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Camille - pretty or pretentious?

(43 Posts)
Aphria Thu 25-Aug-11 08:37:43

We were deciding between Erica & Clara and Clara had the edge. Now thinking between Clara & Camille and I think I prefer Camille? But I'm wondering if it's a bit too French for around these parts and therefore pretentious?
We have 2 boys already so it would be Toby, Leo & Clara or Toby, Leo and Camille. Whaddaya reckon?

crikeybadger Thu 25-Aug-11 08:38:42

Love Camille smile

iskra Thu 25-Aug-11 08:56:13

I love Camille. My brother has a stunning French girlfriend called Camille.

scarlettlips Thu 25-Aug-11 08:57:14

I reckon.....Camille smile

Toby, Leo and Camille is just LOVELY

Cereal Thu 25-Aug-11 08:57:48

It's quite nice. I can't speak French though, so would probably get the pronounciation wrong.

greenzebra Thu 25-Aug-11 08:57:57

camille is very pretty, lovely name and I dont think pretentious at all.

Cereal Thu 25-Aug-11 08:58:53

Is it Cam-ILL or Cam-eeeeeeeeeeeeeeegh?

Aphria Thu 25-Aug-11 09:03:27

Well, in France I think it would be Cameee but in sunny Dublin it would be Cameel!

CurwySwide Thu 25-Aug-11 09:37:16

Both are very pretty. Camille would be pronounced Cameel in France, so just the same as sunny Dublin!

LetThereBeRock Thu 25-Aug-11 11:21:29

It's beautiful.

LaLaLaLayla Thu 25-Aug-11 13:17:24

It's lovely, but it really depends where you live. I wanted Camille, but we live in the middle east and my DH said she would constantly be mistaken for a boy (Kamil).

Sorry, not a very helpful post grin

fannybanjo Thu 25-Aug-11 13:20:47

DD3 was to be called Camille but I changed my mind last minute and always regretted it. Love it - far nicer than Erica or Clara.

everlong Thu 25-Aug-11 13:23:33

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GlaikitFizzog Thu 25-Aug-11 13:26:59

Love Camille <puts on list for next DC> and Cam as a NN isn't too offensive either!

monkeycat Thu 25-Aug-11 14:07:27

Camille is a great name . Go for it .

MamaLazarou Thu 25-Aug-11 14:12:00


Haberdashery Thu 25-Aug-11 14:13:59

Camille is a really pretty name.

fannybanjo Thu 25-Aug-11 15:29:58

NN could be Mimi or Milly too.

RueyBoey Thu 25-Aug-11 15:43:42

Well I like it, Then it is my Dsis name (and we are actually french/irish) and she never had a problem with it. She uses Camee. (doesn't mind Cameel if people just reads it but does try to correct them). But If you aren't actually french/french background then It doesn't really matter.

I actually have a cousin (male in france) who is Camille. It is unisex in french. Camee is female pronounciation Cameel is male. But I think that only applies if you are actually in france or a place that speaks french.

I prefer it over Clara and it goes with the other names.

cumbria81 Thu 25-Aug-11 16:08:20

it's pronounced Cam-eee, strictly speaking.

I prefer Camilla

thisisserious Fri 26-Aug-11 20:58:49

It's very pretty and not at all pretentious.

Hulababy Fri 26-Aug-11 21:00:51

I have a friend called Camille. Pronounced with the l on the end.

bigbluebump Fri 26-Aug-11 21:24:31

I think Camille (pronounced Cam-ee) is much nicer than Clara or Erica.

bigbluebump Fri 26-Aug-11 21:25:20

Just thought I'd add that in German Kamille (pronounced Ka-mill) means camomile.

Ephiny Fri 26-Aug-11 21:30:37

I like it, very pretty and elegant. Much much nicer than Erica, and while I quite like Clara, Camille is even better!

Some people might tend to pronounce it Ca-mill, possibly, with a short i? It shouldn't be too much of a problem though, there are plenty of worse names for pronunciation!

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