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#1 la_jeune_mariée

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:14 PM

Depending on how my work situation pans out we are thinking about trying for another baby. Should we have a girl, we have a name picked but I'm starting to hear it more and more and I'm not sure I want a baby with a top 10 name. I was obsessed with 'Annie' as a child and really like the name for a little girl. Despite Leo being just a Leo, I think where possible it's practical to give kids a full name and let them pick their own nickname when they get older. So whilst the name 'Annie' is the one I like, I'd prefer to give her a full name.

I like Anne but my husband thinks this will ensure that she suffers from a lifetime of stubborn chin hair and bunions. He prefers Anna but still isn't a fan.

- Firstly, is Anne/ Anna awful?
- Secondly, of the two, which do you prefer
- Last, can you suggest other names which could be shortened to Annie?
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:24 PM

I don't mind Anne but at the same time its nice having a name which then can be shortened to a nickname as it gives the child a choice of how they wish to be defined

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:29 PM

Personally I prefer Anna over Anne but I think that's because it seems everyone from our generation has the middle name Anne. It will probbaly be less common among our kids generation. Annie's cute and I don't mind it as a full name but I know I'm in the minority in thinking that if you're going to use a nickname as their name, then you should just call them that. I don't shorten either of my kids names although others do and it drives me batty.

Other suggestions are:
Annabelle
Annalise
Andrea
Annika
Alannah
Anastasia
Bethany

Sorry, a few double ups there because I hadn't see the other posts yet.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:36 PM

I'm not really a fan of the name Anne, it does sound a bit old ladyish to me, but do quite like Anna. Also quite like a few of the other suggestions the girls have made.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:47 PM

I think I prefer Anna. I know 2 little girls named Anna and I think it's a lovely name.

Anne isn't awful though, and there won't be many of them so that's nice.

I agree with your idea of choosing a formal name. Not everyone could carry off Annie into adulthood.

I'd suggest Annabelle or Annaliese as an alternative. Or another name (that we considered for Rosie) is Rosanna.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:51 PM

I know you have vetoed it but my vote is for Annie.
My Grandma was Annie Monica Nell and it suited her SO much.
It was in our top 3 for girls names.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:52 PM

I have a friend called Anna and she is lovely so I think it's a great name! The boss' adult daughter in Annabel and she gets called Annie.

My DD's name is in the top 10 names but I don't know any other kids with her name and there are none at her daycare. Growing up Melanie wasn't in the top 10 and yet there were 5 of us in my year at high school!
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:58 PM

Anne is nice, but a little too old ladyish for my liking personally. I love Anna though.

I can't think of any other names that can be shortened to Annie that hasn't already been suggested.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:13 PM

I agree with the others Anna is much nicer than Anne IMO. Theres something about the name Anne that does seem to bring to mind the older generation for me. I too like Annie as a NN. DH & I have been discussing Annabel as a name if bubs is a girl with Annie as the shortening, it is definately one of our top contenders at the moment. I do like Mel's suggestion of Rosanna too, it would give you the option of Rosie or Annie as a NN and its a beautiful name in its own right and not common at all in my experience.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 02:02 PM

I have a soft spot for Anne because of 'Anne of Green Gables' and I also went to uni with a gorgeous girl called Anne (who was called Annie by her friends).

Annie makes me think of the musical which isn't a terrible association (although me then singing 'Tomorrow' is terrible).

Only other names I can think of that haven't been mentioned are Joanna and Annabeth.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

I adore Anna, and was on our short list if DS was a girl.

Not a huge fan of Anne sorry sad.gif
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 03:05 PM

Really like Annie and Anna. I'm less fond of Anne but its growing on me the more I roll it around. I think its the Anne of Green Gables connection.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:38 PM

I like Anna over Anne

Other names that can be shorted to Annie other than the ones said
Anica/Anika
Deanna/Deane (can be Dee or Annie)

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:48 PM

Anne reminds me of old lady (or also "anne and green gables")

Anna i think it pretty! I really like it smile.gif

JMO... goodluck deciding and also maybe TTCing

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:33 PM

My middle name is Ann and I wouldn't choose it (or Anne) as a first name. I much prefer Anna.

I know a little called called Annie and I think it's fine as a whole name, but I would probably choose Anna myself!




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