What do you think?

I'm thinking Belle Annette for a little girl. I’d love to hear what you all think!

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January 17, 2019 6:05 PM

I think its ok,  I prefer the longer forms of Belle though

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January 17, 2019 6:13 PM

I find Belle insubstantial and would prefer something like Amabel, Arabella, or Isobel (with Belle as a nickname).  I'm also bothered by literally naming a girl "Pretty."  Plus Belle Annette runs together, into Bella-Net.  So I guess I'm not a fan!  Can you tell us more about how you came to this choice?  What kind of qualities are you looking for in a name?  Is there someone you want to honor?  Are there other names you're considering?  What do you love about Belle Annette, and is there anything about it that's giving you pause?

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January 17, 2019 6:58 PM

yes I was thinking about the flow too,  is Annette a family name

other Bel names - Amabel, Christabel, Arabella, Isabella, Maribel, Mabel, Bellamy, Bellatrix, Belladonna, Bellarosa, Avabel, Avabella, Adabelle, Clarbel, Corabel, Idabelle, Evabelle, Elizabella, Mirabella, Rosabel, Sarabella, Rosabella, Marybel, Sybella

 

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January 17, 2019 8:18 PM

I'm less concerned about the Bella Net issue and more concerned whether Belle goes well with the surname. It may not be the ideal flow, but it's easy enough to put a little pause between the names when the first and middle are being said aloud. I also have no problem with the first name Belle as-is. If Beau can be a name (and it's very on-trend!), then Belle can be, too. Yes, beauty names are more common for girls, but it's a name with excellent history. Bella is just as literal, just in different languages, and it's done exceptionally well for itself in recent years.

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January 18, 2019 7:21 AM

Agree with all this. Belle is fine -- not my personal style, but perfectly acceptable as a standalone name. I think first-middle flow is unimportant as long as it doesn't sound downright silly, but Belle absolutely should go well with the surname. I.e. hopefully the surname is more than one syllable, doesn't start with an a, and isn't, erm, Bell.

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January 23, 2019 3:29 PM

I think my issue with Bella over Beau is that girls are under such constant pressure to be beautiful so it seems like more of a sentiment burden for a daughter than a son, but mostly that Bella makes me think of street harassment, as in "Ciao Bella bella bella bella." Like, it's foreign and more exotic than "Sexy sexy mama" and the like, but having been on the receiving end that is still 100% my association, no matter how many people named Bella I meet. I get that it's a name with history, but it is most emphatically NOT a name that I would want to be my name, #metoo era especially. Just say no to names which make people think of catcalling or which would make travelling abroad more burdensome.

Belle hasn't been used in street harassment (at least not that I've been on the receiving end of) so that's less an issue, but it does feel really lightweight.

Full disclosure I am a scout leader and I am spending a substantial amount of time convincing crusty old men in chartering organizations to let female scouts in, and the *sympathetic* ones talk to my sons about their scout stuff and survival tools and then turn to my daughter (and the other female scouts) and tell them "aren't you cute!" and I am so over it. As such, I am at a point where I really reject "pretty" as a name for a daughter to aspire to... but my son only gets comments about how cute and pretty he is when he's wearing floral pajamas handed down from his sister out of the house, so I think it would be fine. 

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January 24, 2019 5:37 AM

I prefer Belle to Bella, because in pop culture I associate Bella with Twilight, and she just wasn't much use as a character, was she? Meanwhile I associate Belle with Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and she did have plenty of strength and personality.

Regardless, while I don't aspire to "pretty" girls' names myself, everyone has their own criteria in naming their children. And I personally prefer a name like Belle with all its history than one like Leighton, which reads more unisex but is, let's face it, being used because it is borne by a very pretty and feminine actress.

I also know a Bel, presumably short for Isabel, and think that any Belle wishing to break free from the literal interpretation of her name could go with that.

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January 21, 2019 11:49 PM

I like Belle a lot all on its own, but I agree that I would probably not use a middle name that begins with A, and I'd also consider the surname as well.  Belle can become Bella so easily, and I don't know why but it's not nearly as appealling.

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By EVie
January 23, 2019 11:42 AM

My main issue with Belle Annette is not so much that Belle is means "pretty," but that it's a French adjective paired with a very stereotypically French name. So it sounds to me very much like you're naming your daughter "Pretty Annie." This wouldn't be an issue with a less French middle, it's just that seeing a very French middle cues my brain to read Belle as the word. And the fact that Annette is a diminutive makes it sit even less comfortably, like it's a pet name for a pretty little girl who isn't taken very seriously. 

They're both nice names, I just think they would be better not in that combination. 

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January 23, 2019 11:55 PM

belle annette is gorgeous, but belle seems like more of a nickname, and doesnt flow too good with annette because it ends with a vowel and annette begins with a vowel. perhaps put a second middle name between them, or research some names belle can be a nickname for that dont sound clunky with annette xoxo