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how many kids do you know called Arlo and what are they like?

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gertrudestein Thu 04-Apr-13 15:08:48

I love this name, probably because it comes with NO connotations. I don't know anyone called Arlo apart from Arlo Guthrie.

However, I know it has shot up in popularity recently and friends of mine who already have kids casually tell me they know 4 or 5 Arlos. I don't want to give DS a faddy name, so I'm trying to guage how popular it really is.

So - as in the title: how many kids do you know called Arlo and what are they like?

(second bonus question: what do you imagine Arlo to be like?)

humblebumble Thu 04-Apr-13 16:13:09

I don't particularly like it or dislike it ...

I think if you like it I wouldn't worry about what everyone else thinks. He will grow into the name and you will love it even more.

I am surprised that people mention bullying when talking about names. Is it really that common to be bullied about a name?

bigbluebump Thu 04-Apr-13 16:34:10

In my experience kids accept most names as a given. Whether their pals are called John, James, Jamin or Jonty doesn't matter! We have kids from all over the world so lots of names and noone bats an eyelid.

Unless your kid's name is Willy or Poopoohead I would not worry about bullying! But it seems that some parents (see above) do think that some names are teaseworthy.... I bet their kids wouldn't smile.

bigbluebump Thu 04-Apr-13 16:34:59

I meant at our school are kids from all over the world, not that we have them grin.

FriggFRIGG Thu 04-Apr-13 17:18:19

We have an Arlo,he's 2 1/2.
We are not pretentious nor are we twilight fans...

I've not met another.

My Arlo has brown/blonde curly hair,bright blue eyes,the biggest and most adorable smile I've ever seen.
he'd charm the birds from the trees that boy.
He tells me he loves me "so so Much" every day,he's thoughtful and kind,he adores his older sister,biscuits,books,puddles and the Octonauts.

But you shouldn't use it,because it's his name,and everyone should stop nicking it wink

FriggFRIGG Thu 04-Apr-13 17:19:26

Shurrup TSC tis not faddy,it's brilliant.

overmydeadbody Thu 04-Apr-13 17:22:00

I don't know anyone called Arlo, think it is a nice name though!

VinegarDrinker Thu 04-Apr-13 17:25:22

It's definitely getting more popular. Middle class in the same way as Felix etc IME.

I can't hear it without thinking someone is saying Harlow though, with an East London/Essex accent. If you have ever been to Harlow, you'll know why this is Not A Good Thing.

ChasingStaplers Thu 04-Apr-13 17:25:36

I know one. Parents are very down to earth and lovely. He is sweet, cuddly, cheeky and easy going. (He's 3)

lockets Thu 04-Apr-13 17:30:16

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redandwhitesprinkles Thu 04-Apr-13 17:32:08

3 all under 2. London. I think a little but pretentious but ok.

gertrudestein Thu 04-Apr-13 17:34:56

Frigg your Arlo sounds magnificent!

Twentytotwo Thu 04-Apr-13 17:39:01

Balls. Bloody Twilight.

It's a lovely name and I know one 13 year old and know (of) the BBC sports commentator Arlo White. I wouldn't use it with the Twilight link sad

Frettchen Thu 04-Apr-13 17:44:09

A bit of a dated reference, but there was an Arlo in the last series of 24. I want to say he was one of the good guys...

TheSecondComing Thu 04-Apr-13 17:47:35

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thermalsinapril Thu 04-Apr-13 17:59:40


Lovely name!

FriggFRIGG Thu 04-Apr-13 18:05:37

S'alright I forgive you....
I love his name anyway,I can't imagine him being called anything else....I wish I could remember how to upload a photo,then I could unleash his cuteness on you all grin

Dededum Thu 04-Apr-13 18:28:22

Only problem is the lyrics for Alice's Restaurant keep popping into my head, great song. Going to have to download it now.

Blu Thu 04-Apr-13 18:32:31

A lovely lad, very intelligent.
London boho parents. But not pretentious.

I think it's a great name and may well have considered it for DS had we thought of it.

sjupes Thu 04-Apr-13 18:46:09

the kids don't judge names but unfortunately a lot of parents do sad loads of names i've liked for my dcs have been openly mocked by people i know <and like!> irl.

fwiw a few of them i wish i'd braved out!

AThingInYourLife Thu 04-Apr-13 18:56:12


One 3, one 2

Both gorgeous.

It is very faddy.

4 years ago Arlo Guthrie was the only Arlo on earth.

Now he has an army of British pre-schoolers at his command.

It's unsettling.

laura0007 Thu 04-Apr-13 19:00:22

It's not Arlo in twilight. It's Aro! So you don't need to worry about tat. Love the name it's my boys name if I ever have one!

BuntyPenfold Thu 04-Apr-13 20:53:27

I know one. He is 4 and , er, spirited smile

sandberry Thu 04-Apr-13 21:44:37

3 newborns in the past 12 months.
I think of Arlo as a 'mumsnet' name, a bit middle class but not really poncy, private school, more lefty, moving to the country side or living in Hackney, local 'good' state primary, professional parents who want to be a bit different (but perhaps don't realise everyone else has the same idea, hence there being three Arlo's in the class)

KenDoddsDadsDog Thu 04-Apr-13 21:57:18

I don't know any and I too think of it as a mumsnet name. It appears on threads all the time but I haven't met a real life one.

dabdab Thu 04-Apr-13 22:00:47

Know 1, southeast, under 6. Sweet but very away with the fairies.

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