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itsjustnotagoodidea Fri 21-Jun-13 01:57:02


First thought is Hindley as I imagine most people would. Friends are not from UK but live here so may not know the connection. Would you mention it to them before they register the baby? Poor child will have no end of nasty teasing throughout school. It's not the sort of crime that will ever be forgotten.

BOF Fri 21-Jun-13 02:06:46

I would mention it. Ian seems to have slipped through the net, but Adolf, for example, hasn't, and it's about as bad in terms of associations.

BasicallyBeyonce Fri 21-Jun-13 02:12:03

My first thought was Myra from Hollyoaks blush

strawberryswing Fri 21-Jun-13 03:17:35

Same beyonce!. Hindley aside it is a lovely name and I think adults are more likely to pick up on it than children in a school

But yes, I would say something. I'm sure little Myra would get tired of hearing 'as in Hindley?' constantly!

chillisbopper Fri 21-Jun-13 03:20:30

I am inclined to agree. I didn't immediately think Myra Hindley however I read the post quite quickly rather than dwelling on just the name Myra. Now that the connection has been made in my mind I am trying to think of any other Myra so it doesn't seem so bad and I truly can't, that is the one and only Myra in my head.

I'd mention it just so that your friends have thought it through and if they still go ahead then I'd try to put it out of your mind as much as possible so you can enjoy seeing their child. I have a friend who named his daughter Madeleine, she's about 3 now, unfortunately my first thought was of poor Madeleine McCann, and it just didn't feel right. But they went ahead as they liked the name.

AdoraBell Fri 21-Jun-13 03:42:17

I'd also mention it, fwiw I'm 45 and as soon as I saw Myra my mind filled in Hindley.

Congrats to your friends for their new DDsmile

Dillydollydaydream Fri 21-Jun-13 04:25:14

Def first thought was Myra hindley. Maybe suggest Lyra instead.

RantyMcRantpants Fri 21-Jun-13 04:27:33

I have a friend who is in her late 20's called Myra and until I saw it written here I didn't even make the connection to Hindley. She's a lovely girl and her own person and has her own surname and personality.

DontmindifIdo Fri 21-Jun-13 06:03:18

It is rather a generational issue though, as Myra hindly is dead and Ian Brady is on his way out too, the names might well slip out of the public consciousness as being child murderers (unless you live near the moors).

If they genuinely haven't heard

DontmindifIdo Fri 21-Jun-13 06:04:44

(posted too soon)

If they genuinely haven't heard of the moors murderers then it would be worth telling them, but it is a lovely name.

SoupDragon Fri 21-Jun-13 06:05:34

I think it's very difficult to mention it unless you are very good friends.

Littleturkish Fri 21-Jun-13 06:06:27

28 here and didn't make the connection.

munchkinmaster Fri 21-Jun-13 06:12:13

I know an older lady called Myra and had never made the connection.

Chubfuddler Fri 21-Jun-13 06:27:38

I think the connection is slipping out of out collective consciousness tbh. I wouldn't say anything.

TheRealFellatio Fri 21-Jun-13 06:35:09

Is she aware? If she's young she may not be. I would find it hard to know how to broach this without her being very upset. Changing your baby's name is a really big deal. But maybe it's time to reclaim the name and allow it to move on from negative connotations. If younger people do not make the connection then perhaps those of us who do should just accept that and embrace it.

Urgh though. grin

PattieOfurniture Fri 21-Jun-13 06:48:11

I thought of Myra McQueen hollyoaks too and I'm 32.
Hindley didn't even enter my head till I read the whole post.

kelda Fri 21-Jun-13 06:50:40

Myra is a common name outside of the UK. I wouldn't say anything.

zippey Fri 21-Jun-13 06:56:53

I think it's a nice name and wouldn't say anything. What's the problem? It doesn't mean the child will be bad and we shouldn't give the deceased killer the power over a lovely name like that.

kelda Fri 21-Jun-13 06:58:01

Chances are they will pronounce it Meera.

LaChaiseVerte Fri 21-Jun-13 07:00:05

My friends have called their baby Myla, and I unfortunately thought of Myra. I wouldn't do it myself but agree it's a shame that a name should be ruined by one person. I wouldn't say anything.

PotteringAlong Fri 21-Jun-13 07:01:04

I'm 33 and that wasn't my first thought.

Say nothing.

capercaillie Fri 21-Jun-13 07:08:11

I wouldn't say anything.

I didn't think of hindley first. I had an aunt called Myra.

TheDeadlyDonkey Fri 21-Jun-13 07:13:29

I'm 37 and thought of a character in a Noel Streatfeild book.
It's a lovely name. I can't see children in a playground making the connection at all.

KnittedWaffle Fri 21-Jun-13 07:14:16

I'm mid-thirties and didn't immediately think of Hindley. It's a nice name in its own right and if they're outside the UK it shouldn't be a problem. (No doubt some other countries have serial killers whose names we don't necessarily think of when naming our DC examples here )

snuffaluffagus Fri 21-Jun-13 07:15:34

I'm 32 and did immediately think hindley, but kids at school wouldn't make that connection.

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