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strawberrypenguin Mon 22-Aug-11 13:27:33

Opinions please? The more I think about it the more I like it but i've never met any in RL so no idea how well it would be recieved iyswim.

Psammead Mon 22-Aug-11 13:28:53

I love it and would use it in a heartbeat, but DH vetoed it as being 'too Popey' angry

SenoritaViva Mon 22-Aug-11 13:29:21

I think it's quite nice and I like the nn Ben. Disclaimer: I am 'posh' (in some people's eyes anyway) and so don't always have the best radar!

Clockface Mon 22-Aug-11 13:29:21

Much Ado About Nothing springs to mind! And Benedictine monks / liquer. I grew up in a church called St Benedict's, so I like it. Although my favourite boys' name is Duncan.

Ephiny Mon 22-Aug-11 13:31:11

It is a very Catholic name to me - even aside from the Pope using it, I think of St Benedict, the Benedictine monks etc. Not sure if that's a good or bad association for you OP!

I do think it's a nice name anyway, with Ben as nickname if you like.

largeginandtonic Mon 22-Aug-11 13:39:36

Lovely, lovely name. I would hate it shortened to Ben though. I knew a ver dishy Benedict once, he was always Benedict never Ben.

Mowlem Mon 22-Aug-11 14:27:13

I really like it, but DH wouldn't let me have it as he said the boy would be called 'bendy dick'. The Benedict I knew at college wasn't ever called that, but maybe we were past that stage by then?

fuckityfuckfuckfuck Mon 22-Aug-11 14:28:00

Eggs. Ben is lovely though.

WildHare Mon 22-Aug-11 14:34:40

DH is a Benedict and I love it. It's unusual, yet everyone has heard of it, it's easy to spell, and can be shortened to Ben. The religious connotation is funny as his whole family are staunch Richard Dawkins-bashing atheists. His parents just liked the name!

WildHare Mon 22-Aug-11 14:36:01

Oh and as to how it is received, he's known as Ben so most people don't realise.

strawberrypenguin Mon 22-Aug-11 15:13:59

Thanks everyone its useful to have a sounding board for these things, this naming lark is such a huge responsibility grin I was aware of the Catholic connection although neither myself or DH are religious at all but I don't see it as a problem. DH suggested it a few weeks ago and its grown on me ever since.

CurwySwide Mon 22-Aug-11 16:23:35

I really like it - also like Benjamin but Benedict is that bit more unusual. I would not shorten it to Ben as I think it is a great name in its own right.

birdofthenorth Mon 22-Aug-11 16:26:15

I see it as super posh (but that's not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you are super posh already!)

FannyPriceless Mon 22-Aug-11 16:32:50

I have considered this name at length. Three problems:

1. The pope / catholic connection
2. Kids definitely say 'Bendy dick'
3. People think it is the name of the delightful character in Much Ado about Nothing. Fabulous, you say, I would love to have a son named after a hilarious Shakespearean accidental romantic lead. But his name is in fact Benedick, not Benedict. And I really couldn't do that to a child.

EssentialFattyAcid Mon 22-Aug-11 16:37:01

How about Benoit?

LadyClariceCannockMonty Mon 22-Aug-11 16:37:02

Beautiful name. I like it so much that I don't care about the religious connotations, and I am very much not a fan of religion. One downside for me would be that it's v likely to be shortened to Ben, which is an OK name but very common (as in popular, not plebbish!)
But it is gorgeous. Much better than Benjamin, IMO, which sounds a bit ... wet in comparison.

JaneH99 Mon 22-Aug-11 16:56:11

Benedictus, Benedicat per Jesum Christum Dominum Nostrum (Blessed is He and may he bless [this food] through Jesus Christ Our Lord) to which the assembly responds Amen.

Three times a day I heard this prayer.

Then of course we have the Benedicitines' - hmmm. Not an Order I would want any association with.

Sadly it's not a name which positively resonates with me and it has the same pretentions as 'Alexander' which is only a smidge less pretentious than Tarquin.

Soz to all Benedicts' - but you had nothing to do with your names.

LadyClariceCannockMonty Mon 22-Aug-11 16:59:42

I really like Alexander as well blush although I obviously draw the line at Tarquin.

sonniebonnie Mon 22-Aug-11 19:04:50

Benedict would inevitably be shortened to Ben, which is a little dull imo (there are lots of little Bens around here).

Plus, it is indeed very catholic. That may or may not bother you.

RnB Mon 22-Aug-11 20:24:24

My ds is Benedict - and I am not remotely religious! It's a beautiful classical name imo - go for it smile

PedigreeChump Mon 22-Aug-11 20:42:41

I absolutely love it. I think it's very classy, and the Benedict I know is lovely. Benedict Cumberpatch also a lovely advert for the name!

NB And love the Catholic-ness of it, but am aware that on MN this makes me a social leper. wink

PedigreeChump Mon 22-Aug-11 20:43:19

Oops, Cumberbatch not patch!

Lilyloo Mon 22-Aug-11 20:43:58

I only know one and he is lovely , is actually another mnetters son

Poshbaggirl Mon 22-Aug-11 21:07:18

My eldest brother is Benedict. He never had issues with stupid nicknames, we've always called him Ben.
We are a big posh (poor) catholic family though!

Poshbaggirl Mon 22-Aug-11 21:09:49

Janeh99.....and my Dad was Alexander. No offence taken. grin

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