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?!

Thirstysomething Fri 26-Jul-13 03:46:04

Loving Surprise!!

Another vote for Dexter Valentine over Endeavour Valentine. Am the age that Dexter makes me think of gorgeous husky Dynasty voice. Or Dexter Fletcher in Press Gang hmm
Dexter Valentine - thriller writer
Dexter Valentine - porn star... Oh.
Endeavour Valentine - boat.

Snazzyenjoyingsummer Fri 26-Jul-13 00:39:20

I like Quinn.

IWipeArses Thu 25-Jul-13 23:26:08

A lot of the ship names are virtue names, lots of potential.
I'm a big fan of Master and Commander with Russell Crowe, good name if we have an accidental baby. Surprise!

CajaDeLaMemoria Thu 25-Jul-13 12:03:54

I think the real issue is that, as has already been said, The Endeavour was a very famous ship.

Even if the kid's don't know about it initially, they'll learn about it at school.

Adults will already think it's a bit boat-y.

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

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

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

Dexter Valentine is a dude.

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.

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

Words fail me......

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.

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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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'................"

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

He was a character flawed in many ways.

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!

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

I'm lovingendeavour but huge morse fan here too.

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.

Dexter is much better, and a rather nice namesmile

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!

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.

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.

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....

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.

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?

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.

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

I like Endeavour, its a lovely name.

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

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