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RTchoke Fri 05-Oct-12 13:48:20

I love the name Bede (pronounced Bead) but I fear it might be too "out there".

What's the general consensus?

fraktion Fri 12-Oct-12 20:13:37

I love it although t would be never work for us... Unless I persuaded DH to have it as a middle name for a hypothetical DS <ponders>

Strong, unusual, good backstory. Ticks my boxes grin

purplehouse Fri 12-Oct-12 20:11:15

I know a teacher who was asked to sort the class list into boys and girls for some reason. He was unable to do it. It was too hard.

GummiberryJuice Fri 12-Oct-12 20:06:04

I immediately thought bidet,
but I have spent too long sitting in hospitals listening to nurses trying to pronounce some children's names, just because they are a little different.

Rowanhart Fri 12-Oct-12 19:59:44

Also I am Catholic. And an academic!

My god I'm predictable...

Rowanhart Fri 12-Oct-12 19:58:00

Benedict and Bede were both choice boys names for us. But we're having a girl..

We liked the Wearside (Sunderland) link for both. Bede was born on the Sundered Land and Benedict built first monastery which still stands. We're from Wonderland originally grin

Also like Benet as shortened version of Benedict.

Bettyonholiday Tue 09-Oct-12 21:23:16

My friend's son is called Bede, I think it's lovely.

Very original.

I also like Aldous.

FeverAndTheFret Tue 09-Oct-12 17:09:09

And as well as Bidet, you might hear it mis-pronounced as bed-ay. Having said that, I've heard of far worse names

Pasiphae Tue 09-Oct-12 13:37:35

I like it too it has a "try-hard" feel.
Plus if I met one in real life, I would assume the parents were a bit "pretentious", if you know what I mean.
So yeah great name, but only in theory.

Indith Mon 08-Oct-12 20:15:05

Ooooh RT use it! Yes yes you have to use it.

SneezySnatcher Mon 08-Oct-12 19:50:50

I like it, but then I'm RC, from the NE and enjoy reading about the Anglo-Saxons. Wouldn't be brave enough to use it though!

wildpoppy Sun 07-Oct-12 20:00:04

I think it's try-hard

lamprey42 Sun 07-Oct-12 17:20:04

My grandad was called Bede - don't think it caused him too many problems but he was known as the 'not so venerable'.

peanutintheoven Sun 07-Oct-12 17:04:22

I love it. Was on our shortlisting for dc2 but I'm expecting dd not ds. I'm from and live in the north east and it doesn't seem strange to me or have any negative connotations. I have a second cousin called Bede but don't know any children with the name. Quite jealous that you potentially get to use it!! Go for it.

BiscuitCrumbsInBed Sun 07-Oct-12 11:40:08

I like it! But kind of agree with whoever said it will be a lifetime of repeating it, spelling it out, correcting pronounciation etc which could get annoying. SneakyBiscuitEater I loved your post, out and proud with the obscure lit references! My DH vetoed any unusual names, huh...

Bue Sun 07-Oct-12 11:29:03

I know an 8 year old Bede. I think it always gets a reaction when people first hear it -"Bede?! Like the saint?" but it's a perfectly fine name. The parents are indeed Catholic intellectuals.

MardyBra Sat 06-Oct-12 11:02:24

Please don't.

LynetteScavo Sat 06-Oct-12 09:31:52

And DH always refers to him as "The Venerable Bede" But DH is like that.

LynetteScavo Sat 06-Oct-12 09:30:07

I wouldn't have been my choice, but the only young Bede I know is fantastic, so it's grown on me. Yes, I would expect parents of Bede to be Catholic academics.

OatyBeatie Sat 06-Oct-12 09:22:39

But you should pay heed
It also rhymes with Lead.
And Feed and Read and lots of things
But, sadly, pee'd and wee'd.

birdofthenorth Sat 06-Oct-12 09:15:24

I like it, especially if you have links to the north east or are RC (or both). Slightly off-outing that it rhymes with greed though. DD's name rhymes with mess and it's an obvious teasing point (very apt
in her case!).

OatyBeatie Sat 06-Oct-12 09:02:33

grin at kweggie's necklace of Bedes.

SneakyBiscuitEater Sat 06-Oct-12 01:03:38

Rilla you can play MN baby name bingo with my DCs names:
They all have 3 first names.
At least one of each of their first names is an obscure literary reference.
DS has a silent letter at the start of one of his names.
We have one name that begins with a K
One of DD2s names is not a name, it is a noun just a 'thing' rather than a person.
I've said the following two quotes on earlier threads but will repeat here for full house...

Old Dear re DD2: "what's the baby called" <I tell her> "Oh is that one of those new made up names? Me: "No its ancient Greek, from classical literature <regails Old Dear with story> "

My DM went to get some letters for DD1s bedroom door (having an unusual name means people will always think they are being clever getting your DC a personalised gift and the DCs love them). Teenager behind counter: "excuse me but that doesn't spell anything" DM: re arranges letters on counter top to form DD1s name. Shop assistant gives blank look. DM: "well you obviously don't read much Oscar Wilde!". <Middle class ZING>

See poncetastic or what.

It may also help the public flogging for you to know DS has long hair, both DDs wear boys shoes and we cycle to school on a dutch bike grin

RillaBlythe Fri 05-Oct-12 23:16:38

Wouldn't the risk be Beddy? There's a St Bede's school where I am so people here would get it. I like it.

Want to know what sneakybiscuiteater Dc are called!

kweggie Fri 05-Oct-12 22:56:05

eight bedes born in 2010? Does that make a necklace?
Have you considered that some oik(not me naturally) might pronounce it Bidet?
I like unusual names but the tick is to choose no-quibble ones IMO.

mamalovesmojitos Fri 05-Oct-12 22:36:22


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