My husband and I both adore the name [name]Peter[/name]–especially with the nickname [name]Pete[/name]. But it seems like about 50% of the time that we mention this as a possible name to one of our friends or family members, we get a negative reaction: they tell us that we shouldn’t use it because the name is sometimes used as a slang word for male genitals. The other 50% of the time, people seem to really like the name and associate it only with [name]Peter[/name] [name]Pan[/name], [name]Pete[/name]'s Dragon, [name]Peter[/name] in the [name]Narnia[/name] books, [name]Peter[/name] and the [name]Wolf[/name], etc.
So here’s our question. Is the association between this name and man-parts really all that strong? Is this something we should actually be worried about, and is it a reason to avoid using the name? It seems to me like there are enough Peters in the world that the genital association is not the first thing that comes to mind for most people, but am I wrong here?