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March 14th, 2013 01:33 AM #6
I've actually met a guy named Winchester before. It was a family surname for him - his grandmother's maiden name, if I'm remembering correctly - and he wore it surprisingly well. So the name isn't unwearable. That said, the name is very tied to guns. My number one association with Winchester is Supernatural (a positive association for me), but most everyone is going to hear the name Winchester and go straight to guns. It's up to you to decide how much that bothers you (and how much it might bother your son).Emily • Nineteen • United States
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March 14th, 2013 02:05 AM #10
I love Winchester! It sounds very posh and sophisticated, yes, but to me that's a good thing. It is surnamey but then again a lot of names are and they've become totally acceptable for the most part. I think I've used it for a character at some point, an upper-class man in a historical fiction-type story. I have no idea at all how it relates to guns though. Just a guess, the average American (or Briton?) knows a fair bit more about guns than the average Canadian? (I've seen threads here where numerous posters mention how the name is strongly associated with guns, and I never get these references)~Love names, literature, royals and horses~ <3
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March 14th, 2013 02:18 AM #12Senior Member
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I honestly think it's awful, sorry.
First association = guns. (I'm Australian and have never seen a real gun in my life, I don't think; I know nothing about guns, but have run across 'Winchester' often enough whilst reading, etc, to know that it is one.)
Second association/impression: someone trying very hard to sound posh and 'British boarding-school-ish', and failing.
March 14th, 2013 08:19 AM #14
Trust me, we've never been a gun toting nation. Like the Australian above me I've never even seen a gun. I know a bit about Colts though because my brother and I watch 'Pawn Stars' and they come up for sale occasionally. I also know bit and bobs from books and tv and - of course - the blunderbuss from 'Super Cluedo Challenge'
Winchester sounds like a place to me. I wouldn't associate it with guns.~Boys~
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