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Thoughts on Marianne?

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babysharkdoodoodedoodedoo · 21/11/2023 10:19

Also wondered how you’d shorten it (I known nicknames and shortenings happen naturally over time but don’t want any nasty surprises!) and middle name ideas. Currently thinking Daisy or Genevieve.


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goodgriefsean · 21/11/2023 10:47

Marianne is beautiful, was my top choice if DS had been a girl I just love it.
I wouldn't shorten it but I guess you could to Mari (pn like the Scottish Mhairi not Marie) or Annie. I know a Maria who goes by Ree from the middle syllable which could work.
Personally I would just call her Marianne and if nicknames evolve naturally in school then fine but I wouldn't choose to shorten such a lovely name from day one. I know one Marianne who is in her 50's and no nicknames.
Would go for a shorter middle name, Marianne Genevieve is a mouthful.

GerundTheBehemoth · 21/11/2023 10:53

It's my name - nicknames I have had are Mazza, Maz, Marianna (kind of an anti-nickname, that one!) and Manny but most people call me by my full name.

Names I've been called by people who get it wrong: Marian, Mary-anne, Maria, Miriam, Anne-marie.

MovingBird123 · 21/11/2023 11:01

Beautiful name. Genevieve would be too much and spoil it.

Doublebiscuit77 · 21/11/2023 11:02

I love Marianne. Wanted it as a middle name if we'd had girls. The only Marianne I've met went by Maz, which isn't as great. Middle name depends on the flow with your surname, but I think two syllables probably best.

Marianne Daisy is fine, or
Marianne Lucy
Marianne Louise
Marianne Sadie
Marianne Zoë
Marianne Juno
Marianne Sophie
Marianne Beatrice
Marianne Sylvie
Marianne Leonie
Marianne Phoebe

CornflakesOnTheSolesOfHerShoes · 21/11/2023 11:10

I love Marianne - Leonard Cohen AND Jane Austen, how can you possibly go wrong?! Sadly DH didn’t feel the same so I didn’t get to use it, but it’s so beautiful. Nickname wise I love Marnie (in the children’s book “When Marnie was there” it’s used as a shortening for Marianne).

Vexxa · 21/11/2023 11:25

Love it!

Pemba · 21/11/2023 11:37

Marianne is gorgeous! And also quite underused. For short I would also think Marnie, or Mari (pronounced as marry). Hopefully her friends won't use Maz when she's a bit older, but if they do, oh well.

For middles , I think Genevieve (though pretty) is too long when combined with Marianne. Daisy is pretty and would work better. But personally I'd choose Lucy as I think Marianne Lucy has a beautiful Jane Austen-esque vibe.

SkaneTos · 21/11/2023 11:55

Marianne is a lovely name!

I know 4 women with the name Marianne, and no one of those shorten it. They are all called Marianne.

RuthW · 21/11/2023 16:42

Love it

MaloneMeadow · 21/11/2023 18:17

Personally I’d class it in the Suzanne, Tracy, Caroline etc category. It’s dated and very much had its day. Genevieve is gorgeous though

Wahwoo · 21/11/2023 18:32

I really like it! Not dated at all - o don’t know any of any age, so for me it just has literary connotations.

I like Marianne Daisy. I agree with PP that Marianne Genevieve is too long.

MarleyandMarleyWoo · 21/11/2023 18:34

I absolutely love the name marianne but the only one I know is called Maz by literally everyone.. somewhat offputting as I don’t love that nn.

ChristmasShopping23 · 21/11/2023 18:34

One of my favourite names!

PureHoney · 21/11/2023 18:36

Really beautiful

unvillage · 21/11/2023 18:42

My favourite name. Marnie or Anna/Annie for nicknames.

SirSamVimesCityWatch · 21/11/2023 18:43

Love it. Let.a nickname evolve naturally.

Aozora13 · 21/11/2023 18:46

I LOVE it and was all set to call DD3 Marianne until DH changed his mind at the last minute.

HBGKC · 21/11/2023 19:31

I have a Marianne, I love it.

It doesn't really get shortened outside the family, and even within it's just toddlers who can only manage 'Mayam' (pronounced approx 'My-am').

I personally think Genevieve is too similar a kind of name to Marianne, and agree that a two or even one-syllable middle name would work best - Marianne Grace, for example.

Jemimapuddleduk · 21/11/2023 19:43

Beautiful name.

PearlClutzsche · 21/11/2023 20:00

Beautiful, classy name.
As per a PP, the Leonard Cohen and Jane Austen connections make it even better.

pacora · 21/11/2023 20:03

I love it. One of my best and most beautiful friends was Danish and called Marianne (pronounced Marianna). Please don't think about nick names.

user1492757084 · 22/11/2023 05:47

Marianne is lovely ..
Marianne Daisy
Marianne Lucy
Marianne Poppy
Marianne Ida
Marianne Claire
Marianne Celia
Marianne Sophie

Longwhiskers · 22/11/2023 06:10

I’ve got a Marianne. It’s never occurred to us to shorten it to Maz or something. We do use a nickname for her but it’s one which evolved since she was a baby, very personal and only really used by the family and close friends.

Vittoriosa · 24/11/2023 10:24

Love it - reminds me of “Normal People”

classy and not too popular

Acheyknees · 24/11/2023 10:26

Fabulous name, really beautiful

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