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Is it just too poncey...

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badkitty Fri 15-Aug-08 11:52:33

To call a boy Henry as official/christening name but then always call him Harry in real life?

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Fri 15-Aug-08 11:54:40

If someone I knew had a Harry, I would probably ask if he was a Henry. I don't think it's poncey at all, but I'm sure others will grin

Weegiemum Fri 15-Aug-08 11:55:16


That's the right way to do it!

IMHO (ducks) grin

DisenchantedPlusBump Fri 15-Aug-08 11:55:32

I don't think so.

Whilst we are on 'poncey' is Arabella a culprit?

kerala Fri 15-Aug-08 11:55:48

Its lovely. But then the name we are going for will leave most people standing in the poncetastic stakes.

badkitty Fri 15-Aug-08 12:01:48

Oh good Harry is the only name which me and DH really like, but I have thought maybe it would be nice to have the alternative - if nothing else just in case he gets fed up as he grows up with being one of the billions of Harrys which there will no doubt be in his year!

Henry (Harry) Thomas can remain our working name then...

tiredemma Fri 15-Aug-08 12:02:47

I have a Harry

badkitty Fri 15-Aug-08 12:03:38

I think Arabella is nice, but suppose it might seem poncey to some.

Reginaphilangy Fri 15-Aug-08 12:14:58

No. Not poncy at all. Though i much prefer Harry to Henry.

ChippyMinton Fri 15-Aug-08 12:17:00

if it's good enough for the royal family...

sannie Fri 15-Aug-08 14:02:34

we have a henry...started off to call him harry now somehow he looks just like a henry.....we're def not poncy !

Have met lots of folk who are suprised by the whole henry/harry shortening....

badkitty Fri 15-Aug-08 14:14:23

I think it is quite good to have something longer/more formal to call them by when you are really cross, so they know you mean business!

mrswoolf Fri 15-Aug-08 15:11:51

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Anchovy Fri 15-Aug-08 15:16:59

I do think Arabella is uber-poncey. I'm not saying its not nice, but I do think it is one of "those" names which shout "poncey".

I know (loosely) 2 Arabella's and neither of them are poncey, but that's not the point IYSWIM.

Romy7 Fri 15-Aug-08 15:19:21

about 50% of them are 'harrison' now aren't they?

prefer henry myself...

CuckooChocolateOrange Fri 15-Aug-08 17:56:22

No. THat doesn't strike me as deserving of a ponce award at all. Harrison is not my style. I would rather Henry/Harry than Harrison/Harry.

And to give you a measure of where I fall on the ponce-ometre, I wouldn't use Arabella. I don't know why, but it's got a poker up its arse. Isabella and Annabella are Italian in origin I think, but Arabella is pure Enid Blyton bad girl.

dropinthe Fri 15-Aug-08 17:59:23

Arabella IMO screams Hervey ponce-ville!!! Sorry-you did ask! x

Janni Fri 15-Aug-08 18:15:03

Henry is posh, there's no doubt about that.
I've never quite understood the Henry/Harry thing. Couldn't Harry also be Harold? Also posh!

ProfessorGrammaticus Fri 15-Aug-08 18:17:45

Henry/Harry is not poncey, just correct ("traditional", if you prefer!)

Heifer Fri 15-Aug-08 18:17:59

I prefer Henry myself, so definately not Poncetastic...

CuckooChocolateOrange Fri 15-Aug-08 18:36:08

I used to know a Henry who was anything but posh. He was a game-keeper, and used to march around with a gun, muttering and swearing and stinking of beer and wee. That is my own personal 'image' when I hear Henry!! I still like the name though.

Tortington Fri 15-Aug-08 18:37:14


kerryk Fri 15-Aug-08 18:40:26

i dont think henry is posh/poncy. we have quite a few of them in dd's school.

we even have a henri

pippibluestocking Fri 15-Aug-08 18:43:25

Arabella is not as bad as Araminta aka Minty - now that does score high on the ponce-ometer!

CuckooChocolateOrange Fri 15-Aug-08 18:45:47

Araminta is way off the Ponce-ometre. Go ten miles past the end of the scale and turn right.

Somebody famous has a minty. Pre-minty on Eastenders I wonder? Or, so posh and no-tv-in-the-house-types perhaps? WHO has a baby Minty? Tell me somebody?

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