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daisydoo85 Fri 11-Oct-13 19:09:57

Thoughts on this name?
Also like Florence.

Annakin31 Sat 12-Oct-13 01:56:06

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CruCru Sat 12-Oct-13 08:59:45

I like this a lot, it was on our short list. Only thing that put me off was the idea of people pronouncing it Marian or Mary-Ann - no idea if that would happen though.

RustyBear Sat 12-Oct-13 09:03:08

My niece is Marianne - I've never heard anyone in her family shorten it, but I'd guess her friends called her Maz when she was a teenager.

nooka Sat 12-Oct-13 09:04:41

Another liker of Marianne. I like Vivian too which I think has a similar vibe. I don't like Florence at all though.

insancerre Sat 12-Oct-13 09:18:21

love itit was on my shortlist for ds if he had been dd it is also a beauiful song by the sisters of mercy that we had as our first dance at our wedding in 1987 apologies or awfl post but im mning from my tv and i cant do paragrahs grin

Minty82 Sat 12-Oct-13 12:19:48

Nadia - he thinks it's 'two names spliced together'. Which I guess technically it is, but a) I don't know why that's a bad thing, and b) it's been in use for centuries as a name in its own right and I think qualifies as "about as classic as it gets" by now! I got nowhere when DD was born though, and now we're expecting DC2 and I can't seem to get it anywhere near the list.
Funnily enough he does like Florence! Which I do like, but not enough to use myself. Sigh...

Chacha23 Sat 12-Oct-13 15:08:18

Marianne was my number 1 name too, but DH also vetoed it. Because "people will think Mary-Ann or Maid Marian". Grrr.

daisydoo85 Sat 12-Oct-13 17:34:48

Like Vivienne too. But Marianne still top choice
I don't worry too much about it being mispronounced as people do that with the simplest names, don't they?

KeatsiePie Sat 12-Oct-13 17:36:39

Cru Cru wait, you don't pronounce Marianne Mary Ann? How does one say it then?

daisydoo85 Sat 12-Oct-13 17:39:04

Like "Marry Ann"
I would anyways

CarlaBrooni Sat 12-Oct-13 17:44:47

One of my favourite friends (Danish) is Marianne. She's a beautiful person and the name suits her perfectly.

An added bonus is that I don't think it can be shortened. Wonderful.

CarlaBrooni Sat 12-Oct-13 17:46:34 friend is sort of Marry -ann - a (sort of a short a, e sound). Very beautiful person and beautiful name.

CarlaBrooni Sat 12-Oct-13 19:05:59

The Maestro

Love Marianne. Marianne with Florence as mn is v sweet.

Alexandrite Sat 12-Oct-13 20:04:50

Really like it.

KeatsiePie Sat 12-Oct-13 20:58:13

I can't hear the difference between Mary Ann and Marianne but maybe b/c I am hearing them in an American accent. But I do like Marianne a lot.

KeatsiePie Sat 12-Oct-13 20:59:03

Whereas Marian has the accent over the Mare part and the an part is almost like an un sound.

Alexandrite Sat 12-Oct-13 21:37:47

Yes it's probably an accent thing. With my accent (South London) the difference is Mary Anne = Mairee Anne
Marianne = Marryanne.

But they may both be pronouced the same with an American accent.

In fact I have a vague memory of my mum telling me as a child that Americans pronounce Marianne as Mary Anne!

Alexandrite Sat 12-Oct-13 21:39:19

For me Marian = Mah rian

KeatsiePie Sat 12-Oct-13 21:47:07

Oh that's funny! It sounds like it is partly maybe an issue of how long one stops between Mary/Mari and Ann/Anne.

Never thought of Marian as a Mah sound.

lottiegarbanzo Sat 12-Oct-13 22:17:19

Like it a lot.

Lots of references. The French revolutionary symbol, with statue in every village still (many modelled on Brigitte Bardot) is one. Another glam sixties reference being Marianne Faithful (who is really clever and interesting). She's probably to most prominent living Marianne I can think of.

So much nicer than Marion (a la Robin Hood, or just rather suburbanly dull) and Mary-Ann (us that really used much?)

lottiegarbanzo Sat 12-Oct-13 22:27:50

KeatsiePie, have you never seen a film of Robin Hood? shock Maid Mah-ri-un. Mair-ee is a totally different sound, 'air' rather than the 'ah' of Marian or Marianne. Anyway...

KeatsiePie Sat 12-Oct-13 23:45:55

lottie I'm trying to remember now! I say Maid Mareyunn in my head when I think of Robin Hood. Hmm. I remember the one with Christian Slater vaguely but did they really not say Mareyunn?

NadiaWadia Sun 13-Oct-13 03:30:07

KeatsiePie - It's funny you should mention that because I have a CD of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. One of the songs is called 'Marianne' and when I hear it I always wonder why they are singing 'Mary Anne' and not 'Marianne'.

Marianne is a French name originally (I think) and I'm sure the 'marry-anne' pronunciation is closer to how they'd say it in French. Or would you say you were going to church to get mary -ed?

ginzillas Sun 13-Oct-13 10:38:41

I have a little Marianne and she's GORGEOUS!!

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