Holliday for a girl

(52 Posts)
hokeycakey Sun 28-Apr-13 07:15:09

I am pregnant with dc4, saw an article about Holliday Grainger in a magazine the other day and thought she had a lovely name, what do you all think is it cheesy and naff or nice?

TheRealFellatio Sun 28-Apr-13 07:18:10

I have no idea who Holliday Grainger is. It's a weird choice, but not unpleasant on the ear. I wouldn't do it, but I don't hate it. If she is someone who is big at the moment then you can expect it to become quite a fad which will date very quickly, like Kylie, Miley, Demi etc.

TheRealFellatio Sun 28-Apr-13 07:19:55

OK, just googled her. The more I say it in my head the prettier it sounds, and now I've seen she's English and not American I think I approve. grin

It's less likely to be adopted en masse by unsuitable types. wink

hokeycakey Sun 28-Apr-13 07:22:01

She's a bit of an up & coming British actress but not a "star" she's in the Borgias, she's a bit posh and very beautiful
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=holliday+grainger&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari

hokeycakey Sun 28-Apr-13 07:22:20

Sorry x posted !

hokeycakey Sun 28-Apr-13 07:22:41

Ha ha love your reasoning!

I think it's lovely, and she can always shorten it to Holly. Says Mum to a Romilly. How many times do I have to spell that...

raisah Sun 28-Apr-13 09:24:12

You will have to prepare her for a lifetime if smart quips like "Holliday, where are you going for your holidays?'
and people humming the Cliff Richards summer holidays song in her presence. Are you sure that Holliday is her proper name & not a stage name adopted for effect?

DalaHorse Sun 28-Apr-13 09:30:34

Holly Golightly character in Breakfast at Tiffany's is short for Holiday Golightly smile (one "L" BTW)

Do you have the surname to pull it off?

Laquila Sun 28-Apr-13 09:30:43

I don't think it really matters whether Holliday is the actress' proper name or adopted for effect. I think it's pleasant on the ears (love that phrase!) and nicely unusual. Does sound a little bit American.

Rhubarbgarden Sun 28-Apr-13 11:12:05

It's a bit frivolous. I wouldn't like to be called Holliday, but then I'm a bit of a serious kind of person so I like stronger, more serious names. If your dd is likely to inherit lots of fun and bubbly genes she might carry it off, but it's a risk.

She could never be a goth, that's for certain!

fussychica Sun 28-Apr-13 16:55:28

My first though was "where to?"grin
I actually like it but do think you need the right surname to carry it off. It will almost certainly be shortened to Holli/y but that's a lovely name so it's all good.

MinnesotaNice Sun 28-Apr-13 17:01:50

I actually like it! I tend to only like traditional names but with the right surname, Holliday sounds lovely.
<<Wondering what makes a name American-sounding?>>

hokeycakey Sun 28-Apr-13 17:22:09

Wow much more positive reactions than I thought they would be and food for thought I see what you mean rhubarb about it being frivolous
Holliday is the actresses real name
Funny about holly golightly didn't she change her name from something else in the book?

TheRealFellatio Sun 28-Apr-13 17:32:03

I always like the sound of the actress Honeysuckle Weekes. Such a pretty sounding word and it conjures up a lovely image. I think Holliday does the same.

ChristineDaae Sun 28-Apr-13 19:22:48

When I saw the thread title I thought definitely not. But now that iv said it in my head a few times I quite like it!

everlong Sun 28-Apr-13 19:32:27

Sorry no way.

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Mon 29-Apr-13 19:00:33

I quite like it, but she would get "where are you going on Holliday?" A LOT as a kid. Tbh though I got constant stick about my surname as a teen, and, although it irritated me, kids will always find something to pick on!

TheReal, I went to uni at the same time as Honeysuckle Weeks (different colleges) and once had a tutorial with her. I didn't say anything at all for the whole hour, just kept gawping at my tutor and mouthing "it's Honeysuckle Weeks!". Needless to say, I was not put with her again. I've always thought it's a lovely name, but a bit out of left-field for me.

getmeoutofthismadhouse Mon 29-Apr-13 21:07:25

No not my taste but then I ain't keen on unusual names so its your baby , your choice !!

LentilAsAnything Mon 29-Apr-13 23:06:52

I really like it, though I think I prefer it with one L. One of the actors from Lost had a baby recently and called her Holiday. hollywoodlife.com/2013/03/24/harold-perrineau-baby-third-daughter-lost/

lurcherlover Mon 29-Apr-13 23:16:57

Possibly open to seedy one-liners along the lines of "we're all going on Holliday" when she's older...personally I wouldn't use it. Have it as a middle name if you really want it.

Still18atheart Mon 29-Apr-13 23:17:18

It's ok but a bit out there for my tastes

BallerinaZeena Mon 29-Apr-13 23:34:05

It's a pretty name but not right for a prime minister. And a name should always work for a prime minister (as well as cute baby).

So no.

Astley Tue 30-Apr-13 10:26:00

What about Holian?

Beamae Tue 30-Apr-13 10:41:25

It's lovely. I think it's ridiculous to worry that whatever you name your child will hinder them professionally in the future. I have never in my whole working life thought oh dear that's an unprofessional name. If anything, if I were hiring someone and saw a CV for someone called Holliday Smith I would think they sounded intriguing.

YoniYoniNameLeft Tue 30-Apr-13 10:53:39

She could always go as Hollie/Holly if it caused problems when she's older. Holly would be fine for PM/high court judge etc.

hokeycakey Tue 30-Apr-13 13:26:45

Not sure that my other kids have "prime minister" names to be honest.... My other girls are Cleo and Anouk With dS Casper just to totally out myself!
"we're all going on holiday" oh dear.... That did make me chuckle but probably wouldnt have if I was younger at school
Yes the one l spelling is nice too lentil and I love their other girls names
too....
I have never heard Holian before but I do like it
after all this I bet it's a boy!

squoosh Tue 30-Apr-13 13:34:06

Despite my better judgement I actually quite like it! Go for it.

MerryMarigold Tue 30-Apr-13 13:37:26

I think it depends. If your other dc are George, Alice and Jane then Holliday probably not. If they have kind of quirky, cute names then go for it. I know sibs called Walter and Sunny and I don't think they go together at all. It's almost like their parents have typecast them from birth.

squoosh Tue 30-Apr-13 13:38:15

I hate all that chat about 'prime minister' names. It's nonsense.

DomesticCEO Tue 30-Apr-13 13:40:36

Equally it's very naive to think people don't judge people on their names.

It's been proven time and again that they do so it is worth nearing this in mind when saddling children with names that you think are cool and hip.

DomesticCEO Tue 30-Apr-13 13:41:05

Bearing not nearing!

squoosh Tue 30-Apr-13 13:43:04

And it's very naive not to reaslise that these days the naming pool is vast and wide. It's inevitable that there will be future politicians, teachers, doctors, plumbers with all kinds of weird and wonderful names.

I just can't understand people who bristle at anything at bit more left field than Peter and Susan.

hokeycakey Tue 30-Apr-13 13:43:55

But a lot of very successful people have quirky or unusual names, I don't think choosing your kids names has to be a moral issue, unless you're thinking of shithead or something....

Rhubarbgarden Tue 30-Apr-13 13:53:59

I may not like Holliday but I love your other children's names. Especially Anouk.

hokeycakey Tue 30-Apr-13 13:59:39

Thanks rhubarbgarden!

DomesticCEO Tue 30-Apr-13 14:35:18

There's a massive difference between going for something traditional and some of the awful names kids get given nowadays.

I was in the park the other day and a dad there was calling for his son, called Hunter. I could almost hear the dad cringing as he said it.

Funnily enough the friends I have with more unusual names have all given their children more traditional ones!

squoosh Tue 30-Apr-13 14:43:35

What you and I may see as 'awful names' will just be 'names' 30 years from now. I don't like the name Hunter but I've heard of a few of them in recent times and don't find it all that noteworthy.

People truly won't bat an eyelid at most 'unusual' names.

YouDontWinFriendsWithSalad Tue 30-Apr-13 17:55:38

Love it!

And the 'not a president's name' comment is ridiculous. Anyone can be a president. Is Barack a president's name? How about Goodluck? Ulysses?

wiltingfast Tue 30-Apr-13 19:26:48

Think it's an awful idea, sorry!

What next, "the shops"?

If you have to google it to find justification for it you KNOW it's a bad idea!

SoupDragon Tue 30-Apr-13 19:32:01

Truly awful.

hokeycakey Tue 30-Apr-13 19:33:08

Sorry what? I didn't google it to try and justify it I noticed an actress had the name and was just providing a link to who she was for the previous poster

And have you never heard of Hunter S Thompson? It's really not a terrible name and I have met a few people with it I don't understand why anyone would get so upset about other people's name choices

ExRatty Tue 30-Apr-13 19:33:09

brilliant, do it

hokeycakey Tue 30-Apr-13 19:34:44

loving the range of opinions on here!

Seminyak Wed 01-May-13 07:19:45

I adore Holliday. V glamourous and much prefer 2 Ls, otherwise it's just like a vacation. Funnily enough, when I read Holliday, capital H and 2 Ls, the word 'holiday' doesn't even cross my mind. It's like 'witch' and 'which', totally different words.

TheSlug Wed 01-May-13 13:08:16

I think it's beautiful! and in fact I think I might steal it (adds to list of baby names for potential future child...)

GinAndaDashOfLime Wed 01-May-13 13:15:57

Just imagining when she's 17 and other kids sing "We're all coming on Holliday" ... I wouldn't do it to my dd, sorry

TooExtraImmatureCheddar Wed 01-May-13 15:28:30

I am singing Holiday by Madonna in my head right now...but actually I do like it.

Weegiemum Wed 01-May-13 15:33:41

Wasn't Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffanys a rather high class hooker? Won't raise an eyebrow amongst her peers <am old gimmer who likes ancient films>.

Speaking as a teacher, it would certainly generate a bit of joking in the classroom!

Weegiemum Wed 01-May-13 15:34:04

... and the staff room. Sorry.

BreastmilkCrucifiesAFabLatte Wed 01-May-13 15:37:48

I think it's lovely. However, you will need to teach her to be extra resilient to the inevitable teasing...

vess Wed 01-May-13 19:15:18

Unusual but not in a nice way, and doesn't go with the siblings' names.

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