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PaulaHollywood Mon 31-Oct-16 00:25:37

I know a lot of people will immediately think "and Ashley" but to be honest that doesn't really bother me. I don't think of the Olsen twins in any negative way and it's not like anyone of DD's generation will know who they are.

So what are some honest opinions? I have a feeling it won't be popular on here! But I've loved it since I was young and it's always sort of stuck in my head. My other 2 favourite names are Emilia and Emma, but part of me thinks that if I chose either of them it would deep down be because I was anxious of what people would think of Mary-Kate and not want the negativity from it.

evaolli Mon 31-Oct-16 00:36:45

I think its really nice!

icantgetnosleep5 Mon 31-Oct-16 06:16:42

I really like Emma 😊
Tbh to me, mary-Kate seems like a name ud hear in the play boy mansion!
Especially with the hyphen. Mary as a stand alone name, to me, seems like a name tht would suit all ages much better

GinIsIn Mon 31-Oct-16 06:18:10

I also think of 'The Waltons' - it's a bit "goodnight John-Boy"

GinIsIn Mon 31-Oct-16 06:18:22

Emilia is lovely though

Dinosaursdontgrowontrees Mon 31-Oct-16 06:20:44

Love the names Mary and Kate but not with the hyphen. First name Mary middle name Kate is lovely.

Pemba Mon 31-Oct-16 06:23:45

Agree it is nice, but don't like hyphens. You can still say the whole name together without having to use a hyphen.

BellesBelles Mon 31-Oct-16 06:26:34

I like it. Even with the hyphen.

Footle Mon 31-Oct-16 06:30:28

Your daughter - you give her the name you love !

Sugarpiehoneyeye Mon 31-Oct-16 08:01:55

Lovely 😀

Pluto30 Mon 31-Oct-16 08:11:26

I think if Mary-Kate and Ashley were going to be forgotten, they would've been now. They're like Paris Hilton: not relevant, but not fading from peoples' memories either.

So, I don't like it. I like Mary with the middle name Kate, however.

SpunkyMummy Mon 31-Oct-16 08:13:47

I prefer Mary Katherine or Mary Kate.

But it's your daughter, so, go for the name you love smile

bankworker Mon 31-Oct-16 08:17:38

Really like t
Traditional sweet and unusual

avocadosweet Mon 31-Oct-16 08:19:41

I like it.

badtime Mon 31-Oct-16 10:39:20

I think people called Mary-Kate would traditionally have been called Mary Katherine/Catherine etc, but called the double name to differentiate them from all the other people called Mary (when it was a very popular name). Would you consider doing that, but call her Mary-Kate?

eyebrowsonfleek Mon 31-Oct-16 10:46:50

Mary-Kate and Ashley movies are great for sleepovers for 8 ish year olds.

The Olsen connotation is not a problem. They were cute child actors and are now willowy fashion designers like Victoria Beckham. Not a negative vibe at all.

I think that the name is a great combination of unusual and classical. Only avoid if Ashley is a middle name or surname.Otherwise very classy.

roseteapot101 Mon 31-Oct-16 10:56:04

it could be worst my mother almost called my sister sister mary jane before she realised its a drug nickname .I think its fairly nice but here is the name meaning it means the child you wish for,rebellion and bitter the name kate means to be pure

TrumpsFluffyHair Mon 31-Oct-16 13:10:44

It's very American Catholic.

Sophronia Mon 31-Oct-16 13:50:46

I like it, but I'd use it without the hyphen, or short for Mary Katherine

Jojo13 Mon 31-Oct-16 15:18:26

I massively don't like hyphenated names, so not a fan. Love the name Mary on its own though.
I wouldn't have given the Olsen twins a thought to be honest though which is I think your main reason for asking..

devilinmyshoes Mon 31-Oct-16 15:24:44

I've grown to love compound names (like Marie-Claire, Annalisa, Rosangela) maybe because I have one. They offer a bit of versatility at least!

Oysterbabe Mon 31-Oct-16 17:07:08

Mary is nice. Can't stand hyphenated first names.

PaulaHollywood Tue 01-Nov-16 08:03:59

thanks everyone
I'm not usually keen on hyphenated names either. I just worry that if I don't use the hyphen, people will just assume she is Mary. I went to school with a Laura May which was her full first name. When she first joined that is how she introduced herself but since there was no hyphen a lot of people seemed to forget and teachers etc would see her name and assume she was "just" Laura. Since she was new I think she was too shy to keep correcting people. So at school she was always Laura. It wasn't until I was invited to her house one day that I realised that Laura May was actually her full first name!

Some hyphen names don't seem to bother me as much. I know two ladies called Anna-Lisa and I've never really given the hyphen a second though. To be blunt (and sorry if it offends anyone), it's the -Rose, -Mae, -Grace that I'm not keen on.. I think Mary-Kate has a slightly different feel to those names but I'm sure that's my own personal bias.

I definitely have to think about it a bit more! Thanks for all the input smile

TheCatsBiscuits Tue 01-Nov-16 08:09:13

Mary-Kate Danaher is a character in John Ford's film, The Quiet Man, played by Maureen O'Hara - feisty and beautiful! It was my granda's favourite film, and Mary-Kate was on my list for a girl.

devilinmyshoes Tue 01-Nov-16 08:31:22

It's a great name! The French seem to cope just fine with hyphenated names. Like your friend Laura I ended being known by the first part only, even though mine are squished together but that's fine because the whole thing has about a million syllables unlike Mary-Kate which is lovely.

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