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Thoughts on Regan?

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alizeeod Wed 12-Feb-14 13:37:55

Pronounced Rae-gan. It's Irish apparently. I like it but I'm scared it'll sound American or chavvy (or both).
I want a strong name if I have a girl, nothing girly. Suggestions welcome!

MyNameIsKenAdams Wed 12-Feb-14 13:39:41

It does sound American, sort of in a similar vein to Peyton etc.

I do like it, and wouldnt think twice if I heard it used, but I wouldnt use it myself.

donnie Wed 12-Feb-14 13:40:40

Chavvy for a boy and disastrous for a girl - have you seen the Exorcist? Regan is the name of the girl who is possessed by Satan. Oh and also the name of one of King Lear's daughters, who forces her own dad out onto the streets and gouges out the Earl of Gloucester's eyes shock

sebsmummy1 Wed 12-Feb-14 13:43:35

Sorry, really don't like it.

squoosh Wed 12-Feb-14 13:45:46

I'm aware of the Shakespearean pokey eyed link but to me Regan/Reagan is a surname and reminds me of that terrible American President.

Dontletthemgetyoudown Wed 12-Feb-14 13:46:19

I always think of king Lear when I hear the name. I know 2 one is a 17yr old boy the other is a 12 yr old girl.

It's Reegan though the pronunciation ?

Only1scoop Wed 12-Feb-14 13:47:05

No don't like sounds very American also grin
It's an Irish surname

UriGeller Wed 12-Feb-14 13:47:21

Agree with donnie. The Exorcist. And Ronald.

Only1scoop Wed 12-Feb-14 13:47:49

Exclude the grin
Fingers to fat

Gileswithachainsaw Wed 12-Feb-14 13:48:34

I like ree-gan

And Peyton that was mentioned by the pp

The exorcist link would not bother me in the slightest. These days there's not a single name you couldn't link to a film or tv program or some guy/girl/alien/hamster somewhere.

Showy Wed 12-Feb-14 13:50:57

I just think of the sadistic Shakespearean character. She was vile.

AuntieStella Wed 12-Feb-14 13:51:09

I prefer Cordelia. But it's a heck of a lot better than Goneril.

TheScience Wed 12-Feb-14 13:51:10

I think of King Lear/Ronald/The Exorcist too.

How about Tegan?

MoFoe1 Wed 12-Feb-14 13:53:13

I actually like Reagan for a boy...was on my list but dh said nohmm

motherinferior Wed 12-Feb-14 13:53:19

Not a good name if you're thinking she might look after you when you're older...

HyvaPaiva Wed 12-Feb-14 13:54:04

I don't like it at all, sorry OP.

Onesleeptillwembley Wed 12-Feb-14 13:59:24

Another one agreeing with Donnie. Seriously downmarket. And yes it's Irish, but a surname.

brunette123 Wed 12-Feb-14 13:59:46

I think many people would end up saying "Reegun" not "Raegan" and sorry but it makes me think of the Sweeney and a surname rather than a first name but I don't like the surname as first name thing eg Mackenna, Mackenzie that the Americans sometimes go for nor do I like the name Ireland (Kim Basinger's daughter) or London (one of the Real Housewives' daughters) that seem fashionable nowadays but names are terribly subjective and personal so can understand why some appeal to others.

charleybarley Wed 12-Feb-14 14:04:53

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DebbieOfMaddox Wed 12-Feb-14 14:06:08

I like it in theory but it has too many bad associations -- The Exorcist and King Lear between them are bad enough, but there's the soundalike President and also John Thaw in The Sweeney (which isn't a bad association under the right circumstances, but is when it comes to girls' names).

squoosh Wed 12-Feb-14 14:06:50

Apparently Gazza's son is called Regan.

UriGeller Wed 12-Feb-14 14:09:19

There you go.

ListenToTheLady Wed 12-Feb-14 14:11:28

It's certainly strong - but the Regan in King Lear is so evil, I just couldn't. I know what you mean about girl names and wanting a strong one, but I wouldn't go there!


charleybarley Wed 12-Feb-14 14:14:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

hashtagwhatever Wed 12-Feb-14 14:15:50

I have a 11 year old dd called Reagan she likes her name lots.

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