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Is it cruel to call a child 'Teddy'?

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crumpette Thu 03-Sep-09 10:48:13

Just wondering.. if named DS 'Theodore' would it be unbearably mean and bordering on child abuse to call him 'Teddy'?
hmm grin thanks in advance for any sane outlook provided

rubyslippers Thu 03-Sep-09 10:48:42

i don't like it but don't think it is cruel

rubyslippers Thu 03-Sep-09 10:48:43

i don't like it but don't think it is cruel

MmeLindt Thu 03-Sep-09 10:49:44


Ted is just about bearable but Teddy is just twee.

Ok if used occasionally as a pet name but not all the time.

BitOfFun Thu 03-Sep-09 10:55:20

I think it's lovely- forever makes me think of Little Women smile

HolidaysQueen Thu 03-Sep-09 10:57:59

I know a Teddy at DS music group. Strikes me as a bit odd, especially when other kids have their teddies with them so they get confused about Teddy and teddy! Probably fine as a nickname used occasionally, but as the name he gets called it's very twee and he'll probably be teased at school!

Theo or Ted much better I reckon.

ButtercupWafflehead Thu 03-Sep-09 11:01:57

Think it's sweet, but not on the birth certificate.

Also a good nn for Edward, methinks.

wheniwishuponastar Thu 03-Sep-09 11:03:05

Theo is nice, more grown up. I don't mind Teddy though. (I do know a cat named that, thought it was weird for a bit, but have got used to it now)

happywomble Thu 03-Sep-09 11:03:05

I love this name and know a boy referred to as Teddy who isn't teased at all.

allaboutme Thu 03-Sep-09 11:05:23

My DS is Teddy grin short for Edward.
Have had MANY really positive comments about it.
He is still a baby/toddler so dont think its twee but he does also get called Ted a lot so will maybe gradually become that as he gets older?

As long as you dont put Teddy on the birth certificate then how can it be cruel? He will have the choice of several names for when he is older..

Overmydeadbody Thu 03-Sep-09 11:07:33

No of course not.

Perfectly acceptable shortening/nickname for a child called Theodore/Edward etc

Overmydeadbody Thu 03-Sep-09 11:09:25

As someone with yars of experience working in primary schools I hae yet to witness any child being teased about their name. I just don't think primary kids do this.

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PrincessToadstool Thu 03-Sep-09 11:29:08

I think it's lovely, very sweet and Ted is nice for an older child.

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Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 03-Sep-09 11:34:48

Reminds me of Little Women too - nothing wrong with it

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liahgen Thu 03-Sep-09 11:42:21

I love Teddy aND AM CONSIDERING IT FOR MY NEXT BORN. (sorry caps)

Would be Edward on Bc though as our boys have English Kings names, would be forever known as Teddy though.

noddyholder Thu 03-Sep-09 11:43:22

I like it Lovely boy next door called ted a rocker musician with lots of girls swooning so cool aswell!I think its lovely

singersgirl Thu 03-Sep-09 11:44:38

Teddy is fine for a little boy and Ted is great for an older child. I know several Teddies who've changed into Teds as they've got older. Teddy Sheringham has managed to have a really cool job as an adult called Teddy! And if you put Edward or Theodore on their birth certificate, they've got another option too.

DesperateHousewifeToo Thu 03-Sep-09 11:46:26

My ds (7) loves his name. Another boy in same class also called Teddy.

They have never been teased as far as I know.

Go for it!

Actually, don't, it is getting much too popular grin

bellavita Thu 03-Sep-09 11:51:47

I think the name Teddy is lovely smile

4littlelions Thu 03-Sep-09 12:05:45

Go for Edward, then use Teddy as a nickname. Being a Teddy will not serve him well in adult life

Hopefully Thu 03-Sep-09 12:10:09

I have a Theodore who is Teddy to family, and haven't had any memorable comments about it. He is still little though, so I guess we might graduate to Theo or something when he's a bit older? Depends what sticks really!

I quite often refer to him as Theo when I'm talking to people I don't know, and it sounds really weird to me...

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