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Scarlett - Receiving Lots of Negative Comments

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katfai Fri 29-Jul-11 15:27:26

Only name me and my other half have managed to agree on for our DD is Scarlett however receiving lots of negative comments which frankly seem a bit snobby to me ? that the name is common or even worse ?chavvy? . Is this true?

I don?t move in ?chav? circles I?m a 37 year old, professional who works in London and lives in a very affluent part of Hampshire. So have no idea about ?chav? names. I can?t imagine our daughter will be socially disadvantaged by calling her Scarlett but I obviously don?t want to put her in a position of social or professional disadvantage by choosing the wrong name. Or give her a name she grows to hate.

I know Scarlett is very popular at the moment but is it going to become the new Jade or Danielle of the 80?s or 90?s? If you are Jade or Danielle do you hate your name? I think it has been around too long to fall completely out of favour I?ve always liked it as it?s a little bit hippy-ish to me .

My OH seems completely unworried and wants to stick with it. Jokingly says where we live could do with a few chavs.

minipie Fri 29-Jul-11 15:42:52

I think of it as quite a boho name - similar to India, Sienna, Summer etc - rather than a "chav" name.

<just seen you also think of it as a hippyish name>

In any case I agree with your OH. If you like it, use it.

MelinaM Fri 29-Jul-11 15:45:01

I've never thought of Scarlett as 'chavvy' at all, I happen to think it's a lovely namesmile As for the popularity factor, well, I've yet to meet anyone named Scarlett!

stardustn Fri 29-Jul-11 16:00:15

I love the name Scarlett smile The only thing that puts me off using it is that it doesn't have much nn potential (Scar?)

MelinaM Fri 29-Jul-11 16:03:43

Lettie or Lottie?

Collision Fri 29-Jul-11 16:06:17

Ooh I love the name Scarlett!

Only one at the school where I work and she is very sweet.

would have been on my girl list if I had had a girl!

Not chavvy at all. Go for it! But just one gentle reminder......DO NOT TELL ANYONE THE NAME YOU HAVE CHOSEN BEFORE THE BABY IS BORN! Everyone has an opinion.

Once the baby is born the name becomes a fact rather than an idea and people will have to get on with it!

totallyclueless Fri 29-Jul-11 16:13:10

I have a Scarlett - and a few negative comments before I had her (the only name we could agree on too - LOL)

BUT a lot of positive ones too; never heard of it being referred to as 'chavvy' blush angry and I have a teenage expert on chavviness at home...she agrees it's not chavvy.

Nicknaming to Lettie or Scarley (although more often Scarlett Monkey or Red Monkey or just Red)

PipFEH Fri 29-Jul-11 17:47:51

My daughter is called Scarlett and we are definately not chavs! We thought we may call her Letty, but we don't actually shorten it/use a nickname at all. I did get upset about the 'Scar' thing at one point as she had heart surgery at 6 months and obviously has a scar - kids can be so cruel and I thought she may be picked on about it - but as it turns out they went in the side rather than the front and she won't have to show it to anyone unless she wants to, so am no longer worried! She has reddish hair too! I knew there was a chance (I am chestnutty), but my hubby is very dark so I assumed his genes would rule! It really suits her. I think it's a beautiful name!

LynetteScavo Fri 29-Jul-11 17:52:33

Hmmm...I think it has quickly, within a few years gone from being a middle class/boho name to being used by those with less class. A bit like Jade, yes.

I know one Scarlett with middle class parents and one scarlet who's mum is very working class.

RitaMorgan Fri 29-Jul-11 17:57:25

I think it's definitely a Danielle/Jade kind of name but don't think that's a bad thing.

otchayaniye Fri 29-Jul-11 18:04:57

I like the name, but it does have associations (as above) and in my case I know a very (posh) Scarlett of my age and she is so utterly barking mad, you-only-have-to-mention-her-name-before-doing-an-involuntary-shudder that I could never consider it.

noddyholder Fri 29-Jul-11 18:06:23

I like it too.

Firawla Fri 29-Jul-11 19:04:54

I think its nice, I've seen it used with a mix of people from the more 'posh' to the more 'chav' so I wouldn't presume it meant someone was one or the other, I think its quite popular all round.

reelingintheyears Fri 29-Jul-11 19:08:30

It's DDs middle name.
It's a lovely name.

I so regret allowing myself to be 'laughed' out if it being her first name.

OLs said it was a freaking dogs name.

rhetorician Fri 29-Jul-11 19:12:56

I'm a danielle - I am in my mid 40s and so a bit shock at its later popularity. I've never much liked it, my parents thought that they were terribly sophisticated. I am sure that people are a bit surprised when I turn out to be a 40 something lesbian academic, but hey, it's my name - what can I do?

SkiBumMum Fri 29-Jul-11 19:19:29

Seriously considering it as a middle name with Lucy. DH loves it - and Ruby too. My mum isn't so keen I don't think. Not sure why. I think it's v pretty.

scarlettlips Fri 29-Jul-11 19:45:54

It's not chavvy and I like it. grin

Choufleur Fri 29-Jul-11 19:47:06

I love Scarlett. If DS had been a girl his middle name would have been Scarlett. O'Hara springs to my mind.

ajaybaines Fri 29-Jul-11 19:47:53

I don't think of it as chavy at all.

I think it's a really clunky, ugly name but you would probably hate the pretty names I gave my girls so it doesn't really matter what I think!

BulletWithAName Fri 29-Jul-11 20:08:11

My daughter is Scarlett, middle names Aurora Lillian. I think it's the most beautiful name in the world grin

And sod the nn potential, I don't and will not shorten her name at all.

PipFEH Fri 29-Jul-11 20:20:25

Extremely rude ajaybaines.

lawnimp Fri 29-Jul-11 20:22:07

it's a bit 'scarlett woman' and scarlett o'hara was a bit of a moo wasn't she

still i quite kind of like it - sounds ballsy

BulletWithAName Fri 29-Jul-11 20:23:13

still i quite kind of like it - sounds ballsy

That's why I picked it for DD, and she hasn't disappointed me yet grin

CharlieBoo Fri 29-Jul-11 20:28:38

Do you know i only ever hear it referred to as chavvy on this Forum... I only know 1 and she is 5 and from an upper working class family...

muminthemiddle Fri 29-Jul-11 20:50:44

I don't think Scarlett is chavvy. I don't know anyone called Scarlett. I think it is a great name. Always reminds me of Scarlett O'Hara.
Someone will ALWAYS say something negative about a potential name. My sil put me off the name Gemma as it was her neighbours dog.

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