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Poncy French spellings when a perfectly good English one is available

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CaresMildly Fri 31-Jul-09 14:19:17

Oh yes, I did it myself!

StinkyFart Fri 31-Jul-09 14:24:26

eh ?

PortBlacksandResident Fri 31-Jul-09 14:25:12


CaresMildly Fri 31-Jul-09 14:26:48

as in Isabelle rather than Isabel

StinkyFart Fri 31-Jul-09 14:27:24


CaresMildly Fri 31-Jul-09 14:30:20

Sorry, typing very quickly whilst baby is asleep. Trying to gauge what feelings were about this - particularly from teachers/doctors. Does it annoy? Does it even get noticed?

pasturesnew Fri 31-Jul-09 14:30:41

Well someone might think we did this I suppose but actually we have Dutch family and that's where the names come from. Anyway a lot of "French" spellings are just v historical Norman English ones, aren't they? Or more recently (ish) think of Henry VIII and all his variously spelt Catherines (yes the first one was Spanish but she was Queen of England so I think she counts as an English namesake!)

GetOrfMoiLand Fri 31-Jul-09 14:30:57

Or Aimee for Amy?

I like poncy spellings personally.

pasturesnew Fri 31-Jul-09 14:32:04

basically the English language is such a mixed bag anyway I doubt people would notice or care, even mildly! I doubt your baby will get any comments on it.

pasturesnew Fri 31-Jul-09 14:33:05

See Amy is a good example as surely that must have started off as "Aimee" and only become fixed as "Amy" when Caxton's printing press came along

GetOrfMoiLand Fri 31-Jul-09 14:33:23

Sophie is the French version of the (English version) Sophy. But Sophie is far more common than Sophy.

I think genuine variants of names are accepted, however random frenchified names (with accents) are odd. When I worked in a school there was a girl called Tonee (with an acute accent above the first e). That was a bit odd.

CaresMildly Fri 31-Jul-09 14:35:12

Yes, I like French ones as they seem a bit more interesting than the English version.

But then I started thinking about the (lovely) name Alicia (pronounced A-liss-ee-ya in my mind) which has ended up with people called Aleesha and wondered if giving a child a French name (without any real French connections) was all part of the same continuum.

CaresMildly Fri 31-Jul-09 14:37:16

I didn't know that about Sophie/y but strangely have just been reading The Tiger That Came To Tea where there is a Sophy. And actually thought that Sophy looked more unusual (and nicer) than Sophie. Strange how it goes!

pasturesnew Fri 31-Jul-09 14:38:23

nah I think there is a diff between giving a proper name whatever language and a made-up one like "Tonee"!

pasturesnew Fri 31-Jul-09 14:39:02

There is a Georgette Heyer called "The Grand Sophy", she is a pretty good heroine.

CaresMildly Fri 31-Jul-09 14:43:14

She certainly is pasturesnew, although have to say I wanted to call my daughter Venetia (also a GH heroine and my favourite!). Sadly DH vetoed it.

KingRolo Fri 31-Jul-09 14:46:42

I taught a Cherylle, presumably a fancy version of Cheryl, a few years ago.

pasturesnew Fri 31-Jul-09 14:50:12

LOL Frederica is the best heroine then Venetia IMO then Leonie and poss. Arabella then Hero. All interesting names to choose from!

CaresMildly Fri 31-Jul-09 14:53:28

My sister is mooting Frederica if she has another baby and I really hope she does.

Lovely name - although I'd have to go for Frederique to be in keeping with my ponciness!!

PS Is there a Georgette Heyer thread anywhere on MN? I've had a quick look in the book section and can't see it if there is.

pasturesnew Fri 31-Jul-09 14:59:13

There is this one and there was another one trying to write in the style, it might actually be later on in the same thread?

Kotek Fri 31-Jul-09 17:47:42

I think it's nice. A slightly different example but I went to school with a Genevieve (only one) and all the Jennifers (there were a few) were so jealous and wished they had the exotic variation on their name.

maggievirgo Fri 31-Jul-09 17:55:47

I hear you. I like Juliet, Annabel and Vivien, but I would really dislike Juliette, Annabelle and Vivienne.

Also, I like Susan, but dislike Suzanne.

I don't dislike all French names though. But French doesn't automatically make a name better. Sometimes I prefer the simplicity of the English version.

BonsoirAnna Fri 31-Jul-09 17:57:43

Frederica is a fabulous name!

mrswoolf Fri 31-Jul-09 18:43:41

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LongtimeinBrussels Fri 31-Jul-09 19:04:17

I agree with pasturesnew - imo the correct spelling of any name in any language is preferable to a made-up spelling. We had to be careful with our dcs names anyway as we live in Belgium and the dcs went/go to French-speaking schools.

(PS There's a Sophy in Persuasion too.)

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