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Thurlow Thu 16-Jul-15 20:42:52

I'm bored tonight grin so just mulling over some names. Mentioned this recently to a few friends as one I've been considering, but got some mixed feedback - a lot based on the fact that the Queen Bee at secondary school always seemed to be a 'Jo', so they didn't like the name.

Is it a good name, or a bit '80s?

EmmaWoodlouse Thu 16-Jul-15 20:46:01

I think Joanne is more 80s, and Joanna is fairly timeless.

TheWoollybacksWife Thu 16-Jul-15 20:56:10

I think it's lovely but I'm biased wink

My DD does get called Joanne occasionally usually by my mum which is a nice enough name but is not her name. She is called Jo by her friends but is definitely not a queen bee. grin

Sophronia Thu 16-Jul-15 21:26:57

I love the name Joanna, and I agree it's more timeless than Joanne, which feels a bit dated. Johanna is nice too.

Asleeponasunbeam Thu 16-Jul-15 21:34:37

I love it.
Also love
Louisa but not Louise
Julia but not Julia
Diana but not Diane

manicinsomniac Thu 16-Jul-15 23:05:12

I love Joanna (agree re Joanne being the dated one)

I know a gorgeous two year old Joanna but all the others I know are adults. It should be used more!

Bue Thu 16-Jul-15 23:11:10

I also love Joanna! Has a very different vibe from Joanne.

Cloggal Fri 17-Jul-15 00:08:20

Love Joanna and Johanna, not Joanne though weirdly

Quasilulu Fri 17-Jul-15 02:08:35

Love it and Susannah not Suzanne.

CakeRattleandRoll Fri 17-Jul-15 03:25:09

Lovely name.

ch1134 Fri 17-Jul-15 06:41:41

As well as being dated, I don't think it sounds very pretty. It's the 'wa' sound in the middle.

Whipnaenae Fri 17-Jul-15 06:49:37

I hate Joanne, (always seemed to be pronounced j-WANNE in the 80s) but I love Joanna, I know a little Joanna nn Joji. So so cute.

PunkrockerGirl Fri 17-Jul-15 07:08:00

I think Joanna is a lovely name.

Thurlow Fri 17-Jul-15 11:03:21

Agree that the 'a' ending on most of those names seems to make them a little more classic. And I like these sort of names - familiar but not used too much at the moment.

Would they inevitably become 'Jo' though?

reuset Fri 17-Jul-15 11:04:37

Possibly Jo, or Anna, but lovely name. Refreshing.

Belleview Fri 17-Jul-15 11:08:14

Love the name Joanna!

WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant Fri 17-Jul-15 13:44:21

Joanna is a gorgeous name.
If I am lucky enough to get dd2, it will be her middle name.
It's a Hebrew name, I think it means "praise to god", but I can't remember the exact meaning.

MehsMum Fri 17-Jul-15 13:56:59

Lovely name.
Agree with pp re j-WANNE.

Daisywellies Fri 17-Jul-15 14:55:56

I would see it as a 70s name to be honest.

SometimesItRains Fri 17-Jul-15 15:03:52

Yes they will become Jo. You have to like all the shortenings of a name as you don't get to pick what their friends call them.

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