Gabriel or Henry?

(33 Posts)
echidnakid Mon 15-Oct-12 11:22:48

I think we have narrowed down our boy's name choice to either Gabriel or Henry and would love some feedback please. Which do you prefer?

DD1 is Agatha so we want the name to fit with that as well as being a great name on its own.


eBook Mon 15-Oct-12 11:27:55

Henry, although they're both very nice names.

Gabriel and Agatha is too much "ga".

diddl Mon 15-Oct-12 11:30:50

Gabriel much nicer name imo.

MikeOxardForHalloween Mon 15-Oct-12 11:37:05

I love Gabriel. :-)

amistillsexy Mon 15-Oct-12 11:45:58

Be prepared for everyone to pronounce it 'Gabrielle' (feminine form), and to see every permutation of possible spellings in documents/school books/ birthday cards.

::bitter mother of a Gabriel::

echidnakid Mon 15-Oct-12 12:07:57

Thanks for the input so far!

I'm really surprised to hear that people mispronounce it "Gabrielle", surely they have heard the name Gabriel before?!

diddl Mon 15-Oct-12 12:15:40

Blimey ami-where on earth do you live??

PickledFanjoCat Mon 15-Oct-12 12:18:12

I like both..

MrsJohnDeere Mon 15-Oct-12 12:25:04


MoonHare Mon 15-Oct-12 13:31:47

They're quite different names I think. Henry is very common whereas Gabriel is more unusual (in RL anyway) as is Agatha. In your shoes I'd go with Gabriel.

issimma Mon 15-Oct-12 13:39:29

Gabriel, especially if due in December. I love it, haven't met any others (and am cross DH has vetoed it, or Gabriella, for DC2!).

I have met lots of Henrys under the age of one this year, so that would put me off.

Mollydoggerson Mon 15-Oct-12 13:42:30

I reaally like both, think Henry and Agatha flow better than Gabriel and Agatha, but both are lovely.

lottiegarbanzo Mon 15-Oct-12 13:47:34

Gabriel, I think it's lovely, also Gabe. It has a similar 'nice but uncommon' rating to Agatha I think. Henry is popular now and will be quite common for his age group. Agatha and Gabriel is a mouthful (though don't see that as a real issue) but Gabe n Aggie isn't!

Flyingfruit Mon 15-Oct-12 13:48:11


MorallyBankrupt Mon 15-Oct-12 14:04:48

Henry is very very popular and IMO seems a little lacking in imagination, especially with a name like Agatha.

I would go for Gabriel, life is too short to be one of 6 children with the same name in your class!

Gabriel is lovely, Henry is nice but not as beautiful and stylish as Gabriel.

bigbluebump Mon 15-Oct-12 14:44:36

Agree that Henry and Harry have become SO popular that it is a little dull. He will likely have to add his surname initial or other modifier to identify himself.

Gabriel is much more interesting, more like Agatha, which is lovely, classic and not overused.

Or how about
Agatha & Marcus
Agatha & Quentin
Agatha & Tristan
Agatha & Miles

tammy234 Mon 15-Oct-12 14:57:20

Gabriel. Henry is too common, especially compared to a beautiful name as Agatha.

echidnakid Mon 15-Oct-12 21:34:45

Thanks for all the feedback. We live in Australia and Henry isn't common here.

It's so hard to find a boys name that fits the same criteria as Agatha - old fashioned, classy and a bit quirky without crossing into "couldn't do it to a child" territory like Cecil!

Thanks for the suggestions bigbluebump but they're not our style, sorry.

echidnakid Mon 15-Oct-12 21:36:37

Forgot to say not too common as part of the criteria too!

PickledFanjoCat Mon 15-Oct-12 21:48:34

Henry's not too popular where I am either.

I only know one, mine!

I'm really pleased with it, suits him and there are lots of amusing variations.

PickledFanjoCat Mon 15-Oct-12 21:49:55

I'm thinking of names for second ds along your lines op!

I love Gabriel too but it's already been used.

I really like Arthur but I'm not sure.

Gabriel is fab! :-)

I have a ten month old Hebry who is very very lovely and we haven't met another Henry yet.
Lots and lots of Harrys though.
Also like Gabriel

PickledFanjoCat Mon 15-Oct-12 21:58:38

I've actually met a few Gabriel's at baby groups but no Henry's.

How about rufus?

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