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jette Wed 13-Aug-08 16:52:59

I quite like the name Wilfred but I just emailed it to my DP and he was absolutely AGHAST.. I honestly don't think its that old/strange/bully-magnetising etc but then I'm not British..
Is it really so awful? Its the first name of your (second) greatest war poet..

MaloryDontDiveItsShallow Wed 13-Aug-08 16:53:50

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cremolafoam Wed 13-Aug-08 16:54:54

like it
and other old fashioned names like Edmund and Montgomery

FabioFridgeFluffFrenzy Wed 13-Aug-08 16:55:10

It's CatherineTate's grandad in Dr Who I think.
At least he could be a Will for short. Or a Fred.

MrsMattie Wed 13-Aug-08 16:55:48

Terrible. Taking the whole retro thing way too far.

stillstanding Wed 13-Aug-08 16:57:11

I love old-fashioned names but Wilfred is a step too far in my book ...

3andnomore Wed 13-Aug-08 16:59:23

I totally dislike me it's in teh same category as Manfred and Guenther (shudder)

jette Wed 13-Aug-08 17:00:06

Wow - I don't really see it as an old man's name at all! I just think of it a bit like William..

MARGOsBeenPlayingWithMyNooNoo Wed 13-Aug-08 17:00:39

no no no no no!

pointydog Wed 13-Aug-08 17:01:03

It's no good holding up Wilfred Owen, you know. If that argument had any clout 20% of boys would be called Elvis.

wb Wed 13-Aug-08 17:01:19

A friend of mine called her son Wilfred 3 years ago. I was shock when she told me, thought it was awful, it put me in mind of the kid in the Beano that peers at the world over his jumper.

But you know what, people get used to things really quickly. Nowadays 'Wilfred' to me is a little boy w. brown curls and a Thomas the Tank engine obsession. And I quite like it.

belcantavinissima Wed 13-Aug-08 17:02:00

i think its dreadful sorry and i am one who likes unusal nales. in fact its the name of ds1's school

Peachy Wed 13-Aug-08 17:02:04

My Grandad is Wilfred (Wilf)- my Nan was Wnifreed- (Wn)- lovely together

quite terdy isn't it?

Peachy Wed 13-Aug-08 17:02:43


terdy more like something very dfferent lol

belcantavinissima Wed 13-Aug-08 17:02:44

god sorry i cant spell at all today blush

Nbg Wed 13-Aug-08 17:02:51

Love it.

Wilf for short.

I like Ernie too, Ernest.

Weegiemum Wed 13-Aug-08 17:12:45

No. Don't Do It

But then I am not keen on all old man/old lady names which suddenly seem very fashionable.

I'd worry cos (1) old man names are not cool IMO and (2) old man names are going to date very quickly.

And it is just ... i dont know ... yeuch


3andnomore Wed 13-Aug-08 17:12:48

Jette, where are you from originally...and is it a commonly used name there?

MrsBates Wed 13-Aug-08 17:14:31

I met a baby called Wilf with very cool parents and he was a great little bloke so it can work. I like Stan too. Back to to trenches boys!

hatrick Wed 13-Aug-08 17:17:29

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Nbg Wed 13-Aug-08 17:21:30

I think all names will eventually "do their rounds" again.

cremolafoam Wed 13-Aug-08 17:44:13

yes would probably draw the line at Norman Cecil and Siegfreid

GrimmaTheNome Wed 13-Aug-08 17:49:12

Not just any old-mannish, but Steptoe senior is what springs to my mind. If you're not British you may not understand this, but trust me its not good.

Boco Wed 13-Aug-08 17:51:32

I love Wilfred so much. I know i"m not having any more babies so i had to use the name for dds guinea pig instead, he's Wilfie. But would be even better on an actual human baby. It's lovely. Met a little boy called Wilf and he was very cool.

hatrick Wed 13-Aug-08 17:53:16

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