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AuntPittypat Wed 24-Apr-13 22:34:24

Inspired by Masterchef, I'm loving the name Larkin at the moment.... What do you all think?

I'm not currently pregnant so it's bit of a hypothetical question. However, before we found out DD was a girl we couldn't come up with a single boys' name that we loved. I'm therefore stockpiling any that come to mind now for if (hopefully when) we get around to trying for DC2...

EleanorFarjeon Wed 24-Apr-13 22:36:58

I love it, although I have known a cat and a hamster with the name.

humbercottage Wed 24-Apr-13 22:40:10

"They fuck you up your mum and dad
They may not mean to, but they do"
Philip Larkin

'nuff said?

SlambangSweepstakeQueen Wed 24-Apr-13 22:40:29

I like it. Just be aware it was Larkin who wrote

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

Could end up being rather ironic?

MsMarple Wed 24-Apr-13 22:40:36

When I think of Larkin I think of the poet, famous for, amongst other things this:

So his name wouldn't be my first choice for a baby!

MrsHiddleston Wed 24-Apr-13 22:42:48

Hah hahh... Looks like we are all thinking the same thing.

AuntPittypat Wed 24-Apr-13 22:46:27

I did think of that poem too when I first heard the name, but the more I hear it the more I get past the poet link and just love the name. Not least because I've developed a little crush on the Masterchef contestant

KittenofDoom Thu 25-Apr-13 00:51:45

Masterchef is unknown to me, but another Larkin connection is a TV series the name of which escapes me, but it featured a family called Larkin. David Jason was Pa (or was it Pop?) Larkin and Catherine Zeta Jones was the daughter.

And there will always be someone telling you to stop larkin' about.

LittleMissLucy Thu 25-Apr-13 01:06:17

No, just NO.
There is a little girl we know called Larkin. Its just not suiting her at all and feels so pretentious. For a boy maybe, not so awful.

MrsHelsBels74 Thu 25-Apr-13 04:49:30

Makes me think of the darling buds of may.

KittenofDoom Thu 25-Apr-13 10:13:09

That's the one.

fussychica Thu 25-Apr-13 14:26:22

Just plain NO.
What humbercottage said.

mimbleandlittlemy Thu 25-Apr-13 17:03:21

Larkin on Masterchef is lovely and I want him to win but no, no, no. All those "He was just Larkin' about" jokes would be there to haunt them for life...

mathanxiety Thu 25-Apr-13 18:44:38

Irish lefty that I am, my thought would be James Larkin, but I would use the name only for a girl for some strange reason.

I think Irish surnames like Tierney, Kiernan, Larkin, etc are going to get more popular for girls.

survivingspring Thu 25-Apr-13 22:04:50

It's a great name!

I actually considered it for DS1 but DH wasn't going for it at all. I really can't see it for a girl though shock

I love, love Philip Larkin - but think that Larkin as a Christian name is v v silly.

Still18atheart Thu 25-Apr-13 22:08:35

It's too Darling Buds of May for my tastes

ClaraOswald Thu 25-Apr-13 22:16:03


For all that is good and just in the world, do not give your child this name.

I put up with a miserable childhood thanks to this as my surname.

Yes, during the teenage years it was because of the darling buds of may, but being told to "stop Larkin around" and "up with the Larkin today"

StuffezLaYoni Thu 25-Apr-13 22:17:40

I love the name but after today will always associate it with a splodge in a mango skin!
No, I think it's lovely really!

FlightyAphrodite Thu 25-Apr-13 22:21:02

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looki Thu 25-Apr-13 22:26:34

The Darling Buds of May keeps popping into my mind. For me it will always be a surname. That doesn't have to be a bad thing I guess. I think using surnames is very popular in the U.S.?

AuntPittypat Thu 25-Apr-13 23:25:27

Hmmm, all good points. I hadn't thought of the 'larking around' or the Darling Budsof May connections. And I don't even have pregnancy hormones to blame! smile

Jaskla Fri 26-Apr-13 10:02:45

I met a Larkin on holiday once. He was Maltese and a lovely guy. I associate the name with him so I like it.

Eskino Fri 26-Apr-13 10:05:35

this is the Larkin that springs to my mind

Spice17 Fri 26-Apr-13 19:14:39

I love it and keep saying it over and over in my head weirdo Keep saying to DH that's what I would call any future DS.

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