Mum who plans to call her son Stanley Oliver considers changing his name – after realising Laurel and Hardy connection

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A MUM has divided the internet after taking to an online parenting forum to ask for advice over her baby name.

Explaining she is about to give birth to her second child, the mum revealed she was set on the name “Stanley Oliver” before she realised the connection to Laurel and Hardy.

The mum explained she’s expecting her second child
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Writing on Mumsnet, she explained: “The birth of our second baby is imminent, we don’t know the sex.

“We have decided on a girls name but have been struggling with a boys name. The other day we suddenly decided upon ‘Stanley Oliver’.

“We both loved it, it works well with our surname, the initials aren’t a rude word or otherwise embarrassing acronym.

“We can yell it easily when he’s naughty and shorten it to Stan when he’s older.

She revealed they had been set on a name before they realised the connection

“For five minutes we had it cracked. Then I remembered they are Laurel and Hardy!

“So we immediately vetoed it. Now we can’t think of anything else. We loved that name.

“But neither of us are particularly fans of L&H and I don’t think I can do it.

“He would be constantly asked about it wouldn’t he? Could you name your child that?”

The post seems to have divided other Mumsnet users, with some thinking the name is a total no-no while others admitted they “didn’t make the connection”.

One wrote: “I used to watch Laurel and Hardy growing up and wouldn’t have made the connection.

“Also how often will you use both names together? I doubt even close family can remember my children’s middle names. If you like the names, go for it.”

Some revealed they made the connection to Laurel and Hardy “straight away”
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Another agreed, explaining: “I am 30, have never really watched L&H but would never have made the connection.

“I’d be stunned if many people mentioned it to you, and there’s very little chance of there being enough L&H lovers the same age as your son for him to be asked about it much at all.

“I’d use it without a second thought if you love it.”

Others disagreed, however, with one explaining: “Hideous name… all I can think of is L&H.”

While another said: “I made the connection straight away. Also Stanley always reminds me of Stan Ogden in Coronation Street. But I am old!”

Several users said they thought “Oliver Stanley” was a better choice, while another suggested “Stanley Oscar” instead.

Another user simply wrote: “So what if they make the connection?” While one pointed out there will always be someone who doesn’t like your child’s name.

What would you do?


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