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Come talk to me about Pearl???

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LuluLovesYou Sun 10-Mar-13 14:22:40

So after thinking I was settled on a name I now have been tempted by Pearl. What do you think? Do you know any (under the age of 70)...... If so, do they like being called Pearl? I think it would be nice on a little girl!

WinkyWinkola Tue 19-Mar-13 12:12:56

What's so wrong with old lady associations anyway?

I know quite a few lovely old ladies.

Is it not kind of offensive to reject something as being 'old lady'?

Pearl necklace is just revolting and not something I'd heard of until my dh enlightened me. Perhaps most people don't have such associations with a beautiful name.

Anjou Tue 19-Mar-13 02:38:36

Some people will always make associations with a name, so I understand why people might think/say 'old lady' or think about the expression 'pearl necklace'! Most people will just associate it with your daughter when they meet her though so, personally, I wouldn't worry about any perceived associations.

I think it's a pretty word, but agree that the pronunciation where I am wouldn't be great. This may well not be a problem for you though, OP.

Personally, I find names of one syllable a bit short (I know that's the point!). How about Perla as an alternative? I know a 3 yr old Perla and I think it's sweet. Obviously some people will think of the underwear brand 'La Perla' but I don't think M&S has put anyone off of naming kids Mark or Spencer! smile

Good luck!

MsAkimbo Mon 18-Mar-13 20:00:26

I love it. Great choice!

ZolaBuddleia Mon 18-Mar-13 19:15:00


sunnyday123 Mon 18-Mar-13 12:48:46

I love pearl but it didnt match by surname sadly

nooka Sun 17-Mar-13 23:06:28

Not keen personally, I think it is very old lady, and for me is also a bit Pearly Queen too.

I do struggle to think of it as being timeless but it might be unusual enough not to date too badly - it is having a bit of a resurgence:

But then I don't like any of the jewel names, Ruby, Beryl etc.

abbyfromoz Sun 17-Mar-13 22:50:27

My sister's middle name is Pearl. I have always thought it's pretty. My middle name is Rose... Mum told me when the nurses in the labour ward heard the names they were joking that they were old lady names. She was very hmm
That was almost 30 years ago but i think Pearl is a beautiful timeless name.

IAmLouisWalsh Sun 17-Mar-13 22:00:43

Love it

Countrygirlatheart Sun 17-Mar-13 16:57:04

My Mum's name was Pearl and my Auntie's was Ruby. Both lovely names.

Laquila Sun 17-Mar-13 16:55:27

I think it's a gorgeous name but I have to say, for me it's one of those names like Daisy, Millie, Maisie, Molly etc, that sound lovely on little girls but maybe not so good on career women trying to be taken seriously 25 years later (IMHO)

50shadesofknackered Sun 17-Mar-13 16:47:53

I don't know any but I love it! It would have been a serious contender for dd2 if dh hadn't vetoed.

LuLuLovesYou Sun 17-Mar-13 11:25:04

Aah it's great to hear that there are little baby Pearls out there.....what kind of reactions do you get from people when they hear her name?

jchocchip Sun 17-Mar-13 08:35:19

Know one who is 40. Thought it unusual at first but very pretty name and obv coming back in smile

Ninjacat Sun 17-Mar-13 08:31:57

I'm a bit biased on this one.
My three week old daughter is Pearl.
We love her name, it suits her. I can't imagine her as anything else.
We didn't tell any family members our thoughts on names before she was born though so as to avoid opinions really.
Now they can only give us compliments, it would be rude to comment on a name that's already given wink
An uncle of mine who is a fisherman sent a message to say he loved her name as a Pearl is "the diamond of the sea".

raisah Sun 17-Mar-13 08:05:12

Pearl is a lovely timeless name, makes a change from all the Avs and Esmes that are v popular. I know a lady called diamond which is unusual as well. Fyi Lulu is the Arabic word for pearl & is also used as a baby name.

Neverdonethisbefore Sun 17-Mar-13 06:53:04

My 6 month old daughter is called Pearl. We've only had compliments about how beautiful a name it is. Only my MIL had to 'come to terms' with her name! We felt it wasn't a popular name but still one that everyone could spell and say withough her having to repeat it over and over again. Go for it!

anonymosity Sun 17-Mar-13 00:25:35

Its an old ladies name, an old lady with a crystal ball

Minty82 Sat 16-Mar-13 22:15:06

Of fans, that is, not Pearls!

Minty82 Sat 16-Mar-13 21:52:41

Not a fan I'm afraid...but it looks like there are plenty!

CruCru Sat 16-Mar-13 21:31:47

I knew a Pearl growing up. I can't imagine a 35 year old Pearl with a job, husband and kids. Think it's more a name for an old lady or a tiny girl.

sunnysunnyshine Fri 15-Mar-13 20:03:32

All really pretty middle names too. I especially like Pearl Clementine. A long middle name works with such a short first name.

ZZZenAgain Thu 14-Mar-13 19:43:25

I don't like it but it seems to be popular judging by the responses on here.

MolotovCocktail Thu 14-Mar-13 19:39:38

I absolutely love the name and wanted it for DD2. Our surname begins with P, though, so it didn't sound right: too alliterative.

We went with a middle name which means 'precious like a pearl' for her. And indeed she is - the 2 years and 6 cycles of Clomid it took for her to show her shiney face seem worth it, as I look at her at almost 1yo snuggling up to me grin

MidnightMasquerader Thu 14-Mar-13 17:52:12

I have an irrational(?) dislike of this name. It sounds so frumpy, middle-aged to me; way off old lady chic.

Plus, pearls... <meh> they're such a dated piece of jewellery. Add in the pearl necklace phenomenon and I dunno...

But I am clearly very much in the minority!!

LuLuLovesYou Thu 14-Mar-13 17:40:06

Sunshine I was thinking maybe
Pearl Clementine
Pearl Violet
Pearl Iris
Pearl Ophelia
Pearl India
Pearl Juno
Pearl Beatrix

As you can see we are nowhere near settled yet on a middle name but those are my faves. What are you thinking? smile

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