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1 week old DS - should I change his name?

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Natalie12288 Sat 23-Jan-16 13:08:11

DH is Irish and he picked Cormac (we live in Ireland)... We are now planning on moving to England and I want to change his name to Ciaran, Dillon or Ronan... Should we!? sad middle name is James (my dad's name) and LN is MacCarthy... x

originalmavis Sat 23-Jan-16 13:10:05

What's wrong with Cormac?

sophorifichobnob Sat 23-Jan-16 13:11:41

So in the week since having your son you have decided out of blue to move to England? Most people are still trying to go their head round life with a newborn. Respect.

MummaGiles Sat 23-Jan-16 13:11:46

Aside from the fact that Cormac McCarthy is a very famous novelist/playwrite I don't see why you should change it unless you really don't like it, and the famous name think shouldn't necessarily be a reason either. Personally I think Cormac is a lovely name but I like an Irish name (DH wouldn't let me use one though).

EssentialHummus Sat 23-Jan-16 13:12:28

Cormac is a lovely name, what is prompting your thinking on changing it? Is it to do with moving to England?

My only "concern"/negative is that there is a famous American writer called Cormac McCarthy, but not sure how much of a big deal that is to you.

FellOutOfBedTwice Sat 23-Jan-16 13:13:25

I have taught a couple of Cormacs in London and no one raised an eyebrow. One was somewhat overweight and did earn the unfortunate nickname "Big Mac" but the name itself is very nice.

ILikeUranus Sat 23-Jan-16 13:13:47

Cormac is a lovely name, no need to change that for England (and no point, especially as all the alternatives are Irish too). The only reason to change it is if you don't like it anymore.

Janek Sat 23-Jan-16 13:20:30

Are you concerned it would actually be a different name in england? My dp is Cormac, his parents pronounce is cor mac (with a rhotic r), i (and everyone else around here) pronounce it caw mac (because we don't pronounce Rs).

I was once mocked by an (irish) friend of a friend, for saying his name wrong, but i think he thought the name should be more cor muc, which is not how my Cormac pronounces it. So i was getting two sounds wrong, iyswim.

If the 'r' part of the name is what you like, then perhaps you should change it. I would imagine you could train english people to say caw muc, but you'd be on a hiding to nothing trying to get cor muc, i'd say. Unless you move to cornwall.

Janek Sat 23-Jan-16 13:21:13

Fwiw we have an Aoife. She has had no trouble with her name, in england.

ThirtyNineWeeks Sat 23-Jan-16 13:21:31

I prefer Cormac.

duckyneedsaclean Sat 23-Jan-16 13:23:22

Ds1 was Tobias for his first week, then I woke up one day and hated it. Hadn't thought about that for years, it's be really odd if that was his name now.

But if you like Cormac, keep it.

CrystalMcPistol Sat 23-Jan-16 13:48:02

Cormac is a lovely name (nicer than the other ones you mention). Why do you want to change it? I can't see it being a name that presents any problems in England.

Unless you've just gone off it in which case it's no big deal changing a name so early on in a child's life. Lots of people do it.

Natalie12288 Sat 23-Jan-16 14:31:41

Nooo, we aren't moving yet! We thought we would move to England, before we even had him, but then we agreed we would wait until he started nursery, but now we are thinking for when he is around a year old! (I'm from England)... I have really gone off Cormac... (We say it Core-mack) when I say his name, it doesn't feel like him...

sophorifichobnob Sat 23-Jan-16 14:48:14

Maybe you could find a name with the same meaning that you like?

Doublebubblebubble Sat 23-Jan-16 14:50:28

Aw Cormac is a lovely name x

NadiaWadia Sat 23-Jan-16 14:54:10

I think Cormac is nice too. And more unusual than your alternatives.

hawaiibaby Sat 23-Jan-16 15:55:46

I prefer your alternates but obviously that's irrelevant. Change it if you want to - I know what you mean about making it easier for the child - I had an unusual French name living in England and still struggle with it now! Some people love unusual names and don't care about that side of it, some do - it's totally up to you.

That said, I have a cousin called Cormac (in Ireland admittedly) but I don't think anyone would struggle with the pronounciation - it's kind of written how it sounds isn't it?

PS - congratulations!

PunkAssMoFo Sat 23-Jan-16 18:44:25

Cormac is way better than other choices. I don't see why it would be an issue in England.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Sat 23-Jan-16 18:57:51

If he's not been registered yet. Then its absolutely no problem to change his name. He's only a week old, so its not like he knows his name, is it. I think when you mention about the name Cormack not being him. Could be your bsbys way of subconsciously telling you, that. The name doesn't suit him.
I'm sure we've all know or at least know of someone who has said. I had the name Mary for example, but she just want a Mary, She had the name Olivia, again for example written all over her.

Crumpet1 Sat 23-Jan-16 19:00:54

I didn't like my 2nd ds's name at first, went out of my way to say it. Now he is nearly 2 and I'm fine with it. Can't say I love it but it feels natural.
You'll know deep down if it's a name you can't live with. Give yourself a week to decide and then stick with whatever you choose.

Fwiw I like Cormack but I also like Ronan

GabiSolis Sat 23-Jan-16 19:31:58

OP, I don't think it would be that difficult a name in England so if that's your only reason for changing it then I maybe wouldn't. Fwiw I think the other names you listed are nicer but there's nothing wrong with Cormac either.

Izzyathome Sat 23-Jan-16 22:13:22

I LOVE Cormac! Cool but classy. The other names are fine but not as spot-on imo. No names quite sound as nice with an English accent, but this one translates fine. I would stick with it.

ByThePrickingOfMyThumbs Sat 23-Jan-16 22:17:11

I like Cormac too.

In my experience, it does feel weird calling a new baby a name you've chosen for a bit. I felt a bit self conscious about calling my newborns by their name for a while. Obviously it feels natural now!

StitchesInTime Sat 23-Jan-16 22:18:01

I don't think that Cormac would cause any problems as a name in England.

But if you've gone off the name, that's a whole different issue.

coconutmonkey Sat 23-Jan-16 23:19:14

Unless you are planning on moving to Cornwall (where Cormac is the council road maintanance company) I would keep Comic, it's a lovely name!

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