My name is Manon, and here's what I think about it. I live in the US and pronounce it "muh-NOHN." So it doesn't have the word "man" in it and its quite feminine. That's not a problem at all. It's a really pretty and unique name and I get many many compliments on it. However, it is hard for most people to remember the pronunciation and spelling of it, since it's not actually an English name, and I find myself constantly correcting my acquaintances. There also aren't any immediately apparent nicknames that come with it (except maybe adding the EE sound on the end for Manony or Manonie), but since it's short and cute as is, I personally don't care much. But it's something to keep in mind. The meaning of the name is unclear, as it is a variant Marie and therefore has many meanings, but some I've seen are: "Star of the Sea," "Beloved," "Wished for Child," "Rebelliousness," and "Bitter." Some might dislike how some of the meanings seem negative, but I personally like that there are both positive and slightly negative meanings and think it gives the name more charm. It seems cute on naughty kids (and all kids are sometimes naughty), and fits my own personality well, since I often think of myself as a bit of a jaded realist (bitter), but also fitting of the elegant nature of the name and its other meanings. Overall, I love the name!
Speaking as someone with the name Manon, I’ve always gotten compliments and I 100% think it’s helped me with my confidence. It’s a strong, stand out name, and frankly anyone who is still so up tight about the femininity and masculinity of names needs to chill. Girls are having boy names now and believe it or not males have had “female” names for centuries. And it’s super rude to just say “ugly” for something as simple as having the word “man” in it. Hundreds of very feminine names contain the word man. Let’s be kind here please. Also- mine has always been pronounced MAN-IN for anyone curious about pronunciation.
Sounds tough and elegant at the same time. Solid French name.
Manon is a cute name. Not masculine at all.
The French word for man is actually homme, not anything close to man and that is where the name is used. Naming your son this would be like naming your daughter Mikey, Jimmy or Tommy (which would be unique but because they are boy nicknames). This seems to be hardly if ever used among boys among French speakers and just "sounding masculine" or "sounding feminine" does not make a name unisex.
Manon Lescaut is an opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini, composed between 1890 and 1893.
Yes, it is a feminine name with 'man' in it. But so are Amanda/Mandy and Samantha. It doesn't bother me personally. I like Manon.
What if her name was Manon Fyre?
I really like the idea of the name, but it's bizarre that every single commenter here pronounces it differently.
I like it. Reminds me of medieval France. In fact, Manon is the mediaeval diminutive of Marie, lol.
If it’s pronounced mu-Nahn then maybe it sounds feminine.
I know Manon is a feminine given name and it may sound feminine to the audience, but Manon has “man” in it, not to mention the masculine suffix. There’s really nothing feminine girly or even unisex about this name, to me!I love it for a boy! For a girl it’s dated and odd and it doesn’t strike any femininity at all! For a boy it’s unique and it has a lot of masculine in the name!
This is such a beautiful name! Personally I wouldn’t use it for my daughter because the word “man” in the name makes it sound like a masculine name. I would give it to my son, but only as a middle name. Since this name is supposed to be feminine, he would get teased for having a feminine first name. I think this should be labeled unisex.
The pronunciation is MAH-non, but the 'non' is said as in the French 'no'. So it wouldn't be pronounced as "MAH-NONE"
There is a Manon in Sarah J Maas' Throne of Glass series. She is a witch, and a very strong female character. I think it's supposed to be pronounced mah-NOHn but I prefer MAH-nun.
Manon von Gerkan is a German model and actress, who reached the height of her popularity during the 1990s. She is the daughter of German architect Meinhard von Gerkan and a former girlfriend of American illusionist and stunt performer David Blaine. She also designs and markets a line of jewelry. She is probably best known in the United States for her role as Mauricio's girlfriend Lindy in the 2001 comedy Shallow Hal.
I am named Manon and I am American and to me, my name is embarrassing because EVERYONE says it wrong!
I love this name because it's mine.
It is pronounced Mah non (with a nasal sound without pronouncing the last n). It is very popular in Quebec, Canada. When I grew up, I didn't know anyone else with my name and wasn't sure if I liked it because I felt like I was the only one with that name. When I moved to the US, people loved it and thought it was a nickname but I reassured them that it was my real name and I started liking my name. Now when you go to Canada, you see tons and tons of Manon's. Celine Dion has a sister named Manon. I think it is a beautiful name, strong and feminine at the same time. I wouldn't want any other name.
I have only heard it pronounced MAH-non, with a very subtle n at the end. This name is really trendy in France and has only been in common use since the late 80's. I don't see the appeal personally.
It's hard to explain the pronunciation, but its something like 'MAH-nohn', the last syllable sounding like the English word known. The last n is very subtle.
This is my cousin's name, and she pronounces it Meh-NAH.
The little sister of my French exchange partner was called Manon. It seemed to be pronounced Mah-non.
Manon was originally a nickname for Marianne (explaining the _n_) and later became a nickname for Marie. Nowadays. It is more often used as an independant name. In France short forms of names (such as Manon, Ninon and Lilou) have become increasingly popular as official names. In 2009, Manon ranked at #3 in the most popular names given to baby girls in France.
Also a fairly common Welsh girls' name, pronounced MAH-non.
My name is Manon, and I think it's a beautiful name. I think it reflects my nature - I think Manon is a beautiful, strong and kind person, that can be rather quiet - and that definitely reflects the person I am! I wouldn't want another name for me!
Manon Lescaut is also a play from Czech writer Vitezslav Nezval. I fell in love with this name after seeing the play.
Manon is the name of the main character in a Quebecois (French-Canadian) movie called "Elles étaient cinq" (English translation: "The Five of Us").
This name is also not uncommon in the Netherlands and the Dutch pronunciation is mah:-NAWN.
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Actually, it's pronounced more like May-noh.
Pronounced mon-YONE.
This is a very beautiful, strong name for a girl or woman.
"Manon Lescaut" was a novel by the Abbé Prévost. It was the basis for operas by both Puccini, Massanet and Auber.
Manon is the central character of the French film "Manon of the Springs", the sequel to the famous "Jean de Florette".
Manon von Gerkan is a beautiful German supermodel. Very stunning with delicate features.
I think that Manon is a beautiful name; it sounds very sturdy and strong for a female.

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