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Is this utterly ridiculous and/or pretentious?

(58 Posts)
Jooni Sun 16-Apr-17 09:59:04

Prosper (for a boy)?

DH's suggestion, I love it but am concerned it is at least one of the above...


CreamCheez Sun 16-Apr-17 09:59:49

Too much

Itshello Sun 16-Apr-17 10:00:12

Yes it is.

NataliaOsipova Sun 16-Apr-17 10:00:29

I immediately thought of Prospero (The Tempest), so it just sounded very odd to me I'm afraid.....

Ecureuil Sun 16-Apr-17 10:00:45

Fraid so.

user1483387154 Sun 16-Apr-17 10:01:35

Its ok. Cant say I love it though.
Reminds me of Prospero a fictional character and the protagonist of William Shakespeare's play The Tempest.

CaptainBraandPants Sun 16-Apr-17 10:02:06

Natalia I also thought of Prospero. Maybe they have a daughter called Miranda...

MsJolly Sun 16-Apr-17 10:04:16

Much much too much...I envision years of bullying and nasty comments. Don't do it to your child.

Floggingmolly Sun 16-Apr-17 10:07:10

Oh. Please don't. I met a Justice, a few weeks ago. I judged harshly...

VeryPunny Sun 16-Apr-17 10:07:27

To be honest, I have heard far worse. And I am quit a names traditionalistgrin

I know quite a few virtue names though -Prudence, Blessing, Gift etc. It can be quite cultural.

ChippieFishieHorshie Sun 16-Apr-17 10:07:41

It does make me think of Prospero.

But there's nothing wrong with that name, imo. I actually quite like it smile

Itshello Sun 16-Apr-17 10:08:11

Yes I know a Freedom and have got to say I quite like it.

ChippieFishieHorshie Sun 16-Apr-17 10:08:47

But then again, I actually quite like virtue names (well, some virtue names).

VeryPunny Sun 16-Apr-17 10:09:06

Quit =quite, obviously.

Spadequeen Sun 16-Apr-17 10:09:45

Is there a meaning behind it for your dh?

LobsterQuadrille Sun 16-Apr-17 10:10:26

I love Shakespearean names and I have a Miranda, but that's a bit .... too much IMO.

GaladrielsRing Sun 16-Apr-17 10:10:40

I work with a lovely African man called Prosper. Never thought it weird or pretentious.

NC4T Sun 16-Apr-17 10:11:39

I'd assume you were west African.

DarkestBeforeDawn Sun 16-Apr-17 10:12:18

I actually think it is quite sweet - and normally only go for more traditional names

Error404usernamenotfound Sun 16-Apr-17 10:12:47

Sorry, but please don't, it does sound pretentious.

I always think that virtue names kind of put pressure on the child to live up to their name, or that might just be me being weird...

lljkk Sun 16-Apr-17 10:13:56

I think it's fine. A LOT of people won't even know what it means (I am including native English speakers in that). Just obscure enough to be nice.

Luckybe40 Sun 16-Apr-17 10:14:11

Massively massively pretentious! Poor kid has to have that name his whole life!

Error404usernamenotfound Sun 16-Apr-17 10:14:41

Further to pps, virtue names do tend to work well in certain African cultures, but I really don't think that most of them translate well in the UK, with the odd notable exception eg Constance.

Marmalade85 Sun 16-Apr-17 10:16:56

I like it. Are you or DH West African? I know a Blessing and a Goodluck.

Floggingmolly Sun 16-Apr-17 10:18:44

Everyone most people know what prosper means confused. Quite a spurious argument there.

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