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To have a thing against baby names/names that are also those of serial killers?

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fairybeagle Tue 03-Dec-19 21:34:59

I am due a baby soon. I am finding names very hard this time. I really liked the name Fred/Freddie (would be Frederick) and the name Ted/Teddy (Edward). But now I've got something weird in my head where all I can think about is people like Feed West or Ted Bundy and there are other names too.
Am I completely mental/unreasonable?

I'm sort of blaming hormones..

Babybel90 Tue 03-Dec-19 21:36:50

I don’t think it’s a big deal with Fred or Ted but if you wanted to call your baby Myra or Adolf you might raise a few eyebrows grin

hipslikecinderella Tue 03-Dec-19 21:36:52

I loved the name Hindley since reading wuthering heights as a teen.

Obviously that's out.

Also, saville was the name in 'the suspicious of mr whitcher'and I quite liked that before.

But fred and Ted are so common I dont think think anyone would connect.

FizzyIce Tue 03-Dec-19 21:39:40

YABU, it’s ridiculous.
I can think of killers linked to most popular names so you wouldn’t be able to use a majority of them if you used that logic

Jodie77 Tue 03-Dec-19 21:39:41

I considered Rose and hadn't made the connection

SunshineAngel Tue 03-Dec-19 21:42:55

I don't think anyone else will ever look at a child called Freddie and think "serial killer". You'll be fine.

TheGoogleMum Tue 03-Dec-19 21:43:02

I know a couple of Freddies and hadn't thought of a serial killer connection and I'm quite into crime shows.... it's a pretty common name

KnightandDay Tue 03-Dec-19 21:45:55

Unless your surname is West or Bundy I think you're ok with Fred and Ted

flouncyfanny Tue 03-Dec-19 21:46:36

How about Damian?

Thepeabody Tue 03-Dec-19 21:47:42

Huge amount of Reggie and Ronnies being registered as new occupants of parents homes in my job (housing officer).
Not particularly nice names and quite unfair on the children IMO.

IlsSortLaPlupartAuNuitMostly Tue 03-Dec-19 21:48:00

I’d think of Kruger or Eynsford-Hill long before I linked Freddie with West. But if your hormones are vetoing those names then so be it. How about Ned for Edward (and then if you come round to Ted once your hormones have simmered down you’re sorted).

NaviSprite Tue 03-Dec-19 21:48:43

I wouldn’t worry about it too much, there are a lot of very usual names associated with serial killers if you’re a weirdo like me who likes to watch documentaries on the subject. But if you were to avoid any names that would also include names like:

Charles (Manson)
Peter (Sutcliffe)
Jeffrey (Dahmer)
Richard (Ramirez)
John (Wayne Gacey)

All really standard names for boys - especially of the generations they were born into. Until I hear the surname I don’t associate any of the above automatically with the subject, because a name is just a name really smile

lidoshuffle Tue 03-Dec-19 21:49:42

I thought 'Cain' was a bit of an odd choice.

ThighThighOfthigh Tue 03-Dec-19 21:50:33

Ted does immediately make me think of TB, especially if you used Theodore Robert.

The key really is not to use the middle names Lee or Wayne. I'm fairly certain that turns you into a serial killer.

Lessthanzero Tue 03-Dec-19 21:51:17

Freddy makes me think of Freddy Cruger rather than Fred West.

I think Ted Bundy just comes to mind because of the recent film.

BathshebaKnickerStickers Tue 03-Dec-19 21:51:55

We have a Freddie at school. He is the yummiest thing ever and gives absolutely the BEST cuddles. There is absolutely no association

ThighThighOfthigh Tue 03-Dec-19 21:52:11

If you had twins how do you decide who gets to be Abel, it's tricky.

PablosHoney Tue 03-Dec-19 21:52:13

Whenever I hear the name Rose I think West, that’s just my mind though and I keep the stupid thought firmly to myself!

fairybeagle Tue 03-Dec-19 21:52:40

Sorry think I've maybe not been clear. I'm not worried about other people associating them. I am associating them myself. Especially Fred which I really liked 😢 maybe I can change my association to Fred Weasley...

It's strange as some names I don't at all, for example above, Charlie's/Charlie is on the list but doesn't bother me

ThighThighOfthigh Tue 03-Dec-19 21:53:01

I'd never use Hannibal.

Whatsername177 Tue 03-Dec-19 21:53:18

I'm a teacher. Name association is awful. Yanbu.

Stompythedinosaur Tue 03-Dec-19 21:53:50

There are a lot of serial killers so it might be hard to avoid!

I think it's fine to avoid a name you have negative associations with. I ruled out names that reminded me of particularly awful patients.

Dieu Tue 03-Dec-19 21:54:49

I work in a primary school, and have never made those name connections. Until now, that is grin

ThighThighOfthigh Tue 03-Dec-19 21:55:12

You can really never hear Vlad without adding 'the impaler'.

Lessthanzero Tue 03-Dec-19 21:55:35


You forgot :

And of course..... Jack

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