Paris as a girls name. What does it say to you?

(71 Posts)
thatwasadaftidea Wed 14-Aug-13 09:22:37

Out of interest.

phantomhairpuller Wed 14-Aug-13 09:23:27

Just makes me think of that muppet Hilton confused


dreamingofsun Wed 14-Aug-13 09:24:05


SunnyIntervals Wed 14-Aug-13 09:24:11

Michael Jackson
Child probably from family in social housing

meditrina Wed 14-Aug-13 09:24:56

Ignorant of the classics.

Dumpylump Wed 14-Aug-13 09:25:05

I completely associate it with Ms Hilton. In my mind, it is not a particularly positive association.

Nellelephant Wed 14-Aug-13 09:25:21

I immediately think of its celebrity connection - Hilton or Jackson. It's what people mistake my name for if they haven't heard me paid attention properly so it will always annoy me.

thatwasadaftidea Wed 14-Aug-13 09:26:12

That's such a shame. I think it's a good name but ruined by Paris Hilton (who I met once, she really is a nob in RL).

jammiedonut Wed 14-Aug-13 09:27:11

A spoilt brat I had to endure high school with... Sorry, that name conjures up some bad memories! Not a fan of the name for either sex.

meditrina Wed 14-Aug-13 09:27:19

It's a good name on a boy

It doesn't have good associations for me but only because of Paris Hilton. Sorry!

thatwasadaftidea Wed 14-Aug-13 09:28:45

well yes, it is a boys name.

any offers of an alternative? Eris?

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 14-Aug-13 09:29:32

Son of Priam
City of Light?

meditrina Wed 14-Aug-13 09:32:19

Is it the "-iss" sound that you like?

Janice, Alice, Lyssa, Nerissa, Nerys, Erlys, Melissa, Clarissa, Clarice?

thatwasadaftidea Wed 14-Aug-13 09:35:45

no i don't like any of those. too much iss. grin maybe it's the pa i like!

thatwasadaftidea Wed 14-Aug-13 09:36:17

a sibling for sol.

YouAreMyRain Wed 14-Aug-13 09:37:30

Paras? I know a boy called this with family of East Asian origin.

usualsuspect Wed 14-Aug-13 09:38:11

There's a lot of Katie Hopkins wannabes in this topic just lately.

I like Paris, I know one ,she's lovely.

katydid02 Wed 14-Aug-13 09:38:34

I would wonder if the baby was conceived there, I would also assume it was a boy's name, apart from the Paris Hilton connection of course.

TheSecondComing Wed 14-Aug-13 09:38:42

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OneLittleToddleTerror Wed 14-Aug-13 09:38:46

Sorry, ruined by Hilton.

LifeIsSoDifferent Wed 14-Aug-13 09:38:52

Paris hilton which leads on to sex tapes sad

Giddypants Wed 14-Aug-13 09:45:20

Not good for me either, I once worked with a boy who wanted a sex change, before he could get it he had to live life as a woman. He chose Paris as his girls name.
He was an attention seeking knob, and when he was very easily accepted by all who worked with him, he decided he didn't want to be a woman anymore and changed back.
So he always comes to mind when I hear the name Paris, sorry

thatwasadaftidea Wed 14-Aug-13 20:02:46

also like


any better?

Rhubarbgarden Wed 14-Aug-13 20:19:01

I love Artemis

BigBongTheory Wed 14-Aug-13 20:35:16

I love Artemis and Iris.

thatwasadaftidea Wed 14-Aug-13 21:20:00

yup, both vetoed on first attempt with DH. (not that that means anything wink)

SunnyIntervals Wed 14-Aug-13 21:23:13

What about Irini (means peace)?

StrangeGlue Wed 14-Aug-13 21:23:17


Then the country

Then MJ's dd

SunnyIntervals Wed 14-Aug-13 21:23:23

In Greek!

OverTheFieldsAndFarAway Wed 14-Aug-13 21:24:47

It's a boys name, Paris seduced Helen of Troy.

thatwasadaftidea Wed 14-Aug-13 21:24:54

it's nice but I would prefer to avoid a -ie, y for a girls name.

capitola Wed 14-Aug-13 21:27:34

Paris, just makes me think of that vacuous Hilton bint.

I like all of your other names OP, apart from Ignis.

overthemill Wed 14-Aug-13 21:29:45

It says 'gilmore girls'. In that context fab but in all others, crap.

weirdthing Wed 14-Aug-13 21:29:54

Artemis is lovely. What about Atlanta? Paris is terrible in my opinion. Sorry!

thatwasadaftidea Wed 14-Aug-13 21:30:12

ok, i'm over the paris idea.

BitOfAFatCowReally Wed 14-Aug-13 21:33:23

I like Isis (Egyptian goddess of motherhood and magic.) Oh, but again that might be too much 'is'!

OverTheFieldsAndFarAway Wed 14-Aug-13 21:36:15

Isis is a beautiful name. My niece was called Isis, she is no longer with us but she was angelic.

Spoilt brat

TenthMuse Wed 14-Aug-13 22:13:23

Hilton. Sorry. And a few slightly obnoxious children I've taught (spelt Parys/Parris). Not great associations, I'm afraid!

DoveDovePigeon Wed 14-Aug-13 22:19:01

I love Iris and Isis.

LynetteScavo Wed 14-Aug-13 22:22:55

I didn't think of Paris Hilton, and I do think it's just as nice for a girl as a boy.

I would think she was conceived in Paris.

Have you considered Stella?

PestoSwimissimos Wed 14-Aug-13 22:25:34

Vienna is a far prettier name for a girl

whyno Thu 15-Aug-13 08:46:38


Hyperhelpmum Thu 15-Aug-13 18:59:52

I love Artemis but DH has vetoed it. Missy for nn - so cute!

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 15-Aug-13 19:43:47

Artemis is gorgeous!

Paris just doesn't have great connotations to me. We have Ms Hilton and then the weedy mythical shit Paris who nicked someone else's wife and let his dad and big brother sort his mess out for him. I really don't like mythical Paris!

Yika Thu 15-Aug-13 20:17:34

Artemis is lovely but possibly a bit pretentious.
Iris is nice.

What about Maris?

I met a Tordis the other day (Norwegian). I think Nordic could be the way to go if you like the hard ending of -is or -it.

badtime Thu 15-Aug-13 20:17:57

'Pari' and 'Parisa' are Persian names you could consider if it's the 'Pa-' you like. They are unrelated to 'Paris'. A pari or peri is a sort of fairy.

sandberry Thu 15-Aug-13 21:06:30

I love Eris but isn't she the goddess of chaos? could be cursing yourself.
Iris is a bit dull
Isis was nice before it was a website on sleep
Artemis is okay I guess
Ignis I don't personally like the sound
Paris is ok for a boy but negative associations for a girl

nkf Thu 15-Aug-13 21:09:05

It's a boy's name and when used as a girl's name, it suggests the Hilton woman.

Phoebe47 Sun 18-Aug-13 18:25:39

I taught a girl called Paris some years ago. She was a lovely child and her family were definitely not at all chav.

Faezy Sun 18-Aug-13 18:29:15

Paris from Gilmore Girls

MummyBeerest Sun 18-Aug-13 18:34:14

Vienna is lovely, I agree. Or Venice or Verona. I met a baby Verona and she was adorable.

thornrose Sun 18-Aug-13 18:37:15

"Child probably from family in social housing"

Ugh, horrible comment hmm

How about Charis? Beautiful name

thatwasadaftidea Sun 18-Aug-13 22:46:09

i agree thornrose.
we're two professionals with a 50% share is a housing association property.

TheOldestCat Sun 18-Aug-13 22:51:48

It says love to me. But that's because it's the name of my friend's longed-for child. The adoption was formalised last week. He has had some nobby comments about her name. From nobs. She is beautiful and amazing and that includes her name.

thatwasadaftidea Sun 18-Aug-13 22:55:08

lovely, theoldestcat.

KatOD Sun 18-Aug-13 22:57:31

Gilmore girls or tacky tramp

SunnyIntervals Sun 18-Aug-13 22:57:34

Why is it a horrible comment, thorn? My granny lives in social housing and I spent every summer staying with her as a child - was fab smile I would think a Paris would have a similar background.

SpecialAgentCuntSnake Sun 18-Aug-13 23:00:38

I always think of the golden apple and how Aphrodite tempted Paris and Helen.

I quite love it as a boys name, as a girls I just think of Hilton shudder

thatwasadaftidea Sun 18-Aug-13 23:00:46

so you meant it as a positive?

thornrose Sun 18-Aug-13 23:01:38

Ok that's lovely then Sunny.

thornrose Sun 18-Aug-13 23:02:23


SunnyIntervals Sun 18-Aug-13 23:04:18

It was a neutral comment - this is what it makes me think. Op can do as they want with that info.

I prefer to use names hat don't pigeonhole dc as being from any one background - ie I wouldn't use Araminta or Piers as we are not posh. I also wouldn't use a name that would trigger the snob reflex in most observers.

thatwasadaftidea Sun 18-Aug-13 23:08:13

so you think it would be a good choice for those who wish to celebrate their housing situation. smile

SunnyIntervals Sun 18-Aug-13 23:30:35

I think my Granny would disapprove!

Some people don't care that a name slots into a particular social groove. I chose classless names for my dc - used in all social groups. They can choose who they want to be!

Anri Wed 21-Aug-13 05:25:32


Persis - I found this on a woman way back in my family tree. There's an Indian actress named Persis Khambatta, most well known for having been in the first Star Trek movie in 1979. It's a Biblical Greek name.

Pallas - Another Greek name. This was the name of a minor Greek goddess. Athena accidentally killed her and then took her name to honour her. I associate this with the Gustav Klimt painting, Pallas Athena.

language Wed 21-Aug-13 09:27:09

It's a boy's name! Paris and Helen!

Bonsoir Wed 21-Aug-13 09:28:10

Chav. Bling. Nothing good.

ohmymimi Thu 22-Aug-13 10:36:39

Sunny, who are you - Katie Hopkins wannabe, perchance? A lot of hard working, thoroughly decent people live in social housing; good neighbours and well-kept homes are not just the preserve of home-owners.

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