What do we think about the name Arden

(32 Posts)
EarlyInTheMorning Thu 28-Feb-13 20:58:01

and what middle names would go nicely with it?

This is for my very good friend, currently living in Switzerland but eventually moving to the UK, her DH's surname starts with 'N' though. Would you think this as a problem?

SwedishEdith Thu 28-Feb-13 21:07:46

Where in the UK will she live? Accent may be important here. I'm practising it in Lancashire, Scouse, Birmingham and generic SE atm moment and it's not working well. Two nns together might be tricky.

rachel234 Thu 28-Feb-13 21:09:50

Arden Charles
Arden James

coffeeinbed Thu 28-Feb-13 21:10:59

Elisabeth.
Lipstick.

MN044 Thu 28-Feb-13 21:11:32

I would think it's for a girl though the pp obviously thinks otherwise! I have a dc whose name ends with the first letter of our surname. It wasn't my first choice but it's not ever been a problem

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Thu 28-Feb-13 21:11:39

I like it! I was going to say Arden James too, or Arden Christopher.

That it sounds too much like hard on for my liking.

5madthings Thu 28-Feb-13 21:12:36

I like it but as a girls name smile

dopeysheep Thu 28-Feb-13 21:13:28

Was going to say exactly the same as awesome wellies.

EarlyInTheMorning Thu 28-Feb-13 21:17:42

The name will be for a girl and they're moving to London.

I liked it (for a boy) until someone on here said it sounded too much like hard on

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Thu 28-Feb-13 21:22:05

Oops! blush

I don't know why I automatically thought 'boy'!

Arden Emily?

5madthings Thu 28-Feb-13 21:22:22

There is lady who runs a fb page with six girls! Her youngest is Arden and is lovely, I really like it smile

Mononoke Thu 28-Feb-13 21:22:48

I love it and really wanted to use it until I told a friends Mum about it and she said " people will call him Hard on" grin I couldn't get that out of my head, so decided to go for something else.

Mononoke Thu 28-Feb-13 21:23:45

Ah yes I see Awsome Wellies beat me to it

Selks Thu 28-Feb-13 21:32:15

Poor child will be called HardOn by all the bullies. I wouldn't use that name for that reason.

Rhubarbgarden Thu 28-Feb-13 22:29:46

Oh I thought it was a boys name too. Hmm. No, don't like it for a girl.

EarlyInTheMorning Thu 28-Feb-13 22:34:06

DF is worried about the two 'Ns' together, wait till I tell her what you lot have said...

Very old school friend is Arden.
He is a boy...well a 52 year old boy, but a boy all the same

Oh good i'm glad i'm not the only one that thought hard on.

Please don't do that to the poor child.

littlemefi Thu 28-Feb-13 22:44:06

Have a friend who's DS is Arden, I really like the name, but I do remember when baby was born, my friend's DH went in to work and told work colleagues the name and they were taking the mickey and saying " sounds like hard on".

LynetteScavo Thu 28-Feb-13 22:47:46

I think of it as a girls name, as the only person I've ever known called Arden is a girl.

At first, I didn't like it, but it's really grown on me, and now I think it's lovely.

No idea about the surname, and I think any middle name they like would go.

ApplyYourself Thu 28-Feb-13 22:49:16

Makes me think of the dog food - Arden Grange.

Plus the hard on thing too

Hard on here too, sorry!

DonderandBlitzen Thu 28-Feb-13 22:55:40

Was going to say i liked it, but good point about "hard on." So don't do it

raisah Sat 02-Mar-13 07:34:22

Arden was the surname of a lady I used to work with. Again, lipstick comes to mind & I'm not keen on surnames as first names. but that's just my opinion.

Spoonful Sat 02-Mar-13 07:35:40

I thought hard on too. Sorry!

mewkins Sat 02-Mar-13 17:45:51

I know a man called Arden. It's quite a nice name.

freerangeeggs Sat 02-Mar-13 23:56:08

It could be a lovely name but it makes me think of erections. Which is a shame.

FellNel Sun 03-Mar-13 02:46:40

I like it but I think the child will get called Hard On at school, and at uni, and quite possibly at work as well. So No.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Sun 03-Mar-13 17:11:51

I too thought of Arden as a boy's name. blush

Anyway middle names for Arden could be
Arden Sophia
Arden Eloise
Arden Jeannette
Arden Violet

but regardless, I think with their surname starting with N it might jar a little? How often do we rattle off a middle name when introducing ourselves? If that doesn't bother them Arwen could be a nice alternative?

Can I also suggest Aurora or Autumn.

SecretNutellaFix Sun 03-Mar-13 17:13:54

When children go through that really annoying pahse of rhyming thongs she will be Garden.

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