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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!

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

My great Grandpa was Horatious.

(Don't like that much either).

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!

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


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

I like it. I know a Horacio

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

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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.

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

I don't like Horatio at all - sorry!

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Willoughby? Cosmo?

MissingMyMarbles Sat 03-Aug-13 22:25:38

I love it! If I had one he'd be Harry for short though. Trying to persuade DH that another DC is a good idea (DD2 has just turned 1), and that if its a boy, we will call him Horatio grin

SLVC Sat 03-Aug-13 19:17:22

I adore Horatio! DD could well have been a Horatio, and was on the shortlist for DS. Ignore all the comments on here and go for it if you love it. Would make me happy to know there is a little Horatio in the world :-)

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 02-Aug-13 21:14:18

Bad. I like this style of name but no,you can't! It was unusual even when Mr Nelson was named it. The English form being Horace of course.

I came across a little boy named Horatio earlier this year on a long train journey. I was amazed given his siblings names. The memory of his mum bellowing "RATIO FUCKING SHUT THE FUCK UP" down the train carriage will live with me for a long time.

Francis is lovely.

cuillereasoupe Fri 02-Aug-13 07:40:49

Horatio Hornblower. Just sayin'...

kiwik Fri 02-Aug-13 04:41:27

I have a Horatio - he's known as Ray.
We used the name in honour of my Grandfather, who was born on Trafalgar Day, but was always known as Jim.

I love it (obviously), unusual, but not outlandish or made up.
My other boys are Gilbert and Francis.

We're considering Ptolemy for No4 if it's another boy.

BraveLilBear Fri 02-Aug-13 04:38:18

Oops just read last page. We're both fine with the shop/namebadge/CV/degree ceremony test and thinking of either Ratio/Ray or H as nicknames.

He'd also have a very normal middle name so if he hates it he can use that instead.

Tbh tho, we're drifting towards this. Apparently in 2008 there were 12 Horatios born in the UK not as good a fact as the polar bear one so we're not the only people out there to go this way!

BraveLilBear Fri 02-Aug-13 04:27:28

Thanks all- have to say the whole rhyming thing had totally passed me by.:/

<blames post-birth libido>

Seems it's quite a marmite name! Plenty to think about here, thanks smile

LazyMonkeyButler Thu 01-Aug-13 22:19:46

Are you or your DH in the military?

How about Nelson?

Seriously, no not Horatio. It's very awful. Montgomery (nn Monty) is better but still not great.

Love Barnabas. smile

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