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What do you think of Lorraine?

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melksie Sat 01-Oct-11 22:27:35

I'm pregnant and expecting a baby girl. DH really wants to name our DD Lorraine, after his mother who died. However, whilst I like the name I am a bit concerned that the name is a) a bit chavvy and b) a bit grannyish.

So over to you. What's your impression of the name?

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 01-Oct-11 22:28:13

I quite like it. Would you have a nn?

BibiBelle Sat 01-Oct-11 22:28:34

Middle name in honour of is lovely smile

sleeplessinderbyshire Sat 01-Oct-11 22:29:10

I like the sentiment however the name is dreadful. might just think about it as a middle name but no way as a first name

ChippingIn Sat 01-Oct-11 22:29:48

I don't think it's chavvy or grannyish - but I do think it's very 70's along with Rachel/Jenny/Sarah etc

I can understand DH wanting to do it - but I don't think it's a nice name for a girl now. How about using it for her middle name?

AnnieOnAMapleLeaf Sat 01-Oct-11 22:29:56

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smartyparts Sat 01-Oct-11 22:32:30

Nooo! It's awful - sentiment aside.

I'd put it with Sharon/Tracey type 70s names.

TooImmature2BDumbledore Sat 01-Oct-11 23:11:13


mathanxiety Sat 01-Oct-11 23:39:16

Middle name material. Definitely 70s and in the Linda/Sharon/Tracey mould.

How about Lauren as an up to date alternative for a first name?

tiptoptally Sun 02-Oct-11 01:44:49

how random, i was just thinking about this name today!

I actually quite like it, but would be more tempted to go for Lori or Loren (as in Sophia Loren) instead, or have Lorraine as a middle name.

What about using the same initials as his mother but giving your new baby a name all of her own?

Meteorite Sun 02-Oct-11 09:04:50

It's nice, very pretty and underused.

ShoutyHamster Sun 02-Oct-11 10:41:19

Oh nooo. Please not as a first name! Not grannyish, more 70s. Not ready for a revival yet!

whostolemyname Sun 02-Oct-11 10:54:49

I like it, with Lori as a nickname.

pilates Sun 02-Oct-11 12:27:55

If he's that deadset on it, I would only use as a middle name as it's not very nice.

Lauren much nicer, I gave dd a 2nd middle name after a loved one that couldn't do as any earlier up the chain!

scarlettsmummy2 Sun 02-Oct-11 12:35:06

I know someone who named their baby Lorraine- just because they liked it and no family connection. I nearly choked and thought I had misheard. Not good for a first name.

MrsBuntyCulDeSacWonder Sun 02-Oct-11 12:42:30

Sorry, another thumbs down. Very middle aged!

MatLeaveForever Sun 02-Oct-11 17:20:20

It's my middle name and I've always disliked it, and I'm not even named after anyone (and not middle aged yet!) At least it has meaning if it's named after someone so then not as bad.

manicinsomniac Sun 02-Oct-11 20:39:06

Not grannyish at all! My best friend at school was a Lorraine and I'm only 27. I'm not sure I've met many others to be fair but I'd definitely class it as 80s/90s in my head, def not for grannies.

I think it's ok. Don't like it especially but don't hate it either.

lollystix Sun 02-Oct-11 20:48:22

Yes a 1970s quiche. Middle name is a very good option I think.

NorkyPies Sun 02-Oct-11 20:51:22

My name is a compromise between father's mother's and what my mum wanted, so it is possible. I like Lauren, and Laura.

scaevola Sun 02-Oct-11 20:53:10

I'm old enough that my first thought was "Luton airport".

It's not a name I particularly like myself, but there's nothing wrong with it IYSWIM.

Ihavewelliesbutitssunny Mon 03-Oct-11 11:42:44

I think thats its very much a name of its time rather than a classic name iyswim. It may have its time again but it isn't yet. I think either use it as a mn or like Norky try and find a compromise.

MrsMc82 Mon 03-Oct-11 18:49:26

Lorraine is a nice lady in her 50s who works in accounts..... Not a baby girl!

happyhorse Mon 03-Oct-11 19:08:43

Definitely a 70's name - there were two in my class both absolute bitches

Could you persuade your DH that it would be better as a middle name?

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