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Thoughts on Amelie?

(38 Posts)
noideahereo Thu 21-Sep-17 11:36:44

I love love love this name however is it too close to Amelia? I think it sounds lovely but wouldn't want her to spend her whole life being confused with Amelia, especially as Amelia is so popular. Opinions and any suggestions welcome!

Fluffysparks Thu 21-Sep-17 11:48:23

I think Amelie can be confused with many things, Amelia, Emily etc and even less common names like Annelie, but with that said I think it's a beautiful name smile

noideahereo Thu 21-Sep-17 11:50:12

should probably add we are not french if that matters

DeepfriedPizza Thu 21-Sep-17 11:51:02

Lovely name. It's my dog's name (rescue, came with the dog) no one gets it right ever. People may make more of an effort for a child but I get 'what's her name" "Amelie" "Emily?" "no, Amelie" "whatever"

Hammy12345 Thu 21-Sep-17 11:55:00

I have an Amelie, so far everyone has 'got' her name and she hasn't been called Amelia or Emily. She is 2 now. I think if you like the name, you should go for it.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Thu 21-Sep-17 11:57:28

Awful like a cross between Amelia and Emily gone wrong

Chaffinch4 Thu 21-Sep-17 12:20:27

Amelie is in the top 100 named so pretty popular in its own right. I don't imagine it people will find it that hard to pronounce or remember. It's pretty.

LostwithSawyer Thu 21-Sep-17 12:23:44

Not keen at all.

Babymamamama Thu 21-Sep-17 12:26:05

It's a fairly run of the mill name round my way. Not easily confused with Amelia as the pronunciation differs. Choose it if you like it but I wouldn't say it's unusual.

HeyRoly Thu 21-Sep-17 12:28:12

Its heyday was around 8-10 years ago, so you're unlikely to come across that many baby Amelies now. But the main problem is Amelia being the number one/two name for the last few years. People will confuse Amelie with Amelia. But y'know, you can correct them!

My DD has a name that's similar to Ava. She gets called Ava from time to time, because Ava is so popular and that's what people are used to hearing. But it's not a massive problem.

Tilapia Thu 21-Sep-17 12:32:12

I like it, but the Amelia / Millie / Ella / Ellie / Emily / variations on a theme are SO popular at the moment that would put me off.

Allthebestnamesareused Thu 21-Sep-17 12:42:53

I love it and have for a long time. However it is very popular at the moment so if that would put you off eg. if you thought it was a bit more unusual.

What about Elodie? (Also French but less used over here).

Annabelle4 Thu 21-Sep-17 12:48:15

Love it. So beautiful.

If I had another dd I would call her Amelie.

Ttbb Thu 21-Sep-17 12:48:43

She can always just say Amilie 'like the film'. Most names get confused. I've known people to insist on calling Annas Ann. Or Joan Jane and the like.

tarheelbaby Thu 21-Sep-17 12:55:08

As a native English speaker who also speaks French, I find this name frustrating because none of the rules seem to apply for pronouncing it correctly.
What is your preferred pronunciation for Amelie? Does it rhyme with 'family' for you (Am-uh-lee)? If so, perhaps the Scandi version 'Amalie' would appeal to you. If you would prefer a name similar to Amelia but less popular this might be the ticket. Sophie Amalie was a queen of Denmark and their main palace, Amalienbourg, is named for her.
Or do you say it French-style, more like Ah-may-lee? Would you spell it with the accent: Amélie? You don't have to be French for your DD to have a French name.
Personally, I think there are loads of lovely names for girls outside the top 100 which are still easy to pronounce and spell so I chose family names from those for my DDs. But I also appreciate that others love a well known name from the top 20 - after all those names are top 20 because they're so well loved.

juneau Thu 21-Sep-17 12:58:14

Around here it's VERY over-used (London/Southeast). Every second girl I've met in the past 10 years is called either Amelie or Amelia.

Do you know that Amelia actually means 'has no arms and legs' - it's actually a medical term. I'm guessing a lot of those parents don't realise that!

Dixiestampsagain Thu 21-Sep-17 12:59:02

I love it- it was one of my 'shortlist' names for dd.

PerfumeIsAMessage Thu 21-Sep-17 13:04:29

Very popular and regularly mangled when pronounced. More likely to be confused with Emily (also ubiquitous though thankfully had its day for the next 60yrs) than Amelia.

ProseccoMamam Thu 21-Sep-17 13:06:07

Lovely name but after watching so many horrors any nice cutesy girly name makes me cringe because it always makes me picture a possessed little girl with a white dress and manky hair sad sorry

HowsAnnie Thu 21-Sep-17 13:11:46

I absolutely love the name Amelie (although loved the film). Only reason I didn't use as I knew a few Emily's being born around the same time so did think it was similar.

mynameisspam Thu 21-Sep-17 13:17:53

My best friends little girl is Amelie, it's a beautiful name. X

LinaBo Thu 21-Sep-17 13:19:19

I really like it and it was on my shortlist but when I was discussing names with a friend (at the time) I noticed the British don't pronounce it how I liked it the French way so I dropped it. Another friend used it a few months later and she was forever correcting people's pronunciation, this was several years ago now so I think she's given up. So, imo, if you like the French pronounciation, you're probably better off picking something else, but if you like the British way, it's a lovely name.

starfishmummy Thu 21-Sep-17 13:27:59

I love.it. It was top of the list for our child..who turned out to be a boy (who is now19!!)...never did use it!!

tigerlil6571 Thu 21-Sep-17 13:30:06

I'm not keen. It's very close to Emily and could easily be misheard.

Also, I think Kate and Simon's daughter in Doctor Foster is named Amelie.

millifiori Thu 21-Sep-17 13:31:33

About half the little girls in our village seem to be called Amelie so everyone round here knows how to spell it and pronounce it. It's a pretty name. I like Elodie too and that's very French.

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