Barnaby, Rupert, James, Benjamin?

(49 Posts)
yummymumtobe Tue 30-Jul-13 08:32:21

Needs to go with Annabel. Dh thinks Rupert is too posh but we live in sw London so think we can get away with it! I like names with more than one syllable so think James would end up being Jamie. I love Hugo but our surname ends in 'ow'.

Leeds2 Thu 27-Nov-14 22:43:47

I prefer James from the names you list.

Personally think Rupert is dreadful. And I am a professional.

fishfingerSarnies Thu 27-Nov-14 22:15:11

Barnaby and Rupert are great James and Benjamin are pretty boring.

ViviPru Thu 27-Nov-14 21:54:00

I think its interesting that people think Rupert is an obvious 'we're posh' name. Its my 1st choice for imminent pfb. Its classic and inoffensive and underused. And little baby boy Roo? Die of cuteness.

I guess we might be considered posh by some standards so we'll get away with it. I'm hope the vast majority are put off by the supposed poshness of it. Means it'll avoid ubiquitousness.

FrogsGoWaaa Wed 26-Nov-14 15:49:02

I love Rupert and it was on our long list but I can't quite get past the bear! It does sound good with Annabel though. I know two sets of siblings called Henry and Annabel and it is a great combination. I agree with stuckonnames. Could you ask your friend? It's not like it's a really unusual name which I think does make a difference.

Of your shortlist, I'd go with James for a safer option; if you can persuade DH, go with Rupert!

ScrambledEggAndToast Wed 26-Nov-14 06:44:51

James is lovely, it balances out the three syllable's of your DDs name.

stuckonnames Wed 26-Nov-14 05:54:48

You mention Henry earlier which I think fits your bill and goes well with Annabel - but I know your friend has used it. Could you talk to her and see what she thinks? She might be flattered!

Sophronia Tue 25-Nov-14 17:25:04

James or Benjamin.

CitronVert Tue 25-Nov-14 10:19:42

I like Rupert and know a very nice down to earth 10 year old one so it doesn't seem too posh to me.

If always think Toby has a similar feel to Hugo. I also love Dominic which I think goes well with Annabel.

florascotia Tue 25-Nov-14 10:15:05

I rather prefer Barnabas to Barnaby. I like Rupert and James. 'Rupert plus Annabel' is perhaps a little bit aspirational, but your children are not likely to spend their adult working lives as a pair, and won't be in the same class at school, so how much does that really matter? And in London, there is a such a wonderful variety of names that many people probably won't even notice.

As alternatives, have you considered Roland/Rowland (often nn Roly)? Edmund? Edwin? Humphrey? Gregory? Swithin? Wystan?

This Old English list (17th cent, Norfolk) might perhaps be of interest:
www.britishbabynames.com/blog/2014/11/most-popular-restoration-names-a-study-of-47-norfolk-parishes.html

Just a afterthought: earlier poster suggested Kester as a 'long' name for Kit. But Kit and Kester are both short forms of Christopher.

EmilyGilmore Tue 25-Nov-14 09:47:36

I think Annabel and Rupert sound like sloaney ponies from the 80s. But I sense that's what you're looking for... I do think it's a very obviously "we're really posh" sort of name. I can see why your DH is uncomfortable with that. I would feel a bit self-conscious about it too. James is lovely.

roseandpercy Tue 25-Nov-14 09:25:42

I have a Barnaby Rupert George
Jasper Hugo Charles
and Baxter Stanley Harry.

roseandpercy Tue 25-Nov-14 09:24:28

I have a Barnaby Rupert George
Jasper Hugo Charles
and Baxter Stanley Harry.

Littlecherublegs Wed 31-Jul-13 17:16:27

Rupert and Barnaby are a bit 'posh' for me.
Benjamin is ok though much prefer Benedict (though know you have ruled this out).
Like James but would never risk it as a first name as Im sure it would end up as Jim / Jimmy which I dislike! Like Jamie though.

How about:
Jasper
Casper
Elliot
Rafferty
Oliver
Quentin
Rufus
Tobias
Xavier
William
Alexander
Louis
Yannick

Southeastdweller Wed 31-Jul-13 07:18:05

James and Benjamin are OK but a bit boring and very common. Barnaby is nice - classic and a name that won't ever be overused but my favourite is Rupert for the same reasons as Barnaby, plus I like the nicknames for it - Roo, Rupey, Rupsey (I've read Rupert Everett's two books). I think it's good to have a name that's a bit unusual - like mine - as long as you don't stand out too much, so no problem in your bit of London. Don't know what your DH is on about saying it's 'aspirational'.

sleepingbeautiful Wed 31-Jul-13 04:28:28

I have a very normal un-posh relative called Rupert, so I don't find it posh. Just a nice, under-used name, probably due to the bear in a yellow scarf!
Barnaby is ok, but don't like nn Barney.
Love James and Ben, but not if you really want something less used.
Hugo, meh. I know a few and they have Hyacinth Bucket type parents...
For the Kit suggestion earlier with poster not liking Christopher - this came up on another thread and someone suggested Kester nn Kit...
Also: Austin, Julius, Julian, Giles, Marcus.

Mollie272 Wed 31-Jul-13 00:40:13

I really like Rupert - it's on my list if I ever have a DS. I also like Edward (nn Ted), Hugh, Alexander (nn Xander), Angus, Fergus & Theo

justhayley Tue 30-Jul-13 23:42:21

I like them all. really helpful Be nice to hear James used as a first name though. Not 100% on Rupert out of all of them.
How about about
Robin, Noah, Josh/ua, Oliver

SolomanDaisy Tue 30-Jul-13 21:52:35

Barnaby rudge is a Dickens novel and he doesn't have a happy end! I am probably a bit superstitious about names of ill fated characters!

SolomanDaisy Tue 30-Jul-13 21:52:32

Barnaby rudge is a Dickens novel and he doesn't have a happy end! I am probably a bit superstitious about names of ill fated characters!

Canidae Tue 30-Jul-13 21:27:19

I would want to shorten baby Rupert to Roo, like Kanga and Roo from Winnie the Pooh!

yummymumtobe Tue 30-Jul-13 21:18:22

I love jilly too and also suggested Lysander but it was vetoed and is also v similar to the name of my dads boat!

Ah, Rupert Campbell black, a king among men!

Chocolateteabag Tue 30-Jul-13 20:54:16

Rupert is top of my list - but I am a Jilly Cooper fan

I'm married to a Tristan - not met another up here in the wilds of the North. It's always seen as posh, but really French IYKWIM

Also love Lysander and Siegfried (JC again and James Herriot)

Lionchair23 Tue 30-Jul-13 12:48:56

Love James and Jamie

weblette Tue 30-Jul-13 12:19:24

I have a James and a Benjamin, their little brother is Toby

yummymumtobe Tue 30-Jul-13 12:06:02

Suggested Marcus to dh but he said it reminds him of eldorado! Tristan is too French and Magnus is too Swedish. Want something very English. Henry is lovely but again it has been taken by a good friend. Max was the name of one of my old boyfriends who wasn't a great love so don't mind on that basis but he was a bit of a prat!

Dh has said he can 'live' with barnaby but favours Henry and doesn't see why we can't use it just because my friends ds is Henry but she is a proper friend not just a fellow playgroup mum so really don't want to use it.

I love Rupert but he thinks it is aspirational. We are a professional couple though so don't think it would be odd for 'people like us' to have a child called Rupert! Would be weirder if we had a Kai or Jayden!

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