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Names you're not "brave" enough to use?

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00100001 Thu 14-Apr-16 08:37:44

If any?

I would love Tracy as a boys name, but DH vetoed it!

I also love Jesse for a boy, but again DH doesn't like it - boo hiss rah

Any from you?

Elllicam Thu 14-Apr-16 08:44:47

Gwyn, Gwydion, Gwyneth. All lovely but I don't live in Wales smile also love Clover and Dove.

Sophronia Thu 14-Apr-16 09:54:22

So many!



crapfatbanana Thu 14-Apr-16 09:59:47


But they're still on the list just in case I ever have another. Which is very unlikely, but still...

The one name we chickened out of using as a first name for our eldest daughter was Winifred. She got it as a middle name and has a ridiculously popular/common first name. I kind of regret not being brave enough to go for Winifred.

YourLeftElbow Thu 14-Apr-16 10:13:09


ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 14-Apr-16 10:25:16


JC23 Thu 14-Apr-16 10:27:21

For me it was Julian.
It was one of my favourite names for DS1 who is now 10. But everyone made faces and told me it was "gay".

ABitAsleep Thu 14-Apr-16 10:33:19

Mika - Becuase everybody will think it's short for Michaela or that she's named after the singer.
Autumn - Because i just don't think i'm brave enough to use a season, rather than a 'proper' name.
Lilly - Because everybody will say it's spelt wrong.
Berrie - Becuase Barry? Cherry? NO!
Zola - Becuase everybody will mistake it for Lola and it's just a little too out there.
Jana - Becuase nobody will know how to pronounce it.

I adore them all, and they will probably still be potential middle names, but i don't think i'm brave enough for the first names

LBOCS2 Thu 14-Apr-16 10:36:23

Isolde. Just a bit too much for DH.

He also vetoed Jemima on the basis of 'puddle duck'. I would totally have used it.

Thurlow Thu 14-Apr-16 10:37:23

Decca for a girl. Adore it, but I wouldn't even mention it to OH because he might just faint grin

Teacaddy Thu 14-Apr-16 10:54:46

I don't get this. I called DS the most gorgeous name I could think of. It was my idea, but DH was equally enthusiastic, and no one else knew until after he was born. I certainly didn't rush about 'auditioning' names with friends and family to see whether they met some arbitrary group criteria. It's Biblical, but at the very unusual end.

And I know several children with names listed above - I know two child Magnuses, several Constances, an adult and child Isolde/Iseult, several child Zacs, a child Florian and a Fabian. I know an adult Ariadne. My four year old has two Jesses in his pre-school.

These are in no way 'way out' - what exactly is frightening you about using them? There seem to be a lot of highly conservative DHs vetoing things. If family told me a name was 'too gay', I'd be considering hiring new family, tbh.

LBOCS2 Thu 14-Apr-16 10:59:07

To be fair though, the child is half your DP's. So they have to be able to have a veto too; that's how it works in most relationships. It's about finding one which suits both of you - and a lot of DPs appear to be quite conservative.

BertrandRussell Thu 14-Apr-16 11:01:49

Bear in mind who actually has to be brave if you use a name that appears to belong to the wrong gender, has to be spelled every time, is always mispronounced or which makes the kindest and most polite person in the world have to control a smile when they hear it..........

Obliviated Thu 14-Apr-16 11:04:34


I'm undecided whether it's cruel or not.

Gummibaers Thu 14-Apr-16 11:05:48

None of the names on this thread need 'bravery' imo. They're all lovely names that aren't overused as so many others. In fact, I prefer many of them to the many Ellies, Evies, Harrys, Archies, Ollies that I hear so often.

I agree - there is too much vetoing of names on here, we should all be more supportive of names outside the top 100.

00100001 Thu 14-Apr-16 11:20:51

There's much vetoing of names in RL, not just MN.

KoalaDownUnder Thu 14-Apr-16 11:25:38

My friend used Calypso.

I was so proud of her. grin

VilootShesCute Thu 14-Apr-16 11:31:30

I don't know why but I love Clementine. Clemmie.

VilootShesCute Thu 14-Apr-16 11:35:05

I love most of the names you lot have mentioned!

SoleBizzz Thu 14-Apr-16 11:36:32


Yokohamajojo Thu 14-Apr-16 11:38:50

Asterix, Mac, Lova

manicinsomniac Thu 14-Apr-16 12:51:52

Oh, so so many. For many and varied reasons - too 'posh', too 'hippy', too 'American' too 'foreign' etc.

Araminta, Atticus, Cressida, Evangeline, Griffin, Hermione, Isadora, Jocasta, Mirabelle, Montgomery, Octavia, Persephone, Rafferty, Rupert, Seraphina, Wilkie

Briar, Bluebell, Blue, Devon, Ebony, Eriskay, Elfie, Echo, Gypsy, Journey, Juniper, Kiki, Lyric, Misty, Ocean, Phoenix, Pixie, Raine, Rainbow, River, Rebel, Snow, Sugar, Storm, Star, Strawberry, Story, Skye, Sundance, Tansy, Whisper, Zillah, Zelda

Atlanta, Addison, Aubrey, Amberley, Brynn, Bailey, Carter, Cody, Camryn, Casey, Dakota, Emery, Emerson, Everly, Genesis, Grayson, Hadley, Kennedy, Kendall, Madison, Mackenzie, Mackenna, McKinley, Piper, Pepper, Parker, Preston, Quinn, Riley, Sydney, Sutton, Spencer

Aaliyah, Alba, Aya, Aneiran (sp?), Alejandro, Caoimhe, Eirlys, Farrah, Isis, Inaya, Jasminda, Kassra, Khadijah, Kiaan, Mika, Malaika, Neriah, Rivkah, Priya, Sorcha, Xanthippe

GuinefortGrey Thu 14-Apr-16 12:53:58

I had a little fantasy about having twins whom I would name Lettice and Cressida grin. Perhaps I shall write a children's book about them instead!

whifflesqueak Thu 14-Apr-16 12:56:10


I love it and would have used it if any of my family still lived on Orkney.

we all live in the Cotswolds now so he would be a little out of place...

TomHaverford Thu 14-Apr-16 13:09:05

Asher. Husband vetoed!

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