(78 Posts)
RTchoke Fri 05-Oct-12 13:48:20

I love the name Bede (pronounced Bead) but I fear it might be too "out there".

What's the general consensus?

OatyBeatie Fri 05-Oct-12 13:55:20

It is quite "out there." I would love it, though. Bede is a sweetheart.

OatyBeatie Fri 05-Oct-12 13:56:05

(you'd have to make sure ds was venerable though.)

EvenIfYouSeeAPoppy Fri 05-Oct-12 13:57:26

I love it. I would probably assume his parents were academics - up to you whether that is a good or a bad thing smile

PopOozeTheFastest Fri 05-Oct-12 13:58:27

It's venerable grin.

Seriously though, not my cup of tea. Sorry.

MrClaypole Fri 05-Oct-12 14:01:57

Not my cup of tea either I'm afraid.

He will always be having to repeat or spell his name for people. DP has a name like that and it drives him mad.

YokoOhNo Fri 05-Oct-12 14:02:55

I'm a fan of Bede and like the name, but it's pretty way out there. Do you have a degree

I like it. But people will mispronounce it beady forever!

YokoOhNo Fri 05-Oct-12 14:03:26 Anglo Saxon.

Sorry too keen today grin

meditrina Fri 05-Oct-12 14:06:00

Lovely (and venomous), but I'm not sure how live-able-with it is.

RTchoke Fri 05-Oct-12 14:06:36

Why does it sound like we are academics? I don't want to come across as pushing a self-inflated image. As it happens DH has a PhD but he is not in academia. I have a degree but nothing more and I work in the public sector.

MadBusLady Fri 05-Oct-12 14:09:20

I'm not sure. It's hard to think of it as a first name, for some reason. Was it his first name, do we know, or was it a family name of some sort?

Other Northern religious types who kicked ass: Wilfrid, Cuthbert, Benedict (Biscop, not the Italian one).

MrsJohnDeere Fri 05-Oct-12 14:10:55

Too religious for my taste

seeker Fri 05-Oct-12 14:11:54

You know you can't call your child Bede, don't you. In your heart of hearts you know you can't.

SnotandBothered Fri 05-Oct-12 14:12:17

We had a bit of a bumbling/disorganised maths teacher at school.

We found out he was called Bede

He was teased mercilessly and called Beady Eyes for ever


I quite like it now - it is a very sweet name. But 'sweet' is something to consider long term.

Viviennemary Fri 05-Oct-12 14:12:59

Not my kind of name. Sorry. Actually on second thoughts it's truly awful.

MrClaypole Fri 05-Oct-12 14:13:11

Ooh I'm liking Benedict a lot!

givemeaclue Fri 05-Oct-12 14:13:16

Boy or girl?

fuzzysnout Fri 05-Oct-12 14:13:44

High chance of him being called bidet at school I would have thought.

OatyBeatie Fri 05-Oct-12 14:16:07

More northern kickass christians: Godric and Aidan. I like Godric.

MoonHare Fri 05-Oct-12 14:17:39

It is pretty out there I think, but recently there have been several threads from people thinking of ancient Northumbrian saints type names so maybe it wouldn't raise too many eyebrows. If you're in the North East many people would have heard of it and know how to pn.

On the other hand it might not be that easy to carry through life as he would probably meet many more people who have never heard of it as a name than those who have.

There were 8 baby Bede's born in 2010.

seeker Fri 05-Oct-12 14:20:02

I just don't think people realise how wearing it is to have to explain your name every single bloody time you give it. Every time. For 80 years. For example, no chance to be anonymous for the first morning of a course- everybody's turned to look at you at the "OK let's go round the circle and say who we are and where we're from" moment!

meditrina Fri 05-Oct-12 14:22:40


Bunbaker Fri 05-Oct-12 14:24:33

"Boy or girl?"

It's a boy's name. The Venerable Bede is widely regarded as the greatest of all the Anglo-Saxon scholars.

Has anyone been to Bede's World in Jarrow? Is it worth visiting?

I think the name has too much scope for teasing - bead, beady, bidet. Sorry.

YokoOhNo Fri 05-Oct-12 14:26:29

As it happens, I'm a fan of Anglo Saxon names. I like the name Caedmon for instance.

But (and I'm not sure why) if you called your DS Bede, it would make me leap to conclusions and assume you had a PhD and was doing post doc work on The Dream Of The Rood.

It is rather a connoisseur type name.

OatyBeatie Fri 05-Oct-12 14:27:39

Yes, it would kind of suggest that you spoke in Latin at teatime for fun.

There was another thread on here a few months ago, where a poster wanted Beck for a DS, shortened from Beckett. Would this do if you wanted a religious historical name?

Sorry but I think there's a reason that the only Bede we know about lived in the 6 and 700s AD. Bede actually means prayer (hence rosary beads), I wouldn't call a DS Prayer either.....

YokoOhNo Fri 05-Oct-12 14:29:55

I should add that DH had an unusual Anglo Saxon saint's name. He likes it, but he does spend a lot of time explaining to people, "Yes, it's my real name. No, my parents weren't hippies/academics/fans of Fantasy novels". His Dad was a bricklayer!

FriskyMarkCavendish Fri 05-Oct-12 14:30:26

I once went out with a rather gorgeous Aelred! 30 years ago

wonkylegs Fri 05-Oct-12 14:47:50

We know a Bede & a Benedict (Ben) but there are a lot of Catholics up here. Both are lovely names. Different but not overtly however if you aren't catholic many may assume you are.

MadBusLady Fri 05-Oct-12 14:48:06

I love Aidan. Columbanus is another good one, but that might be Bede-like levels of "out there".

shoppingtrolley Fri 05-Oct-12 15:01:57

What about Ethelred?

RillaBlythe Fri 05-Oct-12 15:06:16

Oswald is great.

tilder Fri 05-Oct-12 15:32:54

Am afraid I also think bidet. Plus bedel (sp?) The bard.

I campaigned (unsucessfully) for Caedmon YokoOhNo! Try there [ abbots of Iona]] for some fun!

Oops that should have been try these Abbots of Iona for some fun!

Badvoc Fri 05-Oct-12 17:13:50

As in "the venerable"?

What about Bino? I once knew a Bede, but he went by his middle name instead most of the time (telling, perhaps?)

BoyMeetsWorld Fri 05-Oct-12 19:42:09

I love it, but I did study Anglo Saxon :p

BananaBubbles Fri 05-Oct-12 20:44:34

It's ghastly.

Wow - the only Bede I know is a seventy-year-old ex-nun.

(ie a woman)

lljkk Fri 05-Oct-12 20:49:19


marketingfreelancer Fri 05-Oct-12 20:51:15

Never heard of it before this thread but it sounds like Something which lives in the bathroom and is for washing your arse in.

Bead is a very limiting name IMO

FamiliesShareGerms Fri 05-Oct-12 20:52:08

A lovely name, but best used for a pet rather than a child, IMHO (and I say that as a former postgraduate medievalist!)

LonelyCloud Fri 05-Oct-12 20:57:23

The Venerable Bede (St Bede) springs immediately to mind.

I would consider it a very religious name, and I'd assume you were very religious to name your child that.

If you live in the north east, you should be fine re. spelling and pronunciation, as St Bede lived up here, and there's plenty of references to him around.

ThreePly Fri 05-Oct-12 20:59:14

Lovely. Reminds me though of that scene in the David Lodge novel where someone starts hanging round with Catholics and meets a Bede which he mistakenly thinks is Bead as in rosary. (The reason the scene is funny is because it has nothing to do with rosary beads. Not at all funny in the retelling!)

Oh, and 1-syllable names are apparently very masculine.

SundaeGirl Fri 05-Oct-12 21:04:16

Usually I'd think a name like Bede was trying too hard, but actually I love it a lot.

PopOozeTheFastest Fri 05-Oct-12 21:09:28

I've just remembered - my grandfather wrote a book about the Venerable Bede.

May be completely outing myself, but it's been bugging me since my earlier post as to how I'd come to hear the name Bede grin.

RTchoke Fri 05-Oct-12 21:15:15

There are actually more positive responses here than I was expecting. Although obviously the name also has it's fair share of haters.

We are not in the NE so I think pronunciation might be an issue.

I just love it. DH more worried about being unconventional.

squoosh Fri 05-Oct-12 21:19:51

Well I like it
I don't think it`s too out there, not like Spike or one of those kerazy names.

WearingGreen Fri 05-Oct-12 21:25:22

I don't think its out there, but I am from Jarrow and Catholic so my opinion might not count for much. When I was growing up it was a very Catholic old man's name. I would think of Bede's parents as being v. religious. Its along the lines of Aquinas in that respect, or Asumpta

I chuffing love it. But perhaps you shouldn't take my opinion to heart as I am a Principal Lecturer with a DH who is a sculptor and 3DCs with 'try hard, poncetastic, middle class' names.

mamalovesmojitos Fri 05-Oct-12 22:36:22


kweggie Fri 05-Oct-12 22:56:05

eight bedes born in 2010? Does that make a necklace?
Have you considered that some oik(not me naturally) might pronounce it Bidet?
I like unusual names but the tick is to choose no-quibble ones IMO.

RillaBlythe Fri 05-Oct-12 23:16:38

Wouldn't the risk be Beddy? There's a St Bede's school where I am so people here would get it. I like it.

Want to know what sneakybiscuiteater Dc are called!

Rilla you can play MN baby name bingo with my DCs names:
They all have 3 first names.
At least one of each of their first names is an obscure literary reference.
DS has a silent letter at the start of one of his names.
We have one name that begins with a K
One of DD2s names is not a name, it is a noun just a 'thing' rather than a person.
I've said the following two quotes on earlier threads but will repeat here for full house...

Old Dear re DD2: "what's the baby called" <I tell her> "Oh is that one of those new made up names? Me: "No its ancient Greek, from classical literature <regails Old Dear with story> "

My DM went to get some letters for DD1s bedroom door (having an unusual name means people will always think they are being clever getting your DC a personalised gift and the DCs love them). Teenager behind counter: "excuse me but that doesn't spell anything" DM: re arranges letters on counter top to form DD1s name. Shop assistant gives blank look. DM: "well you obviously don't read much Oscar Wilde!". <Middle class ZING>

See poncetastic or what.

It may also help the public flogging for you to know DS has long hair, both DDs wear boys shoes and we cycle to school on a dutch bike grin

OatyBeatie Sat 06-Oct-12 09:02:33

grin at kweggie's necklace of Bedes.

birdofthenorth Sat 06-Oct-12 09:15:24

I like it, especially if you have links to the north east or are RC (or both). Slightly off-outing that it rhymes with greed though. DD's name rhymes with mess and it's an obvious teasing point (very apt
in her case!).

OatyBeatie Sat 06-Oct-12 09:22:39

But you should pay heed
It also rhymes with Lead.
And Feed and Read and lots of things
But, sadly, pee'd and wee'd.

LynetteScavo Sat 06-Oct-12 09:30:07

I wouldn't have been my choice, but the only young Bede I know is fantastic, so it's grown on me. Yes, I would expect parents of Bede to be Catholic academics.

LynetteScavo Sat 06-Oct-12 09:31:52

And DH always refers to him as "The Venerable Bede" But DH is like that.

MardyBra Sat 06-Oct-12 11:02:24

Please don't.

Bue Sun 07-Oct-12 11:29:03

I know an 8 year old Bede. I think it always gets a reaction when people first hear it -"Bede?! Like the saint?" but it's a perfectly fine name. The parents are indeed Catholic intellectuals.

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Sun 07-Oct-12 11:40:08

I like it! But kind of agree with whoever said it will be a lifetime of repeating it, spelling it out, correcting pronounciation etc which could get annoying. SneakyBiscuitEater I loved your post, out and proud with the obscure lit references! My DH vetoed any unusual names, huh...

peanutintheoven Sun 07-Oct-12 17:04:22

I love it. Was on our shortlisting for dc2 but I'm expecting dd not ds. I'm from and live in the north east and it doesn't seem strange to me or have any negative connotations. I have a second cousin called Bede but don't know any children with the name. Quite jealous that you potentially get to use it!! Go for it.

lamprey42 Sun 07-Oct-12 17:20:04

My grandad was called Bede - don't think it caused him too many problems but he was known as the 'not so venerable'.

wildpoppy Sun 07-Oct-12 20:00:04

I think it's try-hard

SneezySnatcher Mon 08-Oct-12 19:50:50

I like it, but then I'm RC, from the NE and enjoy reading about the Anglo-Saxons. Wouldn't be brave enough to use it though!

Indith Mon 08-Oct-12 20:15:05

Ooooh RT use it! Yes yes you have to use it.

Pasiphae Tue 09-Oct-12 13:37:35

I like it too it has a "try-hard" feel.
Plus if I met one in real life, I would assume the parents were a bit "pretentious", if you know what I mean.
So yeah great name, but only in theory.

FeverAndTheFret Tue 09-Oct-12 17:09:09

And as well as Bidet, you might hear it mis-pronounced as bed-ay. Having said that, I've heard of far worse names

Bettyonholiday Tue 09-Oct-12 21:23:16

My friend's son is called Bede, I think it's lovely.

Very original.

I also like Aldous.

Rowanhart Fri 12-Oct-12 19:58:00

Benedict and Bede were both choice boys names for us. But we're having a girl..

We liked the Wearside (Sunderland) link for both. Bede was born on the Sundered Land and Benedict built first monastery which still stands. We're from Wonderland originally grin

Also like Benet as shortened version of Benedict.

Rowanhart Fri 12-Oct-12 19:59:44

Also I am Catholic. And an academic!

My god I'm predictable...

GummiberryJuice Fri 12-Oct-12 20:06:04

I immediately thought bidet,
but I have spent too long sitting in hospitals listening to nurses trying to pronounce some children's names, just because they are a little different.

purplehouse Fri 12-Oct-12 20:11:15

I know a teacher who was asked to sort the class list into boys and girls for some reason. He was unable to do it. It was too hard.

fraktion Fri 12-Oct-12 20:13:37

I love it although t would be never work for us... Unless I persuaded DH to have it as a middle name for a hypothetical DS <ponders>

Strong, unusual, good backstory. Ticks my boxes grin

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