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Thread: Downton Abbey Dilemma
July 13th, 2012 04:19 PM #6Senior Member
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Like pp said, it's not like naming your kids Luke and Leia but there's no good way to know if the characters of Downton Abbey will be lasting pop references or not. Personally, I would probably avoid it unless Edith was the absolute only name DH and I could agree on. For what it's worth, I prefer Olive from your list.
July 13th, 2012 06:10 PM #8Senior Member
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I'm in the US and a big Downton Abbey fan (they show it on PBS here), so it would probably be enough for me personally to tip the scales away from Edith. I don't think it would be a big deal in daily life -- realistically, probably hardly at all . But at some point my kids would pick up on the connection, and I would be sad if one of them felt like "the Edith" (that is, I wouldn't want her to feel like the bitter one who is always getting outshone).
Fortunately you have several other fine options!
July 13th, 2012 08:17 PM #10
I sincerely doubt that any child ever would be able to pick uP on the connection. Downton Abbey is an adult period drama that any child would fall asleep after watching for just 5 minutes. I think this is another case of people being too sensitive to a childs feelings on a name. In reality, the biggest problem would be that it is a stereotypical name for old people, and the downton reference will never even cross her mind.
July 13th, 2012 09:06 PM #12Senior Member
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The problem is that Cora, Sybil and Edith are pretty uncommon names (Cora, not as uncommon as the others). It's not like the show is using the names Elizabeth, Catherine, and Olivia or something. I like the names together, and as I watch the show, I admire the names. The fact that the names are currently not popular (they are lovely, just not in the top 50, right?), anyone who watches the show will just assume that you are a huge fan, I think. I wouldn't like that idea, as a parent, to have others *think* that I would ever care about a TV show enough to name my kids along those lines, even if I didn't! Maybe I'm insecure that way.
July 13th, 2012 09:36 PM #14
Downton Abbey is just a TV show, albeit a popular one, but still just a TV show. Even though the three are tied to this specific show, they also share a similar style, so I don't see the problem in using them together. I wouldn't discount your top name simply because of a pop-culture reference. I'm sure some people will bring it up and more will probably think that's what you were going for, but it's unlikely the girls will hear it from their peers.My girls: Grace Patricia "Gracie Pat" & Eloise Martha "Elsie Mae"
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