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Pretentious or unusual in a good way?

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geekygiraffe Fri 26-Nov-10 10:22:47

If it's a boy, and for various reasons, DH is really keen on Thadeus, known as Ted, day-to-day.
I like it, but am not 100% convinved - it just feels pretentious. WDYR?

lucy101 Fri 26-Nov-10 10:25:20

I like Thadeus.. but then I like unusual names! But Ted doesn't make sense to me day to day - wouldn't it be Thad/Tad (which I prefer actually too...)

MaryAnnSingleton Fri 26-Nov-10 10:28:33

I like it

belgo Fri 26-Nov-10 10:29:16

I'd be confused by the Ted nickname.

BelleMama Fri 26-Nov-10 10:30:39

Bit pretentious tbh. Sorry. wink

Islandsinthestream Fri 26-Nov-10 10:32:59

Eek, hmm, I like the "deus" bit, but as a whole the name Thadeus sounds clunky to me.

It also sounds slightly lispy.

I like the way it looks on paper more than the sound of it.

How about Theodore? Edward? Magnus?

eldritch Fri 26-Nov-10 10:35:08

Inching towards the pretentious I think, sorry. Agree iwth Islands that Theodore is a good alternative though (and shortens nicely to Ted smile )

IWouldNotCouldNotWithAGoat Fri 26-Nov-10 10:36:47

very pretentious.

geekygiraffe Fri 26-Nov-10 10:45:42

Glad you agree with me : ) More fuel to my fire ; 0

Summertime92 Fri 26-Nov-10 11:59:26

i think its a bit pretentious. Sorry

mylifewithstrangers Fri 26-Nov-10 12:01:37

I love it, also like Thaddeo. Teddy is a cute nickname.

mopsyflopsy Fri 26-Nov-10 12:02:24

I love Thaddeus. It is becoming fairly popular in Germany (pronounced Ta-day-us).

thisisyesterday Fri 26-Nov-10 12:03:11

i like Thadeus, it's a nice name

but really not sure how you get Ted from it!

mopsyflopsy Fri 26-Nov-10 12:03:45

Boris Becker recently had an Amadeus (in response to someone saying they like -deus names).

rachel234 Fri 26-Nov-10 12:14:11

I love Thaddeus! Sounds classic/elegant and not overused. You could used Ted/Teddy/Taddy as nicknames imo.

What is people's concerns about names being 'pretentious' confused. Surely we want to try as hard as possible to find lovely names for our children, ideally names that aren't used by thousands of other already, no?

BuntyPenfold Fri 26-Nov-10 15:06:24

I know a Thadeus called Ted. He is 9 ish; no one thinks his name is pretentious.

cumbria81 Fri 26-Nov-10 15:10:19

No - don't do it.

mathanxiety Fri 26-Nov-10 18:19:45

Love it (it has two Ds though, imo) and I don't think it's too pretentious (whatever that means). I love Tad or Thad as a nn.

I think it will become more popular as Theodore and Edward and all the other names that generate Ted as a nn become ever more popular and parents look for something along those lines but not specifically those names.

I think if you were being more 'out there' you'd be looking at names like Theophilus or Theodosius.

Dolittlest Fri 26-Nov-10 18:22:58

It's a nice name. Thad a cool nn, but Ted is a bit of a stretch.

ThatllDoPig Fri 26-Nov-10 19:36:57

Sounds a bit like Phallus!

But I like Ted

AphraBen Fri 26-Nov-10 21:14:35

We know a Thaddeus who is 4 yrs old. Taddy is his nickname. suits him, its great.

mathanxiety Fri 26-Nov-10 22:37:54

Thady (rhymes with shady) is an old-fashioned name you might hear sometimes in Ireland -- I believe it comes from Thaddeus. There's a ballad "The Bold Thady Quill".

mollymawk Fri 26-Nov-10 22:52:28

I know a Thadeus and a Thaddeus. Neither of them is called Ted though. Tad or Taddy would be more realistic as a NN IMO - the name itself wouldn't strike me as pretentious but Ted as a NN might, TBH

BelligerentGhoul Fri 26-Nov-10 22:59:14

I LOVE it. Have loved it since I was a teenager and my dad has mocked me for it ever since! Go for it: it's gorgeous - but I like Tad better as a nn than Ted. It has never entered my head that it could be pretentious.

lowrib Fri 26-Nov-10 23:17:26

I love it, it's a great name. It's not pretentious.

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