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If you could name your child anything..

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dreamer79 Mon 05-Sep-11 18:03:50

..and I mean anything (no matter how ridiculous, if there are bad connections, what others think or whether it sounds good with surname) what would it be?

I love the names Constantine and River for boys and Sonnet and Indigo but they are a bit 'out there' and would not work in RL!

So what would yours be? grin

Catsu Wed 07-Sep-11 11:35:18

assetrichincomepoor I know 2 sisters called boo and hepsibah!
I always wanted to call a ds Indiana, indie for short but in real life called my ds's top 100 classic English names which I think they'll be more happy with when they are older!

onehellofaride Wed 07-Sep-11 11:59:39

If I have another DC (not for a few years!) it will be Aurora for a girl or Caspian/Alfie for a boy

Gilberte Wed 07-Sep-11 12:02:30

I though Forrest would be a cool name. I love Forrest Whittaker!

allhailtheaubergine Wed 07-Sep-11 12:09:23

I don't really understand the question.

I can name my children anything I like, can't I?

ThePosieParker Wed 07-Sep-11 12:12:27

I did name my children exactly what I liked....

but I do long for another little girl to call Posy, it will never happen so I'll be getting a pug instead.

dreamer79 Wed 07-Sep-11 12:17:56

Well yes you can, but for example would you name your child William if your surname was Williams?

lockets Wed 07-Sep-11 13:06:03

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mopsyflopsy Wed 07-Sep-11 13:07:13

You'd be surprised how common William Williams is actually - I just googled it for fun smile.

Or how about that X factor contestant Luke Lucas..

upatdawn Wed 07-Sep-11 13:09:46

I used to work with a Gilbert Gilbertson who had an elusive middle name starting with a G...

allhailtheaubergine Wed 07-Sep-11 13:12:32

I really don't understand how anyone can not understand anyone not understanding the question... grin

Okay, I do see what you're saying. I suppose in all your examples Lockets I would sum up by saying I didn't like the name because it didn't work. I wouldn't class it as liking a name but not being able to use it.

mopsyflopsy Wed 07-Sep-11 13:14:05

I think there are two types of names discussed on here. Firstly those that you'd love to use but don't work for you (as lockets said). Secondly, there are names that some of us deem to 'out there'.

And I think the first reason is easy to understand, while some feel that a lot of the 'too out there names' are actually quite nice and they would not hesitate to use them.

lockets Wed 07-Sep-11 13:15:28

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lockets Wed 07-Sep-11 13:17:01

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LaWeasel Wed 07-Sep-11 13:27:23

I think with the out there names it sometimes depends on where you live and what your family/friends are like as well as what you personally think of the name. Like, for eg, my thread on Hunter - I really like it, but think a) our family would hate it as they can be quite snobby and anti-American, b) it might not go down well with the parents of classmates where we live.

But if we had a more tolerant family and lived in a more mixed area where unusual names were more common neither of those things would be a factor.

Theas18 Wed 07-Sep-11 13:55:48

Hermione, Hepzibah (saw it on a gravestone when name hunting for eldest also was it in Carries War?) THirza Florence Ruth Hugo/Hugh Fabian Jocelyn Gabriel Raphael

Theas18 Wed 07-Sep-11 14:01:04

It's normal in certain areas or the country/world to be X Xson and it is often maintained through many years.

Lots of William Williams THomas Thomas/Thompson s etc about if you look and don't forget Magnus Magnusson though Icelandic patronymical (is that right?) name so that's a cheat really

BelleEnd Wed 07-Sep-11 14:49:30

I like out there names but didn't give them to my children because it's them that has to live with them, it's them that has to spell them, it's them that has to be the one who feels a bit different. They may have very different tastes from me.

Theala Wed 07-Sep-11 14:52:50

Gabriel has traditionally been shortened to Gay in Ireland (Gay Byrne is a well-known talk-show host, for instance).

My imaginary three sons are called Gabriel, Raphael, and errr....Tadhg. hmm

My imaginary daughter is called Lili. My parents would probably kill me if I called an actual child Lili, however.

onehellofaride Wed 07-Sep-11 14:53:26

My DM wanted to call me Holly however my maiden name was Berry therefore they couldn't grin

Theala Wed 07-Sep-11 14:55:07

My mother wanted to call me Isabella, until my brothers told her the IsabellaDoorKnocka joke once too often. grin

Psammead Wed 07-Sep-11 15:30:24



upatdawn Wed 07-Sep-11 19:17:53

Psammead the name Heath is great, why can't you use it?

Oh I ave a Beth, I love her name. Officially it's Bethany, but she's always been Beth.

She's the only one I know as well as being the only one in her school.

TooImmature2BDumbledore Wed 07-Sep-11 20:12:31

Elise, but I have a sister called Elspeth, nn Ellie or Elsie, so too similar.
Leonie, because she would have a cousin called Leonor
Lettice - DH hates it.
Valentina - surname is Virgo and I think Valentina Virgo sounds like a porn star. Also, I hate Val and Tina and I can't think of another nn.

Wolfie. grin I could almost use Wolfie...not pronounced Vulfie, though.

SherlockHolmes Wed 07-Sep-11 20:17:40

(wouldn't want 3 more girls but I love the names!)

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