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TheGrumpySquirrel Sun 26-Feb-17 21:22:04

I love it. DH thinks it's chavvy. Who's right?
It's an opera FFS

shartsi Sun 26-Feb-17 21:32:35

I love it. I have a Carmen.

reuset Sun 26-Feb-17 21:53:04

You are right, OP. Though that has come up about Carmen in the past, Carmel too, similarly.

Bobowhite Sun 26-Feb-17 21:58:53

I have a Carmen! IMO it's a gorgeous strong name and it certainly suits my daughter grin

hefzi Sun 26-Feb-17 22:00:25

"Iy-iy-iy-iy-i love you very much" - sorry, but the connotations for me are always Carmen Miranda (better than Bizet's Carmen though, I suppose) and nuns. There always seems to be an Irish Sr Carmen no matter where in the world a nunnery is. If it doesn't make you think of fruit-infested hats or bracing jollity, though, I say overrule your DH.

TheGrumpySquirrel Sun 26-Feb-17 22:02:01

Thanks! There is also Carmen San Diego, the 90s cartoon? She was awesome

Longdistance Sun 26-Feb-17 22:03:57

Carmen rollers?

HopelesslydevotedtoGu Sun 26-Feb-17 22:05:35

Carmen San Diego was bloody awesome, I loved that cartoon.

Not at all chavvy, I think Carmen is a great name.

sycamore54321 Sun 26-Feb-17 22:25:06

Love the opera, dislike the name. The character isn't too much of a role model in my mind.

The omnipresent Irish nun is much more likely to be a Sister Carmel.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sun 26-Feb-17 22:25:14

❤️ Carmen.

Sophronia Sun 26-Feb-17 22:33:20

I like it!

Jooni Sun 26-Feb-17 22:33:37

Carmen is wonderful!

CatsCruncher Sun 26-Feb-17 22:36:48

Not keen. Just can't separate it from being 'Car'-'Men' in my head. Very masculine. But go for it if you like it.

Nospringflower Mon 27-Feb-17 00:10:50

I like it too.

Snoopysimaginaryfriend Mon 27-Feb-17 10:03:35

My middle names is Carmen. My mum is Spanish and it was her little sister's name.

My first name is also spelt the Spanish way. Are you planning a middle name?

TheGrumpySquirrel Mon 27-Feb-17 10:09:52

Thanks . Yes will have a middle name too not sure what though

Rockaby Mon 27-Feb-17 10:51:03

I know a very cool, definitely not chavvy Carmen. She is in her thirties. I wouldn't have made the 'chav' connection at all if I heard it.

hefzi Tue 28-Feb-17 12:52:21

sycamore oops, you're right! I even used to live on the Carmel, so even more shameful an error blush

moonlightmile Tue 28-Feb-17 22:40:23

Carmen is a lovely name! Not at all chavvy imo.

BasicBetty Wed 01-Mar-17 16:12:41

It's beautiful! Not chavvy in the slightest.

Branleuse Wed 01-Mar-17 16:17:38

I absolutely love the name

Gummibears Wed 01-Mar-17 16:18:33

I like it but the post above points out that it is Car Men, men in cars blush and I can't get that out of my head now!

crapfatbanana Wed 01-Mar-17 21:00:36

It's grown on me. I used to know a horrid girl at school called Carmen so always thought of her when I heard the name but that's faded.

I also think Bizet and Carmen Miranda. Exotic, passionate...

AbernathysFringe Wed 01-Mar-17 22:43:07

Carmen mummy here. Would never have dreamt of it if I thought it had chav vibes. Mind you, chav is relative to country. My name is quite posh here but in Holland I'm Britney level.
My Carmen is white blond, blue eyed. No Spanish relatives.
Chose it as thought it was grown up, womanly, strong, femme fatale. As opposed to little girly. After all, they'll be an adult much longer than a toddler. Opera and Carmen Electra were my famous associations. Plus is means garden and song which were both spot on for my life/family.
It's unusual without presenting difficulty with spelling. I'm sure she'll get the Car-men joke once or twice at school but everyone gets something and it's not riotously funny. :D

TheGrumpySquirrel Wed 01-Mar-17 22:53:01

Thanks! I love it just need to convince DH .. not sure where he got the chavvy idea from? The sopranos Carmela?

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