Close friend just informed me they have decided on a short list of three names for their daughter soon to be born. One of these names is Floor. We live in the UK but friends grandparents on one side are from a country where this is a recognised name.
I didn't say anything at the time, but would I be over the line to suggest to her, A) that in the UK this is likely to get questioned multiple times a day. B) to consider the alternative, French option of "Fleur".
Other options are still linked to her ancestry but more more mainstream UK.
Depends how close the friend is Depends if they were telling you that is def the name or they were 'thinking of' Depends if they are native English speakers Depends how long they have lived in UK and if all the culture / slang / sense of humours / etc things are the same as theirs.
I'm part Dutch, dutch mother and have lived in the netherlands. It is a pretty Friesian version of the name that I would spell Flor - common in names like Anna-Flor. Friesland is a very rural part of the country stigmatised as a bit backwards, little outside contact, religious - a bit like a place like Alabama in the US (not my opinion just a common perception among the Dutch.) I'm using my Dutch blunt honesty here and concluding tht Dutch people would probably see the spelling as quite 'rural', and English people will probably butcher it. Maybe use some very kind tact to suggest the spelling Flor or Fleur - although if they are actually Dutch, maybe don't go straight in with the "the spelling is european for hillbilly" approach. We had Dutch friends with a child named Lard. Yes, Lard - a Friesian version of Lars apparently, and nobody wanted to point out how that sounds in english (most dutch learn english in school) - its quite tough for him .Think of the child, not the parents feelings.
Hm. I knew someone called Tea (pronounced Tay-a) and it's the Italian spelling for the name Thea, though she was British and had been brought up entirely in the UK. She eventually ended up putting an acute accent on the E to stop being called "tea", even though it shouldn't have one.
This is a massive generalisation but the Dutch are pretty known for being straight to the point and speaking their mind so they would probably appreciate your honesty? Flora or Flor are okay but definitely not Floor, that's just cruel for a child being raised in the UK!