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Is Bathsheba useable?

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Quesadillo Wed 02-Jan-13 20:30:55

That's it really. Yes, get the King David story, naked roof-bathing and Thomas Hardy and all that.

So the question is: could a RL person carry off this name?

Celticlassie Thu 03-Jan-13 17:57:13

God, I don't think so. Definitely too far.

RillaBlythe Thu 03-Jan-13 19:46:31

I know one.

everlong Thu 03-Jan-13 19:58:37

Is she beautiful rilly?
please don't spoil my illusion

wishfulearthmum Thu 03-Jan-13 20:28:51

I'm a teacher and every September the staff room is full of 'can you believe they would name their child that?', the child always has to look embarassed in front of the people who should be their new friends as they correct pronunctiation or ask for an alternative shortened version etc. You really need to consider the label they have for the rest of their life, in every situation, rather than a quirky preference you have at the moment.

SneezySnatcher Thu 03-Jan-13 21:35:08

It reminds me of the teacher who had an affair with her student in 'Notes on a Scandal' - she was Bathsheba.

JingleBellaTheGymnast Thu 03-Jan-13 21:38:35

Might I be so bold as to suggest Beulah?

BoerWarKids Thu 03-Jan-13 21:41:05

I was going to point out Notes on a Scandal, excellent novel!

She shortens it to Sheba, which I prefer.

nkf Thu 03-Jan-13 21:41:08

It is lovely. Absoluely lovely. But it will take some nerve to do it. For me, it is totally easy to pronounce and I'm surprised at people who find it such a no no.

"I have danced at your skittish heels, my beautiful Bathsheba for many a long mile and many a long hour..."

Lovely name. Are you going to use it?

everlong Thu 03-Jan-13 21:47:03

Sheba is gorgeous love love it.

seeker Thu 03-Jan-13 21:54:21

Sheba is like calling a baby Whiskas!

everlong Thu 03-Jan-13 21:57:15

Is it balls!

lockets Thu 03-Jan-13 21:58:16

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

WifeofPie Thu 03-Jan-13 22:00:01

As other posters have said, absolutely not unless you are painfully hip and/or rilly, rilly good looking.

seeker Thu 03-Jan-13 22:00:14

It is a name- but one which many people now associate with cat food.

And Bathsheba, unless I'm misremembering, was a pretty nothing sort of character. Wife of someone, wife of someone else, mother of someone.

WifeofPie Thu 03-Jan-13 22:01:27

Oi! My DD is called Whiskas angry.

NervousReindeer Thu 03-Jan-13 22:01:53


seeker Thu 03-Jan-13 22:03:36

Yes, well, my ds is called Chum. That's how I know naming children after pet food is a bad idea!grin

seeker Thu 03-Jan-13 22:04:40

Yes, well, my ds is called Chum. That's how I know naming children after pet food is a bad idea!grin

WifeofPie Thu 03-Jan-13 22:05:31

grin Arf!

everlong Thu 03-Jan-13 22:10:58

It's a name seeker but of course you know this.. don't be silly now. wink

seeker Thu 03-Jan-13 22:15:07

As I said, I know it's a name. However it is a name that is now inextricably linked with cat food.

everlong Thu 03-Jan-13 22:18:25

I know. But it was a name first.

Shebah Ronay first brought my attention to it years before the cat food grin

Still beautiful imo.

squoosh Thu 03-Jan-13 22:18:33

Sheba is a million times better than Bathsheba, even with the cat food connection. Felix is very popular despite being just as pet food related.

Rhubarbgarden Thu 03-Jan-13 22:42:32

I rather like it. Even though I usually go for short, non-frilly names. I think it's rather beautiful.

ODearMe Thu 03-Jan-13 22:43:26

A friend of a friend is called this. It is unusual but it suits her. Everyone calls her 'Bash' x

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