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Apparently my future grandchildren will be named Bridget and Deirdre

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StarsMakeYouDrool Wed 15-Jul-20 22:18:50

Has anyone else made the mistake of asking? grin

DD is 14 and she was being serious.

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SometimesItRains Wed 15-Jul-20 22:25:04

Great names... for a pair of 60 year olds grin
My DCs aren’t that old so hopefully DS1’s suggestion of Bobathan will not be remembered by the time he’s grown up

Kokapetl Wed 15-Jul-20 22:25:35

The thing is, names come back again so these could be really popular names in a decade or two!

My Mum is astonished at all the preschoolers with what she thinks of as "old lady" names like Ivy and Evelyn.

Bridget and Dierdre are not bad names in themselves, it's just the associations we have with them.

Davros Wed 15-Jul-20 22:30:35

Bridget is a Catholic name and I agree, naff and old womany.
Deirdre is a traditional Irish name with a legend: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deirdre

HippyChickMama Wed 15-Jul-20 22:37:31

When I was pregnant with dd we asked ds, who was 5 at the time, what he thought his sister should be called. He suggested Susan or Margaret, not terrible names but really not along the lines we were thinking.

EnterNight Wed 15-Jul-20 22:37:42

I named every inanimate object Albert when I was a kid. This encompassed everything from a concrete gnome to a sheepskin rug I was a weird child
Later I was adamant I would have a Billy and a Sally. We'll, I did have a boy and a girl and I didn't name them that. Thankfully for my parents neither did I go with Cherokee.....😂

Zisforstripyoss Wed 15-Jul-20 22:41:12

Mine are going to be called Theodore and Jack from one and Sophia from another.

I was adamant my child would be called Victoria for years and years, but I have 2 DDs and neither of them are called Victoria!

IJustWantSomeBees Wed 15-Jul-20 23:03:50

I like the name Deirdre! Bridget would just make me think of Bridget Jones grin

I agree with PP though, those names could easily come back into style!

user1573957284738 Wed 15-Jul-20 23:07:33

Bobathan is a fantastic name. I can just picture classrooms filled with little Bobathans when it takes off in popularity.

indemMUND Wed 15-Jul-20 23:17:27

My DM still likes to bring up that I wanted to name my children Guinevere and Lancelot. I did stick with my interest in history many years later when I named DD but she's not a Guinevere grin

LaurieSchafferIsAllBitterNow Wed 15-Jul-20 23:40:59

I knew a Deirdre once....good deal younger than me...(am 55) only she pronounced it as Dee-AIR-dra, which sounds much more lovely than Dear-dree, which really smacks of someones elderly irish spinster type relation.

WarmSausageTea Wed 15-Jul-20 23:41:13

The thing is, names come back again so these could be really popular names in a decade or two!

My grandmother, born in 1903, thought her middle name was very old-fashioned. It was Emma. grin Her first name, which seemed very old-lady-ish to me in the 70s/80s is now very popular again.

SingleHandSue Thu 16-Jul-20 00:19:12

My DS told us in all seriousness at around the age of 11 that if he ever has a daughter she will be called Paprika.

He’s almost 15 now and still doesn’t understand why it’s a bad choice.

lukasiak Thu 16-Jul-20 00:26:00

Not suprised. Bridget is long overdue a comback. I don't love it, but it was last in fashion in the early 2000's, so it's 20 year cycle should be upon us soon. As for Deidree, has she been watching the baby-sitters club? Very much that late 80's/early 90's style.

Monkey500 Thu 16-Jul-20 00:31:22

Bridget has lots of lovely derivatives I am the mother of one who wanted to remember a family member but found Bridget too harsh, but Birdie, Brid, Bridie, Breda are all lovely and I used one of them, now a bit more worldly wise I wish I'd used one of the Scandinavian or French derivatives.

Ritascornershop Thu 16-Jul-20 00:35:38

I love the name Bridget! Deirdre makes me think of Deirdre Barlow.

OhMsBeliever Thu 16-Jul-20 00:41:37

Mine will be called Tim & Tom - short for Thimas and Tomothy. hmm

Also Isambard, Balthazar.

And Roger. shock

After having 5 boys it seems I'm having 5 grandsons as well!

That's if any woman wants kids with my lot with those name suggestions! grin

Smallsteps88 Thu 16-Jul-20 00:51:18

Mine will be called Tim & Tom - short for Thimas and Tomothy

grin

I love this!!

cleanseTone Thu 16-Jul-20 00:54:47

In Ireland we pronounce it 'dear-dra'. I know 3 and two of them have always been called Dee.

Prepared to be corrected on this but in Ireland if someone was called Bridget I'd assume they were a traveller.

StarsMakeYouDrool Thu 16-Jul-20 00:56:13

Oh yes, Deirdre to be pronounced properly! We could maybe set her and Roger up. Don’t get many Rogers these days grin

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powershowerforanhour Thu 16-Jul-20 00:58:40

Bridget makes me think of Bridget & Eamon

Deirdre makes me think of Deirdre O'Kane who is cool.

Agwen Thu 16-Jul-20 00:59:10

This will out me to anyone who knows me in RL but when I was pregnant with dc2, ds1 wanted to call the baby Broccoli if it was a girl. Because he didnt like broccoli and did not want a sister. Logical for a 3 year old I suppose! He also named any teddy/vaguely cute thing he owned Bob.

"Granny!"
"Hello my darling Bob and dearest Broccoli"

Dc2 was a boy, (phew!) but not called Bob.

Ds1 is 15 now and there are still a couple of Bobs on his bed smile

SionnachRua Thu 16-Jul-20 01:00:31

Prepared to be corrected on this but in Ireland if someone was called Bridget I'd assume they were a traveller.

There'd be a strong chance of it yeah but I don't think I'd automatically assume it. I know a fair few non-Traveller Deirdres.

God knows I'd sooner have a Deirdre or a Bridget in my class than another Ella/Sophie/Ava/Isabella etc - it'd be a nice little diversion from the norm grin How about a Geraldine?

StarsMakeYouDrool Thu 16-Jul-20 01:01:46

I think Jacqueline and Caroline will come back soon actually!

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Chienloup Thu 16-Jul-20 01:04:25

My son is adamant he will have a child called Hazel. He's 9.

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