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Hey everybody, I'm a 19 year old girl who is named Hortense. A lot of people made fun of my name like a lot of people on here. Does it hurt me,? No! Not one bit. Know why? Because I don't need you to tell me who I am if you only know my name and not my story.
Hortense_.  4/18/2018
The comments are mostly from English speakers here. I love the sound of the name when pronounced in the correct French way! I enjoy words and their soundings - I was just sitting here and the word Hortense came in to my head for some reason:) Then I thought, I think the French would say `Ortonsse`. It is a beautiful language!
herrholz  9/29/2017
My name is Hortense and I'm from France. I moved to Canada a few years ago and I always had a hard time communicating my name to people. I didn't and I still don't know the better way to pronounce it and it frustrates me to see people not understanding it. It's actually an okay name when you say it in a French pronunciation but it's pretty rare. It means 'gardener' in English and is the other name for the flower hydrangea (which is in my opinion a grand mother's flower but-). It's hard to carry a rare name because you feel different but sometimes being different is a good thing too. I hope you'll come to appreciate my name.
hcmble  1/6/2015
When I first came across this name, I thought it was pronounced HOR-tens. Or-TAWNS is better, but still horrid.
― Anonymous User  5/20/2014
The French pronunciation is quite nice.
Chrila96  11/18/2010
Hortense McDuck, Scrooge McDuck's youngest sister, mother of Donald Duck, and grandmother of Huey, Dewey, and Louie Duck. Scrooge named a temperamental mare after her in Don Rosa's series, "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck."
Atarah Derek  7/4/2010
Whore tense. Enough said.
snowstormburning  12/26/2009
Even if the pronunciation of this name is pretty, the spelling just kills it. I think a good alternative is Ortannes.
Aurora Lynn  4/23/2009
The only reason I sort of like this name is because of the Guardians of Ga'hoole character.
Kerules  4/5/2009
I think "or-tawns" sounds like a Tolkien monster. Or Hortense is, well, quite difficult to like.
jolidanstitre  5/8/2008
Hortense Beauharnais was Josephine's daughter and hence Napoleon's stepdaughter. She became queen of Holland.
Nosferatu  12/6/2007
For people who don't know about Josephine she was a creole from the island of Martinique who went to France to marry Hortense's father who died in the revolution. Josephine was crowned Empress by her 2nd husband Napoleon. Now my impression is it doesn't sound nice but when you look at the meaning it sounds ok.
hd_kc_jojo  2/15/2008
I don't care how this name is pronounced. I think it's just plain ugly!
― Anonymous User  8/9/2007
I'm probably one of the few people who likes this name. I think it's beautiful pronounced "or-TAWNS." To me, it brings the image of a strong woman.

In the children's book series "Guardians of Ga'Hoole," a spotted owl's name is Hortense. She becomes a hero, and many owlets from the region she was born in are named after her (including some males), even though she hated her name.
golden_eyes  8/4/2007
The name is beautiful if pronounced the correct way, or-TAWNS, not HOR TENSE.
Agonotheta  6/21/2007
Hortense sounds like a name of a troll who lives under a bridge in some fantasy land or something you'd name a cow. It's pretty horrible.
Jasmine  2/28/2007
Awful, heinous, ugly. I'm sorry - it is!
nothingshortoftragic  12/30/2006
Hortense Calisher, American writer.
Kosta  5/15/2006
Pronounced HOR-tens in English, which probably accounts for its unpopularity. (Surely you've heard that dreadful old joke.)
Kosta  5/9/2006
Hortense Powdermaker, American anthropologist.
Kosta  5/9/2006
This is a horrid name. Who would EVER impose such a name on a child?
beautyofwords9  3/4/2006
A character in the film Secrets & Lies is called Hortense, that was the first time I heard the name. In one of my name-books it just says "No!" as a coment on it.
― Anonymous User  1/25/2006

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