Yea or Nay: Radley April 16, 2011 By appellationmountain 16 Comments Remember the Yea or Nay posts? More names you might like:Baby Name of the Day: HarleyBaby Name of the Day: KingsleyName of the Day: KellyBaby Name Arthur: Storied and NobleSeven Reasons Why Arthur Will Be Big This Year Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailPrint
i have to admit- the first time i read this i thought “You’ve GOT to be kidding me… how awful is this…” But i haven’t stopped thinking about the name since. It has been intriguing me that i actually have started to like it– probably not to the point that i would use it for my own child, but more to the point where if i met a boy named Radley i would not think “OMG” but would think “Hmmm” if that makes any sense at all.
I’m not a fan, either, but I actually know a ~27-year-old Radley. I have no idea of the provenance of his name, but he is from North Carolina or Tennessee. Just had to add that bit of data!
I agree with Sara A.
I’m not a fan, but I’m also not a fan of a lot of names people are liking these days. So it gets a yae from me. It definitely fits in with the Haydens, Jaydens and Emerys.
Sara A. says
I don’t like it, but it’s not about me. It’s about the legions of people who think that Hayden is a lovely name pronounced “hay-den” and say “what composer?” when you query them. This fits where Ashley and Whitney fit when I was growing up. That being said, I don’t see this becoming an Ashley, I think it will be more of an Ashlyn; a sound alike hopping on the trend.
I think you meant Haydn.
C in DC says
Hayden’s also a pretty common surname, so I don’t think “composer” when I hear it at all. Even if it were in honor of the composer, I still prefer Hayden to Jayden.
She who has Brayton, Hayden, and a bunch of similar names in the family tree, but only as last names so far.
Sorry to rag on it!
Lady Gwyn says
I don’t like it personally, but I can see trendy parents snapping it up or “creating” it. I also have this funny feeling it will be spelled Radleigh and go to the girls! (Sorry, everyone!)
Sorry, mislike is my Mother coming out in me. She said it often,as in “I don’t like that much, in fact I mislike it a lot”. So yeah, Radley’s not my cuppa tuna, but it does work, and I like it for You! 😀
Does that make any more sense? I fear I’m losing my marbles with this pregnancy, I’ve been mis-typing a lot recently!
Radley William Warfield is pretty snappy, Lindsay. I like him despite my misliking Radley as a first name. 🙂
Thanks for this, Abby! I assumed it would get mostly nays, but there are a decent number of yeas. I don’t want to fall in love with the next big thing, so it doesn’t bother me that everyone doesn’t love it.
For the record, I didn’t like it at first glance, but the more I thought I about the more I liked it. Now I love it. Oh, and we wouldn’t call him Rad, except for the occassional holler.
Radley William Warfield, what do you think?
Radley seems kinda rad but also kinda like a joke. Maybe it’s more of a pet name.
In both senses.
Initially I felt no, but there has been a slow, but steady rise in the use of the name and it does share a lot of features with other fashionable names (Grady, Brady, Raiden.) If one well-known Radley came on the scene, it could become popular. I don’t care for the name, but that isn’t the question.
Radley gets a solid “Maybe” from me. I think “Rad” is a ridiculous nickname (along the lines of “jump” or Swim” as nn’s) but I like it in full. So, for me, Radley would be middle name material only. Solidly. William Radley James, Rufus Radley John, you get the idea.
So Radley gets a solid :maybe: from me.