OK, everybody. Time for a public service thread. Post real names that are unusual but not so bonkers that the poor child will have 80 years of explaining, spelling and justifying to deal with.

(145 Posts)
seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 00:35:10

Clemency
Timothy
Edith

are my first 3.

gaelicsheep Sat 16-Mar-13 00:41:38

I would say never underestimate the stupidity of other people when it comes to names.

Celeste
Cairn
Lilith

iclaudius Sat 16-Mar-13 00:50:52

Timothy - I think most boys would love a lifetwbof spelling their name compared to a daily register with Timmy on!

Minkus Sat 16-Mar-13 00:57:23

Cecilia
Nathaniel
Nicholas

None of them unusual in that they are known, but none used that often I don't think.
Also love cecily. But spelling might be tricky.

seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 01:00:47

Cecily is lovely. It was my 4th choice!

I'm adding Mary and David.

BOF Sat 16-Mar-13 01:01:26

I heard a brilliant one this week- it doesn't fit your criteria, because it is TOTALLY out there, but it was awesome, and the child was mega-cute and will style it out, I'm sure. I rather admire the bollocks of parents who really go for it.

seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 01:02:08

Oh, and I'm rejecting Cairn as not a name but a geographical feature!

Minkus Sat 16-Mar-13 01:02:41

What was it BOF?

BOF Sat 16-Mar-13 01:03:24

I'll PM you, because it is pretty identifiable.

BOF Sat 16-Mar-13 01:06:29

The one I'd go for, if I had another child, which I won't, is Ignatius. Iggy + one syllable common surname. It was my grandad's middle name.

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Mar-13 01:06:45

Raphael. DS's name which. Has been universally complimented smile

Although some bright spark in hospital decided it was spelt Rapheal hmm hasn't taken a red pen to the red book at all oh no

seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 01:09:03

Any name where people say the parents have to have bollocks to use is automatically out. The parents don't have to have bollocks at all- it's the poor brat who needs them.

Mumfortoddler Sat 16-Mar-13 01:11:38

PurplePidjin, my DS name is Raphael. He gets called Rafi-eillll all the time and its so annoying trying to find nurseries that actually can manage to pronounce his name. Unusual names are great but I constantly have to S-P-E-L-L- out for everyone so yeah, unusual names take bloody ages every time you have to give them to someone new, and remember the doctors receptionist will never be able to find your kid on the books. I loved unusual names, now if I have another one I am calling it Jacob or something easy and popular like that.

MooseBeTimeForCoffee Sat 16-Mar-13 01:51:43

Odin
"Ooh, wasn't that the name of Gardield's doggy friend?"

hmm

PurplePidjin Sat 16-Mar-13 04:06:21

Mumfor, so far we've only been asked "f or ph" apart from the one dunce maybe we've encountered lots of football and tennis fans?

poppydaisy Sat 16-Mar-13 08:01:12

Jonathan
Quentin
Robert

Antonia
Theresa
Ottilie

FriggFRIGG Sat 16-Mar-13 08:43:58

Clara
Maud
Cora
Nell
Etta
Agnes
Mabel
Alma

Rufus
Ernest
Jude
Otis
Asa
Kit
Soren
Arlo
Oscar

MyNameIsSuz Sat 16-Mar-13 08:50:57

I have a little Franklin, and it's had nothing but compliments so far. If the husband's opinion didn't matter, I'd have:

Hugo
Theodore
Tobias
Jasper
Vincent

Octavia
Violet
Cecile
Elodie
Sylvie
Callista

And I'd ignore the second poster's opinion on Timothy, I like it and don't know a single Tim who goes by Timmy!

SoftSheen Sat 16-Mar-13 09:19:02

Talitha
Adelaide
Araminta
Arianna
Eleanora
Viola
Sapphira
Beatrix
Maeve
Menna
Majella
Ishbel
Felicity
Verity
Constance
Alba
Greta

Roger
Julius
Clement
Peregrine
Julian
Hilary
Tristan
Benedict
Bartholomew
Otto
Jasper
Edmund
Hector
Horatio

Chubfuddler Sat 16-Mar-13 09:21:41

Brian
Colin

Wishfulmakeupping Sat 16-Mar-13 09:21:42

Peter
Primrose
Scout
Vivianne
Violetta

lockets Sat 16-Mar-13 09:26:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TallulahBetty Sat 16-Mar-13 09:57:02

I'm a Lois. Perfectly normal, if unusual, name. Had to spell it all my life! And tell people how to pronounce angry

seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 10:18:10

Please tell me someone didn't just suggest Roger!

BOF Sat 16-Mar-13 10:25:05

Nowt wrong with Roger.

Littlecherublegs Sat 16-Mar-13 11:05:29

Tate
Jackson
Amos

Sorell
Cassia
Lilia

ArtexMonkey Sat 16-Mar-13 13:26:51

Oscar - unusual??? Can't chuck a stickle brick without hitting an Oscar round these parts.

Otto
Fergus
Linus
John
Robin

Sylvie
Victoria
Sarah
Margaret
Anne

And, my dcs' names, which i don't think anyone has said yet....

SoftSheen Sat 16-Mar-13 13:44:02

You could do a lot worse than Roger! The hero of one of my favourite novels, written in the 19th century, is called Roger- so it is a fairly old name.

colditz Sat 16-Mar-13 13:46:51

Varies massively according to area. I know three Robins, and not a single Oscar

TheSecondComing Sat 16-Mar-13 13:49:42

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Penelope
Verity
Demian
Rupert

ArtexMonkey Sat 16-Mar-13 14:22:48

It's a curious thing isn't it? My niece had the number one girl name the year she was born and she has always been the only one in her school and has never met another one.

iheartmycat Sat 16-Mar-13 14:37:43

Ezra
Genevieve
Monica
Shona
Claire (the name of half my year at school but couldn't tell you the last time I met a young claire)
Natasha
Shannon
Deborah

Cameron
Ronald
Corey
Anthony
Christopher
Dominic
Benedict

iheartmycat Sat 16-Mar-13 14:39:21

Gavin
Gareth

Both boys names I really like but have never met anyone under 30 called them!

iheart I know a family of 2 boys - Gareth and Gavin! be about 14 & 13 now smile

JollyYellowGiant Sat 16-Mar-13 14:50:41

How should Raphael be pronounced?

Bearandcub Sat 16-Mar-13 14:54:33

Kester
Kier
Lloyd
Scott
Russell - haven't heard of a Russell for a long time

Eloise
Carolyn
Helena

Blatantly showing my age!

vamosbebe Sat 16-Mar-13 14:56:00

JollyYellosGiant Raphael: raf-a-el
(if you're Spanish)

ShowOfHands Sat 16-Mar-13 15:02:56

I have a Raphael too. It's not unusual on MN clearly.

I want somebody to use Aphra for a girl.

My great grandad was called Godfrey Everard Orlando. All three are pretty cool. grin

Badvoc Sat 16-Mar-13 15:08:19

Launcelot.
My grandfathers name.

Bearandcub Sat 16-Mar-13 15:10:06

Corin

Corinne

seeker, Cairn is a name - as are lots of things that occur in nature or are part of our landscape e.g Ross, Moray, Brodie, Logan etc. No2 son was almost Cairn but it didn't sound good in the local accent of where we lived at the time so changed our mind.

seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 15:58:09

Just tested Roger on my 12 year old. If he doesn't stop laughing soon I may have to call an ambulance.

There may be people called Cairn, but it most certainly doesn't fit the no justifying, spelling or explaining criteria

IroningBoredDaily Sat 16-Mar-13 16:03:33

Naomi
Nina
Tamsin
Mary
Elsbeth
Kay
Nyah
Genevieve

ArtexMonkey Sat 16-Mar-13 16:04:00

SoH I love Aphra for a girl. Aphra Behn was a badass.

DizzyHoneyBee Sat 16-Mar-13 16:04:16

Melissa. My colleague always has to spell it for people.
Rumer, as in the author of children's books

ArtexMonkey Sat 16-Mar-13 16:06:16

I have never known a person called cairn. Although we did used to have a cairn terrier called Polly when I was little. Which name actually fulfills the criteria of this thread imo. Spooooooky.

OneHundredSecondsofSolitude Sat 16-Mar-13 16:09:24

My imaginary future son will be called Simeon (no, EON, not IAN like monkey, like the bible- see I've got my imaginary response ready too)

OneHundredSecondsofSolitude Sat 16-Mar-13 16:09:56

Come to think of it Ian and Simon fit your requirements

BabyRoger Sat 16-Mar-13 16:12:30

My dd's doll is called roger! I've no idea where she heard that name!

I shall add:

orla
Wren
Lydia
Annie

Keir
Cameron
rory

AwkwardAnnie Sat 16-Mar-13 16:13:53

Wow! My name was one of the first mentioned, it never gets mentioned normally!
I have had a lifetime of spelling it, repeating it, explaining it's origins, but I still love it, having to explain and spelling really isn't the end of the world. I like being different. At the very least it's usually a good conversation starter. I think a lot of the ones mentioned so far would need spelling.

I love Genevieve too, but it doesn't sound good being bellowed along a beach in a northern accent (my Dad's main criteria for whether a name is good or not.)

BabyRoger Sat 16-Mar-13 16:14:44

Tara
Lorna

Eskino Sat 16-Mar-13 16:16:58

BOF says, "I heard a brilliant one this week- it doesn't fit your criteria, because it is TOTALLY out there, but it was awesome, and the child was mega-cute and will style it out, I'm sure. I rather admire the bollocks of parents who really go for it".

This should be copied and pasted by anyone who feels the need to justify their child's name.

<bows down to BOF>

ArtexMonkey Sat 16-Mar-13 16:19:02

I think I know the name bof mentioned, it is indeed gobsmackingly awesome.

BOF Sat 16-Mar-13 16:28:14

You definitely do know it, Artex grin

Bearandcub Sat 16-Mar-13 16:34:17

Not fair, I need to know what the name is now.

exoticfruits Sat 16-Mar-13 16:34:34

Christopher
Paul
David
Mary
Frances
Ruth

SoftSheen Sat 16-Mar-13 16:37:35

seeker grin

Admittedly the 3 Rogers I know of are all in their early 60s. But 30 years ago, George, Arthur and Wilfred were all 'old man' names, and they are pretty popular now!

exoticfruits Sat 16-Mar-13 16:39:51

I missed Stephen and Stephanie

seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 17:04:56

But nobody has ever talked about giving somebody a good Georging, have they?

...and Mary and David fit the bill of being unusual? hmm

iheartmycat Sat 16-Mar-13 17:39:12

Hepzibah
Jemima
Sally

Fraser
Conor
Malcolm
Gordon

DillyTante Sat 16-Mar-13 17:42:06

Lila
Violet
Andrina
Betty
Sapphire

seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 17:51:19

How many Marys and Davids under the age of 50 do you know?

GettingObsessive Sat 16-Mar-13 18:04:42

Mary not so much, but I know at least 5 Davids under 50, including my DH and BIL!!

2 Marys in my younger sons primary school of 220 and 1 David plus a neighbour has one who is in nursery. Same school as 2 Pipers (1 M & 1F) and I'd have said that was more unusual.

At work, quite a few Davids under 50 and my friend's cousin (called David) has just called his baby son that.

Not so many Marys tbf - My eldest is in High school and not so sure if there are many of either there - not in his group of friends anyway.

Maybe it's a Scottish thing?

exoticfruits Sat 16-Mar-13 18:23:44

I taught a 5 year old Mary a couple of years ago - it struck me that it was the first child in my teaching career called Mary. There are always a few Davids, but never many. I really like it.

Minkus Sat 16-Mar-13 19:41:19

If you're going to raise roger- i'll see it and raise you a Barry.

I know someone who actually called their baby boy Barry. 2 years ago. their surname starts with B, has two syllables. Can you imagine, baby Barry Basket.. (wasn't basket but you get my drift at the awfulness of it)

seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 19:43:21

You don't talk about giving somebody a good Barrying, either!

vamosbebe Sat 16-Mar-13 19:46:12

Lamorna (girl I went to school with, named after a Cornish town)
Audrey
Minette
Camilla
Angela

Can't think of any boys' names.

MrsDeVere Sat 16-Mar-13 19:49:24

Marmite

Natalie - due a revival

At least roger is vigorous
Justin is unfortunate

bigkidsdidit Sat 16-Mar-13 19:56:50

I know loads of Davids but it is very very common in Scotland (always David not Dave). Also know 3 Marys

I have an Albert nn Bertie which fits I think smile

Minkus Sat 16-Mar-13 20:07:40

Hahah seeker and Thisis!

Although dh is called Barry. I'm not impartial to a Barrying.

seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 20:10:35

Threre is a Trevor and a Barry in ds' year 7 class!

seeker i'm going to be sorely disappointed if there isn't a Kevin and a Daryl as well.

Shr0edinger Sat 16-Mar-13 20:16:02

Isnt it weird how barry is so different from harry. i know a fabulous barry. My age. not child. i like robert, richard, julian.

Jason?

seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 20:21:49

Damon. Cressida. Agnes.

MrsMcEnroe Sat 16-Mar-13 20:28:19

Roger is a fab name!! It was my dad's name and it is my cousin's name.

My DS' name is Art <outs self> <ooh I've already outed myself on another thread this week> <namechanges> - is this unusual or bonkers according to the MN jury...??? I have never seen his name mentioned on a MN name thread before ...

seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 20:31:50

Art short for Arthur is a perfectly OK name. Roger is a slang name for vigorous sex, so is not a perfectly OK name........

MrsMcEnroe Sat 16-Mar-13 20:41:45

My son is just Art on his birth certificate, not Arthur. OK or not OK? And I refuse to think of my dad's name in relation to vigorous sex .... I get what you're saying though!

InvaderZim Sat 16-Mar-13 21:09:07

I know an Aphra! :D

Also my daughter's name has appeared on this list. smile

Bearcrumble Sat 16-Mar-13 21:17:01

haha @ "Roger is vigorous".

iclaudius Sat 16-Mar-13 21:19:53

lovely mrs mcenroe

starlightloz Sat 16-Mar-13 21:24:42

Eli
Tobias
Boaz
Elias
Josiah
Sebastian

Talitha
Elvina

Though people do manage to spell and pronounce the very simplest of names regardless. My baby is called Eli and I have numerous times sat in a doctor's surgery or at weigh in and taken a moment to realise that the 'Ellie' the staff are calling for is us. Two syllables, says on his medical records he is a boy I'd've thought and it would be a very bad spelling of Ellie if that's what it actually was!

Janni Sat 16-Mar-13 21:25:02

Joel, Jude, Gabriel, Christian, Christopher, Andrew

Rebecca, Helena, Leah, Catherina, Marianne, Emilie, Emmeline

AndFanjoWasHisNameO Sun 17-Mar-13 09:40:26

I know an Afra rather than Aphra which I much prefer
I may die pretty soon if BoF doesn't tell me the wonderful name though..... Can anyone who knows it please let me know begs

seeker Sun 17-Mar-13 09:43:18

Sorry, Afra's out.

If a name has a "normal" spelling then choosing a spelling with means a child has to say "no, it's X, but spelled Y" means it doesn't make the cut.

WormCanner Sun 17-Mar-13 10:39:14

"My dd's doll is called Roger! I've no idea where she heard that name!"

Probably when the tennis was on.

Roger is a very old name, it cam over with the Normans grin

Rusulka Sun 17-Mar-13 14:12:29

My 6 month old is Phoebe Florence Echo <not outing self as have mentioned on another thread>
Florence after my paternal grandmother, who I never got to meet.

Other names we love to pieces include

Lyra
Elphaba (from Wicked!)
Wednesday
Paloma
Fae
Luna
Freya (but maybe too popular)
Delilah
Nemi

boys are harder. Hmm...

Luca (in evolutionary terms it stands for last universal common ancestor- always thought that was pretty cool!)
Milo (from the Phantom Tollbooth)
Ulysses
Hawel (after Howl's Moving Castle)

DH and I operate on the basis that we want a reasonably different first name, and they can get more outrageous from there. When they're teenagers and embarrassed by us, they can pretend their second middle name doesn't exist, and once they're grown up enough to appreciate it, it's there waiting, lol...

I too want to know what this unusual name is!!!

FreedomOfTheTess Mon 18-Mar-13 10:32:49

May I be so bold as to suggest my own name (*Tess*) fits this criteria?

Fairly unusual as a given name, definitely not bonkers and so easy to spell that I'd worry about anyone who couldn't spell it correctly first time!

seeker Mon 18-Mar-13 10:42:07

Tess is an excellent name. Tessa is good too.

seeker Mon 18-Mar-13 10:44:56

Rusulka- sorry, most of yours don't meet the criteria. And I'm afraid that you have been unilaterally banished to Outer Monglia for suggesting Luna. You only have to watch Harry Potter to see what her little friends would make of that!

MortifiedAdams Mon 18-Mar-13 10:49:21

Meg
Innes
Faye

Travis
Jonty
Rufus

emsyj Mon 18-Mar-13 13:04:34

We wanted names that everyone would be able to spell and would have heard of, but that weren't currently popular. We've ended up with a Ruth and a Hazel.

My favourite girl name is Cressida, but it clashes with our surname sad.

Peter is lovely for a boy, I can't understand why it isn't more popular. Also love Timothy.

ItsallisnowaFeegle Mon 18-Mar-13 13:11:17

I have a Jude. It's obviously my favourite name for a boy but I also like Hugo. My neighbour's DS is Dexter.

Aphra is gorgeous! I love Bo for a girl and DS would have been Bo if he were a girl.

mirry2 Mon 18-Mar-13 13:13:58

sorry but to me, Timothy will always be Tim, nice but dim

WormCanner Mon 18-Mar-13 17:44:35

Jesus

SanityClause Mon 18-Mar-13 17:55:36

Sylvia
Maude
Ruth
Esther

Nicholas
Edmund
Wilbur
Hugh

One of my DC's names is on this thread. The others are slightly more popular, though just as "solid".

SanityClause Mon 18-Mar-13 17:57:26

And I agree with the sentiment of this thread.

I have a very normal name with an unusual spelling. There is a good reason for the spelling - my parents weren't trying to be different. But it's still a PITA!

seeker Mon 18-Mar-13 18:45:03

I met a baby Nell today. Short for Helen.

I just think that is the most wonderful name. And I only know one other Helen- so it ticks the unusual box too!

Rusulka Mon 18-Mar-13 19:01:01

I too have a reasonably normal name (for the 80s) with an unusual spelling. Never could get anything with my name on, which was at times frustrating, so I only ever had a big blue marble with my name specially engraved on it. Now I'm kind of pleased, as all the other trinkety things you normally get your name on just wouldn't be as special as that blue marble. Still have it!

<shouts from outer Mongolia> Seeker ...why not something Addams family inspired? ... Dementia? Lol.

I think a lot of the more old fashioned names are after plants, so why not choose a favourite plant or flower? It doesn't have to be an obvious one. I used to know a girl called Hebe, or there's always Hydrangea- harder to spell maybe.

<thinks about contents of garden>

Peony
Heliotrope
Violet
Dahlia
Hyacinth (hee)
Muscari
Wisteria
Honeysuckle
Magnolia
Snowdrop
Bluebell
Crocus...

next time you're in a book shop, grab one on bulbs, or flowers for the garden- I bet there's loads of ideas. I'm not saying they'll all be relevant (Hyacinth, hee) but you never know!

Or what about Shakespearean names?

Ophelia
Perdita
Portia
Cordelia
Goneril (DH accidentaly said Gonnorhea, maybe not!)
Regan
Desdemona
Titania
Hermia
Helena
Viola
Bianca
Dorcas
Francisca
Lavinia
Miranda
Nerissa
Mariana
Rosalind(e)
Adriana
Luciana
Luce
Emilia
Celia
Rosaline
(DH just suggested Lady Macbeth, I'm guessing that's a no)

or Isolde? Not Shakespearean, but still nice in a kind of antiquey way.

Someone I know named their son Otto because it was a palindrome- always thought that was kind of cool.

<steels self for banishment to further away places>

Rowlers Mon 18-Mar-13 19:23:24

Interesting! I have seen my own name a few times on this thread. I've never thought it unusual although it's not one of the current trends and, come to think if it, in almost 20 years of teaching, only taught one child with my name.

thegreylady Mon 18-Mar-13 19:32:15

Guy
Miles
Giles

Elfrida
Clarissa
Dorothea

silverfrog Mon 18-Mar-13 19:34:47

Philip
Leo
Miles
Luke
Matthew (I know, hardly unusual, but there are none in YR-Yr3 at dd2's school!)

Antonia
Victoria

FreedomOfTheTess Mon 18-Mar-13 20:33:41

I do like Helen nn 'Nell'.

My sister is just Nell, like I'm just Tess, and our big brother is Chad.

My parents liked short, simple and no fuss names!

BreasticlesNTesticles Mon 18-Mar-13 20:39:23

Valentine (old family name)
Graham

Lucretia (old family name)
Jacqueline
Jemima
Claudia

Chubfuddler Mon 18-Mar-13 20:46:41

<preens at the love being shown for my completely normal but currently unusual name>

BriAndLottie Mon 18-Mar-13 21:29:04

Salome
Errol
Briar
Marta
Celeste
Gwyn
Carenza
Bridget
Edmund
Celine
Maxine
Flavia

One of those is mine, one is DDs, both of us are yet to meet someone with the same name.

MortifiedAdams Mon 18-Mar-13 21:33:39

Georgia

Laquila Mon 18-Mar-13 21:44:40

Breasticles are you pronouncing Valentine as Valenteen or Valentyne? I love both - I'm just interested!

Maurice
Winston
Lyall
Keith
Douglas
Martin
Lester
Crispin

Geraldine
Christina
Gail
Maureen
Susan

BreasticlesNTesticles Mon 18-Mar-13 22:29:54

Valentyne! Been in the family 4 generations but dh will not be convinced if we have a boy. Spoilsport grin

LineRunner Mon 18-Mar-13 23:52:15

Sherbert

Caladria Tue 19-Mar-13 09:28:22

Joan, Jane, Ann, Mary, Peter, David, John.

shoobidoo Tue 19-Mar-13 09:44:10

But even some of the most popular, mumsnet approved names have to be spellt out:

Is it Katharine, Catherine, Kathryn, Cathryn, Katherine etc.?
Is it Clare or Claire?
Is it Stephen or Steven?

And when I hear Roger, I think of Roger Federer! Never had any associations with anything else, tbh.

shoobidoo Tue 19-Mar-13 09:45:29

And there is a Timmy in ds's class. Seems to be accepted by the kids. Is there any negative association that we're not aware confused?

ItsallisnowaFeegle Tue 19-Mar-13 10:12:28

I love Valentine. -- Has nothing to do with having a massive crush on Valentine Warner! --

ZolaBuddleia Tue 19-Mar-13 10:21:04

Are some of these not rather pushing the explaining and spelling criteria?grin

Boaz?
Muscari?

silverfrog Tue 19-Mar-13 11:10:45

well, yes.

but as has already been pointed out, the most 'normal' and traditional of names can be spelled different ways:

Catherine/Katherine/Katharine (and many more!)
Philip/Phillip/Phillippe
Elizabeth/Elisabeth
Alistair/Alasdair
Rebecca/Rebekah
and so on.

All solid, traditional names, which have to be spelled out, some more unusual than others. But it is not so simple as 'weirdy new fangled names are a cross to bear, you'll always be spelling it out, so just use a sightly unusual traditional name'.

I have one of the commonest names imaginable (for my age), yet am always asked to spell it. I am not bothered by this, and it only irritates me when peopel get it wrong after asking me, or being corrected.

hmm my name, my dh's name, my uncles name and my cousins (sp?) name are on this list.

as far as i know neither of us have had to spell it for anyone... or explain them. they're normal names as far as i know

i know a few daves and davids. all under 50!

vladthedisorganised Tue 19-Mar-13 12:04:54

Speaking as someone who suffered a childhood marred by having my given name as a song title, Delilah has the disadvantage of people of a certain age / musical taste singing "Why, why, why?" at you for what seems like your entire life.

I quite like Felicity, but would be ironic when she turned into a grumpy teenager.

AlisonClare Tue 19-Mar-13 12:36:36

I have a Helena and a Lawrence (Lawrie). Both classical, and relatively uncommon.

Some problems with Helena and pronunciation: frequently called Hel-ee -na or He-lay-na when we chose He-lenn-a.

Lawrie/Lawrence probably gets spelled with a u more often than we'd like, but not to the point of annoyance.

Other classical names I would have considered: Gabriella, Dominic and Francesca.

exoticfruits Tue 19-Mar-13 13:48:52

I have seen quite a few on here that don't pass the spelling criteria-they would constantly have to spell them for people.

shoobidoo Tue 19-Mar-13 17:49:08

Eliott is another name that has to be spelled out - Elliot, Elliott or Eliott?

Or what about Finlay or Finley

TheOldestCat Tue 19-Mar-13 17:55:06

I have the most dull, most frequently used name of the 1970s. There are 40 of us at my work.

And I still have to spell it out sometimes.

If you love a name, go for it. Otherwise we would all have the same three names. Dull dull dull.

(have given son a hard-to-spell Irish name!)

Startail Tue 19-Mar-13 18:01:07

Rhys
Ross
Roy
Evan
Ian
Stephen
Talesha
Carenza
Pebble
Sally
Sarah
Echo
I love Ottile, but I think it's not rare enough.
Lara (loads of Larens)
Jane
Diane
Marie
Wendy
Julia
Kerena

WormCanner Tue 19-Mar-13 18:05:38

Kerena?
Good grief, there must be a record number of spelling possibilities for that one. Carina, Karina, Karena, Corina etc etc etc

plantsitter Tue 19-Mar-13 18:10:33

Avery for a boy.

Astrid for a girl.

plantsitter Tue 19-Mar-13 18:11:23

I have always wanted to call a boy Mention. I know it's not a name, but DH so much about it when pregnant with mine it has started to sound like one to me (we had girls).

mirry2 Wed 20-Mar-13 22:10:47

startail - pebble? shock You can't be serious? It's from the flinstones!

manicinsomniac Thu 21-Mar-13 00:02:04

I think some of these are pretty 'out there' to be honest.

Names of children I know that I think fit the bill. I've discounted any names that are not commonly used by British families otherwise there's just too many unusual names.

Miranda, Joanna, Vivienne, Maria, Polly, Iona, Zia, Millicent, Fenella, Nyah, Marta, Juliette, Camilla, Callie, Athene, Tess, Meg, Celest, Fionnhuala, Hester, Sorcha, Genevieve.

Tristan, Rex, Orson, Teo, Gregory, Manuel, Angus, Hal, Patrick, Albert, Paris, Terence, Darren, Alastair, Gavin, Jared, Scott, Anton, Rory, Stephen, Ashton, Xavier, Simon, Jude, Robin, Clyde, Hamish

exoticfruits Thu 21-Mar-13 06:39:34

I don't think that some fit under the rule. Pebble and Echo sound bonkers to me, with massive scope for teasing. Talesha, Carenza, Fionnhuala, Nyah, Sorcha would have a lifetime of spelling.

notimefors Thu 21-Mar-13 06:51:11

Oh nice to see DD and DS's names here. Unusual but not bonkers was just what I was after.

shoobidoo Thu 21-Mar-13 06:58:37

Marcus
Xavier
Quentin
Clement

Georgia
Alannah
Tamara
Natasha

WormCanner Thu 21-Mar-13 11:34:33

What sort of name is Nyah? confused Sounds like a sneer, or a playground taunt

Nyah nyah n'nyah nyah!

delilah88 Thu 21-Mar-13 12:37:07

Marmaduke! "Duke" ...come on!

Reggie.

Harvey.

Zia.

delilah88 Thu 21-Mar-13 12:43:56

Hercule.

delilah88 Thu 21-Mar-13 12:44:25

George.
Albert.
Millicent.

IroningBoredDaily Thu 21-Mar-13 12:49:23

Nyah is a beautiful name. It sounds nothing like a sneer if pronounced properly ( Ny-ah ). It is one that would need spelling, but luckily is only short.

capedcrusader25 Thu 21-Mar-13 12:55:26

Mine and my dd's names are on here, as is my surname! My name (both names) definitely do not belong on here, every single time I'm asked for either I have to spell them and I'm always asked about my first name.

Peka Thu 21-Mar-13 19:46:28

I LOVE Franklin!! Such a fab name!

WafflyVersatile Fri 22-Mar-13 01:29:08

Adeline.

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