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Joanne what do you think?

(172 Posts)
sarahwho Mon 10-Mar-14 07:07:23

I'm having a dd so need a strong but pretty name to go with Alexander. I've fallen in love with the name Joanne. What do you all think?

Mygoldfishrocks Mon 10-Mar-14 07:11:30

old fashioned and rather dull is my opinion. it's also not very pretty

TamerB Mon 10-Mar-14 07:14:10

Lovely. Very pretty and I love dull if that is what people call classic. I prefer Joanna. Also unusual at the moment.

TravellingToad Mon 10-Mar-14 07:14:41

It depends of the baby will be born in 1974 or 2014...

If a) then fine
If b) then noooooo!

TamerB Mon 10-Mar-14 07:15:06

Alex and Jo go well together.

AddictedtoCrunchies Mon 10-Mar-14 07:16:26

I like it. Prefer Joanna though.

TamerB Mon 10-Mar-14 07:16:52

It was popular in 1970s but it is not confined to then- it is like Louise and Sarah- timeless.

PollyCazaletWannabe Mon 10-Mar-14 07:17:03

It's a bit 80s, I think, sorry, and doesn't really go with Alexander. Is it the Jo bit you like, or the -anne ending? I teach a Chloeanne, which I think is quite pretty, or you could go for Julianne? Or how about Josephine NN Josie?

wigglesrock Mon 10-Mar-14 07:18:53

I find it very dated and not in a due for a revival way. Joanna is marginally better.

StrawberryMojito Mon 10-Mar-14 07:27:58

Agree with the above comments. I've several friends in their 30s with that name. They don't love it. There is nothing particularly wrong with it though.

UrsulaBuffay Mon 10-Mar-14 07:28:42

It's my name and it's fucking awful

TamerB Mon 10-Mar-14 07:30:16

Chloeanne and Julianne are dreadful! Josephine will probably get called Jo anyway as it is much nicer than Josie.
It goes well with Alexander because Jo and Alex are both names that could be boys or girls.
( still shuddering over Chloeanne!)

alita7 Mon 10-Mar-14 07:49:55

It's Ok as a middle name but can't Imagine a baby called it, sorry! Trying to think of similar alternatives... Jona? Joanna? Josy?

Driveway Mon 10-Mar-14 07:55:37

I really like it! She'd be a bit like a twenty year old Grace now though I guess, as I imagine Joanne will come back into fashion properly a bit later!

SadFreak Mon 10-Mar-14 08:12:55

It was a very popular name when I was growing up in the 70's but ifvyou like it go for it.
I don't love it but its totally inoffensive and not pretentious like so many names.
I think it would actually be quite nice because there probably won't be lots of others of the same age and not because there is anything wrong with it but because its too early for its revival. I suspect a lot of Joannes are mums themselves.
Go for it if you like it.

HyvaPaiva Mon 10-Mar-14 08:14:20

I don't like it at all, sorry.

Pooka Mon 10-Mar-14 08:14:34

I don't like Joanne - but perversely really like Joanna!

Joanne just sounds a bit dull, whereas the -a ending lifts it IMO.

Northernlurker Mon 10-Mar-14 08:17:42

I think Joanne is dated (fine for an adult now but not a baby). Joanna though is pretty timeless and much prettier.

yesnoyesnoyesno Mon 10-Mar-14 08:18:30

Joanne boring, Joanna ok, Josephine is grandma Josephine from Charlie and the chocolate factory.

Chloeanne unspeakably awful.

Mrsindecision Mon 10-Mar-14 08:18:47

It's v dated but not in a cool and retro way - I'm sure it'll be back at some point, just not for quite a few decades. Marianne? Roxanne/Roxanna? Arianne? Josephine if you want "Jo"?

Mrsindecision Mon 10-Mar-14 08:23:49

And yes, Joanna very definitely "better" than Joanne, although neither float my boat!

Aelfrith Mon 10-Mar-14 08:28:30

Joanna is lovely.

Juliet is also fabulous with Alexander I think.

Helen also very classic and beautiful.

JonathanGirl Mon 10-Mar-14 08:34:43

I know siblings Alexander and Johanna, I think they are lovely names.

Joanne is a bit dated and dull IMO, I prefer Joanna, Jeanne or even Joan - Joanie is v cute nickname for a little baby or toddler

Wishfulmakeupping Mon 10-Mar-14 08:45:18

Don't like it either sorry.
Some strong girl name suggestions-
And I like Josephine as another poster mention and you could still have Jo as nn or Josie which is so cute!

Paintyfingers Mon 10-Mar-14 08:52:30

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