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Primsgoat Sat 07-Oct-17 21:37:39

Lysander is literally the only boys' name we like. I've just searched for it here on mumsnet and seen an old thread where someone said 'he'll have seven shades of crap beaten out of him at school', or something equally delightful. Now, I realise it probably sounds a bit pretentious in English, but DH is Greek (I'm from another European country) and we have a Greek surname. Does that mitigate somewhat? A little? Not at all?

Ploppie4 Sat 07-Oct-17 21:38:19

Great name!

mishann Sat 07-Oct-17 21:39:04

I thi k it is awful, sorry! And i am a HUGE MND fan.

Joinourclub Sat 07-Oct-17 21:47:30

I think it sounds a bit pretentious , but I don't think that way about other kids. I've never actually seen a kid be bullied because of their name and I've taught teenagers for 15 years. Maybe it happens in very non diverse areas where there are fewer unusual names. But if you are even considering Lysander you probably live in an area where your child will have another Lysander in his class.

Besides, it could be shortened to Sandy, which I love.

BlackandWhitepostcards Sat 07-Oct-17 21:48:36

I love it! Another mnetter has a little Lysander.

hp2 Sat 07-Oct-17 21:48:54

I love the name. He is a loveable character in one of Jilly Coopers books!

AliceLostInWonderland321 Sat 07-Oct-17 21:49:35

Pretentious. Sandy is even more awful.

Maybe shortened to Zander would sound okay.

BenLui Sat 07-Oct-17 21:50:55

I think if your DH is Greek it would be fine.

MaroonPencil Sat 07-Oct-17 21:51:25

I think it's great. Use it! Honestly, kids are called all kinds of things these days, to them it's just a name, in my kids class there's a Serenity, Xavier, Junior, Coco, all would have been unusual when I was young, but to them they are just names. If you like it, please use it.

Primsgoat Sat 07-Oct-17 21:51:53

We live in SW London. Pretty diverse. Do you think people realise it's a Greek name?

MaroonPencil Sat 07-Oct-17 21:52:20

And yes, hp2, I also thought of the man who made husbands jealous! And Midsummer Night's Dream.

Groovee Sat 07-Oct-17 21:52:59

I’ve worked with a Lysander. He suited it and no one bothered about the name.

Dustbunny1900 Sat 07-Oct-17 21:54:49

Very Shakespeare. I like it. But then I love L names..Lucius, Liam, Linus, Lysander,

minipie Sat 07-Oct-17 21:55:25

I didn't realise it was Greek, I only know it from midsummer nights dream. And the one in that was a dick as I recall! Sorry.

ilovepixie Sat 07-Oct-17 21:55:50

It’s a bit Jilly Cooperish.

mintich Sat 07-Oct-17 21:58:12

Is your surname obviously Greek? Either way, I like it

Mulch Sat 07-Oct-17 21:58:13

I like it, not heard it before so wouldn't necessarily know it was greek

toobreathless Sat 07-Oct-17 22:03:09

Love it.

But biased as I have one smile

He is Xander day to day.

NoSquirrels Sat 07-Oct-17 22:10:43

I like it. I'd not be brave enough, but with a Greek reason I might smile

Would definitely use Xander as day to day.

Ojoj1974 Sat 07-Oct-17 22:12:40

Love it.
Love Zander as nick name but not Sandy

Smoliver Sat 07-Oct-17 22:13:22

Love this name. I know it mostly from Shakespeare but also Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter names one of her twin boys this.

LadyMonicaBaddingham Sat 07-Oct-17 22:23:14

Unless your surname is Shakespeare (or Hawkley grin ), go for it..!

OkPedro Sat 07-Oct-17 22:26:13

Luna lovegood has twin boys?!!

MajesticWhine Sat 07-Oct-17 22:27:23

Yes it's a bit pretentious but a nice name and you will get away with it with your Greek surname.

Primsgoat Sat 07-Oct-17 22:57:04

I would say our surname is pretty clearly Greek, yes.

The Greek version of the name is actually Lysandros. And when you're addressing someone with that name, it's Lysandre. I'm not sure what his official name would be, but I would be using the anglicised version. DH might be using the Greek one...

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