Getting to the nn ''Red'' for a boy

(47 Posts)
Stateofgrace Sun 24-Mar-13 09:33:55

Hiya, not asking for me glances over at gorgeous snuggly newborn Elowen as I type this but a lady I met on the maternity ward a couple of weeks ago had a little boy and has been calling him ''Red'' ever since.
At first I was a bit hmm but it suits him so much and I cant imagine him as anything else now, iyswim.

They haven't registered him yet and after directing her to Mumsnet last week, she has now asked for help with a full or given name which could lend to the nn Red.

I know you could say that you could call him for example, Thomas and still get the nn Red, but she would like something with a closer link. Sonographer told her baby was going to be a girl, hence current situation and I don't think little Red is going to be happy as a Zoe...

Thanks in advance.

SoupDreggon Sun 24-Mar-13 09:35:34


UnChartered Sun 24-Mar-13 09:36:51



Jacksterbear Sun 24-Mar-13 09:41:20

Ross (Rosso = Italian for red I think)

heidihole Sun 24-Mar-13 09:41:27


or look here
for names that mean red

almostanotherday Sun 24-Mar-13 09:41:53

How about a hyphenated name something like Thomas-Red then surname?

toomuch2young Sun 24-Mar-13 09:42:14

Has he red hair is this how the nn came about? If so I think any name would be fine and still have the nn Red.
Or isn't Red a name in its own right? Possibly spelt Redd?

Other names that came to mind-

Jasper - pretty sure Jasper means red.

SoupDreggon Sun 24-Mar-13 09:42:40

I believe Rory means something like Red

TrishkanOEUFak Sun 24-Mar-13 09:42:46

Rufus means red headed.


Both have red with in the name.

(I really want to name our baby if a boy Frederick and call him red for nn)

Stateofgrace Sun 24-Mar-13 09:45:54

No he hasn't red hair - thick, dark hair, I am not really sure how it came about tbh...she just came back up from labour ward and said ''he's called Red''.

Your suggestions are better than mine - Redfern.

Thanks ladies, I shall let her know that MN is on the case smile

VBisme Sun 24-Mar-13 09:47:07


Maryz Sun 24-Mar-13 09:47:07

Go Irish - Rohan means red-headed or red, and is pronounced the same way as rowan.

janek Sun 24-Mar-13 09:47:51

There's a Ruskin in dd's class, so-called because he is red-headed.

mrsbungle Sun 24-Mar-13 09:48:43

My beautician's son is called red. Not short for anything.

I suggest Jared.

Stateofgrace Sun 24-Mar-13 09:50:22

I've just text her to ask why Red - she text back that she watched Shawshank whilst having contractions and fell in love with Morgan Freeman's character all over again...

thanks for all your suggestions thus far...

desertbaby Sun 24-Mar-13 09:50:39

Ruairidh or Rory both mean red headed but as he is dark locked then Jared seems the most sensible option?

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sun 24-Mar-13 09:51:32

So long as their surname isn't Laurie (I shit you not- this was a genuine name someone I know used. I'm not sure she realised and I didnt dare ask)

SanityClause Sun 24-Mar-13 09:52:00

We called DD1 Bear or The Bear for the first year of her life. She is now 13, and is never called that. (her real name is something else, quite different.) so, please let her know that just because a name suits a baby, doesn't mean it will "stick".

But I do like some of the suggestions here, if she really wants to call him a name associated with his current nickname.

SanityClause Sun 24-Mar-13 09:53:06

Just read your recent post.

What about Morgan?


doradoo Sun 24-Mar-13 09:56:24

Could be completely unrelated of course.... my DDs NN is Boris - nothing to do with her name - more her unruly hair!

Stateofgrace Sun 24-Mar-13 09:58:23

..I suggested that, Sanity, but she thinks Morgan is mostly given to girls these days...

Interesting to hear that someone just called their child Red....I do think she wants a Sunday name though

She likes Ruairidh (her df is Irish so she has some good solid roots) but is concerned about the Irish spelling and isn't keen on Rory.

She also likes Reuben....

Iggly Sun 24-Mar-13 09:58:33

Just give him a name and call him red. A nickname doesn't have to be short for anything. It could be a term of endearment.

We did that same with our ds. His nickname does not derive from his actual name at all!

Boomtastic Sun 24-Mar-13 10:01:44

Redwald/Raedwald (anglo-saxon king)

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Sun 24-Mar-13 10:11:44

For our to-be-born-in-10-weeks DS we've decided on Robin and have slipped into calling him Red (from 'Robin Red Breast' I guess?)

Especially since we've decided on Edward too for middle name - R from Robin and the ED from Edward ifykwim?

BoyMeetsWorld Sun 24-Mar-13 10:18:30

I know a Reuben nn Red. Lovely smile

CambridgeBlue Sun 24-Mar-13 10:26:22

The character's full name is Ellis Boyd Redding <Shawshank geek> so how about Ellis? Or maybe too linked to the film, not sure if she wants that.

Jared is a great name!

Maryz Sun 24-Mar-13 11:02:42

Ruarí is easier than Ruaridh, and more usually used in Ireland.

I still think Rohan is good - in fact, I want someone to use it because I should have.

ElegantSufficiency Sun 24-Mar-13 12:18:45

Ross Edward
Richard Edward
or just Richard?

Only ever known two. It's a good name. Knew a Jared and he was fond of a drop so he was known as jarred.

PuppyMonkey Sun 24-Mar-13 12:21:37

Reg or Reginald grin

Seriously though, Reuben is the one.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Sun 24-Mar-13 12:22:37

I teach a Redd. Just Redd. wrel actually Gabriel Redd but he's always called Redd. Love it, it is so strong and unusual.

ElegantSufficiency Sun 24-Mar-13 12:22:45

Tell her I like it. It sounds more solid than Ted which is a stuffed toy (although I don't dislike it). could never get to grips with Ned. Awful. Red though, that is a great name!

Redmond is very Irish though, I think there was some political figure called Redmond which might explain why it's not rare in Ireland. My ignorance is shocking, I@ll google and get back to you.

Rosso is Italian for Red, then Ross Edward leads to Red two ways!

ElegantSufficiency Sun 24-Mar-13 12:24:29

Just googled Redmond, and on , it is certainly not an unusual name. Pages and pages of Redmonds come up.

I think that actor Ryan O'Neal called his son Redmond. Was it a character from the Film Barry Lyndon. That was a beautiful (but long) film.

ElegantSufficiency Sun 24-Mar-13 12:26:33
Gwennan Sun 24-Mar-13 12:55:44

If none of the names already suggested leap out at her, she could always name her son something traditional like Thomas and give him the middle name Red.

Welovegrapes Sun 24-Mar-13 13:00:14


Just vaguely r- sounding names are ok for nn red I think.

Arun is another option - means redness of the dawn in hindi!

Stateofgrace Sun 24-Mar-13 14:17:52

Thanks guys for all your help - she has decided on (drum roll)...

Reuben Ellis.

Small epiphany a couple of hours ago when she 'remembered' (ahem) that her dp's surname began with a 'D' so her ds's initials are R.E.D.

Thanks so much for your help smile

ElegantSufficiency Sun 24-Mar-13 14:20:41

Oh that's good. So Reuben is going to be called Red, but has Reuben on birth cert? and she likes that too?


SoupDreggon Sun 24-Mar-13 14:25:08


Viviennemary Sun 24-Mar-13 14:27:53

I agree with just give him any name you like and say his nickname is Red. And if it doesn't catch on there's not much you can do about it. But not Red for the actual name. Or failing that you could give him three names initials R.E.D. and then surname.

Maryz Sun 24-Mar-13 14:30:01

[arf] at her only thinking of initials now grin.

Talk about mushy baby brain.

That's a great name.

IAmLouisWalsh Sun 24-Mar-13 15:03:00

I knew a Redvers at university - never come across it before or since.

Coffee1Sugar Sun 24-Mar-13 16:24:40

Alfred - then could be Alfie too

twinklestar2 Mon 25-Mar-13 00:10:55

Fab! Love it!

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