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(28 Posts)
echidnakid Sat 22-Dec-12 05:03:32

My husband suggested Emmett if this baby is a boy and I quite like it but would love some feedback please.

(I'm aware of the Twilight link but not bothered by it at all).


lottiegarbanzo Sat 22-Dec-12 05:20:53

Isn't that what people in Cornwall or Devon call tourists? Where did it come from?

I'd also be aware of the similarity to emet as in emetic, so vomit.

sashh Sat 22-Dec-12 05:22:19

It makes me think of back to the future. Good name.

MayTheOddsBeEverInYourFavour Sat 22-Dec-12 05:28:49

I like it, but I'll admit it automatically makes me think of twilight

echidnakid Sat 22-Dec-12 05:35:51

No idea about the Cornish thing.

According to the tinternet: "Emmett originated in England as a masculine diminutive of the German Emma and also means truth in Hebrew."

I can't imagine many people making the "emetic" link TBH!

I think DH was thinking of Emmett Brown in BTTF when he suggested it.

FreeButtonChristmasTree Sat 22-Dec-12 05:39:45

Love it, quite common in Ireland. I'd defo go for it but it's too close to my first name. Unusual but pronounce-able.

lottiegarbanzo Sat 22-Dec-12 05:44:35

According to Wikipedia Emmet is a pejorative nickname that some Cornish people use to describe tourists. It derivation is from the same route as ant, as tourists are often red and mill about like ants.

The sound of the word does prompt emit, emet-ic in my mind.

papooshka Sat 22-Dec-12 06:03:30

Sorry I don't like it, reminds me of the mad doctor in 'back to the future' !

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Sat 22-Dec-12 06:03:36

I also thought of emet / emetic.

AllThreeWays Sat 22-Dec-12 06:06:18

Reminds me of Hyacinth bucket's long suffering neighbour. But still a lovely name

echidnakid Sat 22-Dec-12 06:51:09

Fair enough, though I suspect the emet thing won't be an issue.

I'm in Australia so not too worried what the Cornish are up to! Interesting that it's derived from the word ant though.

echidnakid Sat 22-Dec-12 06:53:16

I had forgotten about Hyacinth Bucket! Knew I'd heard of another Emmett somewhere.

echidnakid Sat 22-Dec-12 07:04:11

I must admit, I'm not sure I can envision it on a young child, it has a middle-aged feel to my ears.

rutnoast Sat 22-Dec-12 11:34:56

I'd never heard of it until twilight, but I think its a nice name.

5madthings Sat 22-Dec-12 11:38:46

Love it!! my 5th baby would have been Emmett had she been a boy. Its a name i will use if we ever have any more.

And yes its from bttf, dr emmett brown!

Anifrangapani Sat 22-Dec-12 11:40:44

My first thought was 70's hairspray. Sorry

serin Sat 22-Dec-12 13:44:47

Don't like it at all.

Just reminds me of the medical term for vomit

Ummofumbridge Sat 22-Dec-12 13:46:57

I think it's lovely. It's different without being weird. And I loved the mad doctor in Back to the future!

WinklyVersusTheZombies Sat 22-Dec-12 13:47:42

Wasn't that the name of the nice TA in Legally Blonde?

I like the name and wouldn't think of vomiting. Do you live in Cornwall or spend a lot of time there?

AmIGoingMad Sat 22-Dec-12 14:07:23

Me too allthree!

Nancy66 Sat 22-Dec-12 14:13:28

don't like it - a bit wussy

HyvaPaiva Sat 22-Dec-12 14:16:12

I'm sorry, I also hear 'emetophobia'. Also, with a glottal stop, Emmett sounds very 'meh'.

MyPetMonsterAndMe Sun 23-Dec-12 00:39:41

I like it a lot. A friend of mine has a 2 year old Emmett and it suits him very well, so I don't see it as a problem for a young child at all!

lottiegarbanzo Sun 23-Dec-12 12:11:40

I think the reason I'm responding to it as I am is that I've never heard of it as a name, so hear / read it as just another word.

I imagine normal and popular names in Australia are quite different from in the UK, which is very relevant.

Frikadellen Sun 23-Dec-12 16:00:39

I like it but I thought of the brother of the neighbour in "keeping up appearances"

Good name though

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