Downsides of the name Scarlett???? Opinions please

Hello, Im thinking about the name [name]Scarlett[/name], do any of you see any possible downsides of this name? The only two bad things that I can think of are having the word scar in a name and then scarlett fever. Are these two things big enough not to use the name? Of course since Im considering it, I really do like it, it has a lovely sound to it. I would love to hear how many of you like this name?

I think it’s a beautiful name…was on our list! I just had some concerns about nicknames - I love shortening names - but that could just be me.

Um, it rhymes with harlot? It reminds me of ‘The [name]Scarlet[/name] Letter’? It makes me think of [name]Scarlett[/name] Johansson? Well, that’s not really a bad thing. [name]Scarlet[/name] O’[name]Hara[/name], AKA [name]Katie[/name] [name]Scarlett[/name] O’[name]Hara[/name] [name]Hamilton[/name] [name]Kennedy[/name] [name]Butler[/name]? Again, probably not a bad thing. A potential nickname is Scar?

I think it is a good name! Overall, I think it is pretty yet strong, spunky yet elegant.

[name]Lemon[/name] :slight_smile:

I’m not a fan of it because it sounds SO harsh. Yes, there’s scarlet fever, but I dislike it more because, as mentioned before, it starts with “scar” and rhymes with “harlot.” I don’t think a [name]Scarlett[/name] would be teased (there are plenty of Scarletts and Charlottes out there), it just makes me like the name less.

Yes I like to have a possible nickname as well and the only two I see are scar (definite no) and lettie. Or with this name she just wouldnt have a nickname.

Its ok.

[name]Scarlett[/name] is my top choice girls name so I might be biased but i don’t really think there is a downside. Yea there is no nickname but you can never guarantee a child will like their name shortened. My name is [name]Alison[/name] and people didn’t call me ali until I was an adult because I never felt it fit my personality. [name]Don[/name]'t discount the name for that reason it’s a beautiful unique name!

Not only does it rhyme with harlot, a “scarlet woman” is a prostitute.

[name]Scarlett[/name] is commonly enough used that I wouldn’t worry about her getting teased though. I think it’s a gorgeous name and the nickname [name]Lettie[/name] is very cute.

It’s my daughter’s name. I don’t see any of the downsides in real life. [name]Every[/name] name seems to have teasing nicknames at times…so I didn’t really worry about scar or scarlett fever.

here’s the weird thing. I’m a huge nn person. I don’t know why but I’m always shortening or changing people’s names/giving them pet names! So throughout my pregnancy, I was calling my daughter [name]Scarlett[/name] (once we picked the name) and I NEVER ONCE thought of a nickname or the fact that it doesn’t have a natural one. I just loved the name. When she was born, of course the first thing i did was shorten her name. That shortening? “[name]Carly[/name]” or as we normally write it [name]Carle[/name] (just cause there is no Y in [name]Scarlett[/name]) – it’s still her nn today. So, I offer that up as a nn option to you!

Gosh – I’d never thought of any of the “rhymes with harlot,” “starts with scar” baggage.

My original impression of this name is that, while perhaps too glamous and flamboyant for everyday (a la [name]Scarlett[/name] O’[name]Hara[/name]), it’s a beautiful name. I doubt much teasing will ensue. This is an accepted name in this society.

I think [name]Scarlett[/name] is a great name. Anyway you cut it every name has negative aspects. I think most people can easily look behind the “scar” thing. I don’t think the “rhymes with harlot” thing is a big deal at all. First of all, [name]Charlotte[/name] also rhymes with harlot, and [name]Charlotte[/name] is a top 100. Secondly, name teasing occurs mostly when kids are young and I doubt any young kids know what a “harlot” is. So, overall I think [name]Scarlett[/name] is a lovely name. It makes me think of [name]Scarlett[/name] O’[name]Hara[/name] and [name]Scarlett[/name] Johansson- both positive associations. I don’t think it’s lack of a nickname makes it any less of a wonderful name. You should pick a name because you truly love it, and if you love this name, it’s right for you!

I love [name]Scarlett[/name] and it’s on our short list if we have more than 2 girls :] I love nn [name]Carly[/name] or [name]Lettie[/name]. I never really saw a downside to it, [name]Charlotte[/name] rhymes with harlot and it’s a super popular name.

[name]Don[/name]'t know if you’re opposed to it, but I have heard [name]Letti[/name] being a nickname…and I don’t really hate the scar thing because ever seen 17 again? If not you should…

I have a vested interest in this name as I choose it for my daughter. The worst things I have seen about is that it is a “stripper name” and that it may become popular among the trendy / not classy group of society ( think toddlers and tiaras). In regards to a stripper name reference, I think that there are far more classy role models for the name like [name]Scarlett[/name] O’[name]Hara[/name] and [name]Scarlett[/name] Johansen. In response to the trendy set of the population, I see them more going towards [name]Jaden[/name] and [name]Kaleigh[/name] type of names. Overall, [name]Scarlett[/name] does get a reaction bc it is a bold choice. It is far more risky than [name]Violet[/name] or [name]Charlotte[/name]. However, I don’t see that as a bad thing. I like the name bc it is bold, decadent, and frilly while at the same time being strangely rootsy and stripped down (think old west). I have also found that my parents’ generation view it as a modern non-grandma name while my peers see it as a more vintagey name and so most do like it. I do not use a nn. It is not a long name and therefore it really isn’t necessary unless you like a nn. Overall, I am really happy with my daughter’s name. We choose [name]Ruth[/name] as a mn. I find that the classic, simple mn helps to ground the boldness of [name]Scarlett[/name]. I hope that this helps you make your decision! GL

[name]Scarlett[/name] was in our top three for my second daughter (the other two were [name]Isis[/name] and [name]Kitty[/name] - by the time she was 2 weeks late, she got another name entirely).

I love [name]Scarlett[/name], and always thought Scarly would be cute spoken (though it looks silly written down) and that Scar could be very strong and cool for a teenager. The only thing that turned me off the name was that it’s becoming quite popular in Australia - most childcare centres here would have at least one [name]Scarlett[/name]. If that doesn’t turn you off (and no reason why it should), then I think it’s a great name, pretty, foxy, glamorous but also common enough not to be too headturning.

Older generations might be a bit taken aback at first, the ones who still think [name]Sharon[/name] and [name]Danielle[/name] is cutting edge in the naming business.

I really dont see any downside to this name. Its a classic and its beautiful! My brother had a girl in jan and named her [name]Scarlett[/name]…(who has a big cousin named [name]Ruby[/name] :D)
I think if there will be any teasing to a child they will be teased no matter what their name is. Kids can be cruel and if they dont pick on a name it will be something else.

I think [name]Scarlett[/name] is classic enough that there aren’t really any downsides. I’ve known many Scarletts, and none of them had the Scar or Harlot problem. If you want a better nickname, how about [name]Carly[/name]?

It’s fine! Great name!

Thank you to everyone for their insight, it truley is valuable information especially from the two moms who already have a [name]Scarlett[/name], your daughters are lucky to have such gorgous names!!!

One other thing I failed to mention is the overall popularity of this name. I think you need to ask yourself if popularity bothers you. I personally don’t think that this name will ever be in the top 10 or the top 30 for that matter. Again, the boldness of the name does elicit a stong reaction from some and so I believe [name]Violet[/name] and [name]Charlotte[/name] will always be higher in popularity. However, I can definitely see [name]Scarlett[/name] breaking the 100 mark and maybe even landing in the 70’s or 80’s for popularity. I am seeing it pop up more and more all of the time. When I choose the name for my daughter it was in the 200’s for popularity. However, everything I read about the name said that it was primed to become even more popular. I made a choice that I loved the name and would just have to deal with the popularity (of course I am still crossing my fingers that it slows down a bit). Anyway, I just thought I would add that to your decision. If you are the type of person that is bothered by relatively popular names (say in the 60’s-100’s), then you might want to think more about the name. If this doesn’t bother you, then I would go for it. As I mentioned, I have been happy with my decision.