what are posh names then?

(201 Posts)
strawberriesandcream01 Sun 11-May-08 22:29:47

Just wondering? I have always liked Tabitha, Martha, sebastian. I know an Arthur and Monty. What would you class as a posh name and also as an embarrasing name!

brimfull Sun 11-May-08 22:31:36

caspar
arabella
tarquin
jolyon

don't think the ones you said are posh

Tortington Sun 11-May-08 22:31:44

asquith = posh

zippitippitoes Sun 11-May-08 22:32:30

ptolemy
jules

expatinscotland Sun 11-May-08 22:32:57

asquith = WTF?

Tarquin
Jocasta

There was a whole thread full of posh names recently.

southeastastra Sun 11-May-08 22:33:32

lol those names are very close to my rl name zippt

Tortington Sun 11-May-08 22:33:38

hubert

zippitippitoes Sun 11-May-08 22:33:51

i wanted to call ds tarquin

he is so not a tarquin rofl

zippitippitoes Sun 11-May-08 22:35:01

and he has applied for a college place as aplumber

brimfull Sun 11-May-08 22:35:20

how do you pronounce ptolemy?

Here. Some goodies on that thread.

Silent p ggirl.

zippitippitoes Sun 11-May-08 22:36:03

are u a bloke then sea

brimfull Sun 11-May-08 22:36:42

to as in top or toe?

Califrau Sun 11-May-08 22:37:25

Tarquin
Octavia
Arrabella
Araminta

southeastastra Sun 11-May-08 22:37:50

no im a lady

strawberriesandcream01 Sun 11-May-08 22:38:09

don't reallt think any of the names you have suggested are posh!! I guess we are all different.

Caspar is nice but just reminds me of 'the friendliest ghost!!'

Ralph? Rupert? I once nannyed for 2 boys called Edgar and Humphrey.

Califrau Sun 11-May-08 22:38:28

It's "tolumee")

Mungo and Hector? As witnessed in park yesterday, thought they were quite posh.

zippitippitoes Sun 11-May-08 22:38:36

i still read your name as south east asia

strawberriesandcream01 Sun 11-May-08 22:39:35

Yes I knew a Mungo too. Hector?! I used to ride a pony called Hector.

southeastastra Sun 11-May-08 22:39:54

it's the same as califi said, it's a werid surname

Hector was about 3, bless him, and did NOT want me to help him down from the climbing frame. I think it's a name he'll grow into.

snice Sun 11-May-08 22:41:30

Giles

Califrau Sun 11-May-08 22:45:43

we've got a Hector in preschool but he's latino and reff as feck as they'd say in Cardiff. His bro's called Julio Cesar!

Finty is posh.

strawberriesandcream01 Sun 11-May-08 22:48:36

Finty? hey?!

How about Otis?

molecularbreakdown Sun 11-May-08 22:48:50

Bathsheba
Penelope (as in Thunderbirds, not Pittstop)

Embarrassing name...

Willy (has that already been done)

Califrau Sun 11-May-08 22:49:31

Otis? No not posh.

Greensleeves Sun 11-May-08 22:51:11

Virginia
Tamara
Rupert
Julian
Miriam

snice Sun 11-May-08 22:51:47

Otis is def. not posh

Troutpout Sun 11-May-08 22:52:03

Verity is posh

Makes good lifts though.

Greensleeves Sun 11-May-08 22:52:41

Felicity

CocodeBear Sun 11-May-08 22:53:01

Maximillian
Cordelia
Camilla
Araminta (Minty)

I had Hector and Monty on my names lists. Fortunately I had girls grin.

hatrick Sun 11-May-08 22:54:07

Venetia
StJohn [pronounced sinjon]
Algernon

CocodeBear Sun 11-May-08 22:55:36

OMG DD2's name is on that other thread blush

I wondered about Miriam - the little girl who was talking to us over my parents' wall yesterday has a friend called Miriam and she (wall-lurking little girl) was rather posh so I dare say Miriam is too.

Jonty? Proper name or nickname. Definitely posh.

CoteDAzur Sun 11-May-08 22:57:10

People really call their kids Ptolemy? Why?

He was a Greek astronomer/astrologer who lived in 1st century AD. How on earth did his name became a name for posh English boys?

controlfreakyagain Sun 11-May-08 23:04:25

well he's a character in shakespeare innit (ptolemy that is) ant and cleo..

CocodeBear Mon 12-May-08 07:36:06

Oberon is a v posh name.

The president of the lesbian and gay society at my university was called Oberon.

Nancy66 Mon 12-May-08 10:52:02

Camilla
Octavia
Jemima
Imogen
Hugh
Hugo
Giles
Barnaby
Rory

....all names I think of as being a bit 'plummy'

CoteDAzur Mon 12-May-08 14:10:00

Excuse my ignorance, but in which Shakespeare play was there a 'Ptolemy'? And was it the Ptolemy (astronomer/astrologer in 1st century AD) or was it another guy by the same name?

LynetteScavo Mon 12-May-08 14:18:55

aquilla (sp?) is posh for a boy.

Ptolomy will always be posh -and I will always insist on saying it with a p.

I think Claudia is a bit posh, but lovely.

Margo is posh.

I also love Martha.

dizzydixies Mon 12-May-08 14:21:44

oh lordy none of the rory's I know are posh, certainly not up here in scotland grin

LynetteScavo Mon 12-May-08 14:22:48

Imogen and Jemima isnt' posh around here anymore.

LynetteScavo Mon 12-May-08 14:22:51

Imogen and Jemima isnt' posh around here anymore.

Twinkie1 Mon 12-May-08 14:23:28

There are Raiff(sp?) and Boris at DSs nursery which always make me smile!

Boris looks like a little bruiser and Raiff is a weedy little thing!

cardy Mon 12-May-08 14:24:48

Barnaby

electra Mon 12-May-08 14:28:24

Theo
Lars
Miles
Beatrice

Moosma Mon 12-May-08 14:50:58

I have a Tabetha and we're really not posh.

Moosma Mon 12-May-08 14:51:41

And I went to school with a Martha who I believe now does <ahem> glamour modelling.

strawberryfields Mon 12-May-08 16:16:29

Constance
Jemima
Annabelle
Quentin
Julian
Edmund

hatrick Mon 12-May-08 16:29:13

Is Theo posh really? does that mean Thea is too?

bootsmonkey Mon 12-May-08 16:38:23

nah, Thea is just Gorgeous!

LynetteScavo Mon 12-May-08 18:32:12

Thea is a georgous name, but my DC's would say Fea!

Peregrine (sp?)is posh, as is Hermione.

strawberriesandcream01 Mon 12-May-08 20:25:11

It's funny to read what people calss as a 'posh' name and what is not! Jemima and Imogen are quite popular around here. Where do some people get some of these names from?

How about Pandora and Jeanie (or Genie?) Bertie?

hatrick Mon 12-May-08 21:14:07

Lynette my dd2 says Fea but dd3 says Seeeaaa in a very French way grin

Ginty and Alicia sound quite posh I think.

evenhope Mon 12-May-08 21:22:26

We have a "Tolemy" at DD's nursery, and he certainly isn't posh grin

merryberry Mon 12-May-08 21:24:24

had this convo last time i was proper drunk, over a year ago. fond memories.

proper sea going posh we all decided = any king, emporer, queen from europe, roughly anytime before america was discovered. william henry eleanor magnus margaret isabel marie jeanne blanche joan anne mary elizabeth of course, louis lambert hugh think i'll go and have a cup of tea now

specialmagiclady Mon 12-May-08 21:24:24

I know 2 Hectors aged under 3 - not terribly posh, but quite arty parents...

Monkeytrousers Mon 12-May-08 21:25:33

India
Savannah
Ra (and other gods)

Monkeytrousers Mon 12-May-08 21:27:57

Think it might have been Antony and Cleo Cote

Monkeytrousers Mon 12-May-08 21:29:28

Ptolomy was her dad not the bloke who wrote histories..i think

swampster Mon 12-May-08 21:44:27

Twinkie1, I think Raiff/Rafe is spelled Ralph when you are posh. And Ralph is pronounced Ralf when you're not.

swampster Mon 12-May-08 21:48:03

There is a Ptolemy Dean who is an architect/TV bod who has an artist sister called Tacita - now THERE'S posh!

Pen74 Mon 12-May-08 22:00:14

Theo is definitely not posh round these parts (quite the opposite). Rory, Imogen and Miles aren't either.

Tarquin & Horatio are definitely posh!

yurt1 Mon 12-May-08 22:09:29

I like Ptolemy the architect bod.

Julian isn't posh!

Edgar and Humphrey are posh though.

Needamassage Mon 12-May-08 22:16:00

Jonty and Rollo.

And hasn't Cate Blanchett called her little boy something strange like Alphonsius or something?

kategarden Mon 12-May-08 22:20:33

Rupert definitely (can you imagine surviving a normal school called Rupert . . .). Tarquin too by the same argument.
Also Piers - I lived in a Spanish village once which had two Piers (Piers's?) living there, both had been at Eton (plus an ex-Harrow bloke, but he was called David).
I think the locals had a slightly strange idea of what was normal for the English grin

backonthedecaff Mon 12-May-08 22:21:49

Definitely Jonty
Tarquin
Octavia
Araminta
Hubert...

NumptyMum Mon 12-May-08 22:22:29

Hugh not so post in Scotland ("Shug/Shuggie").

Percival?
Horace (though a great name for cat smile).

NumptyMum Mon 12-May-08 22:23:28

Or posh, even...

jingleyjen Mon 12-May-08 22:27:40

jonquil
jonty
annabella
tarquin (dh's choice)
Farquad-Remmington-Smythe-Davies (once again DH's suggestion)

GryffinGirl Mon 12-May-08 22:28:06

Ptolomy is very posh.

Also

Rupert
Humphrey
Godfrey
Maximillian (never shortened)
Cuthbert
Edgar
Edmund
Quentin
Oswald
Gideon
Ignatius (step forward cate Blanchette)
Julius
Caspar
Augustus
Octavius
Horatio
Cassius

Jocasta
Cordelia
Calpurnia
any classical goddesses/nymphs (Juno, Io,)
Fenella
Anastasia
Augusta

Imogen and Jamima def no longer posh

Miranda
Augustus
Hughie
Boris
Cornelius
Marmaduke
Persephone
Pamdora

Spidermama Mon 12-May-08 22:32:30

Candida
Malaky
Cordelia

LynetteScavo Mon 12-May-08 22:35:46

Candida? hmm Not the one I knew.

Cornelius.

LynetteScavo Mon 12-May-08 22:36:30

Flavia.

Spidermama Mon 12-May-08 22:37:02

Cornelius? Not the Corny I grew to know and love. He was a scally. wink

Hortense

shreddies Mon 12-May-08 22:38:14

Tuppy

Barnabus

Tuppy is so adorable but is it a real name?

NumptyMum Mon 12-May-08 22:41:13

How did Muhammad Ali get to be a posh boy? He started out as a Cassius, didn't he?

Surely no-one would call their child Calpurnia?! Though if shorted to Nia it would be OK... But sounds too medicinal, like Calpol.

Same goes for Malaky, sounds too like malarky...

Spidermama Mon 12-May-08 22:44:40

Snort at 'Tuppy'. grin

dinny Mon 12-May-08 22:47:45

Torquil
Ptolemy
Jonty
Hugo

Verity

dinny Mon 12-May-08 22:48:10

Calpurnia = To Kill A Mockingbird

Aubrey

GryffinGirl Mon 12-May-08 22:53:04

Calpurnia was the wife of Julius Caesar too.

Griff

Aloysious

frauster Wed 14-May-08 16:42:23

Crispin
Quintin

Esmerelda
Delphine

tiggywelly Tue 26-May-09 16:33:17

Jeanie is a crusty old nick name, I knew of one growing up, quite the opposite of posh imo. Jean is better, at least it is a proper name.

Imogen and Jemima are nice but no longer the preserve of the posh.

Bunny (I think of Bunny Guiness)

St John

Arabella

TheCrackFox Tue 26-May-09 16:41:27

Tristan
Jeremy
Monty
Jonty

MrsMattie Tue 26-May-09 16:41:42

Tiggy
Camilla

Edwin <shudder>

roarbetty Tue 26-May-09 16:52:37

Jean isn't posh, or Jeannie hmm

Podrick Tue 26-May-09 17:03:33

Boys' names ending in o are posh
Milo
Hugo
Ivo
Rollo
etc

Also Evelyn for a boy
and Dorian

Anything from the Greek myths (Persephone, Cyclops, Medusa etc)

Anything from classic literatire so long as it is fairly obscure

Podrick Tue 26-May-09 17:03:34

Boys' names ending in o are posh
Milo
Hugo
Ivo
Rollo
etc

Also Evelyn for a boy
and Dorian

Anything from the Greek myths (Persephone, Cyclops, Medusa etc)

Anything from classic literatire so long as it is fairly obscure

lowrib Tue 26-May-09 17:13:03

Claudia
Beatrice
Crispin
Tristan

lowrib Tue 26-May-09 17:14:53

I should have said posh, but not necessarily embarrassing.

Cecil too, oh and Hillary (for a boy)

lowrib Tue 26-May-09 17:16:26

Eustace
Bernard
Charles
Porche

One of my cats was called Tarquin

har har har lowrib

Porche

har har har

LoveBuckets Tue 26-May-09 17:21:57

LOL at Tuppy, see Jeeves and Wooster for some great posh nicknames, then work backwards to get the original.

Malachy aint posh these days, most of the obscure biblical ones are a bit c-word. Like the Dingles in Emmerdalegrin.

castille Tue 26-May-09 17:24:02

lol at Cyclops

LoveBuckets Tue 26-May-09 17:24:22

Greek myth names aren't posh posh (ie upper class), it's middle class Guardian reader pretension.

lowrib Tue 26-May-09 17:26:07

No it's a name really, honest! grin

It's said por-sha. The daughter in A Fish Called Wanda is Porche.

("Oh, do shut up, Porche!")

Or maybe you spell it Porsche? That looks better actually. Hmmm.

lowrib Tue 26-May-09 17:26:49

Quentin

nkf Tue 26-May-09 17:28:22

Portia. It's spelled Portia.

yy Portia

I am still sniggering (unkindly)

castille Tue 26-May-09 17:35:16

Yes Lovebuckets

IMO the ridiculous names are posh, as are nicknames like Tuppy and Tiggy and the really classic ones like Constance and Charles.

But names like Araminta and Phineas etc are more middle class pretentious than actual upper class posh

Well only two of my daughter's names have appeared on this thread. I am most concerned - does this mean dd2 doesn't have a posh name as well?

grin

nooki Tue 26-May-09 17:49:25

There's a little Quentin at ds's nursery and his family are certainly NOT posh...

What about Antigone (Tiggy) - that sounds quite 'posh' to my ears.

lowrib Tue 26-May-09 17:54:18

nkf Oh dear I think you may well be right!blush

lowrib Tue 26-May-09 18:16:43

A-ha! Vindicated!

"The girl's name Porsche \p(o)-rs-che, por-sche\ is a variant of Porsha.
The baby name Porsche sounds like Porscha, Porschia and Porcha. Other similar baby names are Pascha and Psyche.
Porsche is an uncommon female first name and a very rare surname (source: 1990 U.S. Census)."
(From this web page)

Also my DP knows a aristocrat in RL called Porsche. He says it's seriously posh, originally German, particularly Hanoverian. Other examples of Hanoverians include - let's see - the Queen! Doesn't get much more posh than that really.

So put that in your pipe and smoke it BoysAreLikeDogs grin

Dang !!!

lowrib Tue 26-May-09 18:17:46

Bugger, I meant AN aristocrat!

Podrick Tue 26-May-09 18:36:42

Well if you really mean posh then logically that is royalty and the aristocracy.

Anyone know the roll call of names for the new generation of them?

lljkk Tue 26-May-09 19:00:13

Beatrice, Eugenie -- I always thought those were hideous choices -- only posh people could like 'em , I reckon.

Verity, Theo, Luca: Many popular choices on MN, actually!!

simplesusan Tue 26-May-09 19:02:10

The name Porsche as in the car(if that is how you spell it-sorry can't check as I only drive a Ford)-was the family surname and that family is extremly posh

Podrick Tue 26-May-09 19:20:03

What are Prince Edward's lot called - Louise?

And how about India Hicks & Sarah Armstrong Jones kids etc?

Both of my kids names are on this thread.

I wouldn't class either as posh. Unusual, perhaps.

I don't think I can classify any name as posh. actually. It's more the nicknames I fond baffing!

Lotster Tue 26-May-09 19:50:41

Harriet. Bunty. Fenella.

mrswoolf Tue 26-May-09 20:15:11

Parthenope
Iphigenia
Hortensia
Cosima

Montmorency
Crispin
Mountjoy

bumpsoon Tue 26-May-09 21:20:17

Troilus
Cressida

LoveBuckets Tue 26-May-09 22:28:19

Anything a bit gay sounding (in a playground way iyswim) or with a Cholmondeley-Featherstonehaugh (Chumley-Fanshaw) spelling:

Mountjoy
Gaylord
Lindsey
StJohn (Sinjun)

Portillista Tue 26-May-09 22:34:41

I'm snorting at Tuppy, too.

I'd say Dinny and Bunny were posh (my Granny had friends with these names, and they were definitely posh). She also had a friend called Badger, so that's probably posh too.

womma Thu 28-May-09 21:18:28

I went to school with a Mungo, he was a bit posh. I never saw him with Mary or Midge either

I think Sheherazade (sp?) is a jolly posh girl's name

pranma Fri 29-May-09 14:38:58

Hugo?
Hereward?

Pantheonbelle Thu 04-Jun-09 13:20:59

My mother teaches at a very posh girls school and every year its fun to hear all the latest names. A lot of very old names are coming back. Just a sample of what she's had over the years:
Agnes
Dulcie
Ottilie
Camilla (lots!)
Antonia (lots!)
Clemmie (short for Clementine)
India
Venetia
Lottie (short for Charlotte)
Celia

The girls tend to have brothers along the lines of:
Benedict
Sebastian
Rupert
Theo
Harry
Thomas

Not quite the level of Crispin, Tarquin or Peregrine but we are sure one will come along eventually!

dongles Thu 04-Jun-09 16:02:22

Boys

Jago
Rafe

Girls

Most names ending "ia".

mumzy Fri 05-Jun-09 07:03:10

I think for me the moment I hear someone who is defintely not posh name, their child a posh name then the name loses its cachet. Examples include:

Neville
Horace
Lavinia
India
Johnny
Ptolemy

MaggieBee Fri 05-Jun-09 19:38:45

Prince Edward's children are Louise and James!

When Beatrice and Eugenie were chosen they were so unfashionable it was shocking. Hard to imagine why now. I can't think of anything so unfashionable now.

Unabel Sat 06-Jun-09 04:12:25

Definitely Jolyon, Hugo, Martha, Ottilie, Eleanor, Arabella, Jemima, Romilly and Rupert. There's also lots of Violet and Scarlett in the Torygraph, usually as sisters.

And despite being very popular across the board, Emily still feels very posh.

MaggieBee Sat 06-Jun-09 11:28:10

A relative of mine married a Featherstone but they don't pronounce it feerstun. She just says Featherstone! which sounds posh enough to my ear!

That 66 yr old mother chose Jolyon for her son. Risky imo. Everybody will know instantly oh he is the son of the old mum. If she'd called him Jacob she would have given him a little protection from that instant identification.

Unabel Sat 06-Jun-09 12:02:52

I saw that he was called Jolyon. I don't think it's risky at all, the name I mean! He's probably going to run in circles with other Jolyons and Ptolemys, Ruperts etc.. anyway.

I will add Edmund, Florence, Ralph/Rafe, Kitty, Montgomery and Fleur to my list.

CalypsoGrant Sun 30-May-10 14:12:17

My brother is Lars, our friends who are twins are Miles and Mars.

Great Grandfather : Augustus
Grand father: Alwin Charles

Cousins: Alanna, Ebba, Samuel Joseph, Charles, George, Bryony,

My mother wanted to call me Narcisus or Camilla.

I've always liked the names Thibaut for a boy and evelyn (Effie), or Jemima for a girl... but with Jemima I fear could be shorterned to Gemma.

annasophia Sun 30-May-10 14:48:18

All lovely names!

Why do they have to be labelled (as 'posh')...

capstone Sun 30-May-10 14:49:27

Another ancient thread........

imahappycamper Sun 30-May-10 16:00:49

Quite good fun though.

LittleSilver Sun 30-May-10 19:37:09

Desdemona. Heard that shouted in a supermarket once.

WeDontDooDuvets Sun 30-May-10 19:38:43

felecia

annasophia Sun 30-May-10 20:54:36

Felicia is not posh in Germany smile.

sophiesmummie Sun 30-May-10 21:05:35

Just in the last 2 years, since the thread started, a lot of names on here have become quite 'standard' and not posh at all imo e.g. Sebastian, Arthur, Quentin, Theo, Eleanor, Claudia etc. I guess this is what Freakonomics predicts smile.

Clarabelle0912 Fri 03-Sep-10 04:32:02

Oberon was king of the fairies. If you read the other post about him you'll see why it made me giggle

massivenamechange Sat 04-Sep-10 17:02:23

Came looking at baby names wondering about a name we were just discussing in abstract.

On reflection it could really only ever see the light of day on this thread. grin

Ataraxia.

nice concept, if unlikely name.... spose Serena could've cut it as an acceptable substitute in the days before shrieking tennis players

LynetteScavo Sat 04-Sep-10 17:13:37

None of the OP names are posh!

I'm not sure there is such thing as a posh name any more.

Maybe Hestor, Hermione,Marina, Rupert and Hugo will be forever posh.

But I doubt it, because I love Rupert and Hugo, and would definitely use them, and I seem to know exactly what will be in the top 10 names in 5 years time.

LynetteScavo Sat 04-Sep-10 17:14:20

Really posh people only call their child James, Edward or Octavia, though, don't they.

serin Sat 04-Sep-10 17:41:34

Juno, Edward, Hermione and Elizabeth; here are some seriously posh kids

LynetteScavo Sat 04-Sep-10 18:07:16

So why do they all look so scruffy?

101damnations Sat 04-Sep-10 21:18:50

My first pony was called Tarquin and I went to school with a Rupert.There are a fair amount of Hugos,Imogens,Rorys ect too.

Oldjolyon Sat 04-Sep-10 21:57:46

A lot of the names mentioned I would describe as pseudo posh - or more middle class but wanting to be posh!

Names like Beatrice, Sebastian, Antonio, Camilla, Imogen, Hugo etc I have taught several times at a very middle class state school. But state all the same.

NotanOtter Sat 04-Sep-10 22:08:27

Tarquin is beautiful I heart it

LynetteScavo Sat 04-Sep-10 22:11:07

So what about Milo?

Is this posh?

Thissideofchannel Sat 04-Sep-10 22:17:14

Agree - I know quite a few non-posh Hugos and Quentins.

Thissideofchannel Sat 04-Sep-10 22:18:11

Milo is this to me, definately not posh en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milo_(drink)

A1980 Sun 05-Sep-10 00:20:09

Perdita

Rollo

names like that. I don't know why but they just sound pretentious

alicatte Sun 05-Sep-10 00:30:21

Florence, Rose and Endellion - obviously. Girls from all walks of life can have 'individual' names.

I knew a few Rollos, several Vyvyans and a Beau; but mostly it was names like Henry, Alexander, Sebastian. I think even posh boys have plain (ish) names.

CheerfulYank Sun 05-Sep-10 01:51:46

That's funny, because in America Octavia and Tarquin would be chavvy. We don't say chavvy, but that's what they'd be.

I think they're very nice names though.

motherof10 Sun 05-Sep-10 01:54:31

Shanishaniquaisanana is the name i'm givin' to No.10 that a-cookin in my belly

peace

mathanxiety Sun 05-Sep-10 02:59:02

'an adorable son, Ignatius Mungo, brother to the gorgeous Atticus Monty, the beautiful Octavius Kit, and the precious Ptolemy Ned.' (From the Telegraph some time in August.) I'm not sure where the sublime ends and the ridiculous begins here.

ElephantsAndMiasmas Sun 05-Sep-10 03:40:47

<snort> at "the precious Ptolemy Ned"

Oldjolyon Sun 05-Sep-10 10:10:38

According to the Daily Telegraph - the following names are children born to Lords and Ladies over the past 4 years (and listed in the Telegraph). They are:

Eloise Victoria Anne
Jodie Abigail
Isla Elizabeth
Constance Elizabeth (actually the granddaughter of a Lord)
Isabella Pandora (Again, the granddaughter of a Lord)
William Charles (Sister is Olivia)
John Frederick Bruce
Kathleen Patrica Agnes

None of these I would call 'posh'; just normal, nice respectable names. I do honestly think that posh names belong to the pseudo posh, not the aristocracy a lot of the time.

sophiesmummie Sun 05-Sep-10 11:42:52

In my opinion a person can be seen as 'posh' or 'chav' but not a name.

We just come to associate certain names with certain characteristics as we meet people over time.

I've recently met quite a few 'non-posh' Montys, Quentins and Hermiones that to me these have become 'normal' names.

mathanxiety Sun 05-Sep-10 18:00:23

Elephants, I thought that took the biscuit

OldJolyon, lovely names there, except Patricia, which I loathe.

LynetteScavo Sun 05-Sep-10 19:19:56

St John is so posh I've never met anyone called St John.

LynetteScavo Sun 05-Sep-10 19:21:26

I think a name is truly posh when you worry about the child going to a state school with the name.

thereisalightanditnevergoesout Sun 05-Sep-10 19:31:18

Funny you should say that LynetteScavo I'm having that very issue with 'Monty' (DH's choice) with regard to going to a state school - but it seems posters above are no longer considering it posh. I'm not convinced, however.

LynetteScavo Sun 05-Sep-10 19:34:16

I think Monty would be fine a a state school. smile

shoobidoo Sun 05-Sep-10 21:12:31

I agree - Monty would be fine at our state school, as would Quentin and Raphael.

In my opinion, kids couldn't care less if their mates are called Mark or Monty or Mike, or Quentin, Kevin or Conrad. They just accept these as their friends' names.

SoLongAsItsHealthy Sun 05-Sep-10 22:48:14

The "poshest" little boy I know is called John. His parents call him Johnny. Classy, cool, beats them all hands down if you ask me. Wish I'd thought of it actually. Perhaps we're all too busy seeking the unicorn of names, when the old ones speak for themselves.

NotanOtter Sun 05-Sep-10 23:16:30

yes Johnny is brilliant

Johnny and Susannah - lovely posh kids wink

sexybrunettemotherof5 Sun 05-Sep-10 23:33:27

I've met a St John, but no surprise there as I went to catholic school. Very popular amongst us catholics. I like the name.

anamaria22 Mon 06-Sep-10 12:00:49

I have never heard of St John - is it pronounced Saint John confused?

Otherwise lots of lovely names - I seem to love 'posh' names smile. Particularly like Monty, Quentin, Hugo and Theo. Do people really still think about 'class' today?

domesticsluttery Mon 06-Sep-10 12:07:43

I think St John would probably be pronounced "Singen".

I love the name Ptolemy, I went to uni with one (he was known as Tolly). I also went to uni with a Rupert (nn Rups), a Ralph (pronounced Rafe) and an Alexander (nn Xander).

ElephantsAndMiasmas Mon 06-Sep-10 12:25:26

I know a St John who actually calls himself "saint john" rather than the ridiculous traditional Singe-nn pronunciation. Saint for short.

anamaria22 Mon 06-Sep-10 13:45:24

Singen is indeed rather unusual, and no one oustide of the UK will know to pronounce it that way.

Saint John still sounds odd to my ears but at least straightforward to pronounce.

ElephantsAndMiasmas Mon 06-Sep-10 14:07:03

It is weird, do you get people in other countries called Angel Gabriel or Saint Therese?

anamaria22 Mon 06-Sep-10 14:20:13

Well, there is Santa Claus grin

StJohn (Sinjun)
Rupert
Monty
Ralph (Rafe)
Hugo
Quentin
Orlando

ElephantsAndMiasmas Mon 06-Sep-10 14:39:10

There is, anamaria? I knew it! <excitedly hangs up stocking>

moragbellingham Mon 06-Sep-10 19:52:36

I went to Uni with two lovely guys called Rupert and Roderick, always known as Rupes and Rodders.

sophiesmummie Mon 06-Sep-10 19:58:12

Most of the names on here are lovely (apart from maybe Godfrey and Willy grin).

Islandgirllk Tue 07-Sep-10 11:27:26

Rollo makes me laugh. My DPs surname is Rollinson and I call him Rollo for fun, I didn't know it was a proper name!

I think Bunty is posh for a girl for sure, any girl called Bunty loves riding, plays violin and goes to a posh school....

I think that the really posh give their kids fairly traditional names - John, Edward, James, Charles for boys and Elizabeth, Charlotte, Mary and so on for girls.....

sunnydays2 Thu 09-Sep-10 23:04:36

Eugene......it was an ex boyfriends middle name....he hated it as his Mum only used it as it sounded posh!
But then he did go to boarding school, so maybe he was posh!!!

cecily
tim (nice but dim)
amanda (never mandy)
victoria (never vicky)
seraphina
crispan
delia
estella
fabian
gabriel
henrietta
ivo
mortimer
randolph
niles/miles/giles
forbes
ophelia
petunia
rosemary
virginia
violetta
winston
walter
quintin
reginald
harold
oonagh
regina

Thissideofchannel Sat 11-Sep-10 21:33:00

Really, you think that Walter and Rosemary are posh? To me, they just sound so old fashioned...

And I know a few very 'common' Delias, Quentins anad Gabriels....

This just shows how different our name associations are smile.

CDMforever Sat 11-Sep-10 22:30:15

People often tell us our daughter's name is very posh - Arabella. I suppose it is but we love the name.

Janoschi Mon 13-Sep-10 00:50:12

Once heard a VERY posh lady in Hyde Park braying 'Hugo! Hugo!' in an appallingly loud voice at a poor toddler. I do like Giles....

Osomec Wed 22-Sep-10 14:45:23

The clichéd "upper class" names are mostly passé for genuinely upper class newborns. I have found an up to date insight into the names currently used at the very top of the upper class in the dowager duchess of Devonshire's just published memoirs, which include a photo of her with her seventeen great grandchildren. Their names are:

Barney
Rosa
Jake
Lily
Victor
Marcel
Cecily
Alfie
Harry
Ned
Georgia
Jasmine
Iris
Willa
Cosmo
Isla
Maud

duby54 Tue 11-Dec-12 18:23:31

Well my first name is StJohn and i find it a really good name, people never mix you up and also i think it came from a very posh family originality. xD

Felicity
Ingrid
Hebe
Tristan

Bertram
Tobias
Hilda

MalcolmGrant Tue 11-Dec-12 23:04:51

Malcolm Grant is a posh name.

redpanda13 Wed 12-Dec-12 23:16:58

I knew a StJohn and he was not that posh. He had a brother Simeon (I always thought of simian). Their father was a minister.
Strangely a lot of the male names mentioned here as posh belong to ponies I rode in my youth.

doyouwantfrieswiththat Wed 12-Dec-12 23:28:37

Vyvyan

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Gugglebum Thu 13-Dec-12 05:13:06

Most of what I would have listed is already here, so I'd like to throw in Odessa. Know of a var posh one.

shoobidoo Thu 13-Dec-12 09:44:19

Doesn't 'posh' simply mean classic, elegant and not overused? Also, most names that are considered 'posh' tend to move downmarket fairly quickly.

Names like Sebastian, Quentin, Arabella, Clementine were considered too posh only a few years ago, now these names are quite widespread and considered 'normal'. There is an interesting chapter on this trend in 'Freakonomics'.

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