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Bowie or River

(94 Posts)
MrsCharlieD Sun 26-Mar-17 10:17:27

Just that really. I want River Nathaniel, dh wants Bowie River. I'm a Bowie fan but ds already has a music heavy name. We're probably considered a pretty alternative couple so these name choices wouldn't be considered out there for us but I'm conscious our child may not be anything like us (although ds is already starting to be). What do you think? Is Bowie useable or will it date terribly?

Pencilvester Sun 26-Mar-17 10:21:26

I think Bowie is terribly wanky and try-hard, sorry. Awful, just awful. I hate names that show that people are clearly trying to instill 'coolness' in their child.

River slightly less awful but still naff. How about Rio?

namechange20050 Sun 26-Mar-17 10:21:57

I think Bowie is really naff. Sorry! River is much better. I wouldn't really describe either of them as alternative though.

Whatslovegottodo Sun 26-Mar-17 10:22:14

David River?

Kidakidder Sun 26-Mar-17 10:22:49

Bowie? Seriously?

DoItTooJulia Sun 26-Mar-17 10:25:10

People can be really pissy about names that aren't James or James-sequel in real life and here, so my advice is just to have the courage of your convictions because they stop being out there as names and one day they are just your kids names iyswim?

The only thing about Bowie is the constant pronunciation issue.

DoItTooJulia Sun 26-Mar-17 10:25:37


thebakerwithboobs Sun 26-Mar-17 10:27:47

I'm on the fence. My nephew is called Hendrix and I thought that was massively wanky at first but now he just suits it. But I agree, biggest problem with Bowie is whether you say it like Zoe or Bowie (with o as in out). David??

BumbumMcTumtum Sun 26-Mar-17 10:27:58

I want to know the name of your ds winkgrin

River is a good name.
What about Wake or Rozen?

Pencilvester Sun 26-Mar-17 10:29:34

"really pissy about names that aren't James" grin

coffeetasteslikeshit Sun 26-Mar-17 10:30:32

I really like River Nathaniel, but Bowie River is awful, sorry. Makes me think of learning about rivers in gcse geography for some reason.

QueenCassiopeia Sun 26-Mar-17 10:38:20

River Nathaniel is flippin awesome!!

PatSajack Sun 26-Mar-17 10:40:12

Bowie is not useable, sorry. I'm fine with names that aren't "James-esque" but it literally feels like you're naming your child after your favorite singer who recently died. Unless he was also a family member or close friend, it just feels ... too much.

I like River well enough. It's not what I would use but it's fine.

KoolKoala07 Sun 26-Mar-17 10:45:14

My friends dog was called Bowie.

MrsCharlieD Sun 26-Mar-17 10:46:45

John not keen on Rio, to me that is a footballer name and chavvy. It's weird how people perceive things so differently.

We also have Nate River on the list but I don't feel it flows well (forgive the pun)! I'm not sold on Bowie either. I like Beau but dh vetoed. Ah why are names so hard!

LanaKanesLeftNippleTassle Sun 26-Mar-17 11:02:59

I really like both actually, but then my son's name is Marley (after Bob, obv!) so might be a little biased! blush

sonlypuppyfat Sun 26-Mar-17 11:05:57

David Bowies son had a super cool name who changed it as soon as he was old enough to. You might think the names you think up are great but you don't have to live with them

Msqueen33 Sun 26-Mar-17 11:06:56

I'm afraid to say both sound awful. Bowie river is dire.

BreatheDeep Sun 26-Mar-17 11:07:30

Howard Donald from Take That named his son Bowie.

EmmaC78 Sun 26-Mar-17 11:08:05

Not keen on either but I think you should persuade your DH to call him Beau.

Pencilvester Sun 26-Mar-17 11:10:34

David Bowies son had a super cool name who changed it as soon as he was old enough to.

No. David Bowie's son has always been called Duncan.

Redyellowpinkblue Sun 26-Mar-17 11:10:37

Bowie is painfully try hard, River isn't my cup of tea (if we had a boy he'd have been Kit) but River is a million miles better than Bowie. And if he grows up not liking the name then it'll probably be shortened to Riv which isn't bad at all.

Sparklingbrook Sun 26-Mar-17 11:13:21


Lexieellie Sun 26-Mar-17 11:24:38

I would have to say neither as well. River reeks of Jamie Oliver. Bowie, well, is someone's surname.

Sparklingbrook Sun 26-Mar-17 11:30:28

I just can't imagine when I was out with the DC wanting to shout 'River!' or 'Bowie!' in a public space. blush

Oh yes Jamie Oliver's latest is River isn't it? River Rocket or something.

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