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The only person in Oedipus' family to survive the Oedipus Cycle.
-- PVega  4/8/2006
I have really liked this name ever since I read "Antigone" in English class, although her character bugged me. I probably wouldn't use it on my child but it's pretty nevertheless.
-- ellen2321  9/23/2006
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 Ismene (or Antigone) would be bugged throughout school about being the product of incest.
-- Emmasj  3/6/2007
I've always heard this pronounced iz-MEE-nee.
-- Laurea  4/7/2007
My literature book (World Drama from Holt, Rinehart, and Winston) says it's pronounced is-MEN-ee. However, my teacher and all of the students say is-MEE-nee.
-- Aqua  9/17/2007
Say it with me, people:
-- Anonymous User  10/4/2008
Ugly. It sounds like "is mean", and it feels troublesome to have a name associated with a child of incest.
-- bananarama  11/19/2008
Ismene was the daughter of Esperanza and Estevan that got taken away from them in Guatemala in the book The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver.
-- bibi66  2/7/2009
I don't like it. It reminds me too much of "is meanie". Antigone eclipses it entirely.
-- erb816  6/1/2009
The only jokes the girl will get on the name will be on the "is-meanie" pronunciation. How many children know about Greek mythology? I honestly didn't know of the incest association until I read these comments.

Having gotten that off my chest, it's kind of cute. Not beautiful or pretty, but cute. It isn't a favorite.
-- Black_X  10/9/2011
It's a pretty name. I heard it in my Humanities class and fell in love with it.

BTW, I pronounce it "Iz-MUH-neh".
-- Kinola  1/22/2012
I've always heard it pronounced "iz-MAY-nee" which I think is the prettiest of all those mentioned.
-- Madyson  6/1/2012
One of my friends has a great-grandmother named this, although she spells it Ismini. She was born in Greece. At first I hated this name, since I read Antigone and found Ismene rather annoying. But meeting my friend's great-grandma helped me like it, since she really is knowledgeable (like the meaning) despite being over 100 years old.
-- Bonquiqui  6/1/2012
Pronunced "eez-MEEN" or "eez-MEE-nee" in English.
-- heyyyyyyyyyyyy  1/26/2017

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