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Agnes - fab or drab?

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delilah88 Wed 26-Sep-12 13:54:56

What do you think of this one?

LuellaLovesLavender Wed 26-Sep-12 20:00:17

Totally fab! Paul Bettany and his wife have an Agnes Lark!

lljkk Wed 26-Sep-12 20:03:18


sambageeni Wed 26-Sep-12 20:05:42

FAB - I love it. Quite fancied it for my 3rd DD but went for Cecily instead.

exoticfruits Wed 26-Sep-12 22:54:09

I bet Cecily will be mightily relieved!

GoldPlatedNineDoors Wed 26-Sep-12 22:58:01

Prefer Ines.

Agnes = aggie which I dont like.

jenbird Wed 26-Sep-12 23:37:56

I love it. Is top of my list but dh hates it :0(

SomersetONeil Thu 27-Sep-12 03:46:48

It is definitely on the cusp of a popularity peak - the wheels of fashion have turned enough for it to have its time in the sun again.

I picture a slim, chic, elfin, 20s Bright Young Thing.

HarlettOScara Thu 27-Sep-12 04:10:20

I went to school with an Agnes (on her 30s now) and she was the polar opposite of that description. She also hated her name.

nooka Thu 27-Sep-12 05:30:34

I don't think Agnes is drab, but I do think it is very harsh sounding. I knew a little girl Agnes who was known as Aggie which I think is really quite awful.

Don't call your daughter a name you woudln't like to be called!

Not sure why you think people only like 'super feminine' names. I love my name but I don't think it's particularly feminine (not totally sure what you mean by that to be honest though).

nooka Thu 27-Sep-12 05:33:22

And of course there is Terry Pratchett's Agnes Nitt

SomersetONeil Thu 27-Sep-12 06:29:49

"...but I guess if I'm honest I'm glad I'm not called it."

I didn't see this on the first read - if that's how you feel, then you can't really choose it, can you? I assumed you loved it.

I don't think people necessarily really like super-feminine names. Some people will, but there's plenty of un-frilly girls' names which are also lovely.

Weenugget Thu 27-Sep-12 09:46:16

In scotland it's an old lady name and has the horrid nicknames Aggie or Senga! IMHO it's a very unattractive name

Bluestocking Thu 27-Sep-12 10:08:11

If you're glad you're not called Agnes, Delilah, then don't saddle your poor daughter with the name. Simples.

Hedwig3 Thu 27-Sep-12 10:09:02

The model Agyness Deyn is hardly drab! (pronounced Agnes)

Oddly, it is this association that has put me off the name, maybe I prefer drab confused

SminkoPinko Thu 27-Sep-12 10:11:32

Not keen. I always think of Oliver Twist's mother who was very unfortunate and drippy.

WineOhWhy Thu 27-Sep-12 10:13:29

I have a great aunt Agnes who is alays called Nessie.

I met a French girl called Agnes once, pronounced An-yess which I thought was beautiful (although she was herself very gorgeous which may have influenced me). I think the ENglish pronounciation is quite harsh but the nns are sweet.

What about Agatha?

lollystix Thu 27-Sep-12 12:02:10

Please don't - it's not a great name in Scotland.

delilah88 Thu 27-Sep-12 12:11:58

Yes, ok, this has really helped me come to a realisation -- thanks everyone!
We love Scotland and go there all the time, so also the suggestion of it being ugly there has put me off.
Thanks, posters!

VeritableSmorgasbord Thu 27-Sep-12 12:13:45

Very emotive for me. Ag ag ag. Horrid sound.
Had a horrid horrid aunt who was as leaden as it sounds.

delilah88 Thu 27-Sep-12 12:17:16

I do still like the European variants -- but alas, we are in Britain! Sorry about your Aunt, I can imagine her -- she sounds terrifying!

Floggingmolly Thu 27-Sep-12 14:35:53

If I'm honest I'm glad I'm not called it
Do people realy consider a name for their baby that they wouldn't like to be called themselves? hmm
That's the daftest thing I've heard in quite a while.

airedailleurs Thu 27-Sep-12 15:47:24

But you can still use the European versions in Britain DD has a "European" first name and nobody bats an eyelid except to say it's really pretty and ask what it means

delilah88 Thu 27-Sep-12 16:08:39

floggingmolly I meant instead of my actual name! I think part of the problem is that I cannot find a name I like as much as I like mine. Not out of vanity I have just always really enjoyed it. It is much easier if you've wished you were called something else and so have thought about names before. I have always just been glad I'm not called anything else!

delilah88 Thu 27-Sep-12 16:09:23

aire Interesting feedback!

SomersetONeil Fri 28-Sep-12 07:19:53

To be fair, Agnes Brown hasn't given the name much caché...

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