Persephone?

(41 Posts)
Kyrptonite Sat 16-Feb-13 08:37:12

Does anyone have a Persephone? What are the reactions to the name?

I love it but I'm not sure if its a bit too posh or different.

Bessie123 Sat 16-Feb-13 21:48:37

For me it's in the same bracket as Ptolemy and although I do know one, EVERYONE is always hmm at the parents when they introduce their child. Although there are a surprising number of Aramintas about now as well, so perhaps you're right. Maybe I'm just not down with the kids.

frustratedworkingmum Sat 16-Feb-13 21:56:56

See, i like Ptolemy as well grin I do have to admit saying NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO to my friend when she threatened to call her bump Araminta - thank god she had a boy and named him an equally poncy name

Trizelda Sat 16-Feb-13 22:03:38

I know a ten year old called Persephone (her mum is Greek). She is known as Sephy. Thought it unusual when I first heard it but don't give it a thought now. It's a lovely name.

Sashapineapple Sat 16-Feb-13 23:02:19

Araminta. Is that really a name? Ridiculous.

chartreuse Sat 16-Feb-13 23:04:40

I knew a Persephone and she really hated her name. She was a shy girl and hated all the attention that such an unusual name brought.

MerryMarigold Sat 16-Feb-13 23:09:27

Someone round here had a Persephone recently (Seffie). Everyone thought she was Stephanie or Steffie! It will be a constant with new people and incorrectly addressed letters, throughout her life.

It's an absolutely beautiful name - if you like it, go for it. I think it is ridiculous that people think that others have 'aspirations' if they call their children anything other than a top 10 name.

The greek myth is to explain the seasons, not to explain death. So she can equally be viewed as the goddess of spring and summer. Most versions of the myth focus on her kidnap because she was beautiful, rather than rape.

Also, to dismiss it because of the myth is crazy in my opinion - I don't have a clue what the meaning of my name is, or indeed what happened to every 'fondant fancy' in every story ever written about her.

NappiesandGladrags Wed 20-Feb-13 20:55:02

After having a son who's name is constantly pronounced incorrectly (Gabriel!!) it would irritate the hell out of me that most people wouldn't be able to spell it or pronounce it.

Lollybrolly Wed 20-Feb-13 20:59:22

I know a Persephone (known to us as Percy) and she is lovely - mid thirties.

I love this name and think its really pretty.

calypso2008 Wed 20-Feb-13 21:09:04

I absolutely adore it. I wanted to use it for DD, but hesitated only because of the myth and DH said no. So I didn't. I have one of the 'posh' names mentioned upthread, 'twas very unusual at the time and I have never met another - all I can say is that it has stood me in very good stead and nobody ever forgets you.

It makes you feel special to have an unusual, classical name. I was never bullied over my name. I would hate to have the same name as other people.

Go for it.

HelenofSparta Wed 20-Feb-13 21:10:53

There is a Persephone in DDs yr at school - I like it, but then my DD is Hermione ;-)

calypso2008 Wed 20-Feb-13 21:23:54

Hermione is a fabulous name helen wink

Oooh I love the name Hermione too.

Willow36 Thu 21-Feb-13 13:26:10

I love it. The Persephone I know uses the nn Penny, although I prefer Seffie as a nn.

PercyClarke Thu 21-Feb-13 19:08:34

I teach a Persephone known as Effie, which I like, but there is no point in calling her Persephone if you love you name but then never use it.

Kyrptonite Fri 22-Feb-13 19:38:48

I like Effie as a nn! I couldn't figure out a name it could be short for though.

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