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(26 Posts)
truthisinthewine Tue 31-May-11 18:02:53

any opinions on Carmen or maybe Carmel, but much prefer Carmen.

Possibly with Esme as middle name.

Prinpo Tue 31-May-11 18:19:20

Mmm, had to think about it but I think I like it. It's sufficiently well-known not to cause pronunciation problems and is a refreshing change from names ending in 'ie' or 'a'.

Plus, she would get to parade around and stamp her feet to the opera. grin

Climbthewall Tue 31-May-11 18:46:32

i love Carmen. No to Carmel though

joeuseless Tue 31-May-11 18:59:26

when i mentioned carmen to my philistine dh he said mechanics and vetoed it .

i quite like it and prefer it to carmel which just makes me think of toffee.

squeak2392 Tue 31-May-11 19:58:57

I love Carmen! It's one of my own choices, although I feel it's not classic enough to go with my other names.
I don't like Carmel at all - just makes me think of that advert with that American guy... cider or something maybe?

I also like Carmelina and Carmenita, although I would never use them.

AlpinePony Tue 31-May-11 20:16:48

Gorgeous - I have a friend named Carmen and she's is a beautifully dark-haired, brown-eyed woman.

lordsugarslovechild Tue 31-May-11 20:42:27


lordsugarslovechild Tue 31-May-11 20:43:25

Carmen I mean.

Wigeon Tue 31-May-11 20:44:24

Sounds very Spanish to me. Not a problem if you are Spanish grin but a bit odd IMO if you aren't. And I prefer it pronounced with a genuine Spanish accent (ie with a rolled R), otherwise it sounds like Car Men when pronounced with an English accent (ie Men who have something to do with Cars).

itsohsoquiet Tue 31-May-11 21:13:14

Easy to pronounce but not too common. Yes I like Carmen but not Carmel which just makes me think of caramel.
I have known a couple of English Carmen's and don't think it odd wigeon

meditrina Tue 31-May-11 21:19:43

I really like it but would think hard about what it would be like to live with - my first thought was the brand of rollers, then generally garage mechanics.

darleneoconnor Tue 31-May-11 21:20:04

love it

Wigeon Tue 31-May-11 21:29:31

I think it's because my Spanish penpal when I was at school was called

truthisinthewine Tue 31-May-11 22:06:52

Thanks for all your opinions. Glad it isn't hated at least....not that it would have changed my mind I don't think.

DH's family live in Spain, and mine are originally from Italy with an Italian surname (although me and DH are both British born)

SilkStalkings Wed 01-Jun-11 20:17:25

Love it, it's a real diva name. Also like Cleo for the same reason.

SilkStalkings Wed 01-Jun-11 20:18:37

Carmel is French for nunnery (as in Carmelites) - bit too worthy for my liking.

ScarlettIsWalking Wed 01-Jun-11 20:18:45

Love it - really do. But feel it's much better for a girl with dark hair and Latin heritage which you have.

babycarmen Thu 02-Jun-11 11:49:47

Carmen is my 3yr olds name and i love it :D

crestico Thu 02-Jun-11 11:51:45

All I can think now is "where on Earth is Carmen San Diego" .... ugh... have the theme tune stuck in my head

Also... Carmel... Caramel... hmmm.... no.

Sorry babycarmen :'(

crestico Thu 02-Jun-11 11:59:58

Or even worse than Caramel... Camel... +toe.... :-(
poor little girl

babycarmen Thu 02-Jun-11 12:05:02

Each to their own smile Im not a fan of carmel though and definitely not camel!!

Bucharest Thu 02-Jun-11 13:14:25

I think you have enough connections with the culture to use it!

I like it.

SilkStalkings Thu 02-Jun-11 14:56:39

Or just be an opera fan.

MollyMurphy Thu 02-Jun-11 15:10:45

Hmmm. I like it - I haven't met a Carmen in awhile.

MollyMurphy Thu 02-Jun-11 15:11:26

I will add that I think Carmel is awful though.

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