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Horatio - good, bad or ugly?

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BraveLilBear Thu 01-Aug-13 18:02:43

DS is now 9 days old and is known as Little Man or Monkey or numerous other pet names that wouldn't be allowed on a birth certificate.

We want unusual but classy and maybe classic/due for a revival. Like English origin names too.

Currently agreeing on Horatio, maybe Montgomery. But just trying to gauge wider opinion. ..

Thoughts on Horatio? Any alternatives we might go for?

Thanks in advance!

formicadinosaur Sun 04-Aug-13 00:43:58

Willoughby? Cosmo?

MiaowTheCat Sun 04-Aug-13 14:12:01

Montgomery shortened to Monty just screams black labrador with selective hearing to me. Seems to be a law locally that black labs MUST be called Monty or the universe will implode.

Horatio - I wouldn't.

Cecil - every closet geek will wonder if you've named him after the Final Fantasy character.

I think the only way to do it is to have a good solid nickname that can come from the formal name with something as marmitey as this.

My mind's mentally running through things like Shakespeare plays here...

DD1 STILL gets called Little Monster one helluva lot btw.

shoobidoo Mon 05-Aug-13 07:05:52

I think Horatio is a very cool name. It's classic, masculine and not overused - great name!

Agree that kids are much more accepting of different names than some of seem to think.

Cravingdairy Mon 05-Aug-13 07:07:38

Ugly. You asked! Some names are unusual for a reason.

CircassianLeyla Mon 05-Aug-13 07:23:41

I think Horatio is cool. I also like most if the other names mentioned here excepting Terrence and Clive.

I think in the same vein as the Posy, Flora thread from the other day in our children's generation there is likely to be more with names like Horatio so it won't be out there when you meet Dr Horatio/Rocky as per another thread Eric.

Also, why the obsession with nicknames. I just named my children what I wanted to. Some nn have emerged but it wasn't consciously done.

WidowWadman Mon 05-Aug-13 07:25:41

I love Horatio. My oldest was at serious risk of being called Horatio, hadn't she turned out to be a girl.

blueblizz Fri 09-Aug-13 18:49:07

Horatio is Horatio Nelson. It will be hooray for short and constant jokes. I really wouldn't. How about using it as a middle name? I know a Nelson. Mother is a bit image conscious... does say, trying to hard to me. Remember they have to live with this name.

Pinkbutterfly7 Fri 09-Aug-13 22:35:38

I don't like Horatio at all - sorry!

Wereonourway Fri 09-Aug-13 22:41:41

Personally I don't like it BUT how about Raich(pronounced raysh.

Horatio Carter played football for Sunderland many years ago his nn was Raich.

Hhhhmmm. Jimmy Montgomery also played for Sunderland.

Coconutty Fri 09-Aug-13 22:48:59

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ninah Fri 09-Aug-13 22:50:31

I like it. I know a Horacio

exoticfruits Fri 09-Aug-13 23:07:07


everlong Sat 10-Aug-13 20:38:01


Rowanred Sat 10-Aug-13 21:01:00

I love it. I worked with one known as " Horry". I like Atticus too.

I don't like Montgomery. Maximilian is much better but they will both get shortened by everyone. And I hate the short forms more than the proper names!

ruby1234 Sat 10-Aug-13 21:15:40

My great Grandpa was Horatious.

(Don't like that much either).

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