Unhelpful surname! Chloe or Freya or ?

(31 Posts)
ToffeeJungle Fri 15-Nov-13 13:18:30

Without wanting to out myself, our 'unusual', comedy surname is Aldcock.

I want to give our adorable DD a strong but nice, pretty name (though nothing too flowery / frilly) to off-set the burden of the surname.

The surname does rule some names out for me - for example I wouldn't use Carrie (Carry Old Cock) and I don't like alliteration so would rule out something like Anna.

Current thoughts are Chloe or Freya - what do you think?

Bearing in mind Aldcock might be said as Old Cock (hilarious I know!) - and does Freya Aldcock sound like Fray A Old Cock or am I over thinking?????!

As if choosing a name isn't hard enough! Darn surname!!!

Oooh tricky surname! I think Chloe Aldcock sounds better. With Freya the two 'a's would start to run together. Other suggestions:

Meredith
Tamsin

Bet you've got a great list of comedy names ... Ophelia?!

PeterParkerSays Fri 15-Nov-13 16:07:28

I would go for something with an N at the end; Roisin (pr. Rosheen) is the name which came to mind.

drinkyourmilk Fri 15-Nov-13 16:10:09

Lillian?

Rosencrantz Sat 16-Nov-13 19:26:05

Freya is beautiful and timeless.

Mumpiring Sat 16-Nov-13 19:51:02

I think freya would sound like frayed old cock.

Freya is sort of imprecise when paired with aldcock. Freya Smith, great. Freya Aldock, sorry? excuse me?

Chloe Aldcock works better but it has kkkuh at the beginning and at the end. Can I suggest Zoe instead? As a first name it's just as strong but the combination of Zoe and Aldcock is softer.

LondonInHighHeeledBoots Sun 17-Nov-13 01:37:20

I think it needs a harder sound at the end to separate it from the A start of the surname, and a names will get smushed in. I think it does sound quite 'frey an old cock' - I doubt it will be shouted at her in the playground tbh, kids usually use more obvious insults imo but it does sound silly. I also just don't like Chloe, and think a consonant would just sound better.

Róisín
Sinéad
Evelyn
Erin
Eleanor
Ruth
Seren
Leah
Violet
Ingrid
Imogen
Iris
Eden
Bronwyn
Rowan
Helen
Beatrix
Juliet

SavoyCabbage Sun 17-Nov-13 01:47:59

I agree. You need a definite finish. And a name that people definitely know what you have said. Like Katherine.

mathanxiety Sun 17-Nov-13 02:10:13

I agree that the A ending for Freya wouldn't flow well at all. I would rule out names that end with the A sound.

Chloe and Zoe would go well.
Other suggestions along those lines:
Sylvie
Sophie
Lucy
Naomi
Rosalie
Cecily
Natalie
Leonie

Names ending in a consonant sound
Eve
Rachel
Frances
Elizabeth
Miriam
Judith
Anneliese
Annabel
Katherine
Caroline
Bridget
Genevieve
Vivienne
Elowen
Rosalind or Rosamund
Madeleine
Maeve
Josephine

VirtuallyReal Sun 17-Nov-13 03:38:27

If your two suggestions, I think Chloe works best.

Mumpiring Sun 17-Nov-13 09:26:05

Agree with savoy. U need a first name that will make people certain of what they've just heard.

ToffeeJungle Sun 17-Nov-13 15:27:08

Thanks for all your responses so far, really helpful!

BlueChampagne you made me laugh, hadn't even thought of Ophelia!! Definitely not on the list!!! smile

I think I'm preferring Chloe to Freya - I wouldn't want 'Frayed Old Cock' to be a potential teasing name, bless her!

I do know what you mean about names with a definite, strong ending, maybe with a consonant though DS is Nathan and I wasn't sure another 'an' / 'en' ending would sound right as a pair, ie. Nathan & Megan?

Also, I had kind of ruled out names starting with a vowel with the surname starting with one. As I said I don't like alliteration so ruled out Anna (which I really like as a name) and also things like Eva - Eva Aldcock just doesn't sound right to me.

Of those mentioned I like Lilian and Sophie.

Any more thoughts / suggestions? Thanks again.

Mumpiring Sun 17-Nov-13 16:23:05

Rachel
Juliet
Susie
Evelyn (?)

How is your name pronounced? is it all coe or allcock. The children should have your name!

sandfrog Sun 17-Nov-13 18:13:44

Chloe or Sophie would go well and are both lovely names.

Lilian could be heard as Lily an .... so I'd avoid it.

cheekbyjowl Sun 17-Nov-13 23:14:05

I also have a phallic surname so empathise. like both names but if one were to over think it then miss c aldcock is cold cock ... freya ...ouch ..tanya should also be avoided like the suggestions of having a hard syllable at end of name

ToffeeJungle Mon 18-Nov-13 09:12:45

Mumpiring it's pronounced All cock (unfortunately!)
I do know someone whose surname is Cockburn but they pronounce it Co-burn.

Hmm... cheekby hadn't thought of C Aldcock = cold cock - did others see this? Is it an issue?
I guess looking at it this way lots of initials are ruled out - H, B, M, S, F, G, ????

Now this is really difficult!!!!!!! Arrrggghhh!!!!

Glad to entertain grin. Sounds like it might be easier to change the surname ...

ToffeeJungle Tue 19-Nov-13 12:07:16

Ha, I don't think we'll be changing surnames - I actually don't mind it and am quite traditional in wanting to have DH's name and all of us having it.

I think Chloe is still very much the front runner. Can't really see Cold Cock being an issue.

Any other suggestions welcome though!

mathanxiety Tue 19-Nov-13 15:24:05

I think you're overthinking it wrt initials. All the same, I would avoid the letter B. Or a combination of S.M.

EldritchCleavage Tue 19-Nov-13 15:29:34

Similar to your suggestions:

Clea
Zoe
Thea

I also think Helen would go well.

Marit
Clare
Harriet
Jane
Grace

sonlypuppyfat Tue 19-Nov-13 15:32:41

I always thought it was spelt Freyja.

Umpire Tue 19-Nov-13 15:42:57

yes, I know an adult Freyja, but now it seems to be spelled without the J.

mathanxiety Tue 19-Nov-13 16:40:30

I know one who is Freja. I suppose this is a more correct German or Scandinavian spelling.

Biscuitsneeded Wed 20-Nov-13 22:39:29

I'm a teacher and there are more teenage Chloes than any other name I can think of. It is pretty though. How about Cleo (similar, but more unusual)?

ToffeeJungle Thu 21-Nov-13 12:27:05

I have only ever seen Freya spelt this way, think it looks prettier - I do really like the name though just think it's a no-go with our surname (unfortunately!).

I know Chloe is popular - probably even more so 10/15 years ago - but I guess it's popular for a reason!
Not keen on Cleo (knew a dog called this!) though quite like Thea which was mentioned above.

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