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My name is Antuanet. It's pronounced the same way Antoinette is. When my parents were deciding my name they thought it was way too long for them to remember. They were scared I would forget my name. So my mom had the brilliant idea of changing it to Antuanet. Though it still confuses people. Antoinette is a beautiful name but it's so wordy and difficult to spell.
Antuanet_Ayros  4/17/2020
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Too fancy and complex.
someone-  3/30/2020
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Pretty, but with the Marie Antoinette association, I’m moving right past this one. It’s a shame it can’t be used anymore, though. To me it’s sort of like Maybelline.
Theatrenamelover  5/26/2019
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By all means do not name your daughter this. It is a horrible name to grow up with. To this day my own dad can't spell it. I am Antoinette Marie. Back in the 60's and 70's tests in school used scantron scoring sheets. Those you had to use a #2 pencil on. You had to write it out then bubble in to the corresponding letter. No one could pronounce it much less spell it. Most teachers insisted on my full name. I would plead, "but they call me Toni at home." (Don't get me started on Toni with an "I" vs. "Y" crap.) Max letters were 8... Antoinet. Then in middle school older boys heard my name and repeated with a vulgar spelling ( An-tw__-net) I went home and repeated it and got slapped and then my dad wanted to know what boys called me that.. all the more embarrassing. So I go by Toni... family still call me Antoinette, everyone else has be warned to call me Toni or I won't respond. And there is that darn Marie Antoinette history. "Your parents got it backwards". I have since pleaded to my daughters, that both LOVE the name to NOT ever name their daughter(s) this.
Itztoeknee  9/26/2018
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My daughter's name is Antoinette. I pronounce it as Anne twoh nett. We all call her Nettie for short. Nets would be our more endearing name used as well. But in general, it is a beautiful name that gives the impression of sophistication, power, strength in nature with warmth. It is not a very common name used in our modern times.
AvrilVan  5/9/2018
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This is my mom's name. She doesn't like it, but I think it's absolutely beautiful and would use it for my daughter (if I ever had kids). Nettie would be a good nickname for it.
― Anonymous User  10/20/2017
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Antoinette Cherish Flores Taus, known as Antoinette Taus, is a Filipino-American television/movie/theater actress, singer, host and commercial model. Taus formerly worked as an exclusive talent of ABS-CBN from 1992 to 1996 and GMA Network from 1996 to 2004. She is the older sister of former child star now currently a DJ and TV Host, Tom Taus. Antoinette Taus was known for some of the roles she portrayed like as Anna Karenina "Anna" Serrano in Anna Karenina and as Bianca de Jesus in T.G.I.S. which she was first paired with Dingdong Dantes. Aside from singing and acting, she was one of the hosts for the Philippine coverage of BBC Millennium Celebration 2000 Today, which was broadcast over 67 countries around the world. She spent ten years living in Los Angeles. She recently has returned to the Philippines to resume her career there.
cutenose  5/4/2017
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The French's answer to the English's enduring name Elizabeth.
K1hodgman  10/11/2016
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It's pretty but it's such a long name. Also it has connections to a woman being beheaded so... next!
firestar11  8/20/2016
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The name Antoinette was given to 78 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/17/2016
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My first name is Antoinette and my memories of Year 1 are ones of frustration because I couldn't remember how to spell my name and as a result I was the second last to learn this milestone. The last was a boy called Jaye.
Once I got over this hurdle I didn't mind my name being so long, in fact I used to love getting a giggle at how other kids wrote it on party invitations and Christmas cards. The best one ever was Antwahnet, this was exactly how he used to pronounce it too :).
― Anonymous User  2/26/2016
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I was given the name Antoinette Beatrice as my first and middle name. I was called Toni from when I was little. In school on the first day the teacher would call out my name (my last name is 9 letters -4 syllables- long so it is a mouthful to say). It is pronounced Ann- twah- net. The whole class would turn to stare. Being very shy, I always thought it was a bit too much as I was a 60's child so I never used it. But now as an adult I love my name and think it is beautiful even with the 'Marie Antoinette' hanging over my head :) and her supposed 'eat cake' foible. Everyone would comment I had the most beautiful name they had ever heard.
tonibcis  12/13/2015
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I find the name Antoinette beautiful and regal sounding.
― Anonymous User  1/31/2015
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The name Antoinette was relatively popular in france during the first half of the 20th century but became uncommon in the 70's. It reached its height of popularity in 1920, being given to about 2, 000 baby girls that year.
bonjour_mon_joli  8/25/2013
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The name Antoinette was only given to 82 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/18/2013
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Hm. I'm kinda sad this isn't in the top 1000 anymore, to be honest. Yeah it's long, but not as long as some of the annoying trendy names like Isabella or Maximilian. This name is elegant, regal, maybe a little pretentious but still very pretty and feminine. In an age when truly feminine names have gone obsolete, this would sure be refreshing. I'm not too fond of Toni personally, but I like Annie or even Etta/Ettie :)
― Anonymous User  6/15/2013
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A beautiful name, but it's a bit of a mouthful and rather old-fashioned. Though the nickname Toni comes to mind and it makes a rather good middle name, it may be best left in the history books.
CarefullySoaring  2/5/2012
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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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I always pronounced it "AN-twoh-net."
I love it, it's long and dignified.
DaphneSusan  10/14/2010
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This name just SCREAMS pretentious. Annoying and over-the-top.
Chrila96  9/27/2010
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Looks hard to pronounce. I don't really like it.
Chrila96  8/14/2010
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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
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"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.
― Anonymous User  7/13/2008
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The name looks really pretty and sophisticated, but I don't like the pronunciation at all. There are far prettier French names out there. I also do believe Marie Antoinette is demonized quite unreasonably. My guess is that she was like the Paris Hilton of the French Revolution times. She wasn't necessarily mean, she was just spoiled and ditzy, and she didn't really take interest in things outside her luxurious life. Not that that makes her much better, but I doubt she was insufferable as a person. The famous cake comment was probably something said out of naivete. People focus too much on harmless females like her, and Paris Hilton today, instead of paying attention to the men who really cause misery in society. Well, the name does sound mature, but almost elitist and pretentious, and any nicknames will sound awful. At least the ones I can imagine, which is quite hard to do with this name.
slight night shiver  5/15/2008
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Love the name, though it may be a bit too long for me to use. Maybe use Tonia, and while I do agree with the fact that Marie Antoinette does get demonized a bit too much, I dislike how slight night shiver made a specific comment towards men, as it felt pretty ignorant to me being a guy. Anyway, it is a pretty name and I really like how feminine it is.
DanielRivera  5/24/2018
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My grandmother has this name and she pronounces it "Anne-ton-ette". She prefers to be called Toni.
Mel_13  3/26/2008
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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
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My baby girl is called Antoinette! But we call her 'Etta' for short because we find it is easier for her. When thinking of names, my husband and I thought of Antoinette, but then my husband commented that it sounded a bit extravagant, but I thought: Why shouldn't it be extravagant? Sometimes names that seem a little over the top are the best ones. Also, Marie Antoinette did not make me dither on this name - in fact, I did not even think about it.
Razorlight  8/3/2007
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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
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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
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I think it sounds very pretty and feminine and quite confident.
chloeellen  6/25/2007
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Antoinette Chanel was the sister of Coco Chanel who was a famous French fashion designer.
― Anonymous User  4/4/2007
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Antoinette is both beautiful and strong sounding.
Missy  1/4/2007
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How can a name be dragged down by someone that only history books have written about, we cannot assume that Marie Antoinette was horrible and cruel, of course no one knows, but she was only a teen, and I'm sure she was fun and nice. And, when I have a baby girl, I'd like to call her Ffion Antoinette, Ffion for my mother, and Antoinette for Marie Antoinette, I think she deserves good acknowledgement.
bellaboo  12/29/2006
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Antoinette Giry is a character from The Phantom of the Opera.
scarletquillraven  12/28/2006
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I know someone called Antoinette, and it's a very pretty name. I think it is the female version of Antony, and it is French.
Yoma4  8/29/2006
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I still really like this name despite one of its most famous bearer's, Marie Antoinette. It's very pretty and just roles off your tongue with pretty pink ribbons and silk ribbons to come with it. Like I said, I just love this name.
echo_of_the_past  10/9/2005

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