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Dora - too Explorer associated?

(21 Posts)
witchhazelnut Tue 13-Oct-09 12:54:09

Looking at Flora and lots of other names too so it isn't our only option. Just wanted to check opinions on this first?

BarakObamasTransitVan Tue 13-Oct-09 13:00:57

I taught a Dora in south east London - she'd be early-twenties by now I guess. I like it. But the Explorer thing might put a dampener on it.

BarbieLovesKen Tue 13-Oct-09 13:23:37

Dora is very cute but I dont know - think it could be too explorer associated. That said, it could be just because I have a 4 year old dd who has been obsessed with Dora for the past 2.5 years, so it could be just my association ifykim?

Jamieandhismagictorch Wed 14-Oct-09 17:09:29

Yes, too explorer-oriented

CristinaTheAstonishing Wed 14-Oct-09 17:14:05

Dora is lovely but I think it should be the short version of sthg longer, Theodora, Isadora.

InSync Wed 14-Oct-09 18:17:02

Nah it I think it's fine. It's a lovely name.

Loads of names are associated with TV characters (Thomas the Tank Engine, Charlie and Lola etc) but although people might make the connection it doesn't put people off using them.

I love Theodora / Isadora too.

Go for it

ramonaquimby Wed 14-Oct-09 18:22:42

dora is a fabulous name

dora the explorer is only big with the under 5 set - a drop in the ocean in the lifetime of a name

MaggieBehaveOutGuising Wed 14-Oct-09 20:15:41

I don't know.... I don't like it. But trying to put that aside, there are young barneys and jakes and maxes and rorys (racing car) and finleys... (fire engine)

It could be worse, it could be boots!

I agree with Theadora or Isadora. Really leaves you with a few more options. I love Thea.

colditz Wed 14-Oct-09 20:17:35


mrswoolf Wed 14-Oct-09 20:31:31

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Hulababy Wed 14-Oct-09 20:34:19

I think many people with young children will associated the name witht he prgramme, yes.

There is an Isadora in DD's school IIRR, alhough I think her nn is Issy not Dora.

inveteratenamechanger Wed 14-Oct-09 20:35:41

No, I love it, particularly Isadora with Dora as nn.

doubleexpresso Thu 15-Oct-09 10:26:30

Love Dora - the Explorer association willfade. What about Dulcie ?

hennypennyhen Thu 15-Oct-09 14:43:44

I love Dora and Isadora too!

qumquat Thu 15-Oct-09 18:30:00

I don't think it's an issue at all, most of the population have never heard of Dora the Explorer. ANd even if they have, it's no different to using Thomas or Lola. Go for it.

HerHonesty Thu 15-Oct-09 22:00:31

love this name. actually wanted dorabella but got vetoed....

anniemac Fri 16-Oct-09 14:40:44

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brockleybelle Sat 17-Oct-09 00:26:20

When I see Flora I think of marg.

TheDemonicButDandyLioness Sat 17-Oct-09 00:47:11

I love Dora too.

Wanted to consider it for both dcs, but got veteoed by DH on explorer grounds.

I see his point. I feel the programme is the same generation as my kids (and yours) and therefore the name has already been 'taken' by the TV series and my child would have to grow up with it. I wouldn't feel it was a no-no if the TV programme was from thirty years ago. In fact, dc2 has the same name as a popular children's TV series from when DH was a little boy.

Tambajam Sat 17-Oct-09 07:08:36

I like it. And explorer is naff but generally positive - clever, brave, good map-reading skills.

womma Sat 17-Oct-09 14:04:02

It is DD's name, it rocks in my book!

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