Would it be cruel to name my DS..

(30 Posts)
TimeyWimey Sat 18-May-13 16:53:41

Roald?

I'm living in the UK but I'm very fond of Norway. I know people will automatically think of Roald Dahl (which I don't really mind because I was always fond of Roald Dahl's books, and he himself had Norwegian parents), but that's just a nice plus! I'd like something a little unusual but I know a lot of Scandinavian names can be hard to pronounce over here. Also, I'm not Norwegian myself, but I do speak Norwegian! Don't know if you think that'd make a difference? Thanks in advance x

Thurlow Sat 18-May-13 17:18:49

Yes. People might know how to pronounce it, but I don't think it would really work in the UK.

BiscuitMillionaire Sat 18-May-13 17:22:20

Not cruel as such. But EVERYONE will think Roald Dahl.

Elizabeth22 Sat 18-May-13 17:22:27

I think it's a lovely name.

lljkk Sat 18-May-13 17:24:40

So is it just a myth that Roald Dahl's parents missed off an N on the birth certificate?

VBisme Sat 18-May-13 17:24:57

No, it reminds me of Ronald

aftermay Sat 18-May-13 17:27:01

How do you pronounce it?

MrsBungle Sat 18-May-13 17:29:17

I think it's alright. Not cruel. I think he would get dick of people saying 'roald dhal' mistaking it due Ronald (which is a cruel name!)

Oh it's nice; I like it. I was expecting something awful. Then again I LOVE Roland - do you like that too?

MrsBungle Sat 18-May-13 17:29:54

shock SICK not dick! blush

Layl77 Sat 18-May-13 17:44:19

No, it's quite nice go for it!

MerryMarigold Sat 18-May-13 17:48:25

Quite like it. Also Lief (is that Norwegian?)

MMollyMum2 Sat 18-May-13 17:57:16

I like Roald. It will remind people of Roald Dahl but then that's in a good way, after a famous and brilliant author.

cece Sat 18-May-13 18:00:26

I actually quite like Ronald. Considered Ronnie for DS2.

KittenofDoom Sat 18-May-13 19:40:01

What is the correct pronunciation of Roald? Is it like 'rolled'?

JojoMags Sat 18-May-13 19:44:12

If you can even think it MIGHT be cruel you should steer clear, or maybe I just don't like the name. Like the suggestions of Lief and Roland on this thread.

JojoMags Sat 18-May-13 19:46:30

There must be plenty of gorgeous Norweigan names you could consider. I once nannied for a Henning, whose Mum was Swedish. Don't know if the name is used in Norway but always thought it was a great. Apparently it means 'he who runs with the horses'. So now you know...

NotSpartacus Sat 18-May-13 19:47:57

I really like it.

everlong Sat 18-May-13 20:00:06

I like it.

BeTTerMumThanU Sat 18-May-13 21:14:16

Very cruel indeed, Might as well call him tyrone.

everlong Sat 18-May-13 21:16:19

Tyrone?

What's that supposed to mean?

HibiscusIsland Sat 18-May-13 22:16:01

I think steer clear of any name you think might be cruel

TimeyWimey Sat 18-May-13 22:22:14

Thanks for your OPs guys. Roughly it'd be pronounced 'r-oh-l-d' but in Norway the d would be silent. I love Roland (so glad to hear someone else likes it) and Lief is lovely. I know a lot of Liefs though and whilst they might not live around here, I would think of all those other Liefs. Another name I love is Sigurd but where I come from it'd just sound horrible. Not Norwegian names but I also like Tobias and Elijah (maybe just a little too popular atm?)

TerrysNo2 Sat 18-May-13 22:22:17

don't think it's cruel. I quite like it, seems strong. everyone will think he's named after Roald Dahl, as long as you don't mind that then go for it

KittenofDoom Sat 18-May-13 22:28:12

I think of the polar explorer Amundsen as well as Dahl.

I thought it was Leif not Lief? or is it a different name.

I like Roland a lot too.

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