Beatrice Lydia - love it, but with our surname?

(35 Posts)
GettingObsessive Sun 28-Apr-13 13:17:55

DH loves Lydia, I love Beatrice, and I prefer the sound of Beatrice Lydia to Lydia Beatrice. But (and its a big but) our surname begins with a T.

Would it really be too cruel to inflict those initials on the baby?

Thinkingof4 Sun 28-Apr-13 13:22:47

Lovely choice, I don't think anyone pays too much attention to initials tbh so I would just go for it!
My boys initials are LAL (ok) AIL ( not so good) and HDL (sounds like courier company) grin but no-one ever notices

StormyBrid Sun 28-Apr-13 13:26:35

Probably. But on the other hand, it's character building! And it's not like she'll have to tell everyone her middle name, so hopefully wouldn't be a massive issue. If you like it, go for it.

GettingObsessive Sun 28-Apr-13 14:07:48

Thanks. I'm sorely tempted to just say sod it - at least the initials don't spell anything terrible mind you I don't like BLTs

LittlePandaBear Sun 28-Apr-13 14:18:57

You could always add in another middle name if BLT bothers you?

GettingObsessive Sun 28-Apr-13 14:20:21

Yes I wondered about that. The only question is what. We're having enough trouble with two names - and as for boys names... grin

My parents chose my name because it isn't quite a well-known abbreviation - but middlename firstname maidenname would be.

I went into a career where everyone uses initials all the time.

Lydia Beatrice T- is beautiful.

GettingObsessive Sun 28-Apr-13 14:30:38

Horry I think that's what's troubling me - we do in my firm too, despite the edict that we shouldn't.

I do like Lydia Beatrice, but I would love a little girl known as Bea. In my head the - as yet sex unknown - baby is my little Honeybee blush

Exhaustipated Sun 28-Apr-13 15:54:21

I would add in a one syllable extra middle name


Beatrice Lydia Joy T
Beatrice Lydia Jane T
Beatrice Lydia Pearl T
Beatrice Lydia Fern T


fussychica Sun 28-Apr-13 16:34:47

Lovely esp nn Bea - stick with it.

I don't think its a problem tbh.
Beatrice Lydia sounds lovely. If you are concerned as others have said add another middle names. Louise, Iona, Alice loads will go.

GettingObsessive Sun 28-Apr-13 17:15:33

Thanks. I think we'll go with it. I just love it and I think that, even if anyone does anything, once they've met the baby they'll be so mesmerised by her beauty any misgivings will be instantly forgotten wink

You could always have Lydia Beatrice on the bc and call her Bea. I know a few people who go by their middle names.

mumbaisapphire Mon 29-Apr-13 23:31:37

I'd go for it. It's not a bad set of initials, and who doesn't like a BLT? Oh, ah I see you don't but seriously though, it's a sandwich, nothing to worry about. Quite a fun set of initials really. I know a few people with fun initials which have never held them back. They include ELF, TCP and JLS. If it's any help our intended name for our daughter should it turn out to be a girl will mean she's a COG.

NatashaBee Tue 30-Apr-13 02:59:34

It's a lovely name. I agree, throw in another 1 syllable middle name if you're worried.

LeoTheLateBloomer Tue 30-Apr-13 03:09:31

Initials can be fun and, as a pp said, character building. I used to teach a really quiet, sensitive boy who suddenly gained huge street cred when everyone (well, the girls) realised his initials were JLS!

FWIW I think Lydia Beatrice actually flows better. Both very pretty name though.

Rhubarbgarden Tue 30-Apr-13 07:24:16

I think Lydia Beatrice flows better too. There are an awful lot of baby Beas around at the moment.

MrsHiddleston Tue 30-Apr-13 07:31:54

Okay outing myself a little bit but my best friend's initials are HELP. We found it a little funny at first when we discovered it at school, but it's fine and doesn't bother her.

Beatrice Lydia is lovely. If you really are unsure you could hyphenate to Beatrice-lydia and then in theory her initials would be BT not BLT.

BikeRunSki Tue 30-Apr-13 07:36:00

Name her LBT, but use Beatrice ?

flopsy1974 Tue 30-Apr-13 08:18:57

Beatrice Lydia is totally gorgeous. I would go for it. I doubt many people would notice the initials. What does it matter anyway smile

'There are an awful lot of baby Beas ' AAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH! I know!

I have a Bea, she is 6 now. Nobody used the name when we did and know you can't move for them. I am really annoyed! angry grin

emmyloo2 Tue 30-Apr-13 08:29:14

I love Beatrice and would use it but it doesn't go with our surname. I think Bea is just fabulous.

I wouldn't worry about the initials. I wouldn't even notice it to be honest and BLT is nothing terrible. If you love it, definitely use it. It is gorgeous.

diddl Tue 30-Apr-13 13:02:47

I much prefer Lydia.

Either way, at least it isn't LTB!

Notnowcato Tue 30-Apr-13 18:02:15

Lots of Bea's round here too (Beatrices and Beatrixes). But it's a lovely name and the abbreviation is sweet. I see a grown-up Bea/Beatrice/Beatrix as very attractive, successful and witty! But I probably wouldn't go with BLT as initials so maybe your husband has another name he likes? (Didn't you know, that Mumsnetters almost always over-rule the husband's choice once the baby is born grin?)

GettingObsessive Tue 30-Apr-13 18:58:43

Oh, I had no idea this had moved on again!

So, I am NOT a fan of calling a baby one thing formally and then using another name in reality. No offence, it's just one of my multitudinous naming no nos.

Are there really loads of Beatrices around? I was afraid of this. Do those of you who know lots mind saying vaguely where you are in the country? I was hoping that it was still under the radar (another one of my "rules" being "name must not appear in top 25 and ideally not top 50 of ONS name statistics"

But you're all completely correct of course, Beatrice Lydia is a beautiful name wink

GettingObsessive Tue 30-Apr-13 19:01:11

Oh and Notnowcato there are no other names that DH likes, ther than Claudia and he keeps saying that in a stupid cod Italian accent like "cloud-ia" hmm

He's the reason our "long list" of boys names is only three names long!!

Well It could be a bit mumsnet skewed - that it's popular here so seems more popular? I only know my Bea actually. Last time some stats came out I think it was still just outside the top 100.

Yup 126 in 2011 with 460 little girls. The top name was Amelia with over 5000!

Just looked up my other girl's names - at 800 and something and 1400+!

Link here where you can download it if wanted.

GettingObsessive Tue 30-Apr-13 19:13:30

Yes, there is possibly a MN bias, I hadn't thought of that. Burning think we live in a very "MN area" and I think that names that are popular on MN are likely to be popular round our way, IYSWIM.

Lydia is at 99 I think, and not (in my view) likely to rise.

OkayHazel Tue 30-Apr-13 19:30:14

If you can't think of another middle name... why not use your first name?

GettingObsessive Tue 30-Apr-13 19:45:09

Sorry Hazel, that's another one of my no nos (can you see why this is so difficult grin) and besides, my name as her middle name would spell BAT.

I think not grin

ThePavlovianCat Tue 30-Apr-13 21:39:11

Well you have very good taste. This is my secret name choice (although in the other order) if we have another girl.

GettingObsessive Tue 30-Apr-13 21:50:39

<takes a bow>

I know smile

DH is being thoroughly unhelpful (cf comments about Claudia above) and mostly just veto-ing random names. It's like bedroom curtain fabricgate all over again - I'm supposed to just keep presenting fabric samples names until we hit upon one that's acceptable to him hmm

But he did go out and get me a Magnum the other week and he has done a brilliant job of telling his DM where to stick her "well meaning concern and advice".

CruCru Wed 01-May-13 16:07:58

This wouldn't even press my buttons. It's not like it spells out BUM or POO. BLT isn't bad or offensive.

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