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Can I get away with this with my surname?

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juicyjuice Thu 13-Jun-13 19:19:44

Hi all,
Preggers with dc1 and considering names. Both dh and I both really like the name Robyn/ Robin for a girl, but our surname is Williams. Is that a definite no go? Honest opinions appreciated!

Guntie Thu 13-Jun-13 19:24:11

Its a little strange for people of our generation... But I doubt any of the kids that will be friends with your DC will know who he is to be honest.

Choosing a name, well there is always a compromise somewhere!

Bowlersarm Thu 13-Jun-13 19:30:58

I don't think it's a problem.

If you are worried about Robbie Williams-the names aren't exactly the same.

If you are worried about Robin Williams the actor, he'll be about 60ish ?years older than her, and not around when she is an adult.

PrincessOfChina Thu 13-Jun-13 19:41:02

If be more worried about the Robbie Williams sound a like than Robin Williams.

GwendolineMaryLacey Thu 13-Jun-13 19:43:56

Wouldn't worry at all.

angusandelspethsthistlewhistle Thu 13-Jun-13 20:10:50

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BangOn Thu 13-Jun-13 20:14:21

i wouldn't - his films will live on. think people will remember him much more than robbie, long term.

FetaCheeny Thu 13-Jun-13 22:40:12

I wouldn't personally.

BrianTheMole Thu 13-Jun-13 22:40:53


teatimesthree Thu 13-Jun-13 22:41:36

I wouldn't.

miffybun73 Thu 13-Jun-13 22:41:46

I wouldn't use Robin/Robyn with your surname.

WLmum Thu 13-Jun-13 22:51:16

I'm not sure if I would but I agree with gunty. It's a great name, if you love it, do it!

DorisPenguin Fri 14-Jun-13 00:39:24

I named my son James Brown. I didn't think anyone in his age group would be aware of the the famous JB. I was wrong. However, James loves his name and all his friends think it's cool smile

Namechanger012345 Fri 14-Jun-13 00:43:09

I definitely wouldn't do this! Robyn/robin is a nice name but I bloody hate Robin Williams (not keen on Robbie Williams either for that matter) and I definitely think they are way too well known.

That said I went to school with a Julia Roberts so some people obviously don't mind using a full name the same as a celebrity.

amazingmumof6 Fri 14-Jun-13 01:16:51

I vote no

amazingmumof6 Fri 14-Jun-13 01:17:21

what about using Robin as a middle name?

juicyjuice Fri 14-Jun-13 07:54:11

Tbh I am inclined to say no (some things just aren't meant to be!) as I think it would be a bit strange, but dh doesn't see the problem!

MissOtisRegrets Fri 14-Jun-13 08:03:41

Don't do it.

(Robin Williams will never be as cool as James Brown!)

lurkingfromhome Fri 14-Jun-13 09:38:48

I went to school with a Paul McCartney. Born late 60s so the Beatles would have been at the height of their fame, but apparently his mum and dad thought they were just a band of their time and in five or ten years' time no one would remember them grin

SoupDragon Fri 14-Jun-13 09:39:56

I wouldn't.

Theas18 Fri 14-Jun-13 09:45:19


BreathingLessons Fri 14-Jun-13 10:01:32

I wouldn't. Julia Roberts is a woman, but if I were naming a girl I wouldn't want her to have the same name as two famous men. It wouldn't be the end of the world, but just, I wouldn't do it.

BreathingLessons Fri 14-Jun-13 10:03:35

Namechanger, Julia Roberts only came into the public eye about 1993 so unless your friend from school was named (and obviously born) after 1993 I guess in her case it just happened. It's possible that your friend is only 20 but for some reason I expect the friends of mumsnetters to be a little older!?

Namechanger012345 Fri 14-Jun-13 11:30:48

Breathing, Julia Roberts wasn't really a friend of mine, just a girl in the school in a lower year. I was born in 86 so possibly this girl was coincidentally named that before Julia Roberts was famous then, not sure!

RaRaZ Fri 14-Jun-13 13:29:16

I wouldn't personally - just because if introduced to someone with the name of a 'famous person', I always have to bite my lip not to say 'Oh, like the actor/comedian/etc?' - and that must get bloody annoying for the person!

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