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Nanette? But I'm Not French

What are your thoughts on Nanette? Every opinion and criticism are welcome. Also, I am in no way French and neither is my husband. Would it be too weird for an American girl?
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  • I know a Nanette. I'm not a fan!
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  • I don't think Nanette is a pretty name at all, but I wouldn't necessarily side-eye an American girl named Nanette.  What about Natalie?
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  • I had a cat named Natalie. So for me that's off the table.
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  • I think she would end up with the nickname Nanny, like nanny goat. But I would not think about the nationality
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  • I know a Nanette and everyone calls her Nanouk.
  • We would call her Nettie for short

    EDIT: Or maybe even Etta
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  • I have a cousin Nanette, but they call her Nan.  I don't understand the entire nickname thing, I never did and most likely never will.  If you want people to call them the nickname you have chose, then why not make that their name?!  One reason why I don't like names that can be shortened into nicknames.
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  • Nicknames aren't planned, just for possibilities. I asked about Nettie but a lot of people disliked the name.
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    I have a cousin Nanette, but they call her Nan.  I don't understand the entire nickname thing, I never did and most likely never will.  If you want people to call them the nickname you have chose, then why not make that their name?!  One reason why I don't like names that can be shortened into nicknames.

    we think the exact opposite. I LOVE names that can change as the child grows. For instance: Jennifer. when a baby/ toddler Jenny is great. Then as she grows up Jen. and in formal occasions Jennifer.

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  • image J+G+M:
    I have a cousin Nanette, but they call her Nan.  I don't understand the entire nickname thing, I never did and most likely never will.  If you want people to call them the nickname you have chose, then why not make that their name?!  One reason why I don't like names that can be shortened into nicknames.
    Because people grow up into adults and get jobs. Not all nicknames are suitable for adults. They are not squishy babies forever. In addition, many people like to give their children options.

    OP: I don't mind Nanette, but it is definitely not my favorite. I don't think it matters at all that you are not French. Have you thought about Colette?
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  • Colette is alright. Thanks!
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    image J+G+M:
    I have a cousin Nanette, but they call her Nan.  I don't understand the entire nickname thing, I never did and most likely never will.  If you want people to call them the nickname you have chose, then why not make that their name?!  One reason why I don't like names that can be shortened into nicknames.

    we think the exact opposite. I LOVE names that can change as the child grows. For instance: Jennifer. when a baby/ toddler Jenny is great. Then as she grows up Jen. and in formal occasions Jennifer.

    I have a friend whose name is Andrew and ever since he was little everyone called him Andrew.  Never Andy or Drew.  Another example, one of my cousin's name is Alexandria, but her parents have always called her Ali and that's who she refers to herself as.  I don't think I ever heard anyone call her Alexandria, even as a child.  I think it generally is up to what the parents call their child and then the majority of the time it sticks, but sometimes as they grow up it changes, like you said.

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  • Sorry I really dislike it!
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  • I like it. NN Nettie is great!
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  • What about Annette?  I think it's a little bit prettier sounding and I do still think you could use Nettie as a NN (or Annie!)

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  • I like the full name version a lot I think it's pretty cute and could work on an American girl.  My mother's name was Annette and she loves her name.
  • I've known two Italian American girls named Nanette. Both had a mother born in Italy.
  • I known a Nanette, who named her daughter Natalie. Nanette's mom is Evette, I like her mom's name better. Overall, I don't think Nanette will get side-eyed, but it's just a little frumpy sounding.

    Also, big ups to the above post re: Jennifer. I was Jenny growing up, switched to Jenn in college, but I'm Jennifer to those closest to me. I love having a choice in my name. Similarly my sister is Julia at work, and Julie  in real life.

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  • So people either love it or hate it...hmmm. Now I'm not so sure if I should scratch it or not. I don't really see an outstanding reason why it's horrible, and I do like it...ugh Idk!
    "Bedo" - Apr. 16, '13

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  • I say go for it.

    Neither of us are French, but Bernadette is at the top of my list. DH even referred to the baby as Bernadette today for the first time ever. ::fingers crossed::

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  • If you like it, you definitely shouldn't take it off your list. Some people here have said it's not their style (it isn't mine either),  but there is definitely nothing "wrong" with the name. You won't get side-eyed for it. It is not too Uneek, it is not too trendy, it is not boring, and most of all, you like it: what more do you want?
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  • DD has a French name, and we are not French at all. All my girl name choices are French. ::shrug:: I prefer Annette to Nanette, but no, I wouldn't side-eye it.
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  • Not a fan. 

    I really dislike the NN Nan... I know theres a difference in pronunciateion but I thought that was a food.  

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