(45 Posts)
cinnamonbun Mon 22-Apr-13 17:21:36

We're both Swedish and want a Swedish name for DS. Have no idea how Pontus sounds to English ears. Thoughts?

wedontplaywithelectrics Mon 22-Apr-13 17:27:32

Sorry,but my first thought was Pontius Pilate.... :-/

LynetteScavo Mon 22-Apr-13 17:29:54

Not good.

Flumpyflumps Mon 22-Apr-13 17:30:51

First thing I thought was Pontius Pilate, sorry

rubyflipper Mon 22-Apr-13 17:31:34

What everyone else has said. Sorry.

BarbieDahl Mon 22-Apr-13 17:35:04

Sounds Poncey to me. Sorry.

dyslexicdespot Mon 22-Apr-13 17:36:05

I love it, but I am a Swede.

dyslexicdespot Mon 22-Apr-13 17:37:27

and I wanted DS to be named Sixten. So, I might not be the best person to listen to.

DomesticCEO Mon 22-Apr-13 17:40:03

Sounds like pompous to me - awful, sorry.

PiratePanda Mon 22-Apr-13 17:41:20

Wallander fan here, so at least I know it's a name, and a Swedish one at that. But people WILL think Pontius Pilate (not good). Peter?

What other have said - sorry!

Is it a common Swedish name? Do you pronounce it how I'm thinking?

nilbyname Mon 22-Apr-13 17:45:02

Sixten is awesome!

Not keen on Pontus, too like pontins the holiday company!

MummyBurrows Mon 22-Apr-13 17:45:53

I agree with DomesticCEO,sorry xx

LittleBearPad Mon 22-Apr-13 17:46:35

Sorry no, either Pontius Pilate or for West wing fans too close to POTUS.

battyralphie Mon 22-Apr-13 17:47:08

one of the books I loved as a child was about a penguin called Pontus....

pickledginger Mon 22-Apr-13 18:02:50

Another Wallander fan here. Perfectly pleasant and, as your child has two Swedish parents, totally normal.

When I first saw it written down I thought bridges, but nothing negative.

pickledginger Mon 22-Apr-13 18:08:05

It seems to have had a big drop in popularity in Sweden Here

I don't think it works in the UK as a cross-cultural name. I don't know who Pontius Pilate is (have since googled) but my first thought was Pompous then, Pontins, which is really not the route to go down.

I can't help but thinking it sounds like a sort of affliction. As in, "I'm sorry to have to tell you, your son has Pontus".

Think try something else, the three Swedish boys I know are Emil(e?), Nils and Elis, all of which I think work quite well in the UK.

cinnamonbun Mon 22-Apr-13 18:53:09

Oh ok so Pontus is definitely out then! (Especially as he'll most likely go to a CofE school like DD!wink)

Our other idea was Elias - less controversial? Can I ask how you would pronounce it (as Elee-as or El-ai-as?)

I'd pronounce it El-eye-us I guess so it rhymes with Pious/Bias/Papyrus.

wedontplaywithelectrics Mon 22-Apr-13 20:31:44

Love Elias. I would pronounce it Eh-lee-us (similar to Elliot) but the other pronunciation is equally as nice

cinnamonbun Mon 22-Apr-13 21:16:58

I find it so hard to think of boys' names that I like (and that DH likes too). Meant to say in my first post that I'd like a Scandinavian name, not necessarily Swedish. I quite like Alfons but not sure that works over here? Elias (pronounced 'El-ee-us' in Swedish) is probably my favourite atm.

dementedma Mon 22-Apr-13 21:30:52

battyralphie was it pondus the penguin? I have yet to find anyone who had that book! Pond us wore a red scarf and got lost in the zoo?

thermalsinapril Mon 22-Apr-13 23:34:41

I've only ever heard it pronounced El - EYE -us.

Great name, very nice.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now