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Why do some people not like this name?

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bluecars Tue 02-Oct-12 11:21:29

I really like the name Millie but have noticed it doesn't seem very popular in some quarters on this board. Can someone let me know why this is? Is it just a personal taste that people don't like it or is it perceived as so-called 'chavvie' ?

I don't want to give DD a name that is looked upon negatively or will sound dated quickly. Please be honest as I'd really like to know!

Also is Millie very popular and how many Millies do you know?

ViviPru Tue 02-Oct-12 11:23:02

For me it's just a bit magnolia. Inoffensive, but not particularly inspiring. I know of one. Short for Amelia.

delilah88 Tue 02-Oct-12 11:23:51

It is cute as a nickname. People probably don't like it because it doesn't seem fair to give a child a name that is so thin and unserious. She will much prefer, when it comes to getting jobs and making her way in the world, to have a longer more formal name that is affectionately shortened to Millie.

mayanna123 Tue 02-Oct-12 11:23:54

Perhaps because these cutesy names have become quite 'trendy'/'faddy' - Millie, Tilly, Evie, Poppy, Ellie etc. and people think that they are going to fall out fashion soon and perhaps sound 'dated'.

seeker Tue 02-Oct-12 11:23:56

I know one- short for Millicent.

mayanna123 Tue 02-Oct-12 11:24:48

And there ARE far more elegant, classic, feminine names out there (imo smile).

Annianni Tue 02-Oct-12 11:25:18

I know 4 millies/amelias.

delilah88 Tue 02-Oct-12 11:26:21

Yes. Like why not call her Milena shortened to Millie? Then she can choose other nicknames -- Mils, lena -- as she grows up.

Where I live (N.Ireland) milly is a slang term for an inner city, tracksuit and gold hoop wearing chav.

juneau Tue 02-Oct-12 11:27:04

I just don't like shortened nicknamey names. I think it's fine as a nn that you use at home, but Millie, Evie, Tilly, etc will all sound really dated in another ten years and what's cute for a little girl can sound rather simpering for a grown woman.

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 02-Oct-12 11:27:45

I like it. I know one Millie, but two Amelies, two Emilys and two Tillys all in DS1's Yr2 class, so it is quite a popular type of name I think.

YoullLaughAboutItOneDay Tue 02-Oct-12 11:29:11

A lot of people look down on super popular names (It is at no.35 for England & Wales). Especially those that seem to be popular amongst lower income/working class families as well as naice middle class families. This is, of course, horribly snobbish and wrong. The 'c word' does get bandied about.

Personally Millie isn't my taste. I find it a bit cutesy and twee. But I have very classic taste in names and love plenty of names I have seem bashed on here. If you like that style of name, I think it is nice.

Birdies Tue 02-Oct-12 11:31:53

I think it's a lovely name for both children and adults. I don't know anyone with the name even though its fairly popular

stifnstav Tue 02-Oct-12 11:34:09

Its my friend's dog's name. And my neighbour's dog's name.

AnAssumedIdentity Tue 02-Oct-12 11:40:24

I really like it but I was brought up in Belfast - home of the wee millies as domesticgoddess has already said.

EdMcDunnough Tue 02-Oct-12 11:45:17

I kind of think of it as part of that trend for shortened, old fashioned names a few years ago.

Milly and Molly and Tilly and all the similar sounding was a fashion and it felt like every child anywhere was called something that sounded similar, for a while. And I think it just got a bit, well, boring.

In its own right it is a nice enough name.

badtime Tue 02-Oct-12 11:46:21

Yup, domesticgoddess and assumedidentity said what I was going to say. It's almost a synonym for 'chav' in parts of NI.

EdMcDunnough Tue 02-Oct-12 11:46:39

It's like Isabella - that was the same, every other baby girl seemed to be called it, and though it is a great name, it soon got a bit boring.

That's why people are always trying to come up with something a bit less usual I suppose. It makes life more interesting.

MrSunshine Tue 02-Oct-12 11:48:16

It's dullsville.

HoratiaWinwood Tue 02-Oct-12 11:52:08

It is inoffensive but ubiquitous.

There are so many nicer names IMHO.

Teamthrills Tue 02-Oct-12 11:54:15

Some of these names are getting so dull. Every other new baby I know is called Isabella, Evie, Eva, Poppy, Milly, Molly etc etc. Would love to hear of some more original ideas!

There is a Milly (and a Molly & and Olly) in ds's class. I also know another one that is short for Millicent.

HappyHippyChick Tue 02-Oct-12 11:55:38

My cat is called Milly, so is my niece. My cat is older than my niece...

donnie Tue 02-Oct-12 11:56:02

loads of millies about atm.

MumGoneCrazy Tue 02-Oct-12 11:56:46

I know 4 - only one of them is a shortened version of their full name

DontmindifIdo Tue 02-Oct-12 11:58:39

I don't like in the same way I don't like 'cutesy' names for boys too (like 'Alfie', 'Charlie' rather than Alfred, Charles but being known as Alfie, Charlie IYSWIM).

In my experience, the people who have given their DCs these names are the sort of people who have only thought about naming a baby, naming a cute toddler, not a 20-something, certainly not a 40-something. They haven't thought about naming a grown person who'll have this name for the rest of their lives. These also tend to be the parents who find the teenage years such a trauma, they don't seem to have ever planned for their DCs to actually grow up... grin

Give a 'proper' name and use nicknames for family.

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