Unusual but too out there boys name?

(79 Posts)
Whiteroom82 Tue 23-Jul-13 21:29:19

My husband is a huge Inspector Morse fan and I love names that are creative, unique but have a classic feel to them, so nothing too boho or of the moment. We've come up with Endeavour Valentine... Slightly worried it'll be Dev for short which makes me think of that awful bloke in Corrie!

What do you think? Too bonkers for boy?!

Whiteroom82 Wed 24-Jul-13 18:40:23

It's more so the name we like than the actual character but it can't be a bad thing to be linked to an intelligent and classic character like him? Could be worse!!

And to all those people who think names that are too out there will be teased, that'll only happen if you bring your children up to believe different is a target and should be treated different than more mainstream.

Your kid might grow up to be an accountant, doctor, bin man or rock star. Don't set the bar that they'll under achieve and call them (insert your own safe name here) when in reality they could be whatever they want to be!

IWipeArses Wed 24-Jul-13 21:48:51

The teasing isn't caused by the name, it's caused by your arsehole kids who think a different name deserves teasing.

Onesleeptillwembley Thu 25-Jul-13 00:09:12

Oh get real. No matter how (hopefully) most people bring up their children there will always be a significant amount if people who bring up their children to tease.

steppemum Thu 25-Jul-13 00:20:03

the problem with Endeavour is that it is too long for people to use the whole name, and there is no nice shortening of it.

Valentine is definitely for me a female name. I know officially unisex but feels female to me. Valentino for a boy.

And Morse hated it, never used it, and never told anyone it. Seems that may be how you ds feels?

steppemum Thu 25-Jul-13 00:22:25

as to teasing - that really depends where you are. In some areas Endeavour would be sensible compared to all the other names in the school. No-one gets teased for their name because everyone has unusual names.

In other areas it would stand out like a sore thumb

notanyanymore Thu 25-Jul-13 00:24:02

I like Endeavour, its a lovely name.

notanyanymore Thu 25-Jul-13 00:28:30

I think its much nicer then dexter, which is like an 'unusual safe' name, that's not that unusual and actually just safe.

SirBoobAlot Thu 25-Jul-13 00:28:45

Morse never told anyone his name, because it was ridiculous. If you're true Morse fans, then surely you won't lumber your child with something that even the character you're naming him after detested?

nooka Thu 25-Jul-13 06:47:40

Endeavour is pretty awful and coupled with Valentine is verging on cruel. I have an unusual name which I really like, and generally get very positive comments about but it is still a nuisance at times. Can you really imagine introducing yourself as Endeavour? Really? And then think about the type of response you might be likely to receive, I would imagine from disbelief to sniggers. People who make the connection to Inspector Morse will think you are bonkers because the whole point is that he hated his name so much he never ever used it. Possibly because there are no 'normal' shortenings you can get out of it (my name can be shortened to a very common 70's name if I want to blend in).

I think it's a bit much even for a middle name to be honest, and Im not at all sure that Valentine is much better.

curlew Thu 25-Jul-13 07:15:20

It's not the teasing or the bullying. That might happen, but the only children I have ever heard of being teased or bullied are those names that with a little imagination- or even with none can be tuned into something scatological or sexual.

It's having to explain it every single time you give your name for the rest of your life. It's boring. It means you can never sink into the background (and believe it or not, sometimes everyone wants to sometimes). My dd has a friend whose birth name was Seven. She got so fed up of saying "Seven. Yes it is unusual - no, the number, not the river. It was my dad's lucky number. Yes, I am glad his lucky number wasn't a hundred and fourty three..." that when she was in year 6 she insisted on changing it to go up to Secondary school with....

IWipeArses Thu 25-Jul-13 08:21:00

I have a very normal name, not especially common when I was a child, but it was certainly used to taunt me. I knew a Dylan who got teased. No one else had unusual names I think, but everybody got teased for something.

I knew a kid later called Saxon. I imagine he got teased. He also had lovely long blond hair, he probably got teased for that too. He came across as someone who was going to do well for himself, unlike the majority of Thomas' who made up the rest of his class.

SelectAUserName Thu 25-Jul-13 09:28:12

I agree that Endeavour is a bit too "out there" but I think Dexter Valentine sounds smashing! It's the sort of name I imagine a secret agent or a jazz musician using - cool and quirky but not outrageous.

curlew Thu 25-Jul-13 09:30:12

"I knew a kid later called Saxon. I imagine he got teased. He also had lovely long blond hair, he probably got teased for that too. He came across as someone who was going to do well for himself, unlike the majority of Thomas' who made up the rest of his class."

I know it's bad form to say that a post is stupid- but dear god, that's a stupid post!

Dexter is much better, and a rather nice namesmile

IWipeArses Thu 25-Jul-13 10:02:27

Why stupid, just an actual experience of kids with unusual names. He was a well-mannered talented and hard-working young man. I remember him because he had an unusual name though, which will probably serve him well.

Theas18 Thu 25-Jul-13 10:24:06

I'm lovingendeavour but huge morse fan here too.

curlew Thu 25-Jul-13 10:27:25

Well, I would assume that anyone who called their child Endeavour had never seen an episode of Morse and never read any of the books. BECAUSE HE HATED THE NAME!

IWipeArses Thu 25-Jul-13 10:28:40

He was a character flawed in many ways.

curlew Thu 25-Jul-13 10:28:59

"Why stupid, just an actual experience of kids with unusual names. He was a well-mannered talented and hard-working young man. I remember him because he had an unusual name though, which will probably serve him well."

What about "unlike the majority of Thomas'................"

Whiteroom82 Thu 25-Jul-13 10:35:19

He may hate the name, but he's fictional! It was the name I liked, not the hope he was going up turn into a difficult, troubled and reclusive detective! However, if he did, we'd support him anyway!

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IWipeArses Thu 25-Jul-13 10:35:28

There were a load of Thomases in his class who I vaguely remember as being average. I have no recollection what at least three of them looked like. I'm sure most of them are doing well for themselves, but they didn't stick in my mind, and in a harsh industry based on networking and personality, that won't have done them any favours.

curlew Thu 25-Jul-13 10:40:49

Words fail me......

IWipeArses Thu 25-Jul-13 10:46:46

It may be true that some children don't like their unusual names, it's also true that they may actually benefit from standing out from the crowd.
Choose a name because you like it.
My kids don't have unusual names, but that wasn't the reason we chose them.

WafflyVersatile Thu 25-Jul-13 11:37:38

Dexter Valentine is a dude.

IWipeArses Thu 25-Jul-13 11:59:31

I do like Dexter Valentine actually. I just love Valentine, always have. grin

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