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everythinghippie29 Mon 26-Aug-13 23:07:18

Chael, for a boy?

DP loves it, I do like it but so far have only seen one person named it, (a UFC fighter incidentally) and I'm wondering what opinions are or if anyone has heard it elsewhere?

RegularVoltaire Mon 26-Aug-13 23:10:12

How do you pn that?

Writerwannabe83 Mon 26-Aug-13 23:10:42

To rhyme with snail???

RegularVoltaire Mon 26-Aug-13 23:11:05

It looks like one of those names that have been reversed Nevaeh

riskit4abiskit Mon 26-Aug-13 23:12:23

Do you say it like chay-el?

What is your surname like?

I can't decide if I like it or not, maybe a bit American sounding?

littlemog Mon 26-Aug-13 23:15:23

Oh dear me no.

everythinghippie29 Mon 26-Aug-13 23:17:32

Ha, yes. it does rhyme with snail!

It's (I think) derived from Michael. Its certainly different, which I do like!

everythinghippie29 Mon 26-Aug-13 23:18:53

Surname is Taylor.

RegularVoltaire Mon 26-Aug-13 23:19:23

So Kyle?

littlemog Mon 26-Aug-13 23:27:05

OP NO! Don't do this to your baby boy!

MsJupiterJones Mon 26-Aug-13 23:29:12

It looks like a Hebrew name, which I quite like.

Cloudkitten Mon 26-Aug-13 23:39:25

Urgh No. Instant naughty boy.

everythinghippie29 Mon 26-Aug-13 23:43:21

Some very Katie Hopkins opinions going on, but all helpful I suppose!

squoosh Mon 26-Aug-13 23:49:45

I'd assume it was a Hebrew name too, one I'd never heard of.

Is it a hard or soft c?

squoosh Mon 26-Aug-13 23:51:27

'Instant naughty boy' is so harsh.

I'm sure there are plenty of naughty Hugos and Ruperts at Eton.

ShadowSummer Mon 26-Aug-13 23:55:03

Never heard of that one before.

ThoughtsPlease Mon 26-Aug-13 23:56:23

I don't like it at all, weird is the word that springs to mind, sorry.

everythinghippie29 Mon 26-Aug-13 23:57:18

I'd say its quite soft, so prenounced to rhyme with male.

I figure parenting will have more of an impact on his 'naughty' behaviour rather than his name too!!

PattieOfurniture Tue 27-Aug-13 00:05:09

I think of curly kale

squoosh Tue 27-Aug-13 00:05:33

So ch as in loch rather than ch as in cheese?

racingheart Tue 27-Aug-13 00:21:52

It looks pretty but I wouldn't know how it's pronounced. I'm not over-keen on names that no one can pronounce first time round. It's just an added social obstacle every time he meets someone. Why put a person through that, when you could choose a name that doesn't have that problem?

My best friend at school had an unusual name and was forever being told off by teachers for not being able to spell it properly. (She could, but they kept assuming it was a more conventional name similar to hers.) It was a real hassle for her. Things have moved on a bit but there's still quite a lot of social snobbery attached to outlandish names. I'd anticipate a lot of people dismissing him as chavvy - they'd be the ones at fault, but it's a bit like calling a boy Sue to make a man of him.

Why not christen him Michael and call him Chael (pronounced Kell?) as a nickname. That way he gets to choose when he's older, whether he'd rather be conventional or unusual.

Cloudkitten Tue 27-Aug-13 00:24:34

Hmm... I guess it did sound harsh, but it was just reactive, not intentional. I could just have said "it's not my cup of tea" but that's sidestepping... Having never heard of the name before, I don't have any pre-conceived notions of the name, so I was not pre-prejudiced against it. Naughty boy is just instantly what I felt when I heard the name. I don't know why.

Cloudkitten Tue 27-Aug-13 00:27:20

Thinking more about it (my mind works in very mysterious ways) I mentally associated the name with Chaos...

Cloudkitten Tue 27-Aug-13 00:29:25

Have I put my foot in it more now? Sorry OP blush flowers

everythinghippie29 Tue 27-Aug-13 06:23:59

No need to apologise at all Cloudkitten! I asked for opinions and assumed it might take some flak!grin

I keep coming back to it though. Something about it I just like but that might be because I'm struggling to find anything I LOVE!

Can't go for Michael and nn it unfortunately. Already 4 Michaels on my side and can be confusing enough!

Thanks for the feedback everyone. smile

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