(46 Posts)
delilah88 Thu 10-Jan-13 13:24:32

I love this name, goddess of springtime -- but would she just get called Prozzie at school?

telsa Thu 10-Jan-13 14:30:07

Well you could use Pina - and that might stick. Mind you, that has its own potential for mockery. But what name doesn't?
Does one pronounce it Pro-serpina - if so, then the Prossie thing is not so apparent.

Permisson Thu 10-Jan-13 15:29:40

Yes, sorry.

AgathaTrunchbull Thu 10-Jan-13 17:05:08

Prosperpina's the Roman name for Persephone, which is a lot nicer, to be honest.

DitzyDonkeySillyMonkey Thu 10-Jan-13 17:31:07

Oh I agree with Agatha Persephone is much nicer!

DitzyDonkeySillyMonkey Thu 10-Jan-13 17:31:41

Also kids can be cruel Pina the Penis...etc.

seeker Thu 10-Jan-13 17:32:36

"For dead men deadly wine"

LaCiccolina Thu 10-Jan-13 17:33:24

Yikes! Dreadful. Prossie will be least of issue. Persephone better so long as u want dd known as Percy?

NatashaBee Thu 10-Jan-13 17:36:09

Isn't it a kind of snail?

herhonesty Fri 11-Jan-13 07:32:15

Sorry, I think that might be the least of your problems...

monica77798 Fri 11-Jan-13 09:54:21

Why do people feel the need to pick such an obscure name? Kids are merciless, and there are so many cruel jokes that can come from Prosperpina, prozzie included, let alone the fact that she will have a bizarre name which will be mockable in itself. I doubt your daughter will care that Prosperpina was the goddess of springtime when she is getting bullied and called names. Persephone is better.

UterusUterusGhaLaLaLaLaLi Fri 11-Jan-13 10:13:54

It looks at first glance like the feminine form of Prospero, which I like.

I don't mind it! She'd probably get called Pina. Not bad.

atthewelles Fri 11-Jan-13 13:21:43

I think it sounds extremely pretentious.


Rhubarbgarden Fri 11-Jan-13 19:56:54

I first read it as porcupine. It's pretty awful.

Ragwort Fri 11-Jan-13 20:00:19

You must be joking ...............

Why do parents do this? My DS has one of the top 10 boys' names (also top 10 for dogs grin), it's never a problem, there are only one or two with the same name at his (large) school and only one other (an adult) in our social circle. Not sure about the dogs.

Why the need to be so pretentious different?

RightUpMyRue Fri 11-Jan-13 20:02:08

Sounds like a disease.

DawnOfTheDee Fri 11-Jan-13 20:03:26

Proserpina sound like a medical term to me...."Yes, she'll be fine but she had to have a proserpina fitted"

And YY to the nickname prozzie being a problem.

In a

Sorry OP not a fan.
Persephone is much nicer.

Bubblegum78 Fri 11-Jan-13 20:06:12

I agree with the others; horrible name!

And it really does sound pretentious, sorry. <shrugs>

Please pick a nicer name the bullying will be endless. :-(

SingingSands Fri 11-Jan-13 20:06:45

Genuine question - why do you want that name for your child?

Do you come from a family with a lot of obscure names? Are you wanting to "stand out" in some way? Do you live in an area where obscure names are the done thing?

It is certainly very unusual. I imagine it would be mocked, but by adults, not children. So, she might be safe at primary school, but not secondary.

showtunesgirl Fri 11-Jan-13 20:08:43

My DH just heard this and his first thought was processed peas. confused

I don't quite get what he means either

DawnOfTheDee Fri 11-Jan-13 20:10:44

showtunesgirl maybe your DH is hungry and is wishing you'd get on with making his tea rather than MNing wink

austenozzy Fri 11-Jan-13 20:10:50

Sounds like a cream you'd put on an embarrassing medical problem. Sorry.

JumpingJackSprat Fri 11-Jan-13 20:10:52

I dont like that name particularly but i can certainly understand why you might not want a top ten name for your child!

AgathaPinchBottom Fri 11-Jan-13 20:11:35

I think its nice OP...don't be cowed by all the judgemental comments...

Pochemuchka Fri 11-Jan-13 20:14:33

Sounds like some sort of anti depressant, which I suppose would be ok if she had a sunny nature confused

Seriously though. No. It's awful (and I'm usually nice on these threads!)

DoItToJulia Fri 11-Jan-13 20:15:27

It's ok, but Persephone is nicer IMO. ignore those that don't 'get' unusual names. Each to heir own, eh?

Persephone is much nicer imo - and I quite like the options for nn too -Pers (pronounced Purse) or Percy, Sephy. Although Phony is not so great.

Ragwort Fri 11-Jan-13 20:25:50

It's very easy to say 'ignore those who don't 'get' unusual names' but believe me, people will snigger behind your back. I do a lot of voluntary work with young kids and they do tease children with 'unusual' names mercilessly,.

Yes, I know its not nice, yes, I know it's wrong but we spend lots of time talking to the children about not teasing those with 'different' names but we all know, the minute they are outside our 'supervision' the teasing (or you might call it bullying goes on) so I really, really wonder why parents persist in giving their children so called 'unique' names confused.

DomesticCEO Fri 11-Jan-13 20:31:15

Totally agree Ragwort - I have two adult friends with horrible unusual names and they've both named their kids really popular/common names.

What does that tell you?!

DoItToJulia Fri 11-Jan-13 20:33:07

Again, who cares what other people think? Clearly people who snigger about your name aren't your friends, or very nice. Who cares what a bully thinks???

I don't get why people insist on dull run of the mill names, but, you know what, each to their own.

austenozzy Fri 11-Jan-13 20:34:44

I have an unusual name, I've only met a few people with it. I was lucky in that I was pretty forthright and big for my age as a kid, so I didn't get bullied for that or any other reason (I'm a bloke, btw). But there were kids with odd names that were picked on for that reason alone, and they were miserable because of it. You'll be making a rod for the kid's back if you go with a fluffy name.

OhTinky Fri 11-Jan-13 20:39:14

I actually laughed when I read it - thought it was a spelling mistake. Please don't call any baby this - they won't thank you.

Ragwort Fri 11-Jan-13 20:43:16

But lots of people do care DoItToJulia - personally I have very high self esteem so I am confident in my own skin, with my own grey hair, my boot cut jeans and mum-boots but I know all those are considered crimes on mumsnet grin. Actually my name is slightly unusual too, but that doesn't bother me.

Lots and lots of people, esp. young people, are very, very fragile, they have low self esteem, very low confidence levels and having an 'unusual' name is something that can be avoided - unlike some things which you just can't change. So why lumber a child with a wildly unusual name?

DoItToJulia Fri 11-Jan-13 21:01:15

I repeat, each to their own ragwort.

Yfronts Fri 11-Jan-13 21:04:24

What about Serephina/Serephene, Josephine

seeker Fri 11-Jan-13 21:06:01

If you like it, change your own name, but don't give a name that could be a burden to an unconsenting person who might be a shy retiring soul who hates having the spotlight on her. Or who might be a 6th strapping athlete who might not find it easy being called the goddess of springtime.

It's not a choice between dull, run of the mill or Dweezle Moonunit. There are loads of lovely unusual names that are easy to carry off.

Gunznroses Fri 11-Jan-13 21:08:19

Im sorry but i first thought this was a newly diagnosed condition until i realised it was under 'baby names', no just no!

MadBusLady Fri 11-Jan-13 21:12:03

I like pretentious names, but this just isn't a very nice sound to me, even without the nickname problem.

Is it the meaning you like, or a particular quality/element of the name? I'm sure there are lots of great four syllable names ending in -ina.

DomesticCEO Fri 11-Jan-13 21:40:56

seeker, you may find that someone on here now uses the name Dweezle Moonunit "so no one else at school shares the same name"! grin wink

AgathaTrunchbull Fri 11-Jan-13 22:19:14

If the myth appeals, what about Demeter, her mother?

Oo, or Primavera - the springtime connection?

Clutching at straws, here...

seeker Fri 11-Jan-13 22:26:13

Domestic, Frank Zappa beat them to it! Not for the same child, though......not sure if that makes it better or worse.

DadOnIce Fri 11-Jan-13 22:30:13

There is a lovely Martha Wainwright song called this. Look it up on YouTube. Not sure I'd call my child it, though!!... I think you are unfortunately right that she'd get called "Prozzie".

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 12-Jan-13 00:29:15


Persephone is far more attractive and less likely to result in a lifetime of mocking.

Porkster Sat 12-Jan-13 15:57:18

No. Horrid.

monica77798 Mon 14-Jan-13 15:39:46

JumpingJackSprat - there is nothing wrong with going for a name that is not in the top 10 lists - but that doesn't mean you need to go digging around for the most obscure name/word you can come across. It doesn't need to be the most common name in existence, but a normal name will save your child years of counselling.

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