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Kawaiiko Fri 06-Nov-09 18:25:29

Not pg yet but wanted to know - is Doreen among the older names that are making a comeback?

It's the middle name of my dearly beloved and sadly missed grandmother. I used to think it was awful, but I'm warming to it.

It was her middle name but she used it in preference to her first name, Eda. I like Eda and always thought I might use that, but it would be a bit odd when she hated it so much!

fruitshootsandheaves Fri 06-Nov-09 18:26:47

don't like Doreen or Eda sorry
but then all my DC's have very conventional names

Pingpong Fri 06-Nov-09 18:30:21

don't like any of the een names Coleen, Doreen, Noreen etc
Not sure about Eda either tbh. I've met a little Edie which seems a bit softer IYKWIM or even Ada.

bellissima Fri 06-Nov-09 19:10:12

Agree Smac. Although funnily (and yes I know I will be in a minority!) I quite like Maureen. just prefer to Maura etc.

MaggieMonday Fri 06-Nov-09 19:25:59

I don't like any name that ends in eeen.

Irene is about the best.

MaggieMonday Fri 06-Nov-09 19:26:57

Dorothea Irene?

You could get some good nick names out of that.

MrsWoolf Fri 06-Nov-09 19:27:09

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ZippysMum Fri 06-Nov-09 19:27:28


Edie is lovely, though.

MaggieMonday Fri 06-Nov-09 19:54:39

MrsWoolf, What else does your Oxford say about names and class from this era. TO me, all Victorian names are just Victorian names, but to my Mum's generation they are still either 'one' or the 'other' iykwim. It's an interesting subject, but there's the risk of being labelled a chavhunter. Or something like that. It's interesting imo.

MaggieMonday Fri 06-Nov-09 19:55:26

Doreen not Victorian I have just realised. My g&t stronger than I thought.

weepootle Fri 06-Nov-09 19:56:25


katnkittens Fri 06-Nov-09 23:36:19

No!!! 'Tis my MILs name. As much as I love my MIL, it is still a name I very much associate with old ladies. I can't see anything 'pretty' about it at all, sorry.

becklespeckle Fri 06-Nov-09 23:56:18

Its fine for a middle name but I wouldn't use it for a first name, not sure it is on its way back in yet.

I like Eda much better though but I know what you mean about using a name she hated, my lovely Gran hated her name (Emily) which I love and I really wanted it for DD but it did seem odd to use a name she didn't like so I didn't in the end.

hester Sat 07-Nov-09 00:01:40

I like Eda, Ada and Edie - a lot.

Doreen is not great, but could you shorten it? Dorie/Dory is sweet. Wasn't there a musician/singer called Dory Previn, married at one time to Andre Previn?

hester Sat 07-Nov-09 00:02:28

PS. Best of luck getting pg!

confuseddoiordonti Sat 07-Nov-09 00:06:49

Lovely thought behind it, naming your possible DD after your grandmother, but I think Doreen is horrid - sorry! I quite like Dory though, good suggestion hester!
Good luck with the baby making though x

blithedance Sat 07-Nov-09 00:08:42

How about Doris? It's near enough to be "named after" and I think it's prettier, like Charis.

doubleexpresso Sat 07-Nov-09 09:29:39

Sometimes it can be pronounced 'Dreen' iyswim. Don't like it either way, but nice to call baby after much loved grandmother. Perhaps middle name, or Reenie ?!

tethersend Sat 07-Nov-09 09:39:17

Love love love Doreen!!!!

And no-one else will have it (unlike Ruby etc)

It means something to you, no other babies will have it, it's not a made up name- it's perfect smile

TheBlairSnitchProject Sat 07-Nov-09 09:44:36

It's awful. Sorry

My great Aunt is a Doreen (pronounced Dur-eeen cause I come from Yorkshire) and i've always hated it

MamaLazarou Sat 07-Nov-09 11:25:46

This granny-name revival has gone TOO FAR!

PuppyMonkey Sat 07-Nov-09 11:31:09

No-one else will have it cos it is bloody awful. Sorry, no disrepect to your relative and all that, I'm sure she was lovely. It is not on its way back. It is the name of someone who works in the canteen.

duchesse Sat 07-Nov-09 11:37:27

Nooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!! How about Dora as a less dated compromise?

Kawaiiko Sat 07-Nov-09 13:28:54

Hmm, I guess I expected a reaction like this wink It's not really my cup of tea either, but I really would like to remember her. A girl couldn't ask for a better Grandma

I like the Dory/Dorie suggestion, hester, thanks for that. It's very sweet. I think it's also pronounce-able (and doesn't mean anything awful) in Japanese too, which a plus as dh is Japanese.

Thanks for the support anyway, tethersend, but I think you were the only positive reaction! I would be said to give that name to a future dd and then have her hate it, especially as she will never be able to know first-hand just how super-duper her Great-gran was.

Have to agree with becklespeckle about not going with Eda, though. It's not a name that anyone in the family associates with her - it was common knowledge that she hated it!

Now, just got to wait a couple of months till we're ready to start properly trying! Thank you for all the kind thoughts - seen some quite harsh comments on other threads in this topic so I'm quite touched.

MrsWoolf Sat 07-Nov-09 15:35:25

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