What are the most boring, unsexy names in your opinion?

(85 Posts)
HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 08:53:51

I would go with Martin.

Norman and Dereck.

hellohellohihi Mon 28-Jan-13 08:56:45

Trevor and Howard

hellohellohihi Mon 28-Jan-13 08:57:03

Oh and Keith and Kevin.

IceNoSlice Mon 28-Jan-13 08:57:54

These threads always upset someone. I don't see the point.

TomArchersSausage Mon 28-Jan-13 08:58:07

Deirdre and Colin

Nancy66 Mon 28-Jan-13 08:58:44


TurkeyDino Mon 28-Jan-13 08:58:59

Gordon and Barry

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 09:00:01

Sorry, only joined yesterday only meant it to be fun blush

TomArchersSausage Mon 28-Jan-13 09:00:28

Lol I know 4 people with names mentioned already, 3 of who are family membersgrin. Must have been a dull generation regarding names they're all similar ages: late 40's/50's.

Rhubarbgarden Mon 28-Jan-13 09:00:57

Why would you want a name to be sexy?

DoctorAnge Mon 28-Jan-13 09:01:10


HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 09:03:00

I mean it's attractive and appealing i.e. it has sex appeal.

IceNoSlice Mon 28-Jan-13 09:03:33

Sorry OP, I'm grumpy this morning. Normally I just ignore if I don't like (as do most people I think).

Could be that my name was the subject of one of these threads and I'm peeved wink. Although someone did then come on to say my name 'chimed like a bell' grin

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 09:04:32

and yet TomArchersSausage they managed to reproduce so at least someone wasn't turned off wink!

TomArchersSausage Mon 28-Jan-13 09:05:11

Given a few more years these'll be the latest must have ironic names used as a nod to the past like Ethel and Arthur and Stan are now.

They just haven't had enough time ripen yet.

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 09:07:58

Exactly, Noris WILL have his day

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Mon 28-Jan-13 09:11:49

Don't you think this is a bit mean? <troubled> Imagine if someone is having a proper bad day self-esteem wise, and they see their name?

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 09:17:05

Joyce and Marjorie are actually on their way back in. I love Joyce, also my friend has a Sylvie.

I think Ariel that's it's usually your mum and dad's generation that have the least appealing names because you can't see them in any other light other than parents.

MolotovCocktail Mon 28-Jan-13 09:39:00

Norman, Norris, Egbert, Derek.

Doreen, Doris, Hilda, Noreen.

MolotovCocktail Mon 28-Jan-13 09:39:41

And Beryl.

bobthebuddha Mon 28-Jan-13 09:45:04

I don't see the point of these threads; doesn't it occur to the OPs that it might upset someone if they see their name? They are completely mean-spirited

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 09:45:27

Beryl was my mum's second name! grin her first name was Vivienne

My own first name is incredibly unsexy. And just generally horrible. I have no idea what my parents were thinking.

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 09:48:30

We can stop, I think you're taking it in the wrong spirit as it wasn't meant that way. I had no idea this was a common theme.

How do you contact a MOD around here?

Nancy66 Mon 28-Jan-13 09:49:10

do you think there are loads of people out there called Kevin and Barbara who are all harbouring under the belief that they have a sexy name - and now their dreams are crushed?

It wouldn't upset me if I saw my name. I couldn't give a fuck what a bunch of faceless people on an internet forum think.

I've already seen my mum and dad's names. So what? It's not an attack on the person - it's just an opinion on their name - and one they didn't choose at that.

What's wrong with Norman???? shock

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Mon 28-Jan-13 09:54:27


It works, yes?


bobthebuddha Mon 28-Jan-13 09:57:27

Good for you, Nancy66, but you're assuming everyone else is exactly the same as you. Empathy dear girl, empathy. I'm sticking to my point. These threads are mean-spirited.

fridayfreedom Mon 28-Jan-13 10:00:34

Thanks you just made my day, just spotted my name : ((

badtime Mon 28-Jan-13 11:39:57

My name has been mentioned here. It's not horrible, there have been a few threads recently where people have shame-facedly said that they really like it. I've always thought it was cute in its inappropriateness.

And frankly, some of the 'horrible, dated' names are much nicer than the fashionable ones. For example, I really like Colin and Deborah. Really.

And I don't need my name to be sexy, because I am.

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 11:43:57

I believe it badtime

badtime Mon 28-Jan-13 12:06:45


Anyway, it's only time that separates the reaction to something like Maureen (which is officially dated and horrible) from the reaction to something like Edith (which is cool old lady chic, but was dated and horrible until a few years ago). I think it's hard to believe, but I would never have though 'Elsie' would be cool again.

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 12:14:49

Sorry, it was your user name! wink hard to write innuendos - must use more smileys

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Mon 28-Jan-13 12:25:42

Well an unsexy name would surely be the name of your dad or brother (tries not to offend anyone by giving specific examples).

Hello HoneyandRum btw don't be put off starting off other threads smile

PootlePosyPerkin Mon 28-Jan-13 12:30:45

Names aren't sexy or unsexy IMHO, it's the people who carry them.

But if I was being pushed for an answer I'd say Vera or Derek grin.

mayanna123 Mon 28-Jan-13 12:46:06

How can a NAME be sexy or unsexy confused? A person, yes, but not his/her name imo.

However, a name CAN be dull if it has been overused. So names like Jack, Tom, Steve, Mike, Finn sound dull to my ears.

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 13:22:31

When I turned up at Uni and read the list of names of people in my year I saw the following names Juliana van der Grift and Johnny Buckle. I thought "I have to meet these people!" just their names made them intriguing. They ended up as great friends. Both are Brits. Johnny has a brother called Clint - they're from Manchester. You can't make this stuff up.

So although ultimately people not names are sexy, "A rose by any other name etc." names can give more for your imagination to play around with. (I imagine in 15+ years the page three girls will be Ethel, Agatha and Elsie.)

seeker Mon 28-Jan-13 13:23:53

It is completely ridiculous to say that a name is boring and unsexy!

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 13:24:58

Yes, let's be deadly serious about it

EnjoyResponsibly Mon 28-Jan-13 13:25:29

Graham and Angela

TheSecondComing Mon 28-Jan-13 13:25:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 13:27:57

I was waiting for that comment smile no I don't but apparently many people of another gender do as they've been selling newspapers for 40+ years. My point was more that names cycle through the generations.

DizzyHoneyBee Mon 28-Jan-13 13:29:28


ClartyCarol Mon 28-Jan-13 13:30:30

'News'papers are only for men then? Personally I hope in 15 years time there won't be any page 3.

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 13:36:13

Yes we were hoping that in 1985

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 13:38:32

Thanks DonkeysDontRideBicycles - quite feisty around here isn't it?

ClartyCarol Mon 28-Jan-13 13:38:36

The times they are a-changing. Probably won't be any printed newspaper at all in 15 years anyway.

ClartyCarol Mon 28-Jan-13 13:39:43

Well you should fit in well then grin.

HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 13:42:45


HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 13:44:23

Yes, and there are never any naked ladies on the internet

AgathaF Mon 28-Jan-13 13:50:10

I hope the names you named from uni were made up.

farmersdaugther Mon 28-Jan-13 13:51:21


HoneyandRum Mon 28-Jan-13 14:04:55

Of course

TomArchersSausage Mon 28-Jan-13 14:07:14

'quite feisty around here isn't it?'grin<understatement>

atthewelles Mon 28-Jan-13 15:08:02

A lot of it depends where you're from. Barbara and Colin don't sound particularly unsexy to my ears because they wouldn't have been particularly common names in Dublin when I was growing up. Deirdre, which often gets mentioned on these types of threads seems to have a dreary Coronation Street image in England, whereas here in Ireland it would be considered a traditional celtic name on a par with Siobhan or Niamh or Roisin. Likewise Kevin does not have the same connotations here as it seems to have in the UK

For me, unsexy names would be Philomena, Bernie, Dermot or Vincent because they would be the equivalent of the English Barbaras and Colins.

Nancy66 Mon 28-Jan-13 15:11:07

Kevin is a very popular middle class name in France and the USA

deleted203 Mon 28-Jan-13 15:16:28

Colin and Trevor. There were two boys at my school called that and now, at the age of 45, I still occasionally wonder if either of them has had sex yet. They weren't just called 'Colin' and 'Trevor' - they lived up to their names. grin

TessTing123 Mon 28-Jan-13 15:27:42

Y'see Beryl and Norbert are cracking old names to my mind. I can imagine a daughter called Beryl. same goes for most of these Scullery Maid names.

And Colin, Kevin and Barbara would be quite daring names to call your baby - quirky and subversive. Lobe it.

For me, the dullest names are the likes of Lucy and William. I wonder to myself if their parents just couldn't be arsed to think of name. But I am obviously the wrongest of the wrong as every 4th child in my child's year will attest.

almapudden Mon 28-Jan-13 15:28:28

David, Stephen, Daniel, Mark and Ben.


IceNoSlice Mon 28-Jan-13 15:30:06

To me, Dermot is rather a sexy name. But that's because I have a thing for Mr O'Leary. Mmmmm...

atthewelles Mon 28-Jan-13 15:53:51

I only knew one Colin when I was growing up - a gorgeous looking boy from a very artistic family who ended up working in theatre. Then I worked with a very glamorous sophisticated girl who called her son Colin. As a result I always loved the name and was very surprised to realise it had such a nerdish image in England.

FruitOwl Mon 28-Jan-13 16:17:43

I had a crush on a lovely guy called Colin at uni. Now have a housemate called Colin! Must be more common than I realised! Also in my social group we have a Dennis, a Keith, a Brian and an Eileen (all late 20s/early 30s). On the right people those names can be lovely smile

badtime Mon 28-Jan-13 16:51:20

atthewelles, suddenly it makes sense! I'm from NI, so I have slightly different ideas of what is dated from the English. I only ever knew one Colin!

There are so many threads that say how dated Sarah is, but I think everybody who would be called Sarah in England was called Roisin or Aisling (or, weirdly, Naomi) in NI. I never met a single person called Sarah back home (except my granny).

atthewelles Mon 28-Jan-13 17:04:39

I agree badtime, names like Sarah and Emma would not have been popular at all in 1970s Ireland, grew hugely in popularity in the 1980s and are still used quite frequently for new born babies. I also hear a lot of people on MN talking about how boring the name Louise is, whereas again it wouldn't be a particularly dated name here at all. Rachel would also be considered a pretty contemporary name and was practically unheard of here before the 1980s.

MidnightMasquerader Mon 28-Jan-13 18:56:42

I was given a desperately old-fashion, boring, dreary, old-lady name in the 70s - Isobel.

DS has a name mentioned very early on on this thread (but is known by a nn) - won't say which one for fear of outing myself entirely!

By the time he's in his prime, it'll be back in, and he'll stand out from all the Harrys, Charlies and Fins. That's my theory anyway, since it worked for me. grin

PenelopePisstop Mon 28-Jan-13 19:11:52

Kenneth doesn't appear to be making a come back. Even Ken doesn't work?

PenelopePisstop Mon 28-Jan-13 19:12:13

Nor does Donald. Don?

wigglybeezer Mon 28-Jan-13 19:26:42

Colin is a Scottish name, more common up here, particularly in the Highlands and traditional with some surnames eg. Campbell. It doesn't have the same negative connotations really (or it didn't until it spread from jokes and adverts originating down south). My brother Colin, reckoned it affected his dating success in London, thankfully he is now happily pared up with a Scottish girl ( who also has a derided name. I kind of wish I'd called one of my DS's Colin now, I love my DB.

DS3 was doing a family tree for homework and asked why we hadn't named him after his Grampa Ronald as he thinks it's a cool name! That would have been a step too far for me.

wigglybeezer Mon 28-Jan-13 19:33:45

There seems to have been a fashion for Scottish names in England in the forties and fifties, lots of Donalds, Colins and Kenneths, Andrews and Gordons and Douglases etc. When the fashion ended they became uncool but they are more traditional and classic in Scotland and are not just old mens' names.

The Scottish patronymic naming traditional didn't die out in Scotland until more recently than in England, again especially in the Highhlands, so lots of wee Kenneths and Donalds names after their Grandfathers.

wigglybeezer Mon 28-Jan-13 20:52:33

Oops, I have killed this thread with my pedantic lecture! Story of my life [ grin]

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 28-Jan-13 22:46:11

I thought Andrew was of Greek origin?

The only name I think is truly,irredeemably awful is Ethel...not on someone's Gran...on a modern day child. Names are cyclical I suppose,the people calling their daughters Ethel are probably ahead of the curve.

I do have a soft spot for Dorothy though.

mathanxiety Tue 29-Jan-13 06:42:23

A box of chocolates is attractive and appealing but I don't particularly fancy a roll in the hay with one.

Sasparillo Tue 29-Jan-13 08:52:54

I don't think any names are boring & unattractive. Although I've met PEOPLE with some of the names mentioned that are boring & unattractive! Lol. I met a Barry once who was extremely handsome & charismatic, and his name didn't matter to me in the slightest :D xx

mayanna123 Tue 29-Jan-13 15:45:01

"The only name I think is truly,irredeemably awful is Ethel...not on someone's Gran...on a modern day child. Names are cyclical I suppose"

But they only become 'cyclical' if everyone follows the trend and names their kids the same top 10-20 names e.g. Harry, Amelia etc currently. If no name ever becomes 'overused' it will never 'belong' to any particular era.

MooMooSkit Tue 29-Jan-13 15:55:37


seeker Tue 29-Jan-13 16:17:36

My mother was dissuaded by all her friends from calling me the name she loved, because everyone said it was dull, old fashioned and grannyish. Guess what it was?

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Tue 29-Jan-13 16:27:52


DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 29-Jan-13 16:29:27

Griselda grin

Reaa Tue 29-Jan-13 16:37:52

Elsie is making a come back already

mathanxiety Tue 29-Jan-13 20:10:00

Was it Olivia, Seeker?

chipmonkey Tue 29-Jan-13 21:01:42

Iris, seeker?

chipmonkey Tue 29-Jan-13 21:02:10

Or Rose?

AngiBolen Tue 29-Jan-13 21:07:27

Yes, but you don't give your own baby a "sexy" name....do you? Fro example, Carlos is a sexy name (IMO) but it's not a name I would give to my DC.

Nigel, Robert (which is very popular around here), Janet and Maureen are dull names.

Although Maureens tend to be lovely, I find.

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