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Dittany?

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minipie Fri 16-Sep-11 12:43:00

What do you think? It seems in the same vein as Jessamy, Juniper and other botanical names. It's an old English name apparently meaning "of Britain".

greenzebra Fri 16-Sep-11 12:57:35

Interresting reminds me of that potion Hermione uses in Harry Potter. I dont think its as pretty as the other flower herb names. Might be good as a middle name

ElephantsAndMiasmas Fri 16-Sep-11 13:01:46

I like Betony, that's a wildflower I think.

usingapseudonym Fri 16-Sep-11 13:03:24

I don't like it. Sounds like someone can't pronounce Britany.

sonniebonnie Fri 16-Sep-11 13:06:32

Never heard of it, but don't see anything odd/wrong with it. Sounds feminine to me.

minipie Fri 16-Sep-11 13:13:52

Mmm, I quite like Betony Elephants but it would probably get confused with Bethany.

ElephantsAndMiasmas Fri 16-Sep-11 13:19:00

Hmm well there's that lovely historian Bettany Hughes - she pulls it off alright. Far nicer than Bethany IMO.

Dittany is nice smile

ElephantsAndMiasmas Fri 16-Sep-11 13:19:08

Also Tansy.

minipie Fri 16-Sep-11 14:57:54

It makes me think of Paul Bettany too, which isn't necessarily a bad thing smile

Rhubarbgarden Fri 16-Sep-11 15:07:10

Not keen.

SybilBeddows Fri 16-Sep-11 15:09:03

I think it's rather good actually.
I think it was a herb that was supposed to have magic powers, not sure what they were though.

LadyGrace Fri 16-Sep-11 16:56:19

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minipie Fri 16-Sep-11 17:21:42

Oh really, didn't know that about the Harry Potter thing. Hmm. I wonder how many children would be geeky enough about HP to know that .. ?

Probably all a bit academic though as I doubt my DH would ever agree to such an unusual name <sigh>

eandemum Fri 16-Sep-11 20:16:32

I knew a Dittany who must be in her mid-30s by now.
She would always refuse to say where it came from when asked?!

I think nowadays it would be misheard as Britney/Brittany

HengshanRoad Sat 17-Sep-11 05:35:40

Alternative spelling Ditney!

I really like Dittany actually. Although it has inklings of "litany" which is a bit ecclesiastical for my tastes.

SaffronCake Sun 18-Sep-11 10:34:55

"I wonder how many children would be geeky enough about HP to know that"

My 12 year old's entire social circle.

And Minerva would have been SUCH a nice name too sad

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