I want to call my daughter Cambria.

(64 Posts)
zoetstoffen Wed 20-Mar-13 12:27:26

We're not Welsh, I just think it's lovely. It's easy to pronounce, easy to spell, and not too long.

Is this just hormonal madness or is it a nice name?

ladymariner Wed 20-Mar-13 12:28:42

Sorry, reminds me of cheese...... However, that's not to say a million other posters won't be along to say its gorgeous. X

Manchesterhistorygirl Wed 20-Mar-13 12:29:44

It's a place in California, where Arachnaphobia was filmed. It's actually a very nice town.

HappyJoyful Wed 20-Mar-13 12:31:19

Umm, does it not sound / look like Cumbria.

BuddyButters Wed 20-Mar-13 12:32:32

I prefer Mesazoa or even Cretacea :D

notso Wed 20-Mar-13 12:33:17

Not keen, it sounds like a place on the Archers.

RooneyMara Wed 20-Mar-13 12:36:04

it's the name of a boat. among other things.

hermioneweasley Wed 20-Mar-13 12:36:09

Buddybutters beat me to it. Have you considered Pangea?

LeslieWink1e Wed 20-Mar-13 12:45:10

Is there a cheese called cambria? why does it make me think of cheese?

It's a place in Spain as well I think.

In some accents it would sound awful.

I'm not keen. What is it about the name you like, if you're wanting suggestions? The sound, the look, the meaning?

WeAreSix Wed 20-Mar-13 12:55:42

I thought it was a made up name - a smoosh of Cambridge and Cumbria. Sorry!

MustafaCake Wed 20-Mar-13 12:58:56

sounds made up or like Cumbria.

Terrible, sorry!

Hassled Wed 20-Mar-13 13:00:45

It makes me think Camber - which is something to do with the arch of a road.

TomDudgeon Wed 20-Mar-13 13:01:15

Only makes me think Wales because my dad a model railways based in Meirionnydd when I was growing up

Would be weird as a

ThingummyBob Wed 20-Mar-13 13:05:00

This is what I would think of OP Cambria

I think they finally sold/sank the old rust bucket in the early 00's.

Bit odd for a childs name imvho.

Paleodad Wed 20-Mar-13 13:09:36

Cambria is a feminine welsh name (albeit very rare), deriving from the classical name for Wales...so not made up....

puddock Wed 20-Mar-13 13:10:07

I immediately think of the Latin name for Wales, and I think it's quite a euphonous name - can see why you like it.
It's very unusual for a person's name though, so I think although it's easy to say and spell you'd still get a lot of baffled looks, or people asking if you were Welsh... if that doesn't concern you, and it seems to suit her when she emerges, go for it.

My friend is called Cambria, shes lovely and its a lovely name.

KobayashiMaru Wed 20-Mar-13 13:21:31

Sounds like Cumbria in an Essex accent. I wouldn't.

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Wed 20-Mar-13 13:21:59

Leslie, because it sounds like camembert.

OP, how about Claudia or Amber?

WormCanner Wed 20-Mar-13 13:23:20

Isn't the place in Spain Cantabria?

GaryBuseysTeeth Wed 20-Mar-13 13:23:24

Coheed & Cambria are a rock group.
My first thought, and then how much it looked like Cumbria.

squoosh Wed 20-Mar-13 13:25:51

I think it sounds like a car.

Ford Cambria.

louisianablue2000 Wed 20-Mar-13 13:26:43

Made me think of 'Cambrian rocks' so I looked it up and, em, discovered they are Welsh rocks. It's a nice sound so if it's a real name go for it.

Nishky Wed 20-Mar-13 13:29:16

I think it's lovely. But then my aunts middle name is Blodwen and my dad wanted to call me Myfanwy. My (English) mother won that battle.

I think it is a beautiful name. You should use it if you want, even if strangers on the Internet cannot distinguish between that and Camembert!

TwoBoiledEggs Wed 20-Mar-13 13:31:37

Isn't it a type font? Or am I thinking of something similar?

INeverSaidThat Wed 20-Mar-13 13:33:13

I think it sounds like the name of a car or a county, it is quite pretty though. Does it go nicely with you surname? It does sound like a girls name.

DEFINITLY avoid it if your surname is Coupe or Shire or similar hmm

It's pretty OP, and somehow it's almost a bit classic, like simple and elegant.....go for it grin

TomDudgeon Wed 20-Mar-13 13:35:54

It's growing on me

Calibri maybe Two?

HousewifeFromArimathea Wed 20-Mar-13 13:37:03

Cambria is the name of a 100 year old barge

It is also the name of the crescent I used to live on. So it's a no from me I'm afraid!

bassingtonffrench Wed 20-Mar-13 13:37:15

I think i would get used to it.

SpringlingSpaniel Wed 20-Mar-13 13:37:17

Yes it's a font. Calibri is a different one.

LadyBigtoes Wed 20-Mar-13 13:41:25

Beautiful, I love it. makes me think of rocks and fossils (- that being a good thing in my book!)

zoetstoffen Wed 20-Mar-13 14:05:11

If it helps, my son is called Kester - another very unusual but fairly easy name. I love the sound of Cambria, it seems so feminine and elegant.

Seems to be a real split between those who don't like it at all and those who love it. I can see the confusion between Cumbria but not understanding the confusion with Camembert confused

GreatUncleEddie Wed 20-Mar-13 14:08:11

You know, I normally hate "made up names" and my kids have very old, well known ones. But these two are really nice. Plain, simple, unpretentious - I can really see why you like them

puddock Wed 20-Mar-13 14:22:59

And if anyone says "why would you use an ancient name of a country for a girl?", there's a fine precedent set by Erin.

I grew up with my friend and cannot remember anyone calling her Cumbria or Camembert hmm She was called Cami or Cam a lot, but she was a really pretty girl and it suited her, if I had another girl I would call her Cambria.

mungotracy Wed 20-Mar-13 14:43:09

depends....are you happy with people laughing at your daughters name because its a place? If so no problem. Also it will be shortened to 'cam'. Which is generally the shortened male appelation for cameron.

Rosa Wed 20-Mar-13 14:49:22

Sorry don't like it..

There are plenty of Camillas called Cam. What sort of person would laugh at someones name hmm

If someone wants to make fun of you, they can do anything with your name. It doesn't have much to do with the name itself. One of my middle names is Margeurite- so I was Pizza for a bit. My first name sounds like the French word for church so I got called that too. What daggers eh....it's hardly going to wound you for life! makes me laugh now

OkayHazel Thu 21-Mar-13 01:38:17

Cambria is one of two current Windows fonts, along with Calibri.

A computer literate generation will be aware of this!

I'm gonna call my baby Comic Sans smile

raisah Thu 21-Mar-13 01:39:36

I did think of Camembert & Cumbria, sorry. If you love it then go ahead but bare in mind that you are setting your dd up for some playground teasing.

zoetstoffen Thu 21-Mar-13 11:08:29

Thanks all. Now I need to decide what to use if it turns out to be a boy instead of a girl.

BeeBopDingALing Thu 21-Mar-13 17:21:27

No, made me think of cheese too.

nooka Thu 21-Mar-13 17:28:40

It doesn't sound like a name to me, so I don't like it (and your dd may well get a lot of people doing the 'come again' thing when she gives them her name, which is frankly quite annoying, and she will have to spell it out frequently, also annoying).

I'd also not use it with a ds called Kester because it's very matchy, almost tongue twistingly so. It's also a bit odd IMO to have one child with a very Scottish name, and other with a name that means Wales.

whyno Fri 22-Mar-13 18:07:06

Lovely name. And i usually only like very traditional names. Might add it to my list grinbtw I'm a web developer and the font reference wouldn't bother me. Can't see why it matters if its a font or a place or anything else (unless they were horrible things).

fussychica Fri 22-Mar-13 18:57:50

Sorry made me think of Sheep or cheese - Cambrian I know but....

7to25 Fri 22-Mar-13 19:02:26

The Cambrian Welsh, or mountain sheep,
Is of the ovine race,
Its conversation is not deep
But then observe its face.

StellaNova Fri 22-Mar-13 19:04:51

I like it. And I like Cam as a nickname.

mrsbungle Fri 22-Mar-13 19:10:44

I think it's quite a nice name and Cam is a nice nickname.

I have to say, though, when I saw the thread title I thought, at first, it said Cumbria.

pinkandyellowbutterfly Sat 23-Mar-13 00:08:16

Capital city of Australia?

MidnightMasquerader Sat 23-Mar-13 04:23:55

Canberra...? confused

I like it. And what sort of person laughs at someone's name? Children don't; they take names at face-value. I'm not saying children don't tease people over their names, but Cambria...? I really don't think it's going to pique too many bullies' interest.

cuillereasoupe Sat 23-Mar-13 07:56:52

Yes, rocks and fossils here too.

MoetEtPantsOn Tue 26-Mar-13 03:04:17

You're famous, OP. Now. Who put Cambria forward for such an article...


MoetEtPantsOn Tue 26-Mar-13 03:05:05
Still18atheart Wed 27-Mar-13 00:11:31

Sorry it's too similar to Cumbria


MidnightMasquerader Wed 27-Mar-13 00:23:02


Wow, famous.

Someone on my FB who I 'know' from another forum called her DS Hendrix.

zoetstoffen Wed 27-Mar-13 03:36:55

My closest ever brush with fame, and I can't tell anyone I know as we're keeping potential names secret until baby arrives!

That was a very interesting article.

Biscuitsneeded Wed 27-Mar-13 17:54:18

I teach a Cambria. She's a very nice girl. I think you should use it!

zoetstoffen Thu 28-Nov-13 23:28:05

Someone linked me to this so I thought I would update. We called her Cambria, and I have no regrets. No teasing, no negative comments, no mistaking her for a cheese or a font. Oh, and noone has misspelt or mispronounced it.

I can't imagine her being called anything else. And as a nickname, her grandparents have occasionally used Bree or Breea, which I much prefer to Cam. Perfect all round.

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