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Naming our baby after a natural disaster?

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bellowbullow Tue 08-Dec-15 11:43:48

I am pregnant - don't know the sex. My DH and I have long been settled on the name of Eden for our first born daughter. We both love the name, as well as the nn Edie.

In addition, my DH grew up in the Eden Valley, in Cumbria, and we feel that the name is a nod to a beautiful part of the world, which means a lot to both of us. We don't live in the area, but have close family and friends that do.

You've probably seen that, over the past few days, the River Eden has massively flooded and devastated thousands of homes in the Eden Valley (Carlisle, Appleby etc.). Those closest to us have not been flooded, but we have many acquaintances who have been deeply affected and whose lives have been shattered as a result.

I suppose my question is, would you continue to use the name? Baby is not due for a few months, so a little way off, but from past experience, we know that many people will still not be back in their homes by then. Would it be bad taste/bad luck?

To be honest, I am reluctant to look for another name. The flooding does not detract from our affection for the Eden Valley, and in many ways reinforces the wild, natural beauty of the area.

What do you think?

BitchPeas Tue 08-Dec-15 11:45:14

I think it will be fine! Eden is a lovely name.

ThornyBird Tue 08-Dec-15 11:47:21

You are over thinking it smile.

It's a lovely name and while it has relevance to what is going on in Cumbria now, I suspect the vast majority would never make the link, especially in a few months time.

Matildatoldsuchdreadfullies Tue 08-Dec-15 11:49:42

I thought you were going for 'Desmond'.

I wouldn't have even seen a flood link to Eden (actually my first thought with Eden was the Eden Project in Cornwall).

Honestly, no one will ever make the link. And it's a nice name.

squoosh Tue 08-Dec-15 11:49:48

But Eden isn't the name of a natural disaster is it? 'Flood' is.

You're really overthinking this.

moogalicious Tue 08-Dec-15 11:50:42

Just use Edie <biased>

juneau Tue 08-Dec-15 11:52:58

Yes, you're over-thinking it and no one will make that connection.

FWIW I have a friend who got pregnant in the aftermath of a hurricane that hit the small island where she and her DH were living. The baby's middle name is the name of that hurricane, because without that natural disaster hitting them she says they wouldn't have been so lax about contraception!

WowOoo Tue 08-Dec-15 12:09:44

Matilda, you saying Desmond has made me laugh so much. If it is a boy, you always have that as an option.

Go for it. Edie is a lovely nickname, I agree moogalicious

BadlyBehavedShoppingTrolley Tue 08-Dec-15 12:11:01

I don't think people will make the connection at all. I came onto the thread expecting to see that you wanted to call your baby Desmond. grin

BadlyBehavedShoppingTrolley Tue 08-Dec-15 12:11:20

haha - not the only one I see!!!

Pootles2010 Tue 08-Dec-15 12:12:35

Agree with others - Eden is the name of the valley, not the disaster! That's Desmond as others have said grin. It's a lovely name.

ThePartyArtist Tue 08-Dec-15 12:40:07

I think people are more likely to think of the Garden of Eden!

bellowbullow Tue 08-Dec-15 16:11:53

Thanks for all the responses. I don't think that people in general will associate the name with the floods. The river probably isn't that well known across the country, even with the recent news coverage.

I am more worried that our friends and family who live in the area, and who have (to an extent) been affected by the flooding will think that the name choice is insensitive or in some way insulting to those who are suffering. They will immediately link the name to the river/valley.

Probably overthinking...

BondJayneBond Tue 08-Dec-15 16:55:07

I think you're overthinking this.

Yes, people living near the River Eden will naturally associate the name Eden with the River. But they'll have loads of non-flood associations for the river as well. Walks by the river, scenic views of the river, etc etc. They're not likely to automatically think of devastation if they hear Eden.

If you were naming your child the same name as the storm, now that would be a different matter....

Oysterbabe Tue 08-Dec-15 21:49:25

I love the name Eden. We were talking about it as a potential boys name actually. I think it could work for either.

mmmminx Tue 08-Dec-15 21:54:02

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DramaAlpaca Tue 08-Dec-15 21:57:40

In the nicest possible way, you're overthinking it. Eden is fine, a very nice name. I'm from that area (but don't live there now) and wouldn't have an issue with it at all.

KimmySchmidtsSmile Tue 08-Dec-15 22:03:30

I thought you were going for Katrina.
I think Eden will be fine and as for friends in the area, new beginnings, hope etc often comes with a newborn.

Belle9985 Tue 08-Dec-15 22:05:09

Eden is really nice - go with it!

Lolimax Tue 08-Dec-15 22:07:51

I thought I was coming on here to find you were about to call your new baby tsunami or monsoon. I think Eden is lovely.

regenerationfez Tue 08-Dec-15 22:09:37

Eden is lovely. I'd think of the Garden of Eden, rather than a natural disaster. Edie is lovely too.

CocktailQueen Tue 08-Dec-15 22:10:41

Can see what you mean, op, especially as you have such close links to the area and people will identify your baby with the river, but honestly, I think it's fine. And it is a lovely name!

SpendSpendSpend Tue 08-Dec-15 22:16:52

Eden is a boys name.

I think people will automatically think shes male if they see her name written down.

dd has a name that is much more common in boys and it pisses me off when prescription lables have master written on them instead of miss. The sex on the prescription clearly states F not M and yet they still type master on the prescription label.

But other than that i dont think people will associate the name with the town that flooded, but more with the garden of eden

CocktailQueen Tue 08-Dec-15 22:32:47

Eden is not a boy's name!!! At least, not solely. I would think it was a girl's name rather than a boy's name.

bailey23 Tue 08-Dec-15 22:34:00

I live slap bang in the middle of all the recent flooding, luckily I haven't been personally affected although I know plenty who have, but I think it's fine to call your DC Eden. It's a lovely name and I don't see it as being insensitive at all.
From what I've witnessed these last few days, the flooding shouldn't define the county now, it should be the amazing community spirit and generosity that does. It's been incredible watching everybody pull together and I'm so proud to live in this area

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