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Doesn't roll off the tongue easily, looks masculine, too many different pronunciations, and hard to pronounce.
Luvbug86  7/11/2018
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My name is Xanthe and I’ve always pronounced it zon-tha, I don’t particularly like the other pronunciations I’ve heard other than zon-they, personally. But in general I like the name. I’ve always gone by my middle name because it’s easier for people to spell and pronounce but as I’ve gotten older the name Xanthe has grown on me.
Xanthe Roxana  1/22/2018
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I named my daughter Xanthe, and she loves it. She is a non-identical twin, and loves the fact that it is unusual. I named her after a little girl I had met years before at a Shakespeare festival. The little girl's sister was named Sarah, so I did not feel that I had to name Xanthe's twin an equally unusual name. Eventually, I gave her nicknames like "Xanthe-Roo," like I was Kanga and she was Roo. Then, Xanthe-Zoo, then just XuXu (like the lady above) like ZuZu's petals from 'It's a Wonderful Life". We pronounce it ZanThee. Almost everyone likes it. It is ancient and beautiful.
claudiagindraux  4/21/2017
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I named my daughter this and it suits her so much: she is sociable and friendly. We nicknamed her zoo zoo referring to her as Xanthe zoo. I think it's pretty, we loved the classic influence (Oceanus' daughter who was a sea nymph) and I love the meaning of the golden one. Our little zoo zoo will have dark hair when she is older but I don't think this detracts from the meaning of being golden or fair in nature.
Genevieve8888  4/1/2017
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I'm personally not a fan of this name. I've never really liked names that start with "X" (due to the way it just seems so out of place and not natural to me), so this one is just not for me. Don't like the spelling or my assumed pronunciation. It's just my opinion, though. I bet others love this name.
― Anonymous User  3/17/2017
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Hahaha My name is Xanthe and it's pronounced as Zan-thee I love it though and I find it cool.
Xanthe QueenZai  1/20/2017
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My name is Xanthe and I don't have blonde hair but I always thought I was the only Xanthe in the world- it appears not, but I love my name :) I pronounce it Zanthee and I feel that's the best way to pronounce it.
Xanthe the donut  2/26/2016
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My name is Xanthe [zan-thee] (actually inspired from the House Martin's "I Can't Put My Finger On It") and I've never had any issues with it. People actually tried to persuade my parents to give me a more 'normal' name, but aside from the occasional mispronunciation, I've only ever been complimented. I'm blonde, too, so that's just icing on the cake!
letssayhello  2/14/2016
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I really love this name. Though I pronounce it as one syllable.
Maeve N. E.  10/18/2015
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It's not unlike naming your daughter "Rubia", "Flavia", "Fiona", and the like since they all indicate flaxen or fair hair; thus, you're naming your daughter "Blonde".

I like this name. I just find it interesting that it's also used to refer to a woman with flaxen hair.
gaelruadh19  6/22/2015
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My name is Xanthe (zan-thee) and I love it!

All my friends love it and even strangers comment on it being unusual and nice.

I have dark brown hair though :S ha.
xanthe15  4/14/2015
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My name is Xanthe and I pronounce it zan-thee and I do happen to have blonde hair, haha.
xanthemae  1/13/2015
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Oh, I love this name. It's a breath of fresh air to me. =)
― Anonymous User  6/6/2014
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It's quite an interesting and unique name. Also, I know a girl called Xanthe and she happens to be blonde XD.
xgirl  5/26/2014
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My Name is Xanthé pronounced (Zan-thay) and I love it! It's really not a hard name to pronounce or remember. If anything everyone remembers it because its so unique. There are many different ways that different cultures pronounce it. With the crazy names people are naming their children these days, I feel like it's a wonderful name that is different and interesting but not over the top.
GoldAsTheMorningStar  7/9/2013
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I see a lot of people saying its pronounced zanthee but I disagree, since I have the name I can say it's pronounced shawn-tay.
xanthe  6/18/2013
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This is my name. I pronounce it Kan-tha. I have never liked my name even with the story I have behind it. It is not a family name just my parents thinking they were naming me my hair color. I am a brunette, so the joke is on me.

In my 30's I did hear the Greek pronunciation of Ksan-ti which is better than any of the American/English versions I have heard. I found it just as difficult to get it pronounced correctly regardless.

Please don't put your children through the pain I have gone through by having an unusual and difficult to pronounce name placed upon them.
Kat727  4/21/2013
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Fun fact: this name is related to the English word xanthic, meaning "yellow".
overtheclouds  10/28/2012
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I like this name, pronounced "ZAN-thee", because Greek names that end in E usually sound like "ee" rather than "uh". And I think when somebody pronounces this name (and others) like EKS-an-the, etc, them saying X as an "EKS" sounds uneducated and dumb.
So yes, this is a pretty name, pronounced the real way, which in my opinion is ZAN-thee.
DaphneSusan  12/2/2010
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To the poster above, KSAHN-thee is how it's supposed to be pronounced in Greek. If anything, pronouncing it with a Z is a bastardized version of the original beautiful pronunciation. But of course anglophones will always argue it's their way, their pronunciation. It DOES sound educated because that's how it IS in Greece. Use google more, it might help- it shows how to correctly pronounce things.
― Anonymous User  7/13/2011
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This name sounds more masculine than feminine to me. I like it, though.
― Anonymous User  9/30/2010
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So beautiful, but I couldn't imagine anyone named this.
-Julia-  7/31/2009
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I prefer it to be pronounced ZAN-the, with the E silent. Maybe it's just me!
xDante  7/30/2009
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I love this name. Maybe it's just the "x", but I think Xanthe sounds really cool and pretty. It's unusual and kinda dramatic, but far simpler than other mythological names, like Clytemnestra. I like it pronounced "ZAN-thee" and "ZAN-thay".
― Anonymous User  7/12/2009
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In a story I'm writing, there's a girl called Mary Chrisantha, and Xanthe (pronounced as ZAN-tha) is her nickname. I think it should remain as so, simply a nickname. The 'z' sound isn't great at the start of somebody's first name.
Golden Phoenix  4/15/2009
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A famous bearer is the theatre actress Xanthe Elbrick (born 1st December 1978). She said this about her name "I'm the fourth of four children, and my parents had made their way to the back of a baby names book by then. My dad always said that if they couldn't afford to educate me, I could sign my checks with an X." She's not a blonde Xanthe, regardless of the meaning, she's a brunette.
― Anonymous User  3/30/2009
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I love the name Xanthe. The meaning "golden one" is fantastic, with the imagery it creates. Personally I would pronounce it Zan-thee, but any way is great.
fishl_x  12/23/2008
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Pronounced as "Ksan-the".
Maggie_Simpson  7/11/2007
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I really like this name pronounced zan-thee, I like it because there aren't many X names around.
mum2bubba  6/29/2007
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Xanthe is a great name. I prefer it pronounced zan-they than any other way. Not many common names start with an x, which I think makes it even more special and unique.
FirChlis  1/29/2007
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Xanthe is a sea nymph in Greek mythology; one of the daughters of Oceanus. Xanthe means "Golden One" in ancient Greek.

Xanthe Tilden is a fashion and entertainment correspondent and producer for CNN.

Xanthe Elbrick is an award winning British/American actress based in London.
Moon  1/23/2007
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This is a great name for a character!
Emmasj  12/20/2006
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It can be pronounced Zan-they, zan-thee, zan-tha, ksan-they, ksan-thee, or ksan-tha. I personally like zan-they and zan-tha.
song_quest  3/11/2006

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