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Everyone hates the name we love!

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PhantomMenace Sat 11-Jan-14 15:48:54

We have DD2 due in 3 months and after many veto's and arguments between DH and I we decided on a name we both love. Only problem is everyone else we told instantly hates it and says DD will be bullied because it's a boys name hmm.

Dh is dutch and the name is in the top 20 over there, unusual here though I guess. The name is Noa by the way.

Halfcups Sat 11-Jan-14 15:53:45

I think it's a gorgeous name. Really pretty. Take no notice of what others say. It often helps to keep any names you like to yourselves until baby is born. People tend to be more sensitive when baby is actually present and named. Well I hope so!!

Bowlersarm Sat 11-Jan-14 15:59:38

Don't discuss it with anyone prior to her birth. Just introduce her as Noa when she is born (clearly this is a bit late now, but if you are set on it, don't get into any discussions about it before she's here.)

People seem to accept it much more readily if an actual baby is presented with the name in place (rather than a pregnancy which has a hypothetical name)

yummymumtobe Sat 11-Jan-14 16:02:46

If you love it, who cares?! You're the ones who will say it the most.

WhoNickedMyName Sat 11-Jan-14 16:06:27

This is exactly why you don't tell anyone the name until you're introducing your baby.

sonlypuppyfat Sat 11-Jan-14 16:08:50

I've seen a perfume called that.

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Sat 11-Jan-14 16:09:36

It's a beautiful name! Noah with the 'h' is a boy's name yes, but not Noa.

Congratulations. Within a very short time indeed, people will only think of your beautiful DD when they hear the name, nothing else.

PhantomMenace Sat 11-Jan-14 16:15:37

Thank you for the reassurance, I did think it was maybe a bit too out there the way my mother was carrying on. grin

BabyMummy29 Sat 11-Jan-14 16:15:44

Well said Bowlersarm I think too many people are put off names by interfering relatives.

If you just say that this is whatevernameyouchoose then there's nothing they can say about it to influence you

comfyonesie2 Sat 11-Jan-14 16:22:32

The worst thing you can do is tell people what you are planning on naming your child as you either get "the face" or silence! The only thing that matters is if you and your DH love the name, it's no-one else's business. FWIW I think Noa is gorgeous! Unusual without being too out- there.

nichib83 Sat 11-Jan-14 17:37:03

I think it's very pretty. Listen, it's YOUR baby and it doesn't matter what anyone thinks!! I don't think she will get bullied at all. Kids will be growing up with her and it won't be odd to them. Some men are called Beverley and Shirley!!! Honestly, go for it, it's lovely x

PurplePillow Sat 11-Jan-14 17:46:16

I think it's a lovely name grin

No disrespect to your mum or anyone else but they had there time naming babies and as long as you and your hd love it then go for it, the rest will get used to it in the end and if they don't that's their problem smile

PurplePillow Sat 11-Jan-14 17:47:25

Bloody autocorrect smile * they're and dh obviously wink

LurkingNineToFive Sat 11-Jan-14 17:47:50

Never tell people your names or this happens. It's a beautiful name.

YouGrateMyCheese Sat 11-Jan-14 17:55:11

I knew a Noah and he hated his name because he thought it sounded too feminine! (I loved it, though.) I think you'll be fine.

Blwyddynnewydddda Sat 11-Jan-14 20:28:48

Noa is welsh for Noah. I have two Noa's in my class. Lovely name for a boy.

hawkmcqueen Sat 11-Jan-14 21:16:47

I think it's lovely :-)

justhayley Sat 11-Jan-14 22:26:04

For me it's a boys name because I have a Noah. It is getting more & more popular hmm in the uk as a boys name & I think your dd may come across a few comments but there are girls called Charlie etc so don't think it will be a huge deal. There was a Noa thread on here recently - I suggested Nea as an alternative

randdom Sat 11-Jan-14 22:42:20

It is a lovely name. The first noa I met was a girl!

ContinentalKat Sat 11-Jan-14 22:48:55

It's a lovely girl's name. Don't discuss names with anybody, just introduce your daughter ad Noa when she is born!

ContinentalKat Sat 11-Jan-14 22:49:17


notso Sat 11-Jan-14 23:07:39

My Mum and Sister hated the names I suggested for DC4. I still used them and they have both said it's grown on them.

I prefer to know peoples true feelings about the names I like. BIL and Wife wouldn't discuss names and everyone in the family talks behind their backs about their Baby's name even now 6 months on. Beautiful baby but terrible name!

Maeve789 Sat 11-Jan-14 23:11:48

there's not enough to it. no with an 'a' on the end of it? it's a noa from me. sorry.

squoosh Sat 11-Jan-14 23:14:23

It is a nice name and you should go for it as long as you're fully prepared for her you (and her) to encounter lots of 'but that's a boys name!^ as 99% of people in the UK who have a name that sounds identical to that are male.

SanityClause Sat 11-Jan-14 23:15:49

Do you know their true feelings, though, notso?

Perhaps they're only saying that to be polite?

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