Post # 1
I’m currently pregnant with our first child, I’m 23 weeks and we’re team green. Now, my husband is Canadian and I’m Swedish – so we want to pick a name that works both here in Canada and in Sweden (grandma must be able to pronounce it, she’s still in tears over my new last name that’s from Slovakia). More specifically, we want our child to have a name that’s acknowledged in the Swedish Almanac. This is important as each day has at least one name assigned to it and when it’s “your day” you celebrate that, in my family it has always been treated like a mini-birthday. Although my husband is born here in Canada he actually has a name that’s in the calendar, so it would feel really sad if we both had name days and kiddo didn’t! We’ve settled, more or less, on Vivianne if it’s a girl and Thor if it’s a boy. Now, Thor (most commonly spelled Tor) is a fairly common boys name in Sweden, not super common, but no one would raise an eyebrow. Here though… I have a feeling it’s not so common and today I got a little worried that we’re setting our kid up for trouble. I mean, neither DH nor I was very athletic in school, that came as adults, but were more the “nose in our books” type of kids. I’m just scared that we’ll end up with a child that has zero interest in sports, love physics and then have to go through school with a name that most people will associate with lots of hunky muscles. Kids aren’t kind, and you know… it would suck if we name our child a name that will result in years of ridicule. So – feedback, what do you guys think of the name Thor? Oh, and feel free to provide feedback on Vivianne as well if you feel like it.
Post # 2
Thor might be weird after the two Thor comic movies that have come out in the last few years.
Post # 3
eocenia: Thor didn’t even make the list here in BC (most recent list available- needed 5 babies to have the name to be listed).
Torin did though.
Post # 4
My parents neighbors just named their baby son Thor. We live in Western NY, and honestly most people that I know find it very odd. I think it would just take some getting used to.
Post # 5
cmbr: Well, there is the Chris Hemsworth “danger” to it… but at least it’s not a name that’s totally anchored in literature/comic books. Had it been totally up to me I would have spelled it the traditional way, Tor, but DH thought it would feel a little more Canadian with an “h” added.
julies1949: That’s funny and a little comforting, I rather have my child associated with The God of Thunder than a hairy dwarf! 🙂
nutMeg13: But at least it’s not unheard of, that’s good to know! Any idea why they picked it, any Scandinavian connection? And you’re totally right; I think it will take my in-laws a fair amount of time to wrap their heads around it if we do go for it!
Post # 6
i was expecting a lot weirder name… thor is cute but i would hope the baby is big or lives up to the expectation of that name…. that would be alot of pressure i wouldnt want on my child…
Post # 7
eocenia: Honestly, name your child whatever you want. I’m so tired of other people’s cultural ideas of what makes a good name being imposed on parents. You are Swedish, your son will celebrate that heritage, why not name him a Swedish name?? I like Thor; it’s a good, strong name. By the time he’s grown, no one will even remember those crappy comic movies. And Vivienne is absolutely beautiful.
asianyoushi: huh?? Children make the name, not the other way around.
Post # 8
coffeedrinker: i think the meaning behind a name influences children…
Post # 9
I know a Tor, pronounced the same as it’s spelled. I always thought his name was pretty cool.
Post # 10
eocenia: Personally I would go with Tor, pronounced the way it’s spelled. It’s unusual but doesn’t carry any big connotations the way Thor does.
And I love the name Vivianne! Would you pronounce it like Vivienne or like Vivi-Anne?
Post # 11
I think will get a lot of mis spellibg and mis pronunciation of Vivianne. I would pronounce it Vivi-en others Vivi-an but I don’t know what you are wanting. Also ad a girl with the spelling Vivien I constantly get it spelt Vivian or Vivienne.
Post # 12
eocenia: but it does have a good meaning- “Chief”
Post # 13
I would definitely spell it Tor. Not only is Tor more traditional, but if you name the child Thor, he will be forever associated with the Marvel films and comic book series, and it will be one more thing the other kids can tease him about…
Tor, for sure.
Post # 14
I think it’s cool. And Thor and Vivienne as siblings would be great names, too.
Post # 15
eocenia: from what I understand there is no cultural connection. I think that is what makes it weird to me. Like it would make a lot more sense in a situation like yours!
Name your baby what you want though! My son is going to be Louis, and it will be pronounced the French way (think Louis Armstrong or Louis Vuitton). That pronunciation is considered different around here, and I know I will constantly be correcting people, but I LOVE the name so oh well!