Antigone or Tigris

(106 Posts)
DaveMccave Fri 28-Jun-13 21:36:22

I know it will be a minority that could consider either better than the other but anyone have an opinion to a preference? nn Tiggy.

Don't like Tigris at all. Antigone is better, and prettier, but the ponce level is pretty high imho.

Dave? smile

blurredlines Fri 28-Jun-13 21:42:13

They both sound like tropical diseases. Sorry Dave.

Clearlymisunderstood Fri 28-Jun-13 21:43:21

Antigone is a beautiful name, not so fussed on how it looks written down though.

UnrequitedSkink Fri 28-Jun-13 21:43:29

Antigone does sound like something you'd rather not catch...

UnrequitedSkink Fri 28-Jun-13 21:43:51

Tiggy's cute though.

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Fri 28-Jun-13 21:47:27

Antigone is a tragedy (doomed) name, and Tigris is a river. May be Tigris is saner and less damaging confused

crashdoll Fri 28-Jun-13 21:48:49

If I had to choose out of both awful names, I'd reluctantly say Tigris.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 28-Jun-13 21:51:21


Tigris just isn't pleasant visually or aurally.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 28-Jun-13 21:52:38

I knew an Antigone at school. She went by Tiggy. Blonde beautiful model type.

Even though I know the origins of the name that girl is what I think of when I see/hear the name.

Jojay Fri 28-Jun-13 21:53:32


scaevola Fri 28-Jun-13 21:54:35


Would Tigris have a sibling Euphrates?

babybarrister Fri 28-Jun-13 21:55:03

Are you hoping to make it into Pseuds corner in Private Eye?grin

ghosteditor Fri 28-Jun-13 21:55:36

Antigone. I hadn't heard of Tigris as a person name smile

DaveMccave Fri 28-Jun-13 21:57:40

See the tragedy doesn't bother me. Nor does the incestuous link-before its mentioned. Most Greek origin names are similar. It is the character of the tragedy that I love. Antigone rebelled against state power to stand up for what she believed in, and for family loyalty. And she was a strong feminist. I only see strength in her character and am surprised when I've read on similar topics people say they like the name but the character puts them off.

I love the nickname Tiggy, love the character, but I do think Antigone in full is ugly/harsh sounding. It's the spelling I dislike, but I wouldn't change it. It is reassuring that people that dont hate it think its pretty. DP loves it though, and I think I could totally be on board with it for the first two reasons.

DaveMccave Fri 28-Jun-13 22:02:13

babybarrister I don't understand the dig I'm afraid?! blush

thecatfromjapan Fri 28-Jun-13 22:02:51

I don't think it sounds harsh - sounds unfussy, and brisk, but with a nice, relaxing "eeee" at the end.

Love Antigone. Tigris not bad but completely shone down by Antigone.

I rarely get name-jealousy but I'm slightly coveting Antigone now - for my 10 year old. Hmmm. That ship has sailed ....

Bunbaker Fri 28-Jun-13 22:04:14

Would most people know how to pronounce Antigone? It sounds like the name of a drug or insect repellent.

I don't care for names with a hard sounding G (I'm entitled to say that because my name has a hard G as well and I have always disliked my name)

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 28-Jun-13 22:07:21

I guess if people know how to pronounce Persephone abd Hermione the pronounciation of Antigone wouldn't be too hard to work out.

I have a thing about "on-ee" name endings. Love them.

hatebeak Fri 28-Jun-13 22:08:02

If you really want the Tiggy nickname more than anything, I used to know a Theresa who went by Tig/Tiggy. If I had to choose one, though, I'd have to say Antigone.

Suzieismyname Fri 28-Jun-13 22:09:34


MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Fri 28-Jun-13 22:09:49

Love Antigone, beautiful name.
Tigris sounds like a Thundercats character.

lollydollydrop Fri 28-Jun-13 22:12:55

What crashdoll said. Both awful though.

insanityscratching Fri 28-Jun-13 22:17:06

I don't like either sorry. I know a Tiggy her real name is Teagan (I don't like that either tbh)


TheSecondComing Fri 28-Jun-13 22:19:56

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DaveMccave Fri 28-Jun-13 22:22:27

Ah...Tygra! Yeah I was a big thundercats fan as a toddler... Maybe this is where it's come from. I think I actually prefer Tygra but it rhymes with dd's name.

thecatfromjapan We didn't find out the sex, so this topic could be pointless. I would probably use it for anymore future girls though as I find girls name agonisingly difficult compared to boys.

The response so far is much more positive than I thought. I'm presuming popular name fans are wisely ignoring though.

Earnshaw Fri 28-Jun-13 22:24:54

scaevola. Euphrates would be the third child. No prizes for naming the one in the middle.

SingingSands Fri 28-Jun-13 22:28:09

It's a bit of a mouthful is Antigone, but not awful, just unusual. I like it. My Chanel lipstick shade is called Antigone!

Tiggy is awful though, sorry!

MrsPresley Fri 28-Jun-13 22:34:14


Tiggy is not awful angry

My cat is called Tiggy, it's a lovely name for a cat grin

WireCat Fri 28-Jun-13 22:35:09


morethanpotatoprints Fri 28-Jun-13 22:36:01

Antigone sounds like some sort of decaler or cleaner. Tiggy the clown?

MerryMarigold Fri 28-Jun-13 22:39:09

Antigone mildly better than Tigris who sounds like the character from Kung Fu Panda.

Your name reminds me of Dr Seuss and the Daves (was mcCave their surname?). My favourite name in that is Marvin O' Gravel Balloon Face. And I think that is marginally less bizarre than Antigone or Tigris!

Viviennemary Fri 28-Jun-13 22:42:14

I thought they were places you were thinking of visiting on holiday. But names?? Both equally dire. Sorry.

MerryMarigold Fri 28-Jun-13 22:44:16

Oh, Kung Fu Panda's one is Tigress.

Or there's always Soggy Muff (also from Too Many Daves).

DaveMccave Fri 28-Jun-13 22:46:05

merrymarigold mn declined the use of Marvinogravelballoonface as a username, much to my disappointment grin

MerryMarigold Fri 28-Jun-13 22:46:44

Am assuming your dd1 is Lyra, which is relatively normal in comparison to these two names.

Well, let's hope it's a boy. Bodkin van Horn here you come!

MerryMarigold Fri 28-Jun-13 22:48:05

Oh Dave, that is a tragedy. I wonder why. My kids cannot have that story read to them without cracking up the entire way through! I just love the way it does that to them - and me. It's brilliant.

EndoplasmicReticulum Fri 28-Jun-13 22:49:45

MerryMarigold beat me to it.

I was going to suggest Soggy Muff. Try reading that story with a straight face!

Floggingmolly Fri 28-Jun-13 22:53:46

Both of those are simply random collections of letters, not names.

I love antigone, and tiggy. Wanted to call my dd that, but didnt go with our boring surname. Go for it, its beautiful. My greek friend's sister is an antigone but nonnie for short.

lollydollydrop Fri 28-Jun-13 23:05:23

People who like Antigone, can you explain Why? Just curious, as I think potatoprints comment on descaler/cleaner was spot on!!!

lollydollydrop Fri 28-Jun-13 23:09:25

Just googled Antigone and realised its a girls name. If I were named this by my mother there is no question I would be changing my name!!! Sorry

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 28-Jun-13 23:10:24


I like the on-ee ending. Same reason I like Hermione and Persephone. Granted I like the latter two names more.

thecatfromjapan Fri 28-Jun-13 23:10:31

There's something quite Victorian/Edwardian Bohemian about naming your child after a Classical heroine.

As Dave points out: the name has strong associations (didn;t Hegel write on Antigone? or was it just the post-Hegelian, late C20th French philosophers who did? And I think Antigone was quite "big" in late C20 feminist political thought, too).

And it's a name that would be equally apt on a model, actor, scientist, head-of-industry, civil servant ... Prime Minister - so it's one of those really flexible names.

Great choice.

lollydollydrop Fri 28-Jun-13 23:12:20

How do you pn it?

thecatfromjapan Fri 28-Jun-13 23:12:34

I think it does sound good too.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 28-Jun-13 23:13:32


lollydollydrop Fri 28-Jun-13 23:13:58

Its obviously not a Northern name grin Can only assume you live in the South, probs SouthEast wink

lollydollydrop Fri 28-Jun-13 23:15:30

Ok I didnt realise that, she would prob get pronunciation problems from normal people like me (i.e. not privately educated on Greek mythology) sad

DaveMccave Fri 28-Jun-13 23:16:31

It was the first story that made dd (not Lyra, but has all those letters wink ) belly laugh out loud, at stinky face which definitely isn't the funniest. And I love it because it's the shortest story we have. And the comedy value of saying Soggy Muff with a straight face. smile

Don't be ridiculous floggingmolly. They are both names, with meaning and Greek and Latin origin. Just because they are not widely used or you dislike them does not mean they cease to exist. What bizarre egotistical logic.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 28-Jun-13 23:16:58

Well,I live in South Wales. smile

I think that's the correct prn though?

Rather than Anti-gon which sounds rather less attractive.

elQuintoConyo Fri 28-Jun-13 23:17:35

Can't you just name her Tiggy straight out and avoid the embarassment of Antigone/Tigris?
You might as well put Lady Consuela Banana Hammock on her birth certificate if you're going to call her Tiggy anyway.

Of those two, Antigone. I would think "Hmm, I can see why she shortens it to Tiggy" but it's a proper girls' name with a long history behind it. Tigris I think I'd probably assume (knowing that it was a person but with no other information) to be a boy, although I have no idea why given that most river names are female.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 28-Jun-13 23:19:11

To be fair lolly I'm not privately educated,though was a mythology nerd as a kid.

Plus the Welsh as a people like their words to have as many syllables as possible, if the word itself doesn't give us the syllables we'll often just pop them in anyway grin

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 28-Jun-13 23:20:16


The Tiggy I knew wasn't embarrassed by her name. I believe she does go by Antigone now,except with old school friends.

thecatfromjapan Fri 28-Jun-13 23:21:59

I'm loving the description of the Welsh love of vowels. Alvis, you've made me wish I could speak Welsh.

Elquota Fri 28-Jun-13 23:45:16

I like Tigris!

There's a legend where St Patrick had a sister named Tigris.

nooka Sat 29-Jun-13 07:24:28

I studied Antigone when I was doing Classics and she was quite a cool character, so given that's the reason you like the name I think I'd go for Antigone.

I expect that people who find it reminds them of cleaners etc are thinking Anti - gone as the pronunciation, as opposed to the Greek Ant-i-go-nee (like Hermione).

So it might be a better name if you live somewhere multi-cultural perhaps.

To me Tigris really is just the river and not a name. Tiggy is OK I guess!

Ifancyashandy Sat 29-Jun-13 07:36:18

Antigone, definitely. A really pretty name. Not keen on Tiggy though.

ghosteditor Sat 29-Jun-13 07:51:32

I'm not privately educated or southern either and I developed a love of classics all by myself lolly!

I still think Antigone. But don't assume you'll get to dictate a nickname - it'll be out of your control before too long smile.

I liked Cassandra but DH didn't. I also know an Electra, two Athenas, and an Aphrodite, all non-Greek and under 20.

I know a wee Antigone nn Tiggy so have a soft spot for it.

Tigris looks like a car brand.

LalyRawr Sat 29-Jun-13 08:58:41

I admit I had to Google to find out how to pronounce Antigone.

It's very pretty, but I can't get over the spelling! I would automatically pronounce it as Anti-gone which sounds like a drug!

Though I'm aware that's more my own ignorance than anything else.

MyThumbsHaveGoneWeird Sat 29-Jun-13 09:38:15

I know a Felicity nn Tiggy. I think you can use any nn for any name really so don't be limited by that. Still like Antigone though.

zingally Sat 29-Jun-13 15:22:30

Not unless you hate your child.

Justfornowitwilldo Sat 29-Jun-13 16:39:19

So many people seem to be both ignorant of many names and quick to comment without bothering to do a quick google.

Bunbaker Sat 29-Jun-13 17:50:04

I admit to having a quick google before I commented because I had never come across that name before. Being familiar with Hermione I sort of assumed Antigone would be pronounced an-ti-gonee. However, I can see that a lot of people might not realise as it isn't exactly a mainstream name.

nooka Sat 29-Jun-13 18:17:23

I would have thought the OP would find a pregoogle response rather more useful, because generally speaking most people encountering her dd for the first time will not have google easily to hand.

I love Cassandra and was also a bit of a Greek geek as a kid. I don't dislike Antigone but DO think it looks try-hard, whilst Cassandra seems much more use-able to me. I love Hermione too.

RaRaZ Sat 29-Jun-13 21:04:17

Hahaha re the tropical disease comment - I second that! :-D

bugsybill Sat 29-Jun-13 22:24:46

Tigris is much much better.

Antigone is to me =anti disappeared confused

Are they boys names or girls names? Tiggy sounds like a girls nickname, while Tigris sounds like a boys name.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 29-Jun-13 22:26:28


Both are girls names.

Antigone is prn An-tig-on-ee

Not Anti-gon.

SizzleSazz Sat 29-Jun-13 22:30:12

Our tent is a Vango Tigris grin

bugsybill Sat 29-Jun-13 22:36:58

Have just read the earlier posts.

How is Tigris pronounced? I would say tie-griss like a tiger/princess.

amazingmumof6 Sat 29-Jun-13 22:45:44

I really don't like either, but hate Antigone more.

if you want to nn your child Tiggy, do that regardless of legal name.
choose something less weird.

our DS2 is Samuel, his nn evolved like this: Sammy, Sammyboo, Sammy-bammy, Sam-bam, Bam-Bam, Bammers, Bamster

so from Samuel to Bamster. next predictable step is Hamster - would be appropriate coz he is always stuffing his cheeks with food!grin

bugsybill Sat 29-Jun-13 22:49:59

Actually now that I think Tigris rhymes with princess it does sounds more like girls name.

Ariadne as suggested earlier would be my suggestion if you want longish name with the -ne ending.

Also how about Antonia? Antoniette? Antonella? You could get tiggy as a nickname from these.

TheYamiOfYawn Sat 29-Jun-13 22:50:23


ZZZenagain Sat 29-Jun-13 22:52:09

If it is between Tigris and Antigone, I would go for Antigone although I don't like it much. However I wouldn't have Tiggy as a nickname.

bugsybill Sat 29-Jun-13 23:09:45

Actually tbh only you op would know if a child with this name would have any problems with the name while growing up/ at school etc. Considering your family/ community.

I think an adult could handle either name and can always choose to go by Tiggy for everything to avoid mispronounciations if they come across that a lot.

However imo if your other dd name is Lyra she has definitely been given the 'easier' name.

DaveMccave Sat 29-Jun-13 23:43:20

My other dd isn't Lyra.

I don't live down south, a very northern working class/deprived town actually, but school isn't an issue as they won't be going.

ghosteditor Sun 30-Jun-13 08:01:02

Tigris is pn 'Tee-gris'

Bunbaker Sun 30-Jun-13 08:18:28

"Tigris is pn 'Tee-gris'"

I didn't realise that. I would have said Tie-gris as in the river. Antigone sounds too similar to antimony.

ghosteditor Sun 30-Jun-13 09:52:42

D'you know what, I'm wrong, it's Tigris - I had heard a mispronunciation of the river and it stuck. I prefer my made up version though wink

morethanpotatoprints Sun 30-Jun-13 10:37:23


My dd doesn't go to school either, but she still has to associate with many people from all walks of life.
It is up to you what you call your dd of course it is, but it didn't seem like you had thought of the child growing up with a name that sounds like a cleaning agent or clown.
I haven't read classics as I imagine many other people in life haven't, so to me on first hearing your dds name I would have to ask for spelling etc. I just wonder what is wrong with a normal name. Of course if you are bringing her up and moving to Greece, Athens or wherever the name originates then that of course is different.
I too live in a working class Northern town, quite deprived. I couldn't saddle any of my dc with a name where they would get the piss taken out of them. I am not trying to be nasty, just asking you to consider this.

Justfornowitwilldo Sun 30-Jun-13 13:02:20

They're not names I'd ever choose but each to their own. Some name are so weighed down with associations or just IN YOUR FACE that the child/adult carrying them has to work hard to be seen. Their names enter the room six feet before them.

nooka Sun 30-Jun-13 17:51:51

I don't know what connotations Tigris might have, but Antigone pronounced properly doesn't sound like a cleaning agent or a clown(?). That's not to say that people might not go 'eh?' the first time they encounter it or that there might not be teasing potential. Given all the crazy made up names people inflict on their children at the moment Antigone might not cause a raised eyebrow in any case. Although I'm sure she'd have an easier life in an ethnically mixed or a middle/upper class area.

Sanjifair Sun 30-Jun-13 20:15:07

My DP just saw the title of the thread and said 'Anti- gone, wtf, and isnt Tigris a river?' I think you will get that a lot. Ant tig go knee is a lovely name (much better than Tigris) but she will probably have to put up with a fair amount of mid pronounciation.

Sanjifair Sun 30-Jun-13 20:15:36

Mis, not mid, DYAC.

lollydollydrop Mon 01-Jul-13 19:54:31

You cant 'do a quick google' every time you are introduced to someone with the name! So I'm afraid first impressions DO count, even if they are ignorant wink

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 01-Jul-13 20:02:47

Well if you are being verbally introduced you will know how to prn the names won't you.

Problem solved.

KikeriFreedomCastle Mon 01-Jul-13 21:37:16

You're torn between the two? Really? Goodness!

At a push I'd go for Antigone. Better still use Tiggy as a punning nick name. E.g. Beatrix Tiggy Legge-Bourke was a Beatrix Potter fan (or some such) which is how she earned the nick name Tiggy.

KikeriFreedomCastle Mon 01-Jul-13 21:51:07

And what morethanpotatoprints said about your children not going to school anyway!

NervousEnergy Mon 13-Jan-14 19:44:35

Did you use either in the end? I have an Antigone, mostly called Tiggy-a fellow Classics geek and in love with the character for all the reasons given above!

LondonInHighHeeledBoots Mon 13-Jan-14 20:15:40

I love Antigone DH hates it the bastard. He perfers Hannah hmm . Tigris sounds a bit to masculine to me, it feels like a boys name, but that might be as it is similar ish to my favourite boys name.

I love Tiggy/Tig - will be my first DS' s nn.

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 13-Jan-14 21:04:29

I want to know which, if either op went for. Still about op?

I've never heard of either name, not sure if they are boys or girls names and not sure how to pronounce them either, sorry!

NannyPlumForPM Mon 13-Jan-14 21:37:46

Isn't Tigris the tiger/woman from the last hunger games book??

Theonlyoneiknow Mon 13-Jan-14 22:56:28

The Tiggy I know is a Tegan

NigellasDealer Mon 13-Jan-14 22:58:44

Antigone is a fab name, and Tiggy sounds really cute.

NigellasDealer Mon 13-Jan-14 22:59:52 long as you live in London or similar......

I know two Antigones, both gorgeous and both sometimes Tiggy, sometimes Antigone and very proud of their names (so much so that the one introduced as Tiggy very quickly told me her full name without prompting).

So to say that it is cruel to do that is a bit dramatic, they looked unscathed to me!

I'm very surprised at the sheer number of people misreading the pronunciation, but unless you're called something like Emma people find all sorts of ways to pronounce names that are not complicated at all (bitter experience) so you might as well go with something fabulous and leave a few people scratching their heads once in a while!

Suzietwo Tue 14-Jan-14 11:06:19

The thing about the name Antigone, is that the person would HAVE to be tall willowy, beautiful and blonde to get away with it. What if they were short, abut plump and socially awkward?

NigellasDealer Tue 14-Jan-14 16:37:14

well then they can be Tiggy.....

UriGeller Tue 14-Jan-14 16:49:14

I think Mrs Tiggywinkle is a splendid nn for a little baby called Tiggy. I wonder what the OP chose in the end? Kayleigh-Leigh or Mollie-Mae? wink

Tibby2 Tue 14-Jan-14 18:57:07

Would you not consider just Tig in its own right? People have called there children far more 'out there' names. If not i would personally go for Antigone. Best of luck deciding smile

I know an Antigone, i like it, but think if you know a lovely person by that name it has good association. If that makes sense

She does get Tiggy

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