Thoughts on Mildred?

(125 Posts)
Iwantalonglie Thu 30-Jul-20 19:59:48

Trying to agree a name for DD expected in a few months.

DH thinks old-fashioned names like this are making a comeback. I think over my dead body. He points out that we know an Agatha, Florence, Dulcie, Edith and Pamela. I'm not fond of any of these but I don't think any of them are as bad as Mildred?

AIBU? Or is he?

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EboracumNovum Thu 30-Jul-20 20:02:02

It makes me think of a bad-ass Viking character in a series of books I've read so from that perspective I think it's quite cool.

I can see why you wouldnt want to go there though.

Could be shortened to Millie?

frogswimming Thu 30-Jul-20 20:03:06

Mildred is awful. It's like a comedy drippy girl name from the 1950s.

Marcipex Thu 30-Jul-20 20:04:00

Mildew. Please don’t.

Florence is pleasant and usable. Dulcie is dreadful. Edith ok.

Starlight39 Thu 30-Jul-20 20:04:56

We named a cat Mildred after the main character from the worst witch. It suited her perfectly but not for a child imo!

Tempusfudgeit Thu 30-Jul-20 20:05:00

Character in The Worst Witch for me.

Heischeatingisnthe Thu 30-Jul-20 20:06:28


Whatelsecanipossiblydo Thu 30-Jul-20 20:09:05

I wouldn’t. Love Florence but the others are pretty bad. Pamela is the worst...

Bonkersblond Thu 30-Jul-20 20:09:13

Just no, I don't normally comment on name threads, please don't. You may as well call her Milly, as that is what it will turn into, which I like, but poor girl having Mildred on her birth certificate.

Piggyhoolier Thu 30-Jul-20 20:09:29

My DC love the worst witch and think Mildred is a cool name. So a little Mildred probably wouldn’t get teased for her name by her class mates...but their parents might raise and eyebrow.

CheshireCats Thu 30-Jul-20 20:09:54

It's awful. Mil dreadful.

Whatsyourflava Thu 30-Jul-20 20:14:14

It's the "dred" part that's got awful connotations

mathanxiety Thu 30-Jul-20 20:14:53

Your DH is surely joking?

It's worse than Ethel, Muriel, Gladys, Phyllis, Dilys and Beryl combined.

Dulcie and Pamela are awful too, but they're not in the same league as Mildred.

Agatha, Florence and Edith have a lot going for them.

Some names dropped out of fashion for very good reasons.

AfterSchoolWorry Thu 30-Jul-20 20:16:27

I knew this day would come. 🙄


BobFleming Thu 30-Jul-20 20:16:48

Are you joking? Please say you're joking.

It might be the ugliest name ever.

TheTroutofNoCraic Thu 30-Jul-20 20:19:07

Mildred Ratched.
Big fat nope from me

catmg Thu 30-Jul-20 20:19:50

Absolutely awful sorry. Taking the fashion for old woman names way too far!!

BBCONEANDTWO Thu 30-Jul-20 20:20:43

That would be cruelty to child.

TigerDroveAgain Thu 30-Jul-20 20:21:35

Yootha Joyce

20viona Thu 30-Jul-20 20:25:25


LilacSloth Thu 30-Jul-20 21:02:46

It's awful.

PillarOfSugar Thu 30-Jul-20 21:02:48

I hate it too, I’m afraid. It is terribly ugly. Zero sex appeal. Mildred doesn’t sound like she’d be much fun, she sounds buttoned up, and prudish. It reminds me of Mordred, who I think was the result of the incestuous union between Morgan and her brother Arthur, wasn’t he? His name was so appropriate, because he was so terrifying, he certainly did instill dread.

Canyousewcushions Thu 30-Jul-20 21:05:32

I really love it. But it looks like I'm a lone voice!

How about Maude/Mabel/Margot for a similar vibe?

ZaraCarmichaelshighheels Thu 30-Jul-20 21:10:45

I just think of George and Mildred

janetmendoza Thu 30-Jul-20 21:11:47

I couldn't be doing with Mildred. Is Millicent any better?

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