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IABVVVVU but I cringe inside when I see

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AmataesAmataes · 21/05/2013 14:14

Girls names with -Ella, -lily, -mae, -Rae, -lee or any variation

Following on from my name thread and a couple of threads I've seen about rochelle from the Saturdays new baby,I can't help but cringe when I see any of the above e.g. Gracie-Mae

I am being VVVV judgey pants but I find it so overdone, twee and chavvy.

I'm ready for my flaming!

OP posts:
GoodbyePorkPie · 21/05/2013 16:29

So which are which? Hmm

AmataesAmataes · 21/05/2013 16:31

Are you seriously telling me you can't work that out? Or are you just pleading ignorance on the back of the moral high ground?

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Themobstersknife · 21/05/2013 16:31

I would rather have a child called Ellie-mae or similar than have a child who lacks class, believes it is ok to call people names, who judges people based on their name and calls people unimaginative / boring even when they explain the names they have given their child have very personal meaning to them.

Fedupofdiets · 21/05/2013 16:33

Rupert James? Fuck me are you Katr Middleton???!

Fedupofdiets · 21/05/2013 16:33

Of course I meant 'Kate Middleton'

Fedupofdiets · 21/05/2013 16:34

By the way you sound like a lovely person op, I'm sure you'll make a great mum Blush

SPsCliffingAllOverMN · 21/05/2013 16:35

So you even call family 'chavvy' because of name choices?

You sound like a great person.

shewhowines · 21/05/2013 16:37

I don't mind them as purely stand alone middle namess but I agree, I find it twee and irritating when you hear parents calling Ellie-May in the supermarket etc.
One word names please.

marciaoverstrand · 21/05/2013 16:37

May is my dds middle name, its a family name in dhs family.
It wasn't common twenty four years ago, most people said she had two unusual names!
I'd better tell her never to mention it if askedSmile

shufflehopstep · 21/05/2013 16:38

May is a family name for me and I want to use it for any future DDs I have. It is my sister's middle name. It appears loads in my family tree in my grandparents and older generations. I wonder if, 90 years ago, people thought it was common, as it seems to have been V popular.

SoggySummer · 21/05/2013 16:39

My eldest DD almost 15 has May as one of her middle names - after my aunt May, who was a lovely aunt to me but sadly died of cancer 2 weeks before my DD was born.

When she was baby everyone seemed to be using Louise as a middle name.

Dont give a shit if anyone thinks its chavvy. She knows, I know and my family knows the sentiment behind her name.

Cringe away all you like - I agree May/Mae has become popular but that does not mean its a name without sentiment to everyone.

What names do you deem acceptable then??

GoodbyePorkPie · 21/05/2013 16:40

SP she's calling her own family chavvy. Charming.

I've met people from all walks of life with those names, OP (except Klaydon). I don't think either 'posh' or 'chavvy' people can lay claim to them.

crashdoll · 21/05/2013 16:46

"Regardless of whether you ARE chavvy or not, if you name your child as mentioned, on paper MOST people will assume you are."

Even if this were true, who gets to decide if names are chavvy or not?

landofsoapandglory · 21/05/2013 16:49

My niece has an X-May name and she is 18, so they have been about for years. I remember liking Ellie-May when I was pregnant with DS1(18) but DH hated it, so he would have been Harriet Emily.

I think it says more about the person doing the judging than the one with the name TBH, but FWIW I have a hamster called Rupert it has made my week knowing he is not a chav!Wink

SPsCliffingAllOverMN · 21/05/2013 16:55

Land I had a hamster called Bud. I'm worried he was one now! Grin

landofsoapandglory · 21/05/2013 16:58

As long as he only had the one name without a hyphen, SP he wasn't!Grin

SPsCliffingAllOverMN · 21/05/2013 16:59

Weiser was his surname technically so no hyphen. Grin

usualsuspect · 21/05/2013 17:03

I cringe when I see snotty snobby threads like this.

Get the fuck over yourself.

HoneyDragon · 21/05/2013 17:06

May hasn't suddenly become generic or common a a middle name, its been popular for years and years and is often a passed down name.

My dd has May as her middle name, as it pleased both sides of our family to do so. I know three other little girls with May as a second name, and all have it a a family inherited name.

I really have no concerns as being perceived as chavvy. Either on the Internet or in RL.

TheHerringScreams · 21/05/2013 17:28

I think May is pretty. No, I personally don't like Gracie Lou but then I don't like Jago (or whatever the MN names are) but equally, I think Lily May is actually quite pretty. The name May is a pretty name (and I don't care about the spelling) and I don't understand why people get upset f a name is too popular, my son has a 'popular' name, who cares.

What I find weirdest is people saying 'yeah, my dd is Emma Mae (for example) and I named her before it became popular but now it's become so popular and I think it's really chavvy, and they're just jumping on the bandwagon.' I know some people like that. If you liked it then, I don't see why other people can't like it. I liked Joshua before it became especially common....I would still choose it now.

Fwiw, DS has a 'common name' and his middle name is Kasey (and guess why- all our other DCs have nice traditional Swedish names, but we liked Kasey so we went for's about taste, not perceived divisions) and then a traditional Swedish name. I have a relative called Kayleigh, another called Rae-Anna and then a Susannah, Mia, Emmaleigh, Hannah, Synöve, Isabella, Annabelle, Isla, Marissa, Ingela, Clara and an Ellinor (that's a Swedish spelling, it's traditional). Who cared what they're called? I think less of people for judging a name than for having a name like -Rae or -Mae or whatever.

Although, saying that, I've met a little girl called Riley Mae. I don't mind the Mae but I see Riley as a boy name personally. But really, the little girl isn't bullied, she can be proud of a name with no bad connotations (I'd see differently of she was called Shit Mae or something) so I couldn't care less.

PaperSeagull · 21/05/2013 17:30

My middle name is May, though not hyphenated. I love it, as it connects me to a beloved family member for whom I was named. Couldn't care less what others might think of it.

I'm not English, so I don't fully understand the English obsession with class. I mean, I understand it intellectually, its historical origins, etc. But on an emotional or instinctive level, it makes little sense to me.

I am curious about the child named after a Russian tyrant. I wonder what his name is. Stalin? Ivan-the-Terrible? Smile

YoureAllABunchOfBastards · 21/05/2013 17:36

1970s Mumsnet would have been alive with people complaining about everyone giving Louise, Jane or Elizabeth as middle names. Nearly every one of my female friends in their late 30s/early 40s has one of those.

My full name was mentioned in a PG Wodehouse book as being terribly common because it is a modernised spelling.

loopydoo · 21/05/2013 17:38

DDs middle name is May (not hyphenated) as she was named after my great aunt and my husbands nan both of whom we liked very much.

Very judgy and snobby to comment on anybody's choice of name.....and a tad shallow. Why can't people just realise that childrens names are chosen because their parents actually like them???

AllYoursBabooshka · 21/05/2013 17:40

The crux of this issue and what judgy people fail to see is, judging or commenting on a persons name is very "classless" in itself.

Anyone with an ounce of respectability wouldn't give a shiney shite dream of being so rude.

You may think you a being all superior but in actual fact anyone who would sit and think "Does this name sound chavvy" before naming their children sounds a bit desperate tbh.

Like a big Pleby-try-hard. :)

loopydoo · 21/05/2013 17:41

Wonder what you would think about many Americans (especially women) who have male middle names, after family members, eg. Carolyn Michael followed by their surname??? It's a traditional thing and very personal.

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