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Woody as nn - some positive comments would be good ... but please be truthful

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rac123 Tue 07-Jun-11 20:09:43

OK - my DS was born 2 weeks ago and is called Edward. I thought his nickname would be Eddie and my DH thought it would be Woody.

I think Woody sounds rude (as in erection) and awfully middle class. However whilst I was in hospital he and my DD were calling him Woody and it seems to have stuck.

I am used to calling him Woody now in the home but find it hard to introduce him as this to others.

Does anyone else know any Wooody's (other than Zoe Ball's!) and what are your thoughts?

To be fair my DH hardly asks for anything and has said it I really don't like it will can call him another nn - however he does not like Eddie as it reminds him of old men.

I know he should have discussed this more before he was born but I thought he knew my views.

Thank you!

GwendolineMaryLacey Tue 07-Jun-11 20:13:47

I actually quite like it. If this one is a boy he'll more than likely be Edward and I was debating Ned. Woody....hmmm.... Don't know any others though.

AnnetteTwitcher Tue 07-Jun-11 20:20:13

I have a woody and absolutely love it! It's a super friendly little name and I've never even considered the wood/erection aspect. He gets tons of complements on it smile

mumatron Tue 07-Jun-11 20:21:55

I have a woodrow nn woody in the family.

Caused a few raised eyebrows to begin with but now we don't even think about it.

I love it personally, much better than Eddie

mumatron Tue 07-Jun-11 20:21:55

I have a woodrow nn woody in the family.

Caused a few raised eyebrows to begin with but now we don't even think about it.

I love it personally, much better than Eddie

diggingintheribs Tue 07-Jun-11 20:22:26

I'm sure he will get teased as a teenager but teenagers can come up with something for any name!

I'm sure most kids will just think of toy story which is a cool association

(Annette - saying 'I have a woody and absolutely love it' does sound rude!!)

Catsu Tue 07-Jun-11 20:26:15

I know 2 woodys. One short for woodrow and the other is just woody.
I like it. I have an Edward (who has nn teddy) and I would also be happy if people called him woody.
If you like it and are only hesitant due to worrying what other peoples reactions will be then I'd say go for it and call him woody!
If you are not that keen on it yourself then don't use it. You've got to be happy with your dcs name!

suwoo Tue 07-Jun-11 20:27:31

I love it. It couldn't have been used though as my surname is three syllables, the first two being Wood-ee.

So wrong.

Mumswang Tue 07-Jun-11 20:32:03

AnnetteTwitcher I have a woody and absolutely love it!


Sorry erection here. V much so

blossomtrees Tue 07-Jun-11 20:37:58

i had a cat called that who i loved very much

usualsuspect Tue 07-Jun-11 20:39:59

Its awful

messagetoyourudy Tue 07-Jun-11 20:41:55

I have a Woodrow his nn is Woody (he is 4) - I was really unsure for a long time (probably the first 2 years of his life!) as I felt it was a bit too american/celebrity linked.

However, I now love it - and he does to - he is famous in school because of the Toy Story link. I have never met another and I think it is a very strong unique name.

Obviously you have other options for a nn which he can use later in life if he wishes.

Iggly Tue 07-Jun-11 20:49:19

Why don't you introduce him as Edward and keep Woody as the personal family nickname?

I have a nickname only used by immediate family.

DS has a nickname which only DH and I know and use.

I don't understand why people impose nicknames from the start - to me they evolve depending on someone's character surely?

petitdonkey Tue 07-Jun-11 20:57:26

I have an Edward who is Ed or Eddy- I like Woody (there is one in DDs class and that is his full name). I would try and use Edward and Woody equally so that he knows that both are his name then when an old lady asks his name you can say 'Edward' and when you meet a trendy young thing you can say 'Woody'!
Fwiw, my children all answer to more than one name Ds has four, DD1 has Two and DD2 has four (by which I mean nicknames or shortenings that they will happily answer to).

AnnetteTwitcher Tue 07-Jun-11 21:11:36

Luckily I have potty mouth sense of humor so can see how my love of woody might tickle some. Just honestly have never considered it and expect boys will find something to laugh at regardless - eg isn't ned what Scottish people call chavs?!

Mollydoggerson Tue 07-Jun-11 21:42:00

I like Woody, wouldn't remind me of an erection tbh.

Why the need for a nn at all Edward is nice on it's own.

needanothacuppa Tue 07-Jun-11 22:15:48

my ds is Edward, never been called Woody in his life! So don't worry what people will think too much. We always have called him Edward, occasionally abbreviated to Ed in cards notes etc, now he's older friends call him Ed or Eddie which is fine. Someone else I know, her Edward has always been Teddy, and probably will be Ted when he's older which I like too.
Edwards a lovely name (biased!) and doesn't have imho any embarrassing shortened versions. I luckily escaped being a boy as my mother wanted to call me Richard if I had been a boy, as it cant be shortened to anything untoward. ....hmmgrin - don't know what planet she was on!!! Sorry don't mean to offend any Richards out there, I know lots of nice people called Richard! <keeps on digging>....

Mowlem Wed 08-Jun-11 00:45:16

I know a Woody. As far as I know, he has not been teased for his name. It kind of suits him now and is just accepted.

nooka Wed 08-Jun-11 03:56:17

I don't think that Woody is used very much for erections any more, nor do I think it middle class (I'm middle class and I've never met an Edward nn'd Woody). I do think that it is quite American.

When my children were little I always introduced them to other people using their full names, and then used their (many) nns myself. It's only been as they have grown up and decided themselves to mainly use their nn of choice that I've introduced them that way.

WottingerAndWottingerAreDead Wed 08-Jun-11 07:03:21

I know a Woody and think it's lovely. Agree, kids will tease over anything, not a reason to not go with it. The 'association' never occured before for me.

swash Wed 08-Jun-11 09:37:44

There's Woody Allen, of course, and there is a Woody in Cheers.

sparkle12mar08 Wed 08-Jun-11 11:34:43

Personal opinnion only - Woody is awful, sorry. I wouldn't countenance it at all and would avoid Edward precisely because of this issue.

mumoftoomany Wed 08-Jun-11 11:48:01

If I'm honest then yes I do think of an erection when I hear the word 'Woody', sorry blush. I also think it sounds very cutesy/silly/comical. In other words I wouldn't encourage it as a nickname.

seeker Wed 08-Jun-11 11:54:54

It's an insane thing to call a human being. Edwaed has loads of lovely shortenings - why not just call him Edward and the see which one suits him as he gets older? He man just always be Edward. I have a Patrick who is never anything else - dispite my effots when he was younger.

singersgirl Wed 08-Jun-11 11:57:34

Honestly? Erection or synonym for stupid, woodenhead, Woody Woodpecker, Woody from Toy Story. The whole idea of being made of wood or woody I just don't get as a name. I suppose you could get strong or natural from it, but I just get solid, tough, fibrous. I know Woody Allen and Woody Guthrie etc but I just think it's so unattractive - not just the meaning but the look of the word with that 'woo' at the beginning. Also open to puns: Woody or wouldn't he?

I don't think it's middle class particularly, I just think it's trying to be cool.

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