Comments for the name Antoinette

Comments for ANTOINETTE:

Antoinette Giry is a character from The Phantom of the Opera.
-- scarletquillraven  12/28/2006
Antoinette Chanel was the sister of Coco Chanel who was a famous French fashion designer.
-- Anonymous User  4/4/2007
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
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
"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
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

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