Savanna & Harvey....thoughts

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MotherOfCleo Mon 11-Mar-13 20:06:51

Hi
I am only in my firat trimester but me and my OH already have some favourites names wise. I wondered what other people thought though.

For a girl we are pretty much settled on Savanna Brooke, its unusual and so I'm worried our parents wont like it, but it is a name which means something to us and reflects my OHs history so we are very keen on it.

For a boy we like Harvey Sebastian but I dont like Harv for short which is tricky....we also quite like Ryley and Dexter as first names so this one is less decided.

Any thoughts would be welcome. grin

MustafaCake Mon 11-Mar-13 21:21:26

Savanna, Brooke and Harvey not my taste at all I'm afraid. Sebastian is nice though.

And like sanity I have an unusually spelled version of a fairly normal name, It is the bane of my bloody life and I have to spell it out and correct people ALL THE TIME!!!

And like it or not people will judge. Many people have said to me "oh you are nothing like I expected an "X" to be".

MotherofCleo, can you really not see that the spelling is what makes (or breaks) a name?

Names are not just said and heard, they are written and read too.

AndFanjoWasHisNameO Mon 11-Mar-13 21:21:37

Used to love Harvey but then one of my friends went and named her puppy this! angry Total doggy name for me now...
Really like Savannah, sorry but I agree that it needs an H, it's an actual place so I would liken it to calling my baby Mancheste iyswim?
Do you like the nicknames that these names may generate and then teasing names -eg Chavvy Savvy etc? I'm obsessed with checking things like that wink.
Also really love Brooke btw. You'll change your mind 9 million times before you have your baby anyway smile

MotherOfCleo Mon 11-Mar-13 21:22:10

ken I appreciate the imput, my own name is spelt an old fashioned way and I have to spell it for everyone plus I work with 2 people with very unusual names so I guess I'm just used to it. Food for thought though.

Greensleeves Mon 11-Mar-13 21:22:48

If you read back you'll see that it was the phrase "went on a rampage" that I was gaffawing at

but maybe in future, avoid asking for opinions if you don't actually want them.

abbyfromoz Mon 11-Mar-13 21:23:22

Savannah yey
Harvey neh
Sebastian yey
Brooke- not a fan but if it has meaning then sure
Dexter- hmmmm not sure... I think i like it.

But MotherOfCleo, did you just want everyone to say 'yes, they are great names, go for it!'

Why did you ask the question?

duck94 Mon 11-Mar-13 21:25:32

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KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 11-Mar-13 21:25:53

I have just given up and accept incorrect spellings grin

duck94 Mon 11-Mar-13 21:26:24

So is Harvey, I'm afraid.

MotherOfCleo Mon 11-Mar-13 21:26:50

fango I have the same thing, a friend called their son Finley and I know 2 dogs called by that name so now he sounds like a dog.

I've never had an issue spelling my name as I like how its spelt, plus I always have to spell my surname anyway so it doesnt make much difference.

I dont mind opinions I just didnt like the ganging up re spelling. Thought rightly that it was unrequired. Who am I to tell my friend for example that Finley should be Finlay or Finnley? Or that her daughter should be Molly not Mollie. Not my call really.

Greensleeves Mon 11-Mar-13 21:26:56

yes duck94, but Savanna and Ryley are yooneek innit

KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 11-Mar-13 21:27:06

Ahem, Savanna is as correct as Savannah according to wiki here

Cotapaxi Mon 11-Mar-13 21:27:31

I'm raising an eyebrow here it has to be said. I'm assuming you've not read many of the baby naming threads before?

The spelling of a name is a massive factor as to whether people like it or not. The silly spellings (not saying yours are in particular) do tend to bring out strong opinions and after all it was opinions that you were fielding.

It doesn't quite work that you ask a question, get the hump with a slight musing on behalf of posters and then tell us to bugger orf grin!

Shr0edinger Mon 11-Mar-13 21:28:29

/awful, and worse for being paired together. If you changed it to Susannah and Harvey it wouldn't be so bad. Susannah and Charlie has the same ring.

Cotapaxi Mon 11-Mar-13 21:29:25

Yes but the mothers' of Molly/Mollie and Finley/Finlay/Finnley aren't on here asking for opinions are they?!

curiousgeorgie Mon 11-Mar-13 21:29:45

Savannah is totally lovely... But looks chavtastic and a bit try hard without the H...

Sebastian is brilliant and was on our list for DC2 before we found out it was another girl.

The thing is, motherofcleo, you asked if people liked the name. And they rightly told you that yes, but only if spelled correctly.

For instance, I love Sebastian. I would hate Sabestion! Likewise, I quite like Riley, but hate Ryley. I love Finley. But do not like Fynley or Finnley or any variation thereof.
So as you can see, even though they sound the same, it is possible to like one version and not another. Which is why people were telling you that spelling did matter!

Cotapaxi Mon 11-Mar-13 21:30:28

Btw I do actually like Savanna(h) but it sure as heck isn't unusual these days.

MotherOfCleo Mon 11-Mar-13 21:31:53

no ploppy I wanted thoughts, other suggestions, friendly chat etc like everyone else gets on their names threads not a lesson attack re spelling. I dont mind if people dont like them, fair dos, no worries, its personal choice, my issue is that my original post got totally lost in something off topic.

Some people said 'I dont like savanna but I do like......' thats constructive imo. Have I taken issue with anyone saying th dont like them? No! That is what I expected tbh.

TheSecondComing Mon 11-Mar-13 21:31:59

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Cotapaxi Mon 11-Mar-13 21:33:19

MotherOfCleo, the spelling issue comes up all the time on this topic. People aren't being unfriendly they are offering their opinion which is what a forum full of questions is normally all about.

Greensleeves Mon 11-Mar-13 21:33:25

I prefer gaffaw actually

Maryz Mon 11-Mar-13 21:33:26

[arf] at "thread closed" grin

For goodness' sake, you can't say "what do you think" and then tell people they can't comment. That's just silly.

All the examples you give of different spellings are different for a reason - for example Robin (boy) Robyn (girl). Lyndsey (boy) Lynsey (wrong) and Lyndsay (girl).

If you spell it Savanna, she well spend her entire life saying my name is Savanna-without-an-aitch.

And Ryley will constantly be saying "my name is Ryley-with-a-y-no-not-a-y-at-the-end-a-y-in-the-middle-and-an-ey-at-the-end".

Honestly, they will.

If you like the spellings, that's fine, but don't think they won't have to explain them every single time.

Maryz Mon 11-Mar-13 21:33:52

You need to rephrase your op.

Instead of "any thoughts welcome" you should say "come and tell me you like these names".

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