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Philip - what's wrong with it?

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niccibabe Fri 29-May-09 19:01:58

Seriously, I'd like to know!

I had really quite liked Philip for a boy...but it was rather negatively received on MN.

I wouldn't want my potential DS to suffer from an awful name but it might be a shame to miss out on a good traditional name that's not too popular at the moment.

TheFallenMadonna Fri 29-May-09 19:03:20

I like it - so I'm no help at all grin

KingRolo Fri 29-May-09 19:04:26

Prince Philip? grin

Nah, like it. It's just not a 'now' name is it?

suwoo Fri 29-May-09 19:10:46

I know someone with a 3 year old Phillip. I can't put my finger on why, but it always sounds strange. Maybe I see it as a name of my generation (70's)?

tummytickler Fri 29-May-09 19:11:35

Oh and Pip is such a cute nn for a little chap!

norktasticninja Fri 29-May-09 19:11:39

No idea OP? It's not a name that appeals to me for my own DC, but definitely not a bad or wrong name IMHO.

norktasticninja Fri 29-May-09 19:12:26

Not quite sure where that question mark came from, was supposed to be a full stop...

rasputin Fri 29-May-09 19:12:27

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llareggub Fri 29-May-09 19:16:12

If you like it, use it. Why does it matter what others think?

lljkk Fri 29-May-09 19:18:37

I like it.

nkf Fri 29-May-09 19:19:16

I like it so I'm useless. I can't see what the objection might be.

letsgostrawberrypicking Fri 29-May-09 19:26:07

I think it's like a lot of names - nothing special, just a bit boring. Nothing really wrong with it apart from that. Just think of all the "Philips" you know - Schofield/Glenister/Fern's hubby. Middle-aged kind of name

wb Fri 29-May-09 19:33:13

Nothing wrong with it at all.

There are only 6 names or so that are 'safe' on mumsnet (and even then you'll get a couple of dissenters saying they are too popular) so unless you want to call your child: Millie, Tilly, Ellie, James, Ben or Ethan then don't worry about it wink

NationalFlight Fri 29-May-09 19:35:54

it's probably because it reminds a lot of us of Philips we Have Known.

In about 30 years when our children have never even laid eyes on a Philip, let alone snogged one, it'll be interesting and cool again

<head in hands>

NationalFlight Fri 29-May-09 19:38:28

This is what's wrong with it:

fil·lip (flp)n.
1. A snap or light blow made by pressing a fingertip against the thumb and suddenly releasing it.
2. An embellishment that excites or stimulates: "Spritely tabasco onions, just a little crunch for the top, were an added fillip" Alison Arnett.
3. One that is trivial or of little importance.
tr.v. fil·liped, fil·lip·ing, fil·lips
1. To strike or propel rapidly by as or as if by a fillip: filliped his finger against my ear; filliped the pretzel across the counter.
2. To stimulate or arouse.


[grin ]

pick one of those, just one, as your 'my name means' answer for your child to give in peer discussions.

nickytwotimes Fri 29-May-09 19:39:41

I like it too.

nickytwotimes Fri 29-May-09 19:41:12

pmsl at me putting that after NF's definitions!

grin grin

NationalFlight Fri 29-May-09 19:44:15

It's the pretzels and the onions that got me I'm afraid grin

Seriously - if you like it, use it - it'll be sweet on a little chap. God knows mine have weirdy names..

mrswoolf Fri 29-May-09 20:38:36

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mrswoolf Fri 29-May-09 20:44:40

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Zarniwoop Fri 29-May-09 20:47:01

Terrance and Philip from South Park.

hippipotamiHasLost29Pounds Fri 29-May-09 20:48:49

Dd has a lovely little friend called Philip. His nickname is indeed Pip.
I love it - not outlandish or made-up, but he is the only Philip in a school of 600 children!

Go for it, I think it is a great name!

Megglevache Fri 29-May-09 20:51:43

I think it's a fab name

NationalFlight Fri 29-May-09 20:56:01

Pip is lovely,

jollyjoanne Fri 29-May-09 21:06:55

I like Philip too, but DH wouldn't have it as it is his dads name. Could also use 'lip' when a teenager a la Shameless!

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