(44 Posts)
TripleRock Tue 27-Aug-13 18:15:51

Do you like it?

DHs suggestion for our DS due in September and it has really grown on me.

DH is half Italian and we have an Italian surname. DD also has a Continental sounding name.

I like that it can be shortened to Dan/Danny and will be uncommon without being 'Eh?'. Would value some opinions, tia.

PatriciaHolm Tue 27-Aug-13 18:19:13

DS used to be at nursery with one, half Italian little boy, I always liked it.

NadiaWadia Tue 27-Aug-13 18:19:36

Sounds nice, but isn't it the equivalent of calling him 'Shakespeare'? Or was Dante the writer's 1st name?

SlinkyB Tue 27-Aug-13 18:22:20

I've a friend with a Dante, love the name. Some people pronounce it DANT-eh, others DON-teh, don't know if that would bother you.

Bowlersarm Tue 27-Aug-13 18:24:14

I know a Dante, and he does get called Dan all the time.

Caitycat Tue 27-Aug-13 18:45:48

Nadia, no Dante is a first name he was Dante Alighieri (like Michelangelo). I like it and would definitely shorten it to Dan/Danny.

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 27-Aug-13 18:47:22

You have the surname to pull it off, so why not?!

TripleRock Tue 27-Aug-13 19:00:41

I had thought of that Slinky. We would be using the DAN-te version, so I guess we would hope it would catch on that way, at least amongst family and friends.

I feel relaxed about it being shortened, although I would like to think we would use the full version most of the time. After all, it's hardly a long name! Although I understand the name does lend itself to shorter nn's.

ZolaBuddleia Tue 27-Aug-13 19:02:05

Love it love it love it.

TripleRock Tue 27-Aug-13 19:37:17

Well it seems quite a positive reaction so far, so I'm pleased.

We've not shared the name with anyone in RL so it's sometimes hard to gauge whether you've gone completely off track.

Thanks for the opinions.

Ruralninja Tue 27-Aug-13 19:40:53

Sorry but it makes me think of Dante's inferno! Having said that, it is a very nice sounding name in its own right... hmmm.... not sure at all now!

Shesaysso Tue 27-Aug-13 19:43:55

Dantes inferno for me too I'm afraid!

Frikadellen Tue 27-Aug-13 21:20:45

Its lovely imo

SilveryMoon Tue 27-Aug-13 21:22:50

Love it grin

JustBecauseICan Tue 27-Aug-13 21:26:06

I find it a bit slebby. I can imagine the Beckhams having one.

TripleRock Wed 28-Aug-13 07:46:33

I know what you mean JustBecause, but I'm hoping we could get away with it because of our Italian surname. Making it more genuine sounding

FourGates Wed 28-Aug-13 07:53:20

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CheeseFondueRocks Wed 28-Aug-13 10:13:28

Since you have the surname to go with it, I'd say yes, use it if you love the name.

It would sound silly with a British surname though. (As do most names that aren't matched culturally)

wonderingifiam2013 Fri 30-Aug-13 10:15:17

I really like it!

I do think you need the Italian surname to carry it off though ... and you do so go for it! smile

TheSecondComing Fri 30-Aug-13 10:39:58

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TripleRock Fri 30-Aug-13 13:02:04

Oh dear TheSecondComing ...

Just out of interest, is it being pronounced DON-te or DAN-te?

TheSecondComing Fri 30-Aug-13 13:03:47

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SoupDragon Fri 30-Aug-13 13:04:15

I think it would work with an Italian surname.

I don't think it works for bog standard "white British" though.

SoupDragon Fri 30-Aug-13 13:05:48

I think I pronounce it DON-tay.

<<mutters to self>> yes, Don.
<<mutters some more>> Or Dan.
Both seem to work!

MissOtisRegretsMadam Fri 30-Aug-13 13:06:30

I have looked after 2 with the spellings dauntay and dawntay but still pronounced the same. I like it and your spelling is much better.

TheSecondComing Fri 30-Aug-13 13:11:13

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TripleRock Fri 30-Aug-13 13:18:02

Gosh I'm not keen on those spellings, or on the Don-tay pronunciation.

He would definitely be a Dante. It wouldn't occur to me to say or spell it any other way.

Interesting, perhaps the name isn't as straightforward as I thought.

TripleRock Fri 30-Aug-13 13:19:35

Indeed TheSecondComing...

TheSecondComing Fri 30-Aug-13 13:20:54

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ILikeRed Fri 30-Aug-13 13:26:15

I know a two year Dante. (DAN-te) mum's British, dad's Italian. Little boy is squishy blonde haired gorgeousness. Go for it.

MissOtisRegretsMadam Fri 30-Aug-13 13:30:04

Ooh I didn't post to put you off!!! I love the name!

Mutteroo Fri 30-Aug-13 13:43:11

My friend had this for a boys name & was pronouncing it Don-Tay which I don't particularly like. Much prefer Dan-Tay. In the end bump decided to be a girl.

BobbyGentry Fri 30-Aug-13 14:00:52

Reminds me too much of Dante's inferno, travels through purgatory ... Sorry x

TripleRock Fri 30-Aug-13 14:48:30

So to summarise, so long as we 1. Have a suitably Italian surname, 2. Stick to the Italian spelling and pronunciation, 3. Produce a child who looks of sufficiently Italian heritage (brown eyes and ringlets preferable), then we might just get away with it?!

TripleRock Fri 30-Aug-13 14:57:30

The Dante's Inferno thing. A couple of people have mentioned it. See upthread, part of the epic Divine Comedy considered to be the writer's masterpiece. A positive association I thought.

TripleRock Fri 30-Aug-13 15:05:23

To be named after a famous writer I mean

TripleRock Fri 30-Aug-13 15:06:16


Alisvolatpropiis Fri 30-Aug-13 17:20:13

Don't think there's anything wrong with the Divine Comedy association really.

There are worse things to be associated with.

cory Fri 30-Aug-13 20:41:41

Indeed there are three parts to the Divine Comedy: Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. Not too different from a day with your average toddler then. grin

JamieandtheMagicTorch Sat 31-Aug-13 04:06:39

cory - yes!

I like Dante

or what about


TripleRock Sat 31-Aug-13 07:35:57

Cory grin
Jamie, I like it but DH not keen...

Meringue33 Sat 31-Aug-13 07:42:56

Like it, but there was the bad guy in Nashville...

mathanxiety Sun 01-Sep-13 05:48:18

Very cliched name in the African American community. Also spelled Dontae or Dontay.

Sunnysummer Sun 01-Sep-13 07:04:17

With the Italian surname, I'd say go for it! If he (inexplicably smile) prefers something plainer he still has a good option with Dan.

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