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Do you think Gabriel sounds ok with this surname?

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Ondine Sun 11-Oct-09 15:50:08

Surname is Darling. I'm slightly concerned the combination might sound a bit flowery?

But I can't find anything I like as much as Gabriel.

Also middle name would begin with O so intials would be GOD. Is it all a bit too OTT?

pranma Sun 11-Oct-09 15:59:46

Yes-afraid it is a bit-he'd find it very hard at school I think-can't you change the middle name to one beginning with a consonant and then give your O name as a third.

TheFallenMadonna Sun 11-Oct-09 16:00:00

Oh gawd. I would normally advocate going for what you love, but GOD? That is a bit...

And Gabriel Darling...

Sounds like a mother calling down a Waitrose aisle. A bit...

Sorry.

said Sun 11-Oct-09 16:01:50

GOD is a great set of initials. Love it. But you're always going to find a name with Darling quite trickyish

themachinist Sun 11-Oct-09 16:02:17

I actually like the name Gabriel, but not with that surname, and the GOD acronym is hideous.

Going to be tricky with the surname (sorry).
I wonder if a one syllable christian name would sound stronger with Darling, Darling?

ZZZenAgain Sun 11-Oct-09 16:09:48

maybe you need something more austere to combat the effect of Darling.

Not that I particularly like this name but for instance Frederick Darling has a very different feel to it. Maybe Jonathan or a name like that might work.

Amapoleon Sun 11-Oct-09 16:10:31

I don't think it goes but anything is going to be tricky.

pofacedandproud Sun 11-Oct-09 16:17:44

It is brilliant. You must do it. Bit I'd also suggest getting this thread deleted as it reveals your surname.

said Sun 11-Oct-09 16:19:21

Butch Darling?

Rindercella Sun 11-Oct-09 16:22:46

I adore the name Gabriel (am seriously considering it if DC2 turns out to be a boy), but not with the surname Darling I'm afraid. I agree that you need something quite austere to counter the Darling effect. Probably not Alistair though wink

Ondine Sun 11-Oct-09 16:25:39

Do you really think it's brilliant pofaced, would you honestly go for it?

That’s a good idea pranma, just add another name before the O name. DH thinks GOD is a really funny in a good way intial, so I just wasn’t sure if it was good or megalomaniacal grin.

Gabriel is harder to let go of. Everything sounds silly anyway. I agree, logically a short, austere name might be best but can't find any I like.

busybutterfly Sun 11-Oct-09 16:28:54

You're not serious...surely?! He will have to go out into the big wide world and that is NOT a good name for a wee boy... FGOD'SS heh heh grin

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sun 11-Oct-09 16:29:05

Gabriel, AND the initials GOD, probably a bit ott. Does the middle name have to be 'O'?

I think its not toooo bad, if the initials were not GOD.

pofacedandproud Sun 11-Oct-09 16:37:27

I think it is fine. No one is actually going to think you are claiming your child is God, are they? It is just a funny coincidence. and I like the name Gabriel. Look, Orlando Bloom did well, didn't he? It is a great actor's name. grin Darling is a very unusual surname and will bring attention even if you call him Bob. So have the first name you really want.

pippapenguin Sun 11-Oct-09 17:45:45

My DD's initials are STD and NO-ONE in 25 years has ever mentioned it. Gabriel is my favourite boys name ever and I think you should go for what you love, not for everyone else thinks.

everlong Sun 11-Oct-09 19:16:49

I love it.

I have a Gabriel but our surname isn't as lovely as yours I'm afraid!

Go for it.

everlong Sun 11-Oct-09 19:24:09

What is the middle name?

Ondine Sun 11-Oct-09 21:58:50

The middle name we're thinking of is Oran (family in Ireland so need one Irish name).

I may put Sebastian in to break the GOD initials but like you say pippa maybe it will never come up, I don't remember using mine at school?

Thanks for everyone replies. I will give it a bit more thought smile

tearinghairout Sun 11-Oct-09 22:01:57

You should deffo have the nameyou love, or you'll regret it for ever. DH talked me out of mine in a weak moment (just after giving birth) sad
Gabe Darling sounds a bit more butch - will you use Gabe d'you think?

Ondine Sun 11-Oct-09 22:34:07

sad you didn't get the name you wanted tearinghairout.

I do love the name and you're right Gabe is more masculine and the one syllable works better.

I should probably just go for it, I'm just really paranoid about giving someone a name that they won't like as i've never liked my own name.

Bondwife Mon 12-Oct-09 09:22:47

I love Gabe and GOD is just so funny! How much fun is that when he is older and girls say to him 'who do you think you are GOD?' he can actually say yes!!!

The Darling family were in Peter Pan - the boys were Michael and John and the father was George. How about a character name from the book? Hook was James (just like James Matthew Barrie the author) and some of the lost boys were, Curly, Marmaduke and Binky.

tearinghairout Tue 13-Oct-09 10:32:58

Can we link Binky to the thread about country clothing? Binky Darling sounds soooo mustard cords!

aLittlePatience Sun 18-Oct-09 23:56:16

Please forgive me if I'm not meant to link to other sites, as I'm new at this.
May I suggest looking at
http://www.babynamesofireland.com/as this site has the baby names read out by Frank McCourt in a genuine Irish accent.
Very useful for those Irish names that you may not know how to pronounce.

I agree that something 'harsher' may need to be placed before Darling. Maybe Victor, or John? Good luck.

doubleexpresso Mon 19-Oct-09 09:34:39

Agree with aLittlePatience. A really strong sounding name is needed to go with your surname. What about Matthew, Tom ? Can't think of anymore ...

belgo Mon 19-Oct-09 09:41:53

I think Raphael goes better with Darling.

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