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Tracy or Tracey

(29 Posts)
LineRunner Fri 01-Jul-11 14:00:43

This is a classic old-fashioned name, made popular by Katherine Hepburn's character Tracy Lord in Philadephia Story. It was the name of Emma Rigg's character when she became Mrs James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Classic films, classically popular name.

There are lots of famous and classy/classic Traceys. Tracey Thorn eg.

It has a 'Celtic'/Greek origin (Mediterranean coast possibly) meaning warlike. It's the Thunderbirds family name!

What's not to like?

Tortington Fri 01-Jul-11 14:06:08

the fact that it is tracy

the name sherlock has a good pedegree as does the name percy and the name gaylord

doesn't mean they are ok

Kaekae Fri 01-Jul-11 14:13:20

Team it with the name Sharon and its perfect. smile

SloganLogan Fri 01-Jul-11 14:16:47

I quite like it!

Dislike Sharon though.

Ephiny Fri 01-Jul-11 14:17:49

I think it's OK, the only thing that would put me off is that it was so massively popular in the 70s/80s that I think it's become a bit 'dated' to that particular era, so would feel a bit odd giving it to a little girl now. I expect that association will change in another generation or so though.

I think Shar(r)on is a beautiful name actually, no idea why people are so disparging about it.

pointydog Fri 01-Jul-11 14:23:36


Not keen.

SloganLogan Fri 01-Jul-11 14:26:43

Prefer Tracey spelling.

MsChanandlerBong Fri 01-Jul-11 15:45:43

Unfortunately I think most people of my generation (I'm in my 30s) will think of the Sharon&Tracy Essex girl thing from the 1980/90s - although I do appreciate it is a classic name, and I'm sure her peers will judge it on its merits.

If you are able to brush off the inevitable comments from people without it annoying you, then I think you'll be fine naming your child Tracy/Tracey. But I know I would get really pissed off if I had to keep trotting out a long rambling justification for my DCs name on a regular basis.

A shame - yes. But true none the less (IMO).

usualsuspect Fri 01-Jul-11 16:09:06

Tracy smile

GwendolineMaryLacey Fri 01-Jul-11 16:11:39

Tracey looks more finished. It is a lovely sounding name if you can take it away from the associations.

PotatoWaffle Fri 01-Jul-11 19:59:23

It was DIANA Rigg's name in the bond film. It's a nice name either way it's spelt if you get past the Birds of a feather link.

everlong Fri 01-Jul-11 20:42:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

dreamingofsun Fri 01-Jul-11 21:57:59

the child would always have an old person's name. its cruel. its what my mother did and its awful - i'd love to just have a normal name of the era

Chynah Fri 01-Jul-11 22:11:23

Why would anyone want to do that to a child??

usualsuspect Fri 01-Jul-11 22:12:04

Do what?

usualsuspect Fri 01-Jul-11 22:12:50

old person's name?

What like Ethel and Arthur

Oh wait ....

Chynah Fri 01-Jul-11 22:29:28

usualsuspect Name a child tracy/Tracey durrrr after all thats what this thread is about confused

usualsuspect Fri 01-Jul-11 22:31:23

Don't durr me ...

Larold Fri 01-Jul-11 22:52:18

I quite like the name tracy (tracey or tracie). I think I might prefer it to all the Matilda, Florence type names that are popular at the mo.

Although one of my best friends was called Tracy so the name always gives me happy thoughts!

mathanxiety Sat 02-Jul-11 04:37:53

I knew a Tracey whose sister was Shirley. They were the epitomy of wall to wall white shag carpet/Jag in the drive/very prosperous 1970s Dublin. Nice girls, but their names are so dated and yet so fresh in the minds of everyone in their late 30s and up.

fedupofnamechanging Sat 02-Jul-11 14:15:25

I think I prefer the spelling Tracey, but either is fine.

I really love this name and think of a 1940's glamorous film star, probably because of Katherine Hepburn.

I think it is one of those names that you hear frequently on women in their 30's and 40's, like Sarah (my name) and so you stop hearing and appreciating how beautiful a name it actually is. The thing is, a child growing up today would not make the same connotations with the 80's sit com that older people do, so the name will sound lovely again to younger generations.

you don't get many girls called Tracey now, so at least she wouldn't be one of the thousands of Ellies/Megans in her class at school.

Bandwithering Sat 02-Jul-11 15:13:37

IMO It's the same kind of sound as Daisy, Stacey, Maisie, Lucy, Gracie. It is just an older version of the same thing.

But saying that, it is a bit tarnished amongst our generation. I knew a Tracey with a sister Sharon! morto for them, even now.

If you posted this in ten years, when all the Traceys are too old to be mothers then I would say, yeah! as grandmothers ALWAYS hate the names their children choose! But I'm not ready for it yet. Age gap between the existing traceys and babies not quite wide enough yet.


supergreenuk Sat 02-Jul-11 15:21:35

Omg. Did someone really say it's an old persons name.

smokeandglitter Sat 02-Jul-11 17:19:38

I like Tracy smile

I think 'Tracey' looks mis-spelt because for most words ending in 'y' the 'e' is removed before adding the 'y'. I know that's stupid, but for some reason I always want to correct it when spelt with the 'e'. I have known some lovely trac(e)ys though, and one Tracie.

dreamingofsun Sat 02-Jul-11 17:43:38

Tracy will be an old person's name for the child. its like us being called dorris or vera. as someone said its going to be unusual for that age-group - how i would love to have a common name for my agegroup instead of an old person's name

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