On to my question! DH REALLY likes “Fiona” for our Christmas baby (I do too). However, I find myself still struggling w/ the idea of naming our daughter the same as an ogre (think Shrek)- Princess or not! I told DH that most pubescent girls typically have enough self-esteem problems w/o being teased about having the same name as a chubby, green cartoon character. He thinks by the time the teasing could potentially affect our little chica, the movie will be forgotten.
I know, I know, kids can find anything to tease about! But, do you think the Shrek reference would be too easy of a target???
Honest opinions, please! Am I way over-thinking this (ie. go ahead and use a name we both love), or do you (especially those w/ grade school-aged kids) think the name should be scrapped to avoid name-calling?
Thanks so much for your help!
My objections, though, aren't so much about teasing worries. Fiona was a sympathetic character, and she was also a beautiful princess, not just an Ogre. I don't think that ogre-related teasing would be a problem.
I just don't like being associated with the marketing aspects of those movies. I wouldn't name a child Ariel or Belle, either.
I like the name Fiona a lot, and I agree w/ your husband that Shrek will probably be forgotten by the time the little one is old enough to be teased. I say go for it.
My husband doesn't want to name our baby Luke (if it's a boy) because of the Star Wars reference. I was like, "Babe, I wasn't even born when Star Wars came out! Do you really think a child born in 2010 will be all that familiar with Star Wars or even care?!"
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Shrek will probably have a very long shelf life, most of those movies do.
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|I just don't like being associated with the marketing aspects of those movies. I wouldn't name a child Ariel or Belle, either.|
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Remember that Shrek came from Dreamworks not Disney and Fiona is somewhat of a anti-princess Princess. I love her and would happily name a daughter Fiona.
Its not a totally uncommon name anyway, she may not be the only one in her school...the name is very popular in great britain and usually names that are wind their way up the charts here a little more slowly but still get there.
ETA if you like Fiona but want something unshreky and a little more uncommon (well not so much more uncommon...its around the same in the popularity list, but no major movie characters) Phoebe has a similar sound as does Leona. (different sounds but both similar in their way to Fiona)
My first thoughts of Fiona were of a friend's cat with that name, and then the girl on Burn Notice. What about nicknames... is FiFi a possibility, and is it a good or a bad thing if it is?
If you've got awhile, you can let it simmer in your head how you feel about the name. My DH proposed a name in February thats taken me months to warm up to it but I feel good about it now. See how you feel about it a little while from now?
If you both love he name, go for it. Yes, the movie is still going to be relavent, but like a PP said, Fiona is kinda the anti-princess. And I usually don't think of the shrek character as an orger anymore than i think of "donkey" as a donkey, it is all about the personality that shines through.
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Plus I LOVE Mike Myers so if he's in it I have it.
I also know two of the sweetest little girls named Fiona and a grown friend named Fiona...they are wonderful and I only have good feelings about the name!
Go for it!