Anyone used Atticus for a boy- if yes, what are the reactions to it?!

Hello, we are having a little boy in January and are liking the name Atticus.....with Atti as a nickname.  Am  a bit worried though, as so many online forums people say this is SO pretentious! I'm not pretentious, I just like the name, I love the slightly old fashioned and bookish ring that it has.  I know it is a big put there, but I do keep coming back to it!

 My daughter is called Mimi and we have always had v positive reactions to her name. My husband is actually quite conservative, so I was really suprised that he liked it too.  Anybody used this name, and if yes, how is it going for your little Atticus?! 

Ps. We are UK based, where people can be VERY judgemental about names! 

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September 5, 2014 1:26 AM

I think people can be judgemental about names anywhere. The question is: how important is it to you whether other people like/dislike the name? I'm of the opinion that you will never please everyone, so you might as well please yourself.

i don't know any children named Atticus, and although it would grab my attention (with excitement, being a name enthusiast and all) I don't think it would be much different to plenty of other unusual or unexpected names I see/hear around the place. And it's only pretentious if you're pretentious about it!

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September 27, 2014 2:24 AM

I love the name Atticus.  One famous book character called Atticus Finch, from To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus was a lawyer in the book; defending a black man accused (falsely) of raping and beating a teenage girl - the story is set in the deep and very racial south (in America) at the height of racism.  He was a very moral, kind, man and a fighter for justice - he spoke out and defended the black man when no one would dare to.  The min character of the story is his daughter Scout. I believe  Demi Moore named her daughter after that character. 

 

there is also the young teenage actor Atticus Scaffer, young and talented star of the American stitching 'In the Middle'.