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  1. #11
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    I think Viviane looks very pretty, but I would pronounce it more like vi-vee-ANNE. Vivienne is my favorite, I'm not a big fan of Vivian or Vivien.
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  2. #13
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    Viviane and Vivienne are not pronounced the same as Vivian, unless they are being mispronounced.

    Viviane is somewhere in between Vi-vee-AHNE and Vi-vee-AHN. Vivienne is Vivi-ENNE. I don't mean to be rude (really, I don't - english is not my first language, so I don't always get the "tone" right, specially online), but I don't see the point of using a international variation of a name if you're not planning to keep its traditional pronunciation. It seems a little pointless to me - why use a traditional french name if you're not saying it the french way when you can just use a standard variation of your country and get it pronounced the way you want? Unless the variation is meaningful (e.g being a nod to one's french heritage) and is being pronounced properly, I think it is a bit unnecessary.

    That said, Vivienne looks frilly and somewhat trendy to me - very Jolie-Pitt - while Vivian/Vivien looks classier and pared-down. I like Viviane better than Vivienne, though, but I think there would be pronunciation issues with this one.


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  3. #15
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    May 2014
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    The only thing I don't like about the spelling Viviane is it makes me want to pronounce it viv-ee-AY-n because usually words or names that end in "ane" have hard "ay" sounds. Which, I think is the whole reason people add an "n" or take away an "e" because it softens sounds. I think Vivian would be better, personally...
    Last edited by vofarrell26; May 28th, 2014 at 12:19 PM.
    Valerie. 25. Texas. Lover of words and monikers. TTC late fall 2014.

    Favorite girl names:
    Lydia Rose, Violet Simone, Vivienne Claire, Aurora Juliet
    Guilty Pleasures/Crushes/Other:
    Lucienna nn Luna, Sienna, Azalea, Astrid, Eleanora nn Nora, Marcheline nn Ellie

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    Roman Alexander, Atticus Henry
    Guilty Pleasures/Crushes/Other:
    Luca, Judas nn Jude, Andreas, Hector, Ivan, August, Julian, Julius, Henry, Micah

  4. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by carolinemchd View Post
    Viviane and Vivienne are not pronounced the same as Vivian, unless they are being mispronounced.

    Viviane is somewhere in between Vi-vee-AHNE and Vi-vee-AHN. Vivienne is Vivi-ENNE. I don't mean to be rude (really, I don't - english is not my first language, so I don't always get the "tone" right, specially online), but I don't see the point of using a international variation of a name if you're not planning to keep its traditional pronunciation. It seems a little pointless to me - why use a traditional french name if you're not saying it the french way when you can just use a standard variation of your country and get it pronounced the way you want? Unless the variation is meaningful (e.g being a nod to one's french heritage) and is being pronounced properly, I think it is a bit unnecessary.

    That said, Vivienne looks frilly and somewhat trendy to me - very Jolie-Pitt - while Vivian/Vivien looks classier and pared-down. I like Viviane better than Vivienne, though, but I think there would be pronunciation issues with this one.

    I actually would love to use the traditional pronunciation of Viviane. There are lots of French speakers around here so I think we could get away with it.

  5. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by vofarrell26 View Post
    The only thing I don't like about the spelling Viviane is it makes me want to pronounce it viv-ee-AY-n because usually words or names that end in "ane" have hard "ay" sounds. Which, I think is the whole reason people add an "n" or take away an "e" because it softens sounds. I think Vivian would be better, personally...
    I'm considering Vivian too , for that reason. Visually though, for some reason, there's just something about Viviane that I find very appealing.

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