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Is Arrietty a daft name?

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Quasilulu Thu 05-May-16 01:06:53

I've fallen in love with it. Knock some sense into me please!

RainIsAGoodThing Thu 05-May-16 01:15:04

It's a Borrower's name.

It's not the oddest I've heard. And I did love the book as a child.

What about Hetty?

DottyButtons Thu 05-May-16 01:38:21

It's beautiful

LeaLeander Thu 05-May-16 01:48:58


MrsTerryPratchett Thu 05-May-16 01:50:22

I like it.

Halfbaked Thu 05-May-16 01:53:48

I love it

MarthaCliffYouCunt Thu 05-May-16 02:24:33

Is it a real name?

FoxesSitOnBoxes Thu 05-May-16 02:42:32

Google says it was made up for the Borrowers. I'm not sure if that would put you off. I think it's really pretty.
The only thing is that Google also says it is supposedly from Harriet and now I can't stop hearing it as Harrietty but with a dropped H. I think that's just me thougg

SomeDaysIDontGiveAMonkeys Thu 05-May-16 02:43:21


Sazbird Thu 05-May-16 02:46:29

Martha I know a kid called deezul. Nowadays people make them up to be unique. I'm finding that traditional names are rare which is why my ds's are Jonathon, Matthew, James and Christine (for my mum). They all have middle names relating to either our or their grandparents.

AyeAmarok Thu 05-May-16 03:00:43

I'd go with Harriet personally with Hattie/Hettie/maybe Arietty as a nickname.

Littlemisslovesspiders Thu 05-May-16 03:09:12

Sorry but no.

Fortunatepiggy Thu 05-May-16 03:10:02

Think it would be better with an i on the end instead of a y. Then I think I would just think it was Italian .. It sounds quite nice

MarthaCliffYouCunt Thu 05-May-16 03:16:11

shock @ deezul!

Laquila Thu 05-May-16 03:21:21

I do know of an Arrietty, with a sister called Isadora! I think it's a sweet name, and I love the books, but only you know whether you can cope with years of people saying "Harriety?" and looking puzzled.

ThumbWitchesAbroad Thu 05-May-16 03:28:58

People who have read the Borrowers will recognise its provenance immediately.
I quite like it but would sooner go for the Greek Ariadne instead.
I agree that people who don't recognise it will expect it has an H at the beginning, like Harriet.

But as made up names go, it's many miles above a lot of them!

GinIsIn Thu 05-May-16 03:39:25

I like it! Yes, it was made up for 'The Borrowers', but Wendy was made up for Peter Pan and Shakespeare created the name Jessica, so why not?

Starman16 Thu 05-May-16 03:52:55

I know of an Arietty - I think it's very pretty. I immediately think of the Borrowers, I didn't realise it was a 'made up' name just for that book tbh - as a PP said a lot of 'proper' names were made up at some point!

mathanxiety Thu 05-May-16 04:50:26

Yes, it is a daft name.

I'm not sure Jessica is entirely Shakespearean. I think he may have adapted it from a Biblical name.

Sophronia Thu 05-May-16 05:43:06

Yes, Jessica comes from the Biblical name Iscah/Jescha.

I prefer Harriet to Arrietty.

msrisotto Thu 05-May-16 06:46:52

I know an Arietty. When I first heard it I immediately thought of the borrowers, but her mum said not many people made the link. I prefer it to Harriet.

Costacoffeeplease Thu 05-May-16 06:56:47

As a nickname fine, as a proper name - don't be ridiculous

wannabestressfree Thu 05-May-16 06:58:49

I love it..... I teach children with far more ridiculous names!

AuntieStella Thu 05-May-16 06:59:27

Yes, I think it was made up of the book and unlike other coined names, never really caught on.

So yes, I think it's still seen as weird but I think it's OK as a name.

JonSnowsBeardClippings Thu 05-May-16 07:00:43

It's really daft

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