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Is this name to American for living in the UK?

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Sprinklesomepixiedust Fri 15-Mar-13 20:55:52

DH and I have decided on a name for soon to be born DD1. When we revealed the name to my parents they said it sounded ridiculous and far too 'American' for living in the UK. However DH is American and before you say anything, there are careful reasons why we chose this name.
The name is Savannah Dallas Kaitlynne
Savannah is one of our favourite names and always has been. Dallas may sound a little ridiculous but it is where DH originates from and was where she was conceived naturally after 3 unsuccessful rounds of IVF in the UK. It is also pretty much my favourite place in the world! And Kaitlynne was the name of DH's sister who sadly died last year so we thought it would be nice to include that.
DH's family love the name but I do worry it sounds very American for the UK(we dont live in a particularly multi-cultural area at all, I think DH is pretty much the only foreign person!) What are your opinions on the name?

sparkle12mar08 Sat 16-Mar-13 18:30:31

Seeing as you asked for oppinions, my own personal oppinion is that they're all bloody awful names. And in my, again asked for, oppinion, they do scream trailer trash/chav/illiterate etc. Because if people don't know you or your reasons for choosing them and only see the names written down or called out, then that's exactly what they're going to think, I promise you. MN can be very irght on at times but Joe Public? Not so much.

bigkidsdidit Sat 16-Mar-13 18:36:24

well, you asked for opinions, and yes it is very American. I'd drop Dallas and go with Savannah Kaitlynne.

colditz Sat 16-Mar-13 18:44:22

I will remind you that you specifically asked for opinions .....

It's absolutely awful. It's atrocious and it sounds like the sort of child who gets injected with Botox at three and dragged around the beauty pageant circuit to support Momma's slot machine habit. I would expect to see a child named Savannah Dallas Kaitlynne in fake tan and glittery high heeled shoes at five, a padded bra at nine, and two kids and an alcohol problem at seventeen.

It's so trailer trash it's comedic. Don't do it. At least, at the very least, drop Dallas. There is a well known porn film called Debbie Does Dallas, don't make your daughter gain that nickname at high school.

Mummasmurf Sat 16-Mar-13 18:45:36

Oh dear.

SpringlingSpaniel Sat 16-Mar-13 18:50:58

Two middle names is a lot but if you're going to have two, surely have one to honour your DHs family/heritage and one for your family/heritage. I imagine your parents are feeling that your side of the family is being pushed out.

My two have one middle name each, and one is from DHs side, one is my maiden name.

DPotter Sat 16-Mar-13 18:51:39

Yes it sounds American and that's fine; however would suggest Savannah Kaitlynne Dallas as someone further up the post suggested. To me Savannah Dallas Kaitlynne has a geographical feel to it.

TheSecondComing Sat 16-Mar-13 19:29:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ErikNorseman Sat 16-Mar-13 20:42:31

Savannah Kaitlynne surname is fine. Sure the spelling is very American but there is a very good reason...but Dallas in there too is too much. Naming kids after places, especially places they were conceived, is odd and unnecessary IMO. If I were you I would drop the Dallas.

expatinscotland Sat 16-Mar-13 20:49:13

She could be on Teen Mom with that name.

ZZZenAgain Sat 16-Mar-13 20:51:31

THe only name people will ever hear presumably is Savannah + surname so the middle names don't really play any role in judgements people will make. Yes, Savannah sounds American to me but then her father is American, so why not? I can understand that to your family all 3 names in a row does sound a bit odd but when will anyone use her name like that, possibly at her wedding but otherwise?

dreamingbohemian Sat 16-Mar-13 21:00:19

Please don't use Dallas. I'm American and it makes even me cringe.

Two middle names is OTT anyway.

caughtinagiggleloop Sat 16-Mar-13 21:27:31

I think your choice of names are fine as they mean something to you. There is a guy on the telly called Dallas who presents Horizon or something and I do think it sounds more masculine than feminine (completely arbitrary opinion as it is neither). I think it's fine as a middle name as she can choose to use it or not and it has meaning for you.

I don't know why people have a problem with more than one middle name. I've got two and never thought of it as a handicap in any way.

Hedwig3 Mon 18-Mar-13 20:57:57

Could your parents be feeling a little put out?

Both middle names seem to be very much about your DH's family and heritage.

I am not saying they are right, this is your baby after all, but just thinking of it as a mum.

wiltingfast Mon 18-Mar-13 23:08:27

God, I'm afraid I hate it. Would you at least drop the dallas? Understand totaLly why you want to use kaitlynne (actually didn't recognise it as caitlin at first!) But baffled re the dallas part.

Don't like savannah much either but it is a pretty sound and I'm just a conservative namer! But savannah plus dallas in on top of kaitlynne is all a bit ott imo! Where is your influence in the naming?! Aren't you british? Throw an imogen in there fgs! wink

badtime Tue 19-Mar-13 11:12:08

I don't know if anyone has mentioned this, but Savannah is the name of an American city (in Georgia).

I'm afraid I'm going to have to go the others who suggest you drop the 'Dallas'. Otherwise it will be like calling your child Norwich Kaitlynne Birmingham.

GooseyLoosey Tue 19-Mar-13 11:18:35

All 3 as a whole are, yes. I get your reasons for using Kaitlynne but Dallas should do. I get that it has a special meaning for the 2 of you, but it is not you who will have to live with the name in this country but your dd. Don't do it - you have had almost unanimous feedback as to how the name would be perceived.

WormCanner Tue 19-Mar-13 11:27:17

I quite like Dallas blush

It's Savannah that I'd drop. (I loathe Kaitlynne but clearly that's not negotiable)

dreamingbohemian Tue 19-Mar-13 11:31:11

Good point, badtime. Savannah Dallas could be a flight plan (sorry OP).

BeeBopDingALing Tue 19-Mar-13 12:03:39

I don't like any of the names and together don't think they sound very nice at all, but you don't care what anyone thinks anyway so why did you even post asking for opinions?

Kittenkatzen Tue 19-Mar-13 14:34:41

Not sure why the OP is getting such a beating, the thred was called "Is this name to American for living in the UK?" not "Please tear apart our chosen names which have special and personal meaning to us" hmm

OP - I think it is a very American sounding name, but seeing as your daughter has an American father I don't think it makes a difference where you live!

I agree with the posters above who said they thought Savannah Kaitlynne Dallas flows better...

ladymia Tue 19-Mar-13 15:05:41

Kittenkatzen it also says "What are your opinions on the name?" wink

Bodicea Tue 19-Mar-13 22:09:07

I think it is a bit too American really - maybe one american name and one british after all they will be half british still won't they?
But I understand the tribute to DH's sister even if not a fan of the spelling.
Failing that just skip Dallas out and its better.

Xiaoxiong Wed 20-Mar-13 14:01:36

I know a Savannah, nicknamed Savvy. Lovely name, also lovely to have her auntie's name as her middle name.

I'm with dreamingbohemian though, as an American myself I'm not such a fan of Dallas (immediate association is Debbie Does Dallas to me).

My DS is half American too like your DD and as I hope you remind her often, so were/are Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan and Louis Theroux! smile

Frikadellen Wed 20-Mar-13 16:14:16

Savannah is beautiful and middle names are meant to mean something special in my opinion.

Good job

DontmindifIdo Wed 20-Mar-13 16:33:45

I think Savannah Kaitlynne is fine - I think it's lovely to remember her Aunt in her name. I think it's really nice she'll be able to mention to others why she has this name, and make her feel a connection with a woman she will sadly not miss. I'm sure your DH's family will feel honoured you've put their much missed DD's name in your DD's name.

However, if you are going to add a second middle name, you might want to think about honouring someone from your side, it's a very "this is all about DH's family" name- his sister, his place of birth (as you probably won't get into "this is where your dad knocked me up" conversations, she will be told to her "this is where your Dad is from"). There's not much of your heritage in that name - will she also have your DH's surname or have you double barrelled? If it's just his surname too, there's no link back to your side, which is fine if you weren't doing such a heavy handed link to his side.

Of the two, I think it's far more important to honour his sister (ignoring all stupid comments that you should spell it differently, that'll just look like an insult to your PIL's spelling, you are either honouring someone or you're not) than his hometown, so perhaps think about your family, would your mum expect her name or one of your Gran's names to be used as a middle name? Your godmother's name? Etc.

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