(79 Posts)
pygmy Mon 20-May-13 12:40:14

Thoughts please.

Smudging Mon 20-May-13 12:49:53

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Succoria Mon 20-May-13 12:51:01

I love it but wouldn't use it as a first name. Its a definite middle name for any future son though!

meddie Mon 20-May-13 12:52:33

not a fan

BNmum Mon 20-May-13 12:56:57

I prefer Cosimo

BackforGood Mon 20-May-13 12:58:06

I like Smudging's post grin

(Presuming you wanted honest opinions, and not everyone to just say "Up to you" ?)

shoobidoo Mon 20-May-13 12:58:25

I like Cosmo - cool, masculine, easy to spell/pronounce and not overused. What's not to like?

MomsNetCurtains Mon 20-May-13 13:01:08

Depends on your surname and where you live really, IMO.

It does tend to make me think of a Catherine Tate sketch in Waitrose......"Come on Cosmo, come on Delphinium....we'll be late for Feng Shui class!"

OrangeFireandGoldashes Mon 20-May-13 13:06:20

For me personally (not saying this would be the case for the majority) it has too many other references: the women's magazine, the Les Dawson character Cosmo Smallpiece and Rannaldini's monstrous son in Jilly Cooper's novels.

Absy Mon 20-May-13 13:09:47

It works if the child is around 6 foot 4 with goofy hair and your surname is Kramer. Otherwise, no.

LippyDiDooDah Mon 20-May-13 13:09:56

It's the name of my SIL's cat so I personally think of it as an animals name - sorry.

lurcherlover Mon 20-May-13 13:11:35

Dibs (may be showing myself as a child of the 80s here).

TWinklyLittleStar Mon 20-May-13 13:12:13

In this order:
1. Women's magazine with questionable sex 'tips'
2. Overly sweet cocktail popularized by Sex and the City
3. 'isn't that Nigella Lawson's son? No wait, that's Bruno. Oh her daughter is Cosima.'
10000343. Something I would call a little boy.
(sorry. But if you really like it, don't worry about my opinion.)

GaryBuseysTeeth Mon 20-May-13 13:12:28

I like it, however the woman's mag & drink references have put me off it.

Cosmo is the awesome fairy godfather in Fairly Odd Parents!

Succoria Mon 20-May-13 13:32:01

Loads of Cosmo references I don't get here!

But surely the most famous (and best) Cosmo is Cosmo Brown from Singin' In The Rain?

Make 'em laugh!

pygmy Mon 20-May-13 13:45:04

Thanks for the link Succoria, I enjoyed that! I'm quite a bit in love with the name. Surname will be Black.

pygmy Mon 20-May-13 13:46:28

oh and I like the nickname Oz

It's ridiculously twattish.

I would snort and hmm if I heard someone calling out "Cosmo" at the park.

With the surname Black I would go for Bernard. Hth.

Decoy Mon 20-May-13 14:16:25

It makes me think of someone who's trying to make it clear how cosmopolitan they are.

TheseGoToEleven Mon 20-May-13 14:17:47

I would think you were a Seinfeld fan.

chaya5738 Mon 20-May-13 15:11:18

I think of Seinfield:

Cosmo Kramer

KittenofDoom Mon 20-May-13 15:15:22

I quite like it.

Most of the references people are making go right over my head. I would never have thought of the magazine if no one had mentioned it - isn't it Cosmopolitan ? or have they changed the name?
I had forgotten all about the Les Dawson character, and most people will never hear it.

The first thing that popped into my head was Cosmo Lang, who was an Archbishop of Canterbury, I think.

Absy Mon 20-May-13 16:38:36

IF you do go for Cosmo for this one, you could go for George or Elaine or Jerry or even Seven for any other DCs.

GoodbyePorkPie Mon 20-May-13 17:11:47

I absolutely love this name. I have loved it since I was a teenager and have been saving it for my first born DS. Unfortunately it doesn't look like I'll have a DS.

Please go for it, OP!

GoodbyePorkPie Mon 20-May-13 17:13:26

Oh I've just seen your surname. Do it, do it!!

CityGal29 Mon 20-May-13 17:20:17


evamummy Mon 20-May-13 17:35:18

"I would snort and if I heard someone calling out "Cosmo" at the park."

I think that says more about you than a person called Cosmo tbh. I actually like the sound of Cosmo and find it a refreshing change from all the popular boys' names. To me, it sounds masculine, cool and a little quirky.

5madthings Mon 20-May-13 17:38:23

I like it, there is a little Cosmo at toddler group, he is a sweetie and it suits him smile

GloryHunter Mon 20-May-13 17:41:28

I do like the name but it does make me think of the Benny Hill character Cosmo Smallpiece grin

Yes it does evan.

It says I'm a down to earth person from a working class background who prefers solid and old-fashioned names to roaringly upper class and pretentious ones.

hifi Mon 20-May-13 17:53:13

reminds me of Les Dawsons cosmo smallpiece.

hifi Mon 20-May-13 17:53:43

reminds me of Les Dawsons cosmo smallpiece.

LynetteScavo Mon 20-May-13 17:54:52

I also prefer Cosimo.

MrsBungle Mon 20-May-13 17:56:59

I find it a pretentious name.

DesertOrchid Mon 20-May-13 17:59:43

I love Cosmo. Great name, a saint's name, easy to say, easy to spell. What's not to like?

Cosmo Brown in Singing in the Rain is a lovely namesake, and if your surname is as simple as Black I would absolutely go for it. There's also a guy called Cosmo Wilson who does lighting for rock concerts... So you don't have to be a Duke to use it.

Raaraathenoisybaby Mon 20-May-13 17:59:59

I quite like it but its one of those names that shriek middle class alternative in a new conformist, post ironic kind of a way. Is your other child called Jago?

Meringue33 Mon 20-May-13 18:01:54

I like it
Tho cuter on a little boy than full grown man
Cosmo Jarvis springs to mind but I quite like him
Could you give him a "normal" middle band like James or something he could use if he decides he hates Cosmo when he is older?

BoraBora Mon 20-May-13 18:09:12

LOVE it. Cosmo Black is a fabulous name.

Secondme Mon 20-May-13 18:21:16

With your surname, grin Cosmo Black. Very spacey, reminds me of the solar system or milky way, things like that. Like it though.

KittenofDoom Mon 20-May-13 18:44:04

Reminds me of Sirius Black in HP! What about another brother called Pluto?
<has probably gone too far there>

DebsMorgan Mon 20-May-13 19:42:17

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MorphandChas Mon 20-May-13 19:56:46

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Cosmothedog Mon 20-May-13 22:58:10

My dog's name is Cosmo, full name Cosmo Kramer.

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Tue 21-May-13 03:46:48

'Roaringly upper class'?! grin

Well, only in the UK where people are preternaturally obsessed with such things. In other countries, it's ... a name.

Cosmo Kramer for me, too. And the whole deal was, of course, that he kept his name hidden and went by Kramer because he - seemingly unembarrasable, if you know the character at all - was so embarrassed by it.

It's not a name I would ever use, but -<meh>- it's not that bad.

Cosmo black sounds like a stage name to me.
Personally I would use it as a middle name/ nick name and give him a 'normal' name for day to day usage in case he becomes a boring banker etc rather than a showman.

It's the kind of name that forces a personality from people's preconceived perceptions iyswim.

Amy106 Tue 21-May-13 05:08:18

No, sorry. Not a fan.

sleepywombat Tue 21-May-13 05:28:45

sounds v pretentious to me, but I dislike all those 'o' boys names (inigo, milo, ivo, otto, cato etc).

sleepingbeautiful Tue 21-May-13 05:32:16

Sounds a bit try-hard to me.
Also the name immediately makes me think of the trashy magazine with endless "how to have the best sex ever" articles.

sleepingbeautiful Tue 21-May-13 05:35:42

Also 'Cosmo Black' sounds like a magician doing the entertainment at a party, so he may have to learn how to saw ladies in half in order to live up to this.

MomsNetCurtains Tue 21-May-13 05:40:10

Cosmo Black is a terrific name! A good name for a lawyer/something high powered and likely to be in a Jilly Cooper novel. Tall, thick dark hair...

A memorable name. I like it.

CecyHall Tue 21-May-13 06:29:43

I first thought Cosmo and Dibs and then thought of the Chinese restaurant chain.

But I don't hate it.

poppydaisy Tue 21-May-13 09:29:54

I think Cosmo is a fantastic name - cool, easy to prounounce/spell, works in most languages and overused - what's not to like?

Those of you who'd laugh at a name like Cosmo - why? I genuinely don't get that. Do you really find someone's name 'snortable'? I find that quite sad, actually.

SilverOldie Tue 21-May-13 11:11:55

I don't normally post on this forum but think Cosmo is a great name and goes perfectly with your last name.

Don't listen to the naysayers. Cosmo Black is perfect for an adult or a child. As for it being upper class so what? Better than a chav name, shudders.

moonblues Tue 21-May-13 17:18:32

I think Cosmo is a great name and goes really well with your surname.

JojoMags Tue 21-May-13 19:42:00

Cosmo - slightly raunchy girls mag!. Would you honestly saddle him wirth it? Sounds like the worst kind of rich-boy raaa.

Oriunda Tue 21-May-13 19:50:48

My son is called Cosmo, so obviously I am biased, but I love it. DH is Italian and Cosmo has Greek/Italian origins which are very apt for us. FIL is called Cosimo (which is a more old-fashioned name). Cosmo is also the patron saint of doctors.

I really don't care what anyone thinks when I shout his name across the playground and nor should you. It's a fab name.

pygmy Tue 21-May-13 22:53:09

It's such a great name.
It's now on the list; although I'm not sure I'm brave enough.

iclaudius Tue 21-May-13 22:56:22

Love it but we have a middle named Cosimo!

iclaudius Tue 21-May-13 22:58:12

Do it!!

twinklestar2 Wed 22-May-13 00:16:04

Cosmo Black sounds awesome! Do it! It's super cool!

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Wed 22-May-13 06:22:50

OK, I somehow missed your surname.

Cosmo Black is awesome, go for it.

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 22-May-13 21:45:42

It just makes me think of the women's magazine. Which can be a bit smutty - "how to make your man cum with a doughnut" was an actual article piece on the front cover once.

Anjou Wed 22-May-13 23:16:02

Oriunda - I was going to say everything you've just written! I have a Cosmo, also named after a family member, and people always comment on how much they (genuinely) like it.

I find it really odd when strangers on the Internet say that someone's choice of name is 'pretentious'. Surely pretentious means trying to be something you're not? Without knowing someone's heritage, social circles and general way of being, how can you possibly say its pretentious?! It might be for YOU, but not for people who are NOT you. And as for the expression 'try hard' ... you bloody should try hard when its your kid. (Although I draw the line at making names up!).

Cosmo is a name with great history, links to Greek, Italian, Russian & Scottish heritage (if any of those apply & if its important to you) and - in my opinion - sounds ace.

As with any name, other associations go out the window once you've given it to your kid, so I wouldn't worry about magazines etc. you can associate any name if you really want to. Who cares.

And Cosmo Brown is awesome! smile

HerrenaHarridan Wed 22-May-13 23:41:24

Amazed by how many people think its pretentious.

If dd had been ds she would have been Cosmos, Cosmo for short.

I grew up in a shitty council estate with a smack problem and my mates dad was called Cosmo.

Be prepared though, it'll be Mo to his mates

HerrenaHarridan Wed 22-May-13 23:42:48

Wow Cosmo black. Perfect! You have to!

Thesebootsweremadeforwalking Wed 22-May-13 23:48:48

Cosmo Kramer popped into my head too, but it's not the worst character to be associated with, I don't think?

Cosmo Black does kind of remind me of Conrad Black, and IMHO that's not so good?

The kids in his school aren't going to get either of those connotations though, so not really a problem I wouldn't have thought?

miffybun73 Fri 24-May-13 13:41:56

Great if you are very wealthy and from upper class/upper middle class background, Prep school etc.

However if little Cosmo goes to the local primary school unfortunately he is likely to be ridiculed.

miffybun73 Fri 24-May-13 13:42:58

Just read HerrenaHarridan's post, maybe I'm wrong.

MrsMarigold Fri 24-May-13 14:28:24

my cousin is called Cosmo and I know another one too - if you like it do it.

poppydaisy Fri 24-May-13 14:54:17

"However if little Cosmo goes to the local primary school unfortunately he is likely to be ridiculed."

Why on earth would little boys care whether their mates are called Cayden, Cosmo, Mohammed or Connor? Honestly, they don't care - to them they're just names! Also, what is there to ridicule about? It's not like his name is Will that could be ridiculed with Willy, for example.

Elquota Fri 24-May-13 14:56:51

> Why on earth would little boys care whether their mates are called Cayden, Cosmo, Mohammed or Connor?

Don't underestimate the ability of primary-aged children to tease and ridicule others for being "posh".

Lebkuchenlover Fri 24-May-13 15:11:36

Cosmo is a cool name!

diddl Fri 24-May-13 17:14:22

Cosmo Black is absolutely fantastic!

Confitdecanard Sun 26-May-13 10:05:06

I love the sound of the name and we talked about using it for DS. However, anyone I mentioned it to in real life after naming DS something else laughed and thought I was joking. It is a lovely name though. Cosmo and Dibs were cool. I also like Cosimo, it reminds me of a character in an Italian novel who lives in the trees after getting fed up with his family (not because they named him Cosimo, although he is a Baron!). In conclusion, go with it if you love it, but be prepared for the odd raised eyebrow.

waikikamookau Sun 26-May-13 10:13:41

the first time I heard a mother use it at our local primary I thought it was her son's nickname.
I don't like it.
pretentious is my word for it.

waikikamookau Sun 26-May-13 10:14:40

personally I don't think the child would be ridiculed by other children, maybe their parents. <<if they don't bit their tongue>>

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 26-May-13 10:52:08

Cosmo was the son of Hermione Harefield in Jilly Cooper !!! Sired by Rannaldini !
He was a little shit in the books.

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 26-May-13 10:53:58

Sorry that was to momsnetcurtains

peanutMD Sun 26-May-13 11:02:39

Its not a name I would use but I don't dislike it either if that makes sense.

Although Cosmo Black does sound like a shade of Dulux IMHO.

If you love it, go fir it!

Its much better than Perciphone and such like grin

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