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Dante for a boy...

(35 Posts)
JessJess3908 Mon 25-Aug-08 18:56:45

Could I? Should I?

And would it be in any way likely to offend our Catholic priest?

LynetteScavo Mon 25-Aug-08 19:01:27

No idea about the priest. I'm presuming there are no St Dantes' though?

Personally, I wouldn't.

MaryAnnSingleton Mon 25-Aug-08 19:10:42

is this from the thread the other day ?

frazzledoldbag34 Mon 25-Aug-08 21:47:58

Don't know about priests but I wouldn't!
Yuck - it's a bit pretentious not to mention its connotations.

3andnomore Tue 26-Aug-08 00:03:23

I think it's a nice name

kateri Tue 26-Aug-08 00:05:47

Well, Dante did have a lot of Popes in Hell, y'know! :P

I really like the name, but would worry it'd look too pretentious, as I'm not remotely Italian.

sleepycat Tue 26-Aug-08 00:07:08

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FabioTheFlouncingCat Tue 26-Aug-08 00:07:31

<considers making the infernal gag again, though no one found it funny before>

People will say....
oh forget it.

hellish Tue 26-Aug-08 00:14:03

We have a 6/7 year old Dante who lives opposite us - he goes to Catholic school too.,

themildmanneredstalker Tue 26-Aug-08 00:48:19

oh god no. it's just trying too bloody hard.

Califrau Tue 26-Aug-08 03:29:31

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Califrau Tue 26-Aug-08 03:30:48

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lisalisa Tue 26-Aug-08 12:07:30

Isn't dante something to do with hell? If so I would imagine your callling your son that and being catholic are prett ymuh much incompatible!

FabioTheFlouncingCat Tue 26-Aug-08 12:23:33

lisalisa you are thinking of this

People will think the boy is infernal.


<slopes off>

periselene Tue 26-Aug-08 12:27:32

Jessjess, you could.

VictorianSqualor Tue 26-Aug-08 12:28:45

Dante was a catholic poet, why would it offend your priest?

QuintessentialShadow Tue 26-Aug-08 12:29:13

Think about how it is pronounced....

Your son would be auntie dante before you know it!

BroccoliSpears Tue 26-Aug-08 12:32:13

I don't pronounce auntie and dante the same.

<wonders which one she's getting wrong>

VictorianSqualor Tue 26-Aug-08 12:33:38

Nor do I.
It's arn-tee and don-tay

msdemeanor Tue 26-Aug-08 12:33:56

Auntie doesn't rhyme with Dante though.

(oh, unless you are Northern, perhaps?)

CrushWithEyeliner Tue 26-Aug-08 12:36:09

No it's horrid, only suits Virgil's friend and poet..

PookiePodgeandTubs Tue 26-Aug-08 12:38:33

Please. Go with Donald and be extremely classy. Then, subtly, and pretend that Dante has just evolved naturally, even though you planned it right for the word go. I call my children Pookie Splodge and Tubs so I'm not going to laugh at osmebody with a child nnd Dante.

If I got a birth announcement telling me about Dante James 8 lbs 2 oz, I think I would burst out laughing.

Spare yourself the eye-rolling that will go on behind your back.

VictorianSqualor Tue 26-Aug-08 12:52:39

Or use it as a middle name, we love the name Rex, but don't think it holds well for a first name so would have James Rex.

JessJess3908 Tue 26-Aug-08 18:07:34

Boys are just so bloomin hard to name. Call them anything 'nice', non offensive or family related (e.g. James) and they'll end up being one of 6 in their class - but call them anything unusual and it just sounds poncey or gay. Grrr... fingers still crossed for DD.

Caulifrau - No the Donte/Dante debate wasn't mine - Searched on Dante after posting this and had a good laugh reading it tho.

Victorian - ta for the link. I knew Dante's pilgrim travelled through the levels of hell... but was unsure how the church reacted. Methinks they can be a tad oversensitive at times wink

Pookie - Pookie Splodge and Tubs are all wonderful names that even pass the supermarket test. Little Donald, on the other hand, is wearing a white syrup and hanging out with silicone barbie in my imagination - ala Mr Trump.

Can someone please tell me where I can find a list of boys names that are not in the top 20 but will not set my PFB up for a life of continual pi** taking???

FrannyandZooey Tue 26-Aug-08 18:08:51

I like Dante

dp has held out against it for years, though
I think on balance he is probably right

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