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    Question Is "Preen" an approapriate name for girls?

    "Preen" sounds like a surname.
    Does anyone use it as a first name?
    I'm from China, and "Preen" sounds like my Chinese name best.
    Do you think it is an approapriate name for a girl?

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    Default Re: Is "Preen" an approapriate name for girls?

    Why not?

    While it may sound unusual and unlike any "English" names, I can't think of any reason that it's a bad idea.

    It's not inappropriate by any means.

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    Default Re: Is "Preen" an approapriate name for girls?

    If you do adopt "Preen' as a first name, you may find Australians will break into a smile when they are introduced to you.
    In Australia, Preen is the brand name of an aerosol can of ironing aid (starch).

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    Default Re: Is "Preen" an approapriate name for girls?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    If you do adopt "Preen' as a first name, you may find Australians will break into a smile when they are introduced to you.
    In Australia, Preen is the brand name of an aerosol can of ironing aid (starch).
    And that trade name - which I hadn't heard of before - obviously trades on the verb 'to preen'; so even outside Australia, its use as a first name might raise a few eyebrows - though that doesn't make it necessarily inappropriate.

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    Default Re: Is "Preen" an approapriate name for girls?

    It is also worth remembering its meanings in English:

    verb
    1
    (of a bird) tidy and clean its feathers with its beak.
    2
    devote effort to making oneself look attractive.
    3
    (preen oneself) congratulate or pride oneself.

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    Default Re: Is "Preen" an approapriate name for girls?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamiep View Post
    Why not?

    While it may sound unusual and unlike any "English" names, I can't think of any reason that it's a bad idea.

    It's not inappropriate by any means.

    I'm not a teacher, but since you're seeking opinions, I have to say that I agree 100% with Jamiep. If it's as close as you come to your actual name, I say "go for it". The fact that the name obviously comes from a non-English background will makr it as different, and can give you a conversation starter if people comment on the similarity between your name and various English words. Be proud of your name, and stick with it, I say.

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    Default Re: Is "Preen" an approapriate name for girls?

    Afterthough - I once taught a Chinese girl who gave her name as 'Prime'. I don't know what the original was, but I wonder if it's the same name?

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    Default Re: Is "Preen" an approapriate name for girls?

    Preen is cute, preencess...

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    Default Re: Is "Preen" an approapriate name for girls?

    I think it's a pretty name too.

    I can almost guess your Chinese name. It's pretty.

    NT

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    Default Re: Is "Preen" an approapriate name for girls?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Afterthough - I once taught a Chinese girl who gave her name as 'Prime'. I don't know what the original was, but I wonder if it's the same name?

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    I don't think it's the same name.

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