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Gut reaction to these names if you work with kids?

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Snowflakepie Wed 06-Feb-13 07:52:54

Christopher (Kit)

If you have worked with or known a lot of kids, do any of these names put the fear into you? I just want a heads up on any negative associations that I might have missed, as I think of them all as quite neutral and don't know any littlies with these names. Also if you were a teacher, would you call Christopher Kit if asked, or would the full name be insisted on? Thanks x

Iggly Wed 06-Feb-13 07:54:58

Maybe you're over thinking a little...?

What happened to using a name you like?

Threelittleducks Wed 06-Feb-13 07:55:46

Toby and William both have genital connotations where I come from.

MidnightMasquerader Wed 06-Feb-13 08:04:36

I don't work with kids - but - I am a baby name geek.

Christopher/Kit - is a fairly timeless option. Although the Kit nickname is very now.

Isaac is quite current. May possibly date.

Toby is usually considered a slightly, um, wet name.

William. Lovely, classic, etc. Classmates are bound to catch onto 'Willy' at some point <snurk> so as long as he can ride that out with aplomb, he's fine.

I would say though - that William is this generation's regal, timeless, classic name... What I mean is ... it's an old name, a very well-known name, a King's name, a classic. But even these names go in and out of fashion...

Richard is another regal, 'timeless', 'classic' but not many people are naming their boys it right now.

I don't think any of these names have 'naughty boy' associations, but am happy to be corrected. smile

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 06-Feb-13 08:21:13

Hi am not a teacher but, er, I live in the UK and have children.

Might I suggest, if you introduce your child as Kit then that'll what he get called by staff or adults and initially playmates too. Then over time he'll get dubbed something else, most likely because others will notice or find out what his full name is.

Nicknames can of course be affectionate as well as insulting so you can't freak out too much beforehand.

It depends very much on where you live too, I think. We could say oh this or that sounds wet just because that's the impression local to us, we might live 100s of miles away from you.

Anyway, fwiwi, imo, Chris seems acceptable, Isaac unusual but fine, Toby rare round here but no more wet than anything else, William well I expect with the popularity of HRH that name will take off again and anything like 'Willy' makes kids snigger but I'm sure the novelty would wear off.

TenthMuse Wed 06-Feb-13 11:04:54

Lovely choices! I'm a (primary) teacher, and can honestly say I only have positive associations with all of these names.

Christopher/Kit - Fairly unusual in primary schools now. I imagine staff would definitely cooperate with using nn Kit, but children tend to invent their own nicknames

Isaac - quite trendy at the mo which might date it a little, but still a great name.

William - obviously very popular, but doesn't seem to be as ubiquitous as Ben/Sam/Jack.

Toby - I taught a lovely (definitely not wet!) Tobias nn Toby a couple of years ago, so associate it with him. Think it's surprisingly popular nowadays - am coming across more and more (often younger siblings of those I teach, so it seems to have got recently trendy)

bigbluebump Wed 06-Feb-13 11:07:04

"Maybe you're over thinking a little...? What happened to using a name you like? "

I agree with that. Apart from the William/Willy teasing potential, they're all great names - just choose a name you love!

CabbageLooking Wed 06-Feb-13 11:12:44

Every single Toby I have ever taught has been lovely. Not wet but generally soft natured, kind and fun. I have a lot of time for anyone called Toby!

Williams are a mixed bunch so a pretty safe name I would think.

Never taught an Isaac or a Christopher.


MERLYPUSS Wed 06-Feb-13 11:18:12

I am a cub leader and have my own 5yr old Isaac and his twin is middle name of William (I had no idea Isaac was as 'in' name). William is a timeless name. You cant age a William so he will never be an 80's/90's kid IYSWIM.
I have had 2 Isaacs in the pack and obviously they have not tainted my view of the name, one being shortened to Zac and the other to Izzy as they were attending at the same time and avoided confusion. My GP thought Isaac was a very Jewish name, As if that is a problem for me?
I have only had one Christopher in 20 years of scouting and he was a dribbly kid who whinged a lot. Having siad that my uncle Chris is a hunky fireman.
Toby is a Jack Russel's name - my next door neighbour's one. Having said that her other dog is called Zak but that never ocurred to me.
These are purely my opinions.

noblegiraffe Wed 06-Feb-13 11:18:44

Secondary teacher - they're all fine. Never taught a Kit, though if that was their chosen name I'd have no problem calling them it.

YouCantCallItIt Wed 06-Feb-13 11:21:08

I'm a teacher and I'd a Christopher wanted to go by Kit that would be perfectly fine....I love Kit it's the best from your choices. I teach a William he is 17 and from what I have seen he has not been teased for his name. My ds age 6 goes to school with a William and did giggle about the Willy thing but doesn't seem to mention it or think about it anymore. I think Toby would be teased mercilessly in my school. Isaac is nice I don't think it would be teased.

hellokitty123 Wed 06-Feb-13 11:59:22

I don't think any of those names (or any names!) would put fear into someone, they're just names.. Don't teachers judge kids on their personalities?

There is a little William in dd's class who does get teased with Willy quite a bit, so that is the only issue I can see with that name. The others seem fine from the teasing potential imo.

Yorkpud Wed 06-Feb-13 12:07:49

I like all the names. Love Isaac and like Zac for nn. Also love Kit.

outtolunchagain Wed 06-Feb-13 12:26:22

Two of my three boys have names in your list . smileSo I am pretty positive , also know two Kits and both are known as Kit .

Toby is quite popular here now , ds3 who is 11 has three in his year group at primary ( it wasn't that popular 19 years ago when we named ds1wink) Never heard it called wet or having genital connotations .

William very classic , we have had no teasing issues.Isaac seems very trendy at the moment know three babies with the name

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