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Lorksalordy Sat 25-Jul-15 09:06:06

Old English boys name (probably deriving from an English placename/surname). Can you share your connotations/expectations/first impressions please?

JasperDamerel Sat 25-Jul-15 09:11:06

I had never heard of it, but like it. It reminds me a bit of Tilda, but that's a name I like, too. My children have unusual names, though, so I am possibly not the best person to get opinions from.

LongLankyLegs Sat 25-Jul-15 09:13:47

I don't like it, sorry. Makes me think of Tilda rice.

TeaPleaseLouise Sat 25-Jul-15 09:18:05

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EdithWeston Sat 25-Jul-15 09:34:52

It's an Old English vocabulary word, that became a surname, that is a modern first name.

I'm pretty sure it wasn't used as a name in Old English.

I've not come across it before (ancient or modern) and think it's OK. Like TeaPleaseLouise I'd probably assume you were using a surname to honour a family member.

Lorksalordy Sat 25-Jul-15 09:38:30

Sorry I don't mean Old English, just old English (as in online snooping tells me it was used in Victorian times as a first name a bit).

Thanks for all your feedback so far!

BothEndsBurning Sat 25-Jul-15 10:51:36

I don't like it.

Big risk that he will get teased and called Tilly, too.

Themoleandcrew Sat 25-Jul-15 10:54:09

I know a Tilden. It's my cousins son. There were a few raised eyebrows in the family when it was announced I will say. Personally I don't love it but it doesn't make me all twitchy and judgy.

squoosh Sat 25-Jul-15 11:14:31

I've never heard it before. I'd assume it was a surname from the family tree.

CakeRattleandRoll Sat 25-Jul-15 13:34:24

I quite like it. My only reservation would be getting the nn Tilly.

Fugghetaboutit Sat 25-Jul-15 13:55:12

I thought of Tilda Rice too grin but it's not an offensive name at all, it's soft sounding. I don't mind it

sycamore54321 Sat 25-Jul-15 21:56:16

It sounds like "children" to me on first impression. But I think it is quite nice if you're happy with an unusual name. What does the original vocabulary word mean?

Lorksalordy Sun 26-Jul-15 08:34:56

Thanks all. I think it means fertile valley. I was worried that the 'den' ending would make it sound like Jordan/Kayden/Hayden etc. so relieved this hasn't come up (nothing against anybody with these names but I must have taught about twenty Jordans and wanted something a bit different!).

Boysclothes Sun 26-Jul-15 09:02:11

I don't think it's very easy to say. I stumble a bit on the l-d transition. My tongue wants to say Tiw-den Essex style.

nooka Sun 26-Jul-15 09:08:36

It doesn't really sound like a name to me to be honest. I think if I heard someone call out 'Tilden' I'd assume I'd misheard 'children'.

I wonder if it's really been used as a first name in the past - has it as a relatively common surname, and the babyname wizard has it as never in the top ten (since 1880) both are American of course.

I'd also be a bit cautious of online babyname origin accounts, I suspect some are completely made up.

RiverTam Sun 26-Jul-15 09:10:36

Not keen but I don't like Til names in general.

Janethegirl Sun 26-Jul-15 09:15:19

I thought of Tilda rice too, sorry!

SingForBacon Sun 26-Jul-15 09:17:23

Sorry but I'm not keen on it. I assumed it was a girls name when I read the title (having never heard the name before) - maybe cos it sounds a bit like Hilda?

BothEndsBurning Sun 26-Jul-15 11:48:44

I actually prefer Jordan, and that's saying something.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Sun 26-Jul-15 19:42:13

Don't like it. Sounds like Till then to me, and it could be abbreviated to Tilly.

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