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Gatsby for a boy?

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PerksOfBeingAMum Mon 01-Dec-14 23:30:03

General but polite opinions on the name Gatsby please.

chickydoo Mon 01-Dec-14 23:32:29

No....very odd

beavington Mon 01-Dec-14 23:32:45

Dont like it sorry. Dont think it has a nice sound to it and seems a bit pretentious (not sure i would think that about other literary names though so it might just be me)

TywysogesGymraeg Mon 01-Dec-14 23:33:27

It's a surname, not a first name.

pieceoftoast Mon 01-Dec-14 23:34:38

Gatsby. Gats for short. Somehow reminds me of slang terms for vomit and/or testicles.

Gatsby is too much of a mouthful.

pieceoftoast Mon 01-Dec-14 23:35:56

(sorry, not bring mean, but Gats <shudder> also reminds me of guts grin)

Teeb Mon 01-Dec-14 23:36:13

Feels a bit of a faddish name with how recently the film came out.

Mutteroo Mon 01-Dec-14 23:36:16

Don't like the abbreviation of Gats which is highly likely to happen but I weirdly love Gatsby. Totally pretentious & bonkers - just the sort of name I would have had on my list but would have been vetoed by DH.

McFox Mon 01-Dec-14 23:38:18

No, absolutely no.

ThrowAChickenInTheAir Mon 01-Dec-14 23:39:34

HenriettaTurkey Mon 01-Dec-14 23:41:26

If you want to go literary how about Atticus?

That's a cool name!

DramaAlpaca Mon 01-Dec-14 23:46:17

No. It just doesn't sound nice as a first name.

Behoove Mon 01-Dec-14 23:47:50



divingoffthebalcony Mon 01-Dec-14 23:49:01

No. As a first name it sounds ridiculous.

Luckystar82 Mon 01-Dec-14 23:50:50

The connotations of that name make me thinks of decadence to the point of excess, American dream gone wrong. The novel is a cautionary tale in how not to live and the name is synonymous with that.

I'm sure there are lots of more positive literary characters to consider (can't think of any now though!)

TheAwfulDaughter Mon 01-Dec-14 23:53:17

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CoffeeandNumbers Mon 01-Dec-14 23:57:55

Its very cool but.....It's more of a dogs name I think?

PerksOfBeingAMum Tue 02-Dec-14 00:04:29

I just thought I should say that its the babies father who wants it not me. I like it but not for a child. Hopefully I can show him these and it will put him off hmm

dorasee Tue 02-Dec-14 00:08:12

Dreadful. Sorry but it's just awful. Great novel though.

batteryhen Tue 02-Dec-14 00:09:11

I had a horse called Gatsby once. He was beautiful. But it's not a name for a child!

KingCrimson Tue 02-Dec-14 00:10:14

He'll get called Twatsby at school.

MeMyselfAnd1 Tue 02-Dec-14 00:12:05

No way, that's like calling him "fido", it is not even a name.

catsofa Tue 02-Dec-14 00:15:55

Gatsby is a surname. In the book the character's full name is Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is a really good name for a horse.

BackforGood Tue 02-Dec-14 00:22:12


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