(42 Posts)
JoulesM Tue 02-Oct-12 00:44:40

So we have a little boy who is now over a day old and still can't agree a name....the three contenders at the moment are:

Ruriadh William (would we be cursing him to a lifetime of spelling his name and no-one knowing how to say it)

Fraser William (not sure if this is a grown ups name...and won't suit a little boy iyswim)

Struan William (again-hard to pronounce, would always need to spell)

Any opinions welcome....husband is Scottish and I'm Aussie so needs to work in both countries.

Other Scottish options we have considered...
Duncan, Lewis, Cameron

I just want to be able to call my little boy a name...husband is reluctant to decide on any too quickly!

evamummy Tue 02-Oct-12 07:08:09

Fraser Is a lovely name.

Kelerina Tue 02-Oct-12 07:16:33

Ruriadh William, names go well together. I love the way it's spelt

JoulesM Tue 02-Oct-12 10:43:17

Shameless bump...I really do need help!! Husband not really talking about it and its now day 3 and I have nothing to call my little boy!!!

MarianForrester Tue 02-Oct-12 10:46:19




I agree about the spelling thing. Fraser easier. I know two little boys called that and so can see it as a child's name smile

Gwennan Tue 02-Oct-12 10:50:03

How do you pronounce Struan?

Personally, I would not use Ruriadh. I thought it was spelled Ruairaidh, Ruaridh, Ruairidh or Ruaidhrí, in any case. I'd check your spelling before you go with this one. If you like it, I'd anglicise it to Roderick or Rory (assuming that you live in England).

Fraser is the best of the list. I can see it on both a man and a boy.

StrangeGlue Tue 02-Oct-12 10:51:33

Love Fraser and it is great on a littley!

In my ignorance I don't know how the other two first names are pronounced so can't advise there blush

seeker Tue 02-Oct-12 10:51:44


Gwennan Tue 02-Oct-12 10:52:41

Just had a look at this old thread & it seems like Struan is pronounced 'Stroon'. I initially thought it was pronounce STROO-an.

Whattodoforthebest Tue 02-Oct-12 10:56:06

Love Fraser, but I do have a cute little 4 year old one grin

MarianForrester Tue 02-Oct-12 11:51:19

Or Alexander? Then you have loads of names to choose from: Alex, Sandy(v Scottish!), Lex; Zander, sure you can think of then yourself, sorry!

HeidiHole Tue 02-Oct-12 12:11:03

Struan is pronounced stroo-an

I'm Scottish and knew one and it was my dogs name

newby2 Tue 02-Oct-12 12:12:51

I like Fraser and Fergus.

Nel1975 Tue 02-Oct-12 12:16:14

I like Brodie and Blair.

Vickles Tue 02-Oct-12 12:17:44

Please don't rush. Call baby a little pet name, as in maybe what he's been called during your pregnancy. I rushed, and I wished I took more time. A name is with you for all your life. Don't panic.
It's hard to decide, as we don't known your last name.
Are you still living in Scotland? If not, I wouldn't go too difficult to spell, or or pronounce.
I personally like Frasier or Fraser though. But depends on your last name.
Slow down, don't rush.

JoulesM Tue 02-Oct-12 12:36:46

Surname is Scottish but of French Saxon origin...nothing to hide so may as well out myself. Melville smile

Does that make any names too diff?

We aren't in Scotland but don't want any anglicised versions of Ruairidh if that makes sense-it's a good proper Scottish names we are after. Our daughter is Isla (and no real prob with people saying that or spelling).

Coming around to Fraser....but still love Ruairidh. Maybe Struan is dropping off the list.

YouMayLogOut Tue 02-Oct-12 15:47:11

Ruriadh is a lovely name and I think people would get used to the pronounciation and spelling smile

Also quite like Cameron and Lewis.

Struan and Duncan are OK.

Dislike Fraser, it's a harsh-sounding name.

Vickles Tue 02-Oct-12 17:52:05

Lewis Melville
Fraser Melville
Fergus Melvillle
Patrick (Paddy) Melville
Rory Melville

I think they all sound good together.
I personally love shortening names.. Like Ruridiah to Rory or Rudy.
I know a Rudy, sounds lovely... Rudy Melville. I also like Patrick, to Paddy.

diddl Tue 02-Oct-12 18:11:07

Ruairidh William-absolutely fantastic.


bassingtonffrench Tue 02-Oct-12 18:17:22

my faves would be Rory ('easy' spelling) and Duncan.

I LOVE Fraser! Congratulations smile

mathanxiety Tue 02-Oct-12 18:26:42

Would you consider the shorter Irish version Ruairi?

Love Fergus. I also love Struan.

How about

DangerMousey Tue 02-Oct-12 18:37:05

Fraser Melville is an AWESOME name smile That would definitely be my pick. Cute for a little boy and very solid, but not boring, for a teen/adult.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Tue 02-Oct-12 19:01:01

fraser, angus,

ViviPru Tue 02-Oct-12 19:46:08

Yep, Fraser. For sure.

YUNoSaySomethingNice Tue 02-Oct-12 19:51:40

Fraser, the other names are too difficult to spell and pronounce.

Cloudsinmycoffee Tue 02-Oct-12 19:55:47

I have a Ruaridh! It's a great name. We looked in the scottish births register for the year he was born, and Ruaridh was the most popular spelling, of the nine (!) variations. 43 had spelt it Ruaridh, compared to 7 Rhuaris for example. We've not had any problems with others spelling it, you just need to explain to people once and most people make an effort. I love the soft oo sound too, so much nicer to hear than Rory.

OrangeFireandGoldashes Wed 03-Oct-12 07:25:58

Fraser Melville is an awesome name!

mathanxiety Thu 04-Oct-12 05:55:40

I take back Angus. Smellville would be too tempting a nn.

potas Thu 04-Oct-12 09:21:49

Dont listen to people saying you should anglicise the name or pick one easy to spell. pick the name you love the most.
In ten years time when your little boy asks you why you called him xy or z you dont want to say - it was easy to spell! or it was a safe choice.
Struan is my personal favourite :-)

DialMforMummy Thu 04-Oct-12 09:26:13

Love Struan.

jkklpu Thu 04-Oct-12 09:28:38

not Fraser

baskingseals Thu 04-Oct-12 09:29:47

i really like Struan. sounds very James Bond to me.

potas Thu 04-Oct-12 09:30:04

Also you can pick a very straightforward name and have it spelt wrong or pronounced wrong

seeker Thu 04-Oct-12 12:05:45

"Also you can pick a very straightforward name and have it spelt wrong or pronounced wrong"

Yes, occasionally. But every bloody time?

Finbert Thu 04-Oct-12 12:08:50

Ruairidh William-lovely
Have taught a Ruairidh before and didn't have a problem with pronunciation, he may have to spell it for people in future but I wouldn't let that put you off if you love it

Marmiteisyummy Thu 04-Oct-12 13:56:56

Love Ruaridh. Just added it to my list! We already have an Alasdair and though using the original Scottish spelling has meant we always have to spell it out, in reality that doesn't happen very often.
As a PP said, take your time. A name is a long time chosen and should take a long time to choose.

JoulesM Sun 07-Oct-12 22:48:07

Thanks to all who replied.

After much deliberation we have gone with Ruriadh...knowing we may be cursing him to spelling his name his whole life we chose the most popular spelling. It's going down ok so far and no-one hasn't been able to pronounce or spell once told...hope he doesn't hate us for it!!

Thanks again for all the replies/advice!

YouMayLogOut Sun 07-Oct-12 22:58:30

Thanks for posting OP, I love it when people come back and say what they've chosen! Congratulations and Ruriadh is a lovely name smile

mathanxiety Mon 08-Oct-12 05:03:45

Yay -- lovely.

mathanxiety Mon 08-Oct-12 05:04:11

But tell me you're not spelling it 'Ruriadh'?

Way2Go Mon 08-Oct-12 11:13:39

It's a lovely name but I he will be having to spell it out for the rest of his life. I know an Aoife and a Niamh (sp?) and it is a bit of a pain for everyone especially people like me who can't spell and i think Aoife and Niamh are a lot more common than Ruriadh. It's not like the letters remotely sound like the pronunciation. (I had to look up the pronounciation blush )
That being said, I have a Christian name that I always have to spell out and I can't say it bothers me. My name isn't British.

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