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Names that nice but have too much of an association.

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chocolateicecream Thu 22-Nov-12 21:05:39

I like the name Marigold but it would completely get associated with a pair of gloves, as a result I wouldn't use it. Actually, I initially think of the song Marigold by the Foo's but not many others would.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 24-Nov-12 17:13:46

Jasper. DP insists it's too related to wasps to ever use. English people and their stupid odd slang terms hmm

Ptolemy - name of historically vile incestuous,muderous family.

Arlo - loved it until a friend pointed out it was an anagram of oral sad

Meredith - not me personally,DP again,but he strongly associates it with Meredith Kercher.

MadStaringEyes Sat 24-Nov-12 16:20:30

I really liked Gideon till I read it meant 'man with a stump for an arm' and it killed it for me.

Madeline sounds odd to me now, but that could be because I live quite close to where the McCanns live, so its still in the news quite often.

Caladria Sat 24-Nov-12 09:35:50

Martha. I like the sound, but have you read her bible scene lately? Jesus tells her to quit complaining and get on with the housework. You might as well be called 'Drudge' or 'Skivvy'. And I can't get past Philip meaning 'Lover of Horses' either.

amazingmumof6 Sat 24-Nov-12 03:06:25

hjtunny SIL's friends have a boy and a girls called Sam and Ella. just say it quickly: Sam an' Ella

StellaNova Fri 23-Nov-12 15:23:15

goldplated I know! Lovely name, lovely meaning - but beer. That's why I have to use it as a user name instead of actually calling a child it (although I only have boys so not sure they would have appreciated it anyway).

I think you can take associations too far though - I like Rose, DH was all "what about Rose West?" - but I just don't think that's the first thing people think when they hear Rose.

chocolateI knew a girl at school called Heidi with a Germanic surname, it didn't seem to cause any probs although I didn't know her well. In the book isn't it short for Adelheid?

hjtunny Fri 23-Nov-12 15:00:21

Ella - because it is a suffix for the names of illnesses SalmonELLA, LegionELLA, VaricELLA, RubELLA etc

badtime Fri 23-Nov-12 14:53:12

Lenore -probably my favourite version of Eleanor/Leonora etc, but even worse than Flora for branding issues.

GoldPlatedNineDoors Fri 23-Nov-12 09:10:49

Stella. Love the name, but people will think of the lager forst and foremost.

curiousgeorgie Fri 23-Nov-12 09:08:48

Hermione. It will only ever be Harry Potter now.

LastMangoInParis Thu 22-Nov-12 22:34:58

I quite like Ebenezer.

ErmahgerdBlahdyCold Thu 22-Nov-12 22:25:28

I love the name Judas, no way I'd ever use it though!

picnicbasketcase Thu 22-Nov-12 21:59:37

I don't actually like any of the names I listed but have seen them all come up on baby name threads.

LastMangoInParis Thu 22-Nov-12 21:57:44

Overpriced yummy mummy bags put the kaibosh on Orla from over here.

chocolateicecream Thu 22-Nov-12 21:55:41

Oh, Jimmy will take a while to come round again.

cocobongo Thu 22-Nov-12 21:55:02

Orla- used to love that name, then there was a big brother contestant called it. So now out of bounds cos it just reminds us of her.

LastMangoInParis Thu 22-Nov-12 21:52:48


amazingmumof6 Thu 22-Nov-12 21:52:48


LastMangoInParis Thu 22-Nov-12 21:52:18

x-posts with guano.
Yes, Myra second only to Adolph.

Dennis has some fairly unpleasant associations too.

And I wonder how Jimmy will fare in future.

amazingmumof6 Thu 22-Nov-12 21:51:39

Jezebel - I thought it was pretty as it sounds like Isabel! (2 Jezebels in the Bible, one's a whore other's a witch...)

Lucas - mucus

Lydia - chlamydia


Levi (jeans)

devonsmummy Thu 22-Nov-12 21:51:04


LastMangoInParis Thu 22-Nov-12 21:50:10

Who on earth would use that name apart from a made up character in Little Britain or something? confused


guanosoup Thu 22-Nov-12 21:47:18

There's a woman in our local co-op called Myra, when you see it in isolation, its not an unpleasant name,
but you'd never, ever, ever call a child that...

ceeveebee Thu 22-Nov-12 21:47:07

Imogen - that girl who had an affair with Ryan Giggs ruined it

picnicbasketcase Thu 22-Nov-12 21:45:25


chocolateicecream Thu 22-Nov-12 21:44:39

Delilah does have a nice ring to it, it just sounds pretty and nice spoken, song or no song.

I am struggling with the name Heidi. It's a name that I have loved since my childhood but I married a man with a Germanic surname and I can just imagine the comments.

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