Hunter for a boy?

(43 Posts)
flowerygirl Wed 07-Nov-12 09:41:35

Hunter is a family name and I really like it.

But is it too 'hard'?! Worried it sounds a bit too much like an army general!

ladymia Wed 07-Nov-12 09:42:23

i like it!

MolotovBomb Wed 07-Nov-12 09:57:55

Hunter S. Thompson (author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and other seminal literature; founder of the 'Gonzo' style).

Need I say more?

Baby Hunter would need a strong personality to carry the name well, I think. Not one for a gentle boy.

lljkk Wed 07-Nov-12 09:58:14

It will inspire preconceptions about you that I would not want for myself.

DawnOfTheDee Wed 07-Nov-12 10:00:09

Hmmmm....for some reason I keep imagining 'Hunter the Accountant' grin

I don't massively dislike it but you do definitely need a strong personality to carry this one off. Could you use it as a middle name?

OneMoreChap Wed 07-Nov-12 10:01:16

Reminds me of Callan, a bit.

Heartless head of an assassination section...

MyMamaToldMe Wed 07-Nov-12 10:06:14

GREAT name!! My nephew is a Hunter and whilst we were all a bit hmm at first, it grew on us and I now love it! Go for it!

flowerygirl Wed 07-Nov-12 10:06:54

Haha that's funny because my husband is an accountant! He would be so proud if his first born son was an accountant too!

I've always liked strong, masculine names. I think it's better to go for a strong name and have a gentle son than a strong character and be stuck with a wimpish boyish name...

claraschu Wed 07-Nov-12 10:09:50

I hate it, but I hate hunting. Why would anyone want to name a child after the idea of killing?

sonniebonnie Wed 07-Nov-12 10:14:27

Hunter is a lovely name. Strong, masculine and not overused. I don't think you need any 'stronger' personality than for a name like Henry or Harrison. In fact, I don't think you 'need' any personality for a name - a name just becomes the person. I know loads of ungraceful Graces for example.

MolotovBomb Wed 07-Nov-12 10:15:43

I think the name has wider connotations than just hunting/killing. For example, a hunter implies an individual who goes after what s/he wants without giving in; a strong, reliable, individualistic character. The mythological 'Diana the huntress' did not surrender to the wishes of men.

Flicktheswitch Wed 07-Nov-12 10:16:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I love it smile

claraschu Wed 07-Nov-12 10:19:55

Maybe there are "wider implications", but when I hear the word "hunter" I get a strong image of a person with a gun.

flowerygirl Wed 07-Nov-12 10:20:21

That's true @sonniebonnie! A name does become the person and you are right about ungraceful Graces! I think of Daisy as a very feminine name and I've known a few unfeminine Daisies!

I just like it because it's strong, a family name, not very common and makes me think of a go getter and a 'provider'

OneMoreChap Wed 07-Nov-12 10:22:19

Maybe there are "wider implications", but when I hear the word "hunter" I get a strong image of a person with a gun.

When I hear hunter, I think of a horse that's got good stamina and isn't frightened of obstacles, but san fairy ann

CajaDeLaMemoria Wed 07-Nov-12 10:23:42

Snap, I think of horses.

claraschu Wed 07-Nov-12 10:25:21

Unfortunately, what a lot of hunters "who go after what they want without giving in" happen to want is the right to bear arms (I'm American). (I'm referring to MolotovBomb's post here, but perhaps, with that name, s/he wouldn't be expected to object to a few firearms).

forehead Wed 07-Nov-12 10:26:47

Sorry i dislike the name. It sounds like the name of the 'hero' in a dodgy Mills and Boon novel.

MrsJellybye Wed 07-Nov-12 10:28:34

I really like it. I knew a Hunter when I was about 15 (so this is going back, ahem, a few years) and he was about 18 and in his final year of school and really rather handsome. I've liked the name ever since <shallow> blush

It's simple and strong and I don't get the gun connotations; I imagine a strong, active and competent man <amazing what a name can do....>

MolotovBomb Wed 07-Nov-12 10:33:06

Excuse me, claraschu? I resent the assumption that you've made about me. Please do not use my posts an manipulate them to seem like I support the use of firearms.

Yes: Hunter+MolotovBomb = I must be an a gun-nut.


Can you feel the power of the gladiators?!?

I love it!

claraschu Wed 07-Nov-12 10:35:26

Sorry, Molotov, I wrote the post and then noticed your name and it just seemed like a funny coincidence. Of course I'm not meaning to imply anything, and I was obnoxious to say that. It just was mildly amusing. Sorry.

MolotovBomb Wed 07-Nov-12 10:39:30

Okay, claraschu

Gwennan Wed 07-Nov-12 10:42:35

All the associations I have with the name are related to violence. Not one for me but then again, I don't like this kind of 'hyper-masculine' name at all. Very macho.

lisaro Wed 07-Nov-12 12:11:12

Great - as a surname. As a first name? He'll no. Awful, sounds American. Truly awful.

Asinine Wed 07-Nov-12 12:14:33

There is a writer called Hunter Davies married to Margaret Forster. How about as a middle name?

birdofthenorth Wed 07-Nov-12 12:16:32

I like it. And I'm a vegetarian, arms-hosting leftie smile

birdofthenorth Wed 07-Nov-12 12:16:53

Eek, arms-hating not arms-hosting!

TessOfTheBurbervilles Wed 07-Nov-12 12:38:52

I think it's awful.

I see it as a 'trailer trash' name.

survivingautumn Wed 07-Nov-12 12:42:50

Has no-one mentioned wellies? That's what I think of..wellies and guns.

Not for me personally but maybe because I don't know of any little boys called Hunter and I just can't see it suiting a little baby boy.

DrunkenDaisy Wed 07-Nov-12 12:50:15

I think of the gladiator who knobbed Ulrika.

Meringue33 Wed 07-Nov-12 12:59:03

I actually love it as a name and am considering it myself. But worried about the association with HST (great writer, drug abuser, gun lover, killed himself). Also synonyms: stalker, predator... sad

flowerygirl Wed 07-Nov-12 15:49:42

Haha, 'knobbed Ulrika'! Lovely choice of words!

Yeah the only thing is it wouldn't really suit a baby! I can't imagine someone 'ahhing' after they look in the pram and I say the name!

But he will only be a baby for such a tiny amount of time...better to go with something that will suit a child/adult! What with all the Charlies, Fins and Alfies-I feel boys quickly grow out of these names...

Pinkbear Wed 07-Nov-12 19:12:55

Perfect name
(For wellies or a Labrador )

Ham69 Wed 07-Nov-12 20:26:31

Fairly popular in Australia, top 50 I think. Not keen myself, would put it in the same category as that awful Nicola Maclean's son called 'Striker', poor child.

Lovely grin
It's gone on my list - am going to run it by DH when he gets home! Sorry to be a thief!!

GreatGardenstuff Wed 07-Nov-12 20:37:29

It's just too overtly macho. Horrible.

flowerygirl Wed 07-Nov-12 21:17:09

I love all these comments! BooBumpDaddyandMe, you are very welcome, glad you like the name too!

Hunter being 'overtly masculine' doesn't bother me, in fact it reassures me as I'm looking for a strong, manly name!

blondefriend Fri 09-Nov-12 23:06:08

I'm afraid I don't like it as a first name (nothing to do with guns, I don't care either way and I do like the odd bit of game occasionally) but it would make an unusual and nice middle name (especially with the family connection).

googlyeyes Sun 11-Nov-12 16:36:36

Dh's middle name is Hunter (after the ship his grandfather served on in WW2) and he has loathed it all his life.

On our wedding day he was visibly cringing having to give his full name. Ditto whenever he sent his CV off for jobs etc etc

His DM begged us to use it for our DS but it was DH that absolutely vetoed it. I thought it was cool (as a middle name!) but he said I should listen to someone who'd had to actually live with it, which I thought was fair enough!

flowerygirl Thu 15-Nov-12 18:51:07

That's funny! It's my Father in Law's middle name and it was his Dad's too. My father in law likes it as does the rest of the family on both sides.

When me and my husband got married the registrar said 'what a good name'!

Bumpstart Thu 15-Nov-12 19:43:37

A bit crazy but funny I wouldn't call my babbie that.
By baby bumpstart aged 6.

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