I have fallen in love with a name, what would you think if you met a child called....

(136 Posts)


2cats2many Tue 18-Dec-12 18:20:48

I'd think their parents were a bit poncy.


Changeforthrday Tue 18-Dec-12 18:21:36

Moustache, mwahahahahaha, master criminal?

Rindercella Tue 18-Dec-12 18:22:13

I would think the parents were massive Sherlock fans.

Kind of cute & quirky name though. Think I like it.

Oh dear. I'd think you were bonkers, sorry.

zeldapinwheel Tue 18-Dec-12 18:22:54

That he'd grow up to be Sherlock Holmes evil arch nemesis

Acandlelitshadow Tue 18-Dec-12 18:23:27

I'd wonder where Sherlock was.

SheilaWheeler Tue 18-Dec-12 18:24:09

I'd think you were calling your cat

JustFabulous Tue 18-Dec-12 18:24:39

I would wonder why they named their child after a cat.

UnexpectedItemInShaggingArea Tue 18-Dec-12 18:25:09

Step. Away. From. The. Birth. Registration. Document. Now.

TwoFacedCows Tue 18-Dec-12 18:25:25

I didn't know it was associated with Sherlock Holmes, and I have seen the film numerous time because DH is obsessed! blush

I like it!

MaryBS Tue 18-Dec-12 18:28:49

Bonkers mental (as Al Murray would say). Sorry!

HipposGoBerserk Tue 18-Dec-12 18:30:47

I would hope he never had to leave North London.

CashmereHoodlum Tue 18-Dec-12 18:32:15

Are you there, Moriarty?

onedev Tue 18-Dec-12 18:32:48

I quite like it but would think the parents a bit cookie grin

Fabulous rabbit or cat name, bonkers for humans.

akaemmafrost Tue 18-Dec-12 18:35:24

It's a fab dog name! That's my next terriers name.

Viviennemary Tue 18-Dec-12 18:37:23

I'd think oh a name worse than Ptolemy.

MulledPinot Tue 18-Dec-12 18:38:07

Oh please don't.

Get a cat and call it that, but not a child.

Doshusallie Tue 18-Dec-12 18:39:17

would immediately think of the bonkers game in One Day played by the awful posh family referenced up thread "Are you there Moriaty?"

StormyWeek Tue 18-Dec-12 18:39:27

Sorry, but another no from me. It's an Irish surname, I think mainly from Co. Cork. All Irish people would think it odd, and I wonder if it would be shortened to Murray ( which I hate). I would think Sherlock first, and faux whacky second.

MulledPinot Tue 18-Dec-12 18:40:29

I think sometimes people fall in love with words - and that's wonderful and has been around for ever (Shakespeare etc famously created words as he loved language so much).

But you have to be careful that your love of words doesn't mean your child ends up with a hindrance of a name. They may be shy, they may be introvert - it's a big ask for a child to have to 'live up' to a huge name.

I hope that makes sense. I'm all for doing what you want, but with careful though, that's all.

sweetkitty Tue 18-Dec-12 18:41:14

Great name for a dog or cat sorry

MulledPinot Tue 18-Dec-12 18:41:15



Vagaceratops Tue 18-Dec-12 18:41:44

Could you use it as a middle name?

It's the hormones messing with your head, don't let them win!

ThinkAboutItOnBoxingDay Tue 18-Dec-12 18:43:03

That his mum hadn't consulted the wisdom of mumsnet and taken notice of it.

Good name but inevitably poncy.

KristinaM Tue 18-Dec-12 18:44:33

Wot she ^^ said

colleysmill Tue 18-Dec-12 18:49:58

My first thought is "there's a beautiful bridge Moriarty!" Followed by "negative waves Moriarty!"

Moriarty is Donald sutherlands side kick in Kelly's Heroes - one of my all time favourite films smile

It is an Irish name and would be shortened to Murray. Exp has been championing Murray for a while now and its not grabbed me but he's used his brain and appealed to the Sherlock fan in me and said Moriarty would be a good full name with Murray as a nickname.

Moriarty could be a solicitor or an something else powerful, I am quite taken with it.

Although I do agree it would suit a pet too blush

I'd think his school days would be hell. Just don't. Cruel.

I like it. I think you should go for it.

TheMonster Tue 18-Dec-12 18:53:42

No! Poor kid.

BackforGood Tue 18-Dec-12 18:54:09

I'd assume his parents were massive fans of CATS, and had let pregnancy hormones get the better of them.

StormyWeek Tue 18-Dec-12 18:59:08

But Murray is a Scottish name, and of all the brilliant Scottish names to chose from- Angus, Fraser, Callum, Cameron, Malachy, and my all time favourite, Hamish, Murray is a Deeply unsexy name. IMO.

judefawley Tue 18-Dec-12 19:04:18

I think it's a fabulous name.

But, like Tiddles, it belongs on a cat.

Flicktheswitch Tue 18-Dec-12 19:05:29

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

VBisme Tue 18-Dec-12 19:09:39

Isn't it a surname? Moriarty is James Moriarty.....

Ra88 Tue 18-Dec-12 19:09:39

I thought ... Moron ha sorry blush

YDdraigGoch Tue 18-Dec-12 19:14:04

Apart from anything else, it's a surname.

I'm reading all your words but its just not sinking in, I am still liking Moriarty blush

Hopefully it is just a phase. I was mad on Merlin for a week, then Emerys (or however is spelt), had a Doctor Who phase when I liked River and Oswin.

Maybe I should turn the tv off blush

Will be harder this time though as exp also likes Moriarty.

PrincessScrumpy Tue 18-Dec-12 20:47:54

Are you hoping ds is evil?

Seriously though, my auntie visited a village called Chailey when she was a teen and told her brother (my dad) that one day she would call her daughter that as she loved it.... a number of years later she did. No one thinks anything of it in our family now as it's just normal - although she's nearly 40 now.

I think people get used to names after the initial shock so go with it. I've heard worse.

Should be ok as a middle name imo

GrownupGoth Tue 18-Dec-12 21:32:14

I'm from Chailey grin

Never fancied it as a name.

AlwaysHoldingOnToStarbug Tue 18-Dec-12 21:35:23

I have a friend who gave her son Moriarty as a middle name. I kind of like it, as I like unusual names, but it's not one that I'd choose.

Like PrincessScrumpy said, I think people get used to names, and especially when child starts school they probably won't know it as a Sherlock name, it will just be your DS's name to them and they'll grow up being used to it.

Coconutty Tue 18-Dec-12 21:35:33

Please use it in preference to Murray, that's really awful.

Yama Tue 18-Dec-12 21:38:02

I love it but I would never bestow it upon a child.

Turniphead1 Tue 18-Dec-12 21:38:11

It's just sooooo 2010/11. If you'd been pregnant in the early 90s it would have been Melrose or Buffy.

Step away from the remote.

Good middle name though people will ask if you are Irish.

LaCiccolina Tue 18-Dec-12 21:42:15

That he will hate u. Dreadful choice. Anyone with half an education will say "really? Poor u!" All his life.

And short is surely Art, not Murray.

bellechristmas Tue 18-Dec-12 21:45:17

I'd think you were a big Kerouac fan.

I will try not to watch tv two weeks before my due date incase I take a liking to a Cbeebies character or something grin

Back to the drawing board then still considering it though exp will start going on about Paidraigh again (Par-dric) and Murphy. Sherlock isn't a bad name either

Greensleeves Tue 18-Dec-12 21:49:26

cuckoo bananas

but I quite like it

DontmindifIdo Tue 18-Dec-12 21:51:04

If they are an exP, why are you not just picking a name you like?

I just think its only fair that he gets a say in his sons name, would be really crappy not to let him have any input into it. Even if he does have awful taste, I'm just glad he is showing an interest.

RyleDup Tue 18-Dec-12 22:03:53

I'd judge you loads, and think you were poncey. And if I heard you calling that name in public I'd raise my eyebrows, nudge my friends and snigger in that really annoying way that people do sometines. Just Don't Do It. No no no.

SomersetONeil Tue 18-Dec-12 22:07:40

Moriarty is fine - well, it's fine when you compare it with Murray...

nkf Tue 18-Dec-12 22:09:27

Not keen to be honest. What would I think? Sherlock Holmes, I guess.

MorrisZapp Tue 18-Dec-12 22:16:21

Please don't name your kid after an unusual sounding character in a book or film. Your tastes will change and your kid will be lumbered with it for life. I would make a million assumptions about you, including you being very young.

Moriarty and Murray are completely different names btw. My wee boy is a Murray, it isn't short for anything.

TenthMuse Tue 18-Dec-12 22:47:59

Sounds quite sinister to me, because of the Sherlock arch-villain connection. Also the surname of the naughtiest boy I ever taught, who ended up in a behavioural unit shortly afterwards, so not great associations there!

TwoSillyHatsWithBellsOn Tue 18-Dec-12 23:02:09

I love it, but would use Art as the nickname. Most people I know whose DC have nicknames tend to use the full name when they've done something really wrong. If you can happily picture yourself yelling 'NO Moriarty, don't do that!'in a crowded supermarket then go for it, if that gives qualms keep thinking.

I didn't use one of the names I really liked for DS1 as I was worried about school and teasing, someone at his school has that name and isn't teased at all so obviously it was a non-issue really.

<but I'm actually quite pleased that the name I chose for DS1 makes him the only one in his school, not one of 2>

KristinaM Wed 19-Dec-12 08:30:49

I'm sorry, but I don't really understand the concept of " I have fallen in love with a ( very silly or unusual ) name and I want to impose it on soemone else" . If you love it so much why don't you change your own name to this? It's perfectly easy to change your name, adults do it all the time. You use a deed poll or whatever legal device in your own country.

Why impose it on another person who is pretty unlikely to love it the way you do? Who Will have to deal with all the questions and comments? Who may be bullied because of it? You probably have the personality and looks to carry it off -they might not.

I don't think Moriarty would suit me grin

It's Cockney rhyming slang for party - 'Oi, are you 'avin a mori?'

That would be enough to put me off.

CaHoHoHootz Wed 19-Dec-12 10:29:45

This is a funny thread grin
I actually don't think 'Moriarty' is that bad. There are DC's out there with worse names and I quite like Mori as a NN? You could get away with it if you had a stately home and a double barrelled surname possibly

It is your DC and you should name him whatever you want within reason

telsa Wed 19-Dec-12 10:31:24

If it were nn Mori, you could have a poll. Boom boom.

I quite like it actually.

SledsImOn Wed 19-Dec-12 10:35:35

Hmmm I have to say, I don't entirely get this one.

Some of my best names look great on paper but you have to say them out loud and often I find they're all wrong when I do that...but there's nothing wrong with it as such.

I like Maurice - it's been hovering on my list but having decided ds3's imminent name a while ago, and told everyone in the world, it's too late! smile

PurpleTinsel Wed 19-Dec-12 11:43:30

Sherlock Holmes super-criminal nemesis......

givemeaclue Wed 19-Dec-12 11:52:10

I would laugh.

nameuschangeus Wed 19-Dec-12 12:47:24

I like it.

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 19-Dec-12 14:59:07

I agree with everything MulledPinot said.

I've slept on it and I still like it blush

Bloody hormones.

Hopefully I will have gone off it by the time my due date rolls round 42 days arrgghhh

I quite like it blush

I don't like Murray though!

NessaYork Wed 19-Dec-12 16:28:11

Find some old recordings of The Goon Show. If you still like the name after having listened to those, then it can't possibly hurt.

getoutofit Wed 19-Dec-12 16:29:03

Just no.

CatchingMockingbirds Wed 19-Dec-12 16:31:38

I'd feel sorry for him tbh sorry. It's an awful name.

squoosh Wed 19-Dec-12 17:30:28

Don't do it!

I'd assume Sherlock Holmes fan, plus three syllables is my limit in a first name.

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Wed 19-Dec-12 17:40:03

What about mycroft instead? grin

I'm Scottish (incase my nn isn't obvious) Murray shouldn't be short for anything. If you still want moriarty maybe use moray as a nn. They are pronounced almost exactly the same Murray is muh-ray moray moh-ray. But I suppose it depends on your accent. I really think you have to say it with a hard R.

Paidraigh is nice. I'm sensing a Gaelic theme. Any connection?

Exp wants to shorten Padraigh to Patsy shock

We will be choosing an Irish name as exp is Irish and for some reason it's important to him. I like Tiernan but it just doesn't have the same impact as Moriarty.

I actually quite like Mycroft

Any name we choose would have to fit in with ds3s name Cormac which Moriarty doesn't really - could always change ds3s name to something more suitable though wink

squoosh Wed 19-Dec-12 17:57:59

Patsy? Ummmmmm..................

I hope ExP doesn't get to call all the shots. Tiernan is way better than Moriarty or Padraigh.

GinSoakedMu1berryLush Wed 19-Dec-12 17:59:33

irish sur name. had a chemistry teacher called mr moriarty and he was hilarious. but....... as a first name? nope.

GinSoakedMu1berryLush Wed 19-Dec-12 18:00:38

I like Padraig. not with an h on the end of it though.

Straw poll though. Has anybody every known a padraig who ended up not being called podge? much prefer Patrick.

GinSoakedMu1berryLush Wed 19-Dec-12 18:01:37

Xpartner? hmmm. I would say I'm pushing this baby out. The name is........ [your choice]

GinSoakedMu1berryLush Wed 19-Dec-12 18:03:45

What about what's important to you? i'm irish btw but as a woman with an xp I say to you sod the irish names and go with what you like! what is important to you? what do you like? seriously?

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Wed 19-Dec-12 18:32:35

Ooh I love cormac! I knew a cormac once <gazes out into the distance>

I've been informed that DSs name is Irish rather than Scottish, Blair. Something to do with an Irish uprising or something.

Cillian is lovely, but you might not like 2 C names. Wouldn't bother me!

Ruairidh/ruairi (fada over the second i in the second spelling but I don't know how to do it!)
Tadgh pronounced tag

Anything there??

WantAnOrange Wed 19-Dec-12 18:42:00

I'd think it was poncy, but my DD's name is Artemis which is poncetastic so I guess I like poncy!

Gaiklit - ALL those names are on my list shock including Cillian, but having two names starting with 'C' bugs me, it just doesn't look right.

Podge grin

It's not important to me whether his name is Irish or not, but it would fit in with the other boys names if it was and would match the surname.

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Wed 19-Dec-12 19:50:56

Wowsers! Great minds eh? grin Could you spell is with a K? My name book suggests yu can, but might be a bit yooneek!

I would have a ruairidh if we have another ds.

SheilaWheeler Wed 19-Dec-12 19:56:17

Oo, Tadgh, now I do like that!

squoosh Wed 19-Dec-12 20:01:59

Tadgh is pronounced Tie-g not Tag.

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Wed 19-Dec-12 20:09:15

Not the one I know squoosh.

squoosh Wed 19-Dec-12 20:13:45

Where's he from?

Jasbro Wed 19-Dec-12 20:16:30

I'd think the parents were pretentious, trying too hard to be quirky. Sorry, but that's the truth.

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Wed 19-Dec-12 20:17:41


Selky Wed 19-Dec-12 20:23:52

It's a cat's name. And so is Mycroft for that matter.

commanderprimate Wed 19-Dec-12 20:25:03

I and my DP both think it us brilliant and very cool. Go for it!

GinSoakedMu1berryLush Wed 19-Dec-12 20:44:42

Diarmuid is lovely.

Tadhg is TadHg not TadGh

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Wed 19-Dec-12 20:50:27

Oops typo there! My friend is tadhg!

GreyGardens Wed 19-Dec-12 20:51:47

Vg Hipposgobeserk grin

RiaUnderTheMistletoe Thu 20-Dec-12 21:00:16

My first thought was 'Might as well call him Voldemort.'

Although I do love Merlin.

CaHoHoHootz Thu 20-Dec-12 21:25:14

How is Tiernan pronounced. I think I might like it a lot but I am guessing on how to say it blush

AbandonHopeAllYe Thu 20-Dec-12 21:28:28


KenDoddsDadsDog Thu 20-Dec-12 21:28:31

Ti - nan

nitsparty Thu 20-Dec-12 21:30:17

no. I love unusual names, but not joke names. Please, Please, no.

find out what you like about it and do something else. Morris, Morrie, Archie?

twentythirteen Thu 20-Dec-12 21:30:33


KenDoddsDadsDog Thu 20-Dec-12 21:31:05

Sorry missed the middle Ti - er - nan as in tiny tears

echidnakid Fri 21-Dec-12 03:08:25

Twentythirteen - On the Road is by Jack Kerouac.

My first thought on hearing Moriarty is "Sherlock Holmes' nemesis" which is not necessarily a bad thing as I love SH but the connection is very strong. I think it's too much as a first name but it would be great as a quirky middle name.

kerala Fri 21-Dec-12 10:39:24

Do you have pregnancy brain? I was keen on some real shockers whilst pregnant - Lorelei anyone (and our surname begins with L). Thank god I came to my senses!

DinosaursOnASleigh Fri 21-Dec-12 10:51:27

OP here with Christmas name change

Where exp is from is a difficult question, depending on whether you believe life begins at conception or birth (I know, I know) because exmil is South, Exfil is North (or the other way around) so depending on who you ask exp is either from the North where he was conceived or the the South where he was born (or the other way round) I don't know where he was actually born as I switched off and learnt never to ask again. Religion and politics, don't discuss them around inlaws! I think it maybe C.Down as there was some flag waving at the parade this year.

Which is part of the reason why we can't use my favourite boys name - Derry. "Oh like C.Derry?" Says mil. If I say Yes I am glared at by someone for not saying LondonDerry, so I can't win. It offends someone.

I know it sounds stupid but politics and religion run deep among them (you should've seen the fallout over Christenings - CofE or Catholic!)

Which is why I can't have the name Rhurui (spelt wrong I know) as it is 'orange' whatever the hell that means.

I might just go for Paddy and have done with it!

TwoFacedCows Fri 21-Dec-12 11:02:20

i LOVE paddy! grin

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Fri 21-Dec-12 14:50:49

Nowt wrong with paddy, and its a nn of paidriag you mentioned before.

Paidriag moriarty has a certain ring to it!

KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 21-Dec-12 16:49:01

Paddy is a great name ! I have never heard of Ruairi bring a Protestant name though.

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Fri 21-Dec-12 16:56:48

I'm sorry but I think it's dreadful, I feel for the poor child - life's hard enough...

lljkk Fri 21-Dec-12 17:01:47

I'd be looking around for a cat not a child, tbh.
I can't think of any NNs I'd like for it, either.

lljkk Fri 21-Dec-12 17:02:06

Guess Artie is okay, but then all will assume his proper name is Arthur.

CaHoHoHootz Fri 21-Dec-12 19:31:58

confused Artie shock .......as in Artie Fartie. I don't think so......

miffybun73 Fri 21-Dec-12 20:46:24

I absolutely love it, but not sure that I'd be brave enough to go for it myself.

miffybun73 Fri 21-Dec-12 20:47:01

Also, I absolutely adore Paddy too.

WantAnOrange Sat 22-Dec-12 09:14:47

DD's nickname is Arty and no-one assumes her name is Arthur wink. We often call her Arty Farty though, because she is!

serin Sat 22-Dec-12 13:54:40

My cousin is a huge Irish farmer known as Patsy!
I wouldn't be the one to tease him!!

Moriarty sounds very poncey (sorry)

ChippingInLovesChristmasLights Sat 22-Dec-12 14:00:47

I would think you had lost your marbles grin

As if Moriarty wasn't bad enough, you want to shorted it to Murray? Murry - FFS woman, get a grip!

<well, you did ask>

copyandpaste Mon 24-Dec-12 03:52:04

I'd think, wow pretty unusual name there! But tbh they would probably shorten it and once you get used to someone it just becomes their name doesn't it? I don't think many people are 'saddled' by a name, personality is personality!

enjay0811 Sun 06-Jan-13 18:26:31

Despite the harsh comments, I really like moriarty! Unusual but one of those names tht u jst get used to and cldnt imagine calling dc anything else! Go with it if u love it.

williaminajetfighter Sun 06-Jan-13 18:30:07

I like it shortened to Mori or Maury ad in Maury povich. Sadly!

montmartre Tue 26-Feb-13 22:54:54

Isn't Moriarty his surname?
I do know a Mycroft however...

Have you had it yet dinosaurs?

ChristineDaae Tue 26-Feb-13 23:50:38

Oh I read that as Mortuary!

anonymosity Wed 27-Feb-13 03:14:41

I like it but it would be shortened to Mori which I like less. Maybe Arty?

Rockchick1984 Wed 27-Feb-13 10:24:26

Where I live Moriarty would get shortened to Mozza grin

MyHeadWasInTheSandNowNot Wed 27-Feb-13 10:29:25

Yes - would love an update on this one grin

rockinhippy Wed 27-Feb-13 10:40:50

I'd think the parents were a bit bonkers, but cool enough not to give a flying one about others opinions - can't say I like it as a name though, bit NN Mori is quite nice smile

MrsMc82 Wed 27-Feb-13 19:20:53

thats parents were a bit loopy!!

xigris Wed 27-Feb-13 19:22:01

I really like it!

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 27-Feb-13 19:24:41

I'd pity him. Or (even more) her.

FeijoaVodkaAndCheezels Wed 27-Feb-13 19:26:45

OP had slight hairy knuckles. She won't be back to update, so no point dragging this back up again.

Abouttime Wed 27-Feb-13 20:42:09

I also like it & would be interested to know if the op used it.

nectarini1983 Wed 27-Feb-13 20:45:06

Id think.....Sherlock Holmes!

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