What's your first thought when you hear this name?

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  1. anneliese

    anneliese Well-Known Member

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    My son has a Greek name that doesn't have an English equivalent, but I want my family to be able to call him something they can pronounce easily, so a shortened version of his name is "Leo". I've had more than one person tell me though that they automatically associate it with Leonardo DiCaprio and for some reason that really annoys me. (I've actually always liked the actor, but for some reason I don't want that to be people's first thought when they hear his name).

    So, would you make the same association when hearing the same or something entirely different?
     
  2. mamaduke

    mamaduke Proud Mama

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    When I hear Leo, that's one of the first couple associations I think. There's also Leo the Lion - astrology-wise and a song that my dad's cousin used to sing to us kids when we were little.

    Then there are names that come to mind....

    Leonidas
    Leon
    Leopold
    Leonard
    Leonardo

    Just a few of the thoughts that came to mind...
     
  3. August3

    August3 Mum of 2

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    Have to say Leo DiCaprio didn't spring to mind for me. Would you consider road testing the full Greek name with a family member or two to see how easily they can pronounce it?
     
  4. Emily2630

    Emily2630 Well-Known Member

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    I think the name leo is cute!
     
  5. Loui1001

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    I really like it and wouldn't make the association
     
  6. sun

    sun Mum of 3

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    I don't make that automatic association at all. Leo is a super cute name for a baby! :thumbup:
     
  7. bassdesire

    bassdesire Well-Known Member

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    Leo is super cute. Would never connect it to the movie star, though, as the name is fairly common.
     
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    I think Leo 'the angel' from the tv show charmed
     
  9. LDC

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    I didn't think of him at all, go with it :) xx
     
  10. anneliese

    anneliese Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone, I've tried the full Greek version with some family members and none of them get it right lol (it's Leonidas) :haha:

    (I was thinking, I wonder if the DiCaprio association would be more common in the US than the UK?)
     
  11. Caitie44

    Caitie44 Shiny Spine Certified

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    Coming from the US, Leonardo DiCaprio wasn't my first thought at all! I actually thought of Leo the Lion lol. By the way, love the name Leonidas!
     
  12. Mummymoo_x

    Mummymoo_x Well-Known Member

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    I really like the name :) I didnt think of the actor at all. Go for it if you like it !
     
  13. mamaduke

    mamaduke Proud Mama

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    Love the name Leonidas! Go for it! :D
     
  14. bassdesire

    bassdesire Well-Known Member

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    I'm in the US and the movie star never crossed my mind!
     
  15. Mapleroo

    Mapleroo Well-Known Member

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    It's the first thing I think of....not such a bad thought though ;)

    I really like it.
     
  16. AngelofTroy

    AngelofTroy Well-Known Member

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    I think lion, and I love the name! However my OH vetoed it when we were naming our son because he thought DiCaprio :shrug:
     
  17. baby25102011

    baby25102011 Stay Strong

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    I don't think abut Mr Titanic - if anything I think Leo the lion which isn't a bad association I don't think strong and powerful, fearless, king etc :flower:

    Love the name x
     
  18. Lucy139

    Lucy139 Well-Known Member

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    My son is Leo no one has ever mentioned leonardo DiCaprio....Actually a lot of people compliment his name x
     
  19. daneuse27

    daneuse27 Well-Known Member

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    I think of Leo the lion, Leo da Vinci and Leo do caprio (all good associations) :)
    And I think the more people get to know your sin, the less these associations will come to mind.
     
  20. anneliese

    anneliese Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone! I feel a lot more confident about using the name now. Now if I could get the Greek family to call him that :wacko: (He has two first names technically, the first one being named after the Greek grandfather and they all call him that instead even though I don't want it!)
     

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