Um, is it common to think "condom" when you hear "Johnny"?

(39 Posts)
Artigene Thu 07-Feb-13 20:39:51

We are toying with the name Jonathan. Possible nicknames would be Jonty or Jonny. DH is paranoid people thing of condoms when they hear Johnny. Is he right?

ladymia Thu 07-Feb-13 20:42:26

Not me, I have a friend with the name Johnny and never thought that.

Although I think Jonathan is a lovely name and not sure why you would not just call him that if that is his name.

Maternitygold Thu 07-Feb-13 20:44:16

Jonathan is a nice name ... People may just call him that. I wouldn't do the association mentioned in your post.


selsigfach Thu 07-Feb-13 20:46:43

Yes. I knew a Jonny at uni who went by "Rubber".

Svrider Thu 07-Feb-13 20:49:49

Yes sorry
Rubber jonny is the more common word than condom round here

derektheladyhamster Thu 07-Feb-13 20:53:26

I have a Jonathan, he's not known as Jonny, he's still Jonathan at the age of 13. All the Jonathan's I knew growing up are Jons now.

Ninetyninepercent Thu 07-Feb-13 21:04:17

Hmm...nope, know a Johnny never occurred to me to associate his name with condom.

Artigene Thu 07-Feb-13 21:04:41

Where do you live Svrider?

I'm v disappointed so many are saying yes. I know not everyone shortens names but I do so I need a good short version of Jonathan for when he's a baby. Sigh.

HecateWhoopass Thu 07-Feb-13 21:08:18

Yes, I do.

I don't think it's a particularly common word for them now though, so probably the kids he'll grow up with won't think of it.

DontmindifIdo Thu 07-Feb-13 21:08:44

yes sorry.

But if you name your DS Jonathan he will generally be known as "Jon" unless he always introduces himself as "Jonty". Every Jonathan I know is known as "Jon" generally and every Jonathan's mother doesn't like it... wink

meditrina Thu 07-Feb-13 21:12:30

Rubber Jonnie was definitely a major condom term to my generation (and it's the first think I think of). It's a well enough known term that it is likely to continue to impinge -across generations, even though it's less current. Though it's still and more widely used in the US these days.

Norem Thu 07-Feb-13 21:13:45

No, I know a johnny who is now 4 and it never occurred to me, lovely name smile

blindworm Thu 07-Feb-13 21:16:59

DS1 is 15 and knows a couple of Johnnys and as far as I know no one's ever made a condom association.

Svrider Thu 07-Feb-13 21:17:54

I'm in notts and <ahem> almost 40
Perhaps it's a generational thing
All the best in your name choice

ProphetOfDoom Thu 07-Feb-13 21:18:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MidnightMasquerader Thu 07-Feb-13 21:18:51

Well, yes, I think of it after you've prompted me to do so. I wouldn't have otherwise.

It's quite a dated slang term for condom these days, plus I think Johnny/Jonny is enough of a name in its own right to transcend the condom association...

He may get some mild teasing, maybe, possibly, but then there's something to tease about everyone's name if you're determined enough. wink

Greythorne Thu 07-Feb-13 21:19:07


johnny = condom round here

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Thu 07-Feb-13 21:19:09

My first thought would be 'Galecki' rather than 'condom'.

MidnightMasquerader Thu 07-Feb-13 21:19:31

I'm 39 and it sounds old-fashioned and dated to me...

rachel234 Thu 07-Feb-13 21:20:10

Yes, I do think Rubber Jonny, sorry.

But Jonathan, Jon or Jonty are all fine. No associations there.

Yika Thu 07-Feb-13 21:20:55

Jonathan is a lovely name! Call him Jon if you don't want jonny. I wouldn't make the association with a condom anyway.

BackforGood Thu 07-Feb-13 21:25:46

'fraid so, but it's very rare for Jonathans to be called Johnny.
I know Jonathans, John/Jons, and a Jonty.

TheCatIsEatingIt Thu 07-Feb-13 21:26:24

In the abstract, yes. In the context of my friend Jonny, no.

I know Jonathans who go by Jonathan, Jonny, Jon, Joffy (small child), Jonno, Jack and Joe. There are loads of options, and he'll pick the version that suits him. It's a lovely name. It'd be on my list if my sister hadn't beaten me to it!

MrsMushroom Thu 07-Feb-13 21:26:53

I think Johnny as in rubber and when my mum suggested it as a nice name I said...nope...condoms! Not sure how Midnight finds it dated though!

OutragedFromLeeds Thu 07-Feb-13 21:36:59

It depends on the context, I wouldn't think of condoms if you said 'this is my baby, Jonny'. I know a couple of little Jonnys and have never thought of condoms.

You could call him John John when he's little

a very cute John John

Rhubarbgarden Thu 07-Feb-13 21:39:57

I wouldn't think of condoms, no. It's a nice name.

Coconutty Thu 07-Feb-13 21:40:22

I do think rubber johnny, sorry.

When I was expecting DS1 Dh suggested Jonny and my mum said Not Rubber Johnny. That was a funny moment.

Sashapineapple Thu 07-Feb-13 21:43:48

Johnny = condom for me. Most of my friends also use the word johnny meaning condom too.

Hulababy Thu 07-Feb-13 21:46:44

My brother is called Jonathan. Many people call him Jon. The only person who is ever allowed to call him Jonny is my DD, his niece, who always calls him uncle Jonny. Never been an issue for him tbh.

I don't think it's very common to put the two together, although I'm currently wrestling a three month old baby Johnathan (sometimes Johnny/John although NEVER Jonty) while he cluster feeds my poor boobs to death so possibly a little bias! grin

lottiegarbanzo Fri 08-Feb-13 10:48:07

In the abstract it is one association with the word, yes, (as is the American John, to mean client of prostitute, or John Doe as unnamed man) but, associated with a person, no, it is their name and I think Johnny is a lovely name.

These associations have only arisen because John is such a well used name, or has been, so can carry many slang terms without detracting from its overwhelming usage as a name.

MidnightMasquerader Fri 08-Feb-13 10:56:18

I think it's dated because it was a pretty old word for condom when I was a kid, and that was more than 20 years ago.

Haven't today's youth coined their own phrase for them? hmm

Do people really think of condoms when they think of Johnny Depp?

WowOoo Fri 08-Feb-13 10:59:21

Nope, not at all.

I know it means that,, but if I were introduced to a Johnny it would never cross my mind.

Johnny Depp - I think contraception would be the last thing on my mind smile

lockets Fri 08-Feb-13 11:12:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Artigene Fri 08-Feb-13 13:16:50

OK, some more encouraging replies. I'm feeling more positive about Jonny this morning (except it looks funny without an 'h' but I suppose as a diminutive of Jonathan it cannot have an h).

CarriMarie Fri 08-Feb-13 13:55:21

My Jonathan was known as Joey as a baby, quite appropriate as he spent most of his time in a sling. Now he's mostly Jon to his mates or a completely unrelated nickname, which we had no control over!

Sasparillo Fri 08-Feb-13 15:06:51

Yep, the first thing I think of when I hear the name Johnny is 'rubber Johnny!' sorry. I really dislike the name Johnny, Jonty is very nice though xx

BeehavingBaby Fri 08-Feb-13 15:15:06

DH is Jon, short for Jonathon. One of those names that is always shortened IME. Since there are so many Johns, he manages to have a incredibly common name that no-one ever spells right.

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