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Thread: Which and Why?

  1. #1
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    Which and Why?

    Margo
    Margot
    or
    Margaux?

    (assuming your answer isn't "none of the above")

    Thanks!

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    Re: Which and Why?

    I prefert Margot b/c it's the traditional French spelling. (Henri IV's first wife was la reine Margot.)

    I really don't like Margaux because, despite the fact that it's the more popular spelling in France, it feels made-up and silly to me. Like Cyndee or something.

    Also, English speakers will adapt more quickly to spelling Margot than Margaux.

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    Re: Which and Why?

    good question! I love the name, so I've thought about this lots and I can't decide! I remember reading as a kid Ann Frank and being really confused on Margot's pronunciation, I knew the T was silent, but I still got it wrong in my head. Now I actually really like that spelling, but I'd be worried about pronunciation problems. Same with Margaux, though for me, that's more intuitive... Anyway, I think if I were using this in America, I'd spell it Margo. It would just cut back on soo many misspelling/mispronunciation issues, and it is pronounced exactly the same.
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    Re: Which and Why?

    Margo, spell it how you say it! such a CUTE name!!

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    Re: Which and Why?

    I actually like Margaux, but I see why you guys think it would sound made up.
    As to Anne Frank's sister, I'm pretty sure the T was pronounced since Anne and her family were German and this is the usuall pronounciation for Margot here. In fact, nobody would say Margo here unless you told him. That said, I'm not suggesting that Mar-got is the correct pronounciation.

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    Re: Which and Why?

    Well, I prefer the way Margaux looks, but I can understand how some may view it as too frilly or over-the-top. Margaux Heminway's parents named her after a bottle of champagne.

    If I had to choose between Margot and Margo, however, I'm honestly not sure as to which one I'd select. Margot honestly reminds me of Maggot, and that's not a good thing. Granted, that's just me, but that's my association. So, I guess I'd go with Margo.

    In the end, however, my pick is actually Margaux, which shocks me, as I love classic names and spellings.

    Best wishes!

  7. #7

    Re: Which and Why?

    Hmm... I don't think you can go wrong with this one. They're all very pretty.

    Personally, I would go with "Margot" for Margot Fonteyn, but if you're not a ballet fan, you've probably never heard of her. :shrug:

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    Re: Which and Why?

    While I am familiar with Margot Fonteyn, like other posters I associate Margot with Anne Frank's sister, probably because she was my first exposure to that spelling. And while I do consider the associations other people will make, the consensus seems to be (not a mom yet, so I'm judging by what folks have said here and elsewhere) that once you name your child, he or she totally eclipses any other uses of the name.

    My default spelling is Margo. I like that it isn't fussy and has a little kick to it. But isn't it awfully American? How silly is it to want my children to have names that travel well? My married name is an Ellis Island-style bastardization of its original (though we find the correct (?) spelling used in the US five generations back and I, for one, would like to reverse the mistake) and I feel like if/when my family travels to the places that are our/our name's origin, it will seem at best inaccurate and worse, ignorant. I would like to give my children first names with some serious history, names that are as traditionally at home on "the continent" as they are anywhere else. So not only am I a name snob, but apparently an imperialist as well. Great.

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    Re: Which and Why?

    Awww, you're not alone with the imperialism! I'm the same way but because I do have family all around the globe and I was given a name that travels beautifully myself. I wanted my children to have the same ease I did when I was travelling. There are a lot of names tht work equally well around the world. It's not an awful thing, to want your kids to blend in other places, really! :D

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