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Is it odd to name a baby after a ship?

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deeleigh123 Sun 05-Jan-14 03:11:24

My father sailed on HMS Ariadne when he first joined the navy and it's also a Greek mythological name. I think it's sweet but is it odd to name a baby after a ship? The nn would be Aria not Ari as already have Remy and (no offence to anyone) I can't stand rhyming sibling names. Does it go with the middle name Ivy? Any other suggestions for siblings Violet Rose Ann and Remy Quill Brian? Thanks smile xxx

AdoraBell Sun 05-Jan-14 03:14:58

In this case I would say no, not odd because of the connection.

If it were a random boat you'd just seen in passing one day then it would be, Possibly, odd.

Turvytopsy Sun 05-Jan-14 04:19:37

I think the name and the connection are lovely. It's not like you would be calling her Titanic!

BillyBanter Sun 05-Jan-14 04:29:39

Well its a girls name too. Not like hms unicorn, or kinpurnie.

BillyBanter Sun 05-Jan-14 04:30:27

Not to say kinpurnie isn't a lovely name for a girl...

madwomanintheatt1c Sun 05-Jan-14 04:53:56

Love Ariadne, but Aria as a nn is never going to stick (it's practically as long and doesn't roll off the tongue as a diminutive should). So either call her Aria, or leave it as Ariadne and accept that she will be Ari.... I assume the other one is Vi or Lettie, so Ari doesn't matchy-matchy chi chi anyway.

(Yes, I have three kids whose (full) names accidentally end on a similar but spelt completely differently sound...)

Remy, Violet and Ariadne fine. (Rem, Vi (hee hee, I know she's a Lettie) and Ari fine)

EeyoreIsh Sun 05-Jan-14 05:00:29

Ariadne is a lovely name, it's a proper girls name as well as being the ship's name.

Jaynebxl Sun 05-Jan-14 05:49:50

I've taught an Ariadne, it's a lovely name much better than Cutty Sark

Sunnysummer Sun 05-Jan-14 06:49:46

Love Ariadne, it's a cool name and the ship link just makes it more meaningful. smile

Don't much like Ariadne Ivy so much though, I think because the endings sound similar.

Mckayz Sun 05-Jan-14 06:51:24

Not odd at all. It is a lovely name.

risingsunshine Sun 05-Jan-14 06:57:59

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curlew Sun 05-Jan-14 07:22:14

My father served on a ship called Wanganella.

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GlaikitInAPearTree Sun 05-Jan-14 07:32:15

Ariadne is fine, as others have said if it were dauntless, or illustrious or ark royal, then that's just daft. But Ariadne is a lovely name.

I wouldn't try to force a NN though. Ariadne is a beautiful name, use it. Nn are usually a naturally occurring thing.

The Ariadne I know gets Addy as a NN

DolomitesDonkey Sun 05-Jan-14 07:54:07

The ship has taken a baby name not like you'll be calling it "dinghy", "sloop" or "life raft" is it?

Pancakeflipper Sun 05-Jan-14 07:56:10

Its not like you are naming them HMS Belfast.

You are using an existing name for a person. So cannot see an issue.

Nataleejah Sun 05-Jan-14 09:11:21

As long as its not Titanic

Katz Sun 05-Jan-14 09:15:35

The only thing to consider with the name and it's lovely, is it's the name of one of the main characters in the BBC drama Atlantis. That's the most likely link people will make.

We have a Phoebe and still get 'oh after friends?'

BenCohenismyChristmaswish Sun 05-Jan-14 10:16:18

My nieces third name is Alexandra after her Dad's fave Battleship!

UriGeller Sun 05-Jan-14 10:19:32

Not weird, I thought you might be suggesting Marie Celeste! (Which actually sounds great as a girls name but hopefully she'd be a bit more popular grin ).

HomeHypno Sun 05-Jan-14 14:27:22

Ariadne sounds like a lovely name, not 'shippy' at all...

Varya Sun 05-Jan-14 14:31:32

Dreadnaught, after famous sub?

JCMSD Tue 07-Jan-14 05:20:08

Really like it. Agree with previous poster that you can't force a nn but Ria might be an option if you don't mind Ria and Remy. Actually, the Remy I know is a Rem!

JulesJules Tue 07-Jan-14 05:26:14

Ariadne is a proper name first, and a lovely one.

An ancestor of mine was born en route to New Zealand and was named after the ship - Piako (middle name) which I think is great. Obviously not if it had been Ark Royal or something.

Mikkii Tue 07-Jan-14 06:11:06

I was guessing Mauretania!

BrokenFairylights Tue 07-Jan-14 07:02:24

When I saw this I thought the ship might be HMS Illustrious or something equally boat like. Ariadne is lovely wither without the boat connection, so I'd just go for it. As for the nn in my experience the children's friends tend to determine this regardless of what the parents wishes are grin

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