(64 Posts)
daisydoo85 Fri 11-Oct-13 19:09:57

Thoughts on this name?
Also like Florence.

Marianne is gorgeous, very pretty and unusual. dislike Florence.

brunette123 Fri 11-Oct-13 19:19:01

Hi I prefer Marianne to Florence too. Pretty name. Would you shorten it? I like it as it is.

Minty82 Fri 11-Oct-13 19:24:10

My number one girls name and DH has absolutely vetoed it so I'm extremely envy if you get to use it! Elegant, beautiful without being remotely frilly, timeless, and pulls off the miraculous trick of echoing both Jane Austen and Leonard Cohen (both favourites of mine). Go for it!

Cohenite Fri 11-Oct-13 19:26:44

Beautiful name smile

Coupon Fri 11-Oct-13 19:28:13

Marianne is very pretty. I like Florence even more.

TheFallenMadonna Fri 11-Oct-13 19:32:58

Love Marianne. Less keen on Florence.

daisydoo85 Fri 11-Oct-13 19:35:40

Thanks for the comments. I think we would shorten it to something but not sure what.

daisydoo85 Fri 11-Oct-13 19:43:37

Glad you said it isn't frilly as that is my only reservation.

Yama Fri 11-Oct-13 19:48:30

Love it. Would have been dc2's name but he was a boy.

monkeywrench Fri 11-Oct-13 19:57:03

I like Florence (DD middle name, so I would) Not so much Marianne, know someone with a Marielena can also spell it without the first 'e', which is also pretty.

HomicidalPsychoJungleCat Fri 11-Oct-13 19:57:59

LOVE it, and Florence!

Minty82 Fri 11-Oct-13 19:58:53

I met a Marianna once - that was frilly. Marianne treads exactly the right side of the line in my opinion!

Sunnysummer Fri 11-Oct-13 20:14:16

Love Marianne! Jane Austen and Cohen indeed (and nearly Shakespeare), and very cool. Plus I know a fab one smile

Florence is also nice but so trendy in some areas right now that (1) there'll be more of them and (2) it'll date.

MaireadnotMermaid Fri 11-Oct-13 20:17:28

I know several lovely Mariannes.

daisydoo85 Fri 11-Oct-13 20:23:29

Do you adult ones or little ones?

willowstar Fri 11-Oct-13 21:21:39

I knew two adult Mariannes, both in Aberdeen. Neither were shortened. Lovely name.

FloraDance Fri 11-Oct-13 21:57:39


Jemimapuddleduk Fri 11-Oct-13 22:06:12

I know a baby Marianne and she is gorgeous. V cool name- works for all ages and lots of lovely nicknames too.

ThoughtsPlease Fri 11-Oct-13 22:10:02

I love the name Marianna.

My DDs have a friend called Marianna, and while I am very happy with my DDs names, I often have a pang of 'something' that I did not think of Marianna!

DramaAlpaca Fri 11-Oct-13 22:11:08

I adore Marianne, it's an underused classic.

Thurlow Fri 11-Oct-13 22:24:25

I don't like Florence, I find it quite a hard name and it doesn't have many shortenings that are nice either.

Marianne is just gorgeous though!

Tikkamasala Sat 12-Oct-13 00:10:08

Really nice! Definitely a great balance of classic/heard off but unusual and rare. I also like Florence.

NadiaWadia Sat 12-Oct-13 00:48:24

Lovely, classy name and still fairly unusual.

Minty what reasons did your DH give for vetoing it? He clearly has no taste (in names), so can't you just overrule him?

looki Sat 12-Oct-13 01:35:02

Really like Marianne and know a fab one. It is never shortened.

Annakin31 Sat 12-Oct-13 01:56:06

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CruCru Sat 12-Oct-13 08:59:45

I like this a lot, it was on our short list. Only thing that put me off was the idea of people pronouncing it Marian or Mary-Ann - no idea if that would happen though.

RustyBear Sat 12-Oct-13 09:03:08

My niece is Marianne - I've never heard anyone in her family shorten it, but I'd guess her friends called her Maz when she was a teenager.

nooka Sat 12-Oct-13 09:04:41

Another liker of Marianne. I like Vivian too which I think has a similar vibe. I don't like Florence at all though.

insancerre Sat 12-Oct-13 09:18:21

love itit was on my shortlist for ds if he had been dd it is also a beauiful song by the sisters of mercy that we had as our first dance at our wedding in 1987 apologies or awfl post but im mning from my tv and i cant do paragrahs grin

Minty82 Sat 12-Oct-13 12:19:48

Nadia - he thinks it's 'two names spliced together'. Which I guess technically it is, but a) I don't know why that's a bad thing, and b) it's been in use for centuries as a name in its own right and I think qualifies as "about as classic as it gets" by now! I got nowhere when DD was born though, and now we're expecting DC2 and I can't seem to get it anywhere near the list.
Funnily enough he does like Florence! Which I do like, but not enough to use myself. Sigh...

Chacha23 Sat 12-Oct-13 15:08:18

Marianne was my number 1 name too, but DH also vetoed it. Because "people will think Mary-Ann or Maid Marian". Grrr.

daisydoo85 Sat 12-Oct-13 17:34:48

Like Vivienne too. But Marianne still top choice
I don't worry too much about it being mispronounced as people do that with the simplest names, don't they?

KeatsiePie Sat 12-Oct-13 17:36:39

Cru Cru wait, you don't pronounce Marianne Mary Ann? How does one say it then?

daisydoo85 Sat 12-Oct-13 17:39:04

Like "Marry Ann"
I would anyways

CarlaBrooni Sat 12-Oct-13 17:44:47

One of my favourite friends (Danish) is Marianne. She's a beautiful person and the name suits her perfectly.

An added bonus is that I don't think it can be shortened. Wonderful.

CarlaBrooni Sat 12-Oct-13 17:46:34 friend is sort of Marry -ann - a (sort of a short a, e sound). Very beautiful person and beautiful name.

CarlaBrooni Sat 12-Oct-13 19:05:59

Love Marianne. Marianne with Florence as mn is v sweet.

Alexandrite Sat 12-Oct-13 20:04:50

Really like it.

KeatsiePie Sat 12-Oct-13 20:58:13

I can't hear the difference between Mary Ann and Marianne but maybe b/c I am hearing them in an American accent. But I do like Marianne a lot.

KeatsiePie Sat 12-Oct-13 20:59:03

Whereas Marian has the accent over the Mare part and the an part is almost like an un sound.

Alexandrite Sat 12-Oct-13 21:37:47

Yes it's probably an accent thing. With my accent (South London) the difference is Mary Anne = Mairee Anne
Marianne = Marryanne.

But they may both be pronouced the same with an American accent.

In fact I have a vague memory of my mum telling me as a child that Americans pronounce Marianne as Mary Anne!

Alexandrite Sat 12-Oct-13 21:39:19

For me Marian = Mah rian

KeatsiePie Sat 12-Oct-13 21:47:07

Oh that's funny! It sounds like it is partly maybe an issue of how long one stops between Mary/Mari and Ann/Anne.

Never thought of Marian as a Mah sound.

lottiegarbanzo Sat 12-Oct-13 22:17:19

Like it a lot.

Lots of references. The French revolutionary symbol, with statue in every village still (many modelled on Brigitte Bardot) is one. Another glam sixties reference being Marianne Faithful (who is really clever and interesting). She's probably to most prominent living Marianne I can think of.

So much nicer than Marion (a la Robin Hood, or just rather suburbanly dull) and Mary-Ann (us that really used much?)

lottiegarbanzo Sat 12-Oct-13 22:27:50

KeatsiePie, have you never seen a film of Robin Hood? shock Maid Mah-ri-un. Mair-ee is a totally different sound, 'air' rather than the 'ah' of Marian or Marianne. Anyway...

KeatsiePie Sat 12-Oct-13 23:45:55

lottie I'm trying to remember now! I say Maid Mareyunn in my head when I think of Robin Hood. Hmm. I remember the one with Christian Slater vaguely but did they really not say Mareyunn?

NadiaWadia Sun 13-Oct-13 03:30:07

KeatsiePie - It's funny you should mention that because I have a CD of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. One of the songs is called 'Marianne' and when I hear it I always wonder why they are singing 'Mary Anne' and not 'Marianne'.

Marianne is a French name originally (I think) and I'm sure the 'marry-anne' pronunciation is closer to how they'd say it in French. Or would you say you were going to church to get mary -ed?

ginzillas Sun 13-Oct-13 10:38:41

I have a little Marianne and she's GORGEOUS!!

MadameJosephine Sun 13-Oct-13 10:43:07

Gorgeous! I don't think I've ever met a Marianne in RL

hollyisalovelyname Sun 13-Oct-13 10:54:46

I love Marielle.

ginzillas Sun 13-Oct-13 11:40:25

I would love to meet another one!

ginzillas Sun 13-Oct-13 11:41:44

When I checked the stats, there were only 37 other baby Mariannes the year DD was born. We have met a toddler Marianna though.

moominlike Sun 13-Oct-13 11:47:45

I absolutely love the name Marianna, although I am undoubtedly biased grin

moominlike Sun 13-Oct-13 11:49:09

Oops, smiley fail.

Love it. Marianne dashwood <3
Classic and beautiful but neither overused nor pretentious.

ginzillas Sun 13-Oct-13 13:04:28

Funny, Moominlike....Moomin is actually one of DD's many nicknames!

KeatsiePie Sun 13-Oct-13 19:21:53

One of the songs is called 'Marianne' and when I hear it I always wonder why they are singing 'Mary Anne' and not 'Marianne'. Ha! Nadia that would sound just right to me!

nooka Sun 13-Oct-13 21:55:27

According to beyond the name it's a form of the French name Marie, which to English ears sounds pretty similar to marry (as in getting married). I don't think that the slight variations in how people might pronounce it are a big deal though, not enough to get irritated by anyway (for potential future Mariannes that is).

NadiaWadia Mon 14-Oct-13 02:42:28

KeatsiePie so basically 'in American' Mary Anne and Marianne are the same, just spelt differently?

KeatsiePie Mon 14-Oct-13 05:32:56

Yep Nadia, at least, as far as I've heard. But I have never before even thought of them as variations on the same name! I think that's b/c Mary Ann (with no "e") is usually seen as a classic suburban-American name, very 1950s sitcom television, etc., while Marianne I think would be considered either British or colonial era. (Massive generalizations here obviously.) They would both sound old-fashioned here but in different ways, as separate names.

KeatsiePie Mon 14-Oct-13 05:46:18

Double names are not that popular here (although there may be a new trend in baby-naming that I don't know of) and double names are usually run together out loud, as if they were one name. Like Leann and Leigh Anne sound exactly the same, no pause. Even something uber-Southern like Brenda Lee or Gracie Mae (The Closer, Friday Night Lights) is basically said as if one name, maybe a tiny pause if you are emphasizing the name b/c you are angry or trying to get their attention.

I am now wandering around with the laundry mumbling "Mary Ann, Marianne" to myself. Need to go to bed.

NadiaWadia Mon 14-Oct-13 15:29:19

KeatsiePie you 'never before even thought of them as variations on the same name!'

That's because in your heart you know Marianne is pronounced 'marry-ann', like in Europe! wink

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