The name London for a boy...

(58 Posts)
vivizone Thu 10-Jan-13 12:51:38

any thoughts on it?

The person who is thinking about it when her son is born has a 16yr old daughter named Brooklyn.

I personally think it's too much (she doesn't mind me posting on here) any other suggestions you may have?

My friend is quite Unconventional.

sparkle12mar08 Thu 10-Jan-13 13:24:18

Well if she's unconventional she won't give a rats ass that most people will think she's a pillock copying the likes of the Beckhams and their 'sleb' mates. It's dire as a name, sorry.

delilah88 Thu 10-Jan-13 13:25:43

I think it's unimaginative. Why not urge her to go for a less expected place name, like Bingley, or Leamington?

seeker Thu 10-Jan-13 13:27:08

I think she sounds incredibly conventional to me. Self described unconventional people usually are!

nannyof3 Thu 10-Jan-13 13:28:39

I love London but for a girl

GuffSmuggler Thu 10-Jan-13 13:30:26

Don't people who name their kids like this WANT everyone to gasp in horror?

doyouwantfrieswiththat Thu 10-Jan-13 13:30:55

Leamington is a great name.

Pancakeflipper Thu 10-Jan-13 13:33:33

Bognor ?

Or Grimsby?

Eglantyne Thu 10-Jan-13 13:33:38

What about "Wyre Piddle" (Worcestershire), "Hole-in-the-Wall" (Herefordshire)? Just to show how unconventional she really is?!

exexpat Thu 10-Jan-13 13:34:17

Is this on the Beckham principle of being called after where you were conceived? In which case London sounds a bit boring but I suppose unavoidable if the deed is already done. Suggest they go to Goa or maybe Pyongyang for the next one.

Pancakeflipper Thu 10-Jan-13 13:36:17

So was Dudley Moore conceived in Dudley?

rhondajean Thu 10-Jan-13 13:37:20

It's the name of a very very stupid girl on one of those incredibly tedious Disney channel programmes, the one with the odious twins in it.

On that basis alone, I wouldn't.

delilah88 Thu 10-Jan-13 13:37:34

LOVE Grimsby! haha

VerlaineChasedRimbauds Thu 10-Jan-13 13:37:41

I think one of the Wallops would be better: there is a choice
Nether, Middle or Over - that would really pack a punch grin.

This reminds me of the new dictionary definitions round from "I'm sorry I haven't a clue"

"Brooklyn Bridge" : a card game for toddlers whose parents have given them ridiculous names.

Perhaps you could buy "The Meaning of Liff" for your unconventional friend because there are some wonderful definitions of place names in there.

Blu Thu 10-Jan-13 13:37:49

As a place of conception 'London' is a bit non-specific.

Can she not call him Bermondsey, or Deptford, or Hornsey Rise, or whatever? PallMall? or even N159, dependng on which night bus route...

GuffSmuggler Thu 10-Jan-13 14:36:33

Blu grin or perhaps the nearest tube stop? Pimlico, Stockwell, Shepherd's Bush...?

StellaNova Thu 10-Jan-13 16:21:53

Could end up being called Don or Donny and the people will think he is called Donald - not so unconventional.

I used to look at the tube map and imagine the people behind the names - Stamford Brook was quite dashing and Chancery Lane was a bit of a helpless maiden.

It was a long commute.

alarkaspree Thu 10-Jan-13 16:26:56

Yes, it's too general and bland. London is not equivalent to Brooklyn, Brooklyn is a borough of New York City. So she should call him, say, Southwark. Or City of Westminster. I used to know a woman called Lambeth actually.

exexpat Thu 10-Jan-13 16:37:53

How about Bromley? I can sort of imagine the hero of a Victorian novel being called Bromley. But not Croydon, for some reason.

Pancakeflipper Thu 10-Jan-13 16:43:08

I am rather liking Lyme Regis

Just cos you can double-barrell it if feeling a bit posh.

Pancakeflipper Thu 10-Jan-13 16:43:33

Ooh what about High Wycombe?

EbbNFlow Thu 10-Jan-13 16:46:32

I quite like it. grin

Hackney, Brixton, Kilburn?

Or if she is posh - Fulham?

DumSpiroSperHoHoHo Thu 10-Jan-13 16:48:09

I do know of a little boy called London, so not particularly 'stand out' imho.

Not my cup of tea but I couldn't give a monkey's what other people call their kids so good luck to her.

Blu Thu 10-Jan-13 16:50:40

Chelsea is already a popular name.

What about Barking? I recommend Barking.

BiteTheTopsOffIcedGems Thu 10-Jan-13 16:51:25

What about Wookey Hole? First and middle same.

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vivizone Thu 10-Jan-13 17:01:29

Thanks all.

For the person who said she is copying the Beckham - that's not strictly true. Her daughter is 16 yrs, the Beckham boy is about 13 years old.

She is stuck on London or Ed. As of now.

Pancakeflipper Thu 10-Jan-13 17:23:57

Ed ? As is in Ed for Edinburgh?

yousankmybattleship Thu 10-Jan-13 17:27:49

Some great suggestions on here already. I'm loving Grimsby and Leamington.

How about Hull?

fluffiphlox Thu 10-Jan-13 17:29:15

Ed as in Edmonton, I presume.

delilah88 Thu 10-Jan-13 17:31:10


noddyholder Thu 10-Jan-13 17:31:10

Could be cool if you are otherwise chav tastic. There was a musician in the 80s called Derry can't remember the band.

delilah88 Thu 10-Jan-13 17:34:44

Kew. Now that's actually quite nice!

Mimms, after South Mimms service station?

MerylStrop Thu 10-Jan-13 17:35:50

He will shorten it to "Don" like a 65 year old bloke

Her daughter will abbreviate hers to Lyn

Both will crave lives of quiet conventionality

(I know a baby boy called Derry. People say "Terry??? like Terry Wogan?")

Pancakeflipper Thu 10-Jan-13 17:35:59

Kew is cool.... Liking that. Unless their surname is Garden.

delilah88 Thu 10-Jan-13 17:37:12

yes -- and if so she should push the boat out and go for Doncaster!

expatinscotland Thu 10-Jan-13 17:37:38

Your friend is not unconventional. She is stoopid.

noddyholder Thu 10-Jan-13 17:38:27

My sisters cat called putney

deleted203 Thu 10-Jan-13 17:38:43

Scunthorpe? Cunt for short......blush

Pancakeflipper Thu 10-Jan-13 17:38:48

Once saw a sign to a little hamlet called WindyHorse Pump.

LaCiccolina Thu 10-Jan-13 17:39:37

With others, hardly unconventional. Boringly conventional sleb like.

Pancakeflipper Thu 10-Jan-13 17:40:15

And my BIL loves the name of the village called Twathats.

LaCiccolina Thu 10-Jan-13 17:40:54

Ed??? Better than first but not hinting at this magic personality she's got?

yousankmybattleship Thu 10-Jan-13 17:44:15

Twathat? Genius. Your friend <has> to use that!

Gintonic Thu 10-Jan-13 17:44:50

Agree it ought to be a part of London, how's about hoxton, dalston or Brixton?

ComeAlongPond Thu 10-Jan-13 17:45:46
Pancakeflipper Thu 10-Jan-13 17:46:53

Or the village of Wetwang.
Remember Richard Whitely of Countdown fame? He was mayor there.
<has now emptied head of useless tosh>

rhondajean Thu 10-Jan-13 17:50:41

Derry was from emf and it was short for Derek, which isn't quite such a rock and roll name.

He may have been the one who could fit an entire lemon inside his foreskin.

iseenodust Thu 10-Jan-13 17:50:53

Wetwang still has a famous mayor - it's Paul the BBC weatherman. <head full of useless guff>

I think Wetwang would be nn wellywang.

Of London I prefer Bloomsbury.

I quite like the name London.

I wouldn't want to live there, or give the name to my child if I did live there, but its not awful is it.

Pancakeflipper Thu 10-Jan-13 17:57:36

Iseenodust? Little Paul? Aww bless him.

thegreylady Thu 10-Jan-13 18:09:53

Cleckheaton maybe grin

iseenodust Thu 10-Jan-13 18:16:22

Pancake that's right.

Narked Thu 10-Jan-13 18:19:44

Does she need to give her latest child an interesting name because her DD can legally change hers soon?

MrsReiver Thu 10-Jan-13 19:24:16

There's a CBBC presenter called London? She's very irritating. aren't they all?

Hullygully Thu 10-Jan-13 19:25:23




Try Barking or Dagenham

Kennington (Ken)

Wimbledon (Don/Wim)

Addington (Ding)

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