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  1. #16
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    I had a beloved dog named Romeo. Everyone always thought it was an interesting choice. I loved the name and I think it fit him perfectly. I called him Ro for short.
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  2. #18
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    I love Romeo, and theoretically I would say--if Juliet is now usable, so is Romeo. The reality is quite different though. For some reason, I cannot disassociate it enough from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. But then again, maybe it's because I don't know any Romeos. I like PP's suggestion of Roman though. I know an adult Roman who wears it well. I can see it working well on all ages.
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    Personal I don't like it. I think that Shakespeare's Romeo was a punk. ( I took many English lit classes) And if I met a kid with a name of Romeo, I probably think the same thing.

  4. #22
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    I do find Romeo a bit pretentious... because it has entered our slang as being an extremely romantic guy. "Wow, your husband's such a Romeo!" No one ever says "You're wife's such a Juliet!" However, Juliet is a tragic name to me (along with Ophelia)... I cringe when it is used. I would never take a Scout seriously... Atticus is out there, but I have never read "To Kill a Mockingbird", so it is not because of the pretentiousness to me. Also, TKAM is a more modern novel, not Shakespeare... which may help to explain the difference in people's minds.
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    Dittoing other posters that the difference between the usability of Romeo vs. Juliet is pretty big. Juliet is a name in common usage and I'm sure it's been tied to more than one person over time, whereas Romeo has only ever been "Romeo & Juliet". Add in that it's become a slang term like casanova, et c. and you get why it's still so uncommon.

    I'd use Ro or Roo as a nickname, but FWIW, I would never name my child Romeo. I've met two children named Romeo under the age of five in the last few years, and both times I remember thinking it was ridiculous. Especially if he turns out to be an awkward, shy teenager.
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