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What do you think of Dorian as a first name for a boy ?

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MamanFlo Wed 15-Aug-07 20:50:44

Hello Mums

I am 29 weeks pregnant with our second baby, a little boy. We are french but we need to find a name that fits in english speaking countries. We thought about Dorian...

My sister says it's a bit negative for a boy, as Oscar Wilde's character is not really great.

What do you think ? in general and about this comment in particular ?

thanks !!!!


notnowbernard Wed 15-Aug-07 20:53:05


It makes me think of a sit-com series called 'birds of a feather'.

Whether that is good or bad is a matter of opinion...

beansprout Wed 15-Aug-07 20:55:01

It's a tad old fashioned these days. Sorry.

wheresthehamster Wed 15-Aug-07 20:55:10

Yes, I think people will just think of the man-mad neighbour from Birds of a Feather.
Will probably get nicknamed Doreen.

sallystrawberry Wed 15-Aug-07 20:57:31

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hayley2u Wed 15-Aug-07 21:02:29

yes birds of a feather, she was great. up to you at end of day. just has been used as womans name i guess.

MamanFlo Wed 15-Aug-07 21:04:25

don't know about birds of feather is that really this bad ?

didn't realise it's old fashion, but never met an english speaking person with name though...

MyTwopenceworth Wed 15-Aug-07 21:05:35

Character in Scrubs is called (John) Dorian. It's more popular in America I think. I disagree that it is negative for a boy though, it is a long-standing unisex name.

What do I think? Personally? It's not one of my favourite names, but it's not my child.

It's not your sister's child either.

Go with what you want. Bugger other people.

IsabelWatchingItRainInMacondo Wed 15-Aug-07 21:05:56

Well, as long as the surname is not Grey and there are not weird portraits around...

brimfull Wed 15-Aug-07 21:07:18

birds of a feather sitcom

IsabelWatchingItRainInMacondo Wed 15-Aug-07 21:07:21

Actually, I quite like the sound of it, although I think it's pretty much out of use nowadays (and so is mine and I'm fine)

misspiggy Wed 15-Aug-07 21:08:47

Hi MF. IMo it does sound a bit effeminate. I think you might be saddling your little one with a difficult name to live with.

Here's the Wikipedia entry for Dorian Gray - I must say I agree with what your sister said.

How about something like Olivier? Just a thought...

reindeermum Wed 15-Aug-07 21:09:00

I think it sounds very very gay for a boy which may or may not put you off (no offense intended)

yama Wed 15-Aug-07 21:09:33

I like it.

MrsScavo Wed 15-Aug-07 21:10:45

Don't like Dorian. What about Oscar?

Bluestocking Wed 15-Aug-07 21:12:31

I don't like it - just like everyone else, first I think Dorian Grey, then I think maneater Dorian from Birds of a Feather - but TBH only Brits of a certain age will be aware of BoaF, so if you like the name I wouldn't let that stop you.

MamanFlo Wed 15-Aug-07 21:12:37

of course it's my child ;)
but there are great differences in fashion between france and UK , and I wouldn't want to pick a really ridiculous name for my chil if we end up living in the UK ;)

about Dorian Grey, apparently that's not that important ;)

wheresthehamster Wed 15-Aug-07 21:12:44

I know a boy called Darien and I like that.

yama Wed 15-Aug-07 21:12:53

Actually, I think it sounds rather masculine. I loved 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'.

MamanFlo Wed 15-Aug-07 21:16:59

Oliver and Oscar are verrrry old fashion in France... that's really difficult to find a name that fits both countries ;)

DH might be distrube by the gay colour of Dorian... I need to tell him ;)

other names on the short list are Raphael and Simon.
DH has rejected Melvil an Etienne, which I love, so I am still hopefull he will change his name

Bluestocking Wed 15-Aug-07 21:20:55

Melvil? No no no, it sounds like a painkiller - "here's Melvil and his little brother Advil".
I love Raphael, not so keen on Simon, but that's mainly because every Simon I've ever met has been stark staring batty bonkers (apologies in advance to all those with perfectly sane fathers/husbands/sons called Simon).

MamanFlo Wed 15-Aug-07 21:21:04

... his mind ....

sorry, I am really tired tonight

thanks a lot for your opinions : it helps

MrsScavo Wed 15-Aug-07 21:21:38

Raphael would sound similar in French and English. Simon would sound very different in both languages.

You seem to like different names to me, so you probably wouldn't go for Hector (which I think is great)

MrsScavo Wed 15-Aug-07 21:23:25

Do not call your child Melvil if he will be going to school in England!

MamanFlo Wed 15-Aug-07 21:24:41

Hector is somehow on the short list, I forgot about it... at fiorst I was opposed to it, but that a was a name DH wanted for our first... and know I wouldn't be opposed to it, but he is !!! complicate hu ?

I love the pronunciation of Simon in English

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