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TravellingHopefully12 Tue 09-Jun-15 11:07:17

It's a moot point as I'm not PG and have to plan it carefully due to stupid health stuff I've posted about in another thread, but what do people think of the name Manon?

DP loves this name as do I, but I see issues with it being a bit too unusual - plus 'Manny' springs to mind as a nick name, which is horrible.

SylvaniansAtEase Tue 09-Jun-15 11:10:58

Loved it, but didn't use it because no good nn, as you say. 'Man' isn't great. Have also heard 'Non' which is a Welsh name in its own right - also not very keen.

However, I think it's one of those names which quite possibly wouldn't get shortened. A bit like Seren - know lots of those, all just called Seren.

So if you love it, go for it and make sure it's ALWAYS Manon?

Other ones that spring to mind:


Highlandbird Tue 09-Jun-15 11:12:10

Are you in Wales? It was a fairly common name when I was growing up (in my 30's) and I knew a few at school, so I wouldn't consider it an unusual name, but maybe outside of Wales it would be. Fwiw I like it! grin

BriocheBriocheBrioche Tue 09-Jun-15 11:14:49

I love it, I agree that the potential nicknames are great but it doesn't really need shortening.
Its on my list for baby number 2 if its a girl but we are in France and its super popular here so that puts me off a bit.

confusedandemployed Tue 09-Jun-15 11:15:26

I think it's lovely. I also grew up in Wales and knew / know lots of them. Even so, it's not massively common in Wales like Nia / Lowri / Rhian.

SunnyBaudelaire Tue 09-Jun-15 11:16:37

Really pretty yet strong - like 'Manon des Sources' - also I live in Wales so might be biased. Wish I had chosen this for my DD.

Dafspunk Tue 09-Jun-15 11:17:47

I absolutely love Manny but don't like Manon. I wouldn't let that stop you though - if you love it, go for it and just always call him Manon. IMHO, adding the 'y' ending to names in the UK is something done by folks who're quite familiar with each other, eg. we have loads of Davids and Stevens at work and no one ever refers to them as Davy or Stevie because that would be too familiar. They do get called Dave and Steve but I don't think Manon would get shortened to just Man in the same way.

It wouldn't bother me but in case you would like to know, Manon is the name of a café chain in London (maybe elsewhere too but I've only ever seen it in London).

TravellingHopefully12 Tue 09-Jun-15 11:19:40

Hi Highland, no not in Wales, actually in Scotland, though she would have Scottish Grandparents who live in France where it is a more common name and DP has said he would want any potential child to spend their summers there.

SunnyBaudelaire Tue 09-Jun-15 11:23:27

you could have 'Non' as a nickname....

TravellingHopefully12 Tue 09-Jun-15 11:23:29

By the way, thank you - I agree, Mabli is very pretty as well.

Only1scoop Tue 09-Jun-15 11:25:54

Sorry I don't like it. Makes me think of Charles Manson just missing an 'a'

Only1scoop Tue 09-Jun-15 11:26:16

'S' whoops

acatcalledjohn Tue 09-Jun-15 11:29:19

I know a Manon of primary school age and think it's a lovely name. To my knowledge no probs WRT horrible abbreviated forms.

alteredimages Tue 09-Jun-15 11:29:24

I love it. I know a couple of Manons and no one shortens their names.

confused that is the first time I have heard my name described as common. smile

TreadSoftlyOnMyDreams Tue 09-Jun-15 11:29:57

Love it.

Manon des Sources is one of my favourite all time films, the music is so haunting

It won't be shortened too often if you make it clear that you want her called by her full name. School and uni is a different thing but by then she'll enforce it herself or not as the case may be.

IssyStark Tue 09-Jun-15 11:50:50

A friend's niece is called Manon but her family live in France so obv. it isn't at all unusual there.

If you both like it, I'd say go to it. Afterall, you can just quote the Auld Alliance as to why a Scots girl should have a French name wink

reuset Tue 09-Jun-15 11:54:08

Fairly popular in France. Not a great name for the UK I wouldn't have thought, the shortening to 'man', 'manny' There's also the tragic Manon Lescaut reference, if you care about that sort of thing (ballet, opera)

reuset Tue 09-Jun-15 11:56:28

Dafspunk - Manon is a girl's name grin Easy mistake to make though

SunnyBaudelaire Tue 09-Jun-15 11:56:51

it is a well known and used name in this part of the UK, reuset!

reuset Tue 09-Jun-15 13:19:18

Ah, Wales!

frozentree Wed 10-Jun-15 08:14:28

I have a Manon - her father is Welsh, and we live in France so it fitted perfectly for us. No-one shortens it at all, but it is pronounced differently in French and English. In French it is more like MaNON, whereas in English it tends to be more like MAAAAnon.

deadwitchproject Wed 10-Jun-15 08:43:33

Manon des Sources is one of my favourite all time films, the music is so haunting

One of my favourite films too so I think it's a great name.

iamnotaponceyloudperson Wed 10-Jun-15 22:25:44

I went to school with a Manon. Love it! She was gorgeous and funny. Name was never shortened.

JasperDamerel Wed 10-Jun-15 22:32:29

I like Manon des Sources, and think it is a lovely name.

WLmum Wed 10-Jun-15 22:35:19


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