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Redblackcar2 Mon 01-Jul-13 17:23:27

Thoughts on this please?

Gobbolinothewitchscat Tue 02-Jul-13 11:03:08

I'm not keen. If you must, would you consider Roald?

Zzzzmarchhare Tue 02-Jul-13 19:33:18

I like it-I think in a few years time it will be back in fashion/ be considered cool. Looks like I'm the only one though.

Rhubarbgarden Tue 02-Jul-13 19:48:33

MacDonald or Reagan. No.

Gobbolino's suggestion of Roald is v good though.

Ronald = hideous
Roland = brilliant smile

Nowt wrong with Ron Weasley though. smile

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Lovemynailstoday Tue 02-Jul-13 22:10:48

I knew a Ranald once and always liked the name.

Maud2011 Tue 02-Jul-13 23:16:26

Lovemynailstoday (and I could do with taking your advice) - How weird is that, Ranald is actually a lovely name. I did hear it long ago but had forgotten all about it. What a difference a vowel can make!

Anjou Wed 03-Jul-13 11:03:01

I'm usually not bothered by associations/connotations of a name but I agree with other posters; McDonald, Reagan, Kray & I'll throw 'The Two...' In there for good measure. Not good!

Aside from that, it's just not a nice sound. I agree that Ranald is much nicer (nn Ran could be quite cool?). Roland to me should only be preceded by "oh come on ..." a la Grange Hill in the mid eighties. Roald is the nicest one in my opinion! smile

Grange Hill Roland smile

Ranald sounds like a baddie's name to me.

Lovemynailstoday Wed 03-Jul-13 19:27:01

The Ranald I knew was very classy and very handsome, so it has good connotations for me!

fussychica Wed 03-Jul-13 21:17:39

Hate it. FILs name - enough said!

PeriodMath Wed 03-Jul-13 21:35:42

DH calls his erection a Ronnie.

rockybalboa Fri 05-Jul-13 20:52:15

McDonald. Sorry...

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Fri 05-Jul-13 21:14:36

Interesting thread.

I think the McDonald connection has killed it for a lot of people, but it's not my connection, so I like it as a name.

My Grandad was Ronald, but everyone knew him as Ron, which I think is a good, solid name. He was also movie-star handsome in his prime.

The problem with 'good, solid' names, is that that's not where the current vibe is for boys' names. Too many people are still caught up in the other end of the spectrum; cheeky chappy names - Alfie, Archie, Charlie, Harry, etc.

I'd say you're just ahead of the curve. If you like it, go for it. The Archie, Alfie names are definitely on their way out.

Also, a thought re a similar name... Donald.

Of you ask people about Donald, they'll inevitably say, 'no way, don't do it', 'Donald Duck', etc, etc, etc.

But, Don Draper (the real one, not moi grin) has added a whole lot of caché to that name, or the abbreviation of it, at least. And it also goes to show that once someone (in this case your old child) comes to own the name, any other associations go by the wayside.

Sorry for the essay, but just something to think about.

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