Caractacus

(41 Posts)
ArsenicyOldFace Sat 23-Aug-14 21:52:00

The only boys name DH is interested in discussing.

I thought he was joking, but apparently not confused

He has conceded it will probably end up a middle name but wants me to consider it as a (first) Christian name.

Obviously this stems from his childhood CCBB fixation.

Thoughts?

TheFutureSupremeRulersMum Sat 23-Aug-14 21:56:23

Memorable

OldCatLady Sat 23-Aug-14 21:58:25

I just imagine a cactus. A cartoon one with a cowboy hat.

I saw 'cataract'

Erm… original <backs out>

AlpacaMyBags Sat 23-Aug-14 21:59:49

Wasn't it used in a Rolf Harris song? Not sure I'd want that association.

ArsenicyOldFace Sat 23-Aug-14 21:59:55

Well quite.

I think I'm going to have to accept it as a (wonderfully eccentric? confused) middle name. hmm

It is how to go through the motions of 'considering' it that is flooring me. I can't quite believe he is serious.

Some kind of compromise would be wonderful Dick Van Dyke?

UrsulaTheZebra Sat 23-Aug-14 21:59:59

I don't know what CCBB is but I associate it with the Court of King Caractacus song by Rolf Harris.

ArsenicyOldFace Sat 23-Aug-14 22:01:31

I just imagine a cactus.

I saw 'cataract'

Wasn't it used in a Rolf Harris song?

Just gets better and better....

ArsenicyOldFace Sat 23-Aug-14 22:02:49

Oh god, I've never heard the Rolf song.

CCBB is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. There is a character (the dad) called Caractacus Potts.

MrsDavidBowie Sat 23-Aug-14 22:04:51

I have tried to find something positive to say about the name but can't.
Its a shit name to saddle a child with.

SurfBoredCat Sat 23-Aug-14 22:05:07

I just googled it to see if there were any other names that he might like and found a YouTube clip of Rolf Harris singing 'The court of king caractacus' could that connection put him off, perhaps?!
Another article in the Guardian was 'caractacus: britain's Osama bin laden?' which wouldn't exactly swing things in favour of the name for me!

To be honest, as names sound, it's not great but it's not the worst I've heard. I would veto it as a first name though!

orangefusion Sat 23-Aug-14 22:06:58

Oh dear. Poor child. Perfect target name for a bully to home in on. Please dont allow this to be bestowed on your dc.

ArsenicyOldFace Sat 23-Aug-14 22:07:58

Well the Rolf Harris connection is a foolproof argument against, so thanks for that.

I can see DH's thought process (well heart/stomach process really). Caractacus Potts is a lovely character and he just can't see beyond that.

Anyway the new RH song info just killed thank goodness

jaundicedoutlook Sun 24-Aug-14 00:54:29

Does that kill Jake as we'll then...?

catsofa Sun 24-Aug-14 01:01:04

Potts would be better. Sorry that's probably not very helpful.

almapudden Sun 24-Aug-14 01:45:58

King Caractacus of the Catuvellauni lead the British resistance to the Romans in the 40s AD! There's a great speech in Tacitus' Annals attributed to him where he basically tells Claudius, "kill me and look like a big man for five minutes, or spare me and gain a lasting reputation for clemency". The world's first spin-doctor!

But also, Rolf Harris.

ArsenicyOldFace Sun 24-Aug-14 01:53:07

Potts would be better. Sorry that's probably not very helpful

I don't see it troubling the top 10 tbh.

alma I could kiss you grin

You just gave me the (somewhat tangential) lightbulb moment idea of Bede. Fabulous name and apt for us. Just need to sell it to DH.

ArsenicyOldFace Sun 24-Aug-14 01:55:12

I think Jake might be common enough to be safe jaundice wink

MissYamabuki Sun 24-Aug-14 02:49:16

Is this the Welsh Caradog?
Not sure I could, sorry confused -even as a middle name-

temporaryusername Sun 24-Aug-14 02:54:46

I don't think you have to accept this as a middle name. I think you should hold out on this!

Blueuggboots Sun 24-Aug-14 03:26:51
ChaosK Sun 24-Aug-14 07:33:30

Well, I think it is different and would make a lovely middle name. I don't think I would be brave enough to use it as a first name.

MrsPatMustard Sun 24-Aug-14 08:30:36

Seriously?? That poor kid will be bullied within an inch of his life...

Castlemilk Sun 24-Aug-14 11:03:11

Well, on the plus side, if this is 'the only name your DH is interested in discussing' then I guess that means you get to decide the first name all on your own smile

Or he could stop trying to steamroller things and have a proper discussion about names, where you both offer suggestions (PLURAL) and come to a joint decision...

Castlemilk Sun 24-Aug-14 11:04:48

Oh and here's another point against:

'Carrie! Carrie! Where are you Carrie boy?'

or possibly:

'Crack! Crack! Crack I said come here NOW!'

or even:

'Tacky! Tacky! Put that DOWN Tacky!'

Hmm, wonder what other lovely NNs one could get to...

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