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I was watching Ricki Lake and heard a girls name I really like...

(44 Posts)
mumsiebumsie Thu 17-Sep-09 13:49:39

... it's "Kenya", actually pronounced "Keen-ya" but I think I prefer the more obvious pronounciation.

Okay I know the inspiration is slightly trashy but putting that aside, opinions on name please! wink

ElectricElephant Thu 17-Sep-09 13:51:05

Not sure, sounds a bit odd to me. Sorry blush

LaurieFairyCake Thu 17-Sep-09 13:51:18

If in America, fine, will fit in just dandy. In Uk, not so much.

<tries to be polite, fails> grin

Have you considered Taiquasha?

KAEKAE Thu 17-Sep-09 13:51:50

Very American to me so not a name I would go for myself.

Fimbo Thu 17-Sep-09 13:53:18

I think Ikea would be better.

Hulababy Thu 17-Sep-09 13:54:23

Some people pronounce the country as K-ee-nya as well as K-e-nya.

There is a little girl, who is African, at the school Iwork at with this name. I think her promunctiation in K-e-nya though.

It is ok, although I do prefer the name India (along same lines) but I don't think I would use it personally.

mumsiebumsie Thu 17-Sep-09 14:00:18

Hulababy didn't realise that - thanks.

Okay - get impression general consensus is steer clear! I'm not really into unusual names but this one struck me as rather nice - quite girly but with a bit of weight behind it. Oh well

cyteen Thu 17-Sep-09 14:00:41


Tidey Thu 17-Sep-09 14:05:46

I'm sure there are other countries or places in Africa that sound nicer as names. Erm..

and er... Chad?

ElectricElephant Thu 17-Sep-09 15:02:28

rofl @ cyteen grin

MadameCastafiore Thu 17-Sep-09 15:06:02

I had to look after the title 'I was watching Ricky Lake....'


mumsiebumsie Thu 17-Sep-09 15:12:28

Madame embarrassing but true blush. Had come back from a midwife appointment where she spent what felt like 30 minutes taking my blood and it hurt like hell and I was on the sofa feeling sorry for myself at about 14:00 debating whether I should go back into work. Chose to watch Ricki Lake instead. I thought I made the right chose when I heard THE name but maybe not hmm.

MadameCastafiore Thu 17-Sep-09 15:13:31

You heard it on Ricky Lake!

Do you need any further explanantion?

MadameCastafiore Thu 17-Sep-09 15:13:53

Have a rest and flick through an Atlas! grin

dooneygirl Thu 17-Sep-09 17:44:29

I AM American. DH's cousin does have a DD named Kenya. She could be on a Rikki Lake show entitled "I dropped out of school to have 3 children with a man who already had 5 children by 3 different women and then went on to leave me and have more children by at least 2 different women that I know of, and now I have to have my elderly parents raise my children most of the time, because I have had to work a whole lot since I never got any support from said baby maker, and now they are teenagers, I am constantly getting calls from the school as they are totally out of control and in trouble a lot of the time." If it helps, her other DD's are named Bayleigh and Kelseigh.

brimfull Thu 17-Sep-09 17:47:45


GetOrfMoiLand Thu 17-Sep-09 17:49:54

Please don't name you're child after someone off Ricky Lake.

One of my gran's friends named their son after a character from 80s soap Falcon Crest. It really isn't cool grin

GetOrfMoiLand Thu 17-Sep-09 17:50:25

doh - your not you're, obv blush

lockets Thu 17-Sep-09 18:15:49

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HigherThanAWombat Thu 17-Sep-09 18:53:43

It reminds me of this which I'll now have stuck in my head for the rest of the week.

I don't really like it as a name.

ShowOfHands Thu 17-Sep-09 19:02:11

It's just lovely. You go girl and if anybody disses yo choice then talk to the hand honey.

bellissima Fri 18-Sep-09 08:47:11

Surely it's the 1950s 'posh white settler' pronunciation of the country Kenya - as rejected by its actual people.

belgo Fri 18-Sep-09 09:44:40

What about Jordan?

mumsiebumsie Fri 18-Sep-09 14:55:20

Wow didn't realise people were still posting on this thread.

Lockets thank you for the positive feedback but am pretty sure I won't be using the name based on general consensus - I still like it though blush, but really couldn't put DD through the trauma.


SamMitchell Fri 18-Sep-09 15:58:46

It sounds like a Ricki Lake guest, that's the problem. She never has guests called 'Anne', does she? Always Misti, Missy, LaQueisha, LeShantay and...urm... Kenya pronounced Keeeenya.

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