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To call my daughter Dora?

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Laindons · 11/08/2015 09:31

I really like the name Lydia, but it reminds me of someone who is very competitive and ambitious.. And mean. Sorry, don't think of Sense and sensibility at all.

Dora means "Gift from God", and a daughter would be just that after TTC for so long.
Yet, Dora the Explorer and the theme tune does come to mind too. Baby would be half Spanish by the way.

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formerbabe · 11/08/2015 09:34

I think it's a gorgeous name! wishing I called my dd Dora now!


Laindons · 11/08/2015 09:34

P.S please no suggestions of 'Theodora' or 'Isadora'. I dislike those and I'm quite picky lol ????

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spanieleyes · 11/08/2015 09:34

I think Dora is a lovely name!


MrsGentlyBenevolent · 11/08/2015 09:35

You've already had this answered in the Baby Names forum. If you like it that much, just go for it, regardless of what others think.


Laindons · 11/08/2015 09:35

Well I moved it to AIBU because I want to know if I'm actually being unreasonable...

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WorraLiberty · 11/08/2015 09:36

What's the Spanish for, "Why the fuck didn't I stick this in the baby names topic?" Grin

I like Dora but yes, I couldn't get Dora the Explorer out of my mind.


Tryingtokeepalidonit · 11/08/2015 09:37

Got a 20yo Dora myself and still think it is a lovely name! Works well for all ages.


FreiasBathtub · 11/08/2015 09:37

Lovely lovely name!

(Reminds me of a very amazing woman who really helped me when my baby was born, not that that should make any difference to your decision Smile)


SpendSpendSpend · 11/08/2015 09:37

If you like it then it doesnt matter what anyone else thinks

If i would of listened to everyones opinions on my dds name, then she would never of been given it!

People still dont like dds name but i love it!


GlitzAndGigglesx · 11/08/2015 09:38

I was going to suggest Isadora, but see that's a no :). Yanbu to call her Dora. People have pulled faces at my kids names but it hasn't put me off


Laindons · 11/08/2015 09:38

Spend, what's your daughters name darling? ??

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MrsGentlyBenevolent · 11/08/2015 09:40

How is it 'being unreasonable', as opposed to 'ideas on this name'? And honestly, what different does it make, I think you've already decided. But OK, I'll answer. You are being very unreasonable, it's a bad shortening from Theodora to me, and the child will most likely get some 'Dora the Explorer' joke at some point. I have a name that can be 'teased' in a similar way, and even at nearly 30, people still think they are funny with the same old jokes.

Does what I said really make a difference? If you like it, go for it.


DJThreeDog · 11/08/2015 09:42

Well, I don't like it. My granny is called Dora and she's a horrible old boot.

But, really? Why all the angst? Just pick a name you like and use it!


StillStayingClassySanDiego · 11/08/2015 09:43

I know a Dora, nice name.


BestZebbie · 11/08/2015 09:47

...not to get sidetracked here, but does 'Dora' actually mean 'gift from God'?

I know that Theodore/Theodora does, but the 'God' part is the 'Theo' (like 'theology' etc) - if you drop that, haven't you removed that word from the sentence?


Laindons · 11/08/2015 09:49

Okay, so what do people think of Deana then?

It's my grandmother's name, and my middle name.

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Theycallmemellowjello · 11/08/2015 09:50

Dora doesn't mean gift from god - it means given (might be an assumption that it's god doing the giving but it's not expressed in the name) or Doric woman (Doric being the ancient Greek term for someone from Crete). Theodora means 'god given'. It's a nice name I think!


thegreylady · 11/08/2015 09:50

Dorothy? Dorothea? You get the whole 'gift of God' meaning with a Dora shortening.


Theycallmemellowjello · 11/08/2015 09:50

Oops X post with Zebbie


sanityforlunch · 11/08/2015 09:50

I know a dog called Dora. Named by the grandchildren.


DJThreeDog · 11/08/2015 09:50


hackmum · 11/08/2015 09:51

I think it's a nice enough name. Also short - I'm keen on short names that are easy to spell.

Caitlin Moran's elder daughter is called Dora.


AdeleDazeem · 11/08/2015 09:53

African name Noni also means 'gift from God'.

To the PP asking what Dora means in Spanish, the Spanish word for 'explorer' is 'exploradora', Dora the Explora is an 'exploradora'.


Marcipex · 11/08/2015 09:53

I like Dora and Deanna, if that's the same as Deana?
And I really welcome any little girls not called Ellie, Evie, or Lily. They are nice names but sooooo overused now.


Redshoes55 · 11/08/2015 09:55

Why would you ask anyone eskers opinion though op or care.

It's not one I would choose but it's a perfectly nice name.

Just go for your choice and sod the world. Grin

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