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Veto on Dora cause of Dora the explorer

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Whatwhatwhat Fri 19-Jul-13 21:21:42

I thought we were happily settled on Dora.
Husband now says he wants to veto it cause some pals of his launched in to a song about Dora the Explorer when they heard it was on the cards (why it was up for discussion I don't know)

Anyway he says now it'd be a curse of a name akin to calling a child Barney and would be met too often with a reference to Dora the explorer.

I honestly don't think so but I'm open to advice.

oohdaddypig Sat 20-Jul-13 10:25:12

It seems to me that kids tease at that age about anything and everything. Given the utterly bizarre names I hear about I would have thought a little Dora would be getting off lightly!

oohdaddypig Sat 20-Jul-13 10:27:03

Onya - do you work for Dora's marketing team? grin

Onyabike Sat 20-Jul-13 10:30:51

Oops, I'll try the link again:

Onyabike Sat 20-Jul-13 10:32:15

Don't know how to get the link to work, sorry! smile

Onyabike Sat 20-Jul-13 10:33:51

No, if I did, I would be promoting the name surely!? smile

SirChenjin Sat 20-Jul-13 10:38:52

I think the link to DtE is too strong atm - sorry.

ZolaBuddleia Sat 20-Jul-13 10:38:53

DTE has been around for at least 8 years, so there will be quite a breadth of kids knowing who she is. I think in that respect it's 'worse' than something like Tilly, Tom, Jake, Sarah, all of which are main characters in children's TV shows at the moment.

DD (3) knows who she is and has never watched the programme and we don't have branded toys.

That said, by the time your DD is of teasing age, maybe DTE will be a distant memory. I feel for you OP, it's a lovely name.

Whatwhatwhat Sat 20-Jul-13 10:48:47

Aaaggghhh. Don't know what to do now.

I was completely set on this name.

ZolaBuddleia Sat 20-Jul-13 11:28:43

Maybe this is getting desperate, but is she likely to be dark? You could always avoid bobbed haircuts. grin

There's always going to be an element of gamble, though, isn't there? You could choose something else and a programme could come out the day after she's born that is endlessly repeated.

KittenofDoom Sat 20-Jul-13 12:12:21

So call her Isadora,Theodora, Dorothea ... there are various other options and if Dora doesn't suit her or won't do for any reason, she isn't stuck with it. But the option will still be there.

EatYourCrusts Sat 20-Jul-13 15:32:40

It is a nice name. Dora the Explorer is a nice character.

Zola is right, choose something 'safer' and next year they could invent Stinky Grace the Smelliest Girl in the World, which could become the biggest hit since Mickey Mouse.

You never know!

Onyabike Sat 20-Jul-13 15:55:06

I understand your frustration OP, particularly given that you thought you'd found "the" name.

With most name suggestions I would usually advise that you should go with what you love and ignore what others think as name preferences are such a personal thing. However, because Dora is not a name you generally come across, the association with the cartoon is much stronger. I would therefore have to agree with your husband that it would be one that I would suggest you avoid for your DD's sake.

Choosing names is such a massive responsibility as there's so much to take into account. Have you got long to go before dd arrives?

Whatwhatwhat Sat 20-Jul-13 16:21:41

I've got 6 weeks to go.
I understand the advice to go for Theodora etc but we'd only ever call her Dora and so we might as well name her that. So using one of those doesn't solve the problem unfortunately.
I know people called Dora so for me it's not really that unusual a name.

SofiaAmes Sat 20-Jul-13 17:26:10

I just want to clarify. My dd doesn't hate the name Dora. She's just in a phase where she wants a different name. I suspect that she could have any name and would still want a different, more glamorous one. She did get teased a little about the name, but I have no regrets about giving it (she is named after my beloved grandmother). I am also sure that she will grow to love the name again and there will be no long lasting scarring from the teasing as Dora the Explorer is a sympathetic character. (who is very well known all over the world, in my experience)

Whatwhatwhat Sat 20-Jul-13 17:52:11

Sofiaames - do you really have no regrets so?

JamieandtheMagicTorch Sat 20-Jul-13 20:37:41

Sorry, i think it's not a pretty, or strong name, or a name that will grow up well with a child.

And i agree that, since it's an unusual name, strongly associated with a character, i'd avoid.

KittenofDoom Sat 20-Jul-13 20:48:34

"Not a name that will grow up well with a child"?
Why ever not? It's a name that suits any age. Much more so than the Tillys and Millies that seem to be everywhere.

Personally I tend to associate it with the (now very aged) actress Dora Bryan.

peachypips Sat 20-Jul-13 21:47:20

Dora is brill on my Gma- and she is 90!

Whatwhatwhat Sat 20-Jul-13 23:56:22

It's a v strong beautiful name IMO.

If only that little cartoon didn't exist!!

scottishmummy Sun 21-Jul-13 00:09:32

But the cartoon does exist,so you got to decide is that in itself a deterrent
Fwiw,I like Dora
But I do immediately associate it as Dora explorer

Whatwhatwhat Sun 21-Jul-13 00:14:42

I know. I can't ignore the cartoon. Hence the problem

IHeartKingThistle Sun 21-Jul-13 00:17:26

If you give her Theodora YOU might only call her Dora but she might decide to go by Thea. Might be nice to give her the option in the event she is teased I suppose.

I really like the name but agree that DtE is a HUGE and long running show.

KittenofDoom Sun 21-Jul-13 00:33:27

Pandora, that's another one. (Not a favourite of mine, but that's irrelevant here.)

SofiaAmes Sun 21-Jul-13 07:09:44

Absolutely no regrets. However, I adored my grandmother and was going to name my first daughter after her no matter what, so maybe I'm a little biased. Three of my cousins named their children after her too, so there are 3 girls in my dd's generation named dorotea, doratea and dorothy. I call my dd dora, one cousin calls her dd tea and the third one used the full name of dorothy. My grandmother's nickname was dottie and dd's father often calls her that and she loves it.

Onyabike Sun 21-Jul-13 08:25:31

I do think SofiaAmes' reason to use the name is different as she was using the name after a family member who clearly was much loved, hence three girls with similar names within the same generation from the same family (wow, she must have been an amazing woman! My Gma was also dearly loved, but all of us drew the line at using Bertha for our DDs!!)

Despite the family connection, her dd still says she wants to change her name, which I realise many kids may say during their childhood, but her feelings must stem from the teasing she's had. SofiaAmes didn't choose the name in itself, but because of the amazing person she associated it with!

For most of us, whether you like it or not, the first association that comes to mind is DtE, so you have to decide if you (or more importantly your dd) can live with the constant references to it or not!

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