(41 Posts)
Redblackcar2 Mon 01-Jul-13 17:23:27

Thoughts on this please?

Threetofour Mon 01-Jul-13 18:03:21


Threetofour Mon 01-Jul-13 18:03:58

Sorry! Meant to add the McDonald's thing just too much

driftwoodsands Mon 01-Jul-13 18:17:14

Would immediately think 'Ronald McDonald' on the negative side, but really like the nn 'Ronnie' on the plus side.

SantanaLopez Mon 01-Jul-13 18:17:52


Maud2011 Mon 01-Jul-13 22:05:33

Sorry, but I can't think of anything I like about that name - oh, and I've just remembered that a dear friend's loathsome, bullying father was called Ronald. Maybe that association is what makes me dislike it so much, but the Ronald McDonald association is indeed unfortunate and might well cause your DS grief.

Yes, surprisingly Ronnie is a rather nice nickname. Gerry is too though, and if you like names that end "ald" how about Gerald? I think it's much nicer than Ronald; it's a strong name but somehow less hard sounding.

Sparklysilversequins Mon 01-Jul-13 22:06:00


Ifcatshadthumbs Mon 01-Jul-13 22:06:28


intarsia Mon 01-Jul-13 22:07:46

I know a Ronald who's a really nice boy, so yes I would go for it. Isn't it a Viking name?

ElleCloughie Mon 01-Jul-13 22:14:49

It makes me think of Ron Weasley. Only you can say if that is something that would bother you! I wouldn't use it personally, but I do like the name.

sonlypuppyfat Mon 01-Jul-13 22:16:58

Please don't

MustafaCake Mon 01-Jul-13 22:18:26


Although I know a baby Ronnie and he is fab. His name really suits him!

PipkinsPal Mon 01-Jul-13 22:20:51

No. I've got an Uncle Ronald. He's about 5ft 5inch, fat rotund and bald.

birdofthenorth Mon 01-Jul-13 22:36:10

I raise you: Rodney. I think it's brilliant. I have looked at DS and thought: "You could have pulled off Rodney."

edam Mon 01-Jul-13 22:38:24

Afraid when I hear that name proposed for a baby I think 'oh dear, why would you want to inflict that on your child'. Makes me think of Ronald McDonald, Ron & Reggie Kray and Ronald Reagan. But each to his own and all that.

mum2jakie Mon 01-Jul-13 22:38:57


EleanorFarjeon Mon 01-Jul-13 22:39:38


DramaAlpaca Mon 01-Jul-13 22:40:51

Ronald, Rodney, Reginald, Ralph...

Awful, all of them.

Don't do it.

CoolStoryBro Mon 01-Jul-13 22:45:55

I like it, although I would worry it would get shortened to Ron which is up there with Brian as names unlikely to be revived.

dreamingofsun Tue 02-Jul-13 08:55:43

i know of a ronnie. so you could use that for every day....which i think is lovely. well known, but not regularly used

MavisSnapdragon Tue 02-Jul-13 10:20:23

Ronald McDonald House, Ron Weasley. No. Terrible. What about Vincent? Shortened to Vinnie, it has a similar feel but is a much cooler name imo.

Penny6Pence Tue 02-Jul-13 10:30:09

Ronny (with a y) is a name in its own right.

polkadotsrock Tue 02-Jul-13 10:50:47

I don't particularly like it, or any possible variations. Sorry.
But I will always caveat by saying that if you like it, then by all means use it, (but perhaps provide him with a middle name that is less 'marmite' just in case he's not a fan either)

squoosh Tue 02-Jul-13 10:56:30

Ronald is a truly awful name.

You have plenty of time to punish your child when they're a stroppy teen, please don't punish them with this name!

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 02-Jul-13 10:57:51

Unless you are Scottish or a snooker fan, I wouldn't.

Gobbolinothewitchscat Tue 02-Jul-13 11:03:08

I'm not keen. If you must, would you consider Roald?

Zzzzmarchhare Tue 02-Jul-13 19:33:18

I like it-I think in a few years time it will be back in fashion/ be considered cool. Looks like I'm the only one though.

Rhubarbgarden Tue 02-Jul-13 19:48:33

MacDonald or Reagan. No.

Gobbolino's suggestion of Roald is v good though.

Ronald = hideous
Roland = brilliant smile

Nowt wrong with Ron Weasley though. smile


exoticfruits Tue 02-Jul-13 21:59:00


Lovemynailstoday Tue 02-Jul-13 22:10:48

I knew a Ranald once and always liked the name.

Maud2011 Tue 02-Jul-13 23:16:26

Lovemynailstoday (and I could do with taking your advice) - How weird is that, Ranald is actually a lovely name. I did hear it long ago but had forgotten all about it. What a difference a vowel can make!

Anjou Wed 03-Jul-13 11:03:01

I'm usually not bothered by associations/connotations of a name but I agree with other posters; McDonald, Reagan, Kray & I'll throw 'The Two...' In there for good measure. Not good!

Aside from that, it's just not a nice sound. I agree that Ranald is much nicer (nn Ran could be quite cool?). Roland to me should only be preceded by "oh come on ..." a la Grange Hill in the mid eighties. Roald is the nicest one in my opinion! smile

Grange Hill Roland smile

Ranald sounds like a baddie's name to me.

Lovemynailstoday Wed 03-Jul-13 19:27:01

The Ranald I knew was very classy and very handsome, so it has good connotations for me!

fussychica Wed 03-Jul-13 21:17:39

Hate it. FILs name - enough said!

PeriodMath Wed 03-Jul-13 21:35:42

DH calls his erection a Ronnie.

rockybalboa Fri 05-Jul-13 20:52:15

McDonald. Sorry...

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Fri 05-Jul-13 21:14:36

Interesting thread.

I think the McDonald connection has killed it for a lot of people, but it's not my connection, so I like it as a name.

My Grandad was Ronald, but everyone knew him as Ron, which I think is a good, solid name. He was also movie-star handsome in his prime.

The problem with 'good, solid' names, is that that's not where the current vibe is for boys' names. Too many people are still caught up in the other end of the spectrum; cheeky chappy names - Alfie, Archie, Charlie, Harry, etc.

I'd say you're just ahead of the curve. If you like it, go for it. The Archie, Alfie names are definitely on their way out.

Also, a thought re a similar name... Donald.

Of you ask people about Donald, they'll inevitably say, 'no way, don't do it', 'Donald Duck', etc, etc, etc.

But, Don Draper (the real one, not moi grin) has added a whole lot of caché to that name, or the abbreviation of it, at least. And it also goes to show that once someone (in this case your old child) comes to own the name, any other associations go by the wayside.

Sorry for the essay, but just something to think about.

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