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Is Billy a 'chav' name?

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RedSky16 Thu 01-Sep-16 16:07:46

I hate the word 'chav', but I'm not sure how to ask...

I love the name Billy (William) but I've heard bad things about it sad I don't want him to be judged...

Bert2e Thu 01-Sep-16 16:11:49

Sorry but yes in my book - Will is much more middle class!

Soubriquet Thu 01-Sep-16 16:15:31


A friend has a Billy. Suits him to a t

MrsHulk Thu 01-Sep-16 16:23:29

I wouldn't say so,

Vinegartitsvera Thu 01-Sep-16 16:25:55

I don't think it's chavvy. I quite like it. Also like Bill.

pieceofpurplesky Thu 01-Sep-16 16:26:33

My influence is as a teacher and Kids called Billy tend to be a bit .... Lively. I hate the word chav but if you mean from a deprived background then yes, predominantly.
Will is lovely.

MrsJayy Thu 01-Sep-16 16:27:27

will is much more middle class 😃 that made me laugh, the Billys i know are normal men/boys its a fine name

Pinkponiesrock Thu 01-Sep-16 16:27:56

We have a William but he is also know as Will, Wills, Bills, Willsy, most variations really but not Billy or Willie!
He's a crazy blond surfer haired tanned looking little guy, he suits them all.,

monkeygone Thu 01-Sep-16 17:00:25

In my opinion yes, sorry.

passingthrough1 Thu 01-Sep-16 17:50:59

I would say yes if Billy on the birth certificate, if William on the BC and you just use as a nickname then it doesn't really matter .. When he's older he can use William if needs be.

Mrsmorton Thu 01-Sep-16 17:53:53

Agree with passing about BC.
The nice thing about a name like William is that it can be abbreviated in so many ways. I have a name like that and different groups of people call me different nicknames. I love it because I can always tell where someone knows me from! Like if my brother has introduced me it would be "William" (not my name obvs), my dad would be "BB", my mum "Wills", university would be "Billy" and so on. That way he can choose what he likes as well.

TheNaze73 Thu 01-Sep-16 17:56:19

My godson is a William. Mainly gets called Will but, gets Bill, Billy, Billybob etc etc.

Wouldn't say it was a chav name

MrsJayy Thu 01-Sep-16 17:59:21

William Is a family name no a few Billy's kicking about think we are too working class for Wills [gron]

MrsJayy Thu 01-Sep-16 17:59:59

Oh grin obviously

Sophronia Thu 01-Sep-16 18:08:35

I don't think it is. Billy/Bill is my favourite nn for it.

mouldycheesefan Thu 01-Sep-16 18:11:44

No absolutely not.
But use William on birth certificate then he csn be any number of variants.
I like Billy but not Bill, it's an old mans name.

Bluesand1 Thu 01-Sep-16 18:30:32

William is used by all classes including working class imo

MrsGsnow18 Thu 01-Sep-16 19:31:51

I'm not sure about the rest of the U.K but it's not a name I'd use in Ireland. It would have certain preconceived ideas attached to it ( King Billy) in some areas. Not in any way 'class' related though.
Bill is awesome though.

SteviebunsBottrittrundle Thu 01-Sep-16 19:38:19

Was just about to say the same as mrsgsnow. In parts of Ireland the King Billy connection might be problematic. It would put me off a bit.

eightbluebirds Thu 01-Sep-16 19:44:22

Where I live - yes! Just a little bit. I wouldn't let that put you off though

DixieNormas Thu 01-Sep-16 19:50:29

I don't know any and I live in a very deprived area if that helps hmm

LoraLoves Thu 01-Sep-16 19:52:03

I do know a very lively farmer boy called William who is known as Billy. He has a little brother, Daniel known as Dan and a sister whose name I can't remember.

BestIsWest Thu 01-Sep-16 20:45:35

I find it difficult to imagine a fifty year old Billy. And I actually know one.

DaisyFranceLynch Thu 01-Sep-16 21:03:41

William is a really classic name and doesn't have any class associations for me. I know a few babies/toddlers called Billy (short for William) and their parents are very middle class. I'm in London if that's relevant.

I'd probably go for William on the birth certificate - which it sounds as if you're going to do anyway - since it would give him more flexibility as he grows up. Billy is cute for a little boy but he might want to be Will or Bill (or William) when he's older.

Nonameyet1 Thu 01-Sep-16 21:15:25

I don't think it is. I like it.

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