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#1 Duck-o-lah

Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:56 AM

...Not neccessarily because you're a big fan but just because you like the name?

Here's the deal, I am just in love with two boys names... they were on my list as seperate names, but they were the two faves so I thought I could use them as a first an middle name. I have tried to think of others, but I really can't let these go, I keep coming back to them...

Jamie Oliver ...

I can't do it can I? Or can I? I told my BF and she said it's a beautiful name and I should use it, but I'm worried people are going to think it's a bit odd. WDYT? Any alternative suggestions?

#2 vanessa71

Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:26 AM

If Oliver is the middle name, it's not as if it's going to get used on a regular basis. If Oliver is your surname, that's different and I probably wouldn't do it, however it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. There are plenty of people that share their names with celebrities.

#3 Monroe

Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:33 AM

Agree with Vanessa. If your surname was Oliver I wouldn't, but as the MN I don't see it as a big deal.

If DD2 had of been born in the 2011 AFL season I would've tried to name her Frankie (after Buddy Franklin) DH liked the name until he put two and two together.
She is named after Nicolas Cage though wink.gif

#4 SophieBear

Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:34 AM

I guess the risk is how popular Jamie Oliver will be in 10 years time.

WDYT of James Oliver instead?

A family member (who passed over 150 years ago) name was Benjamin Franklin. I guess that's different but I have to admit I giggled when I heard it.

#5 busymum01

Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:35 AM

Love it, but don't think I could do it.  I'd fear my family members would call him Jaime Oliver all the time just to spite me...

#6 sarkazm76

Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:51 AM

I work with a guy  named James Bond - his parents didn't think that movie would be a big deal when they named him.  I don't think it worries him but it does come up a lot.

#7 I'm Batman

Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:56 AM

QUOTE (vanessa71 @ 04/11/2012, 09:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If Oliver is the middle name, it's not as if it's going to get used on a regular basis. If Oliver is your surname, that's different and I probably wouldn't do it, however it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. There are plenty of people that share their names with celebrities.


#8 BeachedAsBro

Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:05 AM

Yeah I wouldn't do it

#9 Duck-o-lah

Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:08 AM

QUOTE (sarkazm76 @ 04/11/2012, 09:51 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I work with a guy  named James Bond - his parents didn't think that movie would be a big deal when they named him.  I don't think it worries him but it does come up a lot.

laughing2.gif I can just picture it. 'Oh, who will remember that film in 10 years time...'

No our surname is not Oliver, I wouldn't do that! I do like James Oliver, I was considering using the name 'James' as perhaps he would prefer a more grown-up sounding name when he gets older. Thanks for the feedback!

#10 Elemenopee

Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:11 AM

I would use James. It's a great name and goes well with Max (coincidentally, Max and James are my twin boys middle names).

#11 kerilyntaryn

Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:17 AM

it would be ok,  but I think as a full name James would be best

#12 Gudrun

Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:55 AM

Put the Oliver first and I'll think there is a possibilty that you are not in love with Jamie Oliver.

No I wouldn't do it but I'm not in love with Jamie Oliver. Kid could get sick of all the people who know who Jamie Oliver is and are far from dead, making clever comments.

#13 unicorn

Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:45 AM

I like Oliver James. We have two James in the family, some people call them Jamie or Jimmy but the majority of people refer to them as James.

#14 HRH Countrymel

Posted 04 November 2012 - 10:52 AM

James (by far the better choice regardless of middle name) will make the situation far less obvious.

Hopefully you like Jamie Oliver the chef though... if you don't then DON'T do it!

#15 Bel Rowley

Posted 05 November 2012 - 11:50 AM

I see nothing wrong with James Oliver _____ and Jamie as a nickname. It would be very rare for people to make the Jamie Oliver association then.

#16 casime

Posted 05 November 2012 - 11:57 AM

I probably wouldn't, but if you absolutely must, then use James.

I had a friend whose maiden name was Shirley Temple.  She couldn't wait to change it when she got married.

#17 Feral Madam Mim

Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:01 PM

QUOTE (sarkazm76 @ 04/11/2012, 06:51 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I work with a guy  named James Bond - his parents didn't think that movie would be a big deal when they named him.  I don't think it worries him but it does come up a lot.

That's awesome  biggrin.gif

I can't stand Jamie Oliver so my opinion is marred, but I couldn't do it personally.

#18 ComradeBob

Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:03 PM

QUOTE (unicorn @ 04/11/2012, 11:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like Oliver James. We have two James in the family, some people call them Jamie or Jimmy but the majority of people refer to them as James.

There's actualyl a psychologist called Oliver James. He used to write in the English Guardian  original.gif

It wouldn't bother me, mainly because you don't tend to use your middle name all that much, and when you do, it's in a formal setting, ie James Oliver _______ rather than Jamie Oliver _______

#19 TootToot

Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:12 PM

FYI the celebrity Jamie Oliver's actual name is James Oliver.  So Jamie is his nn also.  Personally I wouldn't choose James Oliver or Jamie Oliver for a first and middle name, but that's because I would automatically think of the chef every time I filled in a form etc etc. if you love it, however, go for it and good luck!

#20 la di dah

Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:07 PM

The chef turns my stomach, I don't like him at all. So that tilts my view.

James is an innocuous first name though. I really like to USE middle names, conversationally, but if you don't, Oliver isn't a huge problem.

I don't really like Jamie as a NN or full name for a boy, though. James or Jim/Jimmy all the way for me.

#21 Bellefin

Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:17 PM

I would go with James Oliver. Then you can call him Jamie day to day, but when you use the Oliver, you'd be using James with it as that's his full formal name. It's not like they are really unusual names so it's not that strange.  

I wouldn't encourage you if it was Gordon Ramsey though, now that guy is a moron.

#22 emlis22

Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:22 PM

James Oliver Surname is totally fine.

FWIW I also know a James Bond. He goes by Jimmy.

#23 PattiODoors

Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:25 PM

I prefer James Oliver as a full name than Jamie.

Since having DS, I have found out from my British relos and friends that he has the same name as a BBC Radio 1 DJ.
Given name and family name are both pretty unusual too.

#24 adl

Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:29 PM

I fretted over DS' middle name because Richard was my dad's name and I wanted to avoid silly shortenings my sister kept coming up with like

Hugh Richard = huge D*CK

in two plus years... the only time his MN gets used is filling in forms or when Mummy wants him to know he is in trouble  cool.gif

so moral of the story... I would not worry about it and think James Oliver sounds lovely.....

#25 crayons

Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:30 PM

A distant relative just named their DS Jamie, it was because she really loves Jamie Oliver.

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