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Yuck yuck YUCK!
― Anonymous User  6/12/2005
I agree with yuck yuck yuck.
― Anonymous User  11/20/2005
Agnes is the English version of the Irish name Una sometimes spelt Oonadh. I knew a lovely Agnes, great woman she was.
doreenrugby  8/9/2005
In Sweden Agnes is quite popular. We pronounce it "Ung-ness".
Ylva  8/14/2005
I think it sounds prettier with the pronunciation Ylva gave. :)
Claire H  12/2/2005
One book by Anne Bronte is 'Agnes Gray'.
Anjamon  9/17/2005
I'm doing a book report on The Great Gilly Hopkins, Gilly's real name is Galadriel, but anyway. There is a character named Agnes Stokes, and I felt like putting this on.
Emma Hia  10/7/2005
Agnes is a wonderful, wonderful name with a rich literary history! In addition to Anne Brontë's use of the name in "Agnes Grey," Victor Hugo also chose Agnes to be the birth name of the lovely La Esmeralda in his classic book, "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame." More recently, Annie Proulx chose the name Agnes for Quoyle's great aunt in her Pulitzer Prize winning novel, "The Shipping News."
Gwenllian  11/12/2005
Agnes was also a character in Charles Dickens' classic "David Copperfield." She was virtuous and kind woman who loved David her whole life and eventually marries him. I associate the name with her character and love it.
tmarie  12/9/2005
Pronounced (in Dutch) ACH-ness (ch sounds like ch in Lachlan). [noted -ed]
X-Mar  1/30/2006
Very old fashioned. And that's all I'm saying.
websurfer  3/14/2006
Agnes is a lead character in Wilkie Collins' "The Haunted Hotel". Throughout the story she is praised for her beauty, innocence, and generosity. For some reason, reading that book, the name has left a rather sour impression with me.
― Anonymous User  3/16/2006
Agnes is my maternal grandmother's name, and I am considering it for my daughter. If not for her first name, it will certainly be one of her middle names. I love the nickname Aggie, which my grandmother always used, and Nessie is nice also. I think Agnes is a beautiful, strong name.
carrie  5/12/2006
Thom Yorke of Radiohead named his daughter (born in 2004) Agnes.
viper  5/28/2006
Agnes Carlsson is a Swedish popstar.
― Anonymous User  6/3/2006
Agnes Martin (b. 1912) is a Canadian minimalist painter.
Caprice  6/5/2006
It turns me off.
― Anonymous User  7/27/2006
Nessie is a cute nickname for this.
dramaelf  8/7/2006
I don't like the way it rolls off my tongue, but I think Nessie is such a cute nickname.
enhanced  9/14/2006
Agnes is SO trendy in Sweden. When I worked with children a couple of years ago I had three Agnes in one class.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2006
I think Agnes (a darling name in itself) would sound indescribably refreshing on a young girl. =D I'm also quite fond of Nessie as a nickname. ♥
Wordsmith  12/22/2006
Agnes is a gorgeous name, I absolutely adore it. I have a soft spot for Ag- names. Aggie is an adorable nickname, as is Nessie. ♥
Sarah Elizabeth  12/31/2006
For a character, I could see it with the nickname Aggie. But I would never use it as a name for a real person.
xKatiex  1/5/2007
I think it is a beautiful, stylish name. I like both the English and Polish form of this name. In Polish Agnes is Agnieszka pronounced like agh nyeh shkah. It has beautiful nicknames.
― Anonymous User  1/9/2007
I like all of the other pronunciations, other than the English one, as they said, it is YUCK YUCK YUCK!
bellaboo  1/15/2007
Agnes is a character in Charles Dickens' classic "David Copperfield." I associate the name with her character and love it. It's in my top 20. It's also the name of my father's aunt who died at 14. I love this name so much, it's so pretty.
tigerlilly  1/23/2007
In my opinion, the name is not "yuck, yuck, yuck". I think it's actually sort of pretty, and the nicknames Nessie and Aggie are cute.
7up  1/26/2007
Agnes Ayres, co-star (with Rudolph Valentino) in THE SHIEK.
ewhitley  2/16/2007
It is related to the medieval name Annes, which the name Nancy is related to.
ewhitley  2/16/2007
I'm an Agnes, so I'm quite sad to hear that some people don't like it. I've always been the only Agnes but a lot of Swedish girls are being named it now. Mixed feelings. I think Agnes is a lot prettier in Swedish, we say "ang-ness"
haymanisland  3/11/2007
My grandmother's name was Agnes and she hated it so much she had it changed to Nancy. And she was born in 1912 so it would say it has never been a particularly pretty name, even back then.
visitor27  3/17/2007
This is one of the ugliest names I've ever heard. I feel sorry for anyone who's named this. Yuk yuk yuk is right.
TiffanyS  3/28/2007
I love this name. It's uncommon and strong and refined, and it would be terribly refreshing to see it on a little girl, instead of so many Taylors and Madisons and Ashleys.
black_lace  3/29/2007
Although I'd never personally use this name, I've really come to appreciate Agnes after reading the story behind it.
― Anonymous User  5/7/2007
Agnes is of a Greek origin. It comes from a word in Greek pronounced og-nay ἁãíÞ. Its meaning is basically pure or sacred.
― Anonymous User  5/29/2007
In French, Agnes is spelled the same way but pronounced Anyes. I've always really liked that pronunciation. I am an Agnes, and I've noticed that it is a difficult name for children to pronounce. Small children usually call me ag-uh-nes. In the TV show Moonlighting (I was just a kid when it was on) there was a woman named Agnes Depesto. Bruce Willis always called her Miss Depesto but her boyfriend called her Agnes. That was my nickname growing up (Depesto).
depesto325  5/29/2007
In Tracey Chevalier's novel Girl With a Pearl Earring there was a character called Agnes. She was the sister of Griet.
― Anonymous User  6/1/2007
In The Simpsons, Principal Skinner's mother is called Agnes.
tiarnantman  6/7/2007
Agnes was my paternal grandmother's name. The story she always told was that her parents wanted to name her Bridget. Her father said that was a good Irish name (they were Irish). But the woman who was to be her godmother insisted on Agnes. She said, "If you name that baby Bridget I'll drop her down on the altar rail and walk out of the church." So Agnes it was. I always thought, "Man, Grandma, you got the raw end of that deal" as I had always considered Agnes an extremely ugly name. But then I was not aware of the French pronunciation which indeed makes this name very pretty. Nessie, though, just makes me think of the Loch Ness monster as that is a nickname for it.
queenv  9/28/2007
Famous bearers include Agnes Baden-Powell, founder of the Girl Guides or Girl Scouts, and dancer and choreographer Agnes de Mille. It was also the name of David Copperfield's lovely childhood friend and later, his wife, in Dickens' novel of the same name.
sarescent  10/10/2007
I don't like this name, I hate the pronunciation. I like the the nicknames, Aggie and Nessie are cute.
dreamgirl54  11/6/2007
I feel like I should like this name, but I really hate the hard "g" sound. The nicknames are cute, though. Especially Nessie.
arrowhead909  11/13/2007
I don't like this name. This name is better for grandmas (no offense).
― Anonymous User  12/3/2007
Agnes, although not contemporary, is a sweet, pretty, yet understated name. It's easy to pronounce (unlike all those Niamhs and Aoifes), it doesn't have many English variants to be misspelled (Cameron/Kamryn, Reese/Reece/Rhys), it isn't overused (you'll have three Emilys and Madisons in a kindergarten class), yet it has a beautiful meaning (either "chaste" or "lamb") and has a regal grace without being too "aristocratic" (like Alessandra or Ariana).
scholasticastewart  1/2/2008
Pronounced "ahg-nes".
Karcoolka  1/30/2008
Agnes and the Sanskrit name Agni may derive from a common linguistic root meaning sacred sacrificial fire.
pudu  2/27/2008
A variant spelling is Agyness, as in Agyness Deyn, the supermodel.
― Anonymous User  3/3/2008
Patient in the Janus Thickey ward for permanent spell damage at St. Mungo's Hospital. Agnes' entire head is covered with fur and she barks instead of speaking. The Healer told her that her son would soon visit and had sent her several Christmas gifts.
Jeana Bradbury  3/28/2008
Agyness Deyn, English model. Pronounced like Agnes. Birth name: Laura Hollins.
― Anonymous User  4/7/2008
Czech form is Anežka.
MaggieSimpson  5/12/2008
This name is ugly in English. It sounds pretty in other langugaes. In Swedish, for instance, this name is pronounced as ''ahng-nes'', with the 'a' pronounced like it's pronounced in 'ah', and with the 'ng' sound insyead of just the 'g'. I wouldn't use such a religious name, but it's not a bad name, except in English. It would be better if it was pronounced a bit more like in non-English spekaing countries. You might check out The Mystery Jets' song Alas! Agnes from 2005 and listen to how it's pronounced in it. That would be much nicer.
slight night shiver  5/14/2008
This name can also be pronounced ANN-neez. Silent 'G'; I believe saying it like this improves it dramatically.
IronTears  6/9/2008
My maternal grandmother's name was Agnes, though she generally went by Nessie. Nobody seems to be able to stand this name, but pronounced and used properly, it is actually quite pretty.
― Anonymous User  6/9/2008
Singer Maite Kelly and Florent Michel Raimond have a daughter Agnes Raimond, born 30th June 2006.
Emilie007  7/4/2008
I hate to offend anyone who likes this name, but Agnes, whoever said yuck yuck yuck (in my opinion) is right. It sounds like an old lady's name.
― Anonymous User  7/13/2008
Wow. Lots of negative comments about this name. O.O

It's never really sounded that "old lady"-ish to me because I've almost always associated it with the young Saint Agnes. I still like the way it sounds, anyway. XD
CanadianChibi  11/11/2008
Depending on the pronunciation used, Agnes comes off to me as a name that can be pretty or "ugly" so easily. The English pronunciation sounds a bit old-fashioned, but the Swedish one delivers a refreshing name that stands out just enough from the sea of girls with soap opera princess names.
ICEyun  12/2/2008
"Yuck yuck yuck!"? How immature can you people get? It's a name. You can say you hate it (and hate is a strong word), or that it sounds disgusting, but is it necessary to type yuck three times in all caps?
Anyways, I like the pronunciation "ANN-yay", but otherwise no, just no.
Kerules  3/31/2009
The German pronunciation is AHK-nes. [noted -ed]
mafiosa  8/6/2009
nicole_10107  9/23/2009
No one has mentioned theater choreographer Agnes de Mille, who revolutionized the use of choreography in musicals with Oklahoma.
popular1  10/2/2009
Also common in French, likely because of the Catholic use of a Saint's name for all baptized children and the encouragement by the church to select a newly canonized Saint's or patron's name. Pronunciation in French is /ah NYES/.
LakotaGirl  11/7/2009
A sweet name that is sure to soon rise in popularity in English speaking countries.
vomiting  12/10/2009
Pronounced ANG-nes in Swedish.
Beautiful Victory  12/19/2009
I think Agnes is a nice unusual name. I don't understand all this nonsense about 'YUCK YUCK YUCK'. It can sound a bit hard if it is pronounced with too much emphasis on the 'ag'.
lia  2/14/2010
In Denmark we pronounce it OW-ness, with the ow sounding like en how. While being an old name and quite uncommon today it's not considered ugly in any way but that may be because of a character on a Danish show called Matador who was called Agnes. She was a beautiful, complex and very strong character so the name is, for a Dane, closely connected to her - and therefore something positive. Needless to say, I therefore like the name (and prefer it in Danish).
Katrine  2/23/2010
I really like this name and always have. I have to admit though that it does seem rather old fashioned to me. While I would have disregarded it for this reason several years ago, I think I will embrace it all the more for the same reason now. Many "old fashioned" names are coming back and I believe this one surely will too. I think the "g" sound is just fine in it. There are many beautiful names with this g sound (Gabrielle, Guinevere, Gretchen, etc.) I wouldn't hesitate to use this name!
mom2zeke  5/13/2010
I think origin of this name is Lithuanian Agnė, Ugnė. This means fire in our language. In near pagan history of my country there was very widespread cult of fire, there is many girl names Agnė, Ugnė nowdays.
alberlau  6/1/2010
Agnes sounds ugly and masculine. The nickname "Aggie" is cute, but it's just not enough to save this name. I guess if I met a lovely girl called Agnes I'd like the name more but I've only saw one girl called Agnes and she was really nutty.
― Anonymous User  7/16/2010
I've also heard it pronounced as (ann-YEH).
alicehartley4884  8/8/2010
In "Despicable Me" the youngest sister's name is Agnes. She is so precious and basically the best part of the movie. Good movie.
Liesl  10/8/2010
Apparently, Nessa can be a nickname for Agnes.

I like it. I like its classic-ness. Not sure how usable it'd be in real life, but I do definitely like it for a character in a story.
Saffine Grace  10/22/2010
I don't have a problem with how it sounds. Agnes actually sounds a bit pretty to me. And I could care less about it being "old-fashioned"- it's classic, not dated. It's just that the religious background is too strong for me.
bathos  12/3/2010
I always used to hate this name because I thought it sounded like an old lady's name, but I must admit that ever since I saw the movie Despicable Me with the adorable little girl named Agnes, the name has been growing on me. I wouldn't mind using it on a little girl.
Nina.Matau  1/5/2011
Personally, I like it. It sounds like an angel.
MonsterGrapefruit  5/15/2011
Name of the Day: June 25th, 2011.
AndrewJKD  6/28/2011
OK, People. Let's cool it with the yuckies. I know there has to be more originality on this website. :p Anyway, this name is cute and rare at this time in history. I think it's one of those names that most people just skip past because it is so dated, but I would personally take advantage of that if I were in a position to be bestowing a name upon a child. And aren't older names coming back into style? Agnes has history, style, grace, poise, and beauty. Need I say more?
Amanda Frances  6/30/2011
This name has got to make you think "grandma" name without a doubt. I think it also has a hint of "nun" to it, meaning it's also a perfect name for a nun. The meaning of the name just adds to the idea. I do not like the sound of it either, it's unpleasing.
MyFartsSmellGood  7/9/2011
I love this name! It's very pretty and graceful. And I agree with few of you: it IS time for some old-fashioned names to make a comeback. This is the name of a character in a story I've written, which is set in the late 1500s. :P
blondieboo629  8/3/2011
I think that the French pronunciation "ah-NYEZ" is prettier; the English pronunciation is so harsh. "ah-NYAY" would also work.
gaelruadh19  12/5/2011
I really think this is gorgeous. Old fashioned, yes, but very pretty.
K.G Valentina  1/1/2012
Agnes Lark (b. May 2011 in New York City) is the daughter of American actress Jennifer Connelly and her husband Paul Bettany. Agnes has an older brother named Stellan.
― Anonymous User  1/6/2012
Agnes Crandall, heroine of Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. This book is a romantic suspense novel and it is awesome! I really like this name especially after reading Agnes and the Hitman. I think the name is spunky, cute, fresh, feminine and not too girly. I like it!
― Anonymous User  2/4/2012
No, it's too grandma-ish. It belongs in the year 1920 and it should stay there. I try to put the stress on the second syllable, but that doesn't make it any better. Nessie is almost cute as a nickname, but it's not enough to redeem the name.
Cuss10  2/12/2012
Agnes of France (1171-1204), daughter of King Louis VII of France and his third wife Adele of Champagne. She was later the Byzantine Empress.
CarolinW  6/8/2012
Agnes of France (1207-1207) was the daughter of King Louis VIII of France and Blanka of Castile. She died as a baby.
CarolinW  6/8/2012
Agnes of France (1260-1327) was the youngest daughter of King Louis IX of France and his wife Margaret. She married the Duke of Burgundy.
CarolinW  6/8/2012
Agnes of France (1345-1350) was the daughter of King John II of France and his wife Bonne.
CarolinW  6/8/2012
Agnes of Germany (1072-1143), daughter of Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor and his wife Bertha.
CarolinW  6/8/2012
Agnes (1257-1322) was the daughter of German King Rudolf I and his wife Gertrud of Hohenburg. She later married the Duke of Saxony.
CarolinW  6/17/2012
Agnes (1237-1237) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Friedrich II and his wife Isabella.
CarolinW  6/17/2012
When I think of Agnes, I think of a sweet, lovable girl who always smiles.
foreverslowly  7/2/2012
Agnes (1379-1401) was the daughter of King Rupert of Germany and his wife Elisabeth.
CarolinW  7/18/2012
Agnes (1606-1607) was the daughter of John Sigismund, Elector of Brandenburg and his wife Anna.
CarolinW  7/20/2012
Agnes (1181-1184) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I (Barbarossa) and his wife Beatrix.
CarolinW  7/20/2012
Agnes (1281-1364) was the daughter of King Albert I of Germany and his wife Elisabeth.
CarolinW  7/22/2012
Agnes (1318-?) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV and his wife Beatrix.
CarolinW  7/22/2012
Agnes (1345-1352) was the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV and his wife Margarete.
CarolinW  7/22/2012
I love the name Agnes, it's so vintage and pretty! I think a lot of people would be pleasantly surprised to meet a little girl named Agnes. Aggie and Nessie are cute nicknames :)
― Anonymous User  1/11/2013
I like the name Agnes! I wouldn't name my daughter it, but I think it would be cute to see a little girl with it. It also reminds me of the little girl from despicable me, which is probably why I like it :) also, the French pronunciation is very pretty, they say it ahn-YES.
Oohvintage  5/27/2013
Name of the Day: June 25, 2013.
― Anonymous User  6/25/2013
This name was used on a hurricane which flooded eastern Pennsylvania in June 1972. Official damage estimates were about $3 billion, although recently the damage was estimated at $2.3 billion. This made Agnes the costliest hurricane at the time, surpassing Betsy of 1965, although it was later surpassed by other hurricanes.
― Anonymous User  6/25/2013
The name Agnes was given to 121 baby girls born in the US in 2012 :)
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
Perfect name for a Catholic nun, due to the meaning, history, and the harshness of the way it sounds. I can't think of a better name to suit a nun.
Tiger Lilly  7/21/2013
My middle name is Agnes and although I've always hated it, I recently fell in love with the French pronunciation, "ahn-YES" to me this sounds so elegant & beautiful, I no longer dread the day that I'll have to decide whether to carry on my family's tradition of having Agnes somewhere in the first daughter's name. I might even make it her first name now that I've learned such a beautiful pronunciation!
Legendofcelena  4/18/2014
I think this is such a beautiful name: clunky cool. The nickname Aggie is my favourite, but Nessie is very sweet too. I certainly think it can work wonderfully nowadays, especially after that spunky little Agnes on Despicable Me.
Nooshi  8/8/2014
I think this is a strong, amazing name for girl to have. :)
― Anonymous User  8/9/2014
My name is Agnes and I love it. I usually get comments about it whether it's "That's a nice name" or "You don't hear that name very often".

So I love my name and wouldn't change it. :)
ThatCreativeBrit  2/20/2015
I really like this name for a little girl. My husband vetoed it, and said it sounds like "haggis", the big meanie.
Espy  4/14/2015
My Grandma is called Agnes, so I tend to think it rather old fashioned. However she has always been known as Nan, which is a Scottish nickname for Agnes.
amanda82  4/27/2015
The name is also rather common in Iceland. [noted -ed]
vadskajagtamigtill  6/14/2015
Yuck Yuck Yuck Yuck.
Katie37  7/21/2015
I think it's a sweet, underused name which deserves a revival. Not a "yuck" name as others have mentioned. It's a strong name that is charming on a little girl and lasts a lifetime.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2015
We called our daughter Agnes. We wanted a name that's distinctive yet familiar & a name that works internationally and isn't too hard to spell. Yes, it was a bit of a leap of faith as it did grate slightly on the ear to begin with. But it works & people love it. It's a strong name & the shortened versions (Ags, Aggy, Taggy) are all fab.
― Anonymous User  12/22/2015
I love this cute, vintage name! And it is not popular like Alice and Charlotte.
al84  1/5/2016
It seems to me this is a Greek borrowing from Hebrew because Latinized form of the Greek name ‘Αγνη (Hagne), derived from Greek ‘αγνος (hagnos) meaning "chaste" does not explain meaning.

In Hebrew "HaGan et" (Hellenised es) means "The Garden [is] this", The Garden being The Garden of Eden, otherwise known as PaRDeS ('Paradise').

The meaning of "chaste" in Greek borrowing then becomes obvious because Eve did not conceive until after she and Adam were exiled from The Garden of Eden after the 'original sin', meaning in The Garden she was "chaste", i.e. a virgin, virginity being defined differently in the ancient Greek culture.
Torahnames  1/6/2016
I think this name is really pretty. I'd use it.
It reminds me of the character Miss Marple for some reason (character's first name Jane). She was clever and stylish. I think this name is ready to be resurrected from old lady to cute, cool, clever little girl.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2016
What's with the "yuck yuck yuck" nonsense? It's OK to say that you hate it, but "yuck yuck yuck"? Not good. Anyway, I dislike this name.
Jghazt333  3/14/2016
Ugly. And sounds like an old woman's name.
― Anonymous User  4/7/2016
I don't really like this name, but I suppose its French pronunciation is okay. I'm just not a fan of the "ag" sound.
1836732  6/9/2016
The name Agnes was given to 189 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
I like this name! I find it a noble and unique female name.
Jake Fax  7/24/2016
Nessie is the name of the Lochness Monster, so ya, that nickname is out of the question. But otherwise it's a cute name.
Sania01  7/24/2016
I have had the honor of being named Agnes by my father, who wanted uniqueness in the names of his daughters and giving us girls the same middle name. (uniqueness and unity)

Who knew that this name would be a blessing to me! Wherever I travel across the globe, the name helps me make connections.
For example, in Spain, Latin America and France... I am Ines, In Italy... Agnese. I am traveling to Wales, I wonder what my name will bring up? Makes me feel cosmopolitan when I hear my name in different accents.

It is not glamorous, dramatic or popular. It is not for everyone, yet if you embrace uniqueness... this is the one to pass on.
my_name_is_Agnes  9/20/2016
Agnes is an extremely pretty girl's name. Not too common anymore, and I do not understand why! Some people are biased... but I think it has a great sound. Goes great as a middle name and with other personal names. For example, "Mary Agnes, Cecilia Agnes, and Rose Agnes", etc...
DundiculutNicholas  11/22/2016
Agnes Lum is an American gravure idol, singer, actress, and bikini model popular in Japan in the late 1970s and early 1980s. At that time, she was nicknamed "Lum-chan" in Japan, though now that nickname can be confused with that of the fictional character Lum Invader from Urusei Yatsura. Lum was the inspiration for the name of this character as she was well-known at the time the manga was first released (1977). In order to avoid confusion with Agnes Chan, another popular idol at the time, "Lum-chan" was used, though many fans called both "Agnes". Lum has appeared in numerous calendars, on posters, and magazine spreads, and these items regularly fetch high prices in the collectors market.
cutenose  2/9/2017
I actually love this name, even the English pronunciation. I prefer it to my actual name (even when I told my mom and she said "But you already have an old lady's name!")
mememan28  2/15/2017
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Agnes are female.
Also Estonian, Flemish, Welsh and Yiddish.
― Anonymous User  6/5/2017
Agnes Meiling Kaneko Chan is a pop singer, a "foreign television personality", a Doctor of Education, a professor at Japanese universities, an essayist, and a novelist. Since 1988, Chan has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and also supports the Japan Committee for UNICEF.
cutenose  6/16/2017
Agnes Muljadi is an Indonesian-American ballerina, actress, celebrity blogger, and photographer. Agnes Muljadi was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. Muljadi began her career as a ballet dancer and received her professional training in Indonesia, England and America on full scholarship. Following the completion of her training, Muljadi went on to dance with different troupes in the Pacific Northwest.
cutenose  7/28/2017
It's not my favourite name by any means, and I prefer other versions, but the comments could stand to be a little more original instead of just repeating "yuck" and "old lady's name" over and over.
coffee_pies  9/18/2017
Agnes is also occassionally used in Poland by nuns, instead of much more traditional form Agnieszka.
― Anonymous User  11/23/2017
Agnes Stock is a Norwegian singer.
― Anonymous User  11/23/2017
I like Agnes so much. It's just so classy and elegant. And yes, old fashioned, but in the case of this name I see it as an advantage. It's definitely not a wonder to me that people in Sweden like it so much. Maybe because I'm not from an English-speaking country and I don't know any old ladies called Agnes, I see this name as fitting a woman absolutely any age. It's really nice for a little girl too. Nicknames Aggie and Nessie are cute. I strongly associate this name with a singer and composer Agnes Obel and with Agnes Grey from Anne Bronte's novel and Agnes Conway from Wingless Bird by Catherine Cookson.
mairinn  11/23/2017
I do prefer the name of the saint's sister, Emerentiana of Agnese/Agnessa. But Agnes is also pretty. Aggie is ugly though.
XironDarkstar  12/1/2017
I'm Hungarian and I never liked Ágnes 'Ági' + the girls I met with this name weren't overly nice, but mostly the adults were mean and everything out of their mouth including our names sounded... not nice.
Though for me most Hungarian pronunciations are ugly. Harsh and too literal, too direct - no room for softness or imagination.
Then for a long time I haven't even thought about this name, until I heard it in "The Blacklist" in English. Elizabeth Keen (Masha Rostova) named her daughter Agnes, and it just sounded sweet, endearing and unique, multi-cultural...
It's simple but feminine yet not overtly girly - a classic.... graceful, soft & strong... It can be worn by a badass heroine and/or a sweet girl... someone to protect or a protector.
There's definitely a light in it. I agree with "It sounds like an angel."

The meaning (from various web-pages)
Agnes is a female given name, which derives from the Greek name Ἁγνὴ hagnē, meaning "pure" or "holy".
Latinized form of the Greek name 'Αγνη (Hagne), derived from Greek 'αγνος (hagnos) meaning "chaste".
Saint Agnes was a virgin martyred during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian. The name became associated with Latin agnus "lamb", resulting in the saint's frequent depiction with a lamb by her side.

PURE & CHASTE are not necessarily naive-virginal.
For me it means 'pure of heart' as in lack of malice, clear thinking, deep seeing-feeling + chaste as delicate, refined.

About the Lamb: Dexter's son in the DDK season & Silence of the Lambs - so a bit controversial, but that's okay.

Sanskrit - Agni - "sacred sacrificial fire". Fire has great symbolism, so many aspects I won't go into details, it would be too long here.

I like the literary associations too - Bronte, Dickens, Hugo. Very much do not like Ags, Aggy, Taggy, Nessie (though what's the problem with the Lochness Monster is a mystery to me) - Instead Nessa or even Nyssa & Love: Neža - Slovene short form.

+ Aegnes' the perfect feminine pair to Aegon of the popular Game of Thrones TV-series (G.R.R.Martin- A Song of Ice and Fire) also very Stark or 'Northern' ~ Agnes Snow, Agnes Stark (has a bit of Sansa-like sound to it)

And I really don't get the grandma or nun branding. Or what is so wrong with old-fashioned - you take it and make it fresh & all the yuck is really just lack of intelligence.

Name variants I like also: Agnessa (Russian), Агнеса 'Agnesa' (Macedonian), Agnese (Italian, Latvian), Agneza (Croatian), Anežka (Czech)(Slovak), Agnieszka (Polish), Агнија (Agnija) (Macedonian), Agniya (Russian), Aignéis (Irish), Nesta (Welsh)
إيناس 'Inās' (Arabic), Ines (French)(German)(Italian), Inès (French), Inés (Spanish),
Inês (Portuguese), Inesa (Lithuanian), Inessa 'Инесса' (Russian), Inez (English)
Nieske (Dutch)

Interesting also: with a 'K' or 'J'
Akanisi (Fijian), Akneeta (Finnish), Akneetta (Finnish), Aknes (Finnish), Aknietta (Finnish)
Jagienka (Polish), Jagna (Polish), Janja (Serbian and Slovenian)
Oanez (Breton)
Lillie-Agnes  2/6/2018

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