Inès or Mia?

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NameChange30 Fri 10-Jan-20 21:30:01

Which name do you prefer: Inès (with or without the accent) or Mia?

We are a French/English family, living in England, so the name needs to work in both languages. I think Mia is easier to pronounce and spell. I worry that a lot of English speakers might struggle with Inès?

(Don't even know whether I'm expecting a girl yet - it's very early days - but I'm struggling with first trimester exhaustion, nausea and anxiety, and shortlisting baby names is cheering me up smile)

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PlantPotting Fri 10-Jan-20 21:32:24

I prefer Mia 🙈

PlantPotting Fri 10-Jan-20 21:32:48

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Chocolateandchats Fri 10-Jan-20 21:34:25

Mia is lovely. I’d struggle to pronounce Ines (out of interest In-s or In-e-s?).

NameChange30 Fri 10-Jan-20 21:38:20

In-ess (rhymes with finesse)

Thanks chocolate, you have answered my question about whether people will know how to pronounce it grin

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Ginbauble Fri 10-Jan-20 21:49:04

Love Ines.

Loads of little Mias here, it's very common.

RickOShay Fri 10-Jan-20 21:53:39

I absolutely love Ines. It’s just so lovely.
Mia is sweet but there are quite a few of Mia/Mayas.
I would definitely choose Ines.


sue51 Fri 10-Jan-20 21:57:38

Ines is lovely, Mia is lovely too though there are quite a few around now.

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mammmamia Fri 10-Jan-20 21:59:50

I love Ines. I thought it was pronounced Inez though not with a soft s?
I really don’t like the name Mia despite my user name grin
It’s a bit wet - prefer stronger names

FramingDevice Fri 10-Jan-20 22:00:08

Inès. Mia is pretty but ten a penny at the moment.

funmummy48 Fri 10-Jan-20 22:03:29

Love Inès. It's unusual but not eyewateringly incomprehensible.

HalfManHalfLabrador Fri 10-Jan-20 22:04:15

I thought Ines was pronounced Inez also. I think you will be forever correcting people

CointreauVersial Fri 10-Jan-20 22:04:17

Ines is tricky in the UK. DD2 had a friend at primary school called Ines - she was actually Spanish, and nobody could quite get the pronounciation right (a soft "zh" at the end, not "ss"). If that doesn't worry you, then it's a pretty name, less ubiquitous than Mia.

RooKangaroo Fri 10-Jan-20 22:04:18

Definitely Ines.

And I would pronounce it 'eye-nezz', with emphasis on the 'nezz'.

CointreauVersial Fri 10-Jan-20 22:07:00

I think it's "i-nezh", emphasis on the second syllable. The "zh" is a bit like the g sound in "beige"

Meltedicicle Fri 10-Jan-20 22:10:26

Ines was on my list for DD2 although I’ve only ever heard it pronounced In-ez. Beautiful name.

MyNewBearTotoro Fri 10-Jan-20 22:11:49

I love Ines and the pronunciation seems straightforward to me. On that note I never know how to pronounce Mia -
have seen it used as Me-uh, My-uh and May-uh!

NameChange30 Fri 10-Jan-20 22:13:22

The first syllable really is not pronounced "eye", it's "ee"

And the second syllable is not pronounced anything like "beige" at all

If it's not "ess" (the way the French pronounce it) it would be a soft "zh" (the Spanish way) as Cointreau describes.

I don't think I can use it. The pronunciation issues would drive me mad.

Shame because it's lovely sad

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NameChange30 Fri 10-Jan-20 22:14:34

Lol! I am very sure it's Me-ah.
Others might disagree 🤷🏻‍♀️

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SinkGirl Fri 10-Jan-20 22:19:16

I love Ines but it reminds me of Midnight In Paris (not sure that’s a great connection given the character!)

NameChange30 Fri 10-Jan-20 22:44:35

Meh. I watched the film but can't remember anything about it apart from that I disliked it.

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Chocolateandchats Sat 11-Jan-20 00:47:01

@NameChange30 sorry about that 🙈 Rhyming with finesse it’s actually really pretty.

SemperIdem Sat 11-Jan-20 00:49:40


I’ve never been entirely sure how to pronounce it, until you explained. I think it is very pretty and ageless because it is unusual.

Mia is lovely too but there is a lot of them. It will date.

daisypond Sat 11-Jan-20 09:42:21

Ines, definitely.

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