Is Scarlett chavvy? And Rhys too Welsh?

(40 Posts)
Huffty Sun 30-Jun-13 22:08:09

I'm trying to find a nice oldfashioned name for boy and girl but my husband is French and we live in France so I need to have a Uk view on the names Scarlett and Rhys. Am I totally off track or would they work?
Our other children are called Miles and Abigail.
We're also looking at Rose and Ruby or Scott and Edgar.
I'm having so much trouble I need your help!

I like Scarlett. Rhys doesn't do much for me. Edgar is nice and I am v fond of Scott (but most people on here hate it).

polkadotsrock Sun 30-Jun-13 22:13:09

I like Scarlett but won't consider it for my daughter as I think you would need to be a 'character' to carry it off, if you know what I mean?
I'm not a huge fan of Rhys, but I think it complements your other DCs names quite nicely.

BoysBoysBoysAndMe Sun 30-Jun-13 22:14:10

Scarlet, rose and Scott I think are lovely.
Edgar makes me think of aristocats film from Disney.
But I think the most important thing is that you choose a name you like, that sits well with you and that you feel will suit baby. Forget what's common, chavvy, over used etc. if you like it, have it.
Two of our ds we planned to be a certain name but neither ds's suited it.
Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

NowPlayingZone Sun 30-Jun-13 22:14:15

I love ruby & Edgar of your choices & think they work best with your other dc's names.

Don't dislike the others, but agree Rhys is v welsh & I'm really bored of Rose.

Feecameron Sun 30-Jun-13 22:16:13

We have a Scarlett and nearly everyone comments on how lovely her name is ...honestly. I am obviously massively biased but I definitely don't think it's chavvy..... I've not come across any others either so usually a good sign that it isn't being over used by chavs!!!!

joanofarchitrave Sun 30-Jun-13 22:16:47

I think all the names you are looking at are lovely.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Sun 30-Jun-13 22:20:18

I like your boys names, not Sure Rhys would work for you.

I would choose Miles and something like Louise or Marianne

Madeline woukd work, Ithink.

bugsybill Sun 30-Jun-13 23:08:40

I don't like Scarlett (but I think I'm unusual in disliking it as it is popular) I can't get past 'scar' and with the 'et' sound at the end all I think of is a 'little scar' confused

Ruby, Rose and Rhys are all very nice smile

jamtoast12 Sun 30-Jun-13 23:15:54

I don't like Scarlett, to me its quite harsh and its getting a chavvy reputation. Ruby would be a no no simply as most classes have at least 1-2 with that name. It's no way as nice as Abigail. What about Martha? Anna? Nancy? Violet?

Edgar is ok, don't like Scott at all sorry.

ProphetOfDoom Sun 30-Jun-13 23:28:03

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Doodledumdums Sun 30-Jun-13 23:33:58

I love Rhys! It would have been my DS's name if it wasn't for the fact that it is my DB's name! So we used it as a middle name instead smile

AllegraLilac Mon 01-Jul-13 00:18:53

LOVE Edgar!

mathanxiety Mon 01-Jul-13 07:19:05

Edgar is lovely and goes really well with Miles and Abigail imo. Rose also.

Rhys is nice too.

Scott is dated.

Ruby is very popular and I don't think it fits well with your other names.

Scarlett I would not choose. It's not in the same league as Miles and Abigail.

burberryqueen Mon 01-Jul-13 07:22:41

Miles and Abigail would not go with Scarlett at all.
How can an obviously Welsh name sound 'too Welsh' grin

driftwoodsands Mon 01-Jul-13 07:37:10

Agree that Scarlett and Rhys do not 'go' with sibling names. How about Celeste, Zara, Emilie, Julia, Henry, Edward, Oliver or Charles?

Huffty Mon 01-Jul-13 07:57:19

Thanks so much for the feedback guys. It's true that it's hard to find something that suits the other sibbling names, that's pronouncable for French people yet sticks out as not being French. The kids have a very French surname so I want the English first name to make it clear they're half and half.
Lots of good advice in there.

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Mon 01-Jul-13 09:52:53

Scarlett was a great name, when the only person who had it was Scarlett O'Hara. IMO it's now been devalued through over-use. Kind of like how Ava was a gorgeous name when Gardner was your association; not so much any more...

Miles and Abigail are great names - I don't think Scarlett, Ruby nor Scott go with them.

Edgar does, though it's not to my taste.

I like the names you've already given your children, but not your short list names at all. Weird that they're so different!

Cloudkitten Mon 01-Jul-13 10:05:32

I don't think Scarlett is chavvy as such but it is/was currently popular with people from all walks of life except perhaps the perceived higher realms of society (whoever they are). Personally I wouldn't say chavvy (but I wouldn't say chavvy anyway smile but it's not, um posh. (I struggled to make this sentence diplomatci for a while but gave up in the end).

Cloudkitten Mon 01-Jul-13 10:10:27

PS Scarlett is also not old fashioned in the way that you mean which is classically old-fashioned. Although it is an old name (at least 1930s Gone with the wind) it isn't, and won't ever be, considered old fashioned in a classic kind of way.

My suggestion is Margot. Lovely with Miles and Abigail I think smile and sits well with both English & French. And how about Alexander for a boy? I like Scott but it's the male version of Scarlett and I don't think that's what you are really aiming for.

burberryqueen Mon 01-Jul-13 10:35:07

Scarlett is not chavvy per se, just rather popular

Huffty Mon 01-Jul-13 13:26:33

Right, thanks to your help I've scrapped Scott and Scarlett and probably Ruby!

You're right that our shortlist seem different to my other children's names. We're finding it hard to find names on a par.
I like Margot and Charles and lots of your other duggestions but hubby doesn't. He's no easy one to please!!I loved Martha too, then my sister went and named her baby that!
Hubby likes Stella too but I'm not convinced on that.

sleepingbeautiful Mon 01-Jul-13 13:42:00

Hmm with your criteria I suggest these (but not 100% sure they meet the pronounciation part)...
Miles, Abigail and Eleanor
Miles, Abigail and Susannah
Miles, Abigail and Sophia
Miles, Abigail and Violet
Miles, Abigail and Jemima
Miles, Abigail and Rebecca
Miles, Abigail and Laura

Miles, Abigail and Rory
Miles, Abigail and Simon
Miles, Abigail and Seth
Miles, Abigail and Jonathan
Miles, Abigail and Leo
Miles, Abigail and Fraser

Huffty Mon 01-Jul-13 16:51:01

thanks. I love Eleanor and Jemima but once again hubby doesn't, we both like Violet but have a niece called that already. Will have a think about the others. Thanks again for the help

CheeseStrawWars Mon 01-Jul-13 16:58:31

If you say Scarlett with a French accent, isn't the sound pretty similar to "Charlotte"?

mathanxiety Mon 01-Jul-13 17:11:51

Stella would be very nice imo.

How about:


mathanxiety Mon 01-Jul-13 17:14:07

And Tess.

TallulahBetty Mon 01-Jul-13 18:15:08

Scarlett is no way chavvy. It was on MY shortlist wink

Rhubarbgarden Mon 01-Jul-13 19:53:40

I know a girl who has a sister called Saphire. Any good?

Audrey is a good English name known and used by the French.

Moxiegirl Mon 01-Jul-13 19:58:11

Scarlett is lovely. My friend named her now 16yo it as she loved Gone With the Wind as a teen.

spangledboots Mon 01-Jul-13 20:00:30

Scarlett is really lovely smile although for some reason I can't visualise a blonde Scarlett!

TattyCatty Mon 01-Jul-13 20:07:28

I have a blonde Scarlett! I would agree with what others said about it being a name for strong character. It was a gamble, but DD has lived up to her moniker in spirit pretty much from Day 1...... grin

Turniptwirl Mon 01-Jul-13 21:59:52

Scarlett is a great name! And I really like Rhys but I live in Wales! I actually think its not as welshy as some names like Gruffydd for a boy or myfanwy for a girl. As in most English speakers wouldn't struggle with how to pronounce it, although not sure how it would sound in French

Other suggestions



Jamdoughnutfiend Mon 01-Jul-13 22:33:30

Scarlett was ruined for me when I lived in NZ and on Shortland St (NZs answer to casualty but on every night) there was a character called Scarlett but was teased and called Scablett.

I like Rose and Edgar

littlepeas Tue 02-Jul-13 20:12:10

I have a blonde Scarlett too. We are definitely not chavvy.

PleaseDoNotAdjustYourSet Tue 02-Jul-13 23:44:50

Not keen on Scarlett sorry..becoming very common and it just doesn't sound very nice to me anyway.

VBisme Tue 02-Jul-13 23:52:13

Jannines baby is named Scarlett on Eastenders. I'd avoid.

Huffty Sun 14-Jul-13 21:45:14

Got a new one. Pearl. Better than Scarlett surely?

RaRaZ Mon 15-Jul-13 10:28:24

Scarlett is a beautiful name I think - if we have a daughter, I'll be pushing DP to call her that (but I don't think I'm allowed hmm )

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