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Littlestar3432 Tue 04-Dec-18 22:17:04

I have such a name crush on the name Primrose that it’s our current front runner. Is it my hormones? I’m smitten but would value some honest opinions x

GrannyHaddock Tue 04-Dec-18 22:20:44

It's very twee on one hand, and on the other the name of Dr Harold Shipman's wife. Sorry, but I think that is what will occur to people.

Frazzled2207 Tue 04-Dec-18 22:25:38

I would never have made that connection.
I think hunger games is more likely- I think her nn was Prim.

Jorgezaunders Tue 04-Dec-18 22:28:11

I would not have known it was the name of Dr Shipman's wife. That's pretty.... specialist knowledge. However I don't think it would put me off, any more than I'd be put off Rose. You could shorten it easily to Rose in fact, if you wanted a nickname. It wouldn't be my choice of name but it's different and pretty.

GrannyHaddock Tue 04-Dec-18 22:39:09

Apologies for introducing Dr Shipman, but the name sounds quaint to me, "Primrose Tea Rooms". Have you considered, Rosa, Rosemary, Rosina, Rosie, Rosalind?

ThanksItHasPockets Tue 04-Dec-18 22:47:43

I think that is what will occur to people.

It really, really isn’t. My first thought was of Primula spreadable cheese, and I thought that that was niche.

mycatplotsdeath Tue 04-Dec-18 22:52:42

We have a primrose in our family.
She is far from twee.
It's a lovely name

snop Tue 04-Dec-18 22:55:33

So sorry but the first thing I thought of was also Harold shipmans wife, I wouldn't let that put me off though.

PatchworkElmer Tue 04-Dec-18 22:57:00

It was our front runner for a girl. Wouldn’t suit DS though grin

KatherinaMinola Tue 04-Dec-18 22:57:06


(I would never have made the Shipman connection.)

KatherinaMinola Tue 04-Dec-18 22:58:28

Poster who thinks it's too much like Shipman, suggests Rosemary instead grin

I do like the name Rosemary btw.

ilovesooty Tue 04-Dec-18 22:58:47

I'm afraid I made that connection immediately.

peachypetite Tue 04-Dec-18 23:00:52

It's a bit sickly.

Thisimmortalcurl Tue 04-Dec-18 23:01:54

I would never have associated the name with anything negative . I like it.

midsomermurderess Tue 04-Dec-18 23:02:50

Harold Shipman here too. And I tihnk it's pretty ghastly.

Lucylugs Tue 04-Dec-18 23:04:13

I love it but then I do like flowery names. Blossom is locely too if you need an alternative.

LastOneDancing Tue 04-Dec-18 23:04:19

I love it!

DramaAlpaca Wed 05-Dec-18 00:23:47

I don't like it because it starts with 'prim' which isn't an attractive trait. It reminds me of elderly maiden aunts clutching their pearls. And yes, the Shipman reference occurred to me too.

The Rose bit is nice.

Blondie1994 Wed 05-Dec-18 00:30:07

I think it's lovely I wouldn't like it shortened to any sort of Nick name though,

RavenWings Wed 05-Dec-18 00:31:48

It's horrendous. Twee, simpering, weak and infantile.

Piebeansandchips Wed 05-Dec-18 00:41:37

I like it - wasn't it on The Darling Buds of May? Loved that series

Pottytoes Wed 05-Dec-18 05:54:25

Didn't make the Shipman connection.
Hope your surname is not Hill though!

Peachbubble Wed 05-Dec-18 06:37:52

I thought of Darling Buds of May. It's nice, but I think it would get shortened to Rose/Rosie most of the time - are you OK with that?

mammmamia Wed 05-Dec-18 06:43:17

Awful sorry. Rose on its own is lovely.

TheGhostOfYou Wed 05-Dec-18 06:45:25

I like it.

BumbleDevon Wed 05-Dec-18 07:35:42

Had no idea about the Shipman thing.

Reminds me mainly of the Hunger Games - no bad thing, she's a great character!

Phebes Wed 05-Dec-18 07:48:09

I knew about Shipman’s wife and I do find it a bit twee... but I still love it!

GrannyHaddock Wed 05-Dec-18 09:20:24

Katherina, if you are referencing Mrs Fred West, she was widely known as Rose, which is exactly why I did not include it.
I quite agree with PP about the first syllable, Prim.

BroomstickOfLove Wed 05-Dec-18 09:25:12

I spent 6 months of year 1 in a primary school in London almost 40 years ago, and my best friend there was called Primrose. She had short, dark hair, could run really fast, and liked Jemima from Playschool. She was great and I think it's a lovely name.

yumscrumfatbum Wed 05-Dec-18 09:27:18

I love it!

Harebellmeadow Wed 05-Dec-18 09:31:36

Primrose is a beautiful perrenial and could contribute substantially to saving our ecosystem - helping moths and other insects, especially nocturnal ones.
Sounds very prim but lovely, like a kind sister.

Choccywoccyhooha Wed 05-Dec-18 09:35:46

It's a lovely name. You should definitely go for it.
No association with Shipman occured to me at all.

RedDwarves Wed 05-Dec-18 10:04:21

Love Rose, hate Primrose.

Primrose is so stuffy. "Prim" is awful. It's a bit like Petunia vs Lily in Harry Potter. One is a classic; the other a caricature.

Flamingosnbears Wed 05-Dec-18 10:17:16

I think it's refreshing actually there are loads of Rose's around good to go for a lovely distinguished name in my opinion

And no not H. Shipman at all nobody owns a name.

GrannyHaddock Wed 05-Dec-18 11:03:50

Nobody owns a name, but names resonate, otherwise why the fuss about baby Adolf recently? For some of us, perhaps we are slightly older, Primrose resonates in a particular way.

ernjas Wed 05-Dec-18 11:09:37

Not keen, sorry!

Astronica Wed 05-Dec-18 11:13:26

I think it's really appealing and would love to meet a little one!

DidntKnowThat Wed 05-Dec-18 11:28:58

Poster who thinks it's too much like Shipman, suggests Rosemary instead


GrannyHaddock Wed 05-Dec-18 11:54:42

There are many more Rosemarys around than Primroses, they are not comparable at all.

TheDustbunny Wed 05-Dec-18 11:57:45

Rose is lovely but Primrose is awful. It's much too twee, and yes I thought of Shipman's wife also.

A580Hojas Wed 05-Dec-18 12:07:09

Absolutely beautiful name!

BelindasRedPlasticHandcuffs Wed 05-Dec-18 12:11:58

I went straight to the Hunger Games (Katniss' sister) and I suspect a lot of younger people will make that association.

It's a combination of stuffy (probably because it has the word 'prim' in it) and being a bit twee that just doesn't make a great name. Sorry!

Wolfiefan Wed 05-Dec-18 12:21:44

Prim from Hunger Games.
Prim and proper.
Don’t like it.

SnowyPaws5 Wed 05-Dec-18 12:36:53

I love it!

Littlestar3432 Wed 05-Dec-18 12:38:24

Thank you all for your opinions. Lots for us to consider. I still ❤️It though x

TheRealMummyPig Wed 05-Dec-18 12:43:27

I love it - it's my daughter's middle name. It's much more interesting than boring old Rose. It means first flower of spring (from memory).

SmiledWithTheRisingSun Wed 05-Dec-18 12:45:07

It's nice!
I also like Marigold - Goldie for short smile

Joinourclub Wed 05-Dec-18 12:54:17

I think it’s cute. And also think it’s a bit odd that it makes anyone think of Shipmans wife.

SomethingAboutNothing Wed 05-Dec-18 12:58:21

I like it, it's pretty and not often used.

It made me think of the hunger games, I certainly didn't know the name of Harold Shipmans wife hmm

TheDustbunny Wed 05-Dec-18 13:41:13

It isn't that odd. The Shipman murders was a huge story when it was uncovered and Primrose is a an unusual name. I've never known one so like quite a few people on here she's the first Primrose who comes to mind.

newmummy0094 Wed 05-Dec-18 14:01:36

Rosemary is the full name of rose west the serial killerconfused

KatherinaMinola Wed 05-Dec-18 14:33:39

Yes indeed, newmummy - that's what I was pointing out.

KismetHardie Wed 05-Dec-18 14:38:00

Ack. Not for me sorry. But then I don't like the current trend for floral names, and I know too many families where all the girls are called Lilly/Poppy/Violet/Iris etc. Makes me feel like I'm standing by a row of dusty Yardley's in a provincial chemist.

JassyRadlett Wed 05-Dec-18 14:39:21

I really quite like it. Agree that most younger people will be more likely to make the Hunger Games association, and Prim turned out to be a fairly brilliant character.

Snipples Wed 05-Dec-18 14:42:10

We have a niece called Primrose. I think it's a nice name. She gets shortened to Prim which I'm not keen on or worse still Primmie, but Primrose in full is good.

GrannyHaddock Wed 05-Dec-18 14:48:27

Thank you New, your post supports my view that she was widely known as Rose, not always by the full name, which in any case is not an uncommon one.
Op, the good advice that is frequently given on here is to choose the name, and tell no-one until the baby arrives. You can see how opinion can be polarised, and you'll never please everybody.

CruCru Wed 05-Dec-18 15:08:35

In fairness, Shipman’s wife was a poor soul who hadn’t committed any offence. I think it is a nice name.

newmummy0094 Wed 05-Dec-18 15:15:34

I realised that was your point just after I postedconfused
Sorry pregnancy brainsmile

FlamingoFlamango Wed 05-Dec-18 15:41:55

Hormones...I hope!

MummyBearRose Wed 05-Dec-18 15:47:23

I think it's really pretty!

Autumnfairy82 Wed 05-Dec-18 15:49:35

I think it’s lovely.

Juanbablo Wed 05-Dec-18 15:50:50

I totally LOVE the name Primrose.

weekfour Wed 05-Dec-18 15:54:52

I didn't make the Shipman connection and I'm only two miles away from his surgery. I did think Hunger Games. Maybe the way it's received will depend on age (dons hard hat).

SoftBlocks Wed 05-Dec-18 15:56:48

Sorry I don’t like it.

redexpat Wed 05-Dec-18 15:59:40

I think of Brambly hegde.

redexpat Wed 05-Dec-18 16:00:29


KatherinaMinola Wed 05-Dec-18 16:08:45

I love that picture of Primrose from Autumn Story - Brambly Hedge and Darling Buds of May for me all the way smile

FartnissEverbeans Wed 05-Dec-18 16:32:11

I love it! I think it’s really fresh and quirky.

CollapsedGingerbreadHouse Wed 05-Dec-18 16:39:49

Me too redexpat. Op I love the name and I don't see Prim as a nick name to be unpleasant either. I have two quite unusually named children, never met another named the same, so I like a different name. Primrose is a pretty name in my opinion. 🤷

SnowyPaws5 Wed 05-Dec-18 16:43:01

I love the name and I don't see Prim as a nick name to be unpleasant either

Completely agree!

daisypond Wed 05-Dec-18 17:38:19

I like it. I don't think it's twee. It's a normal springtime flower. I'd never think of the Shipmans. The first Primrose that comes to mind is the one from Darling Buds of May.

cheesydoesit Wed 05-Dec-18 18:37:49

I like it. Other floral names that were on my list but dismissed by DH include Blossom, Marigold, Lavender ("but she will be called 'Lav' for short") Hazel, Daisy, Ivy and Lilac.

ItsJustASimpleLine Wed 05-Dec-18 18:45:58

Have a baby Primrose in our family she's lovely and lots of people seem to like the name.

Nesssie Wed 05-Dec-18 18:47:14

“Hello I’m your lawyer, Primrose”
“Hello, my name’s Blossom and I’ll be your doctor..”


cheesydoesit Wed 05-Dec-18 19:20:58

hmm yourself. I always think that's such a ridiculous and small minded comment to make. You do realise that professionals you may come across in generations to come won't all have names to your liking?She's hardly suggested Sparkle-Tits or Hot Rod has she? Also, think about what a class based judgement you are making. Are you saying that any man called Jayden could not be a high achiever? Are you insinuating that Dr Blossom is a twee airhead? What sensible and did you give your children?

cheesydoesit Wed 05-Dec-18 19:22:21

*name. Sorry, your highly unoriginal criticism irked me into a typo oversight.

cheesydoesit Wed 05-Dec-18 19:23:56

You know what? Don't even bother replying to that. Now I remember why I fucking hate the baby names board.

Crema Wed 05-Dec-18 19:26:52

I think Primrose is lovely.

@Nesssie my doctor is genuinely called Tulip and she's done pretty well for herself!

I also have a very flowery name and not doing too badly for myself...

It's just a name.

I like Primrose smile

KatherinaMinola Thu 06-Dec-18 16:28:24

There's an MP called Tulip too.

Maybe it's just me, but "I'm your lawyer, Primrose" sounds absolutely fine to me.

Pantheon Thu 06-Dec-18 16:32:08

I knew a Primrose growing up. She was Prim for short. I think it's pretty.

6freerangeeggs Thu 06-Dec-18 16:35:58

I would hate to be called Primrose, sorry. The prim thing is really off-putting.

DerfelCadarn Thu 06-Dec-18 16:38:35

It was my Grandmother's name and I've used it as my DD's middle name. I say go for it!

BroomstickOfLove Thu 06-Dec-18 18:08:25

I can't start the name snobbery here. I did my training contract at an international commercial law firm, and when I did a seat in the litigation team, I was working under a partner called Tracey and a senior solicitor called Sharon. Primrose isn't that unusual, and can be shortened to Rose or Rosie for someone who wants something a bit more conventional.

daisypond Thu 06-Dec-18 18:52:04

Primrose means "first rose" - prima rosa - as it's an early spring flower. It's lovely.

MrsFoxPlus4 Fri 07-Dec-18 01:36:59

I love it. Don’t know what the shipmen reference is!

Pinklily1 Fri 07-Dec-18 11:57:49

I love it

gummibears Fri 07-Dec-18 13:33:26

Primrose is quite nice but I prefer Primarosa (not sure if that's a known name or not).

mimibunz Fri 07-Dec-18 13:36:51

I love it!

MrsBungle Fri 07-Dec-18 13:40:13

I love Primrose,

ForAMinuteThere Sat 08-Dec-18 07:55:13

It's lovely. I have a name that is linked to a mass murderer. No-one has ever mentioned a thing!

Alfie190 Sat 08-Dec-18 08:14:19

It is truly ghastly. Bordering child cruelty. I wouldn't have made the Shipman connection though.

IncomingCannonFire Sat 08-Dec-18 08:26:10

I know a 5yo Primrose. Tbh I was a bit hmm when the name was announced but it's actually grown on me now and it's just who she is.
I wouldn't care if my doctor/lawyer was called Blossom, etc. As long as they are qualified, do the job competently and are not a misogynistic prick.

yikesanotherbooboo Sat 08-Dec-18 08:42:18

I really think that Shipman is a massive reach.
I'm not a great flower fan for names but that being said I think that Primrose has quite a lot going for it. I am amazed that you think that it doesn't have gravitas enough to support a woman with a professional career . It's a perfectly fine adaptable name.

LaDaronne Sat 08-Dec-18 09:20:42

I think it's awful, sorry. I do think Shipman, and she looked so drab and downtrodden in the press coverage (unsurprisingly for what she'd been through of course, poor woman).

midsomermurderess Sun 09-Dec-18 12:39:40

The connection with Harold Shipman isn't a massive reach, though, is it, given how many people have said they make the connection.

llangennith Sun 09-Dec-18 15:03:49

Lovely name but it will be shortened by school-friends. What nn did you have in mind?

TigerQuoll Sun 09-Dec-18 22:57:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ThanksItHasPockets Mon 10-Dec-18 00:00:32

Seven posters have, Tiger.

tammytoby Mon 10-Dec-18 17:11:39

Names don't need to be shortened! My dd has a 3 syllable name and has very rarely been shortened.

Primrose is easy to say!

tammytoby Mon 10-Dec-18 17:12:35

I barely know Harold Shipman and doubt many kids will hmm

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