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  1. #1
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    Ariane/Arianne/Ariadne

    Hello!

    I'm french so, please, don't worry if my question looks a little surprising.

    Do you know if the name Ariane/Arianne is used in english-speaking countries? If yes, what is the commonest form: with 1 n or with 2? If no, is Ariadne the correct english form of this name?

    Thank you very much!

  2. #3
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    They're all uncommon names in English-speaking countries, but people would definitely recognize all of them. Arianna/Ariana would be more common (both very popular in the USA). I would use the Arianne spelling if you wanted to use that form.

    Ariadne is Greek, but was used in England mostly by upper-class families in the past century. Most people would just assume it was Greek; it's the rarest form that you've listed. It's also my favourite!

    I should add pronunciations (with my English accent), I say...

    Arianna/Ariana = AH-REE-ah-nah.
    Arianne/Ariane = ah-ree-AHN
    Ariadne = AH-ree-ADD-nee
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  3. #5
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    Agree with the poster above me, Arianna is much more common, but I like Arianne much more! I've never met an Ariadne of any age.

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    I believe Ariana is the correct English form, Ariadne is Greek. Ariane/Arianne is sweet, but, in my horrible North American accent, it comes out sounding very nasal. Do keep in mind that, in English, they will get a variety of different pronunciations.

    Ariana - Air-ee-ah-na/Ar-ee-ah-nah
    Arianna - Air-ee-anna/Ar-ee-anna
    Ariane - Ar-ee-ahn/Air-ee-ahn
    Arianne - Ar-ee-anne/Air-ee-anne.

    Ariadne is nice, but I feel as though the D might cause issues.

    Arianna is currently the most popular in the USA, at 49th, and Ariana is 74th. Ariane, Arianne, and Ariadne do not rank in the United States.
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    In English, the mythological character is called Ariadne.

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