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I hate to ask this, but......
derah · 22/02/2008 20:53
... is Karen a "chavvy" name? Please don't flame me for saying using the c-word either, I don't know how else to put the question!!!
We're not from the UK so it's hard for us to know if names are associated more with people from one class or another.
We want to call our daughter Karen (or Kerryn) as it's a popular Israeli name (DH is Israeli) but want a name that works in the UK too. My mum says it's a "hairdresser" name (please, no insult meant there either!!!) and along the lines of Chardonnay and Sharon!
I've known quite a few Karens in my time, from various classes/cultures, and all of them lovely people. But I don't want to give my child a name that she'll find embarassing!
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derah · 22/02/2008 21:08
Wow, glad to hear my mum is confused (though I suspected it all long !)
She also said that our choice in case baby turns out to be a boy, Ethan, is "too Jewish". Um, yeah, it was only number 15 last year - hard to turn around without bumping into an Ethan these days!
So, next question is whether we stick to the traditional Karen or go with Kerryn (which is closer to how it's pronounced in Hebrew)?
Thanks for all the quick responses!
derah · 22/02/2008 21:16
Hate to think what Mum would say about the weird spelling , but I think Kerryn looks prettier too.
Pronunciation is keh-run (as in care), rather then car-run or ka-run (like as in carrot), if that makes sense. But there's so little difference that I doubt it's really significant.
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