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Moopsy Fri 13-Sep-13 13:52:20


I once met a young girl called Barley and I thought it was a beautiful name and really suited her. I have always kept it at the back of my mind thinking maybe to use for dd3 if we have another girl this time...

But how does it come across to you? Old, posh, chavy, plain odd? And do you like it?

Thanks. smile

WantedGSOH Mon 16-Sep-13 07:01:05

My DH had a retriever called Barley. To me it definitely sounds like a pets name, as well as a crop of course.

rachel234 Mon 16-Sep-13 06:59:11

Poppies, Irises and Roses grow on fields too.

JollySleepyGiant Mon 16-Sep-13 05:36:48

It grows in fields round here. It's a crop, not a name.

NadiaWadia Mon 16-Sep-13 05:32:30

To me, it is a grain or (possibly) a surname. Never a first name for a little girl. Also, people will mishear it as 'Barney'.

GiGiGi Mon 16-Sep-13 04:27:04

Barley or Bali?
Still horrible whatever.

TrucksAndDinosaurs Mon 16-Sep-13 04:19:44

I also know a man called Barley; it's an old English male name.
We had a cat called Barley as well. A boy cat.

Secretswitch Mon 16-Sep-13 03:24:59

If you love the name then you should use it. It is unusual and you are certain not to have five other Barley's in her class. Congratulations on your pregnancy smile

DizzyPurple Mon 16-Sep-13 02:49:06

Nope, don't like it. Yes a bit hippyish. I knew a Bramble once, even worse!

SmallTorch Mon 16-Sep-13 02:48:47

Actually, I think it's nice.

LeoandBoosmum Mon 16-Sep-13 02:39:26

It's makes me think of Robinson's lemon barley drink... sad

RoadToTuapeka Sun 15-Sep-13 12:22:15

Barley? Like grain and oats? I would hate to be called Barley. Poor child if they get that name.

pokesandprodsforthelasttime Sat 14-Sep-13 14:09:04

I had a cat called Barley when I was a kid.

BangOn Sat 14-Sep-13 14:01:04

I really like it. It's folky.

ch1134 Sat 14-Sep-13 12:42:23

It sounds like the name of a pet rather than a child.

SoupDragon Sat 14-Sep-13 07:19:09

^There was a "first" Summer or Daisy once, and their friends probably sniffed at them.

Well, Daisy is a nickname for Marguerite/Margaret so that's not a good example.

Personally I think Summer is silly. [shrug]

BeenFluffy Sat 14-Sep-13 05:42:08

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PuddingAndHotMilk Sat 14-Sep-13 05:22:50

I know a Barley, she's a lovely salt of the earth type with 2 teenage daughters. It's a lovely, if unusual, name. If you like it, go for it. thanks

mathanxiety Sat 14-Sep-13 04:37:45

I also find Poppy much sillier, but that still leaves Barley in the 'really silly' category.

<lol Jamie>

BigPawsBrown Fri 13-Sep-13 21:20:09

I like it. There was a "first" Summer or Daisy once, and their friends probably sniffed at them.

ProphetOfDoom Fri 13-Sep-13 21:00:22

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Belmo Fri 13-Sep-13 20:34:11

In my Scottish accent it sounds absolutely nothing like Bailey or Bali, you couldn't possibly confuse them.
I think it's a nice sound but a bit too odd for me.

Sadie204 Fri 13-Sep-13 17:38:28

I don't think it's that bad but agree that it will get annoying correcting people who think it's Bailey.

Zoe789 Fri 13-Sep-13 17:32:34

ha ha Jamie, that was the joke I nearly made. I didn't quite get there. You're wheat, I'm chav, I mean chaff!

JamieandtheMagicTorch Fri 13-Sep-13 17:29:33

I don't like Poppy either - it's twee, to my ears. But tastes just do differ so widely


It's not chavvy, it's chaffy <Arf>

It's ridiculous.

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