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Please help – I love Julienne but have reservations

  • stefie1119
    stefie1119
    Participant

    I’m 5 months preg with my 2nd baby girl :) I’m really in love with the name Julienne and the nickname Julie, the only reason I haven’t 100% committed is because of the association with thin cut veggies :/ I know that most people don’t even know the term, I didn’t until I started looking up the name. I would like to get some thoughts on the potential impact of this (please!). Will she be teased or am I fretting over nothing?

    Right now I don’t even have a close second and I don’t really care for the alternatives. My husband and I agreed that we would go with “proper” names which have a nickname that can be used (the nickname also needs to be fairly common, i.e. can be found on souvenirs lol). I think the attraction started with the names Adrienne and Vivienne which both do not have obvious or common nicknames, my husband also shot them down immediately :P And from there I came across Julienne.

    Our 3 year old is named Lorelei Kirsten and we call her Lori (the popular short is very convenient). Right now for the baby I’m thinking Julienne Rachel but my husband is set on Julienne Aurora. I really like the idea of sisters Lori and Julie :)

    Some other names I’ve considered are Evangeline/Angeline – Lori and Angie, Miranda – Lori and Miri/Mira (less common) but ehh.. I just like Julie!

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  • TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
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    Julienne potatoes was definitely the first thing that popped into my mind; sorry! I think it’s a fairly commonly known term.
    Lorelei is really cute! Of your other options, I really like both Miranda and Evangeline!


    embra
    Participant

    I thought of veggies immediately too, but the term probably won’t be well-known in the under 10 set where you would expect most silly name-related teasing to take place. I think if you love it you should go with it. Also, I think if you went with the Julianne spelling rather than Julienne, that would shake the association for me. I think Miranda is a beautiful alternative too.

    NMteacher
    NMteacher
    Participant

    I think I would also have very strong reservations with Julienne…to me it either sounds a lot like the boy’s name Julian, or it brings up a very strange mental image. I have never heard that word used as anything other than the cooking term, and I think a lot of people DO know what it means, and would give her odd looks when she introduced herself. If you could come up with something similar – Juliet, Julia, Julianna (I know one – nickname is Jewel), it would simply sound like a beautiful name rather than having people always ask her, “You mean like the potato?” Another alternative if you just REALLY love it would be to use it as a middle name; I think the rhythm of Rachel Julienne and Aurora Julienne both flow a little better than putting the Julienne in front, anyway.

    As for your other names you mentioned, I’ve heard Addie as a nickname for Adrienne, and imagine you could do Vivi with Vivienne, but if your husband doesn’t like the long versions at all, I guess it doesn’t matter.

    Have fun choosing! I’m sure she’ll be a lovely young lady and the name you eventually pick will suit her well.

    NMteacher
    NMteacher
    Participant

    Oooh, I also like Julianne. It’s funny how just that one letter difference doesn’t make me think of julienned vegetables at all.

    stefie1119
    stefie1119
    Participant

    Ugh, I seriously didn’t realize the association was that common since I personally had never heard of it. But I also do not cook. I don’t think I’m really bothered by the fact that it sounds like a boys name when said, I think the spelling is very feminine which I love. I’ve thought a lot about the variations, especially Julianne since it is so very close but the “anne” is killing it for me, it’s so common in names I don’t like it. Honestly it’s hard for me to imagine someone actually asking her “like the potatoes?” no one has asked me that so far when I’ve told them what we were thinking about. If you did know someone named Julienne, would you really think it was that weird?

    NMteacher
    NMteacher
    Participant

    Yes.

    stefie1119
    stefie1119
    Participant

    le sigh

    phoenix84
    phoenix84
    Participant

    If I met a little girl named julienne I would not immediately think of veggies…..even tho I know of the association. When I was reading your post I thought what a lovely name, when I got to the veggie point my reeaction was more….oh yeah….rather than…of course. I think some people will straight away tho…..but others wont especially if you’re calling her julie alot. Its a tough one especially as your so inlove with the name……would julienna be a possibility???

    NMteacher
    NMteacher
    Participant

    I agree that if it’s really mostly Julie, it’s no big deal at all.
    Julienna sounds pretty, and it quite unique!

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Yes, to be honest, I would think it was weird. Sorry. I’ve never heard it as a name, just in the veggie context, so that’s all I can think of when I hear it. I agree that changing one letter to Julianne makes a big difference for me, but I can understand how you’re not as excited about the more common “anne” ending.

    To check whether it was just me, I asked my husband, “What do you think of the name Julienne?” and his immediate response was, “JuliENNE? Like the potatoes??”

    ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    I am familiar with the term, but I wouldn’t have made the association. (Tbh, I’m not a cook either, hahaha!) I’ve come across Arienne, Brienne, Lilienne, Adrienne, Lucienne, etc., so why not Julienne? My only issue with it is that it sounds a lot like Julian and I’m afraid she’d be mistaken for a boy. I think Julienne Aurora is lovely, and Lori and Julie go really well together. It seems like the veggies thing is a pretty strong tie, though; maybe it’s not the best idea. What about the other -enne names? I think Arienne’s lovely, but I’m biased, as Arianne is my top choice for a girl, and Arienne looks even more streamlined (pronounced like R-E-N). I think the nn Ari is darling, too, and Lorelei and Arienne could be really sweet together (or even Arianne!).

    Good luck!

    TheWishingStar
    TheWishingStar
    Participant

    I wouldn’t have thought of the vegetables AT ALL. I would not think it was weird to hear the name. I did think immediately of the boys name Julian, though. Julianne doesn’t make me think of it, but Julienne to me seems like an attempt to feminize Julian, since they’re pronounced so much more similar… But I think there would be this sense of having to tell people it’s spelt Julienne, like the vegetables, because I feel like Julianne would be the default, and people are going to assume the name IS just Julianne anyways. Or Julian. Julienne is just uncommon and unusual outside of cooking….

    I do think it’s a pretty name though, but if you’re this worried about it already, you may want to just go ahead and scrap it rather than use it and regret it…

    What about Juliet/te instead??

    stefie1119
    stefie1119
    Participant

    I’ve never really done message boards before but I didn’t really think turning to my family/friends would’ve been the best idea, since they would likely avoid hurting my feelings..or also not be familiar with the term, since we don’t use it apparently. So talking with you ladies has been really valuable, thank you!

    Honestly for a moment I was trying to look past all of this but the truth is it’s spoiled now. So I’ve given myself some time to detach from the name and seriously consider other options. I think it’s best that all this be hashed out & me deal with disappointment now rather having regret about it later. This will probably be a funny story we can tell her later, lol.

    Your suggestions have been really thoughtful and have given me some new ideas but I think Miranda has been growing on me, also my husband likes it. The name also has a nice meaning and interesting history behind it, which is something I really loved about Lorelei (clearly Julienne strikes out in that dept lol). Right now I’m thinking Miranda Leslie. Lorelei was actually going to be Leslie before I suddenly decided I wanted something stronger for the first name lol. I feel like Lorelei Kirsten and Miranda Leslie balance each other out nicely. The only drawback is the lack of a great nickname. I think we’ll try that out for a while and see how we feel about it. Thanks again.


    embra
    Participant

    I think Miranda Leslie is a great choice! Miranda is a beautiful name and goes well with Lorelei, which I also love. I think Mira/Miri are cute as nns as you mentioned, and I think Andie could work too. In “The Collector”, the character named Miranda had Nanda as a nn, which I think is pretty. The nns aren’t super common, but maybe Miranda in full is popular enough to show up on souvenirs these days?

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    I totally agree with everything twosapphires said.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Lorelei and Miranda are a great sibset! I know a couple of Mirandas that go by Randi; I think my cousin Miranda was pretty much just called Miranda, as far as I can remember. Miri and Mira really are cute nn options though.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Oh and I agree with you that message boards are great for baby name opinions! While sometimes people might be *overly* blunt I do think they’re useful for getting a better feel for people’s honest thoughts on a name (that they might be too polite to say to your face) and just a good gauge of the response the name will get from a wider circle. Also, if you ask family and friends and one of them happens to dislike a name, it might be hard to use it anyway but if it was one random poster on a message board who just didn’t happen to like it, it’s easier to get past. ;)

    NMteacher
    NMteacher
    Participant

    What about Miranda Julienne? I really think it would be fine as a mn, since it’s not something that will come up every day for her.

    stefie1119
    stefie1119
    Participant

    I really just liked Julienne as a first name. And I kinda wanted to keep the 3 – 2 syllable pattern like with Lorelei Kirsten, our last name is 3 syllables so I feel like it gets kinda long and the 2 syllable mn breaks it up, this was part of the reason I wasn’t for Aurora in the middle (or the first b/c just had a niece born named Aubrey and have a 2nd cousin named Rory, & of course there is Lorelei which already has the rory nn…). I’ve seen a lot of the suggested nicknames on other sites but didn’t like a lot of them :/ just Miri and Mira, probably more-so Mira, but they just don’t feel very natural to me. We may have to break our own rule unless we can find something that’s a better fit.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    There are plenty of kids with 3-syllable names who get called by their full name consistently if that’s what their parents prefer, so I think that’s a real option if you don’t like the nn ideas.

    I agree with you that with your LN name, a 2-syllable MN would flow better with a 3-syl FN.

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