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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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copperoliver Sat 21-Mar-20 22:54:13

Mia. X

MikeUniformMike Sat 21-Mar-20 20:12:42

Ines, but you will get problems will spelling and pronunciation. (I-nezh confused)
Mia has been tarnished by it's popularity and sounds like Mere.

There are some lovely French names that would work in the UK.
Not RTFT.

Chinks123 Sat 21-Mar-20 20:07:47

Brilliant isn’t it @NameChange30, he gets it a lot. I think it’s because Sean is spelt like bean, which to be honest doesn’t make much sense.

NameChange30 Sat 21-Mar-20 20:04:06

my brother is Sean and today the Postman asked for “Seen”

🤦🏻‍♀️grin

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Chinks123 Sat 21-Mar-20 19:58:58

I’ve only heard Innes- the Scottish boys name, and it’s pronounced In-Ez, so I imagine you’ll get a lot of people mispronouncing it.

I wouldn’t worry though, I have a Mia and people manage to say that wrong a lot too.
People can say any name wrong, my brother is Sean and today the Postman asked for “Seen”
So just go for what you like.

NameChange30 Sat 21-Mar-20 19:52:37

Hmm Zia is an interesting one thanks.
Not sure about Maria but couldn't use it anyway.

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BellsaRinging Sat 21-Mar-20 19:35:14

Team Ines here-it's beautiful!

theschoolonthehill Sat 21-Mar-20 19:32:34

Ines. I really dislike Mia. It sounds so incomplete. If you really like it, then Maria is far prettier and more solid.

s3tut0y3r Sat 21-Mar-20 19:25:44

Ok. How about Zia? It's short and zappy and from Latin so French ish...

NameChange30 Sat 21-Mar-20 18:39:50

I think Annette is an old lady name in France.
Contrary to current trends, I don't really like old lady names. I like short and simple. It's tricky.

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userabcname Sat 21-Mar-20 18:33:22

Oh god not another Mia! Please!!! They are everywhere!!!

s3tut0y3r Sat 21-Mar-20 18:28:45

Annette? Not too French and very pretty. Anstice might be breton

percheron67 Sat 21-Mar-20 18:20:49

Inez definitely. Mia is done to death.

NameChange30 Sat 21-Mar-20 18:19:35

Never heard Anstice! They're all too French though grin

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s3tut0y3r Sat 21-Mar-20 18:15:36

I prefer Mia, but this seems more Italian than French. What about Anstice, Delphine or Angeline?

KittyJune Sat 21-Mar-20 17:06:27

Ines, for sure! Mia is so overdone.

Whatsyourflava Sat 21-Mar-20 14:17:24

Much prefer Mia ❤️❤️

CuppaZa Sat 21-Mar-20 12:30:07

Ines. Loads of Mia’s around. Most I know I bitches but that’s by the by grin

NameChange30 Sat 21-Mar-20 12:27:57

It's a girl! I was going to wait until my 20 week scan but it's been such a tough week that I decided to book a private scan to find out.

I'm delighted! Now back to the Inès / Mia dilemma...

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TatianaLarina Sat 25-Jan-20 11:14:07

You've answered your own question, as that's not how it's pronounced grin Not in France and not by the majority in the UK either.

I’m half French, my aunt is called Inès. In the UK she’s called Eenez. In France it’s more Eeness but there’s not much in it.

There are differences I can get worked up about like pronouncing Amélie Amilly or Anaïs Annay but not this one.

NameChange30 Fri 24-Jan-20 20:01:30

"Why cater to the lowest denominator?"

Good point. But also... I find people annoying at the best of times and I don't know if I will be able to deal with people informing me I'm pronouncing my own DD's name "wrong"... not politely anyway grin

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hairyxmasturkey Fri 24-Jan-20 19:59:21

I absolutely LOVE Ines. I would have it without the accent if you're living in the Uk. Such a beautiful name

Carouselfish Fri 24-Jan-20 19:41:46

I've taught a lovely Brit 13 yr old Ines. Never had a problem with her name. Why cater to the lowest denominator?

Urkiddingright Fri 24-Jan-20 12:32:00

Ines but it is supposed to be pronounced in-ez.

Mia is too common.

Happyandglorious Fri 24-Jan-20 09:12:02

Mia

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