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My friend just called her baby

(47 Posts)
Fifi2406 Thu 22-Nov-12 09:05:22

Briseis's from Greek mythology...what do you think?!!

picnicbasketcase Thu 22-Nov-12 09:06:05

Not fond tbh. It's from the Iliad isn't it?

SummerRain Thu 22-Nov-12 09:08:35

Not keen but it's not the worst name I've heard lately tbh

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Thu 22-Nov-12 09:09:33

Her baby, her choice. I am sure there are plenty of people out there who don't like my choices of names for my kids but I do, so does DH and so do the kids although, like lots of people, there are times they wish they were called something else.

5madthings Thu 22-Nov-12 09:10:35

her baby but as its an unusual name if you now google it i am guessing this thread will come up!

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 22-Nov-12 13:08:19

How do you say it?

RooneyMara Thu 22-Nov-12 13:09:40

What does it mean?

I imagine you say it 'Bris - eh - is'

Ahardyfool Thu 22-Nov-12 13:10:33


YouOldSlag Thu 22-Nov-12 13:11:12

It just sounds like a massive load of intellectual chowing off.

YouOldSlag Thu 22-Nov-12 13:11:29

showing off, not chowing off. Dear me.

mamasmissionimpossible Thu 22-Nov-12 13:14:54

dislike sad

Ahardyfool Thu 22-Nov-12 13:15:10

My DC are named after characters from Greek Mythology. This is due to my passion for the literature and the personal meaning attached rather than any intellectual showing off.

OatyBeatie Thu 22-Nov-12 13:15:52

Wasn't she handed about as war plunder, known only for the fact that Achilles and Agamemnon squabbled over who had claim on her, and whose pride was piqued the most by not having ownership of her acknowledged?

Not a good set of associations.

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 22-Nov-12 13:17:36

I'm not sure I'm a fan,just based on how it is likely to sound.

That it originates from the Iliad doesn't bother me.

My OH has spent a couple of years talking me out of insisting on naming future daughters Persephone and Antigone. I hold steady with Hermione though grin

shirash1 Thu 22-Nov-12 19:29:25

Not a fan

Lebkuchenlover Thu 22-Nov-12 19:36:10

I don't think I would post the names my friend just gave her newborn on the internet! I know this is a forum to ask for opinions about names that we're deliberating for our children, but what is the exact point of this op?

Everlong Thu 22-Nov-12 19:36:31

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Lebkuchenlover Thu 22-Nov-12 19:36:54

Alis, I know an Antigone who goes by Tiggy - I think it is lovely!

MaMaPo Thu 22-Nov-12 19:42:27

Makes me think of bris - ie circumcision ceremony.

evilgiraffe Thu 22-Nov-12 19:45:08

I like it! I wouldn't call my own child it, but Briseis is a lovely name (pronounced Bri-SAY-iss, I believe, with the "Bri" as in "Bristol"). It's certainly no more pretentious than Persephone, which seems to be gaining popularity.

karatekimmi Thu 22-Nov-12 19:45:11

Alis my DH loved Persephone. Luckily we had a boy!!

Don't mind Bri (bree? Brie?) as a nn though.

HoratiaWinwood Thu 22-Nov-12 19:53:36

She's the one who shags Brad Pitt in the film of Troy. In the film she is a royal cousin and priestess of Apollo.

I think it is pretty but wouldn't use it.

almapudden Thu 22-Nov-12 19:59:11

Yes, Briseis is Achilles' geras (battle prize), taken from him by Agamemnon because Agamemnon had to shore up his own status as King of Kings after he had to give his own prize, Chryseis, back to her father Chryses in order to make Apollo end the plague on the Greeks that Chryses had called down.

She is a plot device, basically: Agamemnon's slight on Achilles' kleos (glory, reputation) leads to his withdrawal from battle and everything that unfolds thereafter.

It's also a pretty unfeminine name. I imagine a Briseis would have thick ankles.

Fifi2406 Thu 22-Nov-12 20:09:44

Lebkuch...I was curious what people thought that's all! I'd not heard it used before!!

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 22-Nov-12 20:13:43

*Lebkuchen there was an Antigone a couple of years below me at school who went by Tiggy. I thought it was gorgeous. DP did not sad

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