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Um, is it common to think "condom" when you hear "Johnny"?

(39 Posts)
Artigene Thu 07-Feb-13 20:39:51

We are toying with the name Jonathan. Possible nicknames would be Jonty or Jonny. DH is paranoid people thing of condoms when they hear Johnny. Is he right?

BeehavingBaby Fri 08-Feb-13 15:15:06

DH is Jon, short for Jonathon. One of those names that is always shortened IME. Since there are so many Johns, he manages to have a incredibly common name that no-one ever spells right.

Sasparillo Fri 08-Feb-13 15:06:51

Yep, the first thing I think of when I hear the name Johnny is 'rubber Johnny!' sorry. I really dislike the name Johnny, Jonty is very nice though xx

CarriMarie Fri 08-Feb-13 13:55:21

My Jonathan was known as Joey as a baby, quite appropriate as he spent most of his time in a sling. Now he's mostly Jon to his mates or a completely unrelated nickname, which we had no control over!

Artigene Fri 08-Feb-13 13:16:50

OK, some more encouraging replies. I'm feeling more positive about Jonny this morning (except it looks funny without an 'h' but I suppose as a diminutive of Jonathan it cannot have an h).

lockets Fri 08-Feb-13 11:12:13

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WowOoo Fri 08-Feb-13 10:59:21

Nope, not at all.

I know it means that,, but if I were introduced to a Johnny it would never cross my mind.

Johnny Depp - I think contraception would be the last thing on my mind smile

MidnightMasquerader Fri 08-Feb-13 10:56:18

I think it's dated because it was a pretty old word for condom when I was a kid, and that was more than 20 years ago.

Haven't today's youth coined their own phrase for them? hmm

Do people really think of condoms when they think of Johnny Depp?

lottiegarbanzo Fri 08-Feb-13 10:48:07

In the abstract it is one association with the word, yes, (as is the American John, to mean client of prostitute, or John Doe as unnamed man) but, associated with a person, no, it is their name and I think Johnny is a lovely name.

These associations have only arisen because John is such a well used name, or has been, so can carry many slang terms without detracting from its overwhelming usage as a name.

Titsalinabumsquash Thu 07-Feb-13 21:51:49

I don't think it's very common to put the two together, although I'm currently wrestling a three month old baby Johnathan (sometimes Johnny/John although NEVER Jonty) while he cluster feeds my poor boobs to death so possibly a little bias! grin

Hulababy Thu 07-Feb-13 21:46:44

My brother is called Jonathan. Many people call him Jon. The only person who is ever allowed to call him Jonny is my DD, his niece, who always calls him uncle Jonny. Never been an issue for him tbh.

Sashapineapple Thu 07-Feb-13 21:43:48

Johnny = condom for me. Most of my friends also use the word johnny meaning condom too.

Coconutty Thu 07-Feb-13 21:40:22

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Rhubarbgarden Thu 07-Feb-13 21:39:57

I wouldn't think of condoms, no. It's a nice name.

OutragedFromLeeds Thu 07-Feb-13 21:36:59

It depends on the context, I wouldn't think of condoms if you said 'this is my baby, Jonny'. I know a couple of little Jonnys and have never thought of condoms.

You could call him John John when he's little

a very cute John John

MrsMushroom Thu 07-Feb-13 21:26:53

I think Johnny as in rubber and when my mum suggested it as a nice name I said...nope...condoms! Not sure how Midnight finds it dated though!

TheCatIsEatingIt Thu 07-Feb-13 21:26:24

In the abstract, yes. In the context of my friend Jonny, no.

I know Jonathans who go by Jonathan, Jonny, Jon, Joffy (small child), Jonno, Jack and Joe. There are loads of options, and he'll pick the version that suits him. It's a lovely name. It'd be on my list if my sister hadn't beaten me to it!

BackforGood Thu 07-Feb-13 21:25:46

'fraid so, but it's very rare for Jonathans to be called Johnny.
I know Jonathans, John/Jons, and a Jonty.

Yika Thu 07-Feb-13 21:20:55

Jonathan is a lovely name! Call him Jon if you don't want jonny. I wouldn't make the association with a condom anyway.

rachel234 Thu 07-Feb-13 21:20:10

Yes, I do think Rubber Jonny, sorry.

But Jonathan, Jon or Jonty are all fine. No associations there.

MidnightMasquerader Thu 07-Feb-13 21:19:31

I'm 39 and it sounds old-fashioned and dated to me...

PelvicFloorClenchReminder Thu 07-Feb-13 21:19:09

My first thought would be 'Galecki' rather than 'condom'.

Greythorne Thu 07-Feb-13 21:19:07


johnny = condom round here

MidnightMasquerader Thu 07-Feb-13 21:18:51

Well, yes, I think of it after you've prompted me to do so. I wouldn't have otherwise.

It's quite a dated slang term for condom these days, plus I think Johnny/Jonny is enough of a name in its own right to transcend the condom association...

He may get some mild teasing, maybe, possibly, but then there's something to tease about everyone's name if you're determined enough. wink

ProphetOfDoom Thu 07-Feb-13 21:18:34

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Svrider Thu 07-Feb-13 21:17:54

I'm in notts and <ahem> almost 40
Perhaps it's a generational thing
All the best in your name choice

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