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Think long and hard before you saddle your child with an "unusual" name

(46 Posts)
rubyloopy Mon 11-Aug-08 17:04:06

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snowleopard Mon 11-Aug-08 17:06:29

You have tell us what it is now! It's got to be a baaaaaad old lady name if it isn't even starting to come back into fashion.

solo Mon 11-Aug-08 17:09:32

Thora is not a horrible name. It brings to mind the god named Thor. Just a feminine version.

Carmenere Mon 11-Aug-08 17:10:47

I have an very unusual first name and it is, I think, an asset. It has made me who I am, I have had to live up to it in some ways. Of course it is a bit of a PIA spelling it and explaining it but I never have a lack of conversation when I first meet someone. It is a real name though, with history and etymology, and I think that that is very important.

solo Mon 11-Aug-08 17:10:56

Was I right? if so, don't feel so bad about it, I for one don't think it's bad.

Carmenere Mon 11-Aug-08 17:11:41

I think Thora is a very nice name and it is not even that unusual.

hatrick Mon 11-Aug-08 17:12:14

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rubyloopy Mon 11-Aug-08 17:13:37

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sweetkitty Mon 11-Aug-08 17:13:46

I have two very common 70s names double barrelled together. Usually people just shorten my name or assume my surname is the second part of my name. Also with my Scottish accent it was a complete pain when I lived down South especially over the phone.

And I am not even going to start with all the "jokes" I have endured over the years about having the same name as a well known cake brand.

Dynamicnanny Mon 11-Aug-08 17:13:53

Is it Ethel?

ImnotOK Mon 11-Aug-08 17:14:53

Thora is nice

solo Mon 11-Aug-08 17:14:56

Carnenere, I have no idea if that is the right name, but it is quite nice isn't it?

hatrick Mon 11-Aug-08 17:15:03

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Dynamicnanny Mon 11-Aug-08 17:15:39

Thor's a lovely name

rubyloopy Mon 11-Aug-08 17:17:53

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solo Mon 11-Aug-08 17:19:07

Cool ruby. It's a nice name, stop fretting hun! I didn't fit in at school either, but for different reasons. At the very least you had the option of using your middle name. Short of changing my whole personality and conscience, I had no option but to be an outsider. grin And Ethel is too old fashioned! wink

Kif Mon 11-Aug-08 17:19:09

deffo due to come back into fashion

Tigerschick Mon 11-Aug-08 17:20:51

Not knowing your name, I can't comment on your situation but; DH's Nanny was christened Clipsy with no middle name. She hates it. As soon as she was old enough to have a say in these things she introduced herself as Peggy ... She was quite cross with us for not giving DD a middle name.

By the same token, I also know someone called Elizabeth Anne. She hates Elizabeth and has always been known as Anne ... my point being, it's not only 'unusual' names that can cause upset. You just have to go with a name that you like and hope that the child likes it too.

solo Mon 11-Aug-08 17:20:55

My Dd is Willow and I sometimes wonder why I/we named her that. Then I's a lovely name and it suits her fine

rubyloopy Mon 11-Aug-08 17:23:51

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solo Mon 11-Aug-08 17:31:02

Ruby, just act like a goddess...feel like a goddess...hell! BE a goddess. With a name like Thora you can be!

snowleopard Mon 11-Aug-08 17:34:55

If it's Thora, I think that's so cool! I don't dislike my name but it's kind of normal and honestly I'd rather be called Thora. I would. I think it's time you reclaimed that fantastic name!

<puts Thora on baby girl list>
<ooops - total opposite of what your thread intended!>

solo Mon 11-Aug-08 17:35:51

grin @ snowleopard

DarrellRivers Mon 11-Aug-08 17:41:28

I have an unusual name.
I have now gained an unusual surname via DH, and I suspect I am the only person in the world with my name which is cool
When I google myself, only me comes up
I really appreciate it
And it didn't bother me at school
At least I didn't have to be Charlotte W, Charlotte N or Charlotte W
I also like Thora, although have to confess, i thought you were called Stannah to start off with, which I did think was a bit wierd

fin42 Mon 11-Aug-08 17:56:45

My name is from Sierra Leone where I was born. My parents are british and were working there so I'm white which means i have to explain it all the time, or people thought I was irish or scandinavian.
It doesn't really bother me now although when I was younger it made me quite self conscious.
Now the shortened version is quite trendy, although mostly for boys, and it's weird when I hear somebody else called it.
I wouldn't have given my ds a name that nobody has heard of, although his is quite uncommon.

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