack of hyenas for some well meaning but honest comments that i have made in the past but i know where you are coming from!!
Now how can i christmas up my geranium name?!!!

GinSoakedMu1berryLush Fri 07-Dec-12 19:38:21

Thank you! I'm having a problem here with smirnoff mojito. I bought a few bottles as christmas presents and I felt compelled to do some quality control checking. So i am actually mojitosoakedmu1berry this evening and in very good humour for it. Mojito will make a good present for everybody I have decided.

Hmmm, how to jinglebell up geranium/ I'll have to have a think!

GinSoakedMu1berryLush Fri 07-Dec-12 19:41:00

@justcan't decide, ah fair enough! you could hardy use Nancy! I think it's a great name though. Despite David Cameron having used it. yOUR X ISn't david cameron is it? here, have a mojito wine

Annie of course! grin

Geranium3 Fri 07-Dec-12 19:45:03

what about nancy-mojito as an alternative to clemency? oops!not taking this seriously, the hyenas will be after me!!

GinSoakedMu1berryLush Fri 07-Dec-12 20:16:59

and Cosmo for a boy.

GinSoakedMu1berryLush Fri 07-Dec-12 20:17:29

or Cosima for a girl! ooops sorry! for the next girl?

language Wed 12-Dec-12 10:27:26

Both names are lovely, I have a slight preference for Annie though

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