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Isn't Phaedra a girl's name?

(17 Posts)
Stokey Fri 26-Apr-13 11:28:06

It was definitely on our girl's shortlist, and am pretty sure in Greek mythology she was someone's dd.

But Peaches Geldof has just called her baby boy Phaedra after a Tangerine Dream album.

Gerrof Fri 26-Apr-13 11:29:52

Yes it is a girl's name, but tbh I wouldn't use it as a name ( despite loving classical names) as the story of Phaedra has horrible connotations.

Stokey Fri 26-Apr-13 11:36:28

That is the trouble with most of the ancients Gerrof, they neraly all came to sticky ends.

Gerrof Fri 26-Apr-13 11:38:35

I know, I really like the name Oenone (Phaedra's sidekick) but because of the story I wouldn't use it.

In itself though Phaedra is a beautiful name euphonically.

Definitely NOT a boy's name. Mind you it is Peaches Geldof, she wasnt going to call him Bernard, and it does go with Astala.

KittenofDoom Fri 26-Apr-13 12:43:14

I always think of the trippy song by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra

Some Velvet Morning

ipswitch Fri 26-Apr-13 16:15:06

I think its a girls name too, and don't really like it myself.
Sounds very silly IMO.

UpTheFRIGGinDuff Fri 26-Apr-13 20:22:12

Yes,it is.

deleted203 Fri 26-Apr-13 20:24:23

Yep, it's a girl's name. But Peaches Geldof has never been overly bright, has she? Bet that her 'Boy named Sue' will loathe it when he gets older grin

FreedomOfTheTess Fri 26-Apr-13 21:15:47

With all the girls that get given boy's names (i.e. Jessica Simpson naming her daughter Maxwell), I say good on Peaches for breaking the pattern!

amessagetoyouYoni Sat 27-Apr-13 11:39:57

It is such a beautiful name. I cannot BELIEVE she has called a boy this. ROFL.

Nimthenamechanger Sat 27-Apr-13 12:15:04

I don't know why people do this when the name is so linked with a particular mythological character. I wouldn't call my daughter Bellerophon because I think it's pretty, then expect her to be anything other than confused when she looked it up later!

Pixieonthemoor Sun 28-Apr-13 15:44:02

I agree Nim - quite often, the name Lillith pops up on this board and I shudder. Just a quick google shows that it is the name of a child murdering demon!!

Also yes, Phaedra is a girls name. Why not go the whole hog and call your newborn son Margaret!!

Greythorne Sun 28-Apr-13 16:22:06

Girls do get called 'boys' Courtney, Mckenzie, Bailey,

So whilst I think Peaches doesn't realise quite what she's done because she's not the brightest little wannabe, she shouldn't be slated for it smile

LittleFeileFooFoo Sun 28-Apr-13 16:29:30

Pixieonthemoor Lilith is also a woman created from earth when Adam was. She left him and Eve was created from Adam's rib.

OrangeFootedScrubfowl Sun 28-Apr-13 17:38:21

I think if the song first too kitten.
Must dig out that album actually.

Meringue33 Sun 28-Apr-13 17:41:44

Love that song

AvrilPoisson Sun 28-Apr-13 17:54:38

Phaedrus is male (as in zen & the art of motorcycle maintenance)
Astala sounds like a girls name too though tbh...

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