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Perdita - honest opinions

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BexJ78 Tue 04-Aug-09 20:55:07

For ages and ages, DH and i have said that if we ever had a girl we would call her Perdita or Purdie for short. However, i am now half way through my pregnancy and DH now says that he is worried that a) she will get called 'pervy' at school;
b) that it is too wannabee-ish.

We both have very traditional names and are from families of traditional names, but i really like it as i think it is unusual without looking contrived.... what do you think? I have canvased other MNers on my antenatal thread, who suggested we could shorten to Dita, which is nice, but the only dita i've ever heard of is dita van teese.
in a quandry hmm so need some help! thanks

corblimeymadam Tue 04-Aug-09 20:56:22

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diedandgonetodevon Tue 04-Aug-09 21:03:21

I really like it.

BexJ78 Tue 04-Aug-09 21:03:25

oh god didn't even know about that one!!! this names shennanigan is a mare!

GirlsAreLoud Tue 04-Aug-09 21:03:58

I was just going to say exactly the same as BB, on both counts.

MadMazza Tue 04-Aug-09 21:04:59

Would people know how to pronounce Perdita (I don't!).

HerHonesty Tue 04-Aug-09 21:06:41

i think its a bit twee but i dont find it offensive, iykwim. you would have to be able to carry it off.

nigglewiggle Tue 04-Aug-09 21:10:48

I like it but I would assume that Perdita was very posh.

I would pronounce it Purr-deeta.

I would shorten it to Perdie.

Umlellala Tue 04-Aug-09 21:12:33

Doesn't it mean 'lost'?

Not offensive though at all (says the mother of two weirdly unusually named dc)

WesternBelle Tue 04-Aug-09 21:12:50

It's a sweet name, but straightaway the connection in my mind as soon as I see it, is the dog from 101 Dalmations.

deaconblue Tue 04-Aug-09 21:12:54

is very posh. means "little lost one2 doesn't it? I only know Perdita in A Winter's Tale - she gets a happy ending

BexJ78 Tue 04-Aug-09 21:16:07

yes, it is from winter's tale, but also character from emmerdale (class ) and as i have just found out, 101 dalmations!

GirlsAreLoud Tue 04-Aug-09 21:18:00

Pongo and Perdita weren't the parent dalmations called?

LovelyTinOfSpam Tue 04-Aug-09 21:19:04

Also name of v posh sloane type in bridget jones IIRC.

epithet Tue 04-Aug-09 21:19:48

I taught a Perdita - she was never called 'pervy' or, as far as I can remember, teased about her name.

RipMacWinkle Tue 04-Aug-09 21:19:56

Agree with others - sounds v posh to me.

Reminds me of the character of that name in the Jilly Cooper novel, Polo. That tells you how posh I am grin

That said, I quite like it.

epithet Tue 04-Aug-09 21:20:19

(A state school, btw, in a non-leafy area.)

moffat Tue 04-Aug-09 21:21:00

sorry I don't like the name or its meaning.

MuffinToptheMule Tue 04-Aug-09 21:25:22

It means 'loss'. It's a bit strange to call your child a name meaning loss.

hambo Tue 04-Aug-09 21:25:49

Very Jilly Cooper

artichokes Tue 04-Aug-09 21:26:38

I like it although I associate it with Jilly Cooper's novels (not that I have read them of course blush. I think Rupert Campbell-Black's daughter is Perdita. She is uber posh.

I know very sweet little Purdey. Although I think a Purdey is also a type of hand gun.

BexJ78 Tue 04-Aug-09 21:33:17

from what i have read and researched, i don't think it is 'loss', i think it means 'lost' (like the french perdu...) which i know is perhaps a bit odd, but at the end of the day, according to some books my name means 'noose' and to be fair it hasn't really been an issue for me!! i think i might just call her 'our gert' and be done with it

Cadelaide Tue 04-Aug-09 21:34:25

Like it.

Think your DH is wrong about the pervy thing.

Tommy Tue 04-Aug-09 21:36:16

I thought of the Jilly Cooper books too blush

doesn't mean I don't think it's sweet smile

blinder Tue 04-Aug-09 21:36:51

sorry - not keen.

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