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Getting to the nn ''Red'' for a boy

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Stateofgrace Sun 24-Mar-13 09:33:55

Hiya, not asking for me glances over at gorgeous snuggly newborn Elowen as I type this but a lady I met on the maternity ward a couple of weeks ago had a little boy and has been calling him ''Red'' ever since.
At first I was a bit hmm but it suits him so much and I cant imagine him as anything else now, iyswim.

They haven't registered him yet and after directing her to Mumsnet last week, she has now asked for help with a full or given name which could lend to the nn Red.

I know you could say that you could call him for example, Thomas and still get the nn Red, but she would like something with a closer link. Sonographer told her baby was going to be a girl, hence current situation and I don't think little Red is going to be happy as a Zoe...

Thanks in advance.

SoupDreggon Sun 24-Mar-13 09:35:34


UnChartered Sun 24-Mar-13 09:36:51


SpaghettiBologneighs Sun 24-Mar-13 09:39:18


Jacksterbear Sun 24-Mar-13 09:41:20

Ross (Rosso = Italian for red I think)

heidihole Sun 24-Mar-13 09:41:27


or look here
for names that mean red

almostanotherday Sun 24-Mar-13 09:41:53

How about a hyphenated name something like Thomas-Red then surname?

toomuch2young Sun 24-Mar-13 09:42:14

Has he red hair is this how the nn came about? If so I think any name would be fine and still have the nn Red.
Or isn't Red a name in its own right? Possibly spelt Redd?

Other names that came to mind-

Jasper - pretty sure Jasper means red.

SoupDreggon Sun 24-Mar-13 09:42:40

I believe Rory means something like Red

TrishkanOEUFak Sun 24-Mar-13 09:42:46

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fanjodisfunction Sun 24-Mar-13 09:43:01


Both have red with in the name.

(I really want to name our baby if a boy Frederick and call him red for nn)

Stateofgrace Sun 24-Mar-13 09:45:54

No he hasn't red hair - thick, dark hair, I am not really sure how it came about tbh...she just came back up from labour ward and said ''he's called Red''.

Your suggestions are better than mine - Redfern.

Thanks ladies, I shall let her know that MN is on the case smile

VBisme Sun 24-Mar-13 09:47:07


Maryz Sun 24-Mar-13 09:47:07

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janek Sun 24-Mar-13 09:47:51

There's a Ruskin in dd's class, so-called because he is red-headed.

mrsbungle Sun 24-Mar-13 09:48:43

My beautician's son is called red. Not short for anything.

I suggest Jared.

Stateofgrace Sun 24-Mar-13 09:50:22

I've just text her to ask why Red - she text back that she watched Shawshank whilst having contractions and fell in love with Morgan Freeman's character all over again...

thanks for all your suggestions thus far...

desertbaby Sun 24-Mar-13 09:50:39

Ruairidh or Rory both mean red headed but as he is dark locked then Jared seems the most sensible option?

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sun 24-Mar-13 09:51:32

So long as their surname isn't Laurie (I shit you not- this was a genuine name someone I know used. I'm not sure she realised and I didnt dare ask)

SanityClause Sun 24-Mar-13 09:52:00

We called DD1 Bear or The Bear for the first year of her life. She is now 13, and is never called that. (her real name is something else, quite different.) so, please let her know that just because a name suits a baby, doesn't mean it will "stick".

But I do like some of the suggestions here, if she really wants to call him a name associated with his current nickname.

SanityClause Sun 24-Mar-13 09:53:06

Just read your recent post.

What about Morgan?

yawningmonster Sun 24-Mar-13 09:55:56


doradoo Sun 24-Mar-13 09:56:24

Could be completely unrelated of course.... my DDs NN is Boris - nothing to do with her name - more her unruly hair!

Stateofgrace Sun 24-Mar-13 09:58:23

..I suggested that, Sanity, but she thinks Morgan is mostly given to girls these days...

Interesting to hear that someone just called their child Red....I do think she wants a Sunday name though

She likes Ruairidh (her df is Irish so she has some good solid roots) but is concerned about the Irish spelling and isn't keen on Rory.

She also likes Reuben....

Iggly Sun 24-Mar-13 09:58:33

Just give him a name and call him red. A nickname doesn't have to be short for anything. It could be a term of endearment.

We did that same with our ds. His nickname does not derive from his actual name at all!

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