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To call my daughter Dora?

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Laindons Tue 11-Aug-15 09:31:27

I really like the name Lydia, but it reminds me of someone who is very competitive and ambitious.. And mean. Sorry, don't think of Sense and sensibility at all.

Dora means "Gift from God", and a daughter would be just that after TTC for so long.
Yet, Dora the Explorer and the theme tune does come to mind too. Baby would be half Spanish by the way.

formerbabe Tue 11-Aug-15 09:34:05

I think it's a gorgeous name! wishing I called my dd Dora now!

Laindons Tue 11-Aug-15 09:34:07

P.S please no suggestions of 'Theodora' or 'Isadora'. I dislike those and I'm quite picky lol ��

spanieleyes Tue 11-Aug-15 09:34:28

I think Dora is a lovely name!

MrsGentlyBenevolent Tue 11-Aug-15 09:35:08

You've already had this answered in the Baby Names forum. If you like it that much, just go for it, regardless of what others think.

Laindons Tue 11-Aug-15 09:35:49

Well I moved it to AIBU because I want to know if I'm actually being unreasonable...

WorraLiberty Tue 11-Aug-15 09:36:10

What's the Spanish for, "Why the fuck didn't I stick this in the baby names topic?" grin

I like Dora but yes, I couldn't get Dora the Explorer out of my mind.

Tryingtokeepalidonit Tue 11-Aug-15 09:37:23

Got a 20yo Dora myself and still think it is a lovely name! Works well for all ages.

FreiasBathtub Tue 11-Aug-15 09:37:37

Lovely lovely name!

(Reminds me of a very amazing woman who really helped me when my baby was born, not that that should make any difference to your decision smile)

SpendSpendSpend Tue 11-Aug-15 09:37:38

If you like it then it doesnt matter what anyone else thinks

If i would of listened to everyones opinions on my dds name, then she would never of been given it!

People still dont like dds name but i love it!

GlitzAndGigglesx Tue 11-Aug-15 09:38:15

I was going to suggest Isadora, but see that's a no smile. Yanbu to call her Dora. People have pulled faces at my kids names but it hasn't put me off

Laindons Tue 11-Aug-15 09:38:44

Spend, what's your daughters name darling? ☺️

MrsGentlyBenevolent Tue 11-Aug-15 09:40:57

How is it 'being unreasonable', as opposed to 'ideas on this name'? And honestly, what different does it make, I think you've already decided. But OK, I'll answer. You are being very unreasonable, it's a bad shortening from Theodora to me, and the child will most likely get some 'Dora the Explorer' joke at some point. I have a name that can be 'teased' in a similar way, and even at nearly 30, people still think they are funny with the same old jokes.

Does what I said really make a difference? If you like it, go for it.

DJThreeDog Tue 11-Aug-15 09:42:05

Well, I don't like it. My granny is called Dora and she's a horrible old boot.

But, really? Why all the angst? Just pick a name you like and use it!

StillStayingClassySanDiego Tue 11-Aug-15 09:43:23

I know a Dora, nice name.

BestZebbie Tue 11-Aug-15 09:47:41

...not to get sidetracked here, but does 'Dora' actually mean 'gift from God'?

I know that Theodore/Theodora does, but the 'God' part is the 'Theo' (like 'theology' etc) - if you drop that, haven't you removed that word from the sentence?

Laindons Tue 11-Aug-15 09:49:36

Okay, so what do people think of Deana then?

It's my grandmother's name, and my middle name.

Theycallmemellowjello Tue 11-Aug-15 09:50:05

Dora doesn't mean gift from god - it means given (might be an assumption that it's god doing the giving but it's not expressed in the name) or Doric woman (Doric being the ancient Greek term for someone from Crete). Theodora means 'god given'. It's a nice name I think!

thegreylady Tue 11-Aug-15 09:50:21

Dorothy? Dorothea? You get the whole 'gift of God' meaning with a Dora shortening.

Theycallmemellowjello Tue 11-Aug-15 09:50:27

Oops X post with Zebbie

sanityforlunch Tue 11-Aug-15 09:50:28

I know a dog called Dora. Named by the grandchildren.

DJThreeDog Tue 11-Aug-15 09:50:43

From Wiki

hackmum Tue 11-Aug-15 09:51:26

I think it's a nice enough name. Also short - I'm keen on short names that are easy to spell.

Caitlin Moran's elder daughter is called Dora.

AdeleDazeem Tue 11-Aug-15 09:53:01

African name Noni also means 'gift from God'.

To the PP asking what Dora means in Spanish, the Spanish word for 'explorer' is 'exploradora', Dora the Explora is an 'exploradora'.

Marcipex Tue 11-Aug-15 09:53:02

I like Dora and Deanna, if that's the same as Deana?
And I really welcome any little girls not called Ellie, Evie, or Lily. They are nice names but sooooo overused now.

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