hyphenated first name?

(63 Posts)
ditsydoll Wed 27-Feb-13 08:41:54

DH and I have decided on Ella Rose (surname) ,however I actually prefer the name when it's hyphenated so her first name would be Ella-Rose.

Has anyone hyphenated their children's first name?

noblegiraffe Wed 27-Feb-13 08:49:35

A couple of girls I teach have hyphenated first names (secondary). Both get called by just the first name. Two first names is just too much of a faff.

ditsydoll Wed 27-Feb-13 08:57:04

I don't really mind if she shortens it as she gets older as if we chose not to hyphenate it would just be Ella anyway but I do love it with the hyphen.

mmmmsleep Wed 27-Feb-13 08:57:18

Don't do it!!!!!
She will forever be called by either first or the second name. It will confuse all who meet her and make bank/card etc applications a nightmare as have to be redone when people miss off hyphen. And she will just get pissed off with having drs/nurses etc call her by the first name not her actual name.

I speak from experiencesad

sooperdooper Wed 27-Feb-13 09:42:15

I have a hyphenated name and it doesn't bother me in the slightest that some people call me my full name and some use just the first part, it's never caused confusion or irritation at all

Snazzynewyear Wed 27-Feb-13 09:46:29

You can still actually call her 'Ella Rose' when you speak to her if you want. The hyphen will be an annoyance.

almostanotherday Wed 27-Feb-13 09:59:08

Yes I have

rockinhippy Wed 27-Feb-13 10:19:31

What about EllaRose ??

My own DDs name is written in a similar way & its more easily accepted as her first name, rather than first & middle, she still goes by the first half of it most of the time though, but that's her choice, but she loves that her full name is unusual & is very proud using it when first meeting people, make sure its written on performance lists etc etc

Good luck

MolotovCocktail Wed 27-Feb-13 10:25:53

Ella-Rose is stunning. What a truly beautiful name, OP.

Hyphenated names really divide opinion on MN; they're really Marmite. If you are planning to call her 'Ella Rose' it makes sense to have the hyphen. It doesn't matter if it's sometimes dropped to 'Ella', that's just a shortened version of her full name anyway, IYSWIM.

In my opinion, EllaRose doesn't look right. It should be Ella Rose, or Ella-Rose.

I know a family with an Amelia Rose. They had toyed with naming her Amelia-Rose, but didn't because they thought it was "pretentious". Amelia Rose is 8yo now and the parents INSIST that 'Amelia Rose' is written on everything. They've told me that they regret not hyphenating her name.

orangepudding Wed 27-Feb-13 10:29:38

I really can't stand hyphenated names.

Not heard of sticking two named together like EllaRose, that's even worse.

Ella Rose is just perfect!

noisytoys Wed 27-Feb-13 10:30:53

Hyphenated first names are more common now. Half of DDs reception class is firstname-May

rockinhippy Wed 27-Feb-13 10:31:38

In your opinion orange which matter because... hmm

I have a hyphenated first name, it's never bothered me or caused any irritation smile
I'm always referred to by the first part unless I'm in trouble though, then the whole thing gets used wink

willyoulistentome Wed 27-Feb-13 10:35:28

mmmmsleep I agree with you - also from bitter experience!!! Everyone will just remember it's "something-hyphenated". I get called all sorts of potentially hyphenatable combinations of nothing like my name. My fave is Sarah-Jane - yes it's hyphenated, but I have neither a Sarah nor a Jane in my name!!!

orangepudding Wed 27-Feb-13 10:35:40

My opinion doesn't matter at all rockin. People give me a hmm look when I tell them one of my children's names as its so out of odds with the others but we love it so don't worry about others opinions!

drownangels Wed 27-Feb-13 10:38:08

In your opinion *orange which matter because...*

Because this is a forum where everybody offers opinions maybe?

HenD19 Wed 27-Feb-13 10:40:42

I like Ella Rose and you could call her both as suggested. I would think carefully about the hyphen. Our DD is Ellie-Mae. I still love her name but it does cause loads of problems. Admittedly the Mae spelling doesn't help. If you go for the hyphen get used to telling everyone about it and be prepared for it to take her ages to be able to write her name. Some people call her Ellie when they first meet her but they soon realise she's Ellie-Mae especially as she often tells them. She'll probably be an Ellie when she's older as I teach at a girls secondary school and nearly all of them abbreviate their names.

badtime Wed 27-Feb-13 10:41:23

I don't think there is any benefit to be gained by putting 'Ella-Rose' on the birth certificate. You can still call her 'Ella Rose', and even use the hyphen day-to-day, if you must.

People will probably mostly call her Ella either way.

I admit, I don't like hyphenated names in general. I think they are pointless, unless the point is just to give a child a name that is simultaneously popular and unusual. (106 "Ella-Rose"s in 2011, btw).

MolotovCocktail Wed 27-Feb-13 10:45:21

I think to say hyphens are "pointless" is a bit harsh, or that the only point of them is to make a name "popular and unusual". That's a quite a utilitarian way of looking at naming. What if one just likes the look and sound of the names combined?

MiaowTheCat Wed 27-Feb-13 10:46:56

I picked May as the middle name for DD1 with actual reasoning behind it... every bugger hyphenates it and it annoys me when it shouldn't be, and I assume the reverse applies with people not hyphenating ones that should be hyphenated as well.

willyoulistentome Wed 27-Feb-13 10:48:34

It embarrsed the hell out of me when I was presented with my cycling proficiency test cert at the local town hall when I was at school. I had spelled my name for the copper who did the tests. In the TOWN HALL in front of a shed load of people he read out my name .." Sarah HYPHEN <huge theatrical eye roll> Jane.

Brought the place down, but I was mortified and I bloody hope my parents were too.

MolotovCocktail Wed 27-Feb-13 10:53:31

willyou I think your tale is more of an indictment upon the copper who read "hyphen" as part of Sarah-Jane! grin

willyoulistentome Wed 27-Feb-13 10:57:12

Yeah - It was uncalled for. It was in the 70s. Different age - I like to think it wouldn't happen now. I wonder how that particular, probably long dead, copper would cope with all the Polish names we have in our school now!! grin

Ella Rose is lovely by the way OP!

drownangels Wed 27-Feb-13 11:55:07

probably long dead, copper You what?!

My dad was a copper in the 60's and is alive and well and having a lot of fun!

willyoulistentome Wed 27-Feb-13 12:24:26

Well he was an old copper in the seventies. Much older than my Dad was, and my Dad's dead!

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