A MUM has sparked a fierce debate after asking if hyphenated names are “chavvy” – so do YOU think they’re “lower class”?
Posting on Netmums, Leanne B explained that her other half is insisting on giving their child a hyphenated name – but she’s worried people will judge them.
A mum has sparked a fierce debate by asking if it’s ‘chavvy’ to give your child a hyphenated surname
She added: “I was just wondering if its a chavvy thing to do or there’s a reason why its a no no”, and she’s had a VERY mixed response.
Heather82 wrote: “I think it just depends on the names chosen tbh (to be honest).
“Some hyphenated names sound *really* chavvy while others sound perfectly acceptable.
“I personally don’t like hyphenated names as it seems a bit of a fashion trend in names.”
While Katie D wrote: “Not my cup of tea. I think it depending on the names used it either looks pretentious or common but never good.”
And Anna G added: “They’re considered chavvy in my area too – sorry”.
Teacher C and G, meanwhile, commented: “I used to teach a girl called Emma-Leigh and it took me until looking at the register and seeing her name written down that her name wasn’t Emily because that’s exactly how it’s pronounced.
“If her parents wanted it to be pronounced Emily then why spell it Emma-Leigh?! Drives me crackers!”
Rachel L, meanwhile, said: “I really dislike them. I don’t see the need for a symbol in the middle of a name.
“If you want to call them Ava May, call them Ava May, not Ava-May or whatever. I live in an area where half the children at school live in council houses.
“I don’t know any child with a hyphenated name that doesn’t live in one of them.
“The worst have got to be J-Lex (I mean, who came up with that?!) but there’s a considerable number of girls with May, Rose, Leigh etc. tagged on the end. Majority don’t use them daily.
“So yes, I see them as lower class. And I hate them even more when the poor kid has a double barrelled surname as well.”