I want to give my baby a “edgy” name

what’s in a name

Quite a bit, according to the good folks at Mumsnet, who said a firm NO to a woman who wants to give her child a very unusual name.

The woman wants to name her baby Lupin – but not everyone is convinced


The woman wants to name her baby Lupin – but not everyone is convincedPhoto credit: Getty


Yes, lupine. Lupine means ‘of the wolf’ in French, lupine is a type of woody plant and of course a favorite of Harry Potter fans.

The mother-to-be said it was “nervous”.

“My husband and I have loved this name since we had our first son,” she said.

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“We really love floral names for boys, Lupine is quirky and unique, it also has the more masculine meaning of ‘belonging to the wolf’.

“Could be shortened to Lu or Louie.

“Last time we balked at it because we got some negative comments and thought it was a bit TOO unusual, but then again it could be paired with a very common middle name that he could use if he’d prefer if he were older.

“I found a post on here a few years ago with horribly negative feedback so I’m not expecting much here but thought I’d post it again to test the waters! So what do you think?

And again – for want of a nicer expression – people were horribly negative.

“You are joking?” one person asked while another was more blunt and simply said “no”.

Another added: “I don’t want to come across as rude but it sounds like an illness? I personally don’t think it’s a good idea. It just doesn’t even really feel like a name.”

Other people picked up on the wolf connotations. “The vast majority of people will associate it with the garden flower, not some creepy animal that Little Red Riding Hood’s grandma ate,” they wrote.

“I certainly wouldn’t put it on an innocent little boy.”

And one person made a different point (though maybe they didn’t want to hear it.

They said: “You know that Johnny Cash song ‘Boy Named Sue’ – where the boy had to struggle through his life and was teased about his maiden name?

“Spring….” I want to give my baby a “edgy” name

Jessica MacLeish

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