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elevenweekstogo Mon 21-Mar-16 07:18:43

Do you think I've named my baby after Stacey in Eastenders???

DC2 due soon. First son is named Austin and so far my boys names are between Henry, Arthur and my DH likes Rafferty.

Girls names are Sylvie Ada, Robyn, Nina, Iris, Thea, Una.

I'm confident we could get a girls name but if it was a boy would everyone think we'd copied Eastenders? (I don't watch soaps and have no idea what characters are called. )

What do you think of our names?

mogloveseggs Mon 21-Mar-16 07:25:53

Arthur is lovely. I like ada and iris best out of your list for a girl, but they're all lovely. I don't watch eastenders though.

StitchesInTime Mon 21-Mar-16 07:27:50

I think of King Arthur rather than Eastenders, but then I don't watch Eastenders.

Luciferbox Mon 21-Mar-16 07:29:31

I think it's a lovely name that I couldn't use because our surname turns it into an old sitcom character.

mrsschu Mon 21-Mar-16 08:08:24

Would never connect it to Eastenders!!! I quite like it and I adore nn Art.

Botchit Mon 21-Mar-16 08:11:35

Wouldn't think of Eastenders at all. Your other names are lovely, but seem less popular than Arthur. If you're concerned about popularity, be warned, there are lots of baby Arthurs around at he moment.

murphyslaws Mon 21-Mar-16 08:13:18

As soon as I read title I though Arthur Daily . Sorry

AuntieStella Mon 21-Mar-16 08:13:44

I would think of Eastenders, but of Arthur husband of Pauline.

Even the lovely Bradley James didn't alter my way of seeing it as an old man's name (probably a man in a beige cardigan).

camelfinger Mon 21-Mar-16 08:16:16

It's nice, but I don't watch Eastenders. I'd think more of Arthur Fowler than Stacey's baby! i don't think that people would make that link, and characters do tend to leave quite quickly anyway. Go for it, it's a good choice!

AutumnRose1988 Mon 21-Mar-16 08:55:12

I might be wrong but I don't think people watch Eastenders how they used to - I can remember chatting about it 15 years ago and all my friends watching it but I literally hear no one speak about it anymore and I wouldn't have known Arthur was a character from the programme. When I hear Arthur I would think you like the middle class, classic/vintage name trend and the names will never go out of fashion :-). Also he can be Artie for short. Much prefer it to Henry and Rafferty is ok but could sound a bit tragic but I think it does depend on trends where you live as it would just sound common where I'm from but I imagine it could be quite posh down south X

SolsburyHell Mon 21-Mar-16 08:57:08

When you say Arthur, I think Fowler. I don't know any in real life, that's why.

hollyisalovelyname Mon 21-Mar-16 09:01:52

I think Guinness.
Arthur Guinness founded the brewery and a couple of years ago as a marketing ploy 'Arthur's Day' was introduced. I'm not sure if it was world wide ir just based in Ireland.
There were gigs on- I remember my older dcs went to some.

KaraokeQueenOfTheNorth Mon 21-Mar-16 09:19:44

I think King Arthur. (And the little boy from DD's preschool). I think its a lovely name.

Jemimapuddleduk Mon 21-Mar-16 09:21:51

I love it. You have my 2 dc's names in your list and others that were on our shortlist. We obviously have the same fabulous taste in names! You can't go wrong with any of those choices.

sonlypuppyfat Mon 21-Mar-16 09:25:01

I went to school with an Arthur, this was in the days of Gary and Darren, and I used to think poor boy fancy being stuck with an old man's name, and I still think that

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Mon 21-Mar-16 09:32:28

Well I would probably pick another name if his big brother is Austin but that's not because of any particular connotations, just for me the two names don't run together.

By itself it's a fine old name. I haven't met any baby Arthurs.

If pressed, King Arthur then a cartoon aardvark crossed my mind. I don't watch EE.

bingeddybongo Mon 21-Mar-16 09:45:29

I've got an Arthur smile The only connection anyone ever makes with him where I am is with King Arthur, but I'm not in the UK. And I haven't watched Eastenders for a good ten years I'd say, but Arthur Fowler never even occurred to me! ;)

FishWithABicycle Mon 21-Mar-16 09:47:25

I vetoed Arthur despite it being one of DHs favourite names because whilst I don't watch eastenders now I used to in the 80s and Arthur for me is Arthur Fowler middle aged in slippers and having a nervous breakdown. I couldn't imagine calling a baby that name not just because of that but because it's in the same category for me as Mavis and Edna - names that belong to a previous age. However, Mavis and Edna have been making a comeback and I suppose Arthur will too

Ludwsys Mon 21-Mar-16 10:15:18

I watch eastenders but I wouldn't have thought of either of the Arthur Fowlers (being the full name of both the granddad and the baby). I know one who is in year 4, so age 9. He suits it.

DaisyFranceLynch Mon 21-Mar-16 10:34:45

I don't watch Eastenders and don't even know who Stacey is, let alone Arthur. I think it's a nice, slightly old-fashioned name of a type which has been coming back into fashion recently (our grandparents'/great grandparents' generation of names). So maybe Eastenders is just reflecting this trend.

Henry is more popular but in a sort of evergreen way (like James or William, the sort of name that is almost always in the top twenty) and Rafferty feels more trendy. I think of it as being an arty middle-class sort of name. Wasn't one of Jude Law's children called Rafferty?

DaisyFranceLynch Mon 21-Mar-16 10:37:07

I like all of them though. I think Rafferty and Henry work a bit better with Austin (partly because of Arthur starting with the same initial) but any of them could work.

MamaLazarou Mon 21-Mar-16 13:50:38

Arthur is a brilliant name.

I don't like Rafferty at all. It sounds like the name of a posh cartoon snake with a monocle.

Izzyathome Tue 22-Mar-16 23:35:16

Yup Aurthur Fowler here too! But that connection is way out of date and with all the baby Arthurs around now it will soon only be associated with little ones.

UntilTheCowsComeHome Wed 23-Mar-16 08:47:54

I always want to say it in a strangled Cockney accent a la Eastenders when hear the name.


BatmanLovesPeaceAndQuiet Wed 23-Mar-16 08:49:18

I think Weasley, but I know real life child Arthurs and I only connect their name with themselves, if you see what I mean!

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