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Any opinions on Campbell for a boy?

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MrsKitty Fri 05-Jun-09 15:54:18

Think we have our girl name sorted, but are struggling with finding another boys name we both like (already have one DS)
...Interested peoples thoughts on Campbell?

Thanks grin

clemette Fri 05-Jun-09 15:55:41

Are you Scottish?
If so, it's OK. If not, it's not.

rasputin Fri 05-Jun-09 15:55:44

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MrsKitty Fri 05-Jun-09 15:57:42

Wow you lot are quick! ...We're living in Wales with Scottish heritage.

bluebump Fri 05-Jun-09 15:58:46

I think it sounds too much like a surname.

bluebump Fri 05-Jun-09 15:58:49

I think it sounds too much like a surname.

bluebump Fri 05-Jun-09 15:59:08

oops smile

poppyknot Fri 05-Jun-09 16:00:38

Grandfather (born 1890s) was a Campbell and so is cousin. Know a few people called C'bell but agree with clemette, I think there has to be a Scottish connection (at least a surname) for it to work.

It has not yet gained the widespreadness (??) of Cameron, Callum etc.

Fimbo Fri 05-Jun-09 16:01:04

I love, love, love it. It is a fab name. I wanted it for ds, sadly dh wasn't keen and our surname starts with C and it sounded silly.

Please use it. I urge you!! grin

I also love Struan.

usernametaken Fri 05-Jun-09 16:24:33

We are using Campbell as a middle name- it is DH's tartan. I like the name but not so much as to use it for a first name, it also clashes with the surnames...still need that first name though!

chandellina Fri 05-Jun-09 17:08:48

great name, go for it. I know one who is Kiwi (Scottish heritage) and lovely.

MaggieBee Fri 05-Jun-09 17:11:29

I think it's awful!! I'm seeing andy warhol style soup cans.

I love Hamish, Duncan, Bruce, Douglas, Fergus, Gregor, Magnus... loads of fabulous Scottish names.

pointydog Fri 05-Jun-09 17:24:12

it's a surname

chandellina Fri 05-Jun-09 17:26:19

many if not most boy's names were/are a surname.

pointydog Fri 05-Jun-09 17:31:47

some are, yes, and i don't like surnames as first names. That was my opinion.

MaggieBee Fri 05-Jun-09 17:33:39

I think Cam and Bell are two quite feminine sounds and given that MacKenzie (a family name of mine) and Kennedy and Delaney (all Scottish and Irish surnames names) are being used for girls in the states, I could see Campbell being taken up for girls in America.

People with Irish/Scottish ancestry in America are doing this..

Fimbo Fri 05-Jun-09 17:48:57

I doubt very much anyone in Engerland is going to like it. I imagine the majority of MNr's are English so therefore the majority answer will be no.

georgiemum Fri 05-Jun-09 17:50:42

It is a surname. Maybe use it as a middle name?

MaggieBee Fri 05-Jun-09 17:55:00

I'm Irish! with 2 Scottish grandparents and fwiw I think it's 'orrible as a first name. I like Bruce, Donald, Hector, Hamish, Douglas and Duncan and all those names. Callum and Fergus are nice too but the creches are full of them!

McNursing home, McBusPass - OOOh there are great names in that 'style category'.

Fimbo Fri 05-Jun-09 18:00:51

Maybe you think its 'orrible' you are entitled to your opinion, but I like it.

My ds has a middle name on your list which is often slated on here.

Fwiw I know a Campbell MacTavish

georgiemum Fri 05-Jun-09 18:06:09

I'm scottish and I am not really keen on surnames as first names. Don't know why, but I suppose there are plenty of names which are more used (Stewart, Scot...).

If you like it, go for it. There are far worse things to call a child...

Pingpong Fri 05-Jun-09 18:16:49

Fimbo I think you are so right about the majority of MNers being English so it will get the thumbs down.
I'm not a fan of Campbell as I'm from the other clan wink but I do know of two baby Campbells and one old one (My Dad's age).
It is generally a surname but it can be used as a first name and I don't see that that is a problem. If you like it use it.
Yes there is Cameron Diaz in America but most Camerons are boys. I can't see Campbell going that way myself but never say never !
Hector and Hamish sound like sheepdog names to me MaggieBee

elle23 Fri 05-Jun-09 18:19:16

reminds me of Alistair Campbell. Asked DH & he said it reminds him of Kevin Campbell hmm
it's a surname isn't it.
Rather ridiculous as a first name imo

katiek123 Fri 05-Jun-09 18:21:25

i really like it - my friend married a 'campbell' - we were all at uni in glasgow together and he was thoroughly scottish admittedly - but hey, 'scottish heritage' is enough for me. go for it!

Fimbo Fri 05-Jun-09 20:01:04

It's not ridiculous - everyone has different opinions, you could argue that any name is ridiculous.

Actually that comment has really riled me and I am going now.

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