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CyrilSneer30 Sun 05-Mar-17 20:12:41

DS2 is 10 weeks old, born Christmas Day smile Due to this, we decide to name him Caspar (after one of the 3 wise men), which was originally going to be his middle name. I was uncertain at first (but was reassured after starting a thread here!) and now I've really grown to love it. Here's the issue....after many weeks of being jaundiced, his real skin tone has only just shown through - he's pale. REALLY pale. I can't believe I didn't even consider this could happen! DH and DS1 have a gorgeous skin tone that tans really easily, clearly DS2 is going to take after me and be milk bottle white and not able to tan. So, I guess my question is - am I setting him up for a lifetime of ridicule??

Thanks in advance.

Rockaby Sun 05-Mar-17 20:14:11

No I definitely wouldn't change it under those circumstances. His skin tone will change as he gets older.

LarkDescending Sun 05-Mar-17 20:15:29

Why would a pale Caspar be ridiculed?

I love it BTW - don't see any reason why you should change it unless you really want to.

Lovelilies Sun 05-Mar-17 20:18:15

Aw Caspar the friendly ghost grin
I think it's lovely and you shouldn't change it

LarkDescending Sun 05-Mar-17 20:18:58

BTW I know plenty of blond Scandinavians with this name in its variant spellings - it is popular with my Danish relatives and friends there.

LarkDescending Sun 05-Mar-17 20:19:34

Oh the ghost!! Totally passed me by.

Wishiwasmoiradingle2017 Sun 05-Mar-17 20:20:11

My dd is called Ruby and has red hair. Never been an issue. .
His name is his name imo - not yours to change now!!

Juveniledelinquent Sun 05-Mar-17 20:20:40

Lovely name, no need to change it.

TalkingofMichaelAngel0 Sun 05-Mar-17 20:22:30

Lol no dont change his name!

It hink id have gone for Balthazar and pretended it was about the three wise men too and not julian mcmahon

RuthB4 Sun 05-Mar-17 21:57:31

I really didn't get the issue until someone else mentioned Caspar the friendly ghost! grin No, I really think you don't need to change it! The chances of him being made fun of for it are really slim, and anyway children tease each other for all sorts of random things, and can turn virtually any name into something silly (I'm a teacher)!
Plus his skin tone might change. My DD was very pale as a baby and went pink despite all precautions (shade, suncream, sun hat etc) so I thought she must be taking after her red headed daddy. Fast forward to 18 months old and she's got my creamy skin tone which tans easily!

rainbowdash888 Sun 05-Mar-17 22:17:28

I honestly didn't get it until another poster said it. I think it's a complete non-issue. Caspar the friendly ghost is ancient anyway none of his friends will have a clue! I have never looked at a pale child and thought of them as a ghost....

Rainbowqueeen Sun 05-Mar-17 22:19:12

Gorgeous name and I would keep it.

I don't know if kids these days even know who Caspar the friendly ghost is!

Rainbowqueeen Sun 05-Mar-17 22:22:10

Gorgeous name and I would keep it.

I don't know if kids these days even know who Caspar the friendly ghost is!

Emily7708 Sun 05-Mar-17 22:25:51

I wouldn't change it, it's a really great name.

2014newme Sun 05-Mar-17 22:28:03

I know someone who gets called caspar . After the ghost, because he is so pale, and it's not even his real name. So it's fine for a,pale person although I think most people would think ghost not three wise man

BikeRunSki Sun 05-Mar-17 22:28:51

It's fine

girlname900 Sun 05-Mar-17 22:31:59

think it's quite cool tbh even if he stays pale as he grows up! lovely name keep it!!!!!!!!

Motheroffourdragons Sun 05-Mar-17 22:33:35

Lovely name, I wouldn't change it on account of his skin tone.

Hellmouth Sun 05-Mar-17 22:35:59

My name means darkness, and I'm black.

I'm still not sure if my mum did it on purpose :D

I think it's a lovely name and you should keep it!

Joeybee Sun 05-Mar-17 22:37:55

I think maybe if he was born 20 years ago when the film had come out, then people probably would've made the friendly ghost association. But kids now probably haven't even heard of the film, so doubt it would be a problem.
Plus if you like the name and it suits him, and so far people haven't ridiculed him/you for it, then go for it.

ILikeSalmon Mon 06-Mar-17 07:11:29

He's a baby!
My kids are pale if they haven't seen sunlight.
The minute they step into the sun they tan really well (yes they use cream etc)

CyrilSneer30 Mon 06-Mar-17 11:44:33

Thank you so much for all your lovely replies! MN to the rescue again smile I very much doubt DH would agree to change it even if the consensus was a resounding yes, but I'm so reassured by you all. Amazed how many people didn't get the connection! Thank youuuuuuu grin

Oysterbabe Mon 06-Mar-17 13:08:27

I think it's absolutely fine.

Lemondrop09 Wed 08-Mar-17 17:49:32

Caspar is a fab name! Defiantly keep it

And tbh, he runs the risk of getting the ghost teasing due to his name, without or without pale skin. And if not his name, kids will find something else. You can't stave off all possibilities for teasing. As above, most kids his age will have no idea about the film anyway

ClaryIsTheBest Wed 08-Mar-17 18:21:43

Caspar is a lovely name smile
I don't think you need to change it.

And if he really does hate the name... As long as he has a middle name he could always use that one, right? smile

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