What do you think of the name Rupert?
The more I hear it, the more I like it, and think it's a name that would be really cute on a little boy as well as being quite distinguished on a grown man. At one stage I would have thought it was 'too posh' & too strongly connected with Rupert Bear to be usable, but with the popularity of actors Rupert Grint, and Rupert Everett, I think it's become more accessible.
Do you automatically think of when you hear this name? I'd particulaarly like to hear from any Britberries, as this is where my fiance (Canadian) and I (English) plan on raising our family.
I think Rupert is great, and I agree it has become more accessible as of late, which is fantastic. I think of both actors when I hear the name.
I'm a big fan. I definitely think that the actors have made it more accessible. Not being a Britberry though, I don't really have the Rupert Bear associations, so there's nothing to shake. Would it be like naming a kid Grover or Ernest/Ernie (which I would do in a heartbeat if DH agreed) here?
I absolutely adore Rupert! Being a fan of Harry Potter, I only think of Rupert Grint. I'm not a Britberry, so I'm unsure of who Rupert Bear is.
I'm a huge fan of Family Guy, so I think of Stewie's stuffed bear Rupert, which I suppose is based on the British character.
Otherwise, I do love the name. I think it's very distinguished.
Am I the only American who's familiar with Rupert Bear?
I LOVE Rupert! Adore it. Completely. I would use it in about 3 seconds, haha. (And he would probably be called Rupert Bear as my nickname was Little Bear my whole life). I say go for it!
Yes, apparently. Also not British, but I agree that it is becoming more usable. I would have thought it much more strange when I was a kid than now... Rupee could be a cute nn, too.
Originally Posted by flybella
I'm a huge fan of Rupert!
Eh, I don't know. I think it's a bit much. It's like calling your son Reginald. Rupert sounds like he has a weak chin and wears leather gloves and flying goggles, and hangs out in a British gentlemen's club.
Not a fan, personally.
Thanks for all your responses. Glad to see that many people feel the same way about Rupert as I do!
For those asking who Rupert Bear is, he's a comic book character who has been around in England since the 1920's. He's a white bear who wears a red sweater, yellow checked trousers and a yellow scarf. He has adventures with his friends, who are mainly woodland animals and a few humans, although from memory there's also a dragon and a pixie/elf that he hangs around with. He's also had children's books written about him and a TV series or two, all aimed at young children. Always returns home from said adventures safe and sound, and in time for supper!
@tk - I think to be honest that adults in the UK would have a stronger association with Rupert Bear than most children would, as I'm not even sure whether he's a prominent character on kid's TV these days. I guess it would be kind of like naming them after a Sesame Street character in the sense that Rupert is a character that many people of my generation would have read/watched from a very young age growing up.
@smismar - I completely forgot about Stewie's teddy in Family Guy. That makes me like it even more!