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bobanna Wed 06-Jul-11 15:45:09

What do you all think of Leonie for a girls name?
Middle name will be Emma.

miamama09 Wed 06-Jul-11 16:02:12

I really like this name, DH not keen though - for no particular reason though. Also, Emma a great name. But I am biased..! thumbs up from me!

PipFEH Wed 06-Jul-11 16:03:59

I like it but have never been sure how to pronounce it! Is it Lee-onn-ee with the emphasis on the first syllable or Lee-own-ee with the emphasis on the middle syllable?

Hedwig3 Wed 06-Jul-11 17:12:39

I taught a Leonie (Lee-OH-nee) and she was an 'interesting' child so she puts me off.

Also makes me think leonine (lion-like) which I find masculine.

Sorry for being negative.

Sophiesmummie Wed 06-Jul-11 17:15:50

I know one who pronounces her name LAY-oh-nie with the emphasis on the Lay. I like it.

Bandwithering Wed 06-Jul-11 17:17:02

That's lovely. You don't hear it much

MsChanandlerBong Wed 06-Jul-11 17:57:32

I love it - think it suits all ages and is a really pretty yet intellegent name.
The Leonie I know pronounces it Lay-oh-nie.

NotJoiningIn Wed 06-Jul-11 18:25:54

I went to school with one and she wasn't very nice so that puts me off! In terms of pronunciation it was Lay-OH-nee.

birdofthenorth Wed 06-Jul-11 18:59:58

I like it. Little lioness! DH vetoed for DD so use it for me!

talkingnonsense Wed 06-Jul-11 19:10:21

I have heard it to rhyme with peony- Leah ne, and I think it's lovely. Heroine of a great georgette Heyer novel!

jellybeans Wed 06-Jul-11 20:07:46

Great name!

islawhiter Wed 06-Jul-11 20:31:01

Its beautiful,its my daughters name! I looked it up before she was born and is french from the 1st world war when it sounded abit continental, it was also used by the local gypsies in the twenties alot from my home town, it was also a flapper name (roaring twenties,charlston} as was my name,penelope, also my daughter is very beautiful,tall and leggy and the name really suits her.

jugglingmug Wed 06-Jul-11 20:35:34

I love it. Strong and feminine, really difficult to find one that's both smile.

(Makes note of name even though she has no DP/H and no intention of having DC4!)

MarioandLuigi Wed 06-Jul-11 20:53:53

I like it, I think its really pretty.

pinkgirlythoughts Thu 07-Jul-11 08:48:13

I like it pronounced LAY-oh-nee, and also LEE-oh-nee. Leonie Emma (with both pronounciations) is lovely.

bobanna Thu 07-Jul-11 13:41:58

Thank you everyone x

swash Thu 07-Jul-11 20:29:23

Fabulous name!

Cleverything Thu 07-Jul-11 20:31:54

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bamboostalks Thu 07-Jul-11 20:32:01

It is quite simply the most perfect girl's name ever!

DialMforMummy Thu 07-Jul-11 21:23:48

Love it.

Ephiny Thu 07-Jul-11 21:51:44

I like it a lot, really beautiful, strong, feminine name. You will get people pronouncing it in various random ways though (but that is the case for many names!).

Leona is also nice.

Tommy Thu 07-Jul-11 21:54:03

I really like it - I knew someone called it and I really admired her. she pronounced it Lee-OH-nee

meditrina Thu 07-Jul-11 21:55:18

Heroine of "These Old Shades" - a wonderful character.

gitinora Sat 09-Jul-11 00:13:07

Sorry but its seen as a chav name where i come from

Bandwithering Sat 09-Jul-11 23:28:57

Well I see it as a shortform of Leonora. To me it sounds ladylike and refined.

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