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Can I have Xanthe...

(29 Posts)
ThereAreNoWords Sat 17-Dec-16 10:03:43

... If we already have Zoe? Too similar? Middle name is likely to be Frances. We also like Esme, Phoebe and Olivia. Thanks!

Only1scoop Sat 17-Dec-16 10:06:43

How about Ianthe instead? May sound better with Zoe

1horatio Sat 17-Dec-16 10:07:09

Yes, you can smile

But I do love Phoebe and Olivia. So, I personally would go with one of these.

Esme could be a lovely middle name, imo.

HoratioNightboy Sat 17-Dec-16 15:20:53

I think Zoe and Xanthe are fine together, but I think Xanthe Frances sounds awful. Sorry.

ThereAreNoWords Sat 17-Dec-16 15:55:02

There are sentimental reasons for the middle name Frances so that's likely to stay whatever the first name. Thanks for replies everyone

ThereAreNoWords Sat 17-Dec-16 15:56:29

How do you pronounce Ianthe? Is it Ee-an-thee or Eye-an-thee? Or something else?

sortthetacheoutbernard Sat 17-Dec-16 16:00:08

I'm the opposite of Horatio. I think Frances works as a middle name but I think xanthe and zoe are too similar.

BagelDog Sat 17-Dec-16 16:00:18

Eye-an-thee, and it is lovely. But I also adore Xanthe and think it is dissimilar enough to Zoe to be okay. Olivia is very very popular round my way. And I always have a slightly drippy image of a Phoebe, hang-up from one I knew way back...

1horatio Sat 17-Dec-16 16:04:35


First I was thinking you meant me 😂 Not super keen on Francis, but it isn't bad. And seeing as there are sentimental reasons...

I think Irene might be pretty.
But that's very different, so idk.

MakeItStopNeville Sat 17-Dec-16 16:11:21

I know a Zoe that has a sister called Zhea and I don't think they're too similar so Xanthe works to my ears.

ThereAreNoWords Sat 17-Dec-16 16:16:45

Yes, I think Olivia, although lovely, is probably too popular. My first choice is Artemis but DH has vetoed- so mean!

1horatio Sat 17-Dec-16 16:18:48

But... Xanthe and Zoe don't sound similar, at all... right?

ThereAreNoWords Sat 17-Dec-16 16:26:58

It's just the double Z sound, I suppose. But I guess loads of people have children whose names start with the same letter, which is the same I guess

Only1scoop Sat 17-Dec-16 16:40:46


DollyPlastic Sat 17-Dec-16 16:43:00

Zan th ee

Sounds really like

Zow ee

But I like it.

1horatio Sat 17-Dec-16 17:09:41


I pronounce that Xan-tey (but I'm not English).
Whereas Zoe is Zo-ee...

So, to me the really aren't similar at all.

EllaHen Sat 17-Dec-16 17:15:01

Both lovely names. Quite similar to my ear, which is probably why I like them both.

DollyPlastic Sat 17-Dec-16 17:34:01

It's not Zan tay, it's Zan thee in England.

Good name either way though.

1horatio Sat 17-Dec-16 17:35:38

Oh. Hm... that does make it sound more similar.

I still think it would be fine smile

Jigglealltheway Sat 17-Dec-16 19:10:50

Esme and Olivia sound the best with Francis.
You could use Xanthe Olivia Francis or Xanthe Esme Francis as Xanthe Francis doesn't sound that great.

donquixotedelamancha Sat 17-Dec-16 20:09:01

I really like Xanthe, but not convinced with Zoe. I really don't think Xanthe Frances works at all- sorry.

Artemis is great. On a similar theme, how about Andromache?

Cleopatra means 'Daddy's little girl' (well sort of) if you want to win hubby over to classical nomenclature.

Stuckinstressville Sat 17-Dec-16 20:11:35

Am an adult xanthe and love it! Do it!

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sat 17-Dec-16 20:37:49

Xanthe is a fabulous name.

Backhometothenorth Sat 17-Dec-16 21:58:23

Maybe Evanthe? Beautiful name

Pluto30 Sat 17-Dec-16 22:21:40

I pronounce Xanthe as zan-thee, so IMO it is too close to Zoe.

I like Esme and Olivia. Have never warmed to Phoebe.

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