Bryony.. Opinions?

(71 Posts)
BlondeMalteser Fri 14-Mar-14 14:11:13

What do you think of Bryony/Briony. Surname Thorne. I am thinking of Alexandra or Kate as a middle name

MutantHunt Fri 14-Mar-14 14:14:17

Love the name (first spelling). A friend has recently named her dd Bryony. But, I don't think I'd put a plant name with the surname Thorne. Sorry.

PrincessOfChina Fri 14-Mar-14 14:15:23

I like it and would love to use it for a DD but it doesn't go with our surname which is totally different but a similar theme to yours.

strawberryswing Fri 14-Mar-14 16:09:40

Its hideous (my name and hate it). I know 2 that equally hate it. Alexandra however is beautiful smile

Onesleeptillwembley Fri 14-Mar-14 16:14:32

Not Bryony Thorn ffs! Why not rose thorn? Would be just as stupid.

strawberryswing Fri 14-Mar-14 16:21:35

To be fair in my experience people have no idea its a plant, it wouldn't be the first thing entering my head (lots and lots of people have not heard of the name round my way).

Its overall ugliness would put me off (sorry blondemalteser) your other names are lovely btwm

expatinscotland Fri 14-Mar-14 16:25:05

It's a beautiful name. But not with Thorne, no.

CorusKate Fri 14-Mar-14 16:26:35

Not worried people will think you were expecting a boy called Brian and ended up with a girl?

EyelinerQueen Fri 14-Mar-14 16:27:44

I don't like it.

When I hear it I think Brian-y. And it sounds clunky and masculine.

Frontdoorstep Fri 14-Mar-14 19:15:33

I really like it but I think it's funny with Thorne. Some won't know it's a plant but many will and Briony Thorne will bring a smile to their faces (in private at least, I'm still having a giggle to myself).

Frontdoorstep Fri 14-Mar-14 19:17:19

I've just asked dh an he's giggling too at Bryony Thorne.

hunreeeal Fri 14-Mar-14 19:31:04

Too similar to Brian.

IslaValargeone Fri 14-Mar-14 19:33:27

I really like the i spelling, but agree with with front doorstep about it not working with Thorn as the surname.
Not only is it a plant, but I believe it's a poisonous one.

Slapperati Fri 14-Mar-14 19:33:50

I like Bryony but not with Thorne.

What about Bronwen?

chattychattyboomba Fri 14-Mar-14 20:59:50

I like it on theory but to say it, it does sound a bit clunky. Doesn't seen to flow.

alita7 Fri 14-Mar-14 22:10:44

I quite like Briony.

Mireio Sat 15-Mar-14 01:33:41

I agree with some of the other posters that it doesn't work with the surname.

fideline Sat 15-Mar-14 01:41:56

Beautiful smile

cafecito Sat 15-Mar-14 02:01:29

I love the name

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 15-Mar-14 02:17:32

It is awful.

BlondeMalteser Sat 15-Mar-14 17:00:03

Thanks everyone. For those who say it sounds too much like Brian, I have to say I never really made that connection. It's said Bry-uh-new. Not Brian-nee. I also have a passion for horticulture so just think of the plant breed Bryonia rather than Brian!
The surname is an issue as most have pointed out which is a real shame because I love the name. I am not actually married yet (been with my partner 8 years) but will probably be getting married summer 2015. I am considering a double barrel. My surname is Winslett so perhaps Bryony Alexandra Winslett-Thorne would not be so bad!

fideline Sat 15-Mar-14 17:10:55

Wasn't Sleeping Beauty's real name Briar Rose?

Bryony Thorne has a similar quality. I like it. The name 'Bryony' is redolent of lawn dresses and hedgerows to me anyway. I think it's very pretty and evocative with the surname Thorne.

Of course if you go the DB route, most of the time DD would be known as Bryony Winslett-Thorne (middle names rarely get used) and that sounds lovely, has a good rhythm AND overcomes the overly horticultural thing if it bothers you.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 15-Mar-14 17:14:02

I have never heard bryony pronounced Bry-uh-new, that makes so sense confused

fideline Sat 15-Mar-14 17:17:27

I assumed the 'new' bit was a typo. Was it not?

Driveway Sat 15-Mar-14 17:17:38

I like Bryony but not with Thorne, sorry!

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