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Genevieve or Anoushka

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Whatareyoutalkingabout Tue 21-May-19 06:25:44

Which do you prefer and why?

We love Genevieve and had settled on it but we have Indian background and thought it might be nice to use a name with Indian heritage, but the only one I like is Anoushka and I'm worried the name is vaguely ridiculous in the UK - must admit that even to me it conjures up images of a fabulous eccentric elderly woman who used to work in showbiz and now wears one of those cool old-showbiz-lady turbans and long silk cardigans etc. You know? Who calls everyone dahling and smokes cigarettes from a long cigarette holder.

Also like Lorelei, but again, don't think it tops Genevieve. (I know a Lorelei is a siren who lures men to their doom but I quite like that about the name).

Nickname wise we like Eve or Vivi for Genevieve, Annie for Anoushka (DH likes Anu, I guess is how you'd spell it, which is the Indian nickname (or at least the nickname for this name in his part of India). I can't say properly because of my accent but which sounds a little like An-oo. I'd stick with Annie due to loving it and not being able to properly pronounce the alternative!) I like both Rory and Lorie for Lorelei.

Any thoughts?

pilates Tue 21-May-19 07:14:47

I prefer Anoushka nn Noush

daisypond Tue 21-May-19 07:19:29

Anoushka is a Russian name to me. I like it. I suppose it does seem to have something of that image you painted. There’s the name Anoush as well, but that’s Armenian. I also know a Lorelei. You may get pronunciation issues with Genevieve - will you say it the French way or the English way? But I like it. It’s probably my favourite.

DameSylvieKrin Tue 21-May-19 07:22:43

I love Anoushka. Genevieve seems a bit dated and you have to like Gen or Genny.

VanillaCoconutDove Tue 21-May-19 07:23:41

I think the only issue is when you have nickname preferences, as once you give a child a name then nicknames become organic from that point on. I’d imagine Genevieve will most commonly be nicknamed Jen/Jenny, would you be okay with that?

I discounted a fair few names based upon disliking common nicknames derivatives over the official name.

Purplelavenders Tue 21-May-19 07:30:35

I prefer Geneviève.

Peachbubble Tue 21-May-19 07:43:06

I prefer Anoushka, it's always been a favourite name of mine. Not keen on Genevieve tbh, because of spelling and pronunciation issues.

Whatareyoutalkingabout Tue 21-May-19 09:09:36

Thank you for the replies! Should clarify, will be using the British pronounciation of Genevieve. We are currently working abroad and while I love the French version, my French friends do not think much of my attempt to pronounce the name in a French accent! So I think I'd essentially be embarrassing myself by using that pronounciation. (I understand to to be like Gene-Vee-ev with a soft G - and i'd have sworn I was saying it perfectly but there were sniggers grin I slightly prefer the English pronounciation anyway.

Nickname-wise, where we are living children aren't ever known by full names and their nicknames are chosen by parents and then used by teachers, family and friends (lots of short, cute nicknames - think Coco, Cici, Mimi, etc). So in that sense I'd be able to choose the nickname but that of course doesn't mean the nickname they use in childhood will stick for life. I don't like the name Jenny but I guess in another ten years time it might suddenly seem vintage and lovely instead of dated and dull like it does now, so even if she did end up and Jenny maybe it wouldn't be the end of the world (although I'd be gutted about it now!)

I've been whispering 'Anoushka' over and over to myself since I got it into my head to test out the sound (anyone else do this when they discover a new name?) and it's really grown on me! Maybe even overtaken Genevieve now, I'm not sure.

Any middle name ideas for Anoushka? Other DC have 2 so would feel bad if she didn't have any, but I can't think of any that sound nice or don't sound too much.

SallyWD Tue 21-May-19 09:13:36

They're both great names. My DH is Indian and we considered Anoushka. She could be Annie for short.

Ellabella989 Tue 21-May-19 09:14:56

I prefer Genevieve and would have Evie or Eve as a nn

paintwater Tue 21-May-19 09:15:34

I love the name Anoushka

Proseccofuelled Tue 21-May-19 09:20:37

Anoushka sounds Russian to me?
Genevieve is much nicer

DameSylvieKrin Tue 21-May-19 09:48:42

Anoushka Rue
Anoushka Wren

shumway Tue 21-May-19 09:49:38

I like both.

Sophronia Tue 21-May-19 10:00:21

I like both, but prefer Genevieve.

Sophronia Tue 21-May-19 10:01:11

I know an Annika with Indian heritage. She goes Annie too. I prefer that to Anoushka.

ChloePenny Tue 21-May-19 10:44:18

I like Genevieve
Don’t like Anoushka at all! Think it’s the ‘noush’ Sound that I don’t like. As a PP said, it’s a Russian name to me

manicinsomniac Tue 21-May-19 12:19:35

I absolutely love Anoushka but I'm another one who thought it was a Russian name. I knew an Anoushka when I was little (she was White British, I don't know about her parents though). I've never met another one.

Genevieve is also lovely but would be my second choice.

outsho Tue 21-May-19 13:10:25

I prefer Genevieve. Anoushka sounds very Russian.

Whatareyoutalkingabout Tue 21-May-19 13:30:36

About the Russian / Indian thing, weirdly it is both. In Russia it's apparently a pet name for Anna, but in India it's a name it's own right

Whatareyoutalkingabout Tue 21-May-19 13:31:28

I'm feeling so confused about Anoushka! Some really positive and really negative responses - maybe it's a bit of a marmite name?

VioletCharlotte Tue 21-May-19 13:38:24

I know a couple of adult Anoushka's, neither are Indian. I think it's a nice name but it will be shortened to 'Noush'

I'm not keen on Genevieve, but what's important is what you like.

daisypond Tue 21-May-19 13:39:13

It’s fine to use Anoushka if you have Indian/Russian heritage. It’s a lovely name. It maybe only sounds over the top if you haven’t got those links.

woodcutbirds Tue 21-May-19 13:42:27

I love Genevieve. Cool nicknames Vivi (which means lively) and Gene or Genie.

Anoushka does sound Russian to me.

number1wang Tue 21-May-19 13:46:18

Genevieve is lovely (Jenna-veev, yes?)

I have met a few Anoushkas all of Indian subcontinent heritage. Less excited by it than Genevieve which is really pretty.

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