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Genuinely honest opinions needed please.

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MrsSET Sat 26-Oct-13 21:07:12

Hey. I'm playing around with a name in my head and would appreciate some honest opinions on it because I really like it but think it could know it will be one of those names that is just a bit to out there.

I would use it if I had a little girl as, despite it being a boys name, I think it is very elegant, classy and feminine but commonly used.

I also think it goes with my first daughters name well which Maud. I'm wary of having another old fashioned name and making them sound like a pair of old woman!!

Anyway, enough of a build up now!

It is Etienne.

Let me know what you think. I know if I really like it overall I should go with it, but am interested in what you say.

While I'm here! If it is a boy, I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with Elwood/Woody Saul.

Feel free to suggest alternatives if you have any you think it is worth me considering.

Thank you!

bundaberg Sat 26-Oct-13 21:16:28

Etienne is a boys name

bundaberg Sat 26-Oct-13 21:17:09

ha... i wish there was an edit button!

now i've re-read your OP I can see you quite clearly state that it's a boys name :-D

i wouldn't use it for a girl because I know that it's the french version of Stephen and that would really annoy me

bundaberg Sat 26-Oct-13 21:17:31

btw I LOVE it for a boy

sonlypuppyfat Sat 26-Oct-13 21:18:51

Elwood wasn't he one of the Blues Brothers

scrivette Sat 26-Oct-13 21:19:50

I love that name, when I mentioned it to a couple of people they did think it sounded like a girls name!

lastnightopenedmyeyes Sat 26-Oct-13 21:19:56

I love love love it for a boy, but not sure for a girl. smile

noblegiraffe Sat 26-Oct-13 21:21:14

Why would you give a girl a boys name? That's just asking for all sorts of confusion.
People would be expecting a French boy.

WhyIRayLiotta Sat 26-Oct-13 21:21:20

My initial reaction was that it was lovely. Very feminine. I don't know anyone named Etienne so wouldn't have immediatly pegged it as a boys name.

However... bundaberg mentioning that it is French for Stephen - would put me off it as a girls name. Sorry.

LePamplemousseMousse Sat 26-Oct-13 21:21:41

I'm not sure your daughter would thank you when she's older. Imagine meeting a French girl called Stephen - you'd think her parents were nuts (or didn't know it was a masculine name and feel very sorry for the girl being lumbered with it)

You may think it's pretty but honestly, don't do it. I know a baby boy Etienne locally (South East England), it's common enough that people will pick up on it constantly.

Allalonenow Sat 26-Oct-13 21:21:58

The Etiennes I have know have all been male, it is the French equivalant of Stephen, so it would be rather like calling your daughter Harold.
If you have son, Etienne would be a lovely name, but I don't think it works for a girl. Have you thought of Stephanie or Estella?

googietheegg Sat 26-Oct-13 21:22:41

It's ok. I wouldn't say it goes with Maud at all, not that it matters. Actually, I do like it, but I don't know if its good enough to pick.

LePamplemousseMousse Sat 26-Oct-13 21:25:03

What about Vivienne, Juliette, Ottilie?

All very pretty girls names with similar length and 'feel'.

MrsSET Sat 26-Oct-13 21:29:34

You've said the only thing that is stopping me... French for Stephen. But even despite that, I still keep coming back to it. I checked and there were 9 baby girls called it in the UK last year... I'm still going to ponder it..

Let me know if you have any other suggestions.

Re Elwood - my husband really wants it. I'll call the baby Woody though. Happy to let him have it. And yes it was one of the blues brothers!

Thanks for all your comments. Not sure how I'm going to shake it from my mind though...!

Slothlorien Sat 26-Oct-13 21:51:46

I like it!

PicardyThird Sat 26-Oct-13 22:01:42

Honestly, no, you can't call your dd Etienne. It will bite her on the bum on her first French exchange. At the latest.

How about Eloise? Elodie? Fabienne? Leonie? All in similar vein IMO and very pretty girls' names.

if you have a boy, mind you, Etienne would be a lot nicer than Elwood (sorry).

DeputyDeputyChiefOfStaff Sat 26-Oct-13 22:08:29

I agree that Etienne sounds quite pretty and feminine but I think most people would know it's a boy's name so I wouldn't use it for a girl - sorry! I used to know an Etain, which has quite a similar sound, if that's any use to you?

ICameOnTheJitney Sat 26-Oct-13 22:13:24

I didn't know it as a boy's name...why shouldn;'t the OP call her DD that name? it's not like "Mike" or's feminine sounding.

littlegem12 Sat 26-Oct-13 22:14:36

I think its lovely, sounds feminine and isnt Renee actually a male French name used be uk girls?
Unisex names are acceptable so why not?

CooCooCachoo Sat 26-Oct-13 22:15:37

Definitely a boys name! Don't do it, your dd will spend the rest of her life explaining why she has a boys name.

FWIW, I already know an English Etienne, it may not be in common usage but people know it.

JourneyThroughLife Sat 26-Oct-13 22:18:09

Etienne sounds pretty and lovely, I would have thought it was a girl's name and didn't know it was a boy's. I would go ahead and use it for either actually. I'm not sure people are that bothered about gender-specific names anyway, I know both male and females called Hilary, and a man as well as women called Carol.....

hettienne Sat 26-Oct-13 22:20:39

Etienne is a better boys name than Woody!

littlegem12 Sat 26-Oct-13 22:21:50

Journey I think your right, a name becomes unisex because someone uses it for someone of either sex if op is the first it doesn't make it less valid.

Trills Sat 26-Oct-13 22:25:41

You clearly have different taste in names to me.

I accept that different people like different things.

looki Sat 26-Oct-13 22:48:10

It is the French for Stephen and its not a unisex name. So personally I wouldn't call a little girl Stephen.

I think most people know this so its not like you can really say 'well it can be used for either gender' type of thing.

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