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Opinion please on Oran

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dingalong Tue 06-Jan-15 22:37:39

What about Oran Aurelius ?

Only problem is Oran means 'pale skin' and dh surname means 'dark foreigner' ?

sassytheFIRST Tue 06-Jan-15 22:38:59

Honestly? Makes me think of orangutan.

Quite like Aurelius as a MN tho. Have you thought of Marcus as a first name?

mswibble Tue 06-Jan-15 22:39:20

I like it, my nephew is called Oran!

Apparentlychilled Tue 06-Jan-15 22:40:55

LOVE Oran. I'd pronounce it "Oar-an", in the basis of the only Oran I knew growing up. Would it be pronounced strangely in the uk though (assuming you're in the uk)?

Rhubarbgarden Tue 06-Jan-15 22:42:09

Wasn't there one in Howard's Way <old gimmer>

mswibble Tue 06-Jan-15 22:43:05

yep, its pronounced OAR-an not O-ran!
My Oran is a Dub but I wouldn't think that you would have any probs with it in the UK.

KatieKaye Tue 06-Jan-15 22:44:09

Oran also made me think of orang utan. But worse than that, onanism. So on those grounds I would say a resounding "no".

Only use Marcus Aurelius if you call your next born Lucius Verus. wink

WhirlyTwirlySnowflakes Tue 06-Jan-15 22:46:17

It's nice. I know an Auryn (sounds the same in my accent). Not sure if the meaning though.

Not terrible keen in Aurelius but it's not the worst name that I've seen on MN so go for it if you like it.

Lucked Tue 06-Jan-15 22:46:22

I like it but too much with the middle name. The meaning thing is not important it's a name not an adjective.

Redhead11 Tue 06-Jan-15 22:47:46

Oh no, seriously? Sorry, but i also read it are orang utan. I wouldn't. And i don't like Aurelius either. fine if you are an ancient Roman, but not otherwise.

Momzilla82 Tue 06-Jan-15 22:49:33

There's an Oran in my son's class at school. Nice name.

Middleagedmotheroftwo Tue 06-Jan-15 22:56:34

sassy gringrin

dingalong Tue 06-Jan-15 23:58:57

I'm in Ireland so no problems with pronunciation. 37 weeks and no definite names yet - this appealed this evening dh is favouring zebidiah though

Deerhound Wed 07-Jan-15 01:30:09



Deerhound Wed 07-Jan-15 01:32:16

I am English though, and completely ignorant re Irish names

emeline Wed 07-Jan-15 01:37:55

Zebediah is an excellent name. Nn Zeb is ace!

GiniCooper Wed 07-Jan-15 01:40:48

Oran is a fab name.
I know a few and the most recent is a gorgeous squashy smiley baby.

Assuming your surname is the same as the newsreader Anne, I think you have a good strong name.

He might have pale skin and dark hair!

mathanxiety Wed 07-Jan-15 06:05:21

Oran is lovely, and Odhran would be nice too. (fada on that a)

Would go nicely with your surname.

If your H likes Zebediah (I think that is the standard spelling), how about Zebulon? Or is he at the stage where the baby is still a sort of abstract thought and hence the far outness of the middle names he seems to favour, and he will come up with something more prosaic once he gets to grips with the actuality of it all?

NinjaPanda34 Wed 07-Jan-15 06:16:50

Orán is Gaelic for song. It's on our list for one of our twin boys.

mathanxiety Wed 07-Jan-15 07:07:49

You're thinking of amhrán I think (pr OW-rawn so quite similar).

Odhrán/Orán means dark haired.

MrsBungle Wed 07-Jan-15 07:16:15

Lovely. We considered it for ds but ended up calling him Cameron.

dingalong Wed 07-Jan-15 08:09:56

Thanks everyone - I'm 37 weeks so really have to get a push on with some names. Trying to pull together some nice names.

nooyearnooname Wed 07-Jan-15 08:13:34

I think it sounds like a brand of mouthwash - sorry! But I've never heard if it before so maybe that's why it sounds odd to me

DurhamDurham Wed 07-Jan-15 08:16:03

I think you would spend a lot of time correcting other peoples pronunciation of the name which might get tiresome.

mineallmine Wed 07-Jan-15 08:20:01

Lovely name but I far prefer the more common Odhran spelling.

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