My Dearest Antoinette?
Antoinette is a name I have been fond of for a very long time. I've always adored Maria Antonia/ Marie Antoinette and been fascinated by her story, much like I am by Tsar Nicholas II and his childrens, in particular, the Grand Duchesses. I love Antoinette as a name too, its familar and yet strikingly beautiful (to me, at least.) It also would double as honouring my great great grandmother named Antonia who was from German, whom I never met; but was told so many stories about.
I have always been a fond of Mary and yet with this name I can't seem to get past Marie. It seems like the perfect combination, but I could never use it because it would seem too controversial, but what goes well with Antoinette, both as a middle name or a first name?
Thanks Berries! :)
I am friends with an Antoinette, and we call her Tawny. It is the only -ette name that sounds nice to my ears and I think it's due for a revival. However, Marie or Maria with it is simply too much. It's like a Puritan virtue name such as Obedience- simply too much to live up too.
What about some exotic variations of Mary instead?
(Some of these are names on their own, like Maia, but are also versions of Mary in different languages. Maia is Basque, Ria is a diminuitive).
I agree that Antoinette is gorgeous. I went through a phase where I loved Toni on a girl, and I also had Antoinette in the middle-name spot on my list when I was a teen. Are you looking for something French to match it? Here are some ideas:
Nadine Antoinette << this was the combo on my list as a teen
Antoinette Ciel (see-ELL)
Antoinette Genevieve (French pronunciation: ZHAWN-vee-EHV)
Love the suggestion of Celine! Please keep the suggestions coming! :)
Originally Posted by alzora
I know a woman named Antoinette and it is a very pretty name! She pronounces it Ann-toe-nette. I think Antonia is lovely too!
Antoinette is lovely! I'm a huge Antonia fan.
Simplicity is the name of the game with it, IMO. The Antoinette Renee suggestion aboves flows softly and doesn't compete.
I like Antoinette Mae from Marie. It doesn't mimic it at all and it's soft.
Antoinette Ruby, Antoinette Lily, Antoinette Joy, Antoinette Pearl, Antoinette Zola
These are bolder but have good flow-
Antoinette Sabine, Antoinette Cecile, Antoinette Carina