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Can any French-English MNers help me name DD3?

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Zaziedanslemetro Tue 19-Nov-13 19:36:07

We are a French/English family currently living in Germany, and have just found out I'm expecting a 3rd DD! We are having trouble finding another girl's name which "works" in both French and English, and is at least pronouncable for Germans.
DDs 1 and 2 are Esther and Madeleine, and we would like to continue with these sort of classic/traditional/not-massively-overused names.

We both really like Constance, but there is a dilemma re. our surname. It sounds like "No". Just that, one syllable. If you say "Constance No" out loud, does it sound silly in English? I think it's fine in French, and we are unlikely to go and live in England, but still... Would be interested to know what people think!

Also, I love Josephine, but French DH thinks it's a bit to "cutesy" with the -ine ending. Any other suggestions would be very welcome.
Thanks for any help!

mathanxiety Tue 19-Nov-13 19:56:39

Maybe not Pia No grin

UriGeller Tue 19-Nov-13 19:57:34

Even if your surname was Snow, Constance Snow sounds like a great, admirable name. So Constance No is fine. I like it.

Zaziedanslemetro Tue 19-Nov-13 19:59:01

Xmasbaby11 -damn, I was hoping people would say it wasn't a problem!!

Thanks for this Mathanxiety. Though "Pia No" has already been dismissed ;-)
Léonie and Charlotte are nice.

Zaziedanslemetro Tue 19-Nov-13 20:00:11

Perhaps there is hope then, UriGeller?! It's also a family name, so would love to use it.

youcancallmeEl Tue 19-Nov-13 20:19:16

Ha Ha Pia No! I couldn't figure out the problem with Constance until you explained it. I don't think many people would pick up on it and would just go with that if you love it.
Other suggestions: Eloise, Clarisse, Marianne (though "n" sound at end not so good with surname).

youcancallmeEl Tue 19-Nov-13 20:21:07

BTW also like Josephine, not cutesy at all.

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Zaziedanslemetro Tue 19-Nov-13 20:23:46

Yes, quite like Eloise. LOVE Marianne, but "Marianne No" = Marionnaud (big perfumerie type chain store in France). Would be even more comedy than "Constant Snow" I think! Such an annoying surname...

IAlwaysThought Tue 19-Nov-13 20:25:16

Constance is a fantastic name I LOVE it.

MummyPig24 Tue 19-Nov-13 20:28:56


Have you pointed out to dh that Madeline has the same ending as Josephine and he didn't think it cutesy?

TheWomanTheyCallJayne Tue 19-Nov-13 20:34:33

I think Constance No is fine
Constance is lovely and I didn't notice the snow thing until you pointed it out

Zaziedanslemetro Tue 19-Nov-13 20:35:20

Elise is good.
But it's Madeleine, not Madeline. Rhymes with Hélène, not Josephine.

Zaziedanslemetro Tue 19-Nov-13 20:36:19

Some more positive votes for Constance then, thanks for all the input.

PurpleGirly Tue 19-Nov-13 20:39:37


IAlwaysThought Tue 19-Nov-13 21:07:04

Josephine is a fab name too. I also like it with an 'a' on the end.

How about Genevieve or Mareille

SaucyJack Tue 19-Nov-13 22:14:01


beginnings Tue 19-Nov-13 22:20:14


WannabeFayeMouse Tue 19-Nov-13 22:22:37

Athalie (I just love that name smile )

MacaYoniandCheese Tue 19-Nov-13 22:25:53

Oh golly; I like all these names, especially Josephine. You are spoilt for choice! momentarily considers leaving DH for a Frenchman for all the French baby-naming possibilities

TheHandbagOfGlory Tue 19-Nov-13 22:28:32

I love Constance, I just wondered if it would get shortened to Connie? Connie No might be a problem?

AngiBolen Tue 19-Nov-13 22:28:34


Loobylou123 Tue 19-Nov-13 22:42:45

Celine is nice and works in all 3 languages. Maybe a bit dated though?

SS3J Tue 19-Nov-13 23:07:21


Mattissy Tue 19-Nov-13 23:15:50

My French/Canadian friend is Genevieve, pronounced "Jen vee ev"

PoopMaster Tue 19-Nov-13 23:26:20

(We do find "Beatrice, no/non!" works well ��)

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