Baby name Vesper sparks online debate

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Sometimes asking your friends and family about a potential baby name is fraught. Will they really tell you the truth? How do you know if they are just being polite?

Deciding to seek the opinion of those less likely to be worried about hurting her feelings, one mum-to-be bravely took to to Reddit to gauge people's reaction to her unique baby name. She wants to call her daughter Vesper.

She explains that the baby's name needs to sound good in three languages - Indonesian, Dutch and English.

"My fiancé and I are international/intercultural -- he's Indonesian and Dutch, and I'm Dutch and American, which means that whatever names we choose need to sound good in each of our languages," she said.

"Many of the traditional English names I love are no-goes for this reason, because they sound beautiful in one language and awful in another. Unexpectedly, we found a less traditional name we both love, which works well in all three: Vesper, which means evening star.

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She said the couple love how it sounds and an old family story gives the name special meaning.

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The post on Reddit. Source: Reddit.

But she goes on to say she has some reservations.

"I love the name, but I have two concerns. First, it's pretty modern (it's the name of the Roman demigod of the evening star, but it was only brought into modern use in the last 20 years due James Bond character Vesper Lynd) so I'm worried it might age poorly.

"Another factor to consider is that my partner's last name begins with a V. If she gets only his name, she'll be Vesper Vernon. Is this too much? If she takes both our names, she'd be Vesper Walker Vernon."

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Others said it reminded them of the fictional character Vesper Lynd in James Bond’s Casino Royale film.Source:News Corp Australia

Sounds like a superhero

The internet had strong opinions. Many actually loved the name.

"I think Vesper is lovely. Vesper Vernon sounds like a superhero!" someone commented.

"I know someone named Vesper and I think it's lovely. She's 43 for reference," said another.

But plenty were not fans, with people pointing out that it's the name of a scooter, a cocktail and a vape pen.

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"Personally, it’s not my favorite. My first thought was a Vespa," someone explained.

"I love the name, but it’s also the brand of a popular vape pen," said another.

“Google tells me it’s also a cocktail,” another told her. “I don’t think you’re going to get a name that fits all the cultural needs, unless you go for a name like Mary or Jane and find the equivalent.”

The mum had no idea about the association between the name and a motorised vehicle.

"Thanks for letting me know! Several people are mentioning that connection so it's helpful to know what comes up for people," she said.

Not even for a cat

Some disliked it so much they wouldn't use the name on a pet.

"My husband actually LOVES the name Vespa for a girl. I can't stand it and hope he understands we'll never use it. Not even on a cat," someone said.

"Personally, I really dislike it. I think it would be great as a middle name, but Vesper Vernon sounds like a comic book character to me, and not in a good way," admitted one person.

But another said they foresaw the name being one of the trendy girls' names soon. "I actually foresee Vesper getting popular since it is similar to Harper and Asher, and starts with V."

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You never know, if a celebrity names their baby Vesper it could give current fave, Olivia, a run for her money.