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PetalMettle Sun 19-Feb-17 09:43:10

Too out there? I'm amazed it's not even on the lists e.g. Fewer than 3 people use it

MrsMeeseeks Sun 19-Feb-17 09:45:06

A lovely name but just too pretentious, IMO. Considered it for DS1 but yes, it's just too much.

2014newme Sun 19-Feb-17 09:46:26

But we live in Bristol so everyone knows the name
What would you shorten it to?

WeAreEternal Sun 19-Feb-17 09:47:03

I can see why fewer than three people use it, sorry Petal I think it's awful.

Floralnomad Sun 19-Feb-17 09:47:14

I don't like it , it doesn't flow well and doesn't even sound nice to my ears .

PaperdollCartoon Sun 19-Feb-17 09:47:31

A friend of a friend has an Isambard, they are history academics. Totally out there but also awesome. I think it deserves some more use.

HateSummer Sun 19-Feb-17 09:47:58

Sounds like isengard.

thebakerwithboobs Sun 19-Feb-17 09:49:37

What would the shortened version be (even if you aren't planning on using it there will be one). I'm not sure I would want a boy to be called Izzy...

CurlsLDN Sun 19-Feb-17 09:49:42

I pronounce it izz-Ambard, but I went to Brunel university (proudly named after the most famous isambard around) and there it is pronounced eye-zambard in all the uni songs and speeches, so you may want to double check the pronunciation. I'm not sure which is most commonly used

GwenCooper81 Sun 19-Feb-17 09:50:51

Kingdom Brunel..

beanfilledfish Sun 19-Feb-17 09:51:04

A name that has alot to live up to !

OublietteBravo Sun 19-Feb-17 09:55:14

I quite like it - it would shorten to 'Sam' which is normal enough to pass unnoticed if the child felt self-conscious.

I prefer Erasmus though grin

HarrietVane99 Sun 19-Feb-17 09:55:31

And not forgetting Brunel senior, Marc Isembard. Great men, but I don't think I'd use the name.

Sophronia Sun 19-Feb-17 10:01:08

I quite like it. You could have Sam or Izzy for short.

LoveMyLittleSuperhero Sun 19-Feb-17 10:07:16

I like it, but my first thought was that it sounds like Isengard, and with the popularity of those books/movies I think it would very easily lead to teasing.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 19-Feb-17 10:10:34

I like it. But nn Issy would put me off, as it's a girls name.,

DementedUnicorn Sun 19-Feb-17 10:11:04

I thought it was the LOTR place until I read the thread. I like it though smile

PetalMettle Sun 19-Feb-17 10:59:29

I've never heard of isengard (hate Tolkien).
It's the Brunel connection that appeals, DH and I were talking names as I was late and stupidly hopeful, and it's one of the very few boys names he likes. Was just then curious as to what people thought of it

olderthanyouthink Sun 19-Feb-17 11:05:27

Awesome name but possibly a bit much

KanyeWesticle Sun 19-Feb-17 11:07:21

Would Brunel itself work? I know its a surname but it's less 'OTT' than his first name, no pronunciation worries, and less need of a nickname. I think a baby Brunel could really work.

gettingtherequickly Sun 19-Feb-17 11:09:48

I really like it, yes it's unusual, but actually a well known name.
And yes to a shortening to Sam

NotYoda Sun 19-Feb-17 11:13:52

I think it's wearing its heart on its sleeve too much

Similar to things like Atticus

NotYoda Sun 19-Feb-17 11:16:30

Sam could work as a NN. That way you've achieved your aim of honouring someone you are interested in, without him constantly having to spell it and explain it, of he doesn't want to.

Chocolateteabag Sun 19-Feb-17 11:37:59

Or could shorten to Isa - a Jilly Cooper character in Riders (but he does go naughty in her later books)

Chocolateteabag Sun 19-Feb-17 11:39:11

I'd do it - he'd have options on normal nicknames (Sam) but a conversation starter name - do it!

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