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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.

WafflyVersatile Fri 22-Mar-13 01:29:08


Peka Thu 21-Mar-13 19:46:28

I LOVE Franklin!! Such a fab name!

capedcrusader25 Thu 21-Mar-13 12:55:26

Mine and my dd's names are on here, as is my surname! My name (both names) definitely do not belong on here, every single time I'm asked for either I have to spell them and I'm always asked about my first name.

IroningBoredDaily Thu 21-Mar-13 12:49:23

Nyah is a beautiful name. It sounds nothing like a sneer if pronounced properly ( Ny-ah ). It is one that would need spelling, but luckily is only short.

delilah88 Thu 21-Mar-13 12:44:25


delilah88 Thu 21-Mar-13 12:43:56


delilah88 Thu 21-Mar-13 12:37:07

Marmaduke! "Duke" ...come on!




WormCanner Thu 21-Mar-13 11:34:33

What sort of name is Nyah? confused Sounds like a sneer, or a playground taunt

Nyah nyah n'nyah nyah!

shoobidoo Thu 21-Mar-13 06:58:37



notimefors Thu 21-Mar-13 06:51:11

Oh nice to see DD and DS's names here. Unusual but not bonkers was just what I was after.

exoticfruits Thu 21-Mar-13 06:39:34

I don't think that some fit under the rule. Pebble and Echo sound bonkers to me, with massive scope for teasing. Talesha, Carenza, Fionnhuala, Nyah, Sorcha would have a lifetime of spelling.

manicinsomniac Thu 21-Mar-13 00:02:04

I think some of these are pretty 'out there' to be honest.

Names of children I know that I think fit the bill. I've discounted any names that are not commonly used by British families otherwise there's just too many unusual names.

Miranda, Joanna, Vivienne, Maria, Polly, Iona, Zia, Millicent, Fenella, Nyah, Marta, Juliette, Camilla, Callie, Athene, Tess, Meg, Celest, Fionnhuala, Hester, Sorcha, Genevieve.

Tristan, Rex, Orson, Teo, Gregory, Manuel, Angus, Hal, Patrick, Albert, Paris, Terence, Darren, Alastair, Gavin, Jared, Scott, Anton, Rory, Stephen, Ashton, Xavier, Simon, Jude, Robin, Clyde, Hamish

mirry2 Wed 20-Mar-13 22:10:47

startail - pebble? shock You can't be serious? It's from the flinstones!

plantsitter Tue 19-Mar-13 18:11:23

I have always wanted to call a boy Mention. I know it's not a name, but DH so much about it when pregnant with mine it has started to sound like one to me (we had girls).

plantsitter Tue 19-Mar-13 18:10:33

Avery for a boy.

Astrid for a girl.

WormCanner Tue 19-Mar-13 18:05:38

Good grief, there must be a record number of spelling possibilities for that one. Carina, Karina, Karena, Corina etc etc etc

Startail Tue 19-Mar-13 18:01:07

I love Ottile, but I think it's not rare enough.
Lara (loads of Larens)

TheOldestCat Tue 19-Mar-13 17:55:06

I have the most dull, most frequently used name of the 1970s. There are 40 of us at my work.

And I still have to spell it out sometimes.

If you love a name, go for it. Otherwise we would all have the same three names. Dull dull dull.

(have given son a hard-to-spell Irish name!)

shoobidoo Tue 19-Mar-13 17:49:08

Eliott is another name that has to be spelled out - Elliot, Elliott or Eliott?

Or what about Finlay or Finley

exoticfruits Tue 19-Mar-13 13:48:52

I have seen quite a few on here that don't pass the spelling criteria-they would constantly have to spell them for people.

AlisonClare Tue 19-Mar-13 12:36:36

I have a Helena and a Lawrence (Lawrie). Both classical, and relatively uncommon.

Some problems with Helena and pronunciation: frequently called Hel-ee -na or He-lay-na when we chose He-lenn-a.

Lawrie/Lawrence probably gets spelled with a u more often than we'd like, but not to the point of annoyance.

Other classical names I would have considered: Gabriella, Dominic and Francesca.

vladthedisorganised Tue 19-Mar-13 12:04:54

Speaking as someone who suffered a childhood marred by having my given name as a song title, Delilah has the disadvantage of people of a certain age / musical taste singing "Why, why, why?" at you for what seems like your entire life.

I quite like Felicity, but would be ironic when she turned into a grumpy teenager.

hmm my name, my dh's name, my uncles name and my cousins (sp?) name are on this list.

as far as i know neither of us have had to spell it for anyone... or explain them. they're normal names as far as i know

i know a few daves and davids. all under 50!

silverfrog Tue 19-Mar-13 11:10:45

well, yes.

but as has already been pointed out, the most 'normal' and traditional of names can be spelled different ways:

Catherine/Katherine/Katharine (and many more!)
and so on.

All solid, traditional names, which have to be spelled out, some more unusual than others. But it is not so simple as 'weirdy new fangled names are a cross to bear, you'll always be spelling it out, so just use a sightly unusual traditional name'.

I have one of the commonest names imaginable (for my age), yet am always asked to spell it. I am not bothered by this, and it only irritates me when peopel get it wrong after asking me, or being corrected.

ZolaBuddleia Tue 19-Mar-13 10:21:04

Are some of these not rather pushing the explaining and spelling criteria?grin


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