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Leon - too common?

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LetThemEatCake Wed 12-Aug-09 08:02:12

other opinions?

MIAonline Wed 12-Aug-09 08:11:38

Sorry, but the only Leons I have known have come from 'challenging' families.

MIAonline Wed 12-Aug-09 08:13:13

Having said that you soon forget a pre conception of a name when another child owns it iyswim. Don't let it put you off if you love it.

LetThemEatCake Wed 12-Aug-09 08:14:04

define challenging!!??

MIAonline Wed 12-Aug-09 08:35:41

Erm, oh I really don't want to get flamed, but..

You know the shouty type, where anything that can be said is shouted and have a slightly confrontational edge to any conversation. I have known 2 and both came from a family like this. The children were actually lovely though.

MrsBadger Wed 12-Aug-09 08:44:35

as in 'LEON! Stop 'ittin Chardonnay with that ashtray and get over 'ere RIGHT NOW!' ? grin

actually I quite like it, less soft and ineffectual than Leo

MIAonline Wed 12-Aug-09 08:52:43

Well I couldn't have possibly put it like that MrsBadger...

But, Yes grin

letThemEatCake, It is a good name and don't listen to me, I am only going on a personal experience rather than a reaction to the name iyswim

pippylongstockings Wed 12-Aug-09 08:54:52

I like Leon - but that's because I liked the film.

MrsBadger Wed 12-Aug-09 08:58:34


but it is not poncily HaTShIT* either

(Hard To Shout In Tesco)

LetThemEatCake Wed 12-Aug-09 09:10:22

Oh my word.

I only know two Leons, bothi n my age group, both from good families. Don't know any child Leons at all.

I find myself being strangely drawn to it, perhaps more so than Magnus (hitherto my 1st choice) ... possibly sounds a bit less stodgy, a bit more, I dunno, mercurial.

Does it go with Phoenix and Cassian, dyt?

{{wanders off to ponder whether am shouty, confrontational type .. suspect DH would say yes but surely that is only my home, not Sainsbury's, behaviour....??}}

MrsBadger Wed 12-Aug-09 09:17:16

oh if you have a Phoenix and a Cassian there is no danger of the Chardonnay/ashtray scenario

agree Magnus does sound quite serious, but I like that in a name - he could be secretly creative rather than flamboyant, iyswim. Like an architect who wears black polo necks and rimless glasses but designs magnificent flowing curved glass museums. [MrsB gets carried away]

(NB do you not find Phoenix HaTShIT?)

MIAonline Wed 12-Aug-09 09:32:50

It goes really well with Phoenix and Cassian and just from those names I think you will be fine, now if your other two were called Mercedes and Paris I would worry. wink

<MIA digs another hole for herself with MNers with Dc called Mercedes and Paris>

I loved MrsBadgers description of Magnus though, he sounds quite a catch! grin

LetThemEatCake Wed 12-Aug-09 09:34:23

I don't shout in Tesco!! In fact, I don't shop in Tesco!!

But if I do need to shout her name for any reason, well, it's only 2 syllables ... where's the difficulty?? grin

pointydog Wed 12-Aug-09 09:36:25

I don't know any Leons. It's ok.

Heated Wed 12-Aug-09 09:43:46

Leon goes well with Phoenix and Cassian imo

jellybeans Wed 12-Aug-09 13:09:28

I like it. I know two, none are as described.

LetThemEatCake Wed 12-Aug-09 16:53:47

Leon. Leon.

what would be a good second name?

MaggieBelleVirgo Wed 12-Aug-09 17:04:14

i LOVE Leo, not sure about Leon.

I like quite churchy names. Not religious at all.

BitOfFun Wed 12-Aug-09 17:10:42

I knew loads of Leons back in the day. Often with sisters called Rosa, and all of them with Marxist parents from Islington grin

LetThemEatCake Wed 12-Aug-09 17:13:48

i do remember studying the RR at uni and having quite the crush on Trotsky.

Basically I like strong, regal names that sound like they are - or could be - linked to a myth or fable.

so: Leon or Magnus???

gladders Wed 12-Aug-09 17:16:15

definitely Leon. Have only ever know one. he was very sweet - blond hair and blue eys - he must be about 35 now grin

Magnus - ok if you're from Iceland but otherwise meh

LetThemEatCake Wed 12-Aug-09 17:49:40

oh, I don't hold with this "you must be from the country of origin" stuff.

If I did, my kids would be called Shazza, Dazza, Gazza and Kazza.

itburnsitburns Wed 12-Aug-09 17:51:37

There is a MNer who has a Magnus and a Leon

they both suit their names very well

I like Leon a lot, one of my adult friends is called Leon and I often think what a lovely name it is.

LetThemEatCake Wed 12-Aug-09 18:58:50

it's funny. dh suggested it ages ago and I said no, but then Facebook suggested (in that annoying way that it does) a friend for me called Leon Magnusson .... and I've never been 101% about Magnus although it was top of my list .. and all of a sudden I started being irresistibly drawn to the name Leon ... let's see if I'm still keen next week!!

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