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Ilovecake73 Sat 18-May-13 09:13:30

Elmo? Despite the obvious Sesame Street connection or is it too mean? Could it be a nn for something? My OH really likes the name.

scaevola Sat 18-May-13 09:15:33

Difficult - I wouldn't, because of the elephant and because the only obvious name from which it could be the nn is Elmer (Fudd). But it is a real name (like the saint) and I do like how it sounds.

TiredyCustards Sat 18-May-13 09:16:50

I think parents would still think sesame street, but it's not on anymore in the UK so kids wouldn't iyswim.

Personally I wouldn't do it. How about Arlo, Cosmo, Milo, Bruno, Ezra, Enzo?

Oh i would i love it! Ds loves elmo he had millions of teddies i think he'd faint if i gave him a real life baby elmo grin

It's such a lovely name..


Tried to link to wiki and it did not work blush apparently elmo is short for an italian version of william..

bridgetsmum Sat 18-May-13 09:45:39

No!!! Do you not like him or something? That's a stupid name

UpTheFRIGGinDuff Sat 18-May-13 09:45:58

Yes,do it!

It's lovely.

It's not stupid at all hmm at leadt it's an actual name compared to most made up words people are using so often these days.

bridgetsmum Sat 18-May-13 10:04:41

Yes, I agree it's a real name, just don't think I would give my child a name that's will ensure a lifetime of teasing and "tickle me Elmo" in the playground!!!
Also agree that a lot of names these days are made up and ridiculous.
Or worse, made up spellings of perfectly good names. What's that all about ?confused

boardingschoolbaby Sat 18-May-13 10:11:06

I teach an elmo and have never heard any child make a comment to him- though admittedly he is 14 now so it could all be behind him. I don't think kids really know elmo do they? It's more our generation. That said, adults do tend to raise their eyebrows at his name, not helped that he has a bit of a penchant for wearing bright red trousers......

MrRected Sat 18-May-13 10:14:12


JojoMags Sat 18-May-13 12:00:08

Don't like it. Accept it might be a real name, but makes me think of elephants. Imagine if he became chubby at any point in his life. His name would just seem cruel!

SantanaLopez Sat 18-May-13 12:05:29


Decoy Sat 18-May-13 12:06:08

I like it. Elmer is fine too. So what if there's a character with the same name? It's a human name first and foremost.

miffybun73 Sat 18-May-13 12:14:49

No, he'll be teased.

deemented Sat 18-May-13 12:18:59

No, it's not a name. It's an affliction.

seeker Sat 18-May-13 12:21:13

Oh don't be silly!

carriedawayannie Sat 18-May-13 12:22:11

Do not do it. Within the year you will be regretting it.

When he is older he will hate you.

attilascupcakes Sat 18-May-13 14:12:21

Regardless of whether or not it is a real name, if I heard it in the playground I would be thinking "Are you f*&^%$g kidding??"

Decoy Sat 18-May-13 18:16:06

I think it's a lot less outlandish than many of the names mentioned on MN.

JassyRadlett Sat 18-May-13 18:52:37

If you're planning on raising a kid who resents you, this would probably shorten the process considerably.

I know lots of toddlers with toy Elmos (DS is a fan) despite it not being on here any more. And if they bring it back (which I heard somewhere is under discussion?) he'd be teased mercilessly.

When I was nannying one of my charges had a friend called Oscar (before it was mainstream). That kid had to be quite tough.

JennyEnglishTwo Sat 18-May-13 18:56:21

I think of that skinny comedian. Elmo.

I don't know.... :-/ It seems kind of pitiful. I've heard worse. But it's not a strong name. It's an 'excuse me for breathing' kind of name.

JennyEnglishTwo Sat 18-May-13 18:59:12

After a bit of googling I learn that the comedian I was thinking of is called Emo, not Elmo.

I think the whole 'o' trend is nearly over....

PollyPlummer Sat 18-May-13 19:08:18

I really like it, we have a toy Elmo here but I don't see the problem with giving a child a name that is a character in a tv show children might not even watch.
Is sesame st even on tv at the moment ?

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