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Antigone is a play that I read and loved. The play is of course a Greek Tragedy and as such there is a lot of suicide and mourning, but the play is wonderful and the name is outstanding.
BethanyE  1/13/2006
I absolutely adore this name. I think it has a strong meaning. Its namesake, from the Greek play, is a strong character. I read the tragedy my sophomore year in high school and I remember deciding right then I would name my first daughter Antigone. :)
platyguin  2/8/2006
Antigone (Tiggie) is the main character of the Tiggie Tompson series by Tessa Duder.
― Anonymous User  2/18/2006
'Antigone Rising' is the name of an American band. I think it's a really mint name for a band--so symbolic. The name 'Antigone' itself is also beautiful.
― Anonymous User  4/18/2006
An amazing name full of strong character, but I don't think a woman who kills herself after being buried alive makes for a great namesake.
― Anonymous User  6/16/2006
Like other names attached to the story of Oedipus, I think this name shouldn't be passed on - it's legendary and immortal, and no child should have it. Yes, it's a beautiful name, but ... any child named Antigone (or Ismene) would be bugged throughout school about being the product of incest.
Emmasj  3/6/2007
It pains me that some people read this name as "An-tie-gone." That is incorrect, as anyone interested in literature could tell you. It is "an-TIG-oh-nee." Think of it as being broken up as An-tig-o-ne instead of Anti-gone.
Emmasj  3/6/2007
This name is just gorgeous!
jazzbaby  6/14/2007
I really like this name, it's unusual but poetic, a good name for a strong willed girl. Though I have some reservations over the fact it is related to the a character who was born from an incestus relationship.
― Anonymous User  9/24/2007
I like this name. And a lot of characters in Greek mythology were the product of incest--Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, who were brother and sister. Zeus was even married to Hera, who was his sister. I don't think it's a big deal.
― Anonymous User  3/16/2008
Someone might mispronounce it and give her the nickname "Antifreeze".
sweetkit  3/21/2008
I think that this is a lovely name, but I would think twice before naming my daughter Antigone - mostly for the connotation of it within the play.
― Anonymous User  3/26/2008
This strikes me as a name pretentious, snobby people pick for their children and foam at the mouth when people can't pronounce it. The name will most certainly not be shortened to any decent nicknames either, so it could be quite a long and strange-sounding name to live with.
slight night shiver  4/19/2008
The first time I ever heard of this name was when a rottie came into the vet hospital where I worked. She was a sweet dog but had no idea how to prounounce her name. My mom, who is an English teacher, is the one that told me it is not Anti-gone. I like it because it is unique, but don't like it enough to name someone or something Antigone.
Fire1815  9/7/2008
I don't particularly like the story, though I've read it twice, but I instantly fell in love with the name. It sounds so elegant and romantic! But it has such a depressing meaning, like an unwanted child. I can only imagine if I ever named my daughter this she'd one day look up it's meaning or read the story and think "This is what Mom had in mind when she named me?", haha. It's a pity.
not_another_Jessica  12/3/2008
This is a beautiful name, but I wouldn't use it for a first name - it would be better as a middle name.
― Anonymous User  12/22/2008
Makes me think of "antagonist", and for that reason I think this would make a great name for a female villain in a fantasy story. I might use it for that purpose some day!
Sophannagh  3/8/2009
I once met a girl with this name, and it didn't sound as pompous or whatever as I initially thought it would (like with other elaborate Greek names). It's actually quite beautiful.
erb816  4/16/2009
What a cool meaning. I almost like it just for the meaning- though the spelling ruins it, along with the pronunciation "ann-t-g-anee", which I just don't like for some reason. There's also the Shakespeare association.
Kerules  7/5/2009
Antigone Kefala is an Australian poet of Greek-Romanian heritage.
vomiting  11/12/2009
My name is Antigona. A instead of e. I wonder if it has the same meaning as Antigone? And to people who think their child will have a hard time at school because of their name are wrong. I get nothing but compliments. The name is beautiful and rare. I think common names are so boring.
AntigoneFalcone  12/24/2009
Antigona is the Latin variant of the Greek name. Since some Latin words or names end with a long E, they made it an A. This happens even to male nouns, that is why the Greek "nautes" (sailor) becomes "nauta" in Latin.

As to the elements, there is no Greek word "gonē". The word for 'birth' is "gena". The elements are "anti" (against) and "gonos" (parent).
clausangeloh  6/21/2010
Modern Greek pronunciation: ahn-dee-GHAW-nee or ahn-dee-GHAW-nyee. (I knew one.)
Kosta  7/2/2010
Although this name doesn't have a great meaning, the play was really good. And the character Antigone is great: strong and stood up for what she believed in. I wish more people would do that. In my 9th grade class everyone thought it was pronounced Anti-gone until the teacher corrected us. I think it sounds wonderful. People are bound to mispronounce it, but after they're told the correct way, I doubt they'd say it incorrectly a second time.
Book_Reader22  2/1/2011
It sounds beautiful when said out loud, but I literally laughed out loud when I saw it spelled out. I thought it was some kre8tyv name made up to show some moral or something, but then I found out that it's a classic name with a rich history. Honestly, I'm not sure what to make of this name.
Skygray15  11/28/2013
I personally don't like this name. I know a girl named Antigone that goes by Tiggy for short.
― Anonymous User  4/29/2014
I had a childhood friend named Antigone. When we were small children, she was often called "Tigger" as a nickname. As an adult, she usually goes by "Annie." I think Antigone is a lovely name, and it isn't difficult at all to pronounce once you've heard it.
warriorgoddess  7/21/2014
My daughter is called Antigone and we use the nicknames Tiggy or Tigger. Most people haven't heard of it and you can bypass any issues with the tragedy by just saying it's Greek, those who have mainly think of a strong woman with high family morals and loyalty. We have only had positive feedback from it especially on the nicknames which are cute for a toddler and she will grow into the full name when she's older. It's different and I think pretty but that's just my opinion and I'm biased!
TJCA  4/19/2015
My name is Antigone, I'm 14, and people have teased me about my name, others have commented on it saying it is pretty. My grandmother thought it was a sin to send a child to kindergarten with a name like that, and told my mom she should call me Ann, or Tiggy. I am now called Tig by some of my close friends, and tolerate being called Tigger by some close friends. I think that people shouldn't go by nicknames only, people should be proud of their name. I love my name and I would never want to change it.
Antigone77  2/3/2017

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