Horatio - good, bad or ugly?

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BraveLilBear Thu 01-Aug-13 18:02:43

DS is now 9 days old and is known as Little Man or Monkey or numerous other pet names that wouldn't be allowed on a birth certificate.

We want unusual but classy and maybe classic/due for a revival. Like English origin names too.

Currently agreeing on Horatio, maybe Montgomery. But just trying to gauge wider opinion. ..

Thoughts on Horatio? Any alternatives we might go for?

Thanks in advance!

Viviennemary Thu 01-Aug-13 20:00:17

Horatio is awful. Montgomery slighly better but not much. I'm not too keen on any of the names on this thread. And absolutely not Roland or Terence.

ArabellaBeaumaris Thu 01-Aug-13 20:00:40

I really don't get it when people say a name will be teased. We live in a multicultural city (not London), some of the names in my DC class are extraordinary. Is Satvant going to tease Horatio, or is Horatio going to tease Davani?!

TheFillyjonk Thu 01-Aug-13 20:01:50

I know a 12 year old Cecil- how about Cecil?

Viviennemary Thu 01-Aug-13 20:04:05

What about Horatio Ptolemy Cecil. I'm sure he won't be bullied. Honestly some poor kids.

OutragedFromLeeds Thu 01-Aug-13 20:05:10

actually lol at thinking Horatio is a pets name and then suggesting Digby!

Layl77 Thu 01-Aug-13 20:05:34

No don't like it. Can you imagine someone saying "ah what's he called....."
"Horatio"
I hate when people say this but he really wouldn't thank you for it. Monty is better

I feel as if I need to get pregnant (youngest dd is 16) just to have a Roland now. smile

squoosh Thu 01-Aug-13 20:08:11

How can anyone think Monty (MONTY!) is better than Horatio?. They'd both stop me in my tracks.

OutragedFromLeeds Thu 01-Aug-13 20:08:44

The boy who was eaten by a polar bear on a school trip was called Horatio.

<useless fact of the day>

squoosh Thu 01-Aug-13 20:09:39

Ok I've got it..........................

What about ..............................

FLASHMAN! He'll be twirling his moustache in a caddish manner by the time he's two.

OutragedFromLeeds Thu 01-Aug-13 20:09:41

the boy was on a school trip not the polar bear!

TheFillyjonk Thu 01-Aug-13 20:10:00

I think the right kid can carry an uncool or obscure name. But Horatio Ptolemy Cecil might struggle.

Jellyandicecreamplease Thu 01-Aug-13 20:10:56

Do you remember the line in Bridget Jones where she is introduced to a Horatio?

Cecil is bloody awful.

But how about Julian? I'm rather fond of Julian.

ZingWidge Thu 01-Aug-13 20:13:35

I would not choose Horatio as a first name.

middle name ok

Bowlersarm Thu 01-Aug-13 20:13:38

Prefer Horatio - by far - to Montgomery.

squoosh Thu 01-Aug-13 20:13:52

Julian is only mildly less wet than Cecil.

Cecil is really, really bad though.

TheFillyjonk Thu 01-Aug-13 20:16:24

Cecil is a wet, flimsy kind of name. Conjures up a wimpy blond fellow with a straw boater and striped blazer too long for his arms.

However, the Cecil I know is Nigerian, and it works for him.

Julian is a bit wispy. I'm thinking of all the novels I've read with posh Brit boys in... How about Clive?

Teamjavert Thu 01-Aug-13 20:34:17

I love Horatio. Monty is dreadful though.

bigkidsdidit Thu 01-Aug-13 20:43:03

I know one, goes by Horry. He is very dashing but terribly terribly posh which I think you would have to be to pull it off

Monty is ace. I have a Bertie (Albert) which is great too obviously and in the same vein?

whyno Thu 01-Aug-13 20:46:31

Montgomery is really nice. Think Horatio is possibly too much.

sandberry Thu 01-Aug-13 21:01:59

Horatio is great, Horry for short, what's the difference between Horry (totally unused) and the super popular Harry.

Montgomery is awful though Monty is fine

Bartholomew/Bartie is nice.

noblegiraffe Thu 01-Aug-13 21:11:36

Horatio looks bad and sounds worse.

TheFillyjonk Thu 01-Aug-13 21:19:29

Horry is an appalling nickname, I assume that's why it hasn't overtaken Harry.

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