Is it odd to name a baby after a ship?

(45 Posts)
deeleigh123 Sun 05-Jan-14 03:11:24

My father sailed on HMS Ariadne when he first joined the navy and it's also a Greek mythological name. I think it's sweet but is it odd to name a baby after a ship? The nn would be Aria not Ari as already have Remy and (no offence to anyone) I can't stand rhyming sibling names. Does it go with the middle name Ivy? Any other suggestions for siblings Violet Rose Ann and Remy Quill Brian? Thanks smile xxx

AdoraBell Sun 05-Jan-14 03:14:58

In this case I would say no, not odd because of the connection.

If it were a random boat you'd just seen in passing one day then it would be, Possibly, odd.

Turvytopsy Sun 05-Jan-14 04:19:37

I think the name and the connection are lovely. It's not like you would be calling her Titanic!

BillyBanter Sun 05-Jan-14 04:29:39

Well its a girls name too. Not like hms unicorn, or kinpurnie.

BillyBanter Sun 05-Jan-14 04:30:27

Not to say kinpurnie isn't a lovely name for a girl...

madwomanintheatt1c Sun 05-Jan-14 04:53:56

Love Ariadne, but Aria as a nn is never going to stick (it's practically as long and doesn't roll off the tongue as a diminutive should). So either call her Aria, or leave it as Ariadne and accept that she will be Ari.... I assume the other one is Vi or Lettie, so Ari doesn't matchy-matchy chi chi anyway.

(Yes, I have three kids whose (full) names accidentally end on a similar but spelt completely differently sound...)

Remy, Violet and Ariadne fine. (Rem, Vi (hee hee, I know she's a Lettie) and Ari fine)

EeyoreIsh Sun 05-Jan-14 05:00:29

Ariadne is a lovely name, it's a proper girls name as well as being the ship's name.

Jaynebxl Sun 05-Jan-14 05:49:50

I've taught an Ariadne, it's a lovely name much better than Cutty Sark

Sunnysummer Sun 05-Jan-14 06:49:46

Love Ariadne, it's a cool name and the ship link just makes it more meaningful. smile

Don't much like Ariadne Ivy so much though, I think because the endings sound similar.

Mckayz Sun 05-Jan-14 06:51:24

Not odd at all. It is a lovely name.

risingsunshine Sun 05-Jan-14 06:57:59

The ship was named after the name.... So you wouldn't be naming your baby after a ship! grin

curlew Sun 05-Jan-14 07:22:14

My father served on a ship called Wanganella.

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Ariadne is fine, as others have said if it were dauntless, or illustrious or ark royal, then that's just daft. But Ariadne is a lovely name.

I wouldn't try to force a NN though. Ariadne is a beautiful name, use it. Nn are usually a naturally occurring thing.

The Ariadne I know gets Addy as a NN

DolomitesDonkey Sun 05-Jan-14 07:54:07

The ship has taken a baby name not like you'll be calling it "dinghy", "sloop" or "life raft" is it?

Pancakeflipper Sun 05-Jan-14 07:56:10

Its not like you are naming them HMS Belfast.

You are using an existing name for a person. So cannot see an issue.

Nataleejah Sun 05-Jan-14 09:11:21

As long as its not Titanic

Katz Sun 05-Jan-14 09:15:35

The only thing to consider with the name and it's lovely, is it's the name of one of the main characters in the BBC drama Atlantis. That's the most likely link people will make.

We have a Phoebe and still get 'oh after friends?'

BenCohenismyChristmaswish Sun 05-Jan-14 10:16:18

My nieces third name is Alexandra after her Dad's fave Battleship!

UriGeller Sun 05-Jan-14 10:19:32

Not weird, I thought you might be suggesting Marie Celeste! (Which actually sounds great as a girls name but hopefully she'd be a bit more popular grin ).

HomeHypno Sun 05-Jan-14 14:27:22

Ariadne sounds like a lovely name, not 'shippy' at all...

Varya Sun 05-Jan-14 14:31:32

Dreadnaught, after famous sub?

JCMSD Tue 07-Jan-14 05:20:08

Really like it. Agree with previous poster that you can't force a nn but Ria might be an option if you don't mind Ria and Remy. Actually, the Remy I know is a Rem!

JulesJules Tue 07-Jan-14 05:26:14

Ariadne is a proper name first, and a lovely one.

An ancestor of mine was born en route to New Zealand and was named after the ship - Piako (middle name) which I think is great. Obviously not if it had been Ark Royal or something.

Mikkii Tue 07-Jan-14 06:11:06

I was guessing Mauretania!

BrokenFairylights Tue 07-Jan-14 07:02:24

When I saw this I thought the ship might be HMS Illustrious or something equally boat like. Ariadne is lovely wither without the boat connection, so I'd just go for it. As for the nn in my experience the children's friends tend to determine this regardless of what the parents wishes are grin

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 07-Jan-14 15:40:53

I think Bismark is a great name for a child! grin wink

minniemagoo Tue 07-Jan-14 15:52:29

Lovely but re nn I know an Ariadne known as Addie!

meditrina Tue 07-Jan-14 15:56:00

I wouldn't have known a ship was named after the character from the Greek myths.

ErrolTheDragon Tue 07-Jan-14 15:59:11

Don't forget Endeavour Morse!

Ariadne is a beautiful name and its a nice reason. Really it's the ship which has been given a woman's name.

I quite like the idea of using ship names....won't be having more kids but perhaps my next dachshund could be named after my favourite ... the Beagle grin

meditrina Tue 07-Jan-14 16:13:04

Huge list of RN ships' names here

Quite good quarry for both human and pet names grin

YuffietheNinja Tue 07-Jan-14 16:19:29

For some reason I am in hysterics over some of the above posts. Cutty Sark, Wanganella and Dreadnaught have just really tickled me!

I love the name Ariadne, it's beautiful.

notso Tue 07-Jan-14 16:29:35

I too came on expecting Voyager, Discovery or Albatross.

Go for it!

meditrina Tue 07-Jan-14 16:35:54
SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 07-Jan-14 16:41:15

Now now Meditrina there's no need for that! wink grin

JuliaScurr Tue 07-Jan-14 16:41:28

My friend is named after a barge that was named after a girl

TaraKnowles Tue 07-Jan-14 16:51:42

I thought it was going to be 'Jolly Roger'.

JulesJules Tue 07-Jan-14 16:58:28

Oh I love that Marine Traffic website. Can lose hours on it.

Rooners Tue 07-Jan-14 17:01:14

Oh it's fine. Quill is interesting - do you mind if I ask the provenance of that?

Fwiw I wanted to use the name 'Hesper' as a middle name for one of mine but it never happened...I kind of made it up but I liked it meaning Hope. Well I think it does anyway. And loads of ships seem to have been called Hesperus.

sisterofmercy Tue 07-Jan-14 17:25:01

I was partly named after the QE2 which my dad worked on.... 'Ariadne' is lovely. smile

Mckayz Tue 07-Jan-14 19:27:56

My DH is in the merchant navy and we track him on marine traffic. He's off to Pacific Champion next week. Not a great baby name.

NameoftheRose Tue 07-Jan-14 19:37:05

Wish I'd thought of this when naming my sons. My dad served on the Implacable and the Illustrious. Could have used them as middle names at least.

Matthew Implacable Smith & Jonathan Illustrious Smith. Not their actual first or last names. Or maybe just Implacable Smith and Illustrious Smith grin

Really wish I'd thought of it though, I think it's a lovely idea and Ariadne's a lovely name.

NameoftheRose Tue 07-Jan-14 19:38:34

Ah sisterofmercy, so your RL name is Queen? Or perhaps 2, pronounced "second"?

WhenWhyWhere Tue 07-Jan-14 20:43:47

It's a fantastic name but with a name that cool why would you want to use a NN.

Stokes Tue 07-Jan-14 20:55:58

Go for it - I'm named after the ship my dad was master of when I was born.

I really like the connection - although he does like to tell me it's more impressive to have the ship named after you than the other way round grin

Plateofcrumbs Wed 08-Jan-14 04:34:49

As long as your father (assuming he is alive?) likes it and doesn't find it strange having his granddaughter named after a former workplace! If he tells a lot of stories about his 'days on the Ariadne' it might be odd. Otherwise lovely name and it's nice to have a name with a personal meaning.

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