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But he looks like a Seamus...

(33 Posts)
awkwardmoment Fri 20-Sep-13 17:03:16

Namechanged to avoid outing myself wink

When I was pregnant, we chose (or rather, did not disagree) on the name James for our son. DH is Irish and there was a fair amount of banter around his side of the family calling him Seamus.

Here is the ishoo...

As soon as he was born, I gazed lovingly at my wrinkly little James...

...only to discover that he looked more like a Seamus shock

Stupidly, I did not say anything, as we'd been referring to him as James since the 20 week scan and Seamus had been a bit of a family joke.

That was two months ago. I've been calling him James, but he still doesn't look like one.

AIBU to start calling him Seamus? DH is in agreement that the name suits him more than James.

I mean, it's not like he'd notice, right?

runs away

Apparentlychilled Fri 20-Sep-13 20:12:06

I have a Seamus (also nn Shay or Seamie), named after DH's side (his middle name is James)- he's English and I'm Irish and as a said unthread, Seamus is the Irish for James.

Go for it!

PeppiNephrine Fri 20-Sep-13 20:07:24

Thats rural Ireland now, never mind the 1980's.

ArabellaBeaumaris Fri 20-Sep-13 20:06:50

I love the name Seamus, change it but yes do the paperwork. DP is known by a name not his given name & it is a right pain.

dontmixthecolours Fri 20-Sep-13 20:06:34

Seamus is my all time favourite boys name. Go for it!

squoosh Fri 20-Sep-13 20:02:51

'it is not 1980's rural Ireland where everyone knows who Mickey John John is, a letter addressed to Foxy Tom, Clonmel will actually be processed by the post office and reach the intended recipient.'

This made me snort! So true as well.

squoosh Fri 20-Sep-13 20:02:21

I love Seamus, it's such a friendly and confident name.

ChrisTheSheep Fri 20-Sep-13 19:51:24

Go ahead and change it! I second the advice to do the paperwork properly, though.

I'm also relieved how many people like Seamus as a name: it's a potential choice for DC2 if they turn out to be a DS2. FIL and Seamus Heaney were friends, and it would be a lovely tribute, but I wasn't sure how it would go down in the UK. I'm really glad it wouldn't be the same as naming him something like Gilleasbuig etc.

hearthwitch Fri 20-Sep-13 19:41:42

Irish too and my da and his da and a long line of them were christened James but are all called Seamus

onedev Fri 20-Sep-13 19:02:25

I'm from NI & think its a great name. Nothing unusual in being christened 1 name & called the Irish / Anglo version instead! Go for it grin

Sleepthief Fri 20-Sep-13 19:01:40

You can change the name on the birth certificate up to 1 year (I know, I've been there!) here in the UK very easily. Don't know about Ireland, though...

TidyDancer Fri 20-Sep-13 18:57:41

I'm not keen on the name personally, but I think your reasons are sound so go for it. You can easily stick with James as the 'official' name and give your DS choice when he's older. Good plan!

LumpySpacePrincessOhMyGlob Fri 20-Sep-13 18:48:08

Great name but please do the paperwork. Both my father and DH are known by manes other than there official names and sometimes it`s a pain in the ass with the paperwork.

Seamus is an absolutely fabulous name. You simply must use it.

MistyB Fri 20-Sep-13 18:41:09

Call him Seamus but do change the paperwork or it will cause the poor boy endless problems. Funny as it is to be called something other than your official name but it is not 1980's rural Ireland where everyone knows who Mickey John John is, a letter addressed to Foxy Tom, Clonmel will actually be processed by the post office and reach the intended recipient.

123Jump Fri 20-Sep-13 18:34:53

My dad is a James Augustus, known as Seamus. We love the name Seamus. I'm from Dublin, but live in the North of Ireland. Seamus is very popular here, nn Seamie.( pronounced shaymee).

Balaboosta Fri 20-Sep-13 18:31:25

Seamus is a really nice name!

AlansCatalanCat Fri 20-Sep-13 18:31:06

I wouldn't worry about it. I know a Seamus (born in England to Irish parents) who was registered as James. I never knew this until we looked up his birth reg to settle an argument over whether he was older or younger than his sister. And there it was - James! Everyone has always called him Seamus.

ToffeeCaramel Fri 20-Sep-13 18:28:41

Please come back and tell us your in laws' reaction when you tell them. Bet they will love it smile

gordyslovesheep Fri 20-Sep-13 18:28:28

change it - Seamus is a lovely name grin

treaclesoda Fri 20-Sep-13 18:27:12

I think that since they are essentially the same name, its fair enough. Think of it like a nice Irish nickname!

Its not like you called him something very 'ordinary' like John and then decide that actually you wish you had gone for Peregrine. I mean, thats a far bigger leap...

PeppiNephrine Fri 20-Sep-13 18:26:23

If you get bored with that you can move on to Hamish for a bit.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Fri 20-Sep-13 18:24:03

YANBU I think that's lovely. Similar happened to my brother who was ALSO called James. He became something completely different...can't say what without outing myself!

iloveeverton Fri 20-Sep-13 18:04:40

My ds is James after my dad who is Seamus. I love both names but if I had my time again I would of gone for Seamus for my ds.

My mums side of the family are all known by different names!

JohnSnowsTie Fri 20-Sep-13 18:00:05

DH has a brother called James and EVERYONE calls him Seamus.

Sounds weird when someone calls him James!

cashmiriana Fri 20-Sep-13 17:38:02

Change it!
My sister was called Baby for two weeks
Then Hannah for a day
Then Isabella for a week
Only to end up registered on the very last day (at 6 weeks) as something totally different. (I have changed the names so as not to out her!)

My grandparents had already opened a post office savings account for her in the 2nd name!

I don't think it's traumatised her. wink

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