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A boy called Baxter?

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stilllonely3yearson Wed 05-Aug-15 13:30:39

My SIL is due her first baby later this year. They just had the 20 w scan and found out they're expecting a boy. They've told close family the gender, and the name they have in mind - Baxter. I've never heard this before. I tried to give a neutral response when she asked if I like it, I said it was unusual but easy to spell (??) But honestly I dislike it. It just reminds me of a dog's name. Anyone else know or having a baby Baxter? Is it just me, or is it not such a great name?

CarrotVan Wed 05-Aug-15 13:33:26

Maybe she really likes soup

stilllonely3yearson Wed 05-Aug-15 13:34:41

smile Carrot! I thought of Audrey Baxter when she told me too.

dementedpixie Wed 05-Aug-15 13:38:36

I don't know any children with that name but so know a dog with it!

OrionsAccessory Wed 05-Aug-15 13:39:58

It makes me think of the dog from Anchorman but it isn't an awful name and once baby is here it will just become his name. You'll get used to it!

Freezoo Wed 05-Aug-15 13:42:15

I know someone with a son named Baxter. All children grow into their names.

SoupDragon Wed 05-Aug-15 13:46:49

To me, Baxter is a dog. Something big and chunky.

LeChien Wed 05-Aug-15 13:50:05

Not your baby, it doesn't matter a jot if you don't like the name.

FatherHenderson Wed 05-Aug-15 13:51:24

It's a fine name. Ok, a bit unusual, but not everyone should be called Oliver or Thomas

didwedotherightthing Wed 05-Aug-15 13:51:57

Le Chien are you new to MN?!!

chocolatechip123 Wed 05-Aug-15 13:52:21

Oh no, Stanley Baxter!

TheCowThatLaughs Wed 05-Aug-15 13:52:55

It's not a very nice name at all imo. Reminds me of Adrian mole and soup.

SoupDragon Wed 05-Aug-15 13:53:46

Not your baby, it doesn't matter a jot if you don't like the name.

No shit, Sherlock.

CasualJersey Wed 05-Aug-15 13:59:24

I like it.
It's quite American (think Hunter )
But it's different but not weird.

Sophronia Wed 05-Aug-15 14:02:58

Baxter means "female Baker" (just like Webster is a "female weaver")

ArseForElbow Wed 05-Aug-15 14:04:21

Reminds me of a dog.

squoosh Wed 05-Aug-15 14:07:23

Very American preppy. I wouldn't be crazy about it but I wouldn't be horrified by it either. In fact I think I'd even grow to like it after a while......assuming the child wasn't a little horror.

Surnames as first names are here to stay.

squoosh Wed 05-Aug-15 14:08:27

A damn sight better than Cedric or Herbert or some of the other names mentioned here recently!

LeChien Wed 05-Aug-15 14:47:41

"Le Chien are you new to MN?!!"

No, are you?

I usually manage to stay away from the baby names section, I'm not sure why I strayed in this afternoon.
I just find it very odd that a post is started slating a name, an identifying, unusual name, when it's not even the op using it.

didwedotherightthing Wed 05-Aug-15 14:52:35

I wouldn't choose that name as it sounds a bit canine. I also dislike very common and very uncommon names in equal measure!

LeChien, do people ever post here slating their own name choices? And are we only meant to post on MN to seek opinions on things that directly and personally affect us?

Fishwives Wed 05-Aug-15 14:52:52

I agree with Squoosh - US surname-as-name preppy, like Hunter/Cooper. Seems to be starting something of a trend over here. Not wild about it personally, but aren't you afraid your SIL will read this? Pretty identifying with an unusual name, and you identifying yourself...?

LeChien Wed 05-Aug-15 14:56:53

Yes I know didwe, but as far as I'm aware I'm also allowed to post what I did confused.
It just comes a cross as very mean, that's my opinion.

ATravellingCircusCame Wed 05-Aug-15 15:04:47

I know a Baxter, with a similarly American surnamey named brother. I think it's awful, but as with all names you eventually get used to it and just come to accept it as that child.

(Except the child in DD's class called Maud, which I've yet to come to terms with, despite them being in year 6).

Strokethefurrywall Wed 05-Aug-15 20:21:37

I like it, wouldn't even raise an eyebrow over here.

And definitely better than the old man names being done to death. But then I like surnames for first names so I'm biased.

Shadow1986 Wed 05-Aug-15 20:24:53

I know two baxters - both dogs.

Having said that I don't think it's horrendous, there are much worse names. I would just smile and say 'ah that's nice' as if it's the name they have chosen why spoil it for them.

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