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Is Henry a posh name?

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heidihole Fri 15-Mar-13 19:34:11

We have one son called James and I'd love to have Henry for our next son.

DH will not consider it AT ALL he says its hugely posh. I said I don't think people see Henry as posh...posh is "Horatio" or something. society today is Henry a posh name? I'm happy to be proved wrong! Do you think it 'goes' with James?

sjupes Tue 19-Mar-13 23:25:14

I have read this whole thread going ''they're 2 they're 4 they're 6 they're 8 shunting trucks and hauling freight'' etc because of the thomas the tank connection!

Sorry blush

It's still posh-ish where i am <n.e scotland> and not very popular that i know of.

Lovely name tho.

olivertheoctopus Tue 19-Mar-13 23:07:08

No, not posh. Point your DH in the direction of Thomas the Tank Engine books: James, Henry, Thomas, Edward, Gordon... Not posh, just good old fashioned solid names.

WormCanner Tue 19-Mar-13 20:13:19

Henry is not posh, there used to be loads of working-class Henrys who were mostly called Harry. Fashions change and Harry has become popular in its own right, which has possibly muddied the waters a bit. The two names are traditionally interchangeable.

crashdoll Tue 19-Mar-13 19:56:24

I think it's become more used and therefore, less posh. I adore it! You can't go wrong with a James and a Henry. They are good, solid names.

sunnyday123 Mon 18-Mar-13 12:43:44

I love Henry! It's the new Harry in my area though!

racmun Mon 18-Mar-13 10:49:40

I've got a James and really like Henry too. They're both really strong names. Any name can sound Posh/Chavvy depending on how it is pronounced. Where i live middle class people calling their children names like Henry are the norm.

Some people our really pretentious when it comes to trying to find an alternative name for their children and just look like dicks IMO.

I also really like Jeremy, Theo and Ben.

Astley Sun 17-Mar-13 08:55:04

I'd think 'Not another one!' It seems to be the only boys name actually used round here hmm

anonymosity Sun 17-Mar-13 00:22:40

Horatio is poncy, Henry is posh. Unless you pronounce it "Enry!"

Dragonwoman Sun 17-Mar-13 00:10:23

Don't think Henry Cooper was posh. He's the first Henry I think of who is in the public eye.

Lighthousekeeping Sat 16-Mar-13 23:42:54

I know of three born in the last mont. lovely name but, far too popular.

lisaloeb Sat 16-Mar-13 23:39:59

Definitely not posh to me, its my sons middle name.

H was named after my grandfathers, one a working class man from the north east, the other had it as his middle name. A working class man from the midlands.

To me Henry is a classless name.

wordfactory Sat 16-Mar-13 08:46:54

It can be a posh name, but equally it's popular in some poorer parts of London.

NotTreadingGrapes Sat 16-Mar-13 08:45:07

No, not any more.

James is posh-er.

Lovethesea Sat 16-Mar-13 08:44:08

You can have Alexander (not biased me, oh no) that's great with James.

bootsycollins Sat 16-Mar-13 01:10:44

James and Henry are excellent names for children and cats (helpful)

SorrelForbes Sat 16-Mar-13 01:03:32

My Grandpa (born in 1897) in an East London slum was called Henry (always known as Harry) so, not posh at all.

Froggy2013 Sat 16-Mar-13 00:55:22

It used to be very posh when I was at school (I'm 36) - but is becoming less so now.

girlsyearapart Fri 15-Mar-13 21:59:36

Ds is Henry & we are not posh hth smile

heidihole Fri 15-Mar-13 21:58:34

To answer question, nothing "wrong" intrinsically with posh. We just want to pigeon hole him. We have a high income and don't want our children to be part of 'that family' .... so a name that crosses boundries is preferable.

What's "wrong" is we dont want a name that if his choice of career is a toilet cleaner than his mates are going to ridicule him! Same as I wouldn't want a name that was seen as "chavvy" because if he became a high court judge then he'd also feel out of place.

I don't want either end of the spectrum. However I suppose ironically we would fall more into the posh category than any other due to current lifestyle.

Taffeta Fri 15-Mar-13 21:55:27

3 Henrys at DCs primary, none of whom are remotely posh.

AmandaPayneNeedsaHoliday Fri 15-Mar-13 21:51:10

Used to be posh. Dead ordinary now.

I think that's what you wanted to hear and hopefully adds another vote to helping your case grin

CheeseStrawWars Fri 15-Mar-13 21:39:22

It's the "hooray Henry" connection that makes it "posh". Google "hooray Henry" if you're not aware of that term.

snice Fri 15-Mar-13 21:34:47

I think its a bit posher than Harry but not uber-posh like Hugh

SleepyCatOnTheMat Fri 15-Mar-13 21:32:14

I think the confusion arises from the fact Henry used to be posh but is increasingly being used by all classes. Six out of ten for poshness sounds about right.

hmmmhmmm Fri 15-Mar-13 21:21:07

i consider Henry a posh name.
classics i Dont think are posh are Andrew, William, Simon, Adam, Jack, David, George,harry , Ian ,Michael, peter,Robert, Stephen,

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