Can I call my son...

(41 Posts)
Ilovecake73 Sat 18-May-13 09:13:30

Elmo? Despite the obvious Sesame Street connection or is it too mean? Could it be a nn for something? My OH really likes the name.

scaevola Sat 18-May-13 09:15:33

Difficult - I wouldn't, because of the elephant and because the only obvious name from which it could be the nn is Elmer (Fudd). But it is a real name (like the saint) and I do like how it sounds.

TiredyCustards Sat 18-May-13 09:16:50

I think parents would still think sesame street, but it's not on anymore in the UK so kids wouldn't iyswim.

Personally I wouldn't do it. How about Arlo, Cosmo, Milo, Bruno, Ezra, Enzo?

Oh i would i love it! Ds loves elmo he had millions of teddies i think he'd faint if i gave him a real life baby elmo grin

It's such a lovely name..


Tried to link to wiki and it did not work blush apparently elmo is short for an italian version of william..

bridgetsmum Sat 18-May-13 09:45:39

No!!! Do you not like him or something? That's a stupid name

Yes,do it!

It's lovely.

It's not stupid at all hmm at leadt it's an actual name compared to most made up words people are using so often these days.

bridgetsmum Sat 18-May-13 10:04:41

Yes, I agree it's a real name, just don't think I would give my child a name that's will ensure a lifetime of teasing and "tickle me Elmo" in the playground!!!
Also agree that a lot of names these days are made up and ridiculous.
Or worse, made up spellings of perfectly good names. What's that all about ?confused

boardingschoolbaby Sat 18-May-13 10:11:06

I teach an elmo and have never heard any child make a comment to him- though admittedly he is 14 now so it could all be behind him. I don't think kids really know elmo do they? It's more our generation. That said, adults do tend to raise their eyebrows at his name, not helped that he has a bit of a penchant for wearing bright red trousers......

MrRected Sat 18-May-13 10:14:12


JojoMags Sat 18-May-13 12:00:08

Don't like it. Accept it might be a real name, but makes me think of elephants. Imagine if he became chubby at any point in his life. His name would just seem cruel!

SantanaLopez Sat 18-May-13 12:05:29


Decoy Sat 18-May-13 12:06:08

I like it. Elmer is fine too. So what if there's a character with the same name? It's a human name first and foremost.

miffybun73 Sat 18-May-13 12:14:49

No, he'll be teased.

deemented Sat 18-May-13 12:18:59

No, it's not a name. It's an affliction.

seeker Sat 18-May-13 12:21:13

Oh don't be silly!

carriedawayannie Sat 18-May-13 12:22:11

Do not do it. Within the year you will be regretting it.

When he is older he will hate you.

attilascupcakes Sat 18-May-13 14:12:21

Regardless of whether or not it is a real name, if I heard it in the playground I would be thinking "Are you f*&^%$g kidding??"

Decoy Sat 18-May-13 18:16:06

I think it's a lot less outlandish than many of the names mentioned on MN.

JassyRadlett Sat 18-May-13 18:52:37

If you're planning on raising a kid who resents you, this would probably shorten the process considerably.

I know lots of toddlers with toy Elmos (DS is a fan) despite it not being on here any more. And if they bring it back (which I heard somewhere is under discussion?) he'd be teased mercilessly.

When I was nannying one of my charges had a friend called Oscar (before it was mainstream). That kid had to be quite tough.

JennyEnglishTwo Sat 18-May-13 18:56:21

I think of that skinny comedian. Elmo.

I don't know.... :-/ It seems kind of pitiful. I've heard worse. But it's not a strong name. It's an 'excuse me for breathing' kind of name.

JennyEnglishTwo Sat 18-May-13 18:59:12

After a bit of googling I learn that the comedian I was thinking of is called Emo, not Elmo.

I think the whole 'o' trend is nearly over....

PollyPlummer Sat 18-May-13 19:08:18

I really like it, we have a toy Elmo here but I don't see the problem with giving a child a name that is a character in a tv show children might not even watch.
Is sesame st even on tv at the moment ?

TigerSwallowTail Sat 18-May-13 19:08:58

No, please don't.

Theironfistofarkus Sat 18-May-13 19:12:45

Don't like it at all

Still18atheart Sat 18-May-13 19:18:18


It's alright for a pet but not child

peacefuleasyfeeling Wed 05-Jun-13 20:56:54

It's on our list of boys' names for DC2, due in a couple of weeks, and I love it! Lots. I'd say do it. I read on some baby name site that it is a shortened form of Anselmo, and means "to love", "protector" and "God's helmet", which made me smile a bit. I think it really is older and bigger than the Sesame Street thing; St Elmo is a patron saint (of sailors, I believe) for instance. It was popular in the States in the early 1900s until the 30s. I like it as it is not obviously pin-downable to any specific country or language.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 05-Jun-13 21:00:04

Oh dear no.

Smartiepants79 Wed 05-Jun-13 21:02:43

Elmo is still fairly well known.
With so many other names to choose from why choose one that has such a high chance of causing your DS grief in years to come.

GoodbyePorkPie Wed 05-Jun-13 21:08:57

I like it. Cool name, and as peaceful says it predates Sesame St by a long shot.

And he won't get teased, FGS. To all the other kids it'll just be his name.

nooka Wed 05-Jun-13 21:11:46

I think it is too directly related to the character/toy. If you put Elmo into Google images for example you get hundreds of images of Elmo the muppet and none of anything else. IMO it is too unusual a name and too strong an association (ie what other Elmos can you think of?).

Yes it's not on the TV, but the toys are still pretty popular, and that's the association I'd be concerned about. My friend's little boy (just turned two) is devoted to his Tickle Me Elmo.

OrangeLily Wed 05-Jun-13 21:13:32

Any chance you watched Lewis recently? I'm watching in on sky plus just how and one of the (dead) characters is called Elmo. I quite like it.

UnderwaterBasketWeaving Wed 05-Jun-13 21:18:16

Some people name their children after brands of cat food hmm

I think it's ace! Especially the link to St Elmo's fire (the phenomenon, not the film!) grin

Turniptwirl Wed 05-Jun-13 23:01:27

Just no

extracrunchy Wed 05-Jun-13 23:06:11

Oh god please don't...

williaminajetfighter Wed 05-Jun-13 23:08:57

My grandpa was named Elmer so I did consider that. In the end felt Elmo the puppet was just too ubiquitous.

Lavenderandroses Wed 05-Jun-13 23:13:13

Give your child a name that won't result in his cv going straight in the bin in years to come. Harsh but true. I know this happens!

Lavenderandroses Wed 05-Jun-13 23:14:37

Ps I think you would be naive to think he wouldn't get teased

Anjou Thu 06-Jun-13 06:43:04

Choosing a name is - obviously - a very personal thing. Not everyone will like every name. Some names are more unusual than others, some names have a very identifiable source. When you give your child their name, people then associate the name with YOUR child, not with anyone or anything else. A name that raises an eyebrow in some parts of the country may not even get a batted eyelid in another. (Oscar was considered 'out there'?! Jesus. I know an Oscar in his 70s. Oscar the Grouch is also from Sesame Street and that doesn't seem to have put anyone off).

Long & short of it, if you like it, use it. smile. Personally I like it. And I think more of St Elmos Fire (the film) than Sesame Street. And I'm a huge Sesame Street fan in my thirties!

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