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Ok, so which names WOULD teachers call their children?

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PrincessJenga Mon 29-Aug-11 20:06:35

Apologies for the thread in response to a thread, but after accusations that the other one was getting nasty, what names WOULD teachers choose, despite (or perhaps even because of) teaching pupils with that name?

For example, all of the pupils I have taught called Oliver, Alexander, Edward, Kathryn, Heather and Molly have been lovely.

lockets Mon 29-Aug-11 20:08:30

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

hulabula Mon 29-Aug-11 20:28:06

A name doesn't define a person imo. But certain parents may have share the same taste and have the same parenting style, therefore leading to similar behaviour.

So I think it has to do with parenting rather than choosing the 'right' name smile.

EverythingsNotRosie Tue 30-Aug-11 10:22:17

The naughtiest boys I've taught were called Adam and Tom but if I had a DS I wouldn't hesitate to use those names because I loved those kids! My DD has a name shared with kids I taught but strangely it didn't put me off once it became her name.

manicinsomniac Wed 31-Aug-11 11:45:59

It's quite hard to naswer both these threads because so many names have both lovely and not so lovely children associated with them in my head.

However, I would say:

Are usually delightful in my experience

lazylula Thu 01-Sep-11 00:02:11

I wasn't a teacher, I was a teaching assistant. There were some names I wouldn't have had but some names of delightful children are:

islandjude Thu 01-Sep-11 00:10:38

I'm a teacher and wanted to use something unusual. Ended up with William and Thomas! Still don't understand how that happened. Some of the most likeable and trickiest children that I taught had these names. Some children are of course both maddening and endearing at the same time.
I gave my boys two middle names each so they had a greater choice if they didn't like what I had picked. There were quite a few names that I loved but didn't pick because I didn't like the shortened versions.

Dexifehatz Sun 04-Sep-11 18:10:10

As a teacher I chose quite unusual names, as I didn't want my kids to be one of many with the same name. I've taught so many Jacks who automatically say the initial of their surname because there are three or four Jacks in the class.The most Daniels I ever had in one class was 7.

poppydaisy Sun 04-Sep-11 21:01:02

Really, 7 Daniels in one class shock? Good chance that two or more share the same surname initial.... How do you differentiate in that case?

hangon Sun 04-Sep-11 22:08:55

All Mathews seem to be naughty All Charlottes seem to be good. Lucy is usually the cute one.

candr Sun 04-Sep-11 22:14:52

After much thought we chose an unusual name which no child I have worked with has had but an older sibling who is a nice lad. Wasn't easy though!

thebody Sun 04-Sep-11 22:37:49

my dd is charlotte and a good girl at school, unlike me and dh,

i met delightful twins at my local playground today called, honestly, macenzie(not sure spelling right) and pinot.. i swear this is not a joke though me and dh had great difficulty not laughing, lovely kids though and nice parents...but the registrar should have more rights imo to say look guys its a no from me, go away and try again

carpetlover Mon 05-Sep-11 13:24:31

I was a teacher before retraining. My 3 are, James, Elizabeth and Catherine. I only ever taught one James and never taught either an Elizabeth or a Catherine.

All Liams I have taught have been very naughty but utterly adorable so it wouldn't put me off the name. I have taught too many wonderful children to single out which had lovely names.

I taught primary so tbh, even in the most challenging areas it was rare to come across a child so nasty it would put me off a name. In fact in almost 18yrs of teaching, often in difficult inner city areas, I could only say that about two children. Naughtiness is a different matter but that doesn't put you off a name.

Dexifehatz Mon 05-Sep-11 14:38:02

Yes,7 Daniels!I did happen to mention the fact that they could be split between two classes,but it was decided that some would be called DanielX [whatever their surname initial was],some would be Dan and some would be Danny.We actually had to ask their parents in to sort it out.What a rigmarole!

Graciescotland Mon 05-Sep-11 14:42:38

A friend who was a teacher always hoped a Spartacus would show up on the register one day.

kickingking Mon 05-Sep-11 17:17:50

I'm a teacher. My criteria for names is that they are:

1) classic
2) fairly popular at the time and
3) are longer with a good nickname.

The reasons are:

1) I want them to be able to fit in anywhere in society with their name
2) kids actually don't like being 'different'.
3) their name will get shortened or altered whether you like it or not, so go for one with a sensible nickname to reduce the chances of it being changed to something horrible.

Therefore, I would go for things like Daniel, Rebecca, Thomas, Charlotte, etc.

myweeangel Tue 06-Sep-11 23:07:07

kickingking - very sensible! I'm a teacher expecting no 2 and you've given me something to think about.
However, will never have a Matthew, Ryan or Christopher - any I have taught have had a mischievous streak (to wildly understate!!!)

RedRubyBlue Tue 06-Sep-11 23:19:43

I remember being flattered/embarrased at junior school when our heavily pregnant teacher went on maternity leave and came back with a little bundle to show her class.

She had given her DD the same names as me. Both first and middle names blush.

She told me she saw it on a register when I was in the first year and thought it was a lovely name and earmarked it for her future DD.

Three years later I was in her class and she fell pregnant so I couldn't have been a bad kid smile

cece Wed 07-Sep-11 22:52:36

Funnily enough DS1 has the name of a boy I taught and thought hmm that is a nice name and he is a lovely boy....

DD's name I never taught a girl with that name but I just liked it. DS2 has a classic name but none that I taught that stuck in my mind.

I have taught so many lovely children but I quite often like the naughtly ones best - bit of spirit isn't a bad thing imo. So my list might include;



But definitely not a Matthew or a Katrina - they are the only two names that still make me shudder.

AgathaTrunchbull Sat 17-Sep-11 22:45:43

I have no intention of naming a child after any of the kids at school (no matter how much they beg!), but consistently lovely ones would be:


On the Spartacus theme, we have a Troy and a Roman this year. Happiness.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 17-Sep-11 22:51:48

I have taught really lovely children called:

Adella (lovely name)
Aysha (pondered this for dd1)
Cassie (also pondered this for dd1)

Ashley (pondered this for dd1 had she been ds)

Teachermumof3 Sat 17-Sep-11 23:12:36

I have taught lovely children called...

Girls-Jodie, Abbie, Molly, Jessica, Felicity and Sophie, Annabel, .
Boys-Samuel, Harry, Myles, Joseph, Jacob, Michael, Alex and oliver.

I'd use any of these for my own children.

I would never ever use Ryan, Liam, Kian, Connor, Alfie, Jamie, Lewis, Harrison Stephen, Cain or Rhys/Reece though!

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 17-Sep-11 23:19:08

I taught a lovely Reiss.

I would also steer well clear of Cain though. Still find it incredible that anybody would think it a good name for a child.

sugarandspiceandallthingsnice Sat 17-Sep-11 23:24:41

Lots of lovely children. Hmm, repeat names who have been lovely -
Emily (on the whole)

Also had a lovely Reif who was always smiling!

SaffronCake Sun 18-Sep-11 10:48:07

Oh no, someone's reply has got me worrying now, do middle names end up on the school register?

Only I let my partner give my youngest her middle name cringe cringe. It's not a hit on Mumsnet... at ALL.

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