Barnaby, Rupert, James, Benjamin?

(37 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'.

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:

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!

PanicMode Tue 30-Jul-13 11:55:07

You sound as though you had similar discussions to us - we had Sebastian, Monty, Benedict, Magnus, Marcus, Kit, Jeremy, Julian type names on our shortlists....

We have a Rufus and a Rory (both of which I love, but I regret the two Rs) and another two children, one of which is a name which has been mentioned in a shortened version here....

Friends have an Annabel and Henry, another Annabel and Max....

almapudden Tue 30-Jul-13 11:36:47

I like Barnaby, Rupert and James. Really dislike Jamie and Benjamin.

Go for Rupert! There aren't many Ruperts around these days and it's a lovely namem

shoobidoo Tue 30-Jul-13 11:31:03

How about


All solid classic names that aren't too overused.

yummymumtobe Tue 30-Jul-13 11:18:30

Dh has vetoed Rupert for being too posh so think crispin would be out too! I like Kit but not Christopher. I quite like Arthur too but think 'old man' names are a bit overdone at the moment.

EuphemiaLennox Tue 30-Jul-13 10:48:21

Rupert is lovely.

Hugh/Huw is v lovely as well.

James is nice in a classic type way, been just over done. Jem as a nickname is lovely though.

How about Christopher nn Kit?

Or Crispin?

iseenodust Tue 30-Jul-13 10:40:27

Barnaby is great. The other three can take or leave.

yummymumtobe Tue 30-Jul-13 10:35:55

Rufus is sweet but is the name of one of my best friends ds and we see them a lot.

BonaDea Tue 30-Jul-13 10:35:35

Go for Rupert. Classic name but not very common / popular any more. I live sw too and don't know of any other little Ruperts.

In a similar vein I love Sebastian too. DH vetoed it this time round but I might need to push it through if we have another boy!'

Bowlersarm Tue 30-Jul-13 10:31:32

I love Rupert. Not keen on Barnaby. Prefer Jamie to James.

Have you considered Rufus?

yummymumtobe Tue 30-Jul-13 10:28:37

Benedict has been vetoed by dh as being too catholic. I don't like Christian as it makes me think of someone at school. Patrick is a bit irish and could be pat or paddy either lf which I like.

Marcus is quite nice actually. I hadnt thought of that.

I don't actually know Barnaby rudge. I am not so bothered about associations with tv characters etc - I know lots of Charlie's and it doesn't make me think, ah Charlie and Lola! Same with George and Peppa pig!

James or Benjamin, I'm afraid Rupert and Barnaby both make me think of the bears.

PanicMode Tue 30-Jul-13 10:06:05

I love Rupert but DH said no. I have a cousin called Barnaby - love it. Benjamin - meh, and it will get shortened to Ben or Benjie which I really don't like. I love James - it's DS3's middle name. We both loved Hugo but we have a double barrelled surname (DH already had one, we didn't DB our own names in my defence!), and it just didn't work as one of names sounds similar ish.....

I'd pick Rupert of all of those...

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