Thoughts on Mae/May as standalone first name

(53 Posts)
broodykg Wed 17-Aug-16 09:48:47

Basically what the title of the thread says.

Thanks

8angle Wed 17-Aug-16 09:51:24

I think it is a great name, months as names seem to be very in vogue at the moment - not sure if that is good or bad...

SavoyCabbage Wed 17-Aug-16 09:57:33

It's my grandmother's name and she says she finds people are unsure of her name when she says it to introduce herself. As its so short. She says it's worse on the phone. She over pronounces/elongates the 'a' sound.

It's a lovely name though.

Magazinepile Wed 17-Aug-16 09:57:47

I like it, short and sweet, simple and cute. Go for it! X

Magazinepile Wed 17-Aug-16 09:58:32

Should add dds "bff" is a Mae, I prefer that spelling and it's less common X

zazie7 Wed 17-Aug-16 09:59:49

Lovely. Simple and elegant. I prefer the May spelling.

Loyly Wed 17-Aug-16 10:01:10

It's timeless and lovely. I also prefer the May spelling.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Wed 17-Aug-16 10:01:42

I think it's boring. An overused word as well because of the month of May.

Hasn't a particularly nice sound to it.

Not dreadful but a bit bleugh.

SerenDippitee Wed 17-Aug-16 10:31:17

I think that the Mae spelling will date your DD as a child of the 2010s, but makes more sense if she won't be born in the month of May.

babyblabber Wed 17-Aug-16 10:36:16

I think it's lovely. Defo May over Mae though, much prettier and more classic.

SpeakNoWords Wed 17-Aug-16 10:40:56

It's ok, if you like it then go for it. You could also consider the Welsh spelling of Mai.

PotatoBread Wed 17-Aug-16 11:08:48

It was good enough for Mae West grin

Think I prefer the May spelling though.

DramaAlpaca Wed 17-Aug-16 11:28:03

I like it. It's a pretty name that's used as a middle name much too often these days and rarely as a first name, which is a shame.

I prefer the May spelling.

0pti0na1 Wed 17-Aug-16 11:30:22

I like May with this spelling.

JeanGenie23 Wed 17-Aug-16 11:30:44

I like it, I also had April shortlisted for DD

splendide Wed 17-Aug-16 11:31:35

I know a baby Mae - I think it's lovely

wesH Wed 17-Aug-16 11:35:09

May is lovely, Mae looks hillbilly-ish.

broodykg Wed 17-Aug-16 12:19:33

Thanks all.

Yeah I can't decide about the May or Mae spelling. Like May as it is the traditional way but just slightly unsure because it is the way the month is spelt and the word as in 'you may have that'.

Appreciate the views on the spelling although it seems quite divided.

Think a long middle name would be necessary for it.

DerelictMyBalls Wed 17-Aug-16 13:27:24

I like it. I'm sure there must be a reason why the 100 million people who chose May/May as a middle name ('after their granny') in recent years didn't choose it as a first name, but I can't think of one.

Definitely May rather than Mae, which is faddy, IMO.

TroysMammy Wed 17-Aug-16 13:31:07

Only if she is born in May. I think it bizarre that women are given month names when they are not born in that month.

IPityThePontipines Wed 17-Aug-16 13:33:45

I love it very much and think you can choose it regardless of the month of birth.

I also prefer the May spelling, as then she won't have to go through life correcting other people's spelling of it.

daisypond Wed 17-Aug-16 14:36:53

May is a short form of Mary and Margaret - hence why it was more common when Mary and Margaret were common as names. I don't actually associate it with the month at all. It's a nice name. I'm not keen on Mae as a spelling.

MrsGsnow18 Wed 17-Aug-16 15:53:07

I prefer the Mae spelling as it separates the name from the month/ word may.

SerenDippitee Wed 17-Aug-16 20:21:30

You could also consider the Welsh spelling of Mai.

Pronounced 'my', to rhyme with 'pie'.

sophiepumpkin Wed 17-Aug-16 21:28:07

I have a friend with a daughter called Maeve which they shorten to Mae.

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