Horatio - good, bad or ugly?

(90 Posts)
BraveLilBear Thu 01-Aug-13 18:02:43

DS is now 9 days old and is known as Little Man or Monkey or numerous other pet names that wouldn't be allowed on a birth certificate.

We want unusual but classy and maybe classic/due for a revival. Like English origin names too.

Currently agreeing on Horatio, maybe Montgomery. But just trying to gauge wider opinion. ..

Thoughts on Horatio? Any alternatives we might go for?

Thanks in advance!

TheSecondComing Thu 01-Aug-13 18:27:45

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breadandhoney Thu 01-Aug-13 18:32:30

Sounds like fellatio. Sorry. How about Hugo?

breadandhoney Thu 01-Aug-13 18:33:05

Sorry just noticed you want English origin names.

aftermay Thu 01-Aug-13 18:34:23

Not Horatio. Poor baby.

MrsBungle Thu 01-Aug-13 18:37:23

Horatio is bad. I'm not really a fan of Montgomery either but, it's much better than horatio.

Ruprekt Thu 01-Aug-13 18:38:16


Monty is nicer.

TheFillyjonk Thu 01-Aug-13 18:41:37

Horatio can't really be shortened, though is the appeal for you? I like it, it makes me think of Hamlet.

I don't like Montgomery, and Monty makes me think of camp old Richard Griffiths in Withnail and I - "Monty, you terrible cunt!"

TheFillyjonk Thu 01-Aug-13 18:46:41

Thinking along a similar vein... How about Cosimo or Perry?

Littleen Thu 01-Aug-13 18:54:47

no to horatio, reminds me of CSI. montgomery i think is cuteish smile

OutragedFromLeeds Thu 01-Aug-13 19:07:01

Love it!

It's at the top of my 'love, but not brave enough to use' list.

Monty is awful, unless DS is a puppy.

squoosh Thu 01-Aug-13 19:36:59

Horatio is very bombastic, plus it doesn't have any obvious nicknames, a pretty big name to carry off but I don't hate it.

I do hate Monty though, such a weasely name.

What about


FrussoHathor Thu 01-Aug-13 19:40:47

I love horatio, but DH wouldn't let me have it <sulk>

ArabellaBeaumaris Thu 01-Aug-13 19:42:22

I LOVE HORATIO. Had to put it in capitals to outweigh the negativity on this thread! Far better than Montgomery. it is totally on my list.

Please go for it!

niffernaffer Thu 01-Aug-13 19:44:57

Not keen on Horatio, do like Montgomery.
Also suggest:
Albermarle (Albie)
Augustus (Gus)

Allalonenow Thu 01-Aug-13 19:48:24

I like Horatio a lot, especially because of the connection with Nelson. Not keen at all on Montgomery though.

Jellyandicecreamplease Thu 01-Aug-13 19:50:11

I think Horatio will invite bullying - sorry

Hummuschocolate Thu 01-Aug-13 19:51:07

A difficult name to grow up with I think. A bit difficult to live up, some may struggle to pronounce it (eg other small children), it may be tricky to pronounce in other languages and doesn't have obvious nicknames.

Angelico Thu 01-Aug-13 19:53:29

Hate both. Also hate pretty much every other suggestion on this thread, apart from Aldous, which is cool grin Better sticking to Monkey than going for Horatio (I also thought this was going to be a CSI thread, along lines of is Horatio shaggable - the answer is a resounding no! wink )

I think it's bad, sorry but I love Horace, if that's any good?
I like Monty.

Names due a revivial:

And ooh yes to Mortimer - love it.

minipie Thu 01-Aug-13 19:54:37

I'm not keen on either I'm afraid, they are both slightly 'joke names' to me (kind of thing you might call a pet) but here are some I do like and you might:


squoosh Thu 01-Aug-13 19:54:49


squoosh Thu 01-Aug-13 19:55:59

Roland and Terence are most definitely NOT due a revival. Have a heart woman!


Viviennemary Thu 01-Aug-13 20:00:17

Horatio is awful. Montgomery slighly better but not much. I'm not too keen on any of the names on this thread. And absolutely not Roland or Terence.

ArabellaBeaumaris Thu 01-Aug-13 20:00:40

I really don't get it when people say a name will be teased. We live in a multicultural city (not London), some of the names in my DC class are extraordinary. Is Satvant going to tease Horatio, or is Horatio going to tease Davani?!

TheFillyjonk Thu 01-Aug-13 20:01:50

I know a 12 year old Cecil- how about Cecil?

Viviennemary Thu 01-Aug-13 20:04:05

What about Horatio Ptolemy Cecil. I'm sure he won't be bullied. Honestly some poor kids.

OutragedFromLeeds Thu 01-Aug-13 20:05:10

actually lol at thinking Horatio is a pets name and then suggesting Digby!

Layl77 Thu 01-Aug-13 20:05:34

No don't like it. Can you imagine someone saying "ah what's he called....."
I hate when people say this but he really wouldn't thank you for it. Monty is better

I feel as if I need to get pregnant (youngest dd is 16) just to have a Roland now. smile

squoosh Thu 01-Aug-13 20:08:11

How can anyone think Monty (MONTY!) is better than Horatio?. They'd both stop me in my tracks.

OutragedFromLeeds Thu 01-Aug-13 20:08:44

The boy who was eaten by a polar bear on a school trip was called Horatio.

<useless fact of the day>

squoosh Thu 01-Aug-13 20:09:39

Ok I've got it..........................

What about ..............................

FLASHMAN! He'll be twirling his moustache in a caddish manner by the time he's two.

OutragedFromLeeds Thu 01-Aug-13 20:09:41

the boy was on a school trip not the polar bear!

TheFillyjonk Thu 01-Aug-13 20:10:00

I think the right kid can carry an uncool or obscure name. But Horatio Ptolemy Cecil might struggle.

Jellyandicecreamplease Thu 01-Aug-13 20:10:56

Do you remember the line in Bridget Jones where she is introduced to a Horatio?

Cecil is bloody awful.

But how about Julian? I'm rather fond of Julian.

ZingWidge Thu 01-Aug-13 20:13:35

I would not choose Horatio as a first name.

middle name ok

Bowlersarm Thu 01-Aug-13 20:13:38

Prefer Horatio - by far - to Montgomery.

squoosh Thu 01-Aug-13 20:13:52

Julian is only mildly less wet than Cecil.

Cecil is really, really bad though.

TheFillyjonk Thu 01-Aug-13 20:16:24

Cecil is a wet, flimsy kind of name. Conjures up a wimpy blond fellow with a straw boater and striped blazer too long for his arms.

However, the Cecil I know is Nigerian, and it works for him.

Julian is a bit wispy. I'm thinking of all the novels I've read with posh Brit boys in... How about Clive?

Teamjavert Thu 01-Aug-13 20:34:17

I love Horatio. Monty is dreadful though.

bigkidsdidit Thu 01-Aug-13 20:43:03

I know one, goes by Horry. He is very dashing but terribly terribly posh which I think you would have to be to pull it off

Monty is ace. I have a Bertie (Albert) which is great too obviously and in the same vein?

whyno Thu 01-Aug-13 20:46:31

Montgomery is really nice. Think Horatio is possibly too much.

sandberry Thu 01-Aug-13 21:01:59

Horatio is great, Horry for short, what's the difference between Horry (totally unused) and the super popular Harry.

Montgomery is awful though Monty is fine

Bartholomew/Bartie is nice.

noblegiraffe Thu 01-Aug-13 21:11:36

Horatio looks bad and sounds worse.

TheFillyjonk Thu 01-Aug-13 21:19:29

Horry is an appalling nickname, I assume that's why it hasn't overtaken Harry.

burberryqueen Thu 01-Aug-13 21:21:33

quite like Horatio with a nickname of Ratio.....

squoosh Thu 01-Aug-13 21:23:17

or fraction?

Jellyandicecreamplease Thu 01-Aug-13 21:28:26

You need to do the shop test - if you can't imagine shouting X come here, it is not the right name

LynetteScavo Thu 01-Aug-13 21:28:46

I like Horatio and Montgomery, but think Monty is a better nn than um...Horace?

ZingWidge Thu 01-Aug-13 21:28:55

since CSI Miami the only nn I can imagine for Horatio is H!grin

Bowlersarm Thu 01-Aug-13 21:35:18

Jelly that does focus the mind. I think I would only be able to whisper Horatio, Montgomery or Cecil...

Don't like Horry.

sparkle12mar08 Thu 01-Aug-13 21:40:33

"What's his name?"


Guffaws: "No really, what's his name?...Oh...."

Don't do it OP.

SoftSheen Thu 01-Aug-13 21:41:10

Horatio is a big name to live up to and as others have pointed out has no obvious short form.

Montgomery with nn Monty is great.

What about Edmund?

Horry is 'horrid' imho.
Edmund is lovely.

Mumsnut Thu 01-Aug-13 21:42:47


formicadinosaur Thu 01-Aug-13 21:52:12

Monty/ montgomery is fabulous. Horatio is fine also maybe you could use the nick name hero?

peggyundercrackers Thu 01-Aug-13 22:02:30

is there some kind of competition going on for the most ridiculous name?

hamab Thu 01-Aug-13 22:05:08

Sorry they both sound really pretentious to me. How about Basil?

Green18 Thu 01-Aug-13 22:16:28

It depends on where you live and the circle you and your child will move in. Horatio is a beautiful name. I work in a state primary school and there is a very eclectic mix of names from traditional to Polish to African to modern British. The children do not bat an eye, they just accept tht they sit next to Prince for Maths and Barnabas for Literacy! Be brave.

Frikadellen Thu 01-Aug-13 22:16:28

I love it

Love Barnabas. smile

LazyMonkeyButler Thu 01-Aug-13 22:19:46

Are you or your DH in the military?

How about Nelson?

Seriously, no not Horatio. It's very awful. Montgomery (nn Monty) is better but still not great.

BraveLilBear Fri 02-Aug-13 04:27:28

Thanks all- have to say the whole rhyming thing had totally passed me by.:/

<blames post-birth libido>

Seems it's quite a marmite name! Plenty to think about here, thanks smile

BraveLilBear Fri 02-Aug-13 04:38:18

Oops just read last page. We're both fine with the shop/namebadge/CV/degree ceremony test and thinking of either Ratio/Ray or H as nicknames.

He'd also have a very normal middle name so if he hates it he can use that instead.

Tbh tho, we're drifting towards this. Apparently in 2008 there were 12 Horatios born in the UK not as good a fact as the polar bear one so we're not the only people out there to go this way!

kiwik Fri 02-Aug-13 04:41:27

I have a Horatio - he's known as Ray.
We used the name in honour of my Grandfather, who was born on Trafalgar Day, but was always known as Jim.

I love it (obviously), unusual, but not outlandish or made up.
My other boys are Gilbert and Francis.

We're considering Ptolemy for No4 if it's another boy.

cuillereasoupe Fri 02-Aug-13 07:40:49

Horatio Hornblower. Just sayin'...

Francis is lovely.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 02-Aug-13 21:14:18

Bad. I like this style of name but no,you can't! It was unusual even when Mr Nelson was named it. The English form being Horace of course.

I came across a little boy named Horatio earlier this year on a long train journey. I was amazed given his siblings names. The memory of his mum bellowing "RATIO FUCKING SHUT THE FUCK UP" down the train carriage will live with me for a long time.

SLVC Sat 03-Aug-13 19:17:22

I adore Horatio! DD could well have been a Horatio, and was on the shortlist for DS. Ignore all the comments on here and go for it if you love it. Would make me happy to know there is a little Horatio in the world :-)

MissingMyMarbles Sat 03-Aug-13 22:25:38

I love it! If I had one he'd be Harry for short though. Trying to persuade DH that another DC is a good idea (DD2 has just turned 1), and that if its a boy, we will call him Horatio grin

formicadinosaur Sun 04-Aug-13 00:43:58

Willoughby? Cosmo?

MiaowTheCat Sun 04-Aug-13 14:12:01

Montgomery shortened to Monty just screams black labrador with selective hearing to me. Seems to be a law locally that black labs MUST be called Monty or the universe will implode.

Horatio - I wouldn't.

Cecil - every closet geek will wonder if you've named him after the Final Fantasy character.

I think the only way to do it is to have a good solid nickname that can come from the formal name with something as marmitey as this.

My mind's mentally running through things like Shakespeare plays here...

DD1 STILL gets called Little Monster one helluva lot btw.

shoobidoo Mon 05-Aug-13 07:05:52

I think Horatio is a very cool name. It's classic, masculine and not overused - great name!

Agree that kids are much more accepting of different names than some of seem to think.

Cravingdairy Mon 05-Aug-13 07:07:38

Ugly. You asked! Some names are unusual for a reason.

CircassianLeyla Mon 05-Aug-13 07:23:41

I think Horatio is cool. I also like most if the other names mentioned here excepting Terrence and Clive.

I think in the same vein as the Posy, Flora thread from the other day in our children's generation there is likely to be more with names like Horatio so it won't be out there when you meet Dr Horatio/Rocky as per another thread Eric.

Also, why the obsession with nicknames. I just named my children what I wanted to. Some nn have emerged but it wasn't consciously done.

WidowWadman Mon 05-Aug-13 07:25:41

I love Horatio. My oldest was at serious risk of being called Horatio, hadn't she turned out to be a girl.

blueblizz Fri 09-Aug-13 18:49:07

Horatio is Horatio Nelson. It will be hooray for short and constant jokes. I really wouldn't. How about using it as a middle name? I know a Nelson. Mother is a bit image conscious... does say, trying to hard to me. Remember they have to live with this name.

Pinkbutterfly7 Fri 09-Aug-13 22:35:38

I don't like Horatio at all - sorry!

Wereonourway Fri 09-Aug-13 22:41:41

Personally I don't like it BUT how about Raich(pronounced raysh.

Horatio Carter played football for Sunderland many years ago his nn was Raich.

Hhhhmmm. Jimmy Montgomery also played for Sunderland.

Coconutty Fri 09-Aug-13 22:48:59

Love it, almost as good as Atticus.

ninah Fri 09-Aug-13 22:50:31

I like it. I know a Horacio

exoticfruits Fri 09-Aug-13 23:07:07


everlong Sat 10-Aug-13 20:38:01


Rowanred Sat 10-Aug-13 21:01:00

I love it. I worked with one known as " Horry". I like Atticus too.

I don't like Montgomery. Maximilian is much better but they will both get shortened by everyone. And I hate the short forms more than the proper names!

ruby1234 Sat 10-Aug-13 21:15:40

My great Grandpa was Horatious.

(Don't like that much either).

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