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Who likes the name Gerald

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gembobs Sun 19-Jul-09 01:10:06

My 7 week old DS is called Gerald after my grandad who passed away in 2006 but all my family tell me he will b picked on in school for having an old name but i actually like the name.

gigglewitch Sun 19-Jul-09 01:13:40

I know a small "jed/ged" who is fab and not at all picked on.
Congrats on your ds, and it is nice to have such a special name for him. All my dc have a 'family name' and one of their own, and I really do think it is lovely.

thumbwitch Sun 19-Jul-09 01:54:04

s'a nice name. Can't see the issue really. It's not like it's Norbert, is it now?
{Dons tin hat in case of any Norbert lovers around)
Ger or Gerry, Ged or Gez all seem to work as nns.

BitOfFun Sun 19-Jul-09 01:59:11

All the short versions are lovely, but not so stuck on the full version. That's ok though - and a family name is always nice.

liliputlady Sun 19-Jul-09 06:40:46

I think children are generally more accepting of names than adults are. They will not think of it as an older man' name, as some adults might.

I avoided using my late Grandmother's name for DD1 for the same reasons. With hindsight, had I been more adventurous, she would have had a beautiful unusual retro name. With the safer name I gave her (which I do love), there is always someone with the same name as her close by! So be happy with your choice.

skidoodle Sun 19-Jul-09 07:21:49

Kids choose the child they're going to pick on before they choose the reason.

Your family are being silly. I'm not crazy about the name but 4 year olds won't know it is "old".

Loads of nice short versions... the more I think about it the morebi like it.

chamoiscreased Sun 19-Jul-09 10:37:11

Agree with Skidoodle, the more I think about it the more I like it! I read the thread title and thought, omw, Gerald - but after reading it's a family name and saying it in my head a few times - I think it's great! and I think Jed/Ged is a cool nickname.

geordieminx Sun 19-Jul-09 10:41:49

Qyite popular in Scotland.

Dp would have had for ds, but Gerard... after Stevie hmm

pointydog Sun 19-Jul-09 10:59:28

not keen at all. Gerry quit egood though

Meglet Sun 19-Jul-09 20:12:03

Gerald is a cool name. I very much doubt he would be picked on for it. And anyway the other children will have no idea it is more common as an older name.

Gonnabamumma Mon 20-Jul-09 22:45:56

Love it, my lovely, dearly missed Dad was a Gerald, but was known as Gerry - if I have a boy in September, I want to call him Gerry. Now just have to persuade DH!

hmc Mon 20-Jul-09 22:52:32

It's lovely that you named him after your grandad

lilacpink Mon 20-Jul-09 22:54:11

Ged and Gerry and cute and cool

lilacpink Mon 20-Jul-09 22:54:48

sorry 'are', not 'and'.

fishie Mon 20-Jul-09 22:56:08

i had a friend called gerald when i was younger, he was very cool. we mainly called him gel.

it is my dad's middle name too. i like it lots.

alexpolismum Tue 21-Jul-09 15:08:30

There are both a Gerald and a Gerard in my extended family. I like both, and neither has encountered any particular teasing. One is known as Gerry, the other as Reg (Ger backwards). Don't ask me why, it just happened!

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