Is this a nice name?

(56 Posts)
DaenerysTargaryensDragonBaby Mon 24-Feb-14 16:10:12

Dalton

Thoughts please! DH and I are trying to decide on a boys name, finding it pretty hard..

If it isn't nice, suggestions are welcome smile

FrumiousBandersnatch Mon 24-Feb-14 16:12:27

Very American as a first name; I've only ever encountered it as a surname in the uk. What do you like about it?

DaenerysTargaryensDragonBaby Mon 24-Feb-14 16:15:00

Hmm. Probably is quite American, though this doesn't put me off.

I like that:
It has a strong sound
It has 2 syllables (surname is just one)
It is unusual, but not in a made up way
It sounds classy (to me, I am willing to be told otherwise!)

Martorana Mon 24-Feb-14 16:16:15

No.

pictish Mon 24-Feb-14 16:17:38

Erm...it sounds like a Mills & Boon character to me.

poorincashrichinlove Mon 24-Feb-14 16:20:12

I like it. Unusual without being weird or made up

Leeds2 Mon 24-Feb-14 16:21:42

Would not be my choice. Although I used to like the high jumper Dalton Grant!

pictish Mon 24-Feb-14 16:24:23

I don't think it's awful I might add. It's totally ok...but it just happens to conjure up an image of sappy novels full of 'cruel lips' and 'shuddering bosoms' to me. grin

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Mon 24-Feb-14 16:26:16

No it isn't at all. Sorry.

DaenerysTargaryensDragonBaby Mon 24-Feb-14 16:43:33

Thanks so far..

Does anyone have any further suggestions? Since Dalton isn't overly popular grin

Artandco Mon 24-Feb-14 16:47:06

Dillon
Dexter
Fenton

Onesleeptillwembley Mon 24-Feb-14 16:48:16

Great. As a surname. Awful as a given name.

fideline Mon 24-Feb-14 16:49:30

Along the same lines?

Clinton
Jackson
Morton

Hmm bit marmite these american-style names, but those are the best i can think of

Except Bailey, the boy in To Kill a Mockingbird was called Bailey

pictish Mon 24-Feb-14 16:52:50

He was called Jem.

pictish Mon 24-Feb-14 16:53:21

I knew a Fenton years ago - nice lad...very handsome.

FrumiousBandersnatch Mon 24-Feb-14 16:54:30

fideline there's no character in To Kill A Mockingbird called Bailey. Are you thinking of Jem? Boo Radley? Atticus?

The main character is Scout but she's a girl, nn for Jean-Louise...

atthestrokeoftwelve Mon 24-Feb-14 16:55:32

It's Ok- Dalton was a famous English chemist who developed modern atomic theory in the 1800s.

fideline Mon 24-Feb-14 16:56:46

Oh god have i finally cracked?!

What book am I thinking of then? <scurries off to bookshelves>

fideline Mon 24-Feb-14 16:57:32

I meant scout's brother BTW, must have a synapse crossed....

RiverTam Mon 24-Feb-14 16:58:11

mmm, I think it could grow on me. I think if there was a wee boy called this at DD's nursery I wouldn't think it was odd or horrible.

Dawlton or Daalton? I'm assuming the first but I'm a Londoner.

DaenerysTargaryensDragonBaby Mon 24-Feb-14 16:58:42

I love Jackson but it's a bit.. common. Plus we hate Jack so wouldn't want to go for Jackson. Inevitably, it'll become Jack.

Morton makes me think of death
Clinton - clinton cards

DaenerysTargaryensDragonBaby Mon 24-Feb-14 16:59:29

Doll-tun (but then I guess it depends on accent?)

fideline Mon 24-Feb-14 17:00:57

You're both right - I've conflated two American classics, i think. Now I have brain itch to remember what, darnit.

I stand by the greatness of Bailey as a name though smile

RiverTam Mon 24-Feb-14 17:03:45

no, Doll-tun is what I meant, don't know why I put Dawl!

Can't bear Jackson, Dalton is certainly better than that.

I always think Bailey is a girls' name, don't know why.

poorincashrichinlove Mon 24-Feb-14 17:04:31

It's nice but not naice smile
Darwin?

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