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  1. #1
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    Too "old" even for Namberry?

    Do you ever find yourself drawn to a name, only to realize most people would consider you crazy for considering it for a child? Even people who have such refined tastes as Nameberry posters?

    Recently, it's been Jean, Ruth, Irene, Clyde, and Homer. I could probably think of more, but those are off the top of my head. Does anyone else see the appeal, or am I just crazy?

  2. #3
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    While I wouldn't actually use them, I like Ruth and Irene. And I think Jean makes a nice middle name, although I prefer the Jeanne spelling.

    I love Ophelia, which my boyfriend says is an old lady name, or that of a viking opera singer haha. I also love Bonnie and Leona.

  3. #5
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    I think my taste are too crazy for most nameberry posters, actually for most name boards in general. Oh well.

    Couldn't use Jean as it's my MIL's name and while I get on with her, no.
    Ruth is nice and Irene means peace, so is lovely.
    I know a great 70 year old Clyde and it's a river in Scotland, so I could imagine it being used, but not by me.
    Homer is just ruined by the Simpsons, so no.

  4. #7
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    There was a poster with a son Homer some while ago, who got really positive comments on the name. The Classical history redeems it, I think. Meeting a little Homer, I would forget 'The Simpsons' parallels very quickly, to be honest.

    Jean is lovely, also a fan of the Jean. I know a little Jeanie, and her name is gorgeous on her.
    Irene also I love in the same way as Agnes, I wouldn't use either for fear of people's reactions but I love both dearly and would be happy to see them on a child.

    Ruth and Clyde for me though are both no nos. Clyde because of Bonnie and Clyde, that is all I think of! Plus I find the look of it very strange on paper.
    Ruth just reminds me of 'struth!', an expression my mother used constantly. Also the word roof. Combined, it just doesn't have a very feminine sound in my book.
    But neither of those reasons are because they're dated- so I guess Nameberry might be ready for these names again!
    mum to the lovely Harriet Katia (10) Beatrix Liv (6) and Cordelia Joyce (4) and Lionel Rafferty (1 whole year already)

  5. #9
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    I know what you mean in that I don't feel that most names I love to pieces are 'trendy nameberry names. And then there is real life trendy which is very different too!

    I really like Jean-it's vintage and lovely. I like Clyde and Homer too. SO has vetoed Homer because of the Simpsons even for a middle spot, and he rarely vetoes anything. It's a shame the Simpsons' carries such weight over Classical History/Literature, for most people. I think Ruth is ready for a comeback too.

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