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July 3rd, 2012 09:24 PM #1
Thoughts & Impressions of Belisante
Just wondering what your thoughts and impressions of the name Belisante is for a girl- pronounced BELL-ih-sent. It has many other forms including Belsante, Belisente, Belisant/Belisent and Bellicent. Meaning is somewhat disputed- seems that is considered Old French/English (Norman). Some think it is a medieval pet form of Isabel, while others think it may be closer in relation to Millicent. Thanks for thoughts!
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July 3rd, 2012 10:16 PM #3
It's okay, but I was somewhat disappointed that it is pronounced the way it is. When I saw it, I thought it would be Bell-ih-SANT-ay. However, it has some cute nicknames like Belle, Lissy and Izzy.
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July 3rd, 2012 11:30 PM #5Senior Member
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I think it would be said "ahnt" at the end, similar to santé or Nantes if it's French, sente also sounds similar in French so I can't see it having an "ent" sound and I dont think it would be related to Isabel or related names. I think the name is divided either between belis/ante or beli/sante
I would have to think more about the meaning because it could mean a number of things, it could have to do with Bélis, a commune in France or health (sante) if it's French but who knows? Maybe it's Latin and the "ante" part means "before"?
It has a nice sound but I don't care for it, it sounds like a beauty product or wine except it's somehow familiar and I think the obvious is escaping me.
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July 4th, 2012 12:06 AM #7
I wouldn't have guessed that pronunciation. I immediately thought it was "ahnt" or "ahn-tay" at the end. I think I'd like it better if it were spelled something like "Belisent"...maybe.
July 4th, 2012 02:24 AM #9
I think it is very pretty. However, I think if you are going to be pronouncing it BEL-ih-sent, you should spell it Bellicent. I don't know if you have seen this, but here is a post on the name on Bewitching Names:
July 4th, 2012 06:18 AM #11
It sounds very different yet familiar somehow, would make a quirky middle name. Not sure if a girl would actually want it as a first name.Current favourite boy names: Cormac Flynn Nathaniel (Nate) Oliver Alexander Liam Hugo Isaac Leo
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July 4th, 2012 05:08 PM #13
When I searched for an actual French pronunciation it seems it would be pronounced more like bell-EE-zahnt -which I think sounds beautiful also- not too many words sound ugly in French though. The spelling of "Belisante" is stated be an anglicization of the French name (though not sure of the original French version then). In English speaking countries the last syllable would come out sounding more like SENT than SAHNT. I did see the post from "bewitching names" and have tapped out my internet resources looking for a real meaning.
Really want to find out its true root and meaning. Thanks for the thoughts.
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July 5th, 2012 03:10 AM #15Senior Member
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I don't like it, not at all.
July 5th, 2012 03:39 AM #17Senior Member
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It sounds romantic and picaresque. I like the prn. bell-EE-zahnt better than bell-IH-sent.Pandora, Tillie, Echo, Flora, Eira, Vienna, Rosalind
July 5th, 2012 10:25 AM #19
I think it's pretty and intriguing.
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