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JC23 Mon 06-Jul-15 01:34:55

(For a boy)

Thoughts please?

babymouse Mon 06-Jul-15 02:57:07

Are you cool enough to pull it off? If you are go for it.

WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant Mon 06-Jul-15 07:33:28

I remember taking a pet to a vet. He was hendrick.
His parents were foreign, but I don't remember where from.
He could use Henry as a nn.
I know quite a few kids with surnames as names, including

As long as his siblings don't have traditional/boring names, I can't see a problem!

MamaLazarou Mon 06-Jul-15 08:12:02

Sorry, I don't like it at all. Those rock star names; Bowie, Jagger, etc, are trying too hard. It's like you're trying to buy cool. Cool is not something you can buy, and your child deserves their own identity, rather than piggyback on someone else's.

FelixFelix Mon 06-Jul-15 08:13:59

Totally agree with Mama, who has explained how I feel very well grin

It's really not a great name.

Zakken Mon 06-Jul-15 09:41:55

Hendrik is the Dutch version of Henry. Hendriks and Hendrix are related surnames. I have to agree with Mama and Felix, it's a bit forced. I think it would be fine if you gave it as a middle name though.

villainousbroodmare Mon 06-Jul-15 11:13:35

I bet your vet was South African.
Hendrick or Hendrik is popular here. I like it better than Hendrix.

silverglitterpisser Mon 06-Jul-15 11:17:50

Agree with mama. It seems very try hard, sorry.

merrymouse Mon 06-Jul-15 11:21:16

Why not Jimi?

ShatnersBassoon Mon 06-Jul-15 11:24:29

It seems a bit 90s try-hard. Hendrik is a name rather than a 'named after', and would be less of a talking point.

MythicalKings Mon 06-Jul-15 11:28:00

Way to "trying to be cool but looking ridiculous"

SevenEleven Mon 06-Jul-15 11:29:05

I don't really like these names where people use the surname of a famous person . Why not James/Jimi (but don't like that spelling tbh)/Johnny (his birth name) instead of Hendrix? All these Armani/Versace/channel names. I always wonder why the surname is more desirable than the lovely first names of Giorgio/Gianni/Gabrielle/Coco? These kids are real people who will be trying to make their way in the world!!

SevenEleven Mon 06-Jul-15 11:30:11

*Chanel, not channel! Sorry autocorrect.

SevenEleven Mon 06-Jul-15 11:30:50

Although, where I used to work we did have a few Channels...

RedToothBrush Mon 06-Jul-15 12:11:59

Well I like it and think people who have a problem with it are generally conformist miserable fuckers! I've meet loads of kids lately with 'out there' names from working and middle class backgrounds. The 'try hard' label says as much about those judging you as it does about you.

Hendrix is a cool name. So what if its named after a rock star. Being named after someone is one of the most popular sources of new names - something that's gone on for thousands of years. All names start from somewhere. They don't have to have 200 years of provenience to be 'real names'.

I was very amused by an article that British Baby Names Blog found from the 1940s last month, which went on about how it was good that WWII had not inspired any awful unusual names like WWI had, and how good it was that people were using 'sensible names' instead. Given that we are currently celebrating and reusing names that were popular 100 years ago, I find the repeating of this trend today quite ironic.

It you like Hendrix, and it means something to you, go for it. Don't worry what other people think because ultimately someone will always have a comment regardless of whether you go for the No1 name of the day or the most outlandish thing imaginable.

The only except I make to that, is to try to avoid names with rude nicknames or bad/negatives associations. Being unusual alone won't single a kid out for bullying when there are so many other unusual names out there now.

netty7070 Mon 06-Jul-15 12:14:25

It's so strongly associated with someone famous that that's who people will think of every time the name is mentioned. Your child deserves their own identity.

RedToothBrush Mon 06-Jul-15 12:31:58

Your child deserves their own identity.

If its about having your own identity, why call your son Oliver then?

Identity comes from the child's own personality.

If people react a certain way because of an unusual name, I don't see why that is any better or worse than a popular name to be honest. Oliver might be associated with lots of different people in the minds of other people - it might be someone amazing they know, or it might be the person who made their life a living hell bullying them at school.

Just by picking something that is widely used you don't stop that process of others creating an idea about someone from their name. And it doesn't stop kids from creating their own identity rather than just being another kid with a popular name, so why should it stop a kid with an unusual name?

All that comment does is highlight prejudices of the observer, and does not reflect the personality of the child.

BeautifulBatman Mon 06-Jul-15 12:34:00

I think it's pretentious, wanky, try hard. But if you like it the you use it.

SunnyBaudelaire Mon 06-Jul-15 12:35:21

really really try hard, the kind of name chosen by ex groover parents living in Portslade

pickledparsnip Mon 06-Jul-15 12:37:32

I quite like it, would presume the parents are total musos though. I know a Ziggy, Jethro and Axl.

SunnyBaudelaire Mon 06-Jul-15 12:38:53

'total musos' - total pretentious twits more like

SevenEleven Mon 06-Jul-15 12:41:46

You seem very invested in this, RedToothBrush! The OP asked for opinions. I'm sure that most people on this thread are not miserable fuckers just because they have different tastes in names for their children.

netty7070 Mon 06-Jul-15 12:43:44

I think you're being a bit naïve, Redtoothbrush. Hendrix is the surname of a legendary guitarist, not the same first name as another kid you once knew. It's unusual and strongly identified with one particular person. Expecting that people will wipe those facts from their minds is silly.

Yumpopbythesea Mon 06-Jul-15 12:44:04

lol. love how honest people are. names aren't popular because less people like them. names everyone likes are popular so if you want a less common name chances are people won't like it.
often once baby is here and named the name makes sense. It would probably get shortened anyway. Hendy? xx

bridgetsmummy Mon 06-Jul-15 12:45:37

It's awful, pretentious nonsense

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