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Honestly Tell Me What You Think Of This Name Please

post #1 of 25
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Ok, so we were told we are having a boy, so for now I am sticking with that LOL.

We have had a boys name picked out for a loooong time and most people I have told seem to like it, but there are also a lot of people that hate it (my sister hates it the most)

So please, would you tell me what you think of this name?

Bode Keam B(last name)

Bode is pronounces like Bo-dee and Keam like Kee-am.

Bode is a name that DH and I like and we are both German so we picked the German spelling. Keam is a mixture of first initials of men in our family and a name we were going to use as a middle name no matter what the first name was.
post #2 of 25
Really? Bode make me think of the partying snowboarder. I don't hate it at all. Keam is fine but I'd count on it being mispronounced all the time.
post #3 of 25
I like Bode! Keam is not bad but I agree that it may be mispronounced (I was thinking "Keem").
post #4 of 25
I don't think there's anything wrong with Bode. I do like it, but it's not my naming style, lol.
post #5 of 25
My dh's nickname is Bodi, so ... love that! Not so much Keam, but whatever works for ya.
post #6 of 25
Not feeling it.

I suspect you'll get a lot of people pronouncing it without the "ee" at the end.
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by limette View Post
Not feeling it.

I suspect you'll get a lot of people pronouncing it without the "ee" at the end.
I agree. I would pronounce that Bode (like road) Kee-am.
post #8 of 25
I like the sound of Bode, but I wouldn't know how to pronounce it propertly without being told. It'll only take once, though, and people will get it. I like the middle name, too, though again I would need to hear it once to know how to say it. Middle names aren't that important outside of the family, though.
post #9 of 25
ddcc

At first look it makes me think of the phrase "that does not bode well..." So to me it has sort of ominous undertones.

I would never come up with the proper pronunciation from just looking at it. The actual pronunciation could leave him open to hassles due to it's similarity to "body" and "booty" (if that's still a term in use when he's older).

It wouldn't be my pick.
post #10 of 25
I love it!
post #11 of 25
Oh and so what if people mispronounce it? People misspell my name all the time and it's a season! Or I will tell them my kid's name and they still can't pronounce it! There are
plenty of names out there that would be mispronounced/misspelled by most
people-I don't think that's a reason to not use a name (like Siobhan? I love that name but you think most people know how to say it? Doubtful!
post #12 of 25
I know a little one named Bowden, nicknamed Bodie - "Bow-dee", and the nickname is spelled like that.

I would think of the word "bode" with your spelling, too, I'm afraid.
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by zinemama View Post
ddcc

At first look it makes me think of the phrase "that does not bode well..." So to me it has sort of ominous undertones.

I would never come up with the proper pronunciation from just looking at it. The actual pronunciation could leave him open to hassles due to it's similarity to "body" and "booty" (if that's still a term in use when he's older).

It wouldn't be my pick.

Agree with all that. Spell the Bodee or Bodhi or Bodie and you might get the pronunciation you prefer.

Middle names can be odd. No biggie. I think a middle name is a great place to show off parent's personalities or honor dead relatives. A good friend of ours gave her kids Star Trek middle names. You know, Joshua Kirk Smith or Matthew Riker Jones.
post #14 of 25
I like the name, not the spelling. I have a friend with the last name Bode pronounced like road, so that is how I would say it. I don't dislike the middle name either, but I'm not crazy about how the two names sound together. It's kind of hard to get off my tongue. With that said, though I do think Bode (pronounced the way you want it) is a cool (yet not 'trendy') unique name that could really have potential to take on your little ones personality. It's cute for a kid yet I think a man could have that name and still be respected, kwim? And if you love the name, it shouldn't really matter what other people think.
post #15 of 25
absolutely love it!
post #16 of 25
It seems like Bode is becoming somewhat trendy (not "There will be 5 in his class! Don't do it!" trendy, but I have heard of a handful of baby Bodes being born in the past few years) so I wouldn't make up a fake spelling for it because I think plenty of people will know how to pronounce it. Bode Miller is a fairly well known personality, for anyone who watches the Olympics.

It's not my style, but I don't think it's awful or anything.

IMO middle names don't really matter, so I think you should do whatever you want. I wouldn't worry about the mispronunciation, because who reads out someone's middle name? My middle name is my grandmother's maiden name and it's impossible to spell or pronounce but I've never had a problem with that, because I don't think it's ever come up. I think it's really nice that you're honoring family members with the middle name.
post #17 of 25
I love the first name.. the middle name has meaning to you so thats all that matters. People don't usually refer to people with their middle name included. I do agree that the spelling of Bode is a bit harder to figure out how to say it just by looking at it but.. SO WHAT!
post #18 of 25
Love Bode, very cool! I just don't like the idea of giving someone two names that may both require a pronunciation lesson/explanation. If I give an unusual first name (and yes, all 3 dd's names are pretty unusual), I like to give a straightforward sounding, simply spelled middle name. That's just me, though! There is certainly nothing wrong with either name. Both have a lot of personality!
post #19 of 25
I like each name by itself, but not so much together. Reminds me of "body cream" for some reason. A good friend recently named her DS Brody, which I like a bit better as I think it is easier to say, and doesn't lend itself to being mis-said from the printed name. When I first read it, I thought "bode" (like fortell), not bo-dee. The middle name is fine in and of itself, and has a good meaning.
post #20 of 25
I think he will have to always tell people how to say his name. That's not the end of the world, but it will be a constant. We have that with our daughter's name too. (Shanna--pronounced Shan-uh, not Shawn-uh)

It's not one I would pick, but it's not terrible.
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