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Hugo - too posh still?

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3nearly4 Wed 03-Nov-10 15:06:16

DH is really keen (and I like too) on the name Hugo for our next (and final!) son.
Is it too posh to use? We are well spoken/middle class but we are not posh and the boys go to the local (but very good!) local comp.

Should we stick to Isaac or Leo - which are much safer (like current children's names?).

PestoEatsGunpowderPlotters Wed 03-Nov-10 15:08:58

I think Hugo's lovely smile

emmyloo2 Wed 03-Nov-10 15:13:21

I like Hugo!Also like Leo and Isaac as well though. All nice choices. Sorry not very helpful of me!!

LynetteScavo Wed 03-Nov-10 15:15:35

How many times do I have to say how much I love the name Hugo!

PestoEatsGunpowderPlotters Wed 03-Nov-10 15:16:32

Don't bother with the other names, if you like Hugo, have Hugo!

mazzystartled Wed 03-Nov-10 15:20:42

It is posh. DH vetoed it on those grounds (and he is posh himself). But I like a bit of posh. Great name.

(do you like somewhere where the "h" might get dropped?)

Leo and Isaac are nice, but Hugo is better.

itisntreallyme Wed 03-Nov-10 15:59:09

I like Hugo too. We're considering it for dc2 but we both separately knew the same Hugo was really was very posh. And very nice. But it just makes me think of him...

Highlandgirl Wed 03-Nov-10 16:30:44

Go for Hugo it works well with your other 3 boys....!!!

evamummy Wed 03-Nov-10 16:49:18

I think names like Hugo and Quentin are no longer posh. I actually think that a person can be posh, but not a name. And the more non-posh people use these names the more they will become dis-associated from 'poshness'.

hellokitty123 Wed 03-Nov-10 16:55:59

Why are people here so obsessed with 'poshness' hmm. I mean, does it have any negative associations?

Personally I love Hugo and Quentin and find them much more interesting and elegant than more common names like Leo, Jack or Alfie, for example.

Highlandgirl Wed 03-Nov-10 17:08:51

I agree hellokitty and I have a posh name...!

CheerfulYank Wed 03-Nov-10 17:10:38

I like Hugo, go for it!

thereisalightanditnevergoesout Wed 03-Nov-10 18:15:47

I think it's not so much that people are obsessed with poshness - it's more that there is concern that you don't want to appear to aspire to a 'class' you're not in. We had the same issue when we were considering Monty.

For me, Hugo is up there with Monty and all those names discussed above. And like you, OP, for our situation (similar to yours) I had the same concerns - even though they are great names.

othersideofchannel Wed 03-Nov-10 19:35:33

I don't get this 'worry' about poshness either... And what is wrong with being aspirational? Surely we should all aspire to do as well as we can in life?

Personally I love Hugo (and Quentin & Monty), I find them elegant, classic and not overused as many more common/popular names. I honestly don't see what the worry about being 'aspirational' is about, honestly.

noddyholder Wed 03-Nov-10 19:41:07

I love it Not excessively posh ime

pointydog Wed 03-Nov-10 19:55:51


tammytoby Wed 03-Nov-10 21:27:33

Can someone please explain to me (I'm German) what defines how posh or chav someone is?

I am University educated, as is DH (American), we live in a nice part of greater London, we're raising our children bilingually, I wear sensible but (I think) nice clothes.... are we posh?

Or do we foreigners not count and can name our children whatever we want grin?

largewhizzingrocketandtonic Wed 03-Nov-10 21:30:25

I have a Hugo. Do it.

He was the 4th son too.

It is a fab name and i LOVE it still, 5 years later.

We call him Hug's smile

diddl Thu 04-Nov-10 06:53:37

I like Hugo-also Leo.

I think that few names are perhaps considered "posh" now.

A surname might be more of an indication of "poshness" now, iyswom.

thereisalightanditnevergoesout Thu 04-Nov-10 07:11:00

I think you get to name your children whatever you like, tammytoby - it's just british people with hang ups! grin

BiscuitBob Thu 04-Nov-10 09:27:30

I also love Hugo. I think its cute, classic and not too popular.

It also goes very well with DS's name, so if we ever have another DS...

Just need to convince DH now! grin

5DollarShake Thu 04-Nov-10 09:50:48

I knew a ghastly and very 'posh' Hugo once, and he still didn't put me off the name. Go for it, if you like it.

tammytoby - nobody can be truly posh unless they're aristocracy. wink

tammytoby Thu 04-Nov-10 10:00:07

Great, thanks thereislight smile.

A lot of names that are described as 'posh' are actually very common in other countries. Quentin, for example, has been in the top 10 boys names for a number of years and Hugo is quite common in Germany, for example.

MamaLazarou Thu 04-Nov-10 10:05:03

You do have to be fairly posh, I think, but it's a great name.

tammytoby Thu 04-Nov-10 10:25:16

But surely the only way for names to become less 'posh' is if more 'non-posh' people start using them, no?

And what if a 'posh' parent names their child a 'posh' name but that child doesn't turn out very 'posh' (in terms of education etc)...?

I guess I'm still struggling with the whole concept of 'classifying' people and names in this way...confused.

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