Dante

(44 Posts)
TripleRock Tue 27-Aug-13 18:15:51

Do you like it?

DHs suggestion for our DS due in September and it has really grown on me.

DH is half Italian and we have an Italian surname. DD also has a Continental sounding name.

I like that it can be shortened to Dan/Danny and will be uncommon without being 'Eh?'. Would value some opinions, tia.

PatriciaHolm Tue 27-Aug-13 18:19:13

DS used to be at nursery with one, half Italian little boy, I always liked it.

NadiaWadia Tue 27-Aug-13 18:19:36

Sounds nice, but isn't it the equivalent of calling him 'Shakespeare'? Or was Dante the writer's 1st name?

SlinkyB Tue 27-Aug-13 18:22:20

I've a friend with a Dante, love the name. Some people pronounce it DANT-eh, others DON-teh, don't know if that would bother you.

Bowlersarm Tue 27-Aug-13 18:24:14

I know a Dante, and he does get called Dan all the time.

Caitycat Tue 27-Aug-13 18:45:48

Nadia, no Dante is a first name he was Dante Alighieri (like Michelangelo). I like it and would definitely shorten it to Dan/Danny.

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 27-Aug-13 18:47:22

You have the surname to pull it off, so why not?!

TripleRock Tue 27-Aug-13 19:00:41

I had thought of that Slinky. We would be using the DAN-te version, so I guess we would hope it would catch on that way, at least amongst family and friends.

I feel relaxed about it being shortened, although I would like to think we would use the full version most of the time. After all, it's hardly a long name! Although I understand the name does lend itself to shorter nn's.

ZolaBuddleia Tue 27-Aug-13 19:02:05

Love it love it love it.

TripleRock Tue 27-Aug-13 19:37:17

Well it seems quite a positive reaction so far, so I'm pleased.

We've not shared the name with anyone in RL so it's sometimes hard to gauge whether you've gone completely off track.

Thanks for the opinions.

Ruralninja Tue 27-Aug-13 19:40:53

Sorry but it makes me think of Dante's inferno! Having said that, it is a very nice sounding name in its own right... hmmm.... not sure at all now!

Shesaysso Tue 27-Aug-13 19:43:55

Dantes inferno for me too I'm afraid!

Frikadellen Tue 27-Aug-13 21:20:45

Its lovely imo

SilveryMoon Tue 27-Aug-13 21:22:50

Love it grin

JustBecauseICan Tue 27-Aug-13 21:26:06

I find it a bit slebby. I can imagine the Beckhams having one.

TripleRock Wed 28-Aug-13 07:46:33

I know what you mean JustBecause, but I'm hoping we could get away with it because of our Italian surname. Making it more genuine sounding

FourGates Wed 28-Aug-13 07:53:20

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CheeseFondueRocks Wed 28-Aug-13 10:13:28

Since you have the surname to go with it, I'd say yes, use it if you love the name.

It would sound silly with a British surname though. (As do most names that aren't matched culturally)

wonderingifiam2013 Fri 30-Aug-13 10:15:17

I really like it!

I do think you need the Italian surname to carry it off though ... and you do so go for it! smile

TheSecondComing Fri 30-Aug-13 10:39:58

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TripleRock Fri 30-Aug-13 13:02:04

Oh dear TheSecondComing ...

Just out of interest, is it being pronounced DON-te or DAN-te?

TheSecondComing Fri 30-Aug-13 13:03:47

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SoupDragon Fri 30-Aug-13 13:04:15

I think it would work with an Italian surname.

I don't think it works for bog standard "white British" though.

SoupDragon Fri 30-Aug-13 13:05:48

I think I pronounce it DON-tay.

<<mutters to self>> yes, Don.
<<mutters some more>> Or Dan.
Both seem to work!
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MissOtisRegretsMadam Fri 30-Aug-13 13:06:30

I have looked after 2 with the spellings dauntay and dawntay but still pronounced the same. I like it and your spelling is much better.

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