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I really love this name. It is not very common and it sounds special and beautiful.
-- Anonymous User  4/21/2006
Etienne has always been one of my top choices for a boy's name, but I have also seen it used as a girl's name. I do not know how well that would work in a French-speaking place, but it seemed really edgy and hip to me in high school!
-- Star Sister  10/26/2006
My brothers name is Etienne and he hates it. When he was in school everybody called him ET and told him to phone home.
-- lilypad22  5/5/2008
I love this name, but I would only use it in a French speaking country. It sounds a bit too much like ATM to be used in an English speaking country.
-- Theodore-Lenin  7/21/2008
This is a very good strong name not very common in America. Most people that hear my son named Etienne love it.
-- Anonymous User  8/13/2008
Étienne is the name of a character, played by Guillaume Canet, in the film The Beach.
-- Theodore-Lenin  8/15/2008
Saint Etienne is a British electronic group popular during the 90s.
-- pusherwoman  5/24/2009
I'm not too sure about the pronunciation that is given here. I'm not French, but I learned French in school and I've been in France about three times.
Ay-TYEN seems to me like somebody is trying to pronounce it correctly but does not succeed. (Sorry, if this sounds too harsh, I don't mean to offend anybody)
It is hard to translate the E in Étienne into a phoneme that also exists in English, but I think "Eh-TYEN" would be closer, with the "Eh" pronounced like the first "e" in "gender" only a bit lighter.
-- Ailidh  2/6/2010
Ailidh is wrong; the pronunciation given is accurate.
The sound Ailidh is describing (the 'Eh' sound) is spelled like this È, not like this É.
-- Theodore-Lenin  5/27/2010
Maybe the example I gave ('gender') wasn't the best one, but ay-TYEN is definitely wrong. It isn't the correct French spelling. I have never heard any French pronounce the name like that.
And I know about the difference between é and è. I learned this language for four years. And though my own pronunciation might be very German, I have met a lot of French people. My teacher was French, too. So I know what the language is supposed to sound like. ;)
-- Ailidh  7/12/2010
Etienne is the name of a great character in Francis Temple's books 'The Ramsey Scallop' and 'The Bedouin's Gazelle'.
-- Alie.Meilian  12/20/2010
Étienne Eugène Azam was a French surgeon, famous for studying one of the earliest recorded cases of (what is now known as) multiple personality disorder.
-- bathos  12/27/2010
The name is okay, but I have NO CLUE how they got it out of Stephen.
-- Chrila96  3/3/2011
Rutger Hauer played Etienne Navarre in the mid-80s movie Ladyhawke. He was under a curse that turned him into a wolf every night; his lover, Isabeau, became a hawk by day.
-- humblebee  10/26/2011
Ok, I know it's masculine, but it seriously looks feminine. I would have never guessed it was French for Stephen. I guess if you're in a French speaking country, it's ok, but definitely not in an English speaking country!
-- GibsonGirl  11/5/2011
Étienne Aigner: designer of women's purses & leather goods.

-- GibsonGirl  11/5/2011
Etienne Aubert was the birthname of Pope Innocent VI (Pontificate between 1352-1362).
-- CarolinW  6/12/2012
The name Étienne has been consistent in popularity in France for over 100 years. I think it's a great name that deserves more use :)
-- bonjour_mon_joli  8/25/2013
French Canadians pronounce this name : ay-TSYEN.
-- Fleurdelys  2/6/2014
In my opinion this name is too feminine for a man. Plus, it's sounds too nerdy. As a middle name it could work, I suppose. I only like it when used by French people in the French language.
-- Alexanna  9/30/2014
The name Etienne was given to thirty-two baby boys born in the U.S. in 2013.
-- hkols  11/2/2014
Étienne is a minor character in "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick.
-- hkols  11/2/2014
Etienne Saqr is a Lebanese militia leader of the "Guardians of the Cedars" militia during the civil war. He is considered a War Criminal and Traitor by the government of Lebanon and was sentenced to death in absentia while he currently lives in exile.
-- Ali Hassan  11/12/2014
In America this would be considered very feminine, and would definitely provoke teasing of a male with this name.
-- Anonymous User  3/9/2016
Étienne Daho is a French singer, songwriter and record producer. He has released a number of synth-driven and rock-surf influenced pop hit singles since 1981.
-- cutenose  5/25/2016
Étienne St. Clair is one of the main characters in the book "Anna and the French Kiss" by Stephanie Perkins.
-- Katherington  11/13/2016
George-Étienne Cartier (1814-1873) was a Canadian politician.
-- Maxine J. Rolland  1/17/2017
Ètienne is pronunced with a soft E at first and some like this, Eh-ty-en I hope its helpful.
-- Etiennecano  1/23/2017
In Brazil Etienne (often spelt Etiene) is most commonly a female name
-- Arialblack  7/14/2017

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