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Xanthe or Zanthe

(33 Posts)
minkersmum Sun 21-Sep-08 21:36:50

My daughter now 4 days old, no name yet, was thinking Eve, now thinking Xanthe or Zanthe. Any thoughts on these?? Prefer the look of Xanthe but will it make people struggle to know how to pronounce it??

Majeika Sun 21-Sep-08 21:37:11


Sazisi Sun 21-Sep-08 21:38:49

has to be Xanthe; can't stand dumbing-down of names

mabanana Sun 21-Sep-08 21:39:34

Xanthe is the correct spelling, so obviously the one to go for.
It's a pretty name.

Sazisi Sun 21-Sep-08 21:40:42

Forgot to say, I do think it's a beautiful name

tiggerlovestobounce Sun 21-Sep-08 21:43:37

Xanthe is how it is spelt.
Lovely name.
I think that pronouncing an X as a "Z" sound shouldnt be too strange for people.

shreksmissus Sun 21-Sep-08 21:45:06

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minkersmum Sun 21-Sep-08 21:50:00

Xanthe is how i like it.

Where i live i'm sure lots of people will be like what?? how do you say that?? (our nearest supermarket is nearly an hour away, when i gave birth the neighbour knew before i did(almost), its very 'insular' shall we say... i'm not native!!)grin

Megglevache Sun 21-Sep-08 21:50:59

All your names are lovely. I considered it for dd but she was dark skinned and dark haired!

MadBadandDangerousToKnow Sun 21-Sep-08 21:52:09

Xanthe is the correct spelling.

If it's your favourite name, don't worry about what the neighbours will think - just go for it!

tiggerlovestobounce Sun 21-Sep-08 21:55:05

I think its a perfectly acceptable name. It is uncommon, but you didnt just invent it! Your neighbours might even like it! smile

minkersmum Sun 21-Sep-08 22:01:02

Megglevache my daughter is at the moment very dark skinned due to her lovely (physiological) jaundice and has the best head of hair my neighbours have ever seen, also very dark, she looks like she has a little wig on, even has long side burns and i'm sure we could get a bobble in the back. But my older daughter who was v similar as a newborn has gotten fairer as she gets older.
I know the name means blond or yellow but do you think that is more significant than liking the name? Iris (dd1) means 'messenger of the rainbow'... i doubt she will be!!wink

missmama Sun 21-Sep-08 22:03:01

Xanthe is perfect.
Pronouncing the 'X' as 'Z' is a basic I would have thought.
But then my sons name is not far off that and I love him having the X as an initial.

minkersmum Sun 21-Sep-08 22:04:41

missmama i like the idea of x as an initial. I know a little boy called Xander and i love it.

tortoise Sun 21-Sep-08 22:08:01

My DD1 is Xantia. Shortened to Tia sometimes. I do often have to repeat it a few times for people to understand what her name is! X as an initial is great. smile

ja9 Sun 21-Sep-08 22:09:02


zanthe is too like the greek island - is it zante?

minkersmum Sun 21-Sep-08 22:12:10

I'm personally loving it! Now thinking of middle name to go with it. Dp not so sure but all the positive comments helping! I think him having seen me birthing the 9lb9oz lady (naturally may give me some powers of persuasion... she hopes...grin

Anyone like Xanthe Eve

tortoise Sun 21-Sep-08 22:18:38

Xanthe Eve Doesn't flow very well TBH.

minkersmum Sun 21-Sep-08 22:20:25

what do you think does flow well?

missmama Sun 21-Sep-08 22:23:37

minkersmum wink where are you from?

missmama Sun 21-Sep-08 22:25:05

and does he have a brother with a wierd name?

minkersmum Sun 21-Sep-08 22:27:45

live in the highlands but from glasgow,
no xander that i know is an only child, infact i know of 2, both only children.

whats the weird name?? im intrigued??

missmama Sun 21-Sep-08 22:36:26

Lol, sorry but worried about outing myself on here, I thought admitting to Xander might be pushing it a bit, but didn't realise you were in Scotland.

minkersmum Sun 21-Sep-08 22:40:29

oh is it your own child??

you surely don't really think its weird tho??

i like weird/unusual names. smile

monkeycat Mon 22-Sep-08 10:50:59

We have just named DD2 Xanthe Willow!

It took us a week to decide on it for sure - we too were concerned about an X name being a bit much and her being cursed to spell it forever , but there are so many spellings of normal names nowadays so i don't think it's such a big deal now.

Also, I figured that most people can cope with xylophone starting with x so it can't be that hard to grasp!

Just be prepared for lots of people to say " oh , that's an unusual name !" hmm

We love it - she suits it - that's what counts .

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