Veto on Dora cause of Dora the explorer

(60 Posts)
Whatwhatwhat Fri 19-Jul-13 21:21:42

I thought we were happily settled on Dora.
Husband now says he wants to veto it cause some pals of his launched in to a song about Dora the Explorer when they heard it was on the cards (why it was up for discussion I don't know)

Anyway he says now it'd be a curse of a name akin to calling a child Barney and would be met too often with a reference to Dora the explorer.

I honestly don't think so but I'm open to advice.

NomDeClavier Fri 19-Jul-13 21:24:31

Dorothea or Theadora?

I can see why Dora as is might they that reaction but it's a lovely nn.

Borisboohoo Fri 19-Jul-13 21:27:31

Well we like Dora the Explorer in this house! She's quite a role model although strangely unsupervised Have you considered Elladora?

Wereonourway Fri 19-Jul-13 21:30:26

I would immediately think of that Dora tbh.

I once met a girl called Cora, she was lively and is the only little girl I've met with the name

peachypips Fri 19-Jul-13 21:34:08

I wouldn't care. I love the name. My Gma is called Dora and the little girl next door calls her 'Dora next-doorer' !!!!

Whatwhatwhat Fri 19-Jul-13 21:34:26

I really love the name. Maybe I'm just not able to see the problem. I know nothing about DTE.
I'm getting a bit upset.
Surely if we go with the longer name and call the child Dora there's the same problem.

spanky2 Fri 19-Jul-13 21:40:07

My ds is called Milo and not after the tweenie . If you like it go for it.If you cringe inside thinking of that gruesome brat don't . wink I like it . very retro name!

Whatwhatwhat Fri 19-Jul-13 21:44:39

Maybe I'm completely out of touch. I've never heard of the tweenies. I hear Milo - I think nice name.
If I'm do out of touch then maybe I don't know how "bad" Dora is.

Diddle82 Fri 19-Jul-13 21:52:30

Definately think of dora the explorer... sorry!

spanky2 Fri 19-Jul-13 21:54:38

Thank you!

SofiaAmes Fri 19-Jul-13 21:56:36

My dd is named Dora (full name Dorotea) and she does get teased about Dora the Explorer. It started actually annoying her around age 8 and now at 10 she is in full blown "I want a new name." However, having said that, I suspect that in the next year or two, that will die down and she will go back to enjoying her name. Dora is also not the same thing as Barney. Barney is a dinosaur, dora is a person and quite a smart, nice one.

Smartiepants79 Fri 19-Jul-13 21:56:59
Here she is.
Wouldn't choose it myself.
Her peer group would all know the TV show.

Hulababy Fri 19-Jul-13 22:03:39

I know about DTE but tbh I don't think it is a bad connection if you se it anyway.

Whatwhatwhat Fri 19-Jul-13 22:15:20

Surely this show is going to get less popular?
It's so hard to know. And I was completely happy. Don't feel I can force husband.

KittenofDoom Sat 20-Jul-13 01:15:46

It won't matter, it won't be on for ever as you say. I've never heard of it either except on here.

As for your husband, you can try slipping Theodora or Dorothea past him, as suggested above. They're not actually the same name, are they wink

aquashiv Sat 20-Jul-13 01:33:39

Dora is ok as a name no explorer connection.

I'd think explorer right now but in ten years time it wouldn't cross my mind - I had to think why barney was mentioned upthread and it was only 5 years ago my dd was obsessed with the big daft dinosaur.

If you love the name I'd try and find a way round dh's aversion to it, as said the cartoons won't be on forever!

Onyabike Sat 20-Jul-13 08:21:09

My children are 10 and older, and I'd still think Dora the Explorer I'm afraid! The association still hasn't gone for me (and it probably never will - the theme tune is already playing in my head as I write this!) My DC loved the show when they were younger, and I just asked dd1 if she liked the name and she just laughed and sang the song, so the association hasn't gone for her either. I think you need to think carefully as things like that can cause teasing which can be very upsetting for the child involved. Children definitely prefer names where they can just "blend in" (they don't necessarily have to be really popular, but ones which are easy to pronounce and understand and that have no funny associations for them). Dora The Explorer may be off your radar, but as you can see from this thread, it is still the first thing that comes to mind for many of us.

oohdaddypig Sat 20-Jul-13 08:23:21

I think in ten years time Dora will be history! If you like the name I would use it. A name is lifelong, a daft programme is soon forgotten IMHO.

Onyabike Sat 20-Jul-13 08:37:34

I would have said that too oohdaddypig when my children where preschoolers but nearly 10 years on and the show is still going strong! It is a cartoon which is translated into many different languages (Spanish and French to name a few) so has worldwide appeal. I would also say it is not only about what YOU like, but you must consider your unborn dd in this. Look at what SofiaAmes has posted, she says her daughter hates the name because of the teasing she gets due to DTA. Personally I would prefer to avoid a name where I can see there is definite potential for teasing - school life can be tough enough without such an association!

oohdaddypig Sat 20-Jul-13 08:47:21

Fair cop onya... Although isn't Dora quite a sassy girl? Worse things to be compared to? Personally it wouldn't bother me. Although Dorothea as a longer name might give more options for the future in case Dora's popularity lasts?!

Onyabike Sat 20-Jul-13 08:57:02

I agree oohdaddypig, Dora is a great female role model, BUT I don't think I would take that into consideration at the age of 8/10/12 if being teased by my peergroup at school! It's not about how we think as adults, but to me, how we would feel about the association as a child.

Whatwhatwhat Sat 20-Jul-13 09:55:41

Onyabike you've set out exactly what husband's fear is. I can't really understand it because the show is not something I've ever encountered.
You've certainly made me think.

peachypips Sat 20-Jul-13 10:00:30

I don't know any children that watch this show and I have 2 DSs who are 2.10 and 5.6. So I think it's not as popular everywhere. My DCs just think it's a nice name.

Onyabike Sat 20-Jul-13 10:23:29

Well, look at the link below and scroll down to "foreign adaptations" to see just how widespread the international love of Dora the Explorer is! 29 different languages!!

So I think it is a little naive to say that just because your children don't watch it, that it is "not popular everywhere"! smile

oohdaddypig Sat 20-Jul-13 10:25:12

It seems to me that kids tease at that age about anything and everything. Given the utterly bizarre names I hear about I would have thought a little Dora would be getting off lightly!

oohdaddypig Sat 20-Jul-13 10:27:03

Onya - do you work for Dora's marketing team? grin

Onyabike Sat 20-Jul-13 10:30:51

Oops, I'll try the link again:

Onyabike Sat 20-Jul-13 10:32:15

Don't know how to get the link to work, sorry! smile

Onyabike Sat 20-Jul-13 10:33:51

No, if I did, I would be promoting the name surely!? smile

SirChenjin Sat 20-Jul-13 10:38:52

I think the link to DtE is too strong atm - sorry.

ZolaBuddleia Sat 20-Jul-13 10:38:53

DTE has been around for at least 8 years, so there will be quite a breadth of kids knowing who she is. I think in that respect it's 'worse' than something like Tilly, Tom, Jake, Sarah, all of which are main characters in children's TV shows at the moment.

DD (3) knows who she is and has never watched the programme and we don't have branded toys.

That said, by the time your DD is of teasing age, maybe DTE will be a distant memory. I feel for you OP, it's a lovely name.

Whatwhatwhat Sat 20-Jul-13 10:48:47

Aaaggghhh. Don't know what to do now.

I was completely set on this name.

ZolaBuddleia Sat 20-Jul-13 11:28:43

Maybe this is getting desperate, but is she likely to be dark? You could always avoid bobbed haircuts. grin

There's always going to be an element of gamble, though, isn't there? You could choose something else and a programme could come out the day after she's born that is endlessly repeated.

KittenofDoom Sat 20-Jul-13 12:12:21

So call her Isadora,Theodora, Dorothea ... there are various other options and if Dora doesn't suit her or won't do for any reason, she isn't stuck with it. But the option will still be there.

EatYourCrusts Sat 20-Jul-13 15:32:40

It is a nice name. Dora the Explorer is a nice character.

Zola is right, choose something 'safer' and next year they could invent Stinky Grace the Smelliest Girl in the World, which could become the biggest hit since Mickey Mouse.

You never know!

Onyabike Sat 20-Jul-13 15:55:06

I understand your frustration OP, particularly given that you thought you'd found "the" name.

With most name suggestions I would usually advise that you should go with what you love and ignore what others think as name preferences are such a personal thing. However, because Dora is not a name you generally come across, the association with the cartoon is much stronger. I would therefore have to agree with your husband that it would be one that I would suggest you avoid for your DD's sake.

Choosing names is such a massive responsibility as there's so much to take into account. Have you got long to go before dd arrives?

Whatwhatwhat Sat 20-Jul-13 16:21:41

I've got 6 weeks to go.
I understand the advice to go for Theodora etc but we'd only ever call her Dora and so we might as well name her that. So using one of those doesn't solve the problem unfortunately.
I know people called Dora so for me it's not really that unusual a name.

SofiaAmes Sat 20-Jul-13 17:26:10

I just want to clarify. My dd doesn't hate the name Dora. She's just in a phase where she wants a different name. I suspect that she could have any name and would still want a different, more glamorous one. She did get teased a little about the name, but I have no regrets about giving it (she is named after my beloved grandmother). I am also sure that she will grow to love the name again and there will be no long lasting scarring from the teasing as Dora the Explorer is a sympathetic character. (who is very well known all over the world, in my experience)

Whatwhatwhat Sat 20-Jul-13 17:52:11

Sofiaames - do you really have no regrets so?

JamieandtheMagicTorch Sat 20-Jul-13 20:37:41

Sorry, i think it's not a pretty, or strong name, or a name that will grow up well with a child.

And i agree that, since it's an unusual name, strongly associated with a character, i'd avoid.

KittenofDoom Sat 20-Jul-13 20:48:34

"Not a name that will grow up well with a child"?
Why ever not? It's a name that suits any age. Much more so than the Tillys and Millies that seem to be everywhere.

Personally I tend to associate it with the (now very aged) actress Dora Bryan.

peachypips Sat 20-Jul-13 21:47:20

Dora is brill on my Gma- and she is 90!

Whatwhatwhat Sat 20-Jul-13 23:56:22

It's a v strong beautiful name IMO.

If only that little cartoon didn't exist!!

scottishmummy Sun 21-Jul-13 00:09:32

But the cartoon does exist,so you got to decide is that in itself a deterrent
Fwiw,I like Dora
But I do immediately associate it as Dora explorer

Whatwhatwhat Sun 21-Jul-13 00:14:42

I know. I can't ignore the cartoon. Hence the problem

If you give her Theodora YOU might only call her Dora but she might decide to go by Thea. Might be nice to give her the option in the event she is teased I suppose.

I really like the name but agree that DtE is a HUGE and long running show.

KittenofDoom Sun 21-Jul-13 00:33:27

Pandora, that's another one. (Not a favourite of mine, but that's irrelevant here.)

SofiaAmes Sun 21-Jul-13 07:09:44

Absolutely no regrets. However, I adored my grandmother and was going to name my first daughter after her no matter what, so maybe I'm a little biased. Three of my cousins named their children after her too, so there are 3 girls in my dd's generation named dorotea, doratea and dorothy. I call my dd dora, one cousin calls her dd tea and the third one used the full name of dorothy. My grandmother's nickname was dottie and dd's father often calls her that and she loves it.

Onyabike Sun 21-Jul-13 08:25:31

I do think SofiaAmes' reason to use the name is different as she was using the name after a family member who clearly was much loved, hence three girls with similar names within the same generation from the same family (wow, she must have been an amazing woman! My Gma was also dearly loved, but all of us drew the line at using Bertha for our DDs!!)

Despite the family connection, her dd still says she wants to change her name, which I realise many kids may say during their childhood, but her feelings must stem from the teasing she's had. SofiaAmes didn't choose the name in itself, but because of the amazing person she associated it with!

For most of us, whether you like it or not, the first association that comes to mind is DtE, so you have to decide if you (or more importantly your dd) can live with the constant references to it or not!

Whatwhatwhat Sun 21-Jul-13 08:48:00

I think that with such strong sentiment against I'd be a bit foolish to plough on with it.
Any alternatives? Given I like that name.

LittlePandaBear Sun 21-Jul-13 09:52:43

I think these names have a similar feel:


JamieandtheMagicTorch Sun 21-Jul-13 11:28:28


I am sorry. I didn't mean to offend.

If i had had a girl, Constance/ Connie would have been a strong contender, because itvwas my grandmother's name. I doubt I would have been put off it, though I am sure some people don't like it.

oohdaddypig Sun 21-Jul-13 11:49:33

I was mulling this last night (what an exciting life I have)

I decided that if I was in your shoes I would opt for Theodora, shortened to thea, which IMHO is a beautiful name. Still leaves the door(a) open for Dora too.

I also love flora....

Whatwhatwhat Sun 21-Jul-13 13:16:20

Flora is nice alright.

Champagnebubble Sun 21-Jul-13 15:23:16

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

FetaCheeny Sun 21-Jul-13 17:03:53

Use Theadora or Isadora, both beautiful names. This means
you can call her Dora and if she doesn't like it as she gets older she can be Thea, Izzy, or use her full name. Problem solved.

Mollie272 Mon 22-Jul-13 18:21:56

My DD1 (nearly 7) is called Dora. Lots of people make reference to DTE, especially when meeting her for the first time, but she doesn't really care.
I'm certainly not sorry that we went with it - I still love it.

womma Tue 13-Aug-13 19:47:53

My DD is also called Dora. People sometimes say 'like Dora the explorer?' but not very much, and when they say that she says 'no'

If you like the name, don't let a cartoon character put you off, it's neither here nor there. It's a great name, and she's the only one where we live, so there's never any confusion. Go for it OP!

formicadinosaur Tue 13-Aug-13 21:04:07


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