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Fifi2406 Thu 22-Nov-12 09:05:22

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

pixiestix Sun 25-Nov-12 15:39:19

I wouldn't mind the associations but I really dislike the sound of it.

Janeatthebarre Sun 25-Nov-12 14:45:08

I don't like it at all. I'm all for people moving away from the uber popular names and trying to be a bit original, but I would consider this name to be going a bit far.

Also, don't agree with the poster who thinks we shouldn't post unusual names we've heard being used and ask what people think. Its a forum to discuss baby names, not just names you're considering for your own baby.

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Sun 25-Nov-12 12:31:17

"brise" in french is a gentle wind which feels nice.
I would pronounced it Bree-Zai-ees which I know is as wrong as the "gentle wind" is (I googled and the meaning is unknown but when I read the Illiad in my youth I thought it was the true meaning)
Very feminine, and beautiful and then in complete disagreement with the cankles remark.

EvilTwins Sun 25-Nov-12 12:19:49

I think it's lovely, though she will spend her entire life telling people how to spell/pronounce it. IIRC, it's pronounced incorrectly all the bloody way through "Troy", which annoyed me intensely. But then, the film is a pile of pants anyway.

itsallinmyhead Sun 25-Nov-12 12:15:47

My sister's friend has a DD names Briseis.

I love it!! She is a beautiful little thing. She mostly calls her Bree, which I also love.

OatyBeatie Sat 24-Nov-12 23:28:45

She was "like golden Aphrodite" from the calves up, but her ankles were her Achilles heel.

Welovecouscous Sat 24-Nov-12 23:21:52

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FairPhyllis Sat 24-Nov-12 23:17:30

Come, come, the Iliad may be silent on the subject of her ankles, but she is 'like golden Aphrodite' ffs.

BangOffTrend Fri 23-Nov-12 18:37:20

Yep, circumcision sprang to mind.
Oh well. I have a Henry and you could argue that serial adultering, wife decapitating king springs to mind.

Chubfuddler Fri 23-Nov-12 18:36:51

I'm turning over a new leaf with baby names. Unless someone calls their baby aryan nation I'm no longer going to judge.

CheungFun Fri 23-Nov-12 18:31:40

I must admit I didn't know how to pronounce it, bu I guess with any name, once someone tells you, you remember and it fits that person.

thegreylady Fri 23-Nov-12 18:02:12

I cant get past the 3 year old Ptolemy I know !

ChippingInLovesAutumn Fri 23-Nov-12 15:59:32

I thought of a Bris as well. Poor kid sad

YouOldSlag Fri 23-Nov-12 15:56:31

her name then. It's still a silly name whether it's him or her. Besides it reminds me of the Jewish circumcision ceremony- the Bris.

Fifi2406 Fri 23-Nov-12 14:58:08

Youold...its a girls name!!

YouOldSlag Fri 23-Nov-12 14:46:44

purplecrayon has hit the nail on the head. The child will have a lifetime of people either giving him a nickname or deciding not to use his name or frowning when they see it written down.

I'm all for beautiful or unusual names but you have to think what problems this will cause for a child and adult throughout life. It's just not worth it just so the parents can look "special" and different.

purplecrayon Thu 22-Nov-12 22:19:06

I just think that nobody will be able to pronounce it and the child will probably find it frustrating. I would have had no idea how to pronounce it and for that reason, I'd avoid saying it.

Also no idea whether male or female.

Lifetime of being spelt incorrectly.

Embarrassing to give name on phone.


OatyBeatie Thu 22-Nov-12 22:12:30

And Achilles is clearly head over heels for Patroclus, so even without her thick ankles, the poor sap is basically unwanted except as a way of proving a point.

iklboo Thu 22-Nov-12 20:43:25

I've got shankles never mind cankles.

evilgiraffe Thu 22-Nov-12 20:33:23

Thick ankles sad I'm so self-conscious about my cankles, but was trying to convince myself that no-one really notices or cares. Apparently this is not the case. <puts on welly boots in an attempt to hide the ugliness>

AlwaysHoldingOnToStarbug Thu 22-Nov-12 20:26:15

I like it, it was a name in one of my favourite books too.

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 22-Nov-12 20:16:02

Oooh Bri-say-iss! That's not bad sounding at all.

It doesn't have the on-ee ending I am so fond of though grin

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

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!!

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.

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