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On the name Dora...

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elderberryspokes Wed 28-Nov-12 23:05:46

I'm getting ahead of myself here, but just wanted a sounding board really smile

My lovely Grandma died last month, and shortly afterwards I discovered that I was pregnant. Ever since I have been giving serious thought to naming the baby after her if it is a girl, as I would have been pregnant (unknowingly) during the last days I spent with her, which despite being incredibly sad were also wonderful in the sense that the whole family came together in the way we used to at my Gran's house back in the day...

Soppiness over, my Gran's name was Dora.

My husband rejected the name outright as being too old-fashioned. I admit that I would never have considered it before now but I have always thought my Gran had a nice sing-song kind of name (Dora May) and the only other Dora I have come across is Dora the explorer.

Tonight, I was looking up the meaning of the name and it said that it can be used as a short form of Isadora - husband was suddenly very interested!

Apologies for the rambling. I suppose what I'm asking is, do you think Dora is too old fashioned, or Isadora too silly? What do the names make you think of?


elderberryspokes Sat 01-Dec-12 21:46:01

Thanks for your replies everybody, and sorry for my brief disappearing act!

I do love Isadora, but it feels more like a character in a story that my daughter, if that makes sense (and I also think of Wizadora!) I'm not sure it really suits us, and the more I think about it, if I am going to name my daughter after my Gran then I should just call her Dora May ;)

Until now the frontrunners have been Iris, which has always been my favourite girl's name, and Aoife, as DH is Irish and we have a lot of Eva's in our family, which I believe it is the equivalent of.

Not convinced Dora the Explorer will still be around by the time she’s old enough to feel embarrassed by it (which I’m guessing will be preteens) – there’s twelve years difference between me and my youngest sister and she's never heard of the things I used to watch - she doesn't even remember the CBBC broom cupboard! No ... wait ... she did used to watch my old Dogtanian VHS, which my Dad has lovingly preserved, for some ungodly reason....

Of course, it will probably be a boy, and all this worrying will have been for nothing! Then I will be faced with the thorny issue of DH’s obsession with the name Jeremiah (who in my book was a bullfrog, not a baby)


Dora the Explorer is preschool isn't it? My 20mo is a huge fan. She goes do do and points at the TV!

AnnIonicIsoTronic Tue 04-Dec-12 13:01:49

Hyphenate it (& be a bit Mumzilla about empahsising the hyphen).

Dora-May no longer rhymes with 'explorer' or hums along to Wizadora and just becomes a pretty name in the Granny-chic mould.

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