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Antigone or Tigris

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DaveMccave Fri 28-Jun-13 21:36:22

I know it will be a minority that could consider either better than the other but anyone have an opinion to a preference? nn Tiggy.

Northumberlandlass Tue 14-Jan-14 18:59:51

I know an Antigone, i like it, but think if you know a lovely person by that name it has good association. If that makes sense

She does get Tiggy

Tibby2 Tue 14-Jan-14 18:57:07

Would you not consider just Tig in its own right? People have called there children far more 'out there' names. If not i would personally go for Antigone. Best of luck deciding smile

UriGeller Tue 14-Jan-14 16:49:14

I think Mrs Tiggywinkle is a splendid nn for a little baby called Tiggy. I wonder what the OP chose in the end? Kayleigh-Leigh or Mollie-Mae? wink

NigellasDealer Tue 14-Jan-14 16:37:14

well then they can be Tiggy.....

Suzietwo Tue 14-Jan-14 11:06:19

The thing about the name Antigone, is that the person would HAVE to be tall willowy, beautiful and blonde to get away with it. What if they were short, abut plump and socially awkward?

PandyBurtVonnugget Tue 14-Jan-14 08:04:06

I know two Antigones, both gorgeous and both sometimes Tiggy, sometimes Antigone and very proud of their names (so much so that the one introduced as Tiggy very quickly told me her full name without prompting).

So to say that it is cruel to do that is a bit dramatic, they looked unscathed to me!

I'm very surprised at the sheer number of people misreading the pronunciation, but unless you're called something like Emma people find all sorts of ways to pronounce names that are not complicated at all (bitter experience) so you might as well go with something fabulous and leave a few people scratching their heads once in a while!

NigellasDealer Mon 13-Jan-14 22:59:52 long as you live in London or similar......

NigellasDealer Mon 13-Jan-14 22:58:44

Antigone is a fab name, and Tiggy sounds really cute.

Theonlyoneiknow Mon 13-Jan-14 22:56:28

The Tiggy I know is a Tegan

NannyPlumForPM Mon 13-Jan-14 21:37:46

Isn't Tigris the tiger/woman from the last hunger games book??

I've never heard of either name, not sure if they are boys or girls names and not sure how to pronounce them either, sorry!

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 13-Jan-14 21:04:29

I want to know which, if either op went for. Still about op?

LondonInHighHeeledBoots Mon 13-Jan-14 20:15:40

I love Antigone DH hates it the bastard. He perfers Hannah hmm . Tigris sounds a bit to masculine to me, it feels like a boys name, but that might be as it is similar ish to my favourite boys name.

I love Tiggy/Tig - will be my first DS' s nn.

NervousEnergy Mon 13-Jan-14 19:44:35

Did you use either in the end? I have an Antigone, mostly called Tiggy-a fellow Classics geek and in love with the character for all the reasons given above!

KikeriFreedomCastle Mon 01-Jul-13 21:51:07

And what morethanpotatoprints said about your children not going to school anyway!

KikeriFreedomCastle Mon 01-Jul-13 21:37:16

You're torn between the two? Really? Goodness!

At a push I'd go for Antigone. Better still use Tiggy as a punning nick name. E.g. Beatrix Tiggy Legge-Bourke was a Beatrix Potter fan (or some such) which is how she earned the nick name Tiggy.

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 01-Jul-13 20:02:47

Well if you are being verbally introduced you will know how to prn the names won't you.

Problem solved.

lollydollydrop Mon 01-Jul-13 19:54:31

You cant 'do a quick google' every time you are introduced to someone with the name! So I'm afraid first impressions DO count, even if they are ignorant wink

Sanjifair Sun 30-Jun-13 20:15:36

Mis, not mid, DYAC.

Sanjifair Sun 30-Jun-13 20:15:07

My DP just saw the title of the thread and said 'Anti- gone, wtf, and isnt Tigris a river?' I think you will get that a lot. Ant tig go knee is a lovely name (much better than Tigris) but she will probably have to put up with a fair amount of mid pronounciation.

nooka Sun 30-Jun-13 17:51:51

I don't know what connotations Tigris might have, but Antigone pronounced properly doesn't sound like a cleaning agent or a clown(?). That's not to say that people might not go 'eh?' the first time they encounter it or that there might not be teasing potential. Given all the crazy made up names people inflict on their children at the moment Antigone might not cause a raised eyebrow in any case. Although I'm sure she'd have an easier life in an ethnically mixed or a middle/upper class area.

Justfornowitwilldo Sun 30-Jun-13 13:02:20

They're not names I'd ever choose but each to their own. Some name are so weighed down with associations or just IN YOUR FACE that the child/adult carrying them has to work hard to be seen. Their names enter the room six feet before them.

morethanpotatoprints Sun 30-Jun-13 10:37:23


My dd doesn't go to school either, but she still has to associate with many people from all walks of life.
It is up to you what you call your dd of course it is, but it didn't seem like you had thought of the child growing up with a name that sounds like a cleaning agent or clown.
I haven't read classics as I imagine many other people in life haven't, so to me on first hearing your dds name I would have to ask for spelling etc. I just wonder what is wrong with a normal name. Of course if you are bringing her up and moving to Greece, Athens or wherever the name originates then that of course is different.
I too live in a working class Northern town, quite deprived. I couldn't saddle any of my dc with a name where they would get the piss taken out of them. I am not trying to be nasty, just asking you to consider this.

ghosteditor Sun 30-Jun-13 09:52:42

D'you know what, I'm wrong, it's Tigris - I had heard a mispronunciation of the river and it stuck. I prefer my made up version though wink

Bunbaker Sun 30-Jun-13 08:18:28

"Tigris is pn 'Tee-gris'"

I didn't realise that. I would have said Tie-gris as in the river. Antigone sounds too similar to antimony.

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