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How would you pronounce Fabien?

(25 Posts)
UsernamesHarderThanBabyNames Fri 28-Nov-14 21:10:43

I love the name Fabien, but with the French spelling and pronunciation ie. Fab-yen, but am worried people will confuse it with Fabian ie Fay-b-an, which is probably more common in the UK. Thoughts? Love Fab as a nickname.

OttiliaVonBCup Fri 28-Nov-14 21:13:50

There's no n at the end in the French pronunciation.
There would be one in Fabienne, which is the female name.

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Fri 28-Nov-14 21:14:44


Coconutty Fri 28-Nov-14 21:15:26

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owlbegoing Fri 28-Nov-14 21:15:59

I hear it as either Fab-e-en or Fay-b-en.
Slightly different to both of yours.
Definitely an en rather than an an end to it iyswim

todayiamfat Fri 28-Nov-14 21:16:02

I have taught both a Fabienne and a Fabien. The male was prounounced Fay-bee-un.

That's how he prounounced it anyway.

Casmama Fri 28-Nov-14 21:17:33

No-one in the uk will pronounce it the french way and you will sound pretentious if you do. Sorry it I don't think you would be doing your son any favours.

AuntieStella Fri 28-Nov-14 21:20:26

I would pronounce Fabien as Fab-eeyun and Fabian as Fay-bee-an

dorasee Fri 28-Nov-14 21:21:04


UsernamesHarderThanBabyNames Fri 28-Nov-14 21:21:36

Should have mentioned that our last name is French, don't know if that makes it less or more pretentious!

Wilf83 Fri 28-Nov-14 21:22:22

Agree with casmama

florascotia Fri 28-Nov-14 21:25:23

It's French, so, as Ottilia says, the 'en' ending is more like 'ong'. The 'g' is not pronounced but is there to show the sound is nasal. So Fab-ee-ong.

Here is a French speaker:

It's a great name, but might the existence of an English version (Fabian: Fay-bee-uhn) cause pronounciation confusion over here?

florascotia Fri 28-Nov-14 21:27:03

Cross-post with above. Sorry. If you/your family are French, then of course the French version is OK.

squoosh Fri 28-Nov-14 21:27:19

99% of people in the UK will assume it's pronounced Fay-bee-un. I'd pick a different name if this will bother you.

I would think an English Fab-yeh sounded a teensy bit pretentious.

Buttercup27 Fri 28-Nov-14 21:28:43

I read it as fay-b-en

GetTheRedOut Fri 28-Nov-14 21:30:53

I absolutely love this name. Suggested it to DP and got a resounding NO sad

I would pronounce it Fay-be-un

Emstheword Fri 28-Nov-14 21:31:39

Fabien rhymes with Kasabian wink

loislines Fri 28-Nov-14 22:02:18

I would automatically say fab-ee-en, more like the french pronunciation.

Mel0Drama Fri 28-Nov-14 22:34:23

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forago Fri 28-Nov-14 22:40:51

I went to school with a couple of Fabian and say it the French fab ee un way. I also knew a girl called Fabbienne, pronounced fab ee enn. I would pronounce Fabien the English Fabe ee en way.

I really like the (proper) French way and don't find it pretensious, but am used to it I guess.

Sophronia Sat 29-Nov-14 00:01:17

I'd pronounce it Fab-ee-un, but the one English Fabien I know pronounces it Fay-bee-un.

I also know a few German Fabians "fah-bee-an"

GreatAuntDinah Sat 29-Nov-14 09:32:10

It's very very unfashionable in France at the moment if that makes a difference.

GreatAuntDinah Sat 29-Nov-14 09:34:32

It's very out of fashion in france if that makes a difference to you.

GotToBeInItToWinIt Sat 29-Nov-14 10:00:36

I've only ever heard it pronounced Fa rather than Fay at the beginning. But then I used to live in Paris and don't know any children in the UK with the name.

moxon Sat 29-Nov-14 10:02:37

Fah (lahlahlahlah)-bee-yin. Belatedly.

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