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Flora - margarine connection?

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piglet75 Sun 20-Jan-13 21:29:57

I really love the name Flora if DC3 ends up being a girl but DH is convinced that the margarine association would make her life a misery. I think the margarine has been around so long that it would pass people by.

Opinions on this?

(Florence even more of a no no for DH due to David Cameron connection).

Yfronts Tue 22-Jan-13 00:28:31

I like it. Also like Fleur and Fern

Yfronts Tue 22-Jan-13 00:35:23

Florice - just a different version of Florence.
Florentina, Floria, Florie

Yfronts Tue 22-Jan-13 00:36:24

Laura? Aurora?

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 22-Jan-13 00:37:53

I used to like the continental name Florian but was startled when told it's actually a boy's name.

mynameisalexdrake Tue 22-Jan-13 01:10:51

I like the name but still think of the margarine connection, sorry! Would be just like it too for the company to do a big advertisment in the future which could bring the whole marg thing back to the masses.

Florence is a nice compromise, also Fern.

SucksToBeMe Tue 22-Jan-13 01:45:44

Flora is a lovely name. Though it reminds me of inter flora the florist company

dubai71 Tue 22-Jan-13 15:58:09

I really really like the name. Totally agree with you that the margarine association is very old news and therefore not an issue.

Minty82 Tue 22-Jan-13 18:20:07

I know a few Floras of different ages and it's never occurred to me the brand name would be an issue, certainly not to the extent of putting people off using it - surely it's too well established as a girl's name to be sidelined by a spread?! Really pretty, without being frilly - great name.

pinkandyellowbutterfly Tue 22-Jan-13 18:39:05

Coral is a similar name. I like flora though. I like what it means, it was a word and a name long before the margerine!!

PleasePudding Wed 23-Jan-13 19:42:33

Oh I love Flora! It's on our short list for DC3 due in 6 weeks. I have asked people about the margarine thing - my MIL thinks it'll be a real problem most other people seem fairly mixed. DH nit convinced because of our surname but I love it - the goddess of flowers, suits every age, it's a happy, pretty name.

Leafmould Wed 23-Jan-13 21:54:40

Nah, all these margarine associations are from the 1980's. It was so heavily advertised back then.

It's a lovely name, and I know exactly what you mean about fleurgh.

Leafmould Wed 23-Jan-13 22:03:30

Flor de Ceres
Flor de Maria
Florbela do Carmo

DS2 was going to be Flora. I love the name. It's almost worth having another baby for grin

Leafmould Wed 23-Jan-13 22:06:36


OvO Wed 23-Jan-13 22:07:53

One of my favourite girls names. Don't think of margarine first, I'd think Flora MacDonald! But I am Scottish. grin

I so want a girl so I can call her Flora. <mum of smelly boys>

echidnakid Thu 24-Jan-13 01:25:54

I like it. Makes me think of "flora and fauna" which is a nice association.

Sasparillo Thu 24-Jan-13 06:43:31

Because people are lazy and have a tendency to shorten names, some will drop the 'a' at the end and you might find her being referred to as Flor (floor) x

IME most people shorten Flora or Florence to Flossie, which is quite sweet smile

echidnakid Thu 24-Jan-13 07:08:14

Or Flo which is also cute.

shineypeacock Thu 24-Jan-13 17:36:38

I love it, top of the list for DC1 at the moment, i also like
Beatrice, Lara, Rowan, Cecily,Anya, Edith and Jemima at the mo too!

DH is a scot so its Flora McDonald connection for him.

Kveta Thu 24-Jan-13 19:08:08

I know a Flora very well, and she hates her name. Got the margarine jokes at primary school, and the 'spreads well' jokes at secondary, then studied biology at uni and got lots of 'gut flora' and 'vaginal flora' jokes. Bloody miserable. She wanted to be called Jessica BTW.

Oh, and she gave her children very very common names as a result of her stupid name.

not talking about myself at all here, oh no

tilder Thu 24-Jan-13 21:26:30

I love the name flora but the spreadable margarine bit plus interflora put me off. Sorry.

I also liked Cora, cara, Rowan, Rowena, Clara.

Smudging Thu 24-Jan-13 21:38:34

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WinkyWinkola Thu 24-Jan-13 22:25:19

Flora isn't a stupid name at all. It's really lovely but I feel for you, Kveta. Do you not think that children will find anything to tease about though? Had it not been your name it might have been your eyelashes being too far apart or your knees being too sharp? I mean, they'll find anything?

It wouldn't be quite so bad if flora margarine weren't quite such a foul tasting product AND ruining a lovely name for so many.

Personally, I think companies should be banned from using people's names for any of their products.

Call me controlling!

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