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Oh wise Mumsnetter's please help settle this argument- Beau.

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PirateJelly Mon 30-Sep-13 18:05:34

A friend has recently name her gorgeous newborn DD Ava-Beau, all as one name like Ellie-May. Now she is adamant it is pronounced Ava 'Bew' like the start of ' beautiful'

Now I am sure Beau is pronounced bow

For the sake of my sanity please tell me who is correct?
It wouldn't be so bad if it was just her (and I would never get into an argument with her about it, as I know how sensitive she will be right now) but a mutual friend of mine text me the name when she was born and then when I saw her I said "oh so she's called her Ava Bow?" And was told don't be daft that's a stupid name, it's definitely Ava Bow hmm and to stop taking the piss out of our friends DD's name confused. I was going to argue that that is how most people will read it but wanted to be sure first incase I'm wrong.

Thanks smile

misdee Mon 30-Sep-13 18:08:16

I would've said Bow/Bo

DoItTooJulia Mon 30-Sep-13 18:08:51

You're right. And I thought for girls it was Bo. Beau is a boys name.

mumof2aimingfor4 Mon 30-Sep-13 18:09:57


ShatnersBassoon Mon 30-Sep-13 18:10:12

It rhymes with know, and it's a boy's name. It's the male equivalent of Belle I suppose.

MrsWolowitz Mon 30-Sep-13 18:11:45

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PrincessRomy Mon 30-Sep-13 18:12:27

Yes I would have thought 'bo' and also think that sounds better than 'bew' (is she meaning to pronounce it 'bew' or 'boo')?

bundaberg Mon 30-Sep-13 18:12:30

you are right, it's pronounced bo

bundaberg Mon 30-Sep-13 18:13:00

and it's a boys name isn't it?

D0G Mon 30-Sep-13 18:13:36

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PrincessFlirtyPants Mon 30-Sep-13 18:16:40

You are correct in your pronunciation, OP.

I agree with PP's that's a boys name.

DiaryofaHollandParkParent Mon 30-Sep-13 18:16:43

Beau as in French so "Bo". Only heard as a boys name - Beauregard (US) or Beau Brummell?

comedaygoday Mon 30-Sep-13 18:16:45

I would pronounce it bow too and the only Beau I know is pronounced bow. I also think it's a boy's name though (unhelpful).

lottiegarbanzo Mon 30-Sep-13 18:18:18

Yes, surely il est beau, elle est belle? So it's masculine, as well as mispronounced.

Bew, rhyming with view, sounds like ewww and seems a very odd name to choose. I can't easily think of anything like it that would be a girl's name.

ReginaldBlinker Mon 30-Sep-13 18:18:22

dated a Beau in high school (guy), and it was pronounced "Bow"

MyNameIsAnAnagram Mon 30-Sep-13 18:20:13

Yup Beau (bo) is the masculine version of Belle.

PirateJelly Mon 30-Sep-13 18:22:39

Thanks for the quick replies. She has posted it on facebook and I've just noticed a couple of replies have said " do you mean Boo or Bow? And isn't that a boys name?" To which my friend and a few other have angrily replied it's pronounced "It's Beau like Beautiful you idiots!" Oh dear.

Hopefully she'll just drop the Beau part for every day and call her Ava grin

I would like to add that this is the same friend who insisted on calling my DS Lewis for the best part of a year and still slips up occasionally angry it's Louis not Lewis. I think she should have steered clear of French names altogether tbh!

DiaryofaHollandParkParent Mon 30-Sep-13 18:23:41

Maybe it is meant to be a pronunciation so posh that only certain in the know pronounce it correctly like Beaulieu (bewly?)

lottiegarbanzo Mon 30-Sep-13 18:27:06

Oh dear. Ava-Belle would sound ok.

VBisme Mon 30-Sep-13 18:27:54

I thought it was Bo, and male.

IslaValargeone Mon 30-Sep-13 18:33:17

I was going to suggest the Beaulieu (bewley) pronounciation.

MrsSchadenfreude Mon 30-Sep-13 18:33:50

Bow, definitely. And Beau is masculine!

IslaValargeone Mon 30-Sep-13 18:34:57

Although I'd say Bow myself, not being from posh stock and all that.

BackforGood Mon 30-Sep-13 18:46:41

Agree with everyone else - it's said "bow" and it's masculine. 'Belle' is the french feminine for beautiful

PirateJelly Mon 30-Sep-13 18:47:45

hollandpark and Isla without sounding a cow- trust me she is not posh. I'm not sure where this new name has come from and I never heard her mention it pre birth when we were discussing names she liked but tbh she kept her last dc's name a secret too so that no one would steal it hmm

I keep saying it over and over and it just doesn't seem to go at all but within our friendship group it would appear I am in the minority and everyone else appears to love it. Glad I'm not the only one who thinks it doesn't exactly roll off tongue.

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