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?

VinegarDrinker Wed 27-Feb-13 12:30:05

I have a hyphenated (virtually unique) first name. Bit of a PITA sometimes but everyone calls me both, I don't recognise the first half as "my" name at all.

Amusingly according to MN hyphenated names are either dead common or dead posh.

willyoulistentome Wed 27-Feb-13 12:31:25

I'm dead posh!!grin

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 experience

I disagree.

And I also speak from experience smile

BeeBopDingALing Wed 27-Feb-13 15:52:19

I wouldn't bother hyphenating. The girls at school I knew with hyphenated names only ever used (and still do) the first part of their names.

Ella is a ok first name and Rose is an ok middle name but together as one name sounds a bit twee and childlike iyswim.

GW297 Wed 27-Feb-13 18:53:35

Ella-Rose is lovely!

sooperdooper Wed 27-Feb-13 19:59:03

It amuses me greatly how much people get worked up about hyponated names on MN, I've never in 34 years in RL have anyone make such a big to-do about my name!

Nor have I ever had anyone say they think it's pretentious, or pointless, or weird or anything really, it's just my name and I've never met another person with the same one grin

If you like it, do it, I think Ella-Rose is pretty

Ginebra Wed 27-Feb-13 20:03:28

Only for certain combinations, like Marie-claire, Anne-Charlotte, Mary-Anne. i don't like religious names for the sake of it but they are the only names that can side step the hillbilly vibe, or the can't decide vibe

Ginebra Wed 27-Feb-13 20:04:52

If it works in France then I will give it approval wink

nectarini1983 Wed 27-Feb-13 20:59:52

Not a fan or hyphenated first names. Just seems unnecessary really.

More than one name is unnecessary. Necessary is rarely a consideration in these things I find. wink

ErikNorseman Thu 28-Feb-13 12:47:03

Hate hyphenated names in general, Ella is pretty but overused, Rose is pretty but overused. Ella-rose makes me cringe, EllaRose even more so. I'm sure you don't care what I think but believe me I'm not the only person who cringes at hyphenated names.

ErikNorseman Thu 28-Feb-13 12:49:02

sounds a bit twee and childlike iyswim.

Yes! This is why I hate them. They sound like nicknames. Like calling a baby Millie moo or daisy boo or something, but making it their actual name

It seems like you are naming a baby, forgetting that she will grow up into an adult woman and hopefully want to be taken seriously.

Willow36 Thu 28-Feb-13 14:29:01

I like hyphenated names. My best friends daughter is Ava-Grace & I love it. Ella-Rose is lovely, go for it!

Masterchuff Thu 28-Feb-13 14:30:53

My DD has a hyphenated first name. Never caused a problem yet. Beautiful name OP

BananaHammocks Thu 28-Feb-13 22:27:26

Sorry but I'm another one who thinks it looks twee and hillbilly and childish to hyphenate names! Also agree that Ella and Rose are both pretty names but soooooo overused that it unfortunately makes them a bit boring. I think of the names that were super popular when I was born and I think of them as boring whereas I guess people of our parents generation thought they were pretty and different.

mmmmsleep Thu 28-Feb-13 22:41:00

OP sorry if i seemed a bit harsh. Ella-Rose is lovely and many hyphenated names are. On the continent my hyphenated name is very common and wouldn't have been an issue. i just found it a bit of a drag having it in uk esp growing up as it is vv rare here hence sharing my views. If you love it go for it. Good luck with the birth.

It's a really pretty name. No idea why, but for some reason using the hyphen makes it look more 'complete' IYSWIM? Doesn't really matter for the spoken version(s), but, to me, is much more elegant on paper as Ella-Rose, rather than Ella Rose.

wonkylegs Thu 28-Feb-13 22:45:36

My cousin has a hyphenated name both parts of which are unusual. She's always known by the full name and it's generally accepted. It's a very unusual combination but she does live in California with friends with much weirder names.

GW297 Thu 28-Feb-13 22:47:11

Moonlightandroses - I agree. Aesthetically it looks much better with a hyphen.

getmeoutofthismadhouse Thu 28-Feb-13 22:52:38

I wanted Lily-Ella for my DD and my exP vetoed it saying the double names are cute when they are little but as solicitors or doctors or high level jobs would it still be a nice name for a 30+ woman ... same with Georgia-Lily which she ended up with but shes Georgia middle name Lily on her birth certificate for that reason.

UnrequitedSkink Thu 28-Feb-13 23:10:57

It's just a bit naff innit?

amck5700 Thu 28-Feb-13 23:38:55

Lovely name, don't have strong feelings about hyphens either way, except when it comes to emails. In a work environment people who have hyphens, apostrophes etc are a pain in the butt when you are trying to email them grin

I have one colleague who has a non hyphenated but could be hyphenated name - with both names having 2 spelling options and she tops that off with an apostrophed surname - I hate her!! Not really cos she is lovely It's not her fault, but every time the IT people set up an email address they use a different style - sometimes they leave a gap between the two first names, sometimes they don't , sometimes they chuck a hyphen in - and then comes the surname, is it a gap, no gap or an actual apostrophe....or even an underscore?!?! I guess you get the picture!

mrstowers Thu 28-Feb-13 23:48:33

Hyphenated names have become really overly popular where I live. I have heard parents actually quite distressed because they can't think of a second name to go with the first when hypenated. Er, it doesn't have to be hypenated. We've had first name-May, first name-Rose, first name-Grace, first name-Rae, first name-Belle. Really really overly popular.

VinegarDrinker Fri 01-Mar-13 08:18:01

Lol at hyphenated names not being suitable for a doctor. Hasn't stopped me!

ErikNorseman Fri 01-Mar-13 08:33:53

IMO there is a difference between Sarah-Jane or similar 70s-80s era hyphenated names and the current trend which is infinitely more twee. Anything at all with the 'ae' sound just makes it sound excessively cute and like a little girl's nickname. Rose or belle are just gilding the lily, too pretty, especially when teamed with another 'pretty' (ie flower or similar) name (lily-rose, Lula-belle, Lola-rose, tallulah-belle, etc). Then you have the bodging of two names together that don't even flow, like Courtney-Madison or similar. They are all just so naff.

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