Is Griffin a contender?

(175 Posts)
Mrsfullhouse Mon 12-May-14 08:35:43

Ok! I am struggling hideously with a name for the little boy who is about to make a grand entrance in my life.

I have previous threads highlighting my 'issues' (crazy super rich and upper class Mil, wet husband rooting for the boring names, stupid stupid surname)

So...

Griffin House (does it sound a bit Harry Potterish)
Lysander House (Lice House??? Sandy House???)
Thomas House (sooooooo boring?)

Lysander and Thomas have been floating around, but never really loved etc. Griffin is new.

Help...

meditrina Mon 12-May-14 08:41:34

I've only come across Griffin as a surname in RL, but I think it transfers well and would make a lovely first name. But not with your surname (sorry).

Of the other two, I prefer Lysander as a name, but do think "lice" is a possible nn. You could minimise (but not remove) the risk of that taking hold if you established another nn, but I'm not sure what that could be for you (Sandy House sounds a bit like a beach hut).

Only1scoop Mon 12-May-14 08:46:14

They sound like national trust properties sorry....
Particularly Griffin.

Longdistance Mon 12-May-14 08:50:54

Griffin House is one of the HQ for Vauxhall's cars. My friend used to work there. Sorry.

Mrsfullhouse Mon 12-May-14 08:53:02

The trouble is, everything sounds like a museum/bank/mental institution or has disasterous connotations when shortened to a nickname.

Our Ds is Arthur House (half a house = bungalow)
So I think I just have to but the national trust bullet and commit to a name.

Also I have a lot of nephews and all of my best friends have had little boys of late so lots and lots of names have been 'taken'

Mrsfullhouse Mon 12-May-14 08:54:50

Honestly, stick pretty much any boys name in front of 'House' and google it... bank/museum/old people's home etc etc

I HATE our stupid stupid surname.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Mon 12-May-14 08:57:33

I like Griff/Griffin but yes, with House it does sound very HP.

What about Fergus?

Nunyabiz Mon 12-May-14 08:58:50

Hmmm no none of them work. How about ermmmm. No they all sound like an address.
Here's my list if boy's names just in case (we are having another girl so won't be needing it!)
Julian
Aurelius
Aurelian
Luca
Lucien
Elliot
Theodore
Bowen
Alexander
Louis / Louie
William
Valentin
Darcy
Amaeus
Archibald
Winston
Theobold
Wilfred

Only1scoop Mon 12-May-14 08:59:08

Op I can see your dilemma....

Any other names in the running at the moment?

littleredsquirrel Mon 12-May-14 09:00:51

Griffin House isn't good. It does sound harry potterish I'm afraid. I think you need something more "normal" with your surname. Thomas is the best out of your list.

I'm not sure naming your child after a mythical creature is the best move. I know everyone has their own personal preferences but think about how he might be perceived as he gets older.

meditrina Mon 12-May-14 09:01:23

As Lysander is a rather Jilly Cooper name to me, it made me think of Ferdinand. Any good?

it doesn't sound so architectural to me, and a quick google reveals only one flower shop (other hits are all about Rio Ferdinand and where he lives).

MaryWestmacott Mon 12-May-14 09:04:09

People will either think "Harry Potter" or "Griffin, as in Nick...."

For the surname House, you're going to have to go with traditional names, sorry. I do think Tom House sounds fine. Thomas House has a lot of 's' sounds, but other than that, lovely. I'd avoid names that end in a 's' sound.

Other names that work:
Matthew
Luke
Benedict/Ben
William

Basically the traditional ones that you don't like

I also think something like Milo would work too. Milo House.

Fizzyplonk Mon 12-May-14 09:07:55

Some nice names suggested so far
Like
Lucien
Elliot
Alexander
Wilfred

How about
Lucas
Ellis
Hector
Christopher/Kit
Albert

It will become his name very quickly whatever you choose. He'll go by his 1st name most of the time anyway.

littleredsquirrel Mon 12-May-14 09:09:59

grin you can't call a child Hector('s) House

Mrsfullhouse Mon 12-May-14 09:10:13

Nunyabiz- very similar to my 'original' list.
However Julian, Lucien, Elliot, Theodore, Alexander, Louis, William and Wilfred have since been used or used by nephews (by brother has 6 boys!!!)

Also out- sebastian, Wilbur, Barnaby, Oscar, Joshua, Freddie dexter & henry!!!!

Seriously, what does that leave?

Ruled out Jack, George etc for being too numerous.

Robert... Rob House... Rob the House
Richard... Rich House... Dick House!

I give up. I've been doing this for eight months and am now utterly fucked off with it all!

I know I could go with a forbidden taken name, but we've all been friends for nearly twenty five years and see each other all of the time, and it's kind of an unwritten rule! Plus Dh has vetoed a lot of the names anyway.

Only1scoop Mon 12-May-14 09:10:37

Hector's house grin noooooo

Kit house. Noooooo

Mrsfullhouse Mon 12-May-14 09:14:09

My mother, in all her genuine dappiness, suggested...

Maxwell.

Maxwell House.

(She knows I'm getting desperate)

Ooh, will float Ferdinand past Dh!?

Mrsfullhouse Mon 12-May-14 09:15:14

'Anything' House noooooooooo!

Why didn't I get all feminist on his ass and insist he took my name??

harryhausen Mon 12-May-14 09:15:14

My ds has a friend with the surname Windows. His parents have given him a 'place name' as a first name so now he sounds like a double glazing company. However, to be fair a lot of names would with a surname like that.

I don't mind Griffin House. However I think Griff as a pet name sounds nice.

Dominic?
Andrew?

InspirationFailed Mon 12-May-14 09:15:58

I thought of Harry Potter!

I like Alexander House (although initials would be A House)

Jonathan House
Edmund House (Teddy)

littleredsquirrel Mon 12-May-14 09:16:46

Harry
Thomas
Samuel
Oliver
Joseph
Lucas
Christopher
Benjamin
Isaac
James
Gabriel
Andrew
Matthew

I know they're more traditional but they do go with your surname

Only1scoop Mon 12-May-14 09:16:58

Op 6 nephewsshock what a dilemma.

Julian
Conrad
Marcus
Felix
Rory
Miles
Douglas
Stephan
Chester
Dominic

Nunyabiz Mon 12-May-14 09:17:52

Ugh what a pain! Names are a real minefield!
Has your DH any preferences?

Only1scoop Mon 12-May-14 09:19:05

Yes Op you should have done what I did....I slipped my lovely surname in there to break it up a little grin

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