Prudence?

(58 Posts)
TheOnlyPersonInTheRoom Tue 25-Sep-12 21:00:42

Thinking of this for DC2 (if girl) with nn Pru.
What's the verdict? Is it a bit too off-the-wall?

Are there many Baby Prus around? Will she be teased ("prude"?) and is it an especially bad idea to do it if we move to France which is currently on the cards?

EdMcDunnough Wed 26-Sep-12 09:25:23

I quite like it.

HiHowAreYou Wed 26-Sep-12 09:34:10

It makes me think of that toilet training book. But that's probably just me!

I don't like it.

I do like the suggestion earlier - Honor.

EnjoyGOLDResponsibly Wed 26-Sep-12 09:36:22

Love it!

how about Prunella?
I'd use one or the other if i could only pronounce my Rs sad

Kelerina Wed 26-Sep-12 14:14:37

No No No No. a thousand times no. Sorry! Each to their own. The child maketh the name and all that!

Dogsmom Wed 26-Sep-12 14:50:07

Not keen either sorry, I did once have a cat named Pru and I never got used to it.

I also knew a border collie named Pru who belonged to a guy who couldn't pronounce his R's so it was 'Pwu', she sadly died and he only went on to name his next one Bryn! I can styill hear him yelling 'BWYN' across the training field grin

LuellaLovesLavender Wed 26-Sep-12 22:20:26

Oooh I quite like it, and Pru is a very cute nn! It would be stunning on a little girl!

baskingseals Wed 26-Sep-12 22:26:31

it's not really my cup of tea. what about Penelope?

also for Constance you could always use the nickname Coco.

zozzle Fri 28-Sep-12 21:14:21

It's horrid. Might work if kid will be privately educated - but even then likely to be cringey.

But go for it if you love it! Just too UC for my tastes. Sorry but I find posh names a bit pukey.

SomersetONeil Fri 28-Sep-12 21:23:26

I don't love it. The miserable one in various Enid Blyton stories was always called Prudence.

And of course Prue and Trude take the serious piss out of the name. It's a bit of a comedy name, somehow. I wouldn't bestow it on a DD for that reason alone.

Honor is fabulous, if you can talk your DH round.

OliviaPeaceAndLoveMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 28-Sep-12 21:33:54

I do love it but tis on the rise, much like Ruby I think.
If popularity doesn't bother you, then go for it.
There are 2 in DS's old pre-school.

DessieLou Sun 30-Sep-12 14:32:54

I know of a couple rather glamourous and eccentric Pru's both living in France. So only good connotations for me!

AnOldieButNotSoGoody Sun 30-Sep-12 14:56:26

Very nice.

Jusfloatingby Wed 03-Oct-12 10:12:48

I don't really like it.
What about Hope?

TheOnlyPersonInTheRoom Sat 06-Oct-12 11:00:29

Now I'm confused... The majority of you hate it and yet it's apparently becoming popular!
I will keep thinking on Felicity and Honor...

manicinsomniac Sat 06-Oct-12 16:20:27

It's not becoming popular. It was ranked 1729th in 2010 with 16 babies being named it.

Must surely just be coincidence that there are two in one nursery.

I'm afraid I agree with those who think it's horrible though.

Felicity is gorgeous and I think it goes well with Verity, which is also beautiful.

There was a woman named Endurance running in the olympics but think that might be a bit of a stretch for a British baby (this lady was Nigerian or Ethiopian I think). I quite like it thoug!

squoosh Sat 06-Oct-12 17:40:00

Please do not inflict this name on your daughter. It's a very 'brown' name. I've no idea what that means really but it just conjures up a brown sludgey image to me. Not pretty.

And as for the person who suggested Temperance . . . . . . . NO to that also. She would be a predestined mega boozer.

Clemency, Honor, Joy, Felicity are all a million times nicer.

squoosh Sat 06-Oct-12 17:43:07

Plus of all the virtues to have, being sensible and cautious aren't the most exciting.

Meglet Sat 06-Oct-12 17:45:00

I love Prudence, Constance and Felicity.

lots33 Sat 06-Oct-12 17:46:01

Boys virtue names......

Endeavour and Valiant

IWipeArses Sat 06-Oct-12 22:33:21

Ooh, was going to say Endeavour!
I love Clement.

Prudence is nice.

How about something a little more dynamic. Gloria?

TheOnlyPersonInTheRoom Sat 06-Oct-12 22:49:10

Sqoosh you make a good point. That was my main worry before I got all these other ones!

Anonymumous Sat 06-Oct-12 23:04:09

You could use Felicia if you think Felicity is too close to Verity?

You could also try Honoria on your DH rather than Honor - see if he prefers that?

Not Prudence though - as mentioned before, it smacks of Gordon Brown and nasty po-faced girls in Enid Blyton books!

Anonymumous Sat 06-Oct-12 23:06:28

Or Belle - French for beautiful? Now that's what I call a virtue! grin

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