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Is it ever ok to hyphenate?

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MeantToStopAtTwo Sun 29-May-11 10:27:32

Are there any acceptable hyphenated names? Or are hyphens always a no-no?

How about Marie-Claire?

bigbadbarry Sun 29-May-11 10:28:40

My opinion is that a hyphen between two separate names is ok is a bit country and western: Marie-Claire, Ann-Marie, Jo-Beth, Suzy-Lou. Hyphens between syllables is all wrong.

Hassled Sun 29-May-11 10:29:32

I think no.
Mare-Claire is a) French and b) a magazine.

meditrina Sun 29-May-11 10:32:56

I have to say it's not something I'd go for, but I do think there are some names which have become well established, like Mary-Rose, Anne-Marie, Mary-Lou and Marie-Claire. There is also a set of American names, like Billie-Jo or Mary-Jo.

It doesn't really work for boys, with the possible exception of John-Paul.

Cattleprod Sun 29-May-11 10:34:21

The hyphen is unnecessary imo - just call her Marie Claire.

sasamaxx Sun 29-May-11 10:35:21

I think they are fine as long as they don't sound too country and western, so Anne-Marie or Marie-Claire or Marie-Anne are fine but Sammy-Jo or Sue-Ellen are definitely not

squeak2392 Sun 29-May-11 13:33:38

I don't mind them on established names, as have been mentioned here, but I do think they're unnecessary. I have Mary Jane on my list, without the hyphen, and I would have thought that Mary Jane is such a well known name that anyone reading it would assume the two were together.
I don't think the same works for Marie Claire (maybe just because I think they work well on a first name, middle name basis thoguh), but you still don't need a hyphen.

However, some hyphen names do sound very country-and-western, and should be avoided, imo.

P.S. Marie Claire just makes me think of the magazine, and I don't even read it.

ManicAnnie Sun 29-May-11 13:55:32

I like Anna-Maria, Maria-Luisa etc. The Spanish and Italian usage.

Otherwise hyphenated names all tend to have the 'Somthing-Mae' effect on me.

Youcantaffordme Sun 29-May-11 14:09:58

I think it's often a Catholic traditional thing, since it usually involves a version of Mary - even with boys as you get Jean-Marie. Of course Jean is almost always hyphenated with another name in France: Jean-Claude, Jean-Paul etc. So I do see it as "respectable" with certain names, but not when it seems random.

oohlaalaa Sun 29-May-11 16:10:06

I like them, especially Sally-Ann, Anne-Marie, Mary-Lou, and Katie-Ann.

I also like Marie-Claire, but prefer Claire-Marie.

I have previously been told by mumsnet jury that they are rather naff though.

JamieAgain Sun 29-May-11 16:52:39


babybear5 Sun 29-May-11 16:58:29

all four of my girls have hyphenated names and not one of them is a country and western or foreign name. Of course i am biast but i like my youngest Karla-Linzi. My little lad's name is not hyphenated tho as i dont think it works for boys

Youcantaffordme Sun 29-May-11 17:03:32

Karla-Linzi biscuit

go on, then, what are the others?

babybear5 Sun 29-May-11 17:06:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SilkStalkings Sun 29-May-11 19:51:44

What about just removing the hyphen alltogether and making up a new name? Is that naff?
Eg Carrieanne (as in Marianne), Sarabeth?

valiumbandwitch Sun 29-May-11 20:08:56

Mostly no, but it depends imo, If it's French or Sainty then it's ok.

Anne-Sophie= ok

Sophie-mai = no

Charlotte-May = no

Anne-Charlotte = ok

Marie-Claire = not to my taste but ok

Marie-Louise = not to my taste but ok

this is just a feeling btw

EricNorthmansMistress Sun 29-May-11 23:31:26

Babybear - Karla-Linzi.... bear < does that still work?

EricNorthmansMistress Sun 29-May-11 23:31:34


DitaVonCheese Mon 30-May-11 09:01:02

Fine if you're French.

5GoMadOnAZ650 Mon 30-May-11 09:03:06

I too have 4 girls with hyphonated names.

MinnieBar Mon 30-May-11 09:05:12

Only if you are French.

Are you?

exoticfruits Mon 30-May-11 09:16:39

I think it is fine when they are under 5yrs but ten they grow out of it-unless French.

Bucharest Mon 30-May-11 09:19:26

The Italians wouldn't hyphenate the 2 names. I don't think the French do either do they?

I think the old traditional Sarah-Jane etc is OK. Beyond that, not not never ever.

shineoncrazydiam0nd Mon 30-May-11 09:29:49

Does it MATTER?

My almost 13 year old has a hyphenated first name - and it is very unusual - and yes, you lot would scream laughing, but I don't care grin

exoticfruits Mon 30-May-11 09:30:20

They will generally drop the second one when older-too much of a mouthful.

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