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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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daisypond Sat 11-Jan-20 09:45:09

Meant to add, with the accent, it’s clear you are using the French spelling and pronunciation with the -ess sound at the end, and not the Spanish pronunciation.

theclockticksslowly Sat 11-Jan-20 09:53:24

Love Ines.

So many Mia, Maiya, Maya around. People always have trouble remembering which way round to pronounce them. I don’t think you’d have much more issue telling people how to pronounce Ines.

NameChange30 Sat 11-Jan-20 09:56:31

Thanks all. I'm surprised by the preference for Inès actually. I guess Mumsnet tends to prefer more unusual names. I'm just dreading the spelling / pronunciation issues when one of the surnames (DH's!) is also difficult for English people to spell and pronounce.

We'll have to wait and see how we feel about the names if it's a girl. Only about 15 weeks to go until we find out 🙈

(PS Chocolate no need to apologise, it is helpful to know when people don't immediately know how to pronounce it! I didn't when I first heard it years ago.)

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TatianaLarina Sat 11-Jan-20 09:59:41

Inès by miles. Mia is everywhere.

othervoicesotherrooms Sat 11-Jan-20 10:07:08

Inès without a doubt! SO many Mias!

NameChange30 Sat 11-Jan-20 10:27:48

Hmm. I didn't realise Mia was quite so common. In 2018 it was ranked fifth in my region, more than 300 of them.

It took me absolutely ages to even find it but Inès is 574th with only 72 in the whole of England and Wales. Inez is right at the bottom of the list with only 17.

My son's name is similarly unusual. In the year he was born it was ranked 730th with only 47. In equal place with Olaf grin (It's a much nicer name than Olaf, honest!)

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MrHaroldFry Sat 11-Jan-20 11:09:45

What about Inez rather than Inés? Or just use Agnes?

ladycarlotta Sat 11-Jan-20 11:34:35

I've never heard Ines rhymed with finesse before (would say in-NEZ), but as a French pronunciation that makes perfect sense. It's elegant; I definitely prefer it to Mia which is quite overexposed.

Ellmau Sat 11-Jan-20 11:43:46

Ines is lovely, but you will have issues with Anglo pronunciation. Also I would avoid anything with an accent in this country because online systems will sometimes struggle..

NameChange30 Sat 11-Jan-20 12:31:02

I would definitely use the Inès spelling and "In-ess" pronunciation, which I prefer to Inez / "In-ezz".

I don't like Agnes at all I'm afraid.

I'll keep thinking in case I come up with something else I like that works in English and French. It's so tricky! I love the name Lyra but it's unheard of in France and doesn't really work in a French accent.

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Poorolddaddypig Sat 11-Jan-20 15:14:10

Ines! Definitely

babycakes1010 Sat 11-Jan-20 15:21:41

I love the name Mia...bit biased as my dd is a Mia...tho I hythenated her name

HindsightIs2020Vision Sat 11-Jan-20 15:23:54

Inès.Mia is so overused. I don't think Inès has any more pronunciation issues that Mia.

Charlottejbt Sat 11-Jan-20 15:51:42

I prefer Mia, but it's too popular now. I don't think Inès is a pretty name, but it does sound quite classy.

A friend of DP has a daughter called Inès, who would be about 14.

CaptainMyCaptain Sat 11-Jan-20 15:54:26

There are loads of Mias, I like Ines.

Barre Sat 11-Jan-20 16:00:19

Love Inès! I’d pronounce it like you or with a Z sound at the end, it’s beautiful.

Mia is nice enough but very overdone. How about Léa?

wowfudge Sat 11-Jan-20 16:06:10

Ines is a beautiful name OP. I have a name, which is heard of, but not very common, with a standard spelling. I've had it misspelled in a variety of different ways, mispronounced on occasion and I've been called other names which start with the same letter. I wouldn't worry about it because it can happen with what you might think is a very straightforward name.

userabcname Sat 11-Jan-20 16:06:22

Oh Ines! There are soooo many Mias!

NameChange30 Sat 11-Jan-20 17:18:20

I like Léa actually. Not sure whether we'd spell it Léa or Leah.

I think I still prefer Mia and Inès, though!

Thanks wowfudge, good point.

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NameChange30 Sun 12-Jan-20 21:05:24

I'm intrigued by the deletion grin

I think I'm leaning more towards Inès now. I wasn't sure about DS's name at first but it grew on me (love it now) and I wonder if Inès will be the same.

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Nonnymum Tue 14-Jan-20 08:59:24

Ines is beautiful, Mia is very popular.

Nofoolfornoone Tue 14-Jan-20 14:53:35

I love Ines

NameChange30 Tue 14-Jan-20 14:58:23

I'm surprised actually by just how much love there is for Inès and how little there is for Mia! I think Mia is a lovely name even if it's very popular atm. I suppose it's not one of those popular but classic (and slightly boring) names that seem to meet universal approval on here grin

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robin04031402 Tue 14-Jan-20 20:45:55

Ines definitely.
Mia can be pronunded My-a or Me-a
There was a Mia and Mia in my class both pronounced differently and the teachers (and class) definitely stuggled to say the least!

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