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AIBU to want to find out who did this and punish them?! (Not in a literal sense, but you get my gist...)

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MummyTigger Sun 10-Jul-11 19:25:39

Alright, I'm probably being VERY VERY FUCKING UNREASONABLE. But I don't care, I'm rather irritated sad

Watched the new episode of Torchwood online last night, and without giving away any actual plot details I feel obliged to tell you all that Gwen has named her daughter Anwen.


Anwen? You mean the same name that I deliberately earmarked for future use for my beautiful yet unconceived daughter?! HOW DARE SHE!

Sorry, but I deliberately hunted for ages for a girls' name that's a) Welsh in origin and b) not very common. Having lived in Wales for 21 years (with a DP who has lived in Wales for 23 and who speaks fluent Welsh), I've NEVER heard that name before. Ever. And as far as he knows, neither has he.

So I just find it all a bit too coincidental that a few months after I decide to name any future DD of mine Anwen, they decide to pick that name out of EVERY SINGLE BLOODY NAME IN THE WORLD.

So now, not only will everyone think I've stolen it off Torchwood, but there will be bloody loads of women watching it who go "Anwen?! Oooooh what a nice name!" and will then take it for their own! It'll be as common as Teagan or Megan! (There are around 12 each in my brothers' school, so that's all I meant by common, before someone starts throwing buns grin)

So yes, I'm being very unreasonable. And I know it. But it doesn't stop me from wanting to hunt down the writers and gut them like fish angry biscuit

hellospoon Sun 10-Jul-11 19:28:32

crikey you have alot of anger .. <steps back slowly> <runs>

OpusProSerenus Sun 10-Jul-11 19:29:40

I called both of my children old-fashioned names that I thought were traditional yet not over-used. Within 6 months of DS being born every other baby boy had his name and DDs name was more commonly used to start off with but not as much as after she was born, I think there are millions of them.

lisad123 Sun 10-Jul-11 19:30:11

I would be tempted to say, as lovely as it is, I doubt its the next Chloe/Katie

lenak Sun 10-Jul-11 19:30:52

So I just find it all a bit too coincidental that a few months after I decide to name any future DD of mine Anwen, they decide to pick that name out of EVERY SINGLE BLOODY NAME IN THE WORLD.

shock You're right - that is obviously too coincidental. The TW makers are watching you OP and using their alien mind reading technology to nick all of your ideas.

Run. Hide.


addictediam Sun 10-Jul-11 19:31:19

Have I missed torchwood?

Yanbu btw, how very dare they. They must have hacked your phones and stalked you just to steal your name. They should be strung up


MistressFrankly Sun 10-Jul-11 19:32:07

How very dare they!! grin

All i can suggest is get to the concieving so at least yours will be the first of the impending Anwen wave grin

Mollymax Sun 10-Jul-11 19:50:36

Maybe you need to befriend Captain Jack, get him to introduce you to The Doctor. Then you can go back in time in the TARDIS, conceive a girl, name her Anwen........ All before the makers of Torchwood think of the name.
grin grin

glassescase Sun 10-Jul-11 20:06:42

Call her Blodwyn instead smile

yearningforthesun Sun 10-Jul-11 20:13:56

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TheDeathlyMarshmallows Sun 10-Jul-11 20:31:33

It could be worse - you still have time to find another name. A few months after I named my DD Catherine, Prince William went a bloody proposed to Kate (real name Catherine) Middleton!!!

The only bonus I guess is that she'll be in the year above the hoards of Princess Catherine wannabes at School.


overthehillmum Sun 10-Jul-11 20:46:48

I feel your pain (she says sympathetically) but I am really interested in where you saw the new episode? ........

DoMeDon Sun 10-Jul-11 20:48:23

I definately wouldn;t steal the name Anwen, you may be safer than you think wink

Tchootnika Sun 10-Jul-11 20:54:14

Why the obsession with 'unique' names?
I really just don't get it at all.

TheDeathlyMarshmallows Sun 10-Jul-11 20:57:27

Because I have a name that was very, very common when I was a child and I hated being one of 3 in every class or social situation ever when I was growing up.

Tchootnika Sun 10-Jul-11 21:00:37

But surely you could have found security in numbers as you commiserated. You weren't alone, afterall...

feckwit Sun 10-Jul-11 21:01:48

I'm not from Wales, but I've heard of anwen and actually know two. It is not that unusual!

Tchootnika Sun 10-Jul-11 21:04:51

As Tom Jones would tell us... grin

MummyTigger Sun 10-Jul-11 21:05:22

Woops, this seems to have posted twice... apologies for spamming the boards!

But yes... irritated much?! It's happened before with a few of my friends. In the 90's I knew one woman who loved the name Willow until bloody Buffy came out!

They are in league with The Daily Mail...

Chundle Sun 10-Jul-11 21:06:29

I named my 2nd dd Roxana.
And lo and behold a few months after she was born I find another child with the same name Spelt the same and with the same middle name!! How bloody irritating it is!

SecretNorbertFix Sun 10-Jul-11 21:14:45

So I guess you downloaded it from the states then grin

TheDeathlyMarshmallows Sun 10-Jul-11 21:16:25

Tchootnika Nope, it just meant that whenever your name got called, 5 people turned round. You end up ignoring your own name because they're probably talking to someone else.

Tchootnika Sun 10-Jul-11 21:25:19

Well surely if a name's in existence, someone else is going to be called it, and bearing in mind the current universal obsession with unique names, other people are likely to have found it too, IYSWIM.
Surely, then there are 4 options:
1. Make something up (or do that thing people used to do with house/animal names - i.e bizarre hybrid of relatives names).
2. Choose something so hideous that noone else will choose it. (Similar to 1., IMO.)
3. Go for something so 'unimaginitive' (i.e. unfashionable) that by the time DC is in early adulthood, contemporaries will be sighing "Wow, Jane/Mary/Derek/Graham, that's soooo unusual - were your parents like, hippies, or something?" (or modern equivalent).
4. Go for something that you actually like and find meaningful, rather than joining mass scramble for 'originality'.

scottishmummy Sun 10-Jul-11 21:30:12

anwen is pretty and ive met 2.want a unique name best make one up.not try own a name already in public domain

HenriettaJones Sun 10-Jul-11 21:32:23

YANBU, those torchwood thieves!
I love the name Anwen, I know a girl who has it as her middle name.
Tchootnika I don't think OP is scrambling for originality, I think she just objects to her future DD's name being pillaged by the TV addict masses. It would be like discovering and loving the name Charlene pre 1986...
Just to go off on a tangent, Cheryl Cole keeps stealing my hair colour - I went red, she went red. I went for highlights - she's gone for highlights. Bitch. angry
So I totally get that fear of people saying "Oh, you got that off Torchwood"

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