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Hélène or Rebecca?

  • ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    I’m not sure either one of these is “the one”, but they’re the two I seem to be liking most lately, so I figured I’d get opinions. I’ve been looking for a middle (preferably French) for Anne-Sophie (said in French an-so-FEE). Both Hélène and Rebecca would honor my sister.

    Anne-Sophie Hélène
    Anne-Sophie Rebecca

    Thoughts? General opinions? Or any suggestions for a MN for Anne-Sophie, even?

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  • yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
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    How is Helene pronounced?

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    Hmmm, I really like Hélène, and it sounds SO nice with Anne-Sophie, but I also really hate the idea of using accents, I guess for a middle name it’s not as bad, but I know a friend of mine, Renée, has so much trouble with her accent, because some official forms for schools and jobs and such have it, and others don’t, and sometimes automated systems won’t recognize them as the same name.
    I don’t really associated Rebecca with being French. I associated it with the ’80s. Still pretty, but Anne-Sophie Hélène sounds so nice….

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    @yellowwatts – it’s ay-LEN in French. In English, it would most likely be said like heh-LEEN, I think? I like both pronunciations, but I prefer the French one. I think Anne-Sophie Hélène sounds amazing in French–an-so-FEE ay-LEN.

    @TheWishingStar – true. Rebecca’s my sister’s name, so it’s more in honor of her than for its French history, but Rébecca is the French version of Rebecca/Rebekah, so I figure it is half French. :) As for the accents, I’ve heard that complaint before. I feel like it’s the complaint about two middles. To some people, yeah, it’s a hassle and they hate it. But to those whom the accent matters, they don’t care (so much) about the hassle of accents. (Although it does miff me that Americans seem to be perfectly willing to spell acai, resume, and naivete with accents, but they can’t be bothered to spell Hélène with accents. I don’t know; I just feel like it would be a betrayal of my friend (and her culture) to purposely choose a French name because I want to honor my Parisienne friend’s memory and culture, and then refuse to use the accents. You know how some people refuse to use more Anglicized spellings of Gaelic names (like Kiva/Keva instead of Caoimhe, or Shivaun instead of Siobhan, etc.), because they feel it takes away from the name’s original beauty, history, and legitimacy? I sort of feel that way about accents. Then again, if I get to do with my future what I’m really hoping to, my children will grow up all over the world, and will probably grow up knowing multiple languages and spending just as much time in Europe and Asia as in the US, so I feel like most other nations would not have a problem with accents, especially in Europe.

    Then again, I’m currently studying French (hoping to be fluent one day!), so I feel like French culture will be important to my family, regardless. It’s just something I’m not willing to budge on. Maybe not the best place to state my claim, but the accents stay. For what it’s worth, my sister is Rebecca Eileen. Rebecca is obviously for Rebecca; Hélène is the French form of Helen(a), just like Eileen is the (Scottish? Irish?) form of Helen(a)…..

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    Oh ok. In that case, I think I prefer Rebecca. :)


    kimiha
    Participant

    hmm i know two people named helene. both pronounced heh-LEEN. the french way seems confusing. either name would work.

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    @kimiha, well, a lot of Americans don’t pronounce traditional French names the traditional French way. With my French history, though, I would, and I think people would catch on eventually. I don’t like the French pronunciations of some that are very different from the English (Adelaide, Genevieve, and Edith, for example), but Helene is one that I do love with the French pronunciation. I just don’t think Anne-Sophie Helene (with the more American pronunciation) sounds as lilting and airy as ann-so-FEE ay-LEN.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Hm, I think I would go with Rebecca, but both could work.


    Lace and Pearls
    Participant

    I think I prefer Anne-Sophie Helene personally :)

    jasonlovessara
    jasonlovessara
    Participant

    rebecca

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