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OK, everybody. Time for a public service thread. Post real names that are unusual but not so bonkers that the poor child will have 80 years of explaining, spelling and justifying to deal with.

(145 Posts)
seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 00:35:10


are my first 3.

seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 20:10:35

Threre is a Trevor and a Barry in ds' year 7 class!

soontobeslendergirl Sat 16-Mar-13 20:15:44

seeker i'm going to be sorely disappointed if there isn't a Kevin and a Daryl as well.

Shr0edinger Sat 16-Mar-13 20:16:02

Isnt it weird how barry is so different from harry. i know a fabulous barry. My age. not child. i like robert, richard, julian.

soontobeslendergirl Sat 16-Mar-13 20:16:52


seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 20:21:49

Damon. Cressida. Agnes.

MrsMcEnroe Sat 16-Mar-13 20:28:19

Roger is a fab name!! It was my dad's name and it is my cousin's name.

My DS' name is Art <outs self> <ooh I've already outed myself on another thread this week> <namechanges> - is this unusual or bonkers according to the MN jury...??? I have never seen his name mentioned on a MN name thread before ...

seeker Sat 16-Mar-13 20:31:50

Art short for Arthur is a perfectly OK name. Roger is a slang name for vigorous sex, so is not a perfectly OK name........

MrsMcEnroe Sat 16-Mar-13 20:41:45

My son is just Art on his birth certificate, not Arthur. OK or not OK? And I refuse to think of my dad's name in relation to vigorous sex .... I get what you're saying though!

InvaderZim Sat 16-Mar-13 21:09:07

I know an Aphra! :D

Also my daughter's name has appeared on this list. smile

Bearcrumble Sat 16-Mar-13 21:17:01

haha @ "Roger is vigorous".

iclaudius Sat 16-Mar-13 21:19:53

lovely mrs mcenroe

starlightloz Sat 16-Mar-13 21:24:42



Though people do manage to spell and pronounce the very simplest of names regardless. My baby is called Eli and I have numerous times sat in a doctor's surgery or at weigh in and taken a moment to realise that the 'Ellie' the staff are calling for is us. Two syllables, says on his medical records he is a boy I'd've thought and it would be a very bad spelling of Ellie if that's what it actually was!

Janni Sat 16-Mar-13 21:25:02

Joel, Jude, Gabriel, Christian, Christopher, Andrew

Rebecca, Helena, Leah, Catherina, Marianne, Emilie, Emmeline

AndFanjoWasHisNameO Sun 17-Mar-13 09:40:26

I know an Afra rather than Aphra which I much prefer
I may die pretty soon if BoF doesn't tell me the wonderful name though..... Can anyone who knows it please let me know begs

seeker Sun 17-Mar-13 09:43:18

Sorry, Afra's out.

If a name has a "normal" spelling then choosing a spelling with means a child has to say "no, it's X, but spelled Y" means it doesn't make the cut.

WormCanner Sun 17-Mar-13 10:39:14

"My dd's doll is called Roger! I've no idea where she heard that name!"

Probably when the tennis was on.

Roger is a very old name, it cam over with the Normans grin

Rusulka Sun 17-Mar-13 14:12:29

My 6 month old is Phoebe Florence Echo <not outing self as have mentioned on another thread>
Florence after my paternal grandmother, who I never got to meet.

Other names we love to pieces include

Elphaba (from Wicked!)
Freya (but maybe too popular)

boys are harder. Hmm...

Luca (in evolutionary terms it stands for last universal common ancestor- always thought that was pretty cool!)
Milo (from the Phantom Tollbooth)
Hawel (after Howl's Moving Castle)

DH and I operate on the basis that we want a reasonably different first name, and they can get more outrageous from there. When they're teenagers and embarrassed by us, they can pretend their second middle name doesn't exist, and once they're grown up enough to appreciate it, it's there waiting, lol...

I too want to know what this unusual name is!!!

FreedomOfTheTess Mon 18-Mar-13 10:32:49

May I be so bold as to suggest my own name (*Tess*) fits this criteria?

Fairly unusual as a given name, definitely not bonkers and so easy to spell that I'd worry about anyone who couldn't spell it correctly first time!

seeker Mon 18-Mar-13 10:42:07

Tess is an excellent name. Tessa is good too.

seeker Mon 18-Mar-13 10:44:56

Rusulka- sorry, most of yours don't meet the criteria. And I'm afraid that you have been unilaterally banished to Outer Monglia for suggesting Luna. You only have to watch Harry Potter to see what her little friends would make of that!

MortifiedAdams Mon 18-Mar-13 10:49:21



emsyj Mon 18-Mar-13 13:04:34

We wanted names that everyone would be able to spell and would have heard of, but that weren't currently popular. We've ended up with a Ruth and a Hazel.

My favourite girl name is Cressida, but it clashes with our surname sad.

Peter is lovely for a boy, I can't understand why it isn't more popular. Also love Timothy.

ItsallisnowaFeegle Mon 18-Mar-13 13:11:17

I have a Jude. It's obviously my favourite name for a boy but I also like Hugo. My neighbour's DS is Dexter.

Aphra is gorgeous! I love Bo for a girl and DS would have been Bo if he were a girl.

mirry2 Mon 18-Mar-13 13:13:58

sorry but to me, Timothy will always be Tim, nice but dim

WormCanner Mon 18-Mar-13 17:44:35


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