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Tinylittlehobbitfeet Tue 17-Oct-17 21:45:53

So my friend today said that cutie names make her internally eye roll. I want to name our DD Betsy which I guess falls into this category. Is this a thing? Do certain 'genres' really make people judge a baby/their parents. Is giving my daughter a 'cute' name an issue-should I call her Elizabeth and Betsy for short. Sorry for the ramble.

formerbabe Tue 17-Oct-17 21:49:49

Everyone has different tastes. I think your choice is lovely. Whatever you choose, some people will like it, some will love it, some will dislike it, some will be indifferent.... choose what you love the most.

holidayqueriwifi Tue 17-Oct-17 21:52:35

I love Betsy! Yes it is cute but think it can suit an adult too. Lots of ee sounding names are fine in adulthood!

Jooni Tue 17-Oct-17 21:52:58

Call her what you like! Some people will judge whatever you call her - Betsy too cute, Elizabeth too boring, Elspeth too old-fashioned, Elisabetta too pretentious... Realistically though, no one is going to dwell on your child’s name for longer than a few seconds. Don’t let it put you off a perfectly fine name.

MikeUniformMike Tue 17-Oct-17 22:01:11

it's lovely.

RuthW Tue 17-Oct-17 22:01:16

I love Betsy but dislike ‘shortened names’ as real names. If it was me, I’d go with Elizabeth. I like Betsy so much though I used it for the dog.

DramaAlpaca Tue 17-Oct-17 22:03:57

It's totally up to you what you name your child and it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. I don't think you should choose your child's name based on what anyone else might think.

Personally I don't like 'cutesy' names, and to me Betsy does fit into that category. It's perfectly fine as a nickname for Elizabeth though.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Tue 17-Oct-17 22:04:31

I really like Betsy. Whilst it's nice if people share our love, for a name, not every one will.
Call your lovely baby, whatever you like.
I would probably put Elisabeth on paper, but call her Betsy.

Liadain Tue 17-Oct-17 22:08:02

Depends on the name really. Fifi Trixibelle, Buddy Bear, Posy Orchard - much too cutesy and twee. Annie etc aren't anywhere near as bad.

I think misspellings and incorrect pronunciation are more of a problem.

Tbh I wouldn't describe Betsy as cutesy really - it seems more clunky and heavy to me, and I picture it as a cow or horse name.

ownedbySWD Tue 17-Oct-17 22:08:29

Betsy is adorable. My preference is long names on birth certificates and nicknames for everyday use, though. It gives my dcs options as they grow older (eg, my DD wants to drop her nickname when she goes to secondary school)

TempStamos Tue 17-Oct-17 22:12:52

You name your child, no one else. Everybody is going to have an opinion but your’s is the only one that matters. I definitely don’t think Betsy is too cutsie but what’s wrong with cutsie? I have a Missy and a Teddy!

bridgetreilly Tue 17-Oct-17 22:21:44

Betsy is adorable.

But I also think it's important to remember that you're not naming a baby, you're naming a person. Giving her a name which will be appropriate no matter what kind of life she has, with options on how she prefers to be known, is surely a good thing? So I'd go for Elizabeth, known as Betsy.

Smoliver Tue 17-Oct-17 22:22:09

I don't find Elizabeth a cutesy name - I think it's more of a traditional name.

Betsy is kind of cutesy but to me it's more of a vintage name, so if somebody used it I wouldn't eye roll, I would be pleasantly surprised and intrigued about their choice.

villainousbroodmare Tue 17-Oct-17 23:08:04

I would go with Elizabeth nn Betsy. Betsy is quite nice but does have a babyish quality to it, as do most diminutive names.

SuperBeagle Tue 17-Oct-17 23:09:28

I'm an Elizabeth and wouldn't like to have been given a shortening as a full name, especially not something like Betsy.

wobblywonderwoman Tue 17-Oct-17 23:12:20

I would go for Elizabeth on the birth very and love Betsy - it is kind of funky/not too twee

But I like an older name (mine have very traditional names) and then let them develop a nickname themselves

Glumglowworm Wed 18-Oct-17 13:09:50

Well I would always rather a full name so Elizabeth known as Betsy rather than just Betsy

But I wouldn't change a name I loved because of a friend's internal eye roll or randoms on the internet

AdalindSchade Wed 18-Oct-17 15:01:20

I really hate cutesy names on girls. This is because I hate the infantilisation of adult women that contributes to holding them back from fulfilling their full potential. It falls in the same category as putting small girls in frilly dresses and flimsy shoes to look pretty rather than jeans and trainers like the boys. I feel it limits girls.
Give your daughters strong, powerful names and teach them to be their strong, powerful selves. Don't put them in the
Box marked 'cutiepie' before they are even born.

twinjocks Wed 18-Oct-17 15:31:25

Betsy is a lovely, lovely name OP - go for it. And don't be swayed by people's perceptions - everyone has personal opinions on every name based on their own individual experiences. If your friend eyerolls when you tell her your DD is called Betsy, that says a lot more about your friend's manners than about the name.

SilverySurfer Wed 18-Oct-17 16:55:47

Betsy is very little girl cutsie but your baby, your name.

Frankly I'm shocked there aren't more babies named Queen Precious-Jewel Earth like a woman on the tv earlier. It just trips off the tongue grin

NotAgainYoda Wed 18-Oct-17 17:40:54

Elizabeth is lovely

Betsy is cutesy but if you use Elizabeth she's got lots of options

NotAgainYoda Wed 18-Oct-17 17:41:47

I prefer Betty. But I'd still use the full name

Piratesandpants Wed 18-Oct-17 17:43:02

Just choose a name you like. Whatever you choose, people will have an opinion. People tend to have very strong opinions on name choices. Accept they will and ignore.

NotAgainYoda Wed 18-Oct-17 17:43:32

P.S names that make me eye-roll are those that try too hard to foist on a child their parents' wishes for them

eg Maverick

TheVanguardSix Wed 18-Oct-17 17:46:23

Awww Betsy is sooo cute!
I love it!
Perfect diminutive for Elizabeth.

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