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?

A1980 Sun 07-Oct-12 20:44:35

It sounds like Prune Juice to me..... awful name

UltraBOF Sun 07-Oct-12 01:24:27

Prudence is brilliant for a cute Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. But in a person it just denotes over-cautiousness and possibly a tendency to being a tight-wad. So no, not really, sweet though it initially seems. Patience is a bit more user-friendly.

Coconutter Sun 07-Oct-12 01:19:18

I can't help but think of prunes when I hear Prudence...sorry...

KK8 Sun 07-Oct-12 01:14:11

Love love LOVE Prudence!

But why restrict yourself to virtue names? Look at your DD and give her a name that suits her rather than force one that fits best. And sorry Prudence is awful. Give her a name that suits her.

Don't end up like my DF's parents who were heartbroken when she changed her virtuous yet ugly name - that had led to years of bullying - by deed poll the day after her 18th birthday.

RunRabbit Sun 07-Oct-12 00:35:01

Reminds me of Pru in Charmed grin

MoelFammau Sun 07-Oct-12 00:27:45

How about Honesty? It's a flower but also a virtue... Honey or Nessie for short.

Sossiges Sat 06-Oct-12 23:14:21

What BananaBubbles said
Verity = Lovely name
Prudence = Awful

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

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

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!

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!

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?

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

Boys virtue names......

Endeavour and Valiant

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

I love Prudence, Constance and Felicity.

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

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

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.

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!

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...

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

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

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

Very nice.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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