What do you think of Marley?

(54 Posts)
HeffalumpTheFlump Sat 04-May-13 17:35:17

Myself and DH have fallen in love with the name Marley, it's actually the only boys name we agree on!! Obviously there has been a film out (Marley and me) where the name is used for a very memorable Labrador. Do you think the name is now a dogs name? The full name will be Marley Christopher Allen (+surname)... I really love it but don't want people to think we have given our child a dogs name. Opinions please!!

saycheeeeeese Sat 04-May-13 17:36:18

I just see a dog...sorry sad

neverlateforwork Sat 04-May-13 17:37:59

I only know a little girl called Marley. I know a lot of boys called Harley.

It's fine as a unisex name.

Bowlersarm Sat 04-May-13 17:38:25

I would think dog, although his friends won't. Have you considered Harley?

ClaraOswald Sat 04-May-13 17:40:22

I know of three Marley's. Two are dogs, the other is a girl. And a little boy Marley came into my.place of work today.

YoniMontana Sat 04-May-13 17:40:34

I think of the dog or the girl Marley in Glee.

There are worse things to be associated with a name other than a beautiful friendly laborador. If you like it go for it!!

Jojay Sat 04-May-13 17:41:32

I know a little boy Marley - he's lovely.

Go for it.

HeffalumpTheFlump Sat 04-May-13 17:41:43

I love Harley but would be stealing it from a friend sad

seeker Sat 04-May-13 17:41:52

The ghost in A Christmas Carol.

Bowlersarm Sat 04-May-13 17:42:43

Could you ask her of she minds if you use it? Some people wouldn't care at all, only a few might.

burberryqueen Sat 04-May-13 17:43:42

I met a little girl called Marlee or Marley she would be about 14 now, I think it is/was actually a girl's name so would definitely think twice before calling a boy that - how about 'Eekamouse' or 'Buju Banton'?

HeffalumpTheFlump Sat 04-May-13 17:44:39

Apparently if it's spelt Marley its for a boy, if it's Marlee or similar it's for a girl?

HeffalumpTheFlump Sat 04-May-13 17:46:34

Also the DH doesn't like Harley hmm apparently the M makes all the difference!! confused

burberryqueen Sat 04-May-13 17:47:17

anyway if you like it, use it....

Bowlersarm Sat 04-May-13 17:51:29

Use it. You'll regret it if you don't.

LookingForwardToMarch Sat 04-May-13 17:54:32

I love it!

Mind you my dalmation is called Marley Bob Cecil the Third


Rhubarbgarden Sat 04-May-13 19:40:07

I would assume you were Bob Marley fans

tilder Sat 04-May-13 19:42:58

What rhubarbgarden said.

cookielove Sat 04-May-13 19:43:55

The little girl in I am legend is called Marley blush that i know that!! Which makes me think its a girl name, but i do love it grin for both sexes!!

AuntieStella Sat 04-May-13 19:45:07

It's always been a four legged name to me. Before the film, I knew several ponies of this name.

AnneEyhtMeyer Sat 04-May-13 19:58:21

First thought: ghost
Second thought: dog

AnneEyhtMeyer Sat 04-May-13 19:59:03

Oh and third thought: vinyl floor covering

Doesn't A Christmas Carol by Dickens start with 'Marley was dead'? Cool name though.

ParmaViolette Sat 04-May-13 20:01:49

Girls name

HeffalumpTheFlump Sat 04-May-13 20:03:05

Not a massive bob Marley fan, DH is though! Thanks for the opinions, it seems to be a mixed bag really! I do love it, iv got a few months left to decide so I'll keep thinking about it smile

rstuk Sat 04-May-13 20:09:50

Marley is a lovely name, if you like it, use it smile

I really like it grin

Spidermama Sat 04-May-13 20:15:39

Great name. Go for it.

PearlyWhites Sat 04-May-13 20:16:46

And me

I like it. Not usually a fan of surname as first names but that works. Better on a boy than a girl I think.

ABirdInTheBush Sat 04-May-13 20:28:17

It's cute while he's little, but I can't comfortably envisage a grown man with the name Marley!

But that's me, and it's not my choice. If you love it, then go for it.

WouldBeHarrietVane Sat 04-May-13 20:31:21

Can't you give him a more mainstream name for his bc and use Marley as a nn eg Murray nn Marley.

daisydoodoo Sat 04-May-13 20:32:28

If you love it use it. I really wanted to call ds2 whos now 11, Hunter or Jasper but h wouldn't let me. He's got a very normal 'classic' name but tells me he wishes if called him Hunter. I still regret not using the name. Also got talked into naming dd1 (7) a mainstream name when I wanted India or Florence.

Viviennemary Sat 04-May-13 20:38:52

I've heard worse but I think it's pretty dire.

LottieJenkins Sat 04-May-13 20:46:37

I know a seventeen year old Marley named after Bob Marley. My cousin and his partner were going to call their son Marley up until a month ago. Two weeks ago they changed their mind and called him Archie!

roseinwinter Sun 05-May-13 08:53:11

I think of Bob Marley - who I love, incidentally - so it's a winner with me! Hope all goes well with your new arrival.

HeffalumpTheFlump Sun 05-May-13 16:16:40

Thanks again for your comments! Opinion seems pretty split down the middle on this one smile If I still love at as much when baby arrives I'm gna use it!! :D

usualsuspect Sun 05-May-13 16:19:02

I love it.

I know a couple of Marleys.

usualsuspect Sun 05-May-13 16:20:39

I think Marley is mainstream name.

leobear Sun 05-May-13 22:21:49


raisah Mon 06-May-13 07:54:14

How about Marlow if you are not 100% on Marley because of the dog associations.

ZenNudist Mon 06-May-13 07:58:13

I would think you were bob Marley fans too!

[Wanders off singing redemption song]

sooperdooper Mon 06-May-13 08:43:16

I think the dog association will pass in a few years, the films already been out a while

It does also make me think of Christmas Carol, but a literary reference isn't a bad thing, isn't Marley the ghost of Christmas past?

ZolaBuddleia Mon 06-May-13 18:25:11

I wouldn't think of the dog, but for me it's in the Mason, Logan, Maddison, Bailey vein, which I'm not keen on.

ShowOfHands Mon 06-May-13 19:23:11

I don't like surname type names, much like Zola describes BUT dd has a little boy called Marley in her class and he is such a lovely little boy that I now like the name which just goes to show that children transcend their names somewhat. You say Marley to me now and I just think of a very lovely, smiley little boy.

mewkins Mon 06-May-13 22:30:15

I know two under 5s called Marley- suits them both. Also met a teenager a few years ago called Marlee and it suited her too.

SneezySnatcher Tue 07-May-13 08:53:05

I know a lovely boy called Marley. He's 10. When I first heard the name I didn't like it, but he's so great that now I think it's pretty cool!

elsabel Thu 09-May-13 19:58:23

My best friend who is trying to decide on a name could have written your thread. Except she is having a girl. Ill give you the same advice i have been giving her, and thats that i think its a lovely name and wouldnt worry about the dog thing. Sorry hope i havent put you off cause shes considering it for her girl, i do think of it more as a girls name but only because im used to talking to her about it. I like it for either!

Jacob Marley. Literary references are all good as long as the character isn't a rotten old dead miser. And it's hideous, sorry. Especially spelled Marlee.

MissTweed Fri 10-May-13 04:10:50

I initially thought 'lovely girls name' when I read the post title but maybe because I never knew it was a unisex name

Suzieismyname Fri 10-May-13 04:29:30

Dickens. Dreadlocks. Dog.
Not a first name...

DialsMavis Fri 10-May-13 04:43:05

I have only heard it as a boys name! I like it wink

First thought: ghost.
Second thought: make of flooring.

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