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Is this name just asking for trouble or perfectly okay?

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KnittedC Thu 07-Feb-13 19:48:17

I'm currently 38 weeks pregnant with my first (don't know if we're having a boy or a girl) but I'm not sure whether one of the names we are thinking of is too out there or not. The day we found out we were pregnant I suggested this name for a boy and DP was adamant there was no way; but since then it has sort of stuck and now he is even more keen on it than I am! The name we are thinking of is Grover.

Because we've discussed it back and forth for so many months I'm not sure if I have clarity anymore over whether it's horrible or not, but we both really love it and it just feels right. It also goes well with the surname. What does everyone think - would it be unreasonable to call our son Grover?

Of course, it's possible that after all this we have a girl and this is moot smile

mmmmmchocolate Thu 07-Feb-13 22:05:22

I never comment on baby names threads but I really think its cool!!

but you can't call a baby it. Sorry

makes note incase I ever have a boy smile

RFLmum Thu 07-Feb-13 22:06:18

When I was pregnant with my eldest we called the bump raspberry (because at some point I read that she was as small as a Raspberry). By the time she was born I had totally bonded with 'raspberry' and gave it momentary consideration. Thankfully I didn't go with this because she is now 6 and I would have seriously regretted it! Just saying that sometimes its easy to get caught up in a name when you're actually caught up in the little person. Ditch the name for a while and see how you feel when they're born I'd say.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Thu 07-Feb-13 22:14:41

Cute puppy name, like something you'd call a chihuahua to be ironic!

Grown man name.... Not so much. It will wear off, write it in his memory book and laugh about it when you he's 21.
MIL had Troy in mind for DH, it made me laugh so many years later.

seeker Thu 07-Feb-13 22:19:01

It's the sort of name a stereotype of a gay man would call his labradoodles

MerlotAndMe Thu 07-Feb-13 22:22:52

I think it sounds like a whipped dog. I know sur names are usually quite strong, although I wouldn't pick a sur name. But there's something about Grover that sounds so heel boy, stop whimpering! It is actually quite a cute name for a dog. Names like Fraser, spencer... I wouldn't pick them but they work as names for humans. Grover is a bit comical for some reason.

Greensleeves Thu 07-Feb-13 22:25:06

Really really no.

Greensleeves Thu 07-Feb-13 22:27:40

Have you considered Duke?

Or Jellyroll


tethersend Thu 07-Feb-13 22:34:40

How about Big Bird?

Greensleeves Thu 07-Feb-13 22:35:31


Growlithe Thu 07-Feb-13 22:36:30

I hardly ever comment on Baby Name threads, but please don't.

QOD Thu 07-Feb-13 22:36:42

I know someone with Buddy and Buster.

I prefer Grover.

pourmeanotherglass Thu 07-Feb-13 22:37:48

Makes me think of the satyr from the Percy Jackson books, but he was quite cool. I don't hate it, but it isn't a name I'd choose.

Sulawesi Thu 07-Feb-13 23:32:57

Tell me Buddy and Buster are dogs??


IamGrover Thu 07-Feb-13 23:48:37

It's my mother's maiden name

Outs self

Awaits sister saying the same

Anyway, I briefly toyed with it as a name, keep it in the family and all that

I also toyed with:

Rastus [outs self more]

You get the picture

Then reality came to the fore and our son is called John (or similar)

specialmagiclady Thu 07-Feb-13 23:54:44

I named my first child something unusual - but I submitted it to two important tests. First of all, I went to the park and shouted it as loud as I could. Turns out he is dead naughty and I'm always yelling it across public spaces. Sometimes I feel a twinge of embarrassment. Why didn't I just call him Oliver? but then every other Oliver in the park would come running....

I wanted to give my 2nd born an equally unusual name but it failed the park test, in conjunction with Ds1 name.

The other test was the "airport" test. I was in the airport, but train station etc would be fine. I looked at every man or boy there and wondered if he could look like he had this name. I decided that it would work if he was a burly rugger bugger or a floppy-haired aesthete or a paunchy middle manager or whatever.

So can you imagine hollering "Grover! Put down the dog poo!" at the top of your lungs without total shame, and what if Grover turns out to be just a normal guy like Don'tMindifido said?

Startail Fri 08-Feb-13 00:25:34

Percy Jackson was my first thought too!
And since satyrs are half goat, I don't think DS would thank you.

Pity because I actually know boys with far sillier names.

Startail Fri 08-Feb-13 00:26:08

Kobee for starters

LentilAsAnything Fri 08-Feb-13 00:33:26

So many prejudiced people here.

I like the name Grover. Good luck with the birth, and please update us! smile

KobayashiMaru Fri 08-Feb-13 00:36:27

Oh good god no. Really, really, no.

MidnightMasquerader Fri 08-Feb-13 02:42:53

Prejudiced? grin

Opinionated, yes.

ScumbagCollegeDropout Fri 08-Feb-13 02:48:09

Grover the Groper.

Narked Fri 08-Feb-13 02:57:44

Google it.

AngelaCatalano Fri 08-Feb-13 07:40:39

I am really keen on it as a middle name actually...

How about
Nathaniel Grover
Benjamin Grover
Tobias Grover
Franklin Grover
Jeremiah Grover

Etc. A long, vaguely American name worlds great imo. What d'ya think OP?

AngelaCatalano Fri 08-Feb-13 07:41:27

works great

MidnightMasquerader Fri 08-Feb-13 07:43:07

As a middle name it's fab - and agree with a 3+ syllable first name.

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