I think it's unusable because of the soap, not the ocean. If it wasn't for the detergent, I'd have no problem with it- people are named Rose and Marina and Sky and Oak, so why not Tide? I think it's just the brand that holds the name back, not the nature.
I like Tadhg (pronounced TYGUE, like the first syllable of "tiger") but that's also rather unusable because of spelling/pronunciation issues.
I went to school with a girl called Tyde and she wasn't the nicest of girls, so my view of the name is skewed. It has a kind of hippy-ish vibe to me, like Forrest, River, Sequoia etc.
Are you in the UK? If so, I wouldn't worry so much about the detergent as I don't believe we have it here. I think Tide is the US equivalent of calling your kid Persil, Ariel or Daz :p
I agree that it would be usable as an ocean/nature name... except for the detergent brand. For that reasonable, I don't find it usable.
It would be fine if it only had the ocean association, kind of like Reef. However, I agree with the above posters that the laundry detergent makes it unusable.
I am from the uk, that's probably why I've never heard of it! I'll probably put it on my GP list, the thought of naming a child something equivalent of Persil puts me off it!
Haha, thanks for the replies!! :)
I currently live in Alabama and my immediate thought was "Roll Tide!" This is a commonly used term by University of Alabama fans/alums. We have lots of girls named Crimson (nickname of school is Crimson Tide), Bear or Bryant (late coach Bear Bryant), and Nick (for current coach Nick Saban).
I would not think twice if I heard this as a name in Alabama. However, outside of our state I don't think it is usable due to the previous mentioned laundry detergent association.
A separate problem for Tyde in the UK is the similarity to the (northern, I think) Welsh word for grandfather Taid (pronounced the same way).
At first I thought it was adorable as a word/nature name...then I saw it spelled out Tide and all I could think of was laundry commercials. That's something I wouldn't want linked to my child lol.