What do you think about Emmet?

(50 Posts)
unheardof Thu 02-Jan-14 20:16:09

Loved it when we decided on it, but as DS's arrival draws nearer (due in Feb), I am getting nervous about our choice. We want something friendly but strong, and not too common. Ugh, I think I've thought too much about it and now I can't get a fresh head, if you know what I mean.

austenozzy Thu 02-Jan-14 20:20:15

Sounds like a fake American name to me, sorry. Also, it's a Cornish nickname for a tourist!

DontCallMeDaughter Thu 02-Jan-14 20:21:47

I quite like it... Certainly do to know anyone else with that name. If you love it, then don't let anyone else's opinion sway you. Whatever they think they'll get used to it! I certainly wouldn't think anything negative if you introduced me to an Emmet.

HyvaPaiva Thu 02-Jan-14 20:22:19

I don't like it at all, sorry.

D0G Thu 02-Jan-14 20:22:42

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crazynanna Thu 02-Jan-14 20:22:59

I like it..but I do instantly see the face in my mind of Hyacinth Bucket grin

Immediately makes me think of Back To The Future

But I quite like it

WigWearer Thu 02-Jan-14 20:23:40

Nope - dialect word for 'ant' (hence, the extended meaning of 'grockle' in Cornwall).

Ee'll zound prapper 'local'.

Lagoonablue Thu 02-Jan-14 20:23:45

Is it not Irish? I like it.

ElBombero Thu 02-Jan-14 20:24:03

Mmmmm not keen, where's it come from? Remember only important if you like it, but picking a name like that will cause all sorts of reactions which can be hurtful when your emotionally tender after first, I had the same with my DS

DawnOfTheDee Thu 02-Jan-14 20:24:35

Wasn't Emmet the next door neighbour in Keeping Up Appearances? Not a reference that's likely to bother your DS though really.

It wouldn't be my personal choice but I think it sounds fine OP.

What about Evan? That would fit your criteria too.

LynetteScavo Thu 02-Jan-14 20:24:45

The two people I know with this name are American, which is fine, nothing wrong with that...it wouldn't be my first choice of name, buy hey.

EmmaGellerGreen Thu 02-Jan-14 20:25:01

Hyacinth Bucket

Avalicious1980 Thu 02-Jan-14 20:26:21

Hmmmm makes me think of Back to the Future and Keeping up appearances.

loisismyhero Thu 02-Jan-14 20:28:08

I know a 15 year old Emmet and it suits him. I like it. It's not a fake American name at all. It's not common but not unheard of in Ireland, because of Robert Emmet. Nobody would bat an eye at it here.

I think of it as a wet toff's name. Sorry. And also he was the neighbour in keeping up appearances

unheardof Thu 02-Jan-14 20:28:41

Thanks for the opinions! Hmm, feels more negative than positive. I am Irish and it was used a bit over here, mostly in the 70s and 80s, but it has German origins.

Is it a nn for Emerson?

I think it's okay, prefer Elliot smile

elvesavleftdabildin Thu 02-Jan-14 20:35:46

Toothless backwoodsman strumming banjo on rickety porch - 'Deliverance' flashback. shock

moas Thu 02-Jan-14 20:36:46

Great name, I think of Ireland. I know 2 Emmet, both Irish, both in their 30s. Strong and friendly- you've got it.

weirdthing Thu 02-Jan-14 20:42:24

I love it (disclaimer - I am N.Irish).

toobreathless Thu 02-Jan-14 20:43:36

Love it.

SS3J Thu 02-Jan-14 22:11:41

I like it. Certainly wouldn't think it was weird.

DessieLou Thu 02-Jan-14 22:52:28

I love Emmett! Wouldn't go with our surname though. Go for it!

DessieLou Thu 02-Jan-14 23:45:01

Meant to say, I also love Everett which is similar.

lemonpoppyseed Fri 03-Jan-14 02:05:42

I like it. I know a two year old Emmet (I'm in Canada), and it really suits him.

Onesleeptillwembley Fri 03-Jan-14 02:24:00

Hyacinth Bucket here, too. It's an unattractive, weak, effeminate name.

mycupoffucksrunnethempty Fri 03-Jan-14 02:26:44

It's lovely. It was on my short list for DS

Skrifa Fri 03-Jan-14 03:38:27

I love Emmet. I also know an Emmett, which I prefer spelling wise. On my short list if we have another boy!

DramaAlpaca Fri 03-Jan-14 03:50:43

Hmm. It's OK but better spelled Emmett. Elliott is nicer though.

Cornish for grockle. I wouldn't use it down 'ere.

Really like it. But we go to Cornwall a lot so I couldn't use it smile

MummyBeerest Fri 03-Jan-14 04:24:26

I like it...but I'm not British. Which probably doesn't help. Sorry!

NakedTigarCub Fri 03-Jan-14 05:22:03

I like it but im a twilight fan grin

lisianthus Fri 03-Jan-14 05:30:42

It's a family name for me- have a great grandfather with the name.

It was in my list for a boy.

elQuintoConyo Fri 03-Jan-14 05:45:11

It has a horrble sound, like grommet.

Plus, I immediatly thought:
Back to the Future

Sorry, you did ask thanks

FigEater Fri 03-Jan-14 05:53:10

Ant. But then actually being called Ant works for Ant, so why not.

Havinganose Fri 03-Jan-14 05:59:36

Love it
Was on my list

ch1134 Fri 03-Jan-14 10:51:23

No way, it's a derogatory term in Cornwall for a tourist. 'Bloody Emmets'

It's not that it means ant, it's that it's derogatory.

hoppinghare Fri 03-Jan-14 10:55:26

Nice. I like it.

Brussel Fri 03-Jan-14 10:55:53

I like it with one or even 2 Ts, but then I associate it with a very nice Irish Emmet I know.

Beachballfamily Fri 03-Jan-14 10:57:46

I like it, see it as very American (quite popular there). I've only ever seen it spelt with two t's at the end though.

I think of the Twilight vampire. Its a nice name though.

MetellaEstMater Fri 03-Jan-14 11:37:03

First thought was Dr Emmet Brown - cool...
Second was Keeping Up Appearances - weak...

I'd wager that very few people of your son's generation will come across Hyacinth Bucket though, whereas Back to the Future will always be a classic.

BrownPaint Fri 03-Jan-14 11:42:29

I like it...

squoosh Fri 03-Jan-14 12:01:06

I automatically think of Robert Emmet and I quite like it, know a fair few Irish men with this name. None of them weak or effeminate.

Just depends what your associations are I suppose.

MrsJohnDeere Fri 03-Jan-14 12:27:36

Not keen. Keeping Up Appearances ....

You may find people automatically assume Twilight fan. But if that doesn't bother you, it won't be an issue. I wanted Bella for a while but didn't want the "oh because of twilight?" every time I met someone!

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Fri 03-Jan-14 12:34:58

It's an OK name, it does immediately make me think of Keeping Up Appearances, but I doubt your DS will be too bothered about that!

It's not one I would choose myself but it's not awful.

Not at all helpful, sorry!

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