Um, is it common to think "condom" when you hear "Johnny"?

(39 Posts)
Artigene Thu 07-Feb-13 20:39:51

We are toying with the name Jonathan. Possible nicknames would be Jonty or Jonny. DH is paranoid people thing of condoms when they hear Johnny. Is he right?

OutragedFromLeeds Thu 07-Feb-13 21:36:59

It depends on the context, I wouldn't think of condoms if you said 'this is my baby, Jonny'. I know a couple of little Jonnys and have never thought of condoms.

You could call him John John when he's little

a very cute John John

Rhubarbgarden Thu 07-Feb-13 21:39:57

I wouldn't think of condoms, no. It's a nice name.

Coconutty Thu 07-Feb-13 21:40:22

I do think rubber johnny, sorry.

When I was expecting DS1 Dh suggested Jonny and my mum said Not Rubber Johnny. That was a funny moment.

Sashapineapple Thu 07-Feb-13 21:43:48

Johnny = condom for me. Most of my friends also use the word johnny meaning condom too.

Hulababy Thu 07-Feb-13 21:46:44

My brother is called Jonathan. Many people call him Jon. The only person who is ever allowed to call him Jonny is my DD, his niece, who always calls him uncle Jonny. Never been an issue for him tbh.

I don't think it's very common to put the two together, although I'm currently wrestling a three month old baby Johnathan (sometimes Johnny/John although NEVER Jonty) while he cluster feeds my poor boobs to death so possibly a little bias! grin

lottiegarbanzo Fri 08-Feb-13 10:48:07

In the abstract it is one association with the word, yes, (as is the American John, to mean client of prostitute, or John Doe as unnamed man) but, associated with a person, no, it is their name and I think Johnny is a lovely name.

These associations have only arisen because John is such a well used name, or has been, so can carry many slang terms without detracting from its overwhelming usage as a name.

MidnightMasquerader Fri 08-Feb-13 10:56:18

I think it's dated because it was a pretty old word for condom when I was a kid, and that was more than 20 years ago.

Haven't today's youth coined their own phrase for them? hmm

Do people really think of condoms when they think of Johnny Depp?

WowOoo Fri 08-Feb-13 10:59:21

Nope, not at all.

I know it means that,, but if I were introduced to a Johnny it would never cross my mind.

Johnny Depp - I think contraception would be the last thing on my mind smile

lockets Fri 08-Feb-13 11:12:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Artigene Fri 08-Feb-13 13:16:50

OK, some more encouraging replies. I'm feeling more positive about Jonny this morning (except it looks funny without an 'h' but I suppose as a diminutive of Jonathan it cannot have an h).

CarriMarie Fri 08-Feb-13 13:55:21

My Jonathan was known as Joey as a baby, quite appropriate as he spent most of his time in a sling. Now he's mostly Jon to his mates or a completely unrelated nickname, which we had no control over!

Sasparillo Fri 08-Feb-13 15:06:51

Yep, the first thing I think of when I hear the name Johnny is 'rubber Johnny!' sorry. I really dislike the name Johnny, Jonty is very nice though xx

BeehavingBaby Fri 08-Feb-13 15:15:06

DH is Jon, short for Jonathon. One of those names that is always shortened IME. Since there are so many Johns, he manages to have a incredibly common name that no-one ever spells right.

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