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Cosycottage4 Sat 09-Apr-16 15:00:56

Really struggling with names for DD2, DH and I keep coming up with ideas then vetoing for one reason or another.

Portia came up on a thread I read last night and I think it's beautiful. Obv wouldn't want the car connotations but not sure if that's where people's minds would go on first hearing?

What does everyone think?

tellmemore1982 Sat 09-Apr-16 15:05:35

It's very mc, but if you don't mind that then go for it. I really like it, make sure you read the MoV to be certain!

madwomanbackintheattic Sat 09-Apr-16 15:07:09

I know three cats called Portia, but no humans. It's a little bit 'Jacintha' for me, and I can only really envisage a posh leggy blonde wearing preppy gear hanging out in Cowes, but there's nothing really wrong with it if that's your bag? (I'm from the cheaper end of the sailing spectrum. Happy to hang out on other people's boats but can't afford one myself)
The cats are lovely though - they are all sleek expensive pedigree things, not fat fluffy moggies. Portia's are definitely groomed...

Cosycottage4 Sat 09-Apr-16 15:55:06

Ha! I think I may also have met a cat called portia grin

I'm not too bothered by the mc thing really, more that people would think we'd named her after the car...

It's such a difficult one!

PortiaCastis Sat 09-Apr-16 15:55:39

Good choice

IoraRua Sat 09-Apr-16 15:56:43

It is a bit jolly hockey sticks. I'm not a fan at all personally (i think it sounds a bit heavy, same problem with Claudia), but nothing hugely wrong with it.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sat 09-Apr-16 15:57:37

I know a 15 year old Portia and a 1 year old Portia. It's a nice name.

tellmemore1982 Sat 09-Apr-16 15:57:50

Most people here pronounce the car like "Porsh", which I guess there is a risk of portia being shortened to. I wouldn't make the connection unless you had a Porsche, otherwise there could be far worse connections

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Sat 09-Apr-16 15:59:55

There was a Portia in Hollyoaks.

Very 'Shameless' style family. Opposite of posh...

Itinerary Sat 09-Apr-16 16:20:01

It is rather sterotypically posh.

The only real Portia I can think of is Portia de Rossi, but it turns out she didn't start life as a Portia, she was Amanda Lee Rogers.

mrsschu Sat 09-Apr-16 16:28:16

Not a fan either. It does sound very posh. Never met one in real life so it would make me think of Portia de Rossi, whose real name was Amanda incidentally.

Cosycottage4 Mon 11-Apr-16 21:09:14

Oh dear it doesn't seem to be a popular choice!! confused

user7755 Mon 11-Apr-16 21:11:28

No. Hey Hey Portia, I think I wanna ? ya!

I haven't imagined that song have I (even if i have forgotten the words!)

Cosycottage4 Mon 11-Apr-16 21:17:23

Haha I've never heard that one?!

AlleyCatandRastaMouse Mon 11-Apr-16 21:19:27

Absolutely love it. Very Shakespeare😄. Portia deRossa does it justice too.

user7755 Mon 11-Apr-16 21:22:19

I spelled it wrong though

Hepzibar Mon 11-Apr-16 21:23:25

The first thing I thought of when I saw the thread title was Merchant of Venice.

I think it's a lovely name. XH's Dsis was called Portia ( although the family called her Port)

EnriqueTheRingBearingLizard Mon 11-Apr-16 21:36:34

I automatically think Quality of Mercy and not anything else.
Shakespeare was a playwright for the people.

I wanted it but unfortunately DH is an absolute heathen.

Absolutelyfabulously Mon 11-Apr-16 21:38:53

I think Portia De Rossi, Ellen's wife

AmIbeingaBitch Mon 11-Apr-16 21:52:57

I love her.

AmIbeingaBitch Mon 11-Apr-16 22:03:12

Point have to have true character to carry that sort of name.

MrsCaecilius Tue 12-Apr-16 09:44:08

Knew one at school. I love it - says 'Shakespeare' to me too.

If you like that you might also like Miranda or Rosanna?

ChannelFiftySeven Tue 12-Apr-16 09:46:54

LOVE this name. My daughter would have been one but it doesn't go with our surname sadsadsad

usual Tue 12-Apr-16 09:49:33

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ABitAsleep Tue 12-Apr-16 09:51:13

Car imediatley springs to mind...

After that, a snobby, bratty, stereotypicaly posh and rich, nasty girl who goes to private school, lives off her parents money and has probably never worked in her life...

Also, i would how it is pronounced (porsh-ah), but it doesn't stop me saying it in my head as Port-ee-ah every time

can you tell i don't like it?

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