Would it be cruel to name my DS..

(30 Posts)
TimeyWimey Sat 18-May-13 16:53:41

Roald?

I'm living in the UK but I'm very fond of Norway. I know people will automatically think of Roald Dahl (which I don't really mind because I was always fond of Roald Dahl's books, and he himself had Norwegian parents), but that's just a nice plus! I'd like something a little unusual but I know a lot of Scandinavian names can be hard to pronounce over here. Also, I'm not Norwegian myself, but I do speak Norwegian! Don't know if you think that'd make a difference? Thanks in advance x

Thurlow Sat 18-May-13 17:18:49

Yes. People might know how to pronounce it, but I don't think it would really work in the UK.

BiscuitMillionaire Sat 18-May-13 17:22:20

Not cruel as such. But EVERYONE will think Roald Dahl.

Elizabeth22 Sat 18-May-13 17:22:27

I think it's a lovely name.

lljkk Sat 18-May-13 17:24:40

So is it just a myth that Roald Dahl's parents missed off an N on the birth certificate?

VBisme Sat 18-May-13 17:24:57

No, it reminds me of Ronald

aftermay Sat 18-May-13 17:27:01

How do you pronounce it?

MrsBungle Sat 18-May-13 17:29:17

I think it's alright. Not cruel. I think he would get dick of people saying 'roald dhal' mistaking it due Ronald (which is a cruel name!)

Oh it's nice; I like it. I was expecting something awful. Then again I LOVE Roland - do you like that too?

MrsBungle Sat 18-May-13 17:29:54

shock SICK not dick! blush

Layl77 Sat 18-May-13 17:44:19

No, it's quite nice go for it!

MerryMarigold Sat 18-May-13 17:48:25

Quite like it. Also Lief (is that Norwegian?)

MMollyMum2 Sat 18-May-13 17:57:16

I like Roald. It will remind people of Roald Dahl but then that's in a good way, after a famous and brilliant author.

cece Sat 18-May-13 18:00:26

I actually quite like Ronald. Considered Ronnie for DS2.

KittenofDoom Sat 18-May-13 19:40:01

What is the correct pronunciation of Roald? Is it like 'rolled'?

JojoMags Sat 18-May-13 19:44:12

If you can even think it MIGHT be cruel you should steer clear, or maybe I just don't like the name. Like the suggestions of Lief and Roland on this thread.

JojoMags Sat 18-May-13 19:46:30

There must be plenty of gorgeous Norweigan names you could consider. I once nannied for a Henning, whose Mum was Swedish. Don't know if the name is used in Norway but always thought it was a great. Apparently it means 'he who runs with the horses'. So now you know...

NotSpartacus Sat 18-May-13 19:47:57

I really like it.

everlong Sat 18-May-13 20:00:06

I like it.

BeTTerMumThanU Sat 18-May-13 21:14:16

Very cruel indeed, Might as well call him tyrone.

everlong Sat 18-May-13 21:16:19

Tyrone?

What's that supposed to mean?

HibiscusIsland Sat 18-May-13 22:16:01

I think steer clear of any name you think might be cruel

TimeyWimey Sat 18-May-13 22:22:14

Thanks for your OPs guys. Roughly it'd be pronounced 'r-oh-l-d' but in Norway the d would be silent. I love Roland (so glad to hear someone else likes it) and Lief is lovely. I know a lot of Liefs though and whilst they might not live around here, I would think of all those other Liefs. Another name I love is Sigurd but where I come from it'd just sound horrible. Not Norwegian names but I also like Tobias and Elijah (maybe just a little too popular atm?)

TerrysNo2 Sat 18-May-13 22:22:17

don't think it's cruel. I quite like it, seems strong. everyone will think he's named after Roald Dahl, as long as you don't mind that then go for it

KittenofDoom Sat 18-May-13 22:28:12

I think of the polar explorer Amundsen as well as Dahl.

I thought it was Leif not Lief? or is it a different name.

I like Roland a lot too.

TimeyWimey Sat 18-May-13 23:51:56

It is Leif yes. Just an embarrassing typo on my part!

DXBMermaid Sat 18-May-13 23:58:26

What about Olaf or Axel if you like Nordic names. I like Roald and although many people will think of Roald Dahl I agree that's not a bad thing.

Eskino Sun 19-May-13 00:02:58

Roald good, Stellan ACE!

Eskino Sun 19-May-13 00:03:26

Soren ACEST!

Mondayschild78 Sun 19-May-13 14:46:39

My friend picked names that she wanted to make sense in both the UK and Norway - Oskar and Lukas. There must be quite a few names that suit UK and Norway?

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now