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Agnes is an ugly, old sounding name.
-- FairyGirl  7/29/2006
I was told that the name AGNÈS is pronounced more like "an-YE" than "ag-NESS", although I'm not sure if that's correct. If it is, then AGNÈS sounds much prettier than AGNES (which is a cool name in my opinion, but a bit clumsy-sounding).
-- Anonymous User  8/8/2006
Considering that this is French, it should be pronounced more like "ahn-YE".
-- gaelruadh19  1/14/2007
I thought the French pronunciation of Agnes was "on-yay".
-- Anonymous User  3/8/2007
How could such a beautiful sounding name have such an ugly, horrible English pronunciation? ahn-YAY is beauiful and AG-nis is just. **shudder**
-- VictoriaCalledTori  5/31/2007
I'm French and I know several "Agnès": the French pronunciation is indeed an-YES or a-NYES.
-- Marie-Amelie  6/26/2008
I speak French and my mother's name is Marie-Agnes and Marie-Amelie is correct about the pronunciation.
-- Milena Scialfa  10/18/2009
I am an "old lady" (54 yrs. proud) and I have a young friend who is so embarrassed that her first name is Agnes that she has sworn me to secrecy. This is a travesty, and those of you who would judge or insult a person's name are thoughtless, hurtful people with too much time on your hands. Saint Agnes died a martyr, she died for something she believed in. How many of you would do the same. No matter what your name is, your parents bestowed it upon you because they loved you upon first sight, and gave it to you for what it meant to them.
-- Karyn Yvette  6/20/2009
My mother's name is MARIE-AGNÈS and she is French. But since she lives in the USA everyone calls her Agnes (English pronunciation). I prefer the French pronunciation and I think that it sounds much better with Marie.
-- Milena Scialfa  10/18/2009
Agnes is the original given name of the gypsy girl Esmeralda in Victor Hugo's "Hunchback of Notre Dame" (aka "Notre Dame de Paris").
-- Atarah Derek  9/20/2010
The French pronunciation is really nice! The English makes me think of old ladies.
-- Chrila96  10/31/2010
I love the name Agnes, it makes me sad that so many of you don't like it or think its an "old lady's name." The name Agnes is beautiful, and so is Agnès, pronounced ahn-YES!
-- Anonymous User  2/24/2013
It's not an ugly name. Its French pronunciation makes it really beautiful, but in English it's just average, not ugly. And for me there are no 'old' names... after all, 60 years from now all the Jaydens and Braylees will be grandparents, right?

Reminds me of Agnès Mellon, French soprano and founder of the Ensemble Barcarole. Strongly recommended.
-- Philidel  6/7/2014

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