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#1 wildweeny

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:31 PM

Hi lovely peoples!

Here's another boy's name we're sort of considering!  Have three weeks to go and still don't have a boy's name picked out (still hoping like anything bub will be a girl - simply because of the ease of naming!)  So, what do you think?  Origin is Old English apparently, meaning 'Village in the Valley' so one website told me....

Many thanks in advance :-)

#2 Puggle

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:37 PM

I quite like it but I think you would have people hearing/spelling 'Denim'

There was a Benham at my high school, known as Ben.

#3 MuppetGirl

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:42 PM

Not a fan sorry.

#4 Fr0g

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:43 PM

Not a fan, sorry

(ETA to remark on ^^^^^ creepy identical post!)

Edited by FrogIsAFrogIsAFrog, 23 February 2012 - 09:44 PM.

#5 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:47 PM

From Reynholm Industries?

(Sorry couldn't resist.)

I will pass on making a judgement because I don't think I can separate the name from the TV character.

#6 madmatriarch

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:49 PM

I like it but again i'm biased-my DD 9months has 'Denim' as one of her middle names.But i like Denham for a boy and i think you will hear the difference in the pronounciation and as much as i'm not overly fussed on names being shortened i dont mind Denny as a nn.Good luck OP

#7 tenar

Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:51 PM

Makes me think of the IT Crowd TV character too.  Not good...

#8 Amber Spyglass

Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:02 PM

QUOTE (Puggle @ 23/02/2012, 09:37 PM)
I quite like it but I think you would have people hearing/spelling 'Denim'

I tend to agree with this, but if that's not a concern... I think surprisingly I like it.

#9 Lumikki

Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:08 PM

I used to live near Denham and it's quite a nice little town.  Correct pronunciation is Den-uhm, so it would sound a lot like denim.  You would probably get a lot of people saying Den-ham, which would be weird.  I quite like it though!

#10 newkie

Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:09 PM

QUOTE (Dabri @ 23/02/2012, 10:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
From Reynholm Industries?

(Sorry couldn't resist.)

I will pass on making a judgement because I don't think I can separate the name from the TV character.

I had to chuckle at this, as it was my first thought too wink.gif

I couldn't personally use it for that reason alone, but it's also NMS. Ad there's the denim thing too.

#11 .MrsM.

Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:12 PM

Denham Hitchcock, Nine News reporter original.gif he pulls it off well. i also think of the town. but i think its an ok name

Edited by jm2505, 23 February 2012 - 10:13 PM.

#12 Feral-Lausii

Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:13 PM

Too close to my surname. So nope don't like it.. Sorry.

#13 Eeyolet

Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:21 PM

QUOTE (Puggle @ 23/02/2012, 10:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I quite like it but I think you would have people hearing/spelling 'Denim'

This. We met a little boy named Denham about a year ago and for months I thought his name was Denim (thought it was odd as his brother has a very mainstream name). Eventually we figured out his name was actually Denham.

It is a nice name, looks better than it sounds though. If confusion with Denim worries you then avoid the name as it will happen.

#14 ChatMe

Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:40 PM

I think a lot of people will confuse it with Denim and think that you tried a unique spelling of Denim rather than the fact it is an old English name

#15 Bel Rowley

Posted 24 February 2012 - 07:57 AM

I've known a Denham and I also think of the actor Denholm Elliott, even though it's obviously spelled differently. It's not a name I'd use but it's OK.

#16 wildweeny

Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:20 AM

Thanks for your comments!  Actually don't mind the association with 'denim' - let's face it - there could be far worse things to be teased about!  As for the spelling - just about every name has to be spelt out loud to people these days so don't think that would be an issue either.  I've heard of Denham Hitchcock - maybe that's where I heard it originally - just popped up in my brain one night!  I'm afraid I must be uneducated or something - haven't heard of the other references!  Oh - except for the town.

Here's one I woke up thinking about this morning - must have featured in a dream of mine & now hubby & I are actually mulling it over!  I bet I'll get some comments over this one!  So.... here goes....

WDYT of Maverick???

#17 ~Nodnol~

Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:29 AM

Maverick? I feel the need, the need for speed! I prefer Denham, but it does make me think of The IT crowd.

#18 librablonde

Posted 24 February 2012 - 08:37 AM

Well, each to their own.... but both Denham and Maverick are NMS at all. Maverick reminds me of the skulling games we'd play at Uni: every time we watched Top Gun and a character said "Goddammit Maverick!" we'd skull our drink  wink.gif  And Denham is just Denim to me.

#19 la di dah

Posted 24 February 2012 - 11:21 AM

I much prefer Declan/Denzel/Dashiell to Denham, sorry.

#20 wildweeny

Posted 24 February 2012 - 11:25 AM

QUOTE (la di dah @ 24/02/2012, 11:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I much prefer Declan/Denzel/Dashiell to Denham, sorry.

Well... Denzel/Denzil IS still on our list....  just not sure whether we love it enough to use it :-)

#21 geishagirl

Posted 24 February 2012 - 11:28 AM

I have to agree with la di dah...Denham is just NMS although I've had a soft spot for Denny since Denny Duquette of Grey's Anatomy days. I don't like Maverick either, how about Marlow?

#22 Red Cabbage

Posted 24 February 2012 - 11:28 AM

We have a family member named Danim, and DS(19yo) went to school with a Denim.

I don't mind it.

#23 ali27

Posted 24 February 2012 - 11:28 AM

As ever, La Di Dah has some great name suggestions which I think trump Denham. I think it is not bad but not fantastic either.

#24 vanessa71

Posted 24 February 2012 - 01:41 PM

QUOTE (Bel Rowley @ 24/02/2012, 08:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've known a Denham and I also think of the actor Denholm Elliott, even though it's obviously spelled differently. It's not a name I'd use but it's OK.

Exactly this!

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