Honest opinions wanted on "football" related boys name!!

(59 Posts)
MamaM22 Mon 11-Feb-13 14:18:45

Hi everyone!

So I've got 10 weeks until I'll be sectioned with yellow bundle no.2. Girl's name is sorted but have absolutely struggled with a boys name that I don't just "like".
While trying to get some imagination or inspiration from OH, I suggested looking at the names of footballing legends of his favourite team (Spurs).

Jurgen (Klinnsman) is out, and then he suggested Ossie (or Ozzie), and I kind of think I love it?! It's definitely a grower and goes well with DS's name and our
surname.

Am I mad? My husband will be seen as a legend amongst his friends for managing to convince me to name our child after a footballing hero!!

Parisbanana Mon 11-Feb-13 14:23:28

Love it ( and I'm a rival team supporter!)
Are you in Spurs area or a fan elsewhere? If the latter I think there's a lot less chance you will be seen as saddling him with a footballer's name iyswim.
It's not like you're wanting to call him Beckham or something that everyone, fan or not, knows.

Coconutty Mon 11-Feb-13 14:24:41

Love it. Nice one Ozzie!

MarianForrester Mon 11-Feb-13 14:26:07

I would not know that's a football name. Might think Ossie Clark, different world!

I really like the name tho smile

My ds is also kind of called after a footballer, but most people wouldn't know.

MamaM22 Mon 11-Feb-13 14:27:34

We're in Northern Ireland, so definitely out of North London territory! Just worried that it's a bit "out there"! I keep telling myself that not giving your child one of the "normal" names will only raise eyebrows for a short period of time before it becomes the norm!

FoofFighter Mon 11-Feb-13 14:29:06

How about Oscar then Ossie (Ozzie) as nn?

MamaM22 Mon 11-Feb-13 14:31:26

I'm not personally keen on Oscar. I think that it's too popular at the minute and DH isn't a fan of nicknames (he was given a name with a handful of different possible nicknames and gets called them all!). If we go with it, it'll be Ossie.

Ozzie is, IMO, daft as a name.

pashapasta Mon 11-Feb-13 14:34:32

Madness. Give the poor child a proper name.

pashapasta Mon 11-Feb-13 14:34:33

Madness. Give the poor child a proper name.

MamaM22 Mon 11-Feb-13 14:35:35

You guys are funny! This is the same forum that was recommending "Clemency" as a name!

Which is a crap real name and not a nickname.

Even Ossie Ardiles wasn't actually named Ossie. He was Osvaldo César Ardiles

bootsycollins Mon 11-Feb-13 14:41:06

Ossie is gorgeous smile

MamaM22 Mon 11-Feb-13 14:41:42

I do know that, but come on, I live in Belfast, Osvaldo isn't gonna fly.....

MustafaCake Mon 11-Feb-13 14:42:43

It's a nickname and just reminds me of Ozzy Osbourne (not a good thing IMHO!)

bootsycollins Mon 11-Feb-13 14:44:41

Yeah I'd go with Ossie, not keen on the full Oswald version. Ossie sounds really cool, a real one off but in a lovely way not a spit your drink out what? kind of way, go for it Mama smile

ladymia Mon 11-Feb-13 14:45:09

I really don't think it's a good idea, sorry

Startail Mon 11-Feb-13 14:46:00

I knew a very nice Ozzie, no idea whether his name is football related as he's about 12.

I have always wondered if he was really Oscar or something as his big brother has a name that could also be a NN.

His mum is nice, but a bit brisk, I never dared ask.

poppydaisy Mon 11-Feb-13 14:48:04

If you dislike Oscar, how about Oswald?

MamaM22 Mon 11-Feb-13 14:48:25

YEAH! Come on Bootsy! You're right!

GaryBuseysTeeth Mon 11-Feb-13 14:49:30

Edward (nn Teddy) would be my 'safe' option if I were a Spurs fan (thankfully I'm not)!
My first thought would be Ozzy Osbourne, but I think it's a nice idea/name.

You could give a girl the name Clemency after Ray Clemence grin

bootsycollins Mon 11-Feb-13 14:50:01

The more I think about it the more I like it actually

MamaM22 Mon 11-Feb-13 14:52:20

I love Teddy, but OH says no. If it's a girl she's gonna be called "Hoddle" (joke).

I would think you're Ozzy Osbourne fans...

MamaM22 Mon 11-Feb-13 14:55:37

TBH I'm more One Direction than Black Sabbath, anyone that remotely knows us will know that it's no reference to the Osbournes!

bootsycollins Mon 11-Feb-13 14:56:27

Defo the Ossie spelling, cool as fuck. Mama if you love this name you gotta have it, in fact I'm tipping Ossie to be the next big hipster baby name, bet you a million £ it catches on, you heard it here first smile

My honest opinion isn't positive.

But I really hate nicknames without the backup of a fuller name.

Ossie I would pronounce as spelt, with -ss- not -z- sound in the middle. Even leaving aside the nicknameyness, it's a name that will attract confusion.

MamaM22 Mon 11-Feb-13 15:04:24

I think that given the chavvy culture of Tatiana-Rose-Lees and India-Lampshade-Insertcountryhere names, Ossie is quite mild in comparison! I don't like the idea of a name that can be shortened, partly because my husband is known by lots of variations of the same name by different circles of friends and I think it's a bit schizophrenic. Bootsy.....I might even change MY name to Ossie by deed poll, I love it so frickin much.

TerrysNo2 Mon 11-Feb-13 15:06:26

I like it, fits into my preferred "different enough to be the only one but not so different that people say "what" when you tell them it"

One potential problem though, is if you spell it Ossie then I think he will forever be correcting people who pronounce it "Oh-sea" rather than the intended "oz" sound. I would probably go for the Ozzie spelling as I also think Z is a stronger letter and makes the name more powerful. That sounds daft but I am a big believer in how names look as well as sound.

Hope that helps!

PS - don't tell friends / family your chosen name before the baby is born, people think that if its not born yet then they are ok to criticise your name choice, once its named most keep schtum! grin

MamaM22 Mon 11-Feb-13 15:11:05

I get ya TerrysNo2, constructive criticism, I like it and do agree to a certain extent. The "Z" is definitely a more masculine consonant. Although I do think I'd prefer to be explaining that it's actually after the Argentinian footballer, hence the "ss" than for people to assume it's after recovering alcoholic, budgie-biter, and wife-strangler Osbourne!

GetOrf Mon 11-Feb-13 15:16:10

God no you CAN'T call a baby Oswald.

I would just assume that you named his Ossie after that Osborne character.

But it's a nice name I think.

ladymia Mon 11-Feb-13 15:20:38

I think the fact that you are defending the name so fiercely means you should go for it! I think the most important thing about a name it you should love it and then use it and leave it at that and not ask forums for honest opinions

I also don't usually agree with naming a child Oscar if he will be known as Ozzie/Ossie for instance but in this case I would, he might never get used to this name and might want something more sensible on his CV.

I am sure you can at least admit it's a risky name

MamaM22 Mon 11-Feb-13 15:21:28

Chill out GetOrf!! there is absolutely no question of me naming my spawn "Oswald"!

MamaM22 Mon 11-Feb-13 15:25:10

I wouldn't say I'm defending it fiercely, it's all a bit tongue-in-cheek, I think it's funny that other people have such strong opinions! I asked for honest opinions because I really do want to know what people think.

Different? Maybe. Risky? Nah.

MortifiedAdams Mon 11-Feb-13 15:26:46

I like Ozzie, not Ossie, but would use Oscar.

GetOrf Mon 11-Feb-13 15:27:28

No No not you mama, someone upthread said if you didn't like Oscar call him Oswald. I know you have no intention of doing so!

You and your DH really, really like the name, and it's a nice name, so I would go for it.

bootsycollins Mon 11-Feb-13 15:28:47

It wouldn't occur to me to pronounce Ossie Os sea, sod the confusion should only need explaining once, whatever your name is it's gonna get spelt wrong at some point, it's no big deal. Lets be honest most names can be linked to a famous person does anyone hear Joseph and say "ooooh Stalin or Fritzl?" confused

You asked for honest opinions - of course people will come across as feeling strongly about it - what did you expect? confused

^ I don't like the idea of a name that can be shortened^

That's Ossie out then as he will become Oz. wink

MamaM22 Mon 11-Feb-13 15:34:02

Oh Jeebus, Bootsy! I really did LOL, and bladder control is not one of my strongest points at this stage of pregnancy! Fritzl!!!

FWIW, I feel strongly about naming a child because I had to deal with a lot of horrendous teasing because of my name.

Remember you are really naming an adult not a baby or a dog.

bootsycollins Mon 11-Feb-13 15:51:38

In the grand scheme of things I don't think Ossie's that "out there" at all, it's original but not ridiculous. Everyone gets teased at some point, character building! Dragon I'm sorry you were teased horrendously about your name but if you had a normal run of the mill name you'd have been teased over something else.

badtime Mon 11-Feb-13 15:55:22

You could try 'Oisin', or the Welsh version Osian.

Or, like, Osric, Oswin, um... Osiris? Osama?

(I don't really like 'nickname' names)

bootsycollins Mon 11-Feb-13 16:00:59

I know a bloke called Ian, named so because his mum hated nicknames, his mates called him E grin

MamaM22 Mon 11-Feb-13 16:03:14

DS has an Irish/Gaelic name so Oisin would go well, but it is VERY popular (here anyway) so that kind of rules it out for me. I'm with Bootsy on the teasing, I've a very "normal" name but still got teased as a child. I think it's part of growing up. I wouldn't purposely choose a name that I thought would make my child a target for bullies, and certainly don't think that Ossie is so wacky that it'd draw attention.

Narked Mon 11-Feb-13 16:12:52

A Northern Irish Spurs fan? OK

Surely the only name you could consider ATM would be Gareth.

Rhubarbgarden Mon 11-Feb-13 16:23:00

Not keen, personally. It's quite a common name round here (SE England) but usually short for Oscar.

MERLYPUSS Mon 11-Feb-13 16:26:48

Dunno. I think it would get shortened to Oz - as in that piss head wine buff.

amck5700 Mon 11-Feb-13 23:27:18

I was going to say Osian too.

My other thought was Austin - that is often shortened to Ossie/Ozzy and is Irish as well (?)

simplesusan Mon 11-Feb-13 23:48:38

I would go for it although agree that people will automatically spell it Ozzie.

rotavirusrita Mon 11-Feb-13 23:55:03

Ds has a friend called osbourne.... Nn is os ( said oz) short step to ossie. He is 10 and very cool

MidnightMasquerader Tue 12-Feb-13 07:47:27

I know of a 2 (or 3?) YO Ozzie. Actual name.

It's been done.

germyrabbit Tue 12-Feb-13 07:51:03

ossie sounds like a muppet, poor kid would be laughed at. also reminds me of ozzy osbourne.

people would also be forever going 'ozzy ozzy ozzy'

Hmm, I quite like Austin nn Ossie/Aussie.

Sassee Tue 12-Feb-13 18:40:31

Oh good god, I've never been so pleased my DP is not on mn!

My blue bump is due in 9 weeks and is currently referred to by DP as Ledley, finest defender of his generation apparently!

As a kid on a city farm he helped with the birthing of a lamb, and named it Glen Hoddle, a girl sheep!

In saying that I think even I could be persuaded by Ossie, must be hormonal!

MamaM22 Wed 13-Feb-13 12:54:28

Sassee, Ledley was a suggestion which I politely refused, not that I'm questioning his talents or anything, just that I wouldn't call my own child Ledley. He also suggested "Gareth", or simply "Bale" (WTF?).

rtc8608 Wed 13-Feb-13 13:03:02

It would make me think of Ozzy Osbourne which probably isn't the best connotation, sorry!

MyHeadWasInTheSandNowNot Wed 13-Feb-13 13:12:28

Well, if you love it, go for it. There are a lot worse names out there! However, if you are asking for honest opinions - then I'd have to say I don't like it - I'd want to keep saying Aussi Aussi Aussi Oi Oi Oi or it would remind me of Ozzy Osborne. Neither of which are 'nice'. Come on - you can do better smile

MyHeadWasInTheSandNowNot Wed 13-Feb-13 13:13:58

Oh and no matter what you call him (if it turns out to be a him!) his mates will give him a nickname, if it's not a shortening of his name it will be something else - so the way I look at is, you might as well choose something you like the 'nickname' of! Do you like Os?

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