Double barrelled first names

(46 Posts)
Flossiebelle Sat 23-Oct-10 16:19:20

Do you think they are just too long?

I don't think it's the length that is the problem, it's the concept.

I don't have strong feelings about them either way though.

hocuspontas Sat 23-Oct-10 16:26:47

I am always in a dilemma when addressing christmas cards to families with double-barrelled children. Some people capitalise the name after the hyphen and some don't and I hate getting it wrong!

Flossiebelle Sat 23-Oct-10 16:29:14

Thanks ShowOfBloodyStumps
Just wondering and a little bored. My daughter has got a double barelled middle name, which since born I have often wondered whether it should have been used as her first name.

jellybeans Sat 23-Oct-10 17:18:49

It's not my cup of tea but each to their own. However, they nearly always end up being called just the first part after a year or so.

My DD has a double barrelled first name, as does DH and my brother, MNers all said that it would be shortened, but I didn't think it would... but it has after only 8 months. I still love her name and I like that it is double-barelled, and as we have an incredibly common one syllable surname I think its good in her case.

cory Sat 23-Oct-10 18:38:06

Common in other countries, often regarded as chavvy/a bit off here. No idea why, I grew up in one of the many countries where it is perfectly normal.

sparkle12mar08 Sat 23-Oct-10 18:50:32

Don't like them, sorry. Agree with SOBS and cory, the concept is still quite alien here in the UK, and regarded as common.

mathanxiety Sat 23-Oct-10 20:10:59

One of the DDs has one, and it got shortened for a while but she now uses it in full. It's a French name (two names) but the idea is very French too, although popular in Ireland also.

Flossiebelle Sat 23-Oct-10 20:46:21

I really do like the idea of my dd potentially using hers as her first name but for me it is the overall length of the name. I am a teacher and am thinking about how long the name would be when she is learning to write and spell her name.

anonymosity Sun 24-Oct-10 01:22:44

i have a double first name. I like it very much, BUT it has been an enormous pain in the arse my entire life.

I couldn't write it properly for ages as a child (11 letters). Many people tried (and still try) to shorten it which drives me nuts. People get it wrong ALL the time, mixing up one part with an entirely different name, or making the whole thing an entirely different two names.

Suffice to say, I wouldn't inflict it on anyone (though as I said in the other post on this, like it when they're in French) and have given my two children V short, one or two syllable names.

seaturtle Sun 24-Oct-10 10:16:33

I have no strong opinions against them. I wouldn't have picked one for my child's name but if I did, I probably would have left out the hyphen. I know a Sarahjane, and I like the way that's put together rather than Sarah-Jane or Sarah Jane, because I think Sarahjane looks more like a complete name than the other two. But that's just a personal quirk of mine.

Expecting06112010 Sun 24-Oct-10 11:32:04

im not overly keen, a bit hillbilly!

ValiumSkeleton Sun 24-Oct-10 12:35:22

i do. I know a couple of Sophie-Elles and SOphie-Mays and Ellie_mays and so on and their mothers aren't happy when people just call them Sophie or Ellie. I know one child who is emily-rose (have changed one name) adn it's a mouthful and the child is ten and the mother still calls her by both names.

i am being unreasonable but I just think, choose one fgs!

ValiumSkeleton Sun 24-Oct-10 12:37:06

Mathanxiety, not just backtracking because I have read your post! but yes, some names like Marie-Claire or Anne-Charlotte or Anne-Marie just seem to work better together.

It is the modern permutations and combos that sound like somebody couldn't decide.

chipmonkey Sun 24-Oct-10 12:57:55

I like then so long as it's not two long names. I know a boy with two names, both of which are two-syllable and had to agree with a mutual friend when she muttered "fgs, pick a name"

Flossiebelle Sun 24-Oct-10 16:15:37

Thanks for your opinions. My DD middle name is Felicity-Rose, which I personally love (after a family member)but deep down I know it is way too long to use as a first name.

meadowlarks Sun 24-Oct-10 16:18:44

I think they're awful, personally.

mathanxiety Sun 24-Oct-10 21:30:33

ValiumSkeleton, that's the kind of name I'm thinking of. OTOH, Chelsea-Rae and the like are not my cup of tea.

maryz Sun 24-Oct-10 21:51:31

Her teachers and other adults might call her Felicity-Rose, but her class-mates won't, especially when she gets older. It would also be a bit of a challenge to spell, I suppose.

Personally I have a vendetta with double-barrelled first names or surnames. I don't mind if there is a very short surname or first name with them, but the overall number of letters screws up spread-sheets, lists of children for activities, etc. So they invariably get shortened to fit into forms.

Flossiebelle Sun 24-Oct-10 21:58:57

MaryZ - I totally agree with you. Fortunately, we do have a very short surname and DD has got a short first name, so felt that we could get away with either giving her two middle names or one longer middle name.

Wilts Sun 24-Oct-10 22:01:16

I have a doubled- barrelled name, it is never shortened and never was when I was younger either.

SirBoobAlot Sun 24-Oct-10 22:09:26

I have a double barrelled first name; its shortened by people who knew me when I was younger, but I decided I preferred the full version a few years back, and those that have met me since use my full name. I like it, although -May/Mae has got very common recently. Mine is -Maye, so slightly different at least grin

I'll answer to either.

phipps Sun 24-Oct-10 22:11:52

I think the parents are a bit precious if they give a double barrelled first name but then I think that about Annabelle too. Very twee.

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