Any thoughts on Anaïs?

(57 Posts)
EmeraldCoast Tue 19-Mar-13 14:49:53

I?m looking for a strong but feminine name that isn?t Amelia (love it but know three Amelias). What do you think about Anaïs?

ladymia Tue 19-Mar-13 15:06:17

I actually really like it and a very good alternative to Amelia!

NotTreadingGrapes Tue 19-Mar-13 15:08:05

1. Meg thingy and Noel Gallagher's child
2. Sweet sickly perfume
3. Unpronounceable unless you are French.

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 19-Mar-13 15:16:29

I have no idea how to say it grin. Is it ah-nay-us? My first giggle is that it's anus, but I know it's not how it's said because it's french!

badtime Tue 19-Mar-13 15:26:00

It's pronounced ah-nah-(y)eece. Well, sort of. It's hard to explain.
I've heard of people who pronounce it as annay, which makes me shudder.

NoraFatimaBuffet Tue 19-Mar-13 15:30:27

I've heard it pronounced uncomfortably close to 'anus' and this was by the baby's loving family. It's a lovely name but maybe have a look at other french names that have a clearer pronunciation for english speakers?

OzmaofOz Tue 19-Mar-13 15:33:35

blush well I am clearly a complete and utter moron, I have been saying an ay for ages. Luckily I have never bought the perfume, or discussed it in rl.

NowPlayingZone Tue 19-Mar-13 15:34:06

I think it's lovely. I would put it on a list with Anya- which I think is of a similar ilk.

monsterchild Tue 19-Mar-13 15:35:52

Old French names are hard for kids. My brother has an old French name and he is constantly spelling and pronouncing it.I should think after 43 years he's petty tired of this which may be why his kids all have very normal easy to say and spell names!

Indith Tue 19-Mar-13 15:48:04

I love it.

But I am bilingual and it is the name of one of my French cousins!

FingersCrossedLegsNot Tue 19-Mar-13 15:56:00

Love it, it is pronounced Ann eye eece( as in Reece)

AlisonClare Tue 19-Mar-13 16:01:59

Other ideas


PetiteRaleuse Tue 19-Mar-13 16:04:11

Love it. One of my dds has it as a middle name. But she is French.

Corygal Tue 19-Mar-13 16:06:06

Porn name par excellence - Anais nin.

MrsHoarder Tue 19-Mar-13 16:06:41

The girl/woman will spend her whole life spelling/pronouncing it for people and the ï will be a pain when she's typing.

mrsshackleton Tue 19-Mar-13 16:06:48

It's horrible and forever linked to Meg Mathews in my mind.

TheSecondComing Tue 19-Mar-13 16:09:50

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

jacksgrannie Tue 19-Mar-13 16:11:20

Too difficult and would end in endless explanations of the spelling/pronunciation. Most British people would pronounce it Annay (as in the perfume). I would.

Amelia is a lovely name but if you can't have it how about Amelie? Annabel is beautiful, as is Ariadne.

OlyRoller Tue 19-Mar-13 16:16:50

How about Anouk?

INeverSaidThat Tue 19-Mar-13 16:19:51

Sorry another no.

I don't like the two little dot things

I immediately think of the Perfume.

If FingersCrossedLegsNot. I have been pronouncing it wrong confused

I hate Anais Nin (she includes child sex in her books - young girl getting flirty and more with an older man - that's peodophilia if you ask me)

EmeraldCoast Tue 19-Mar-13 16:40:24

Thank you for all your comments – lots to think about. I didn’t know about the Noel Gallagher connection and hadn’t thought of the unfortunate linguistic minefield.
NowPlayingZone – Anya is gorgeous and is on my list!
AlisonClare – I love the name Antonia

CPtart Tue 19-Mar-13 16:44:23

Don't like it.
Howabout Alicia?

BeeBopDingALing Tue 19-Mar-13 16:52:38

Really nice and imo much nicer than Amelia.

Like Anya too. That was Father Christmas' wife in Santa Claus the Movie smile

Beatrixpotty Tue 19-Mar-13 17:00:23

like it

WormCanner Tue 19-Mar-13 17:55:36

I don't see Amelia as being a strong name at all, it comes over as whiny to me.

Another vote for Antonia here. Are we just looking for A names?

ladymia Tue 19-Mar-13 18:00:03

I agree Amelia to me is the female version of Alfie. Both terribly overused, cutesy names and would not put them in the "strong" category.

BeeBopDingALing Tue 19-Mar-13 18:08:44

I wanted to say what WormCanner did, Amelia is a very whiny sounding and overused name. Anaïs & Antonia are much much better.

DXBMermaid Tue 19-Mar-13 18:15:05

I like it, but I too have two little dots in my name (on an e). I find that I've had to drop them as it complicates things in this digital era. My name should be pronounced close to the French way, as would be the same with Anais but most English people that I know just can't do that...

iamci Tue 19-Mar-13 18:39:51

I like it. what about Amelie? not as common as Amelia.

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 19-Mar-13 18:44:15

I can't see how Amelia is in the same category as Alfie. There are two princess Amelias in British history. Alfie, unless you mean Alfred, I am not aware of any royal connection for example.

Acandlelitshadow Tue 19-Mar-13 18:48:48

Forever associated with Anais Nin and erotica for me.

Even without that association it's too close to 'anus' and hours of potential fun for the class bully IMO. Sorry.

PestoFrostissimos Tue 19-Mar-13 18:49:53


sapphirestar Tue 19-Mar-13 18:51:00

Dd has an Anais at nursery, I had to ask her to pronounce it and they say it like ah-nay

MustafaCake Tue 19-Mar-13 18:51:54

It's lovely but the one Anais I know spends her whole life explaining how to pronounce or spell her name.

She says it "ann-ay"

I would give your girl a name that is easier to say/spell TBH.

There's some lovely ideas on this thread.


ladymia Tue 19-Mar-13 19:03:08

"I can't see how Amelia is in the same category as Alfie. There are two princess Amelias in British history. Alfie, unless you mean Alfred, I am not aware of any royal connection for example."

Uhmm OK OneLittleToddleTerror

I said they are in the same caterory in MY opinion for the following reasons, they are both:

- cutesy
- terribly overused

... not whoever royal has had it as a name, I am not one that has those people that have commemorative plates in my house of the queen's dog's birthday so I would not have even known that bit of trivia. Thanks!

ladymia Tue 19-Mar-13 19:07:01

OP how about Annick?

harleyd Tue 19-Mar-13 19:08:24

reminds me of that horrible perfume



Iggity Tue 19-Mar-13 19:21:18

Or Aine pronounced on-ya but the same issues re. pronunciation and spelling will probably come up. Anais makes me think of the perfume.

samuelwhiskers Tue 19-Mar-13 19:22:42

I don't really like it, reminds me of ananas ( pineapple) in French. I like some of the other suggestions - Anya, Amelia.

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 19-Mar-13 19:39:39

Ladymia what I mean is that Amelia is an old name and Alfie is a nickname or new name. Therefore I don't find Amelia cutesy, just as I don't find Chatlotte or Elizabeth either.

Viviennemary Tue 19-Mar-13 19:41:25

It's OK but I certainly think there are a lot nicer names than this one. It reminds me of the perfume. Which isn't that bad but who wants to be named after a perfume.

WormCanner Tue 19-Mar-13 19:46:08

Alfie is simply a pet form of Alfred, it's not new.

More Royal trivia wink: One of Queen Victoria's sons was Alfred. She called him Affie.

Skinnywhippet Tue 19-Mar-13 19:48:41

What about Nyree?

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 19-Mar-13 19:48:48

I know Alfie was a pet form of Alfred. But the new Alfies are actually Alfies! You can check the most popular name list from England.


Beautiful name.

Mintyy Tue 19-Mar-13 19:58:08

Its only ok if you or your dp is French. Otherwise its horribly pretentious.

Everyone will call your kid Anus.

Don't be silly. Unless you're a trust fund babe. If you are, go ahead.

If you have any sort of accent you really can't though it would be proper funny in Brummie grin

WormCanner Tue 19-Mar-13 20:04:07

OneLittleToddleTerror it was you who called it a "new" name.

But people have been giving short forms as full names for donkeys years, there's nothing new about that either. You can check this in the BMD indexes back to 1837. I wouldn't do it myself as I think it is short-changing a child, but there have always been people who have done so.

ladymia Tue 19-Mar-13 20:55:34

OneLittleToddleTerror I am just going to assume you are the mother of either an Alfie or an Amelia and that you saw my comment as a personal attack. Your arguments have nothing to do with the OP's question.

I was merely pointing out that Amelia (TO ME) is not a strong name as per the original post and compared it to a name that is similar (TO ME) and that I quite like Anaïs.

Although, now people keep saying it's like Anus I have changed my mind anyways! grin

birdofthenorth Tue 19-Mar-13 22:04:10

How about Anoushka?

serin Tue 19-Mar-13 22:31:51


All what I would call 'strong'

BeeBopDingALing Wed 20-Mar-13 00:04:16

I think OneLittleToddleTerror must have an Amelia.

What about Arianne?

OneLittleToddleTerror Wed 20-Mar-13 06:00:15

DD has a chinese name so it's foreign but hopefully not unpronounceable.

OneLittleToddleTerror Wed 20-Mar-13 09:13:44

By the way, bring it back to the original Anais. If I was told once it's an-nay-eese or an-nay, I would remember it. So I'd say go for it if you like it. I work in an office with lots of foreigners and some of their names are absolute tongue twisters!

Llareggub Wed 20-Mar-13 09:17:05

I am with those that forever associate it with erotica, and will imagine you are a fan of Anais Nin.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now