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Matthew or Finlay??

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chubbychipmonk Fri 18-Jan-13 23:53:19

Already have a DS with quite a traditional name. Am 32 weeks pregnant with DC2 and we can't agree on a boys name! I like Finlay, DH likes Matthew. Opinions please?

monica77798 Thu 24-Jan-13 14:52:19

I actually prefer Finlay over Matthew, even if it is very "trendy".

blindworm Thu 24-Jan-13 14:14:55

I have a nephew called Finlay, and even his nursery spells it Finley, so maybe the spelling is an issue. Prefer it Finlay to Finley or Findlay though.

chubbychipmonk Tue 22-Jan-13 20:36:15

I get what you mean Blotted, I've been writing it down with all different spellings but think I prefer it now spelt 'Findlay'.

Chubby - I prefer it with the D and that's certainly how my DS spells his name, but really I would go with what you prefer. I found that once written down, Findlay looked more like how I imagined his name to look than if I'd spelled it Finlay/Finley/Phynnleigh. I know that sounds a bit airy-fairy but it worked for me!

Locketjuice Tue 22-Jan-13 13:41:08

I'm biased I have a finnley, and yes always spelt wrong!

Findlay with a d!

Yfronts Tue 22-Jan-13 13:34:27

Matthew is lovely

MidnightMasquerader Tue 22-Jan-13 00:47:57

Finlay will date, but if that doesn't bother you, then not a problem.

Matthew is by far the better choice. Matt is a great shortening when he's older. Matt/Matthews always seem to be lovely.

bigkidsdidit Mon 21-Jan-13 21:36:27


forgetmenots Mon 21-Jan-13 21:19:40

I prefer Findlay but the spellings without a D are more common at the moment (I like traditional!)

ilovecolinfirth Mon 21-Jan-13 21:13:15


chubbychipmonk Mon 21-Jan-13 21:11:10

Which do you all prefer. . Findlay or Finlay?

goinglone Mon 21-Jan-13 10:44:39

Finlay. Strong classic old Scots name.

forgetmenots Sun 20-Jan-13 23:54:45

Me too blotted, I'm in Scotland and think of it as a very traditional name, particularly when spelled with a D, and Irish names like Fionn too.

My DS is a Findlay and it was very unusual when he was born in 2001 - the only other Findlay I'd heard of was the son of Sharron Davies. It has become much more popular in recent years though, lots of 6-7 year old Findlay's running around. I like to think it's because so many people met my lovely boy as a delightful toddler that they wanted to name their child after mine wink

Somewhat bemused that Findlay is considered faddy & trendy, it's a very traditional Irish/Scots moniker.

Bakingtins Sun 20-Jan-13 19:50:58

Matthew - biased because I have one, and pleased to hear the MN jury agree. It's a classic name, and there are not many little ones about.
I have had people ask me how to spell it though confused

Lovely meaning too "gift of God"

Reaa Sun 20-Jan-13 17:49:17


WowOoo Sun 20-Jan-13 17:47:02

Another Matthew fan.

Ragwort Sun 20-Jan-13 17:45:21

Matthew (Matt), lovely name.

chubbychipmonk Sun 20-Jan-13 17:43:51

I quite like Matthew shortened to Matt (when he's older) but less keen on Finlay being shortened to Finn. Am really stuck now!

MrsJohnDeere Sun 20-Jan-13 15:45:39


Two in my family, both adults, have never been shortened to Matt by themselves or others.

Matthew. Although be warned it will eventually be shortened to Matt so bear that in mind. We liked either but to me Matt was an older boy kicking a football about rather than a baby. DSis Matt now at school to all his friends and some of the teachers and he likes it.

And Finlay may well get shortened to Finn.

bigbluebump Sun 20-Jan-13 15:26:52

Matthew is more timeless and will age better than Finley/Finlay/Finn - it feels quite 'faddy' to my ears, probably because it has been a little overused.

forgetmenots Sun 20-Jan-13 15:17:47

Both names are lovely and I think both are classic, but Finlay is having a real spike in popularity. If that doesn't bother you go for it!

Finlay Matthew or Matthew Finlay are lovely names.

Blanketsandpillows Sun 20-Jan-13 14:32:53

Matthew for me

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