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shoopastry Thu 14-Feb-13 11:27:32

DD arrived last month and we decided to call her Beatrice, however our surname is four letters and begins with 'B' and ends with 'all' and I'm starting to have second thoughts about this combination.

We have not registered her yet so we have time to change our minds and would really like some constructive advice. How does it sound to you? Would her name result in teasing? I would really appreciate honest opinions as I'm lying awake worrying about this! What would you do?

Sashapineapple Sat 16-Feb-13 21:35:13

Gingerbread, good on him. I'm sure his kids will thank him in years to come.

GingerbreadGretel Sat 16-Feb-13 20:31:20

Yes, my dad's colleague changed by deed poll from Dick to Dixon - problem solved. Refused to pass it on to his kids.

Sashapineapple Sat 16-Feb-13 20:23:11

rockinhippy. shock Blue & Bea. Why, just why. Although tbh I can't understand why people choose to keep that name when deedpoll is so easy and cheap.

rockinhippy Sat 16-Feb-13 19:46:18

Sorry I'm another that thinks your having sleepless nights for a good reason - it's a bad name choice with your surname I'm afraid sad she will forever be known as beeble, beatable, bibible etc etc - it would be a lovely middle name though - ie Catherine Beatrice Ball nn Katie Ball etc etc

I feel for you though as my favourite girls name was a complete no no with our surname too, thankfully it never felt right for DD anyway

Must be something with the surname Dick - we also know Dicks with DCs with that surname - Blue Dick & Bea Dick sad

strawberrypenguin Sat 16-Feb-13 19:39:54

Personally I think it's fine but then my DS has an alliterative name he's William and our surname begins with W (and is fairly common) and I love it. We picked his name because we loved it but actually it has the advantage of making him memorable too because people remember his name.

Sashapineapple Sat 16-Feb-13 19:22:52

Just googled and found this is a common problem with your surname. This a list someone suggested on another forum, it may be useful to you.

Emily Maeve
Cassie (Cassandra )
Amanda (Amandina )
Rosanna Diane

DomesticCEO Sat 16-Feb-13 19:18:49

Poor kid, sasha.

Sashapineapple Sat 16-Feb-13 19:09:04

It wasn't even like they didn't know. Their friends (quite a few, including BIL) pointed it out to them but they just didn't care confused

DomesticCEO Sat 16-Feb-13 18:56:20

whatyoulookinat, I think the poster after you shows the exact reason why you shouldn't just stick with a name "whatever the surname"! shock

Names and surnames get used a lot together - anyone who thinks that ignoring this fact is not going to lead to a lifetime of sniggering about your child's name is deluded!

Sashapineapple Sat 16-Feb-13 18:51:18

BabyRoger at least it wasn't as bad as BIL friend that insisted on naming their DS Issac because they just loved the name so much.. Their surname is Dick!! Seriously. It's just cruel to do that to a child.

whatyoulookinat Sat 16-Feb-13 18:26:21

Beatrice is a lovely proper name whatever the surname. Stick with it.

BabyRoger Sat 16-Feb-13 18:22:03

Domestic another Richard Head. shock Now that is a stupid name!

Beatrice B all is not!

Viviennemary Sat 16-Feb-13 17:52:20

I think if you want to change it now is the time. Why not ask around family and friends. I don't mind Beatrice but certainly don't love it. Do you feel she's a Beatrice or not. I think when a baby is tiny it does seem odd when people call them by their name. It did to me in any case. Other names


Clary Sat 16-Feb-13 17:47:20

I know a Lizzie Ball and an Alice Ball, both fine IMO and on the same lines as Beatrice (in terms of style of name etc).

I agree, B Ball sounds pretty silly, sorry it is the alliteration that's the issue. But then I am not a big fan of aliteration.

Floralnomad Sat 16-Feb-13 16:58:15

I agree , without the alliterative first name it is not a comical surname . You make it comical with the choice of first name. On the subject of comical names I did my nurse training with a girl called Teresa Green , what were they thinking .

DomesticCEO Sat 16-Feb-13 16:31:34

BabyRoger, sorry!!

DomesticCEO Sat 16-Feb-13 16:31:10

BabyBrother, my brothers' best friend's name at school was Richard Head!

AKissIsNotAContract Sat 16-Feb-13 16:27:53

I remember your threads from before. I thought you had decided on Jessica?

seeker Sat 16-Feb-13 16:20:52

"I don't agree it's a comical surname anyway - Zoe Ball for instance, you don't snigger at that do you?"

Umm blush

seeker Sat 16-Feb-13 16:19:57

Scented- the name I couldn't use was Constance......

PuppyMonkey Sat 16-Feb-13 16:19:47

Oh dear I think I would change it while I had the chance. I don't agree it's a comical surname anyway - Zoe Ball for instance, you don't snigger at that do you? It's definitely the alliteration that kills it, would be the same with Belinda or Barry. Sounds daft.

GingerbreadGretel Sat 16-Feb-13 16:10:37

Ed Balls' kids all have Cooper as a surname.

GingerbreadGretel Sat 16-Feb-13 16:08:48

What was your maiden name? Maybe this is a sign the whole family should use that as a surname instead?

ScentedNappyHag Sat 16-Feb-13 16:03:34

Seeker- I have a surname with similar implications, I wonder if its the same one?!

ScentedNappyHag Sat 16-Feb-13 16:02:26

My DD has an alliterative B name too, I think it's wonderful- like a superhero's alter ego grin if you love it, use it.

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