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How much does a name cost?

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MrsWembley Thu 16-Jun-11 12:13:59

I have a short list of boys names and we're probably going to wait until he arrives (little b is late already...) and see what he looks like. Did that with our DD and it worked well. But my partner dislikes most of them (only 5!!!) and the name I have at the top he says we can't afford... hmm

What's the general concensus about Gabriel? Does it mean paying for an education or the poor little bugger gets the crap beaten out of him in state? (Btw, I'm a teacher and I've heard some much weirder names that have had no apparent payback).

Oh, and what's the opinion on the rest of my list:
Alexander
Nathaniel
Daniel
Thomas
?

Thanks in advance for all the shit I'm about to get... wink

TheOriginalFAB Thu 16-Jun-11 12:15:28

Why would you get shit?

All the names are lovely. No idea what you are on about with what a name costs.

DamselInDisarray Thu 16-Jun-11 12:17:23

My friend's son is Gabriel (Gabe for short). He has absolutely no problems. It's a lovely name.

Every name on that list is absolutely normal and fine, nice even. Your LO will have no problems with any of them.

thumbwitch Thu 16-Jun-11 12:18:20

All lovely classic names. Not so keen on Gabriel (and really don't like Gabe as a nn) but don't know that it would necessitate private education to save him from being bullied.

Bandwitch Thu 16-Jun-11 12:20:02

Gabriel is a completely normal name. Is this your first child? I think sometimes people perceive a name to be 'unusual' because it is amongst their own generation, but actually there are lots of young ones. BUT you are a teacher................ so I don't know how you could think Gabriel was a really unusual name. confused

I'd pick Daniel from your list.

Bandwitch Thu 16-Jun-11 12:22:42

ps, the 'how much does a name cost?' is an interesting idea. Imagine if the names at number one were the cheapest and you had to pay for an unusual name.

Or if they were trying to make names be used more evenly so you had to pay a fine to use a really really popular name but an unusual name was free.

grin just imaginin' out loud here.

MrsWembley Thu 16-Jun-11 12:40:51

Sorry, just assumed shit would fly at my presumption that Gabriel was an upper class toff's name. I don't actually think it is but it's not usual either. I think that's what worries my DP ( though he's voting for Stanley or Albert...)

everlong Thu 16-Jun-11 12:44:24

Upper class toff's name????

Anyway, I have a Gabriel and yes I do pay for his education, but I'm not an upperclass toff ( sadly ) Joke.

It's a gorgeous name, my favourite.

evamummy Thu 16-Jun-11 12:50:44

What is it with this British concern about names being too 'chav', too 'posh', 'too boring', 'too popular'.....

In my experience kids couldn't care less what their mates are called (unless it's popoohead or something silly). We've got all kinds of foreign and British names represented at our school and no one bats an eyelid.

Personally I'm not keen on any of your suggestions, I find them a little dull and already very widely used, but I'd choose Gabriel because it isn't so common as the others.

TheOriginalFAB Thu 16-Jun-11 12:59:28

Stanley is a fabulous name.

MrsWembley Thu 16-Jun-11 15:49:58

My DP worries that it will get shortened to Gay!!hmm I have to say, that never even crossed my mind. Surely Gabe is the only nickname people use?

puzzletree Thu 16-Jun-11 15:53:43

I know two Gabriels, both in state schools, seems a normal name to me.

pilates Thu 16-Jun-11 15:59:07

I wouldn't for the same reason your husband has said about the shortening to "Gay". You have some nice names on your list, particularly Nathaniel with nn Nat.

Carrotsandcelery Thu 16-Jun-11 16:01:24

Gabriel is a very popular name where my dh grew up and it is as rough as anything (stabbings and murders on a near weekly basis it seems) so I doubt very much that it is a private school only name, if you see names that way.

PrettyCandles Thu 16-Jun-11 17:19:34

I know a working-class Gabriel, who will probably go to state school, and there are Alexanders, Nathans, Daniels and Thomases in my dcs' state school.

The only flaming you're gong to get is for your snobbery!

PrettyCandles Thu 16-Jun-11 17:20:46

Poo! Your snobbery, in thinking that there's anything wrong with those names, not in giving your ds any of those names.

BuntyPenfold Thu 16-Jun-11 17:36:35

Your list is all nice ordinary names.
I do know a Gabriel who is teased, but he is the most whiny tearful high pitched sniveller ever, which I think is what the problem really is.

MrsWembley Thu 16-Jun-11 17:48:30

Candles, I don't think they're upper class names, I'm not being snobbish, but my DP worries that others will see Gabriel as too unusual and give him a nn he can be bullied with! Honestly, I have tried explaining to him that some kids can be evil and if they want to bully they will find any excuse...sad.

The rest of the list are just nice normal everyday names that I/we like. We have a policy in our house - the name needs to be able to fit whatever our DCs chose to do in life, be it porn star or prime minister...biscuit

captainbarnacle Thu 16-Jun-11 20:54:55

Mrs Wembley - we have similar taste! DS1 is Nathaniel, DS2 is Alexander (Xander) and DS3 - well, OH really wants him to be called Gabriel smile It's me who has the problem with it....

Katiekatiekatekate Thu 16-Jun-11 20:56:27

bandwitch I don't think you got the credit you deserved for your excellent musings there grin

Bandwitch Thu 16-Jun-11 22:02:19

Thank you katiekatieKate!

MrsWembley Thu 16-Jun-11 22:23:51

captainbarnacle grin thank-you!

bandwitch blush sorry, no I didn't thank-you for your contributions - and for not calling me a snob!!

BuntyPenfold Thu 16-Jun-11 22:26:53

bandwitch - your idea deserves a thread of its own.
How much for Jane now, for instance, compared to 50 years ago?

Bandwitch Thu 16-Jun-11 22:29:00

Hmmm, well what do you want to do? when charging for names and imposing fines do you want to encourage people to use lots of different names? I think that's the route I'd go down. So I'd say Jane was free, in fact you'd be paid to use Jane, but you'd have to write six weeks in advance begging for permission to use Jack (for example) and you'd have to pay a fine (to me).

BuntyPenfold Thu 16-Jun-11 22:31:00

grin ok, you owe me.

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