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Xanthe as a baby name - how many do you know?

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VioletElizabethBott Thu 25-Apr-13 11:27:52

Having discussed ancient Greek names ad nauseam on various American naming sites/blogs (has everyone discovered Nameberry? Amazing place) I wondered if I could turn to Mumsnetters for an opinion on this name in England?

I really want an ancient Greek name (various reasons but also to go with my elder daughter's (Iris)) and have something of a hitch with my last name which has a vowel beginning (thus not ideal to have a first name ending in a vowel - rules out a LOT of girls' names!).

I always loved Xanthe, husband did not. We settled on Artemis but as due date is 1 month off we've both got slightly cold feet (feel it's a bit pretentious though I'd still use it as I love it) and he's coming round to Xanthe. BUT... but... I'm getting the impression that the name is really gaining popularity. I know it's not going to get to the next Ava, Olivia or Sophia level but what do you think?

I went round an expensive prep school yesterday and saw FIVE Ottilies (and there are two at my elder daughter's nursery) - a name that I know isn't going to be nation-wide popular but I can see similarities with Xanthe in being v. popular within a small part of society which, I have to confess, my daughter will probably move within being privately educated and living where we do.

Has anyone met a young or baby Xanthe? Anyone heard the name discussed a lot by expectant mothers?

Really grateful for your feedback!

bridgetreilly Thu 13-Jul-17 17:06:02

Oh, zombie thread. Should have checked.

bridgetreilly Thu 13-Jul-17 17:03:34

I know a Xanthe whose sister is Ianthe. Neither are my top choice names but of the two, I prefer Ianthe slightly.

Llamacorn Thu 13-Jul-17 16:51:09

I know one, she's a beautiful little thing! I like Artemis, what about Astraea? Or would that sound weird with your last name?
I have a Zoë, not Ancient Greek but is Greek and means life, and would sound nice with Iris.
Freyja/Freya is lovely too as is Phoebe.
Calliope, Persephone, Leda?

sugarhoneyicetea Thu 13-Jul-17 16:44:15

None (and I'm a teacher in a big secondary school so know thousands of children!) Definitely not in the same kind of area as you have described though! FWIW, I like it.

xanthejaffe Thu 13-Jul-17 09:45:19

Hello, my name is xanthe and i think it is a very unique name i have not met anyone else called xanthe and the name means beautiful maiden. it also meas blonde and the x at the start always gives people something to talk about. people usually light up when they hear my name and i would love to share it with your daughter happy name picking!!!
Xanthe

AlohaBaby Thu 23-Feb-17 20:34:13

Also I am really not posh! Grew up on a council estate with working class parents.

AlohaBaby Thu 23-Feb-17 20:28:30

Hello, I'm a Xanthe! Good to hear it's working for your dd. I love it, it's nice to have an unusual name. It's a pain having to spell it constantly and having the same conversations about it all the time, but I don't mind that much. I've not met another one until recently when my dd started nursery and there's another little girl called Xanthe.

JujuMonster Thu 23-Feb-17 20:23:51

OP I'm so glad you came back to update us all on this zombie thread that DD is now a 3yo Xanthe grin Fabulous name.

My DD is Juno who is also 3. Got a lot of love for classic Greek and Roman names. Suspect it is gaining in popularity, although I have yet to hear of a Xanthe around these parts

goldenrachita Thu 23-Feb-17 10:42:36

Oh no- victim of a zombie thread!!

goldenrachita Thu 23-Feb-17 10:41:44

I don't think Xanthe is anything like Ottilie, so I wouldn't worry.

Xanthe is a name that has been around for many years, most people have known about it and chosen NOT to use it, and it's a bit of a love or hate name. (I love it.) I honestly can't see it becoming overused. The X scares too many people off. And it's not a cutesy name so it doesn't fit current fashion. It's a really good choice.

Ottilie, on the other hand, taps into every trend there is right now. It starts with an O, it has that cutesy 'ie' ending that everyone loves for girls. And it's a sudden new trend- most people have never met an adult one....until they realise everyone else who wanted an 'original' name chose it too (your prep school example).

Sugarpiehoneyeye Wed 22-Feb-17 17:53:05

ZOMBIE THREAD.

TheEdgeofSeventeen Wed 22-Feb-17 13:20:35

Makes me think of xanax TBH

BeBeatrix Wed 22-Feb-17 13:19:30

Lovely name. I only know one Xanthe. She pronounces is ZAN-thee, is lower-middle-class, and not blonde.

The suggestions of Persephone, Penelope and Helena are lovely, but also end with vowel sounds, but I really dislike the name Hero for a girl.

Charis, Damaris and Delphine are Greek and ending in consonants.

EatsShitAndLeaves Wed 22-Feb-17 13:13:07

I knew one growing up - and also an Athena.

I like both names - but anything a lot depends on how it chimes with your surname.

Positivitee Wed 22-Feb-17 13:04:25

Oops zombie thread...OP I'm glad you called her Xanthe smile

Positivitee Wed 22-Feb-17 13:02:36

It's definitely not posh around here, but it's a nice name.

DataColour Wed 22-Feb-17 12:56:57

Similar name to Xanthe...my DD is Ianthe (means purple flower in Greek) and have had positive comments for it.

VioletElizabethBott Wed 22-Feb-17 12:54:48

Ps I love the name Hero for a girl. Love it.

VioletElizabethBott Wed 22-Feb-17 12:53:53

Hi... no real problems with Xanthe as a name though we will always have to spell it. People rarely comment or say "that's a nice name" (!) but I love it. And it suits her. She's quite forceful and will be able to carry it off I think.

I love that she'll have an X as an initial. TBH I suspect that might have been a deciding factor!

I've heard of two other baby Xanthes but it's not become popular. I know more Ottilies to be honest!

And yes. THANK GOD we didn't go for Artemis. What was I thinking?

Rinmybell Sun 11-Dec-16 19:58:10

I know 2. One is 6 and the other is a year.

cmxx Wed 07-Dec-16 18:37:06

I wish I had the guts to use Xanthe.
Its gorgeous. I came across someone with a Xanthe once and loved it.

There is a character in Neighbours called Xanthe smile

MrsMarigold Wed 07-Dec-16 14:23:43

I know three, one is a teenager, the other one is five and the last one 15 months. It's fine, all three are very different.

I also know an Artemis, very pretentious name IMHO.

AnnetteKertan Wed 07-Dec-16 14:03:18

I have an 18 month old Xanthe (Zanthee).

I'm not exaggerating but I have to say her name at least 3 times when introducing her to new people and about 30% of people still won't quite get it. She's been called Zanthay, Zante, Zanthia, Nancy, Darcy, Sandy, Zanchee - honestly I could go forever!! However, perhaps I just mumble!

I tend to get 'that's unusual?' (head tilt) a lot.

I love Hero and oddly if I was to have another girl Iona is very high on my list

RedCrab Wed 07-Dec-16 11:20:51

Very late to this but I'm pregnant again with DC3 - a girl. We have a two year old Hero. Love the associations with Classical Greek names. How do you pronounce Xanthe? How have you found the reception to it? Hero gets either polite "that's...nice" (totally fair enough) or really genuine LOVE IT!

Also looking at Ione - ai-ow-nee.

VioletElizabethBott Sun 04-Dec-16 22:19:32

Ruthski21 I did call her Xanthe! She is 3 now and I love the name still. Xx

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