(43 Posts)
Jellymuffin Sat 19-Jan-13 17:09:41

My husband and I are both keen on Reacher for our boy but don't know if I'm brave enough! So what do people think?

MonaLotte Sat 19-Jan-13 17:11:35


Katydive Sat 19-Jan-13 17:13:03

I actually like it, but immediately reminded me of 'Treacher' the house elf in Harry Potter! But we are in a similar situation where everyone will find associations with non-common names.

DawnOfTheDee Sat 19-Jan-13 17:14:28

First thought - Jack Reacher (from Lee Childs' series of novels)

Second thought - reach-around yes my mind is in the gutter

AppleOgies Sat 19-Jan-13 17:14:59


DuchessFanny Sat 19-Jan-13 17:16:47

That means ' straw' ( as in drinking straw ) in Dutch and all i can think about when i hear it xx Do you have any others you like we can vote on grin

Jellymuffin Sat 19-Jan-13 17:17:13

It's a minor character from a terry prattchet book x we always joked about it as a name but when we got pregnant looked more at old traditional names (Albert etc) but as we get closer to the birth I can't help feeling the need to name him something a bit more original x

TallyGrenshall Sat 19-Jan-13 17:18:32


'Reaching' is a way of saying trying to puke (retching) in some parts.

Jellymuffin Sat 19-Jan-13 17:22:18

Not round here thankfully! Gosh, didn't expect such a strong reaction!

Jellymuffin Sat 19-Jan-13 17:23:29

Thought it sounded a bit like American names in the vein of Chase and Hunter! I didn't think it was that out there!

HDee Sat 19-Jan-13 17:23:52

No, it's awful.

HDee Sat 19-Jan-13 17:24:53

I also hate Chase and Hunter. Especially Hunter. WTF would someone name their child after a person who kills other living things?

OmgATalkingOnion Sat 19-Jan-13 17:27:29

Nooo! I also think of Jack Reacher. Although I enjoy the books I can't equate the name with a baby.

DessieLou Sat 19-Jan-13 19:40:21

Hmmm, I'm normally all for unusual names but I'm afraid my first thought was retching/vomiting too. Sorry! I suppose people would get used to it in time though and to those that knew him it would just be his name iykwim. Personally I would be a little concerned about teasing at school. Why not put it on the shortlist and see how you feel when he's here. I had some unusual names on my list but when dd arrived none of them seemed right and ended up with something fairly classic that really suits her. :-)

SunbathingintheRain Sat 19-Jan-13 19:42:28

Retcher. Sorry.

ZooAnimals Sat 19-Jan-13 19:47:19

No, it's really awful.

'Reach' means being sick and 'reach around' means.....well here is the definition from wikitionary 'Manual stimulation of a sexual partner's genitals during anal or vaginal intercourse from behind.'

MrsMushroom Sat 19-Jan-13 19:47:43

Tally I think you mean "Retching" actually.

ZooAnimals Sat 19-Jan-13 19:50:07

MrsMushroom in some parts it's reaching, probably an accent thing making retching become reaching.

TallyGrenshall Sat 19-Jan-13 20:50:05

MrsMushroom I mean reaching, where I grew up it is retching, where I moved to it is reaching

It's regional innit

You are kidding right? Are you a troll?

It's the name of Tom cruise latest film.

To add
Lee child is the author of a series of books about Jack Reacher. Excellent series if you like crime thriller with guns in.

Tom cruise bought the rights to make a film.

Pretty much all of Lee childs fan base are horrified. There is a Facebook page about how shit Tom cruise is and how Lee Child sold his soul to the devil.

mathanxiety Sat 19-Jan-13 22:15:26

On top of everything else, it rhymes with teacher.

ZooAnimals Sat 19-Jan-13 22:30:56

and preacher.

NellyBluth Sat 19-Jan-13 22:35:29

Absolutely terrible. No.

All that but 'reaching' : stretching out to grab something. It's just not a nice thing to 'be' is it? Reaching

Just feels a bit futile and like hard work Y'know?

If you're going to use a random word as a name there are far nicer words with more positive connotations

Ham69 Sat 19-Jan-13 22:46:36

My immediate thought was being sick also. Sorry, it's awful.

Narked Sat 19-Jan-13 23:07:43


It didn't make me think of being sick but it is awful anyway. The elf in HP is Kreacher, not Treacher btw.

sparkle12mar08 Sat 19-Jan-13 23:18:59

Reacher Gilt is hardly a pleasant character. Why not go the whole hog and call him Moist though? Or take your pick from Claude Maximilian Overton Transpire Dibbler. I'm a geek. Sue me!

If he arrives wearing an eye-patch and parrot they go for it. grin

squoosh Sun 20-Jan-13 00:12:22

Only if his brothers were called Stretcher and Pusher. And little sister Grabber of course.

Seriously, I would laugh my bum off at the people who called their kid Reacher. In the polite privacy of my own home of course.


BreconBeBuggered Sun 20-Jan-13 00:15:46

Sorry, it's a pukey name. And anywhere in the UK where it doesn't suggest vomiting, he'll be called creechur instead.

OkayHazel Sun 20-Jan-13 14:31:12

Katydive The house elf you are referring to is called Kreacher.

cocoachannel Sun 20-Jan-13 15:32:52

My first thought was Kreacher.

FirstTimeForEverything Sun 20-Jan-13 15:35:07

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iclaudius Sun 20-Jan-13 15:36:27

And what's wrong with Claude?

YouOldSlag Sun 20-Jan-13 15:38:10

Dreadful. Everybody will feel sorry for him.

Katydive Sun 20-Jan-13 17:12:41

Oh, Kreacher, that's it, sorry!! Still reminded me of that in the first instance, and although Retching is the correct term for being sick, I also remember it being known as 'Reaching' !

goldiehorn Sun 20-Jan-13 22:11:57

Please dont call your son Reacher. It is a terrible name and kids at school WILL call him Reacher Round...

YES, everyone would call him Reacharound! Oh poor you, it was an unusual, different sort of name idea, but I wouldn't... smile

bridgetsmum Sun 20-Jan-13 22:21:16

No no no, please do not call your child Reacher! Life is hard enough as it is

PickledInAPearTree Sun 20-Jan-13 22:21:30

Ooooooooh no.

ProphetOfDoom Sun 20-Jan-13 22:24:47

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