Flora.....do you just think of a tub of margarine?

(38 Posts)
Neverdonethisbefore Mon 22-Jul-13 17:18:48

I like this name but not sure what people will think. Help!

No,I don't particularly care if others think so either...
It's top of my list for this baby smile

frogwatcher42 Mon 22-Jul-13 17:20:52

Yes I would immediately think of marg. But does it matter as long as you like it!?

HorrorCow Mon 22-Jul-13 17:23:35

I think of Flora MacDonald. Although if her sister was called Clover, I might start to wonder.

Bowlersarm Mon 22-Jul-13 17:24:18

No, I wouldn't think of margarine. I would think a lovely little girls name.

NoComet Mon 22-Jul-13 17:24:46

I just wonder if she has a sibling called Fauna.

YeahBuddy Mon 22-Jul-13 17:25:00

It makes me think of the marg, but once people get to know her they will stop associating it. I went to school with a girl called Floren which is a mix of Flora and Erin (her parents couldn't decide so mixed the two apparently) but I think it's quite a nice alternative to Flora.

pictish Mon 22-Jul-13 17:25:12

It was my mother's name, and I love it.

imademarion Mon 22-Jul-13 17:25:43

No. Feisty Jilly Cooper heroine, which might put some off!

I think it's absolutely beautiful.

yummymumtobe Mon 22-Jul-13 17:26:19

No I don't. It's a lovely name. Come to think of it, haven't seen flora marg in the shops much recently?

yummymumtobe Mon 22-Jul-13 17:26:42

No I don't. It's a lovely name. Come to think of it, haven't seen flora marg in the shops much recently?

Medlers22 Mon 22-Jul-13 17:27:44

My daughter is called Flora and no one even mentions marg!

Neverdonethisbefore Mon 22-Jul-13 17:28:28

Oooh I'd forgotten about the Jilly Cooper books.

I am pleased that marg isn't the first thing that springs to mind for some of you. The name is in my top 5 and I'm really tempted to use it this time around.

SirChenjin Mon 22-Jul-13 17:30:44

I love love love this name, but it was vetoed by DH angry. I think of Flora MacDonald before the margarine, but maybe that's because I'm Scottish. Either way, use it please - it's a gorgeous name smile

Yika Mon 22-Jul-13 17:35:55

Flora is a beautiful name, I'd never think of marg. Anyway, Marge being a girl's name too you could always adopt it as a nn.

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 22-Jul-13 18:03:17


PoppyWearer Mon 22-Jul-13 18:05:16

No, Flora is a lovely name.

shineypeacock Mon 22-Jul-13 18:06:25

Love it!!! Going to be this bumps name if its a pink one!

Witt Mon 22-Jul-13 18:08:02

I think it's a really nice name. I knew a Flora at school and she was lovely. Had it on my list but DH vetoed.

NobodyPutsTomArcherInTheCorner Mon 22-Jul-13 18:10:30

It's such a pretty name but sorry yes, that blimmin marg is what I think of before I mentally edit it out in annoyance with myself.

Stella similary tainted imho.

I do wish they would take nice names and use them for food/drinks etc.

QuiteContent Mon 22-Jul-13 18:14:09

I love the name Flora, but it was a cruel nickname bestowed upon girls who were known for their 'friendliness' and that kind of ruined it as a name for me.
I will always love the prettiness of the name but round our way the promiscuous girls will always be known as Flora = Spreads easily.

Neverdonethisbefore Mon 22-Jul-13 18:28:28

Hmmmm, I'd not heard of that nickname. I'm struggling to convince DH that it's nice and also Stella too. Might have to shelve them for when we get a dog!

QuiteContent Mon 22-Jul-13 18:41:33

Might be a local thing Neverdonethisbefore, but it's lasted through the years and still is heard to day. Friend of mine has a daughter called Florrie which is, to me at least, a very cute name.

LittlePandaBear Mon 22-Jul-13 19:32:40

Makes me think of flowers, so nice!

As long as her middle name isn't 'Buttery' or 'Light' grin

BackforGood Mon 22-Jul-13 19:37:53

Yes, I do, I'm afraid. Sorry.

JellyWellyWoo Mon 22-Jul-13 19:42:39

I love this name, although sadly I do briefly think of margarine. I think It's a very pretty name regardless and as long as you love it that's really all that matters! smile

ZZZenagain Mon 22-Jul-13 19:45:12

don't use margarine and I wouldn't have thought of it. I thought of Flora MacDonald and the Bonnie Prince Charlie Story. Nothing else springs to mind.

louisianablue2000 Mon 22-Jul-13 19:47:19

No (and I lovethe name). But we have a cat called Echo and didn't think about the margarine connection there either. I eat butter.

WeAreEternal Mon 22-Jul-13 19:52:11

I don't think of the margarine.

I do however thing of a girl at university who was nicknamed flora, mostly behind her back, and it wasn't for good reasons. it was due to the fact that she 'spread' easily

ZZZenagain Mon 22-Jul-13 19:53:34

oh that is not good

RonaldMcDonald Mon 22-Jul-13 19:54:34

God...sorry but...I had a classmate who rather sweetly was named Flora

She was constantly cat called that she 'spreads easily'


QuiteContent Mon 22-Jul-13 20:08:39

Glad it wasn't just me that dared mention the flora nickname!

niffernaffer Mon 22-Jul-13 20:10:31

My DNeice is Flora, generally known as Flo. I think it suits her, she is 4. Her sister is Minnie.

Mind you, I also know of a local 2 year old Flora who genuinely does have a best mate called Clover. Awkward.

ShadowMeltingInTheSun Thu 25-Jul-13 07:28:50

Sorry. Margerine springs immediately to mind.

Leonas Mon 12-Aug-13 15:59:36

I like it but my DP instantly thought of the spread and dismissed it. I really don't think many people would actually make that association in all honesty though

badguider Mon 12-Aug-13 16:03:51

flora mcdonald, over the sea to skye, bonny prince charlie etc. etc.

but we are in scotland...

are you?

Weegiemum Mon 12-Aug-13 16:05:44

I'm in Scotland, and my French teacher (retired since I left school) was Flora.

It's quite a timeless name I thing.

meditrina Mon 12-Aug-13 16:09:48

No one with any manners would mention the margarine if they met a RL Flora. But that doesn't mean they won't be thinking it.

The problem isn't just the well known brand, it's that the brand had the slogan "Spreads Easily" - which is still widely known despite not having been in active use for a few years.

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