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Will Aleksander cause too many problems?

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Emotionsss Sat 03-Sep-16 00:57:25

Hi smile

We are expecting a son. Our favourite name is Aleksander. Will it cause too many problems?

We're Danish.


awfulpersonme Sat 03-Sep-16 01:04:55

I don't see why it would smile

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Sat 03-Sep-16 01:09:54

People might think he's named after the meerkat from the adverts.

ToffeeForEveryone Sat 03-Sep-16 01:10:54

And that would be awesome grin

Lorelei76 Sat 03-Sep-16 01:11:02

I know an English couple who named their son Aleksander.
I can't see why it would cause any issues.

Dontlaugh Sat 03-Sep-16 01:15:26

Spelling will be an issue if you are in the UK. Expect him to spend his life spelling out his name. If you're ok with that, carry on.

katemess12 Sat 03-Sep-16 02:09:12

I know an Aleksandra and an Aleksandr (no e) and it hasn't caused them any problems, but they are both Russian.

For a girl, I actually prefer the Aleksandra spelling. I don't see an issue with Aleksander smile

dontcrynow Sat 03-Sep-16 02:15:05

Spelling will be a problem if he is raised in the UK. Is there any readon why ypu dpn't want to use the UK spelling. Its a very nice name

dontcrynow Sat 03-Sep-16 02:15:44

Sorry for the typos-Im typing in the dark

Kitchenaide Sat 03-Sep-16 08:23:33

No, it will be fine. I would think it strange for you to use the British spelling to be honest if you are Danish and prefer it!

RiverTam Sat 03-Sep-16 08:29:26

It'll be fine, I should think the number of non-Alexander spelt Alexanders is rising every year.

TeaRexit Sat 03-Sep-16 08:30:42

I thought of the meerkat too, Im afraid.

BurnTheBlackSuit Sat 03-Sep-16 08:31:25

My first thought was Meercat.

BertrandRussell Sat 03-Sep-16 08:32:58

I am amazed that people think having to spell your name every single time and correct it every time you haven't would not be a problem. It would become incredibly boring over 80 years of life!

allegretto Sat 03-Sep-16 08:35:39

You never know where you ate going to end up. I have a very ordinary "properly " spelt English name. I moved to Italy 20 years ago and have to spell it all the time. Op's son might end up back in Denmark!

BertrandRussell Sat 03-Sep-16 08:37:34

Yes, he might. But he will have spent his school days spelling his name and correcting it. Beyond tedious.

RhinestoneCowgirl Sat 03-Sep-16 08:39:43

I might think you were Ukrainian, but if you like the spelling, it's up to you.

YABVVU Sat 03-Sep-16 08:43:07

Love the name but the spelling . . .not so much. In answer to your question, yes the spelling will cause all sorts of problems. Your Son will spend his whole life correcting spelling if he continues to live in the UK.

wigglesrock Sat 03-Sep-16 08:46:15

You don't meet, say and spell your name every day of your school days. My kids went in on their first day, stayed with the same class for the first seven years (4-11), my 5 year old knows how to spell one of her friends names correctly and it was one we hadn't heard of before.

You'll be fine with Aleksander, it's on the same par as Lukas, Sofia all of which are in my kids primary school classes.

Bin85 Sat 03-Sep-16 08:46:40

Will he be known as Alek?That's easy enough.

Lorelei76 Sat 03-Sep-16 11:21:28

Bertrand I know what you mean because I have to spell out both names but it's not like OP wants to call her son something stupid, it's just a different spelling to the one usually seen in the UK, like Sofia.

Btw I've never known the meerkats names, I must ask my Aleksander if he knows that.

isittimeforcoffee Sat 03-Sep-16 12:21:50

I have an Alexander (spelt the English way). His nickname is Meerkat smile

There is an Aleksander in his class at school (Polish child). As far as I know, that doesn't cause many issues. My son is called Alex, and the other boy is called by his first name. Yes, he will have to spell it out as he gets older, but then again, most people end up having to spell their names out these days. I have a really common first name and I spell it out automatically now.

alltouchedout Sat 03-Sep-16 12:29:03

My sons have Polish names (the kind that there is an English version of too, so not Jaroslaw or Zbigniew or anything that will completely throw English speakers) and our only issue has been gently reminding schools etc about the correct spelling. I'm so used to saying "with an f not ph/ with ks not an x" that it just comes out automatically when I have to tell anyone who might need to write down their names.

alltouchedout Sat 03-Sep-16 12:32:03

And there is such a huge range of cultures and ethnicities at their school that needing to ask how to spell a child's name is perfectly normal and common for all of us.

Lorelei76 Sat 03-Sep-16 12:57:37

Bertrand, I'm honestly amazed - is this really you? - that you think the Danish OP should spell her son's name the English way to save him hassle. I see your point, I'm sick of spelling my name out after 40 years. But is it really you? Or is that thing of "similar poster names" doing the rounds?

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