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itssangriaoclock Sun 07-Dec-14 19:49:50

Henley for a girl nn hennie???

CharlesRyder Sun 07-Dec-14 19:55:47

I think it would be fine so long as she turns out to look like a Bond Girl.

If it's the 'Hen' nn you want Henrietta might be kinder?

InfinitySeven Sun 07-Dec-14 20:01:09

It's a place, to me.

EhricJinglingHisBallsOnHigh Sun 07-Dec-14 20:11:58

Henley??? God no. It's not a name, and if it was, it would be for a boy.

florascotia Sun 07-Dec-14 20:23:01

A place (on Thames) and a socially-exclusive regatta.

Just why, when there are so many lovely real girls' names out there?

And I know I keep saying this, but we cannot control nicknames. After (say) the first three years of life, they evolve over time or are given by siblings/classmates/friends/work colleagues etc. Often they have nothing to do with given names.

And they are not compulsory. I'm always known by my given name, not a nickname. Not a conscious choice, it just happened. And I know many other adults who also use their given names. In fact, thinking of a random circle of about 100 friends and neighbours, I can only think of five people who are always called by a nickname.

TravelinColour Sun 07-Dec-14 20:24:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DramaAlpaca Sun 07-Dec-14 20:27:03

I saw the thread title & assumed it was for a boy.

As a name it sounds like someone who can't say Henry.

I don't see it as a girl's name at all.

So it's a no from me.

Muchtoomuchtodo Sun 07-Dec-14 20:28:14

I assumed this would be for a boy too.

Not really a name for a person - it's a place.

Only1scoop Sun 07-Dec-14 20:29:08

Regatta? On Thames? In arden? smile

KatieKaye Sun 07-Dec-14 21:29:37

If you absolutely had to use it, then only for a boy. It doesn't sound like a girl's name at all.

I think of Henley regatta and also of the US name for a style of t-shirt with buttons down the front.

And I don't like "Hennie" as a nickname. "Hen" is the Scottish equivalent of "chuck". When old ladies called us "hen" we used to mutter:
If I'm a hen
Then you're a duck
I lay eggs
And you lay muck.

Arven Sun 07-Dec-14 21:30:55


MaryWestmacott Sun 07-Dec-14 21:33:40

a) regatta
b) if it's a name, sounds like a boys one
c) she'll get a lifetime of post addressed to 'Henry'
d) people will think you've done the early noughties thing of naming your child after the place they were concieved.

Henrietta is a very pretty name that will give the nickname 'Hennie' if you want.

DrElizabethPlimpton Sun 07-Dec-14 22:15:33

No, just no. I live in Henley - it is lovely- but it really isn't a suitable name for a boy or a girl.

jaundicedoutlook Sun 07-Dec-14 23:08:34

Just up the road from Maidenhead, which would also make an unsuitable girls' name...

lastnightIwenttoManderley Sun 07-Dec-14 23:15:43

Agree, just no! What if she ever wanted to live there too?

<waves at fellow Henley residents>

AuntieStella Sun 07-Dec-14 23:23:01

Not wild about place names as names for people. And this one just makes me think 'regatta'

PatriciaHolm Sun 07-Dec-14 23:29:21

Conceived in a pimms tent at the regatta, presumably?


EmmaGellerGreen Sun 07-Dec-14 23:31:35

It is a very naice place, not a name.

DrElizabethPlimpton Sun 07-Dec-14 23:37:20

<Waves back>

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Mon 08-Dec-14 00:41:09

I don't like it. It makes me think of Hennie Penny out of chicken licken

manicinsomniac Mon 08-Dec-14 00:46:50

I quite like it ...

DPotter Mon 08-Dec-14 01:28:44

Don't be silly - sorry that's sounds harsh but really ?

It's a place name or a style of tshirt. You and she will be asked if she was conceived there, 'sorry did you say Henry' and you'll be back here when she's a pre-school moaning that people keep calling her the wrong name.

itssangriaoclock Mon 08-Dec-14 01:52:10

Colleague at work recently named her baby girl this. I've liked it since, but it's not getting any love on here.

Thanks ladies will rethink

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