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DorotheaPlentighoul Tue 13-Oct-09 19:47:47

The more I think about it, the more I like this name for a DD, if this baby (due in spring) happens to be one. It sits nicely alongside DS's name, and goes with their surname. However, the Unity Mitford association is a big reason not to use it, and I am just wondering what people think about that aspect.

LilianGish Tue 13-Oct-09 19:48:57

Sorry - it just says Nazi to me.

cookielove Tue 13-Oct-09 19:53:17

do not like - sorry

DorotheaPlentighoul Tue 13-Oct-09 19:56:47

oh dear

Was hoping that people would think she was far enough back in history not to matter very much. Baby name book says it is a name used mostly in Ireland, which gave me slight hope ...

Anyone else?

cece Tue 13-Oct-09 19:57:56

How about Verity or Una, which are both similar?

QueenOfFrighteningEveryone Tue 13-Oct-09 19:58:12

Nope, sorry.

DorotheaPlentighoul Tue 13-Oct-09 19:59:19

I dunno, somehow Verity sounds more ... prissy. And I slightly know a Una in RL who is perfectly nice, but I just can't think of the name belonging to anyone but her.

WineBeforePearls Tue 13-Oct-09 20:03:22

I know a Unity and you honestly don't think 'Nazi' because she's dds friend and it's just a name.

It's like all these names, they have to be re-adopted by lovely sane people and then they lose their nasty historical connotations (with the possible exception of Adolf wink)

KnickKnacksCauldronOfHorrors Tue 13-Oct-09 20:05:35

I'm Irish and I've never heard of anyone called Unity!

don't really like it, sorry

LilianGish Tue 13-Oct-09 20:06:01

What about Eva? Actually when you come to think of it that has the same associations, but is quite popular. Maybe there is safety in numbers - it's the fact that noone calls their children Unity that makes us think of Unity Mitford (ds isn't called Adolf by any chance?)

DorotheaPlentighoul Tue 13-Oct-09 20:10:58

grin No, DS's name is very widely used and uncontroversial! But agree about the safety in numbers thing, eg (as someone said on old thread I just found) Myra will always be Hindley, but Rose doesn't make people think of Rose West.

I don't want to use Eva though -- we know two families with little Evas.

florence2511 Wed 14-Oct-09 02:50:42

Unity is a very pretty name, but I simply couldn't get the Nazi association out of my head.

The poor woman tried to commit suicide when war was declared on Germany as she was infatuated by Hitler and couldn't bare the thought of her beloved Britain fighting her beloved Hitler.

So, no, no, no. I couldn't name a DD Unity.

SomeGuy Wed 14-Oct-09 03:27:41

Unity is a ridiculous name.

And I say that despite being an ignorant bastard whose never heard of Unity Mitford.

Cortina Wed 14-Oct-09 03:33:54

I quite like it and I think most people would have no idea who Unity Mitford was.

ClaudiaSchiffer Wed 14-Oct-09 04:22:02

I quite like it too. It's kind of odd and unusual but in a good way.

I love the Mitfords, obv Unity isn't my favourite (all that Nazi unpleasantness) but who cares really. Lots of children have names of mass murderers/dictators and we don't really associate them with their namesake or expect them to follow in their footsteps hmm

mazzystartled Wed 14-Oct-09 05:17:10

I immediately think Mitford

Even without those associations I don't like it very much. Sorry.

nooka Wed 14-Oct-09 06:19:29

Unity makes me think of the Matrix for some reason (was there a Trinity or something like that in there?). It does sound a little fascist to me, not because of any association, but just in meaning.

seeker Wed 14-Oct-09 06:40:30

Says Mitford to me too - but not sure whether that's just because I'm old.

skihorse Wed 14-Oct-09 10:12:17


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CristinaTheAstonishing Wed 14-Oct-09 10:15:46

I didn't think of Mitford but first reaction was that I didn't like it. It seems a bit...pointless. Makes a statement, but what about? If it was on a child I'd get used to it but on paper it doesn't sound great.

IMoveTheStarsForNoOne Wed 14-Oct-09 10:18:53

Sorry, don't like it.

What about Trinity?

pinkx4 Wed 14-Oct-09 10:22:04

There was an actress called Una Stubbs. Similiar. Unusual yes, but not a name you'd forget.

I'm not going to say anything negative because I checked out a thread on my own name on here last night and the bitchy comments were awful! Went to bed feeling 'dull and boring'. I realise that this is a forum for getting opinions but a little senstivity doesn't go amiss especially when someone has set their heart on a name. If you like it, go with it. She may well thank you for your individual choice one day.

MissSkylar Wed 14-Oct-09 10:55:48

I like it -and think that it is way better than Trinity! Guess a nickname could be June?

NancyBotwin Wed 14-Oct-09 11:30:39

No her nick name at school will be "you're nitty"!

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