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paranoid that nobody likes the names of my children

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howardbear Fri 11-Jan-13 13:25:02

i had my second child 5 weeks ago and have given them a name i really love, but im beginning to get paranoid that people dont like it, nobody has been rude enough to say it to my face but ive had the line 'oh that's different/unusual' a bit (which it isnt) so im gunna put it to the test if i can and ask you to tell me what names you LOVE or HATE or even what you LIKE or DISLIKE from the lists below (the other names are friends/family)

dont know if i'd be more upset if people said they hated it or if it wasnt mentioned at all, lol!

here are the names:-

GIRLS:- sophie, kiera, ruby, elin, bethan, erin, seren, brooke, maisie, mollie, haylie, layla, jasmine.

BOYS:- joseph, flynn, jack, arthur, rhys, robbie, henry, ellis, toby, oliver, jacob, james, dylan, alfie, logan.

thanks for looking x

Smudging Sat 12-Jan-13 18:34:15

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LaurenCaddy Sat 12-Jan-13 18:28:16

We chose Seren as a middle name in the end, it means Star in Welsh, after reading so many comments saying they've never heard of it. I wanted it as a first name but OH wanted Isabelle too much. Although the reason we chose Seren was because of the word Serendipity, which means a happy accident. Haha, kinda fitted! But if she asks, it means star.

I love Erin also.

The rest are lovely, some a little common but still pretty. But can't stand Ruby. Always think of some pornographic skank of a model or a dingy club.

Boys names are all lovely. Out of them Robbie is actually my least favourite, but it works for you and that's what matters. Couldn't have Jack/Alfie/Charlie because all our dogs are named those. I love Logan!! We love Zachary as well.

exoticfruits Sat 12-Jan-13 18:07:05

Only like Sophie out of girls although Bethan OK.
Boys like James, Oliver, Henry,Joseph, Jack and not the rest.

delilah88 Sat 12-Jan-13 17:58:23

The only really crap name from your list is Maisie, imo

mathanxiety Sat 12-Jan-13 17:05:46

sophie, nice
kiera, nice
ruby, nice but very popular
elin, LOVE
bethan, meh, sounds a bit dumpy to my ear
erin, sweet, short name; I wouldn't use it as I'm Irish but not a bad name
seren, LOVE
brooke, has a harsh sound imo
maisie, too nicknamey imo
mollie, too old ladyish imo
haylie, nice, sounds like a name for a girl who does sports, is outgoing...
layla, like a lot
jasmine, like a lot

joseph, LOVE
flynn, don't like -- makes me think 'skinflint' and also an Irish surname
jack, like but very popular
arthur, it's ok, for some reason I like the E European Artur spelling
rhys, like a lot
robbie, like if short for Robert
henry, like a lot
ellis, like
toby, like
oliver, LOVE even though it's popular
jacob, ok, maybe a bit dated
james, like
dylan, like
alfie, dislike
logan, nice

(Love Greer)

McKayz Sat 12-Jan-13 17:04:45

Madame, you didn't read all of OP's posts did you? smile

MadameCastafiore Sat 12-Jan-13 16:41:56

All fine except Haylie (Surely its Hayley) and Robbie (chavvy).

I hope your kids aren't called Haylie and Robbie.

Mind you when people hear my kids names the comment is always 'ooohhh very middle class' which I am but still grates a little. I would always be gracious about someone's choice of name even if I didn't like it.

Oh and another comment we get is 'are you German' ha ha so what if I am!

Just don't sweat it I am trying to say as long as you like them ignore other people.

Blottedcopybook Sat 12-Jan-13 16:41:09

That's who I like to mention, everyone usually asks if I named her after Germaine Greer since I'm a bit of a manhating feminist wink

legalalien Sat 12-Jan-13 16:39:18

Greer Robson, not quite so old time actress smile

JustAFewRory Sat 12-Jan-13 16:37:46

Greer Garson, old time actress.

noddyholder Sat 12-Jan-13 16:35:20

I love greer too Never heard it before as a christian name

JustAFewRory Sat 12-Jan-13 16:30:39

I love Greer.

Blottedcopybook Sat 12-Jan-13 16:22:09

One of my daughters is called Greer and EVERYONE has an opinion on it. At the end of the day, I love her name, her Daddy was talked round to it ;) and it really suits her. My criteria was that I wanted my children to each have a name that nobody else in their schoolclass had, but which wasn't totally wacky. If people don't like their names, that's their trouble grin If they express to you that they don't like the name of your child, that's downright rude imho. If you can't say anything nice, say nothing at all.

Jasbro Sat 12-Jan-13 15:51:54

I think all of the names are perfectly lovely. Please don't let yourself get paranoid - I had some reactions like you've described when we called our first daughter Ivy - but we weathered it and I'm so happy I never let anyone else's opinions affect my choice.

McKayz Sat 12-Jan-13 14:15:24

Dylan pronounced Dillon is fine. It's DS2 name and when we went on holiday to Wales they all pronounced it Dillon too.

VinegarDrinker Sat 12-Jan-13 14:14:57

Hah, this is Baby Names, it's meant to be about loves and hates! No need to apologise!

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 12-Jan-13 14:09:18

Sorry Vinegar,I think sometimes I type forgetting that it will come across differently to how it would if it was a speaking conversation,so it doesn't always end up reading how I meant it to. sad

VinegarDrinker Sat 12-Jan-13 14:06:56

Both are fine isn't quite what you said initially wink I assume if she's Welsh herself she'd know the Welsh pronunciation. Here in London I've only met "dillon"s and would pronounce it like that unless the parents told me otherwise.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 12-Jan-13 14:03:09

Vinegar obviously both are fine smile but I presumed OP was Welsh because there were a few Welsh names dotted through the lists.

FelicityWasSanta Sat 12-Jan-13 13:56:05

Both lovely normal, conventional names IMO. Stop worrying and enjoy!

VinegarDrinker Sat 12-Jan-13 13:54:47

That's interesting re Dylan. Wiki says both are fine, with "dillon" being the English pronunciation. I guess like many other names it has been Anglicised in pronunciation if not spelling (though I have seen it spelled Dillon).

LunaticFringe Sat 12-Jan-13 13:49:17

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Alisvolatpropiis Sat 12-Jan-13 13:42:31

Dylan Thomas famously detested Wales,I don't think he was much bothered about pronouncing it properly.

Obviously the way it is pronounced can be affected by regional accents but generally speaking,it's not meant to be like the character from the magic round about

CountBapula Sat 12-Jan-13 13:37:58

Dylan Thomas pronounced it 'Dillon'. (And so does my DS grin)

Bagofmashings Sat 12-Jan-13 13:37:02

I think it doesn't really matter what anyone else thinks. When DH 1st told me DSC's names I wasn't at all sure I liked them but I soon grew to absolutely love the names as they belonged to people I love, iyswim. After a while, even if people aren't that keen now, the name will just become your dd.
my DS has one of those names you either love or hate I think, the important think is I absolutely love it.

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