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pinkandyellowbutterfly Mon 03-Dec-12 12:14:18

I would love to use Barbara as a middle name after my mum. I think I've chosen Lucy as a first name. What do people think of Lucy Barbara?

pinkandyellowbutterfly Sun 09-Dec-12 20:33:05

thanks, i'm still not a hundred per cent but then my child's not born yet, then again, it could be a boy!!

upstart68 Fri 07-Dec-12 20:24:30

Just to me a Barbara-ish person. But probably not to anyone else.

I myself chose an incredibly boring name for my dc. Only because my dh wanted some ridiculous ones and it was the only compromise we could find.

So I do think different is good. All that matters is if you like it.

pinkandyellowbutterfly Fri 07-Dec-12 18:28:32

Ooh, I hadn't thought of Deidre Barlow - is her reaky name Barbara? or is she just a Barbara-ish person lol

upstart68 Thu 06-Dec-12 23:09:44

The only Barbara I know is lovely but she has been called Barbie by some people when she's nothing like Barbie.

It does conjure up a sort of Deirdre Barlow image for me - but then I think your perception of a name changes as you get to know the person.

It is initially a bit surprising when you meet a baby Mavis or similar but once you've got used to it it's lovely and individual.

I think it's quite nice, now I've got used to it.

pinkandyellowbutterfly Thu 06-Dec-12 22:57:07

lol pancakeflipper. Go 'team Barbara'!! I'm so glad the team is growing i was so nervous i'd be the only one!!

Pancakeflipper Thu 06-Dec-12 22:54:26

I know a 6yr old Barbara. I was a bit " oh" when I first heard what her name was ( she was 4 weeks old when we first met).

She is lovely quirky kid and going to be a real individual. She is the only Barbara in her school and has the strength of personality to deal with the looks from adults when they hear her name. I am on Team Barbara.

pinkandyellowbutterfly Thu 06-Dec-12 22:50:09

Thanks for your kind words, its a bit daunting to sharea the name you're stressing deliberating over, its nice to hear good feedback :-)

notanotter Thu 06-Dec-12 21:49:57

oh i LOVE it!!!!

Lavenderhoney Thu 06-Dec-12 21:28:33

I love barbarasmile in fact I was thinking today if I ever have another baby dd, it's the name I would choosesmile and Lucy Barbara sounds nice too.

I know a couple of babs or barb, and they are lovely- generations apart too.

Dorothy is one of our family name and I like that as well, but not so much dot or dotty...

mathanxiety Thu 06-Dec-12 20:13:08

There is the Irish version Bairbre which is a little fancier perhaps?

I like it as a middle name with Lucy. Has a nice ring to it and it is lovely to honour your mum this way imo.

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Thu 06-Dec-12 12:10:31

No chance! Not Barbara for a first name shock

Hedwig3 Thu 06-Dec-12 12:04:49

Another vote for Barbara Lucy! smile

Great name, I do like Lucy too though.

AuntieShirley Thu 06-Dec-12 11:28:50

I love Barbara, and prefer Barbara Lucy to Lucy Barbara, but both are nice.
I also love Patricia Moel so many cute nn's. I put it to dh once, but he was having none of it!

Cwtchbach Thu 06-Dec-12 09:31:15

Can I just say that I hated my middle name growing up, it was very old ladyish and obscure, however I now love it and wish it were my first name (which I hate as it's a stupid 80s name). It has suddenly had a surge in popularity due to a character on Downtown Abbey. Similarly my friend hated her middle name being Ethel growing up but suddenly she is very trendy too smile

Which was a very round about way of saying that I would 100% use the name Barbara, some people may have misgivings now but it won't last.

pinkandyellowbutterfly Wed 05-Dec-12 20:56:18

Thanks for the positive feedback guysm its really kind of you :-)

CocktailQueen Tue 04-Dec-12 23:10:50

It's my middle name - named after my gran, and for that I love it. Do it smile

PickledInAPearTree Tue 04-Dec-12 23:09:42

Fine middle name.. I think it's really nice to have one with a meaning rather than a common place one.

LadyWidmerpool Tue 04-Dec-12 23:03:34

My middle name is my gran's and it's a very plain name but I like being named after someone, so I say go for it. FWIW I like Barbara a lot more than some of the current it names.

mrstowers Tue 04-Dec-12 22:57:37

I don't actually like the name Barbara but I think the meaning behind you choosing the name is absolutely lovely and is reason enough for you to use it.

squoosh Tue 04-Dec-12 21:55:00

I think Lucy Barbara sounds lovely, a bit Chalet School.

And as sure as eggs are eggs Barbara will be an uber trendy name 20 years from now. Go for it!

canuck43 Tue 04-Dec-12 21:50:34

My little granddaughter is Barbara Virginia, it suits her, we love it.

pinkandyellowbutterfly Tue 04-Dec-12 21:45:41

Thanks for your comments guys, I love the name because it has lots of personal meaning to me and if I give it to my child, she's bound to love being named after my mum as shes such a special person and thats the most important thing :-)

MoelFammau Tue 04-Dec-12 21:32:10

You're a different generation though. A generation ago, calling your kid Ethel, Norah or Maud was considered awful, yet it's pretty normal now. Barbara could easily be one hell of a cool name in 20 years.

hackneyzoo Tue 04-Dec-12 21:10:11

It's my middle name, I hate it. Don't do this to your daughter! ( having said that, I think I went through a brief period, in about 1987, where I asked my parents to refer to me as Babs, I was about 8 at the time though grin)

EverlongLovesHerChristmasRobin Tue 04-Dec-12 21:08:58

If you must.

I doubt your dd will thank you though, sorry.

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