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Anais, Esme or Isobel

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JojoMags Thu 16-May-13 22:07:34

Mn would be Margaret, which is a family name. Last name rhymes with 'tree'.

LaRegina Fri 17-May-13 11:14:38

Isobel has become a bit meh as it's way too popular. Esme is lovely and not over-used. Anais is a fine but all the problems with pn would irritate me.

abasicname Fri 17-May-13 13:26:56


ZolaBuddleia Fri 17-May-13 13:57:40

Esme pronounced Ezmay for me. Anais is too near anus, and Isobel is too popular.

marriedtoagoodun Fri 17-May-13 13:59:23

Esme is lovely. Classic, pretty but strong. Isobel, although pretty, is very popular and Anais is not to my taste.

TheSecondComing Fri 17-May-13 14:01:28

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miffybun73 Fri 17-May-13 18:30:58

Esme (pronounced Ez-may)

thing1andthing2 Fri 17-May-13 18:34:48

Anais (an-eye-eece) was our front runner until a (blunt) friend of mine said "you're going to call your daughter anus?".
So we called her Eva. grin

deleted203 Fri 17-May-13 18:42:24

Anais, unfortunately, I always just think 'Porn'...and a minute or two later, 'Incest'.

I know that's a bit simplistic, but the name was popularised by Anais Nin, so it's just what springs to mind for me.

I like Esme and Isobel, but agree that Isobel is becoming fairly common.

SirChenjin Fri 17-May-13 21:27:49

It just makes think of Anais Anais - we all reeked of the stuff in the 80s, before we discovered Poison and Obsession grin

SirChenjin Fri 17-May-13 21:28:32

(but we pronounced it Anay Anay..)

UpTheFRIGGinDuff Sat 18-May-13 07:41:23


NowPlayingZone Sat 18-May-13 18:44:25

Anais. Beautiful.
Bored of Isobel & Esme is a bit meh.

Secondme Sat 18-May-13 18:51:10

Is Isobel that popular? I have one and she constantly gets called Isabel and Isabella. I can say that I know only 4 other Isobels. I can't really talk on this one (totally biased to Isobel) but I would have no idea how you say Anais and probably her teachers won't either. Esme that American girl in Malory Tower...

JennyEnglishTwo Sat 18-May-13 18:53:15

I wouldn't ever be certain if I'd heard Isobel or Isabel, so I'd lump them in together to be honest.

Anais is ugly imo. What about Anouk? Anneka? Anya?

DisappointedHorse Sat 18-May-13 18:55:38

I have an Isobel and I still love it. It is popular although we only know one other - her best friend who is an Isabel!

Esme is lovely, I don't like Anais.

JojoMags Sat 18-May-13 19:38:31

Thanks everyone. On the strength of this thread, Anais is out (though I still like the apparent mis-pronounciation of An-ay-iss - totally accept this is wrong grin!) Isobel is not that popular around us, particularly not this spelling. The other option is Margaret Rose (I know, I know - Rose is very common as a mn but DO NOT care), who would be known as Meg or more probably Rosie. So the options are:

Isobel Margaret
Esme Margaret
Margaret Rose

I think Isobel might just have the edge...

KittenofDoom Sat 18-May-13 19:48:31

I read a novel in which a female character was called Ismay, which seems to be a variation of Esme. Does that appeal to you, as it has an element of Isobel? Far less common, and avoids the spelling and pronunciation issues.

JojoMags Sat 18-May-13 20:04:07

Ismay should be perfect! The trouble is it only needs a 'd' to be dismay which is what I see when I look at it. Thanks for the suggestion though.

KittenofDoom Sat 18-May-13 20:17:14

Oh, well you can do that to a lot of names smile We had a dog called Grace who often got called Dis-Grace grin

Snazzywaitingforsummer Sat 18-May-13 21:33:22

Margaret Rose was Princess Margaret's full name, IIRC. It's a nice combo.

girliefriend Sat 18-May-13 21:39:56

Esme is my personal favourite and if I ever had another dd would use it. Always pronounce Es - mee

however with Margaret as a mn I am tempted to say I prefer Isobel and actually think Margaret Rose has a nice ring to it, I like Maggie for a little girl as well smile

Glad you have gone off Anais really don't like that and as someone above said it makes me think anal/anus blush sorry.

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Sat 18-May-13 21:44:02

Es-mee is just <cringe> and besides, you would have to go with the far nicer Es-may pronunciation, if your surname rhymes with 'tree'.

I wonder if all the Renées out there feel pretentious, and so (mis)pronounce their name Ren-ee...? hmm

dragonflymama Sat 18-May-13 21:56:32

Anais for me..beautiful name & sure the correct pn will catch once people have heard it once or twice! As for Isobel...we have an Isabella and whilst I love the name, I was disappointed with how popular it became.

TerrysNo2 Sat 18-May-13 22:07:33

I like Esme. prefer Isabelle spelling if going for that

TerrysNo2 Sat 18-May-13 22:12:29

Esme phonetically should be Ez-may imo

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