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I still really like this name despite one of its most famous bearer's, Marie Antoinette. It's very pretty and just roles off your tongue with pretty pink ribbons and silk ribbons to come with it. Like I said, I just love this name.
-- echo_of_the_past  10/9/2005
I know someone called Antoinette, and it's a very pretty name. I think it is the female version of Antony, and it is French.
-- Yoma4  8/29/2006
Antoinette Giry is a character from The Phantom of the Opera.
-- scarletquillraven  12/28/2006
How can a name be dragged down by someone that only history books have written about, we cannot assume that Marie Antoinette was horrible and cruel, of course no one knows, but she was only a teen, and I'm sure she was fun and nice. And, when I have a baby girl, I'd like to call her Ffion Antoinette, Ffion for my mother, and Antoinette for Marie Antoinette, I think she deserves good acknowledgement.
-- bellaboo  12/29/2006
Antoinette is both beautiful and strong sounding.
-- Missy  1/4/2007
Antoinette Chanel was the sister of Coco Chanel who was a famous French fashion designer.
-- Anonymous User  4/4/2007
I think it sounds very pretty and feminine and quite confident.
-- chloeellen  6/25/2007
Marie Antoinette or Maria Antonia or the Capet widow or whatever will unfortunately never be disassociated with an otherwise pretty name. If, in reality, she had said, “Let them eat cake,” and looked up from her hand mirror long enough to see the malnourished, overturned France outside Versailles and her miniature village (which she built at enormous cost), it would have been a miracle, given that she (unlike her mother, Maria Theresa whom she admired deeply) probably forgot at some point that there was actually more to RULING as "queen" than purchasing three to four, exorbitant, cotton dresses a week (at the time, more expensive than the traditional French silk).
-- Anonymous User  6/29/2007
Actually, she never said "Let them eat cake". That was a queen before her.

I think this name is quite pretty actually.
-- Sunao  12/28/2007
My baby girl is called Antoinette! But we call her 'Etta' for short because we find it is easier for her. When thinking of names, my husband and I thought of Antoinette, but then my husband commented that it sounded a bit extravagant, but I thought: Why shouldn't it be extravagant? Sometimes names that seem a little over the top are the best ones. Also, Marie Antoinette did not make me dither on this name - in fact, I did not even think about it.
-- Razorlight  8/3/2007
I'm surprised this famous bearer hasn't been mentioned yet: Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson (nicknamed Reinette), also known as Madame de Pompadour. She was the mistress of King Louis XV of France. Talented, intelligent, artistic, and full of energy, she was one of the most accomplished women to have ever lived.
-- Anonymous User  8/10/2007
My grandmother has this name and she pronounces it "Anne-ton-ette". She prefers to be called Toni.
-- Mel_13  3/26/2008
The name looks really pretty and sophisticated, but I don't like the pronunciation at all. There are far prettier French names out there. I also do believe Marie Antoinette is demonized quite unreasonably. My guess is that she was like the Paris Hilton of the French Revolution times. She wasn't necessarily mean, she was just spoiled and ditzy, and she didn't really take interest in things outside her luxurious life. Not that that makes her much better, but I doubt she was insufferable as a person. The famous cake comment was probably something said out of naivete. People focus too much on harmless females like her, and Paris Hilton today, instead of paying attention to the men who really cause misery in society. Well, the name does sound mature, but almost elitist and pretentious, and any nicknames will sound awful. At least the ones I can imagine, which is quite hard to do with this name.
-- slight night shiver  5/15/2008
"Wide Sargasso Sea" is a book by Jean Rhys where apparently Bertha Mason's real name is Antoinette. She get married to Edward who is a real jerk to her and through a series of racial tensions and class problems she becomes the crazy lady Jane Eyre finds in the attic. I didn't actually read the book, but that's the impression I got from all of the analysis articles.
-- gio2475  7/13/2008
My impression on the most famous bearer of this name: looking for happiness in all the wrong places.

I was looking on Wikipedia on Marie-Antoinette's oldest daughter, Marie-Therese-Charlotte (forgive the lack of accents), and apparently Marie-Antoinette was a lot more in touch with the common folks plight than most give her credit for. Granted, it was later on when she was a mom, and it was taken from her daughter's memoirs, but it really gives a different image of her.

So I probably would name a daughter Antoinette, although most likely as a middle name. It just seems to work better as a middle name for me.
-- Katsuno_Hitomi  12/23/2009
Looks hard to pronounce. I don't really like it.
-- Chrila96  8/14/2010
This name just SCREAMS pretentious. Annoying and over-the-top.
-- Chrila96  9/27/2010
I always pronounced it "AN-twoh-net."
I love it, it's long and dignified.
-- DaphneSusan  10/14/2010
Marie Antoinette never said "Let them eat cake"; that story was around before she was even born, let alone before she arrived in France. She did, however, include this statement in a letter home to her family:

"It is quite certain that in seeing the people who treat us so well despite their own misfortune, we are more obliged than ever to work hard for their happiness. The King seems to understand this truth."

And as she fell from grace she commented, "Tribulation first makes you realize who you are." I have much more sympathy for her since she was never taught how to govern and she was a lonely, homesick young girl when she arrived.
-- gaelruadh19  1/20/2011
A beautiful name, but it's a bit of a mouthful and rather old-fashioned. Though the nickname Toni comes to mind and it makes a rather good middle name, it may be best left in the history books.
-- CarefullySoaring  2/5/2012
Hm. I'm kinda sad this isn't in the top 1000 anymore, to be honest. Yeah it's long, but not as long as some of the annoying trendy names like Isabella or Maximilian. This name is elegant, regal, maybe a little pretentious but still very pretty and feminine. In an age when truly feminine names have gone obsolete, this would sure be refreshing. I'm not too fond of Toni personally, but I like Annie or even Etta/Ettie :)
-- Anonymous User  6/15/2013
The name Antoinette was only given to 82 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/18/2013
The name Antoinette was relatively popular in france during the first half of the 20th century but became uncommon in the 70's. It reached its height of popularity in 1920, being given to about 2, 000 baby girls that year.
-- bonjour_mon_joli  8/25/2013

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