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fionadal Sun 02-Nov-14 14:13:19

Right, narrowing down names for DS2. Have finally laid "Oscar" to rest due to extreme popularity and a certain Pistorius character (thank you for everyone who helped me make that decision - see threads below!)

Am now considering more unusual names:

What do people think of Saul? I've heard it recently and rather like it. A soft -sounding name ,with interesting associations (Biblical but also a cool character in Breaking Bad!)

Cool or weird?

LadyWithLapdog Sun 02-Nov-14 14:19:09

Cool in Breaking Bad? Sleazy, corrupt, not cool.

Mouthfulofquiz Sun 02-Nov-14 14:20:15

BUT very very cool character in Homeland. I really like it.

DanceToJoyDivision Sun 02-Nov-14 14:20:35

I don't like it I'm afraid.

Tauriel1 Sun 02-Nov-14 14:22:21

I love it

InfinitySeven Sun 02-Nov-14 14:24:05

Better Call Saul would stop me, I think. That's going to be big, and around for a few years. It'd look like he was named after a sleazy, corrupt drug lawyer.

fionadal Sun 02-Nov-14 14:24:38

Yes, LadyWithLap Dog, I agree with the sleazy and corrupt but still (to me!) kinda cool! A character anyway!

Saul in Homeland definitely cool. Hadn't even thought of him.

I suppose there's Saul Bellow (sp?) too, so good literary associations.

dementedma Sun 02-Nov-14 14:24:52

I love it.

Islagiatt Sun 02-Nov-14 14:27:23

Better call Saul!

ArsenicSoup Sun 02-Nov-14 14:28:12

Biblically, Saul was a bad guy, who changed his name to Paul when he was saved and became a reformed character. So like Cain and Abel, Saul and Paul is a bit of a Evil/Lovely name pair.

ArsenicSoup Sun 02-Nov-14 14:29:09

(just in case you weren't aware)

ReadyForDinner Sun 02-Nov-14 14:34:28

Lovely name, gentle but strong sounding. Go for it!

looki Sun 02-Nov-14 15:42:29

It's my favourite boy's name. I absolutely adore it. I think it may get a little more popular due to tv programmes but I doubt it will get very or over popular. It's quirky, interesting, underused and it's a very cool name.

Wasn't there a biblical King Saul too?

If I have a boy, his name will absolutely be Saul. I love it. Go for it!!!!

MetallicInk Sun 02-Nov-14 15:49:04

Very cool. Guns n roses' Slash's real name wink

thecaroline Sun 02-Nov-14 16:51:15

It was my grandfather's name. He was about the most adorable, lovely man I can imagine, and so the name is nice because of him. However, without that association I'm not crazy about it.

Anyway, while my grandfather was on his deathbed and -- we thought -- no lucid, my sister said she was going to name her son after him, and my grandfather all the sudden opened his eyes and looked at her and gave her the sweetest smile. It was amazing. I guess I might have a nephew named Saul someday.

I don't know about there, but here it is almost exclusively a Jewish name.

TsukuruTazaki Sun 02-Nov-14 16:52:48

Homeland is my first thought and gets a thumbs up as I love Saul berenson

I think it's a good name

DramaAlpaca Sun 02-Nov-14 16:54:12

Not keen on it at all, sorry.

Too biblical for me.

Castlemilk Sun 02-Nov-14 16:55:58

Hmm, should be nice, but the biblical associations are so negative. It's a bit evil!

Shlep Sun 02-Nov-14 16:59:04

Love it. Makes me think of my grandfather and my great grandfather (on the other side of the family to my granddad) who were both called Saul. But they were both lovely and funny and painfully clever, so not a bad association for me. I would automatically assume you were Jewish though, if you aren't, would that be a problem for you?

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Sun 02-Nov-14 17:04:58

Love it but I'm slightly biased as it is DS2's name grin

I've never seen Breaking Bad btw. And I'm not Jewish. There are two biblical Sauls - the OT one is the FIL of King David. Saul Bass and Slash were the associations we liked but we like the name more than any references IYSWIM.

squoosh Sun 02-Nov-14 17:37:12

I really like it. Don't think it's that unusual.

Wasn't Saul the one who had the conversion on the road to Damascus and left his baddie ways behind?

GreenKay Sun 02-Nov-14 18:03:34

Biblical with sinister connotations. Not a fan at all.

ArsenicSoup Sun 02-Nov-14 18:05:21

That's him squoosh, but he became Paul.

I forgot the OT King Saul though. That explains why it is a popular name in the Jewish community.

MrsBloodCurdlingscrEames Sun 02-Nov-14 18:05:26

My thoughts were exactly like you said...

Breaking bad.

Neither things I'd like to associate with a baby .

LadyWithLapdog Sun 02-Nov-14 19:13:43

I had a friend with a Sal (for Salvatore). Similarish sound.

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