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Do you like the name Ianthe?

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Lizzie1832 Wed 01-Jul-15 22:57:02

We are about to have a third daughter. Our first two are Cecily and Emmeline. Having a bit of trouble picking a name for this one! Currently Ianthe is in the lead. What do you think? Others we like include Daisy and Romilly. Any views or suggestions would be very much appreciated! Thanks very much!

superram Wed 01-Jul-15 23:26:49

I know an ianthe and she is lovely. I struggled to pronounce it at first but is actually simpler than it looks.

lizabeth0607 Wed 01-Jul-15 23:27:45

How is it pronounced?
I love Daisy smile

BikeRunSki Wed 01-Jul-15 23:30:13

Daisy is a bit mainstream in the mix with your other dds names. I also find it a bit twee. I have not come across Ianthe, but my mum would have liked a DD or DGD called Iolanthe.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Wed 01-Jul-15 23:31:46

I'm with lizabeth I'm afraid - no idea how to pronounce it blush.

I also really like Daisy.

Lizzie1832 Wed 01-Jul-15 23:36:33

It is pronounced Eye Anth Ee. Does that make any difference to views?

BadHenry Wed 01-Jul-15 23:37:32


lizabeth0607 Wed 01-Jul-15 23:40:51

It does certainly flow with your other daughters names, however I really like Daisy, maybe because my lovely DD is called Maisie tho? wink

DancingLady Wed 01-Jul-15 23:42:31

like it, but like Romilly more. or Romy, or Rowan.

FelixFelix Wed 01-Jul-15 23:42:55

I don't like it. My name is the exact same name except there's an X in place of the I, so maybe that's why it seems weird to me! I don't think it goes well with your other names.

FelixFelix Wed 01-Jul-15 23:43:46

Sorry I meant I do think it goes well with your other names though blush Must go to bed!

MarinaCoyle Wed 01-Jul-15 23:45:32

It's beautiful. I don't think I've ever come across it before. It flows really well with your other DDs' names too. What a lovely triosmile

Kefybaby Wed 01-Jul-15 23:45:59

I like it!

LadyIsabellaWrotham Wed 01-Jul-15 23:48:38

There is only one Ianthe I've ever heard of in literature or life and she's a cow so I'd veto it.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Wed 01-Jul-15 23:48:59

Thank you for the pronunciation!

Yes, I like it. I would choose Daisy from your three possibilities, but our tastes are different in any case as I would never have gone for the two names you already have (nothing at all wrong with them, just not my thing - and DH would definitely have objected).

FWIW, Ianthe does seem to fit well with Cecily and Emmeline. Just be prepared for incorrect pronunciation from time to time smile.

Nospringflower Wed 01-Jul-15 23:51:59

Had never heard of it but was able to guess how to say it and agree - it goes well with your other names. Would never have thought I would be saying I like it but I do!!

Eleleleo Thu 02-Jul-15 00:00:35

I love it. Would have called DD Iolanthe if DH had agreed. Sadly he knows an Ianthe and felt it would look like we were naming DD after her.

Limer Thu 02-Jul-15 00:01:50

No no no.


Zakken Thu 02-Jul-15 00:25:48

I don't really like it. It sounds a little awkward. I like Anthea which seems to flow better.

Sophronia Thu 02-Jul-15 00:31:44

I like it and definitely prefer it to Daisy and Romilly. Iolanthe is nice too.

Glitoris Thu 02-Jul-15 00:36:18

I'll be honest,seeing as you asked for opinions.While I know it's a 'real' name,I think it reads like one of those house names made up from half of one adults name,and half of the other.I think the child would have a lifetime of either A)spelling it for people B) teaching them how to pronounce it or C) explaining why her parents chose it.

I think she's prefer to be named Romily,of your other choices.

Qwebec Thu 02-Jul-15 00:43:50

Beautiful name!

CakeRattleandRoll Thu 02-Jul-15 01:02:49

I like it. Definitely the best of your 3 choices - Romilly is too similar to Cecily and I find Daisy a bit girly.

I did also see 'Ian the', which might be a problem, depending on your surname e.g. 'Ian the Baker'.
How about Xanthe?

TheXxed Thu 02-Jul-15 01:12:02

What about Catriona?

reuset Thu 02-Jul-15 01:55:31

I find Romilly too similar to both names. Ianthe is ok, though you might find many people haven't heard of it before or know how to pronounce it

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