Is Bathsheba useable?

(88 Posts)
Quesadillo Wed 02-Jan-13 20:30:55

That's it really. Yes, get the King David story, naked roof-bathing and Thomas Hardy and all that.

So the question is: could a RL person carry off this name?

AgathaTrunchbull Wed 02-Jan-13 20:35:10

Cat, yes. Person, no.

bananaramma Wed 02-Jan-13 20:51:06

How would you pronounce it - Bath-sheba or Bat-sheva?

Quesadillo Wed 02-Jan-13 21:03:29

Bathsheba. (my Hebrew name, which is only used for things like weddings etc, is Batsheva but I'm interested in the Anglicised version.)

bananaramma Wed 02-Jan-13 22:07:54

I like it. Nice biblical name and it has meaning to you.

OutragedFromLeeds Wed 02-Jan-13 23:51:09


seeker Wed 02-Jan-13 23:54:17

Don't be silly.

No, I don't think so. There are lots of lovely Hebrew names which are perfectly use-able though.

comeonbishbosh Thu 03-Jan-13 10:53:22

Another No vote. I'm all for unusual names but that seems a lot to ask someone to 'carry off' all their life. And, apart from all the cultural connetations, you've opening up the northern / southern split on how you pronounce "bath"!

HoneyDragon Thu 03-Jan-13 10:59:44

I am eternally grateful to my dbro that he talked my mother out of naming me this smile it was a close call but he prevailed.

squoosh Thu 03-Jan-13 14:56:44

Christ no!

Please don't

MrsHoarder Thu 03-Jan-13 15:02:28

No. one in a hundred could carry it off successfully, for every other child it would be a complete burden.

Moominsarehippos Thu 03-Jan-13 15:15:15

I cant imagine a surname that would go with it... It's a bit too 'way out there' I think.

GetorfsaMotherfuckingMorrisMan Thu 03-Jan-13 15:16:30

It is an utterly lovely name in theory, but I wouldn't saddle a child with it tbh. It is a lot to carry off.

AyeOopMoose Thu 03-Jan-13 15:19:47

I know one in RL the siblings have even worse godawful names if you can believe it

a real burden for them

ElephantsAndMiasmas Thu 03-Jan-13 15:42:41

I know one as well, known as Sheba, but only a very little girl yet. She has a very short surname which sounds nice with it (think Day type thing, one syllable) Plus she's not in this country so probs fewer catfood associations with the shortenings.

In theory it's nice but what would you call her? Bath? Batty? Baba? Tricky.

Moominsarehippos Thu 03-Jan-13 17:14:10

Sheba is catfood!

priscilla101 Thu 03-Jan-13 17:20:32

I think calling the OP silly is unfair.

My DCs have unusual names and most definitely no-no's in MN terms, but so what, I like them and my DCs like them, so who cares.

Fwiw i like Bathsheba, but you need to decide and then rock it!

everlong Thu 03-Jan-13 17:21:08

Ok I'll be Billy no mates then but I love it. Beautiful name. Loved Pandora too until the charm thing went mad.

comelywenchlywoo Thu 03-Jan-13 17:22:24

Er I'd tread carefully if I were you. I think it's probably a no from me.

priscilla101 Thu 03-Jan-13 17:22:58

X post evelong! Shall we be friends?wink

priscilla101 Thu 03-Jan-13 17:23:42

FFS....everlong, not evelong!

everlong Thu 03-Jan-13 17:29:14

Indeed priscilla we shall. We have good taste wink

Moominsarehippos Thu 03-Jan-13 17:56:18

As a child christened with a 'waaay out there' name and the ugliest middle name imaginable, I would say don't do it unless you are a successful rock star/actor.

Your daughter will not thank you in years to come, after years of sniggering, 'eh???', jokes/silly comments/insults, and if she is unlucky, bullying.

Celticlassie Thu 03-Jan-13 17:57:13

God, I don't think so. Definitely too far.

RillaBlythe Thu 03-Jan-13 19:46:31

I know one.

everlong Thu 03-Jan-13 19:58:37

Is she beautiful rilly?
please don't spoil my illusion

wishfulearthmum Thu 03-Jan-13 20:28:51

I'm a teacher and every September the staff room is full of 'can you believe they would name their child that?', the child always has to look embarassed in front of the people who should be their new friends as they correct pronunctiation or ask for an alternative shortened version etc. You really need to consider the label they have for the rest of their life, in every situation, rather than a quirky preference you have at the moment.

SneezySnatcher Thu 03-Jan-13 21:35:08

It reminds me of the teacher who had an affair with her student in 'Notes on a Scandal' - she was Bathsheba.

JingleBellaTheGymnast Thu 03-Jan-13 21:38:35

Might I be so bold as to suggest Beulah?

BoerWarKids Thu 03-Jan-13 21:41:05

I was going to point out Notes on a Scandal, excellent novel!

She shortens it to Sheba, which I prefer.

nkf Thu 03-Jan-13 21:41:08

It is lovely. Absoluely lovely. But it will take some nerve to do it. For me, it is totally easy to pronounce and I'm surprised at people who find it such a no no.

"I have danced at your skittish heels, my beautiful Bathsheba for many a long mile and many a long hour..."

Lovely name. Are you going to use it?

everlong Thu 03-Jan-13 21:47:03

Sheba is gorgeous love love it.

seeker Thu 03-Jan-13 21:54:21

Sheba is like calling a baby Whiskas!

everlong Thu 03-Jan-13 21:57:15

Is it balls!

lockets Thu 03-Jan-13 21:58:16

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WifeofPie Thu 03-Jan-13 22:00:01

As other posters have said, absolutely not unless you are painfully hip and/or rilly, rilly good looking.

seeker Thu 03-Jan-13 22:00:14

It is a name- but one which many people now associate with cat food.

And Bathsheba, unless I'm misremembering, was a pretty nothing sort of character. Wife of someone, wife of someone else, mother of someone.

WifeofPie Thu 03-Jan-13 22:01:27

Oi! My DD is called Whiskas angry.

NervousReindeer Thu 03-Jan-13 22:01:53


seeker Thu 03-Jan-13 22:03:36

Yes, well, my ds is called Chum. That's how I know naming children after pet food is a bad idea!grin

seeker Thu 03-Jan-13 22:04:40

Yes, well, my ds is called Chum. That's how I know naming children after pet food is a bad idea!grin

WifeofPie Thu 03-Jan-13 22:05:31

grin Arf!

everlong Thu 03-Jan-13 22:10:58

It's a name seeker but of course you know this.. don't be silly now. wink

seeker Thu 03-Jan-13 22:15:07

As I said, I know it's a name. However it is a name that is now inextricably linked with cat food.

everlong Thu 03-Jan-13 22:18:25

I know. But it was a name first.

Shebah Ronay first brought my attention to it years before the cat food grin

Still beautiful imo.

squoosh Thu 03-Jan-13 22:18:33

Sheba is a million times better than Bathsheba, even with the cat food connection. Felix is very popular despite being just as pet food related.

Rhubarbgarden Thu 03-Jan-13 22:42:32

I rather like it. Even though I usually go for short, non-frilly names. I think it's rather beautiful.

ODearMe Thu 03-Jan-13 22:43:26

A friend of a friend is called this. It is unusual but it suits her. Everyone calls her 'Bash' x

sasamaxx Thu 03-Jan-13 22:48:28

I love it - Bathsheba Everdine - a great literary name, and Sheba reminds me of Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. not catfood.
great name!

sausagesandwich34 Thu 03-Jan-13 22:48:57

I know a Bethsheba but she will have to kill you if she finds out you know her real name!

she goes by Beth and is quite happy for people to assume it is short for Elizabeth -she even answers to it!

sasamaxx Thu 03-Jan-13 22:55:03

everdene - sorry
"he liked saying 'Bathsheba' as a private enjoyment instead of whistling;turned over his taste to black hair, though he had sworn by Brown ever since he was a boy, isolated himself till the space he filled in the public eye was contemptibly small. Love is a possible strength in an actual weakness'

nkf Fri 04-Jan-13 08:37:43

I am definitely going to dig out my copy of Far From The Madding Crowd.

MummyTeach85 Fri 04-Jan-13 11:34:36

Love that the Felix mention stopped all talk of Sheba being related to cat food. Felix is an incredibly popular name for boys with or without pet food comparisons.

I know a Bathsheba and she is lovely, she comes from a very well to do family and it not hippy with it at all, she doesnt really shorten it to anything but has other non name related nicknames. And as someone with an unusual name which is forever mispronounced or misspelt and was never shortened by anyone until I met my DH 5 years ago I think there is nothing wrong with unusual names. It wont be on the top 100 list, and she will probably not meet many girls with her name. Not many children will have this privilage

It is unique name and when she arrives is she looks Bathsehba like I do not see any problem with you using this name. Stick with what you like and love. She is your baby.

seeker Fri 04-Jan-13 11:53:05

There is a difference between a well established name like Felix which is also a brand name, and a very unusual name like Sheba, which for many people is only a cat food.

Celticlassie Fri 04-Jan-13 12:14:23

Was 'Biba' in The PoisonTree also a Bathsheba? Or am I making that up?

Moominsarehippos Fri 04-Jan-13 12:21:39

I like Felix for it's meaning (although in my head I sing 'the wonderful, wonderful cat!').

Lord Adonis and Venus Williams get away with it. Bethsheba Jones who is the accountant in the planning department won't.

squoosh Fri 04-Jan-13 12:23:54

'There is a difference between a well established name like Felix which is also a brand name, and a very unusual name like Sheba, which for many people is only a cat food.'

For you maybe, I don't see any difference. If anything Felix has a far stronger cat association in my mind than Sheba what with the cat food and the cartoon.

everlong Fri 04-Jan-13 12:27:07

I would associate Felix a million more times with cat food than Sheba!

Felix the cat was has been going for years as has the cat food.

Both gorgeous names..

nkf Fri 04-Jan-13 12:27:27

To me, Felix is a cat food and a cat. Sheba is queen of. Bathsheba is somebody quite different.

everlong Fri 04-Jan-13 12:31:43

I want something now to call Bathsheba..

lockets Fri 04-Jan-13 12:56:24

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nkf Fri 04-Jan-13 12:59:50

Goldfish? Two of them. Bathsheba and Eustacia.

everlong Fri 04-Jan-13 13:02:43

grin we had Mabel and Rose for guinea pigs and a hamster called Harriet..

Can't you tell I only had sons!

everlong Fri 04-Jan-13 13:03:52

I kill goldfish not on purpose mind, but somehow they never live long

ImNotaPheasantPlucker Fri 04-Jan-13 13:05:35

Well, I like it!

Sheba, however, is a German Shepherd dog kind of name.

So ner!

everlong Fri 04-Jan-13 13:08:17

No, it's a human name that people call their dog ( in this past ) Like Oscar, Sam and Poppy.

Fido, patch, fluffy are real names for dogs.

lockets Fri 04-Jan-13 13:11:41

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PoppyAmex Fri 04-Jan-13 13:13:46

Didn't OP say it's HER name?

If so, poor thing reading all this!

Anyway, I think it's a perfectly nice name.

BobbiFleckmann Fri 04-Jan-13 13:13:55

it's a brilliant name, and yes, Biba from teh Poison Tree is a Bathsheba (god the hours of my life i'll never get back from reading that book...)

everlong Fri 04-Jan-13 13:16:35

Haha yes beautiful Rex. A lovely name. A long time ago when I was little 40 odd years ago we had a dog called Rex. But now it's not popular as a dogs name. Dogs used to be called Major, Prince, Spot etc instead of human names. I have a cat called Ned and a dog called Evie

No. Thought it was some sort of product for bathing babies. Or cats.

Actually, on second thoughts, I do think it's a nice name, but upon reading it, the above is what I thought first1

delilah88 Fri 04-Jan-13 14:42:17

No I think it's stilly. Not the same but I met a grown woman called Sappho at an NCT and thought it ridiculous.

delilah88 Fri 04-Jan-13 14:42:26

SILLY! not stilly.

Narked Fri 04-Jan-13 15:47:57

It's a beautiful name but, to me anyway, says Serious Money, beautiful London home a place in France and public school. If that's you, go for it.

Tortoise Fri 04-Jan-13 20:20:19

Ayeupmoose I know one too and the siblings also have, Erm, unusual names.

Dogsmom Fri 04-Jan-13 21:38:50

Bath Sheba - wash the german shepherd.

thetigerwhocametoteax Fri 04-Jan-13 21:51:13

We know a little Bathsheba - pronounced Beth-sheba, although she gets called "Bash" mostly. It helps she is beautiful and confident as its a unusual name to pull off.

Astley Sat 05-Jan-13 15:56:41

I know one. Now a hugely sucessful barrister. So not been a horrible burden for her!

ProphetOfDoom Sat 05-Jan-13 16:00:15

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Quesadillo Sat 05-Jan-13 16:14:35

Thanks everyone for the huge amount of interesting feedback, with the exception of the small minority who need to get out more.

I've been preoccupied in the meantime in giving birth to DD2 who is not called Bathsheba but I do think it's a great name. It will be her Hebrew name, as it is mine. But I wont say i don't have some regrets that she won't be rocking it as a barrister or a high court judge or a paediatric surgeon- which is what I do. Always refreshing, though, to be called "silly"....

And now my boobs are calling.

Happy naming everyone!

Bonsoir Sat 05-Jan-13 16:18:58

I love Bathsheba but wanted to avoid Jewish names (DP is Jewish but absolutely no-one in his family would dream of giving a child a Jewish name).

Bonsoir Sat 05-Jan-13 16:19:39


Viviennemary Sat 05-Jan-13 16:24:29

It is perhaps useable if you are intending to write a time travel novel. Otherwise no.

everlong Sat 05-Jan-13 16:26:25


nkf Sat 05-Jan-13 17:10:08


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