Thoughts on Pandora?

(38 Posts)
mummratheevertired Mon 12-Aug-13 12:39:54

I recently read a baby names book where it said it was popular among the horsey crowd. Well, we are in no way horsey, very far from it. This puts me off the name slightly.

Also my husband thinks she would get bullied at school - 'Pandora'a box' etc. This hadn't occurred to me and I still think it's a bit silly.

I love the name Panda for short, is that a bit silly?

Thanks

bryonywhisker Mon 12-Aug-13 12:40:57

Adrian Mole
charm bracelets

squoosh Mon 12-Aug-13 12:46:15

Adrian Mole.
Lots of comments about her 'box'.

Leonas Mon 12-Aug-13 15:34:29

Not great associations with the mythology - released all of the world's evils because she is nosy?! Sorry, it's just what comes into my head when I hear it.

jennimoo Mon 12-Aug-13 15:36:15

I'm afraid I just think Adrian mole and inevitable box jokes too, although I love the name.

foofooyeah Mon 12-Aug-13 15:36:19

think there was a character in a Jilly Cooper book called Pandora hence the horsey connection, too much connection to bracelets for me

burberryqueen Mon 12-Aug-13 15:37:32

charm bracelets
her box
nice name for a real panda
as i am sure you know, it means 'all gifts' - what about just Dora (gift) or Theodora (God's gift)

Keztrel Mon 12-Aug-13 15:40:13

I used to love it while I was reading the Adrian Mole books. It is a nice name so if you love it and if all the associations don't bother you then use it - it will quickly become 'her'.

allmycats Mon 12-Aug-13 15:41:22

Pandora released the world's evils - sorry not a name I like TBH

mimitwo Mon 12-Aug-13 15:49:11

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mummratheevertired Mon 12-Aug-13 23:13:51

Hmmm, still so unsure. I love it as a name but not sure about the connotations.

Thanks all.

headinhands Mon 12-Aug-13 23:18:35

"Pandora!
I adore ya.
I implore ye
Don't ignore me."

DragonsAreReal Mon 12-Aug-13 23:19:17

I love it.

Buttercup4 Mon 12-Aug-13 23:24:48

Love the name. Not entirely sure that your DDtobe's generation will read the Adrian Mole books either grin

squoosh Mon 12-Aug-13 23:54:21

Adrian Mole's diaries will be revered for centuries to come just like those of Samuel Pepys ;-)

Oriunda Tue 13-Aug-13 07:35:39

A lot of people these days don't read the classics, and so not sure connotations re Pandora's box will be known. Remember that she released not just evil, but also Hope. I like the name. Dora is also a good nn.

shoobidoo Tue 13-Aug-13 08:02:02

Love Pandora!

rubberband Tue 13-Aug-13 08:52:40

I'm not horsey and I have a Pandora! Haven't come across any others (though that could be down to not mixing with horsey types) and I'd say it gets a good reception 90% of the time. We chose it in part because there are a lot of abbreviations, we call her Panda or Pandy right now (cute on a 7 month old) but there is scope for Pan or Dora as she gets older. Go for it if you love it! People always bring associations to a name so the main thing should be that you love it.

rubberband Tue 13-Aug-13 08:54:05

Also, the negative classical connotations thing doesn't wash with me considering the negative biblical connotations that could be associated with Eve and the number or Eve's you find...

Saffyz Tue 13-Aug-13 10:12:23

I think it's a lovely name, or how about Paloma?

pygmy Tue 13-Aug-13 14:04:15

I like it.

DumSpiroSpero Tue 13-Aug-13 20:30:29

I love it - but I am an avid Adrian Mole fan! grin

RonaldMcDonald Tue 13-Aug-13 20:34:25

nice box

ShadowSummer Wed 14-Aug-13 00:08:40

The charm bracelet connection put me off this name when I was trying to think about girl's names.

I don't think that the classical Pandora's Box connotations would be so much of a problem, as Greek mythology isn't really something that people seem to pay much attention to.

TheFillyjonk Wed 14-Aug-13 00:14:14

I also think of Adrian Mole, I'm afraid. Many, many people will as you can see on this thread.

The meaning of Pandora is lovely though - it means "a gift to all". Would you consider Theodora which means "a gift from god"? Teodora is a pretty variation.

squoosh Wed 14-Aug-13 00:19:44

Wasn't there an Adrian Mole single released, Madly in Love with Pandora? Or am I imagining that?

nurseneedshelp Wed 14-Aug-13 00:22:19

Awful sorry!

Gruntfuttocks Wed 14-Aug-13 00:23:43

If you like it, go for it. Whatever name you choose, someone somewhere will have an objection. Babies grow into their names. Panda is sweet.

TheFillyjonk Wed 14-Aug-13 00:30:38

squoosh, it was Profoundly in Love with Pandora by Ian Dury.

I don't think Panda is a good nickname, sorry.

DumSpiroSpero Wed 14-Aug-13 08:41:45

Pandora Braithwaite was 'the love of Adrian Mole's life - intelligent and beautiful'

She gained a doctorate in languages from Oxford and became a Labour MP.

I can think of worse literary characters for a child to be associated with! grin

squoosh Wed 14-Aug-13 10:35:45

Thanks Fillyjonk! I remember it well now.

Pandora is the main character in the new Lionel Shriver book. I finished the book liking the name!

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Wed 14-Aug-13 10:42:23

When she get older, every half pissed bloke she meets on a night out will ask to see her box!
I love the name personally, but the piss taking will probably spoil it!

rubyrubywoo Wed 14-Aug-13 12:08:34

I love it smile With children being named after fruit etc. a mythological name really isn't that far out ;)

squoosh Wed 14-Aug-13 12:11:20

I was going to say it reminds me of boobs too, but realise that is another Adrian Mole association.

AltogetherAndrews Wed 14-Aug-13 12:50:01

Makes me think of the film Notting Hill - "I knew a pandora once, never did get to see her box though."

fuckwittery Wed 14-Aug-13 12:51:31

Jilly cooper!

charleslingus Fri 16-Aug-13 13:53:34

It is a seriously fabulous name. Your daughter will love growing up with this name, honestly! Go for it!

With most fabulous names there will always be the odd person who doesn't like it. Rest assured this just confirms how interesting and unique it is. And how uninteresting and sheep like they are (but that's a whole other thread)

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