(68 Posts)
HoneyandRum Fri 29-Nov-13 05:10:57

I like Jean and you never here it anymore for girls. What do you think?

Chottie Fri 29-Nov-13 05:30:59

It was my mother's third name (and the one which was always used) so I do have a really soft spot for the name. My mum was a lovely person. BTW she was born in the 1920s, so perhaps Jean is due for a revival.

poppydaisy Fri 29-Nov-13 06:48:41

Jean makes a refreshing change from all the cutesy Ellie, Evie, Izzy type names. Good underused name.

lovesmileandlaugh Fri 29-Nov-13 08:03:33

I knew a lady called Jeanie, she was cute and quirky and it really suited her.

Optimist1 Fri 29-Nov-13 08:19:23

I know a little girl called Jean (nearly 2). When it was first announced we were all a bit shock but of course the name is now associated with the cute little person, and Jeanie is a lovely nn in my view.

Have to admit that all the other Jeans I know are 60+!!

burberree Fri 29-Nov-13 08:21:22

my dear godmother is called Jean and she is 77, it is a fine name and well overdue a revival. My daughter who is 15 says she will call her daughter that one day.

Vatta Fri 29-Nov-13 08:25:13

There's a good proclaimers song called Oh Jean.

My Grandma's name smile I like it.

Lagoonablue Fri 29-Nov-13 08:34:16

I know a little girl Jean. Think it is lovely.

austenozzy Fri 29-Nov-13 08:42:49

i know a lady in my village called jean. every time i see her i have to repeat to myself "don't say hi jean, don't day hi jean"! i don't think she would think anything of it, but i don't want her to think i'm taking the mickey.

Weegiemum Fri 29-Nov-13 08:45:32

It's nice. My mil is Joan, similar but not so nice!

everlong Fri 29-Nov-13 08:48:05


It's worse than Edith.

Shardlake Fri 29-Nov-13 09:01:27

I love it, and also the possible diminutives - Jeannie, Jessie. I think it's a strong, classy name.

Pancakeflipper Fri 29-Nov-13 09:08:09

I know a 2 yr old Jean who is called Jeanie.
And a 3 yr old Joan (Joanie)
Both utterly cute and Joanie is taking ownership of her name. As does the 7yr old Barbara I know - now she is one cool kid.

somersethouse Fri 29-Nov-13 09:11:23

I really don't like it at all. Sorry!

marjolaine Fri 29-Nov-13 09:12:28

I like it and think it's due a comeback, but prefer the spelling Jeanne (I know it's the French form but think it looks nicer, like Anne versus Ann... so much more distinguished grin).

Brodicea Fri 29-Nov-13 09:18:59

It's lovely! Go for it!

NadiaWadia Fri 29-Nov-13 09:28:31

Yes marjolaine but when I see Jeanne I always think of the French pronunciation (said like Zhann, isn't it?) so I find Jean spelt this way confusing and wrong. Although I know Americans do spell 'Jean' like this (eg the actress Jeanne Tripplehorn). But then they are wrong about so much stuff! wink

PrammyMammy Fri 29-Nov-13 09:34:49

My manager is called Jean and she is a lovely lady.
There was also a neighbour when I was little, called Jeanie, she was lovely too.
It's quite a refreshing change from all the frilly girls names out there actually, I really quite like it.

KatherinaMinola Fri 29-Nov-13 09:36:36

Lovely. It's already making a comeback in London.

Frikadellen Fri 29-Nov-13 09:56:34

My niece is Jean she is 2 0 next year never met another young Jean though. I like it but then I love my niece so nice associations

JoinYourPlayfellows Fri 29-Nov-13 10:01:56

It's been popular with hipsters for the last couple of years.

Rhubarbgarden Fri 29-Nov-13 11:16:55

I have a friend in her thirties called Jean, so not just the domain of old ladies. We all call her Jeannie, which is lovely.

reallyunsure1 Fri 29-Nov-13 11:18:24

I like it too.

comemulledwinewithmoi Fri 29-Nov-13 11:18:31

I like it. Also like Gene for a boy.

Mintyy Fri 29-Nov-13 11:19:56

Love it. It is my dd's middle name because it is her grandmas name and was also both of her great grandmas names.

LittleMissRed Fri 29-Nov-13 11:22:10

The Smiths have a song called Jeane.
When I first clicked on your thread I wasn't sure about the name, but the more I think about it, the more I like it. Especially if spelt Jeane. It is a good strong name, and I think would be considered quite a cool name to have.

squoosh Fri 29-Nov-13 12:19:38

I love Jean.

Arabesque1 Fri 29-Nov-13 14:21:18

I don't like it. Jane is much nicer.

everlong Fri 29-Nov-13 14:58:18

My friend was nearly Jean after her aunt Jean..She thanks god regularly that her mother had a change of heart and named her after the midwife who delivered her!

Please don't burden a little girl with it!

HoneyandRum Fri 29-Nov-13 15:21:48

Well I won't be having another, I have three and am prob too old. If I had twins I would call them Jean and Josephine (Josie) after my Great-Aunt and Nan, who were unrelated.

I just love these names.

PlainBrownEnvelope Fri 29-Nov-13 15:26:44

Dd's middle name is Jean, named for my grandmother. I really like it but maybe for the connotations rather than the actual name as I also have a friend called Jean who is really cool.

Ihatepeas Fri 29-Nov-13 15:50:06

I know a totally gorgeous Jeanie! I really like it!

TheGinSoakedBoy Fri 29-Nov-13 16:00:11

I know a 3 year old with the middle name 'Jean ' it's lovely and definitely due a revival smile

JapaneseMargaret Fri 29-Nov-13 19:27:57

These sorts of names are absolutely due a comeback. Non-frilly, consonant-ending (unlike all the Isabellas and Evies), but still feminine. Jean, Jane, June, Joan, etc. Joan a step too far for some right now maybe, but give it another 5 or so years.

My middle name is Jeanne, named after my grandmother (born early 1900s) and I've always like it.

everlong Fri 29-Nov-13 20:27:55

Joan will never come back.

Look at the old granny names. Florence, Mabel, Ava etc all back for a reason - because they're pretty/feminine. How many little Edna's or Enid's do you know?

Jemimapuddleduk Fri 29-Nov-13 21:11:50

Like Jean but love June

TeamJavert Fri 29-Nov-13 21:21:12

A definite no from me. It's a very ugly,unpleasant sounding name IMHO.

womma Fri 29-Nov-13 21:35:21

DD has a Jeane in her class, it's a lovely name

feelinlucky Fri 29-Nov-13 21:39:06

Jean is uber cool. Definitely go for jean. Personally I love it. It's on a par with Betty and Mabel. Love it smile

Mckayz Fri 29-Nov-13 21:48:05

I love it!!

It's my middle name and my mums, Nan's and Great Nan's. So I gave it to DD as her middle name too.

Leeds2 Fri 29-Nov-13 21:49:06

I don't dislike it, but makes me think of jeans.

TheNunsOfGavarone Fri 29-Nov-13 22:03:16

Not keen. Just seems a bit dull and utilitarian to me and I think I'd be quite annoyed if my parents called me Jean when there are so many beautiful names out there for the choosing.

legoplayingmumsunite Fri 29-Nov-13 22:03:18

My cousin's daughter is Jean, I defy anyone to meet her and not love the name, she is beautiful and fab. Robert Burns wife was Jean so there is some great poetry about Jean.

JapaneseMargaret Fri 29-Nov-13 23:45:35

Mabel? Pretty and feminine?!

Not to me. And I don't think Florence is, either.

People used to think Isobel was a desperate old dowdy name (believe me, I know!!), but they changed their tune when it came back into fashion.

If Edith can have a revival - and Mabel! (sorry, no offence to any Mabels) - then simple, stylish names like Jean and Joan can. After all, someone's perception of a name is theirs alone.

squoosh Fri 29-Nov-13 23:46:52

Mabel is just awful! Really, really awful.

Betty and Jean are FAR superior.

RhondaJean Fri 29-Nov-13 23:49:23

Jean is a fab name.

My mother is a jeanie. She was named after her grandmother.

I remember reading lots of books with little Scottish girls named jean or jeanie when I was a child.

JeanSeberg Fri 29-Nov-13 23:56:42

Love it grin

Devora Fri 29-Nov-13 23:58:53

I really like Jean and Joan. Love Josie.

I prefer the English spelling.

Littlecurrentbun Fri 29-Nov-13 23:59:13

I am a teacher and we have a Jean. It is lovely. We also have a Kathleen !!! It is actually very pretty though I didn't like it so much before.

everlong Sat 30-Nov-13 08:55:49

It's ugly. Mean and hard sounding to me.
Same as Edith and Ivy.

The classics like Florence, Charlotte, Emily, Violet, Beatrice, Lily, Elizabeth, Victoria, Harriet, Rebecca, Constance are in a different league and came back for a reason.

squoosh Sat 30-Nov-13 09:18:58

Florence and Beatrice are so ugly to me. And as for Harriet................. an awful name to inflict on someone.

squoosh Sat 30-Nov-13 09:20:09

Also I don't think Florence and Constance et al are true 'classics', the last time they were in vogue was 1890. Truly classic names never really disappear.

8thplace Sat 30-Nov-13 09:24:49

I really like Jean and know one little jeanie

JoinYourPlayfellows Sat 30-Nov-13 13:56:36

See, I love the name Mabel.

I first came across it in an E Nesbitt book, and I've never met anyone called that name.

To me it's not an old granny name or a name that was ever fashionable or unfashionable, I just really like the sound of it.

I find I have similar responses to a lot of so-called "granny" names. I don't think of Jean or Florence as being granny names either. Jean to me is a woman in her 30s and Florence is just off the Magic Roundabout.

everlong Sat 30-Nov-13 14:46:20

To me Jean isn't a woman in her 30's ( that would be Samantha, Danielle, Carly ) to me she's a dinner lady in her 60's think Hilda Ogden stylee wink

Rosencrantz Sat 30-Nov-13 16:24:36

I like it, it's a subtle nod to my favourite witch.

Twiddlebum Sat 30-Nov-13 17:36:19

My middle name is jean (after my gran) and I have spent my entire 33 years of life being teased about it! Please don't do this to a child! sad

Rooners Sat 30-Nov-13 17:39:49

I know someone who called their child Jean a few years ago. It might be with an E at the end because when I knew him well, we liked that song. But we're no longer in touch so I don't know.

He is v trendy London type. Good people I think. I like it very much.

NigellasGuest Sat 30-Nov-13 17:40:55

Oh I love it! Think Jean Shrimpton.
and remember I Dream of Jeannie, anyone? <ancient>

allcatsaregrey Sat 30-Nov-13 17:43:40

I'm a Jean aka jeannie, wee jeannie and jeannie mcbeaney. I love my name. I've never been teased and everyone always remembers it. I am scottish tho which helps.

DoesZingBumpLookBigInThis Sat 30-Nov-13 17:48:12

"Billie Jean is not my lover"

that is my only association with Jean

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Sat 30-Nov-13 17:55:43

I love Jean grin

But then I am biased.

Jean Harlow
Jean Shrimpton
Jean Kent (who died today)

All glamorous and interesting.

pinkpudding Sat 30-Nov-13 19:03:25

My good friend jean at school spent most of her childhood worried about bo due to all the wise cracks about "hi jean". She was desperate to change her name to jenifer.

JeanSeberg Sat 30-Nov-13 19:54:15

... Not forgetting Jean Seberg in that list Ton...

MarianneBrandon Sat 30-Nov-13 21:23:52

My Grandma was called Jean. I like it and it would definitely stand out from all the popular girl names like Amelia, Sophie and Evie.

I love Jean, we seriously considered it for DD2, but then we decided we couldn't use it as it's a feminine form of John, and DS1 is Jack (which is also a form of John).

DD2 is named Mary, so as you can tell, those kind of "older" names are our style.

Oh and meant to say, hearing of a little girl named Jean, well it would be much more refreshing then hearing of another little girl named one of the really "on trend" names right now.

I have to stifle a yawn when I hear of yet another little girl named Amelia/Isabel/Isabella/Olivia/Ruby/Ava. If I heard of a little Jean, you wouldn't keep the smile off my face!

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