Everyone keeps taking MY names!!!

(50 Posts)
binkybonk Sat 01-Dec-12 12:07:59

Aaaahhh!!! All of baby group/ old friends/ the world seem to be having babies in these last couple of months and they have cleared out my baby name list (it wasn't long, I'm a teacher, it rules out 95% of names straight off)
I have a DS Charlie
The options were Freddie for a boy and Emilia (Millie) for a girl.
Do I plough on and name them that or change?
What goes w Charlie? I struggled to get used to it originally as too poncey, DH's first choice and only choice, posted on here about changing it about 4 wks in,but somehow now love it and need similar names to go with it.

binkybonk Sat 01-Dec-12 12:09:12

Oh, DC2 due in 9wks and don't know whether it's a girl or boy. grin

Iris1 Sat 01-Dec-12 15:48:42

I think it depends who has used the nameas to whether you should stilk use tbh.
For example if its your sibling/best friend/aunt then no I wouldnt use it. But an old friend you barely speak to anymore then fine use the name you love!
Ill tell you some names i think go nicely with Charlie (which is lovely!)
Oliver, Albert, Alfie, Benjamin, Oscar, Edward, William, James, Finley, George.
Isla, Amelie, Lola (yes i know but too cute), Isobel, Eliza, Maggie, Annabelle, Katherine, Rosalie, Betsy, Florence, Freya, Esme, Evelyn, Iris.

Hope thats helps its a nightmare choosing names when you have worked with lots of children isnt it!

Frikadellen Sat 01-Dec-12 16:01:24

My friend who is also a teacher has gone for Chloe and Emily for her 2 dds she said because they were not associated with any specific child as she had taught loads of both Perhaps go down that route?

Charlie imo leaves a big scope for other types of names it is both classical (people will " hear" Charles) can can cope with traditional names like Edward and Henry but can also go along side Arlo and Cosmo if thats the area you want to go down..

I know a Charlie whose sister is called Willow.

CharlieBoo Sat 01-Dec-12 17:24:39

I have a Charlie and my dd is called Daisy. We also love Henry, Harry, and Freddie and for girls Beatrice, Molly, Jemima, Genevieve.

Fifis25StottieCakes Sun 02-Dec-12 02:11:23

I have a Romilly if you like mille you might like that

tasfi26 Sun 02-Dec-12 08:53:05

I own a children's day nursery and it is sooooooo hard thinking of names. DH gets so annoyed with me as I'm always saying "NO, I've looked afer 5 of those"!!! Im just hoping that a name will come to us closer to the time that we both like as Im afraid to say I am being rather difficult!!

binkybonk Sun 02-Dec-12 10:34:22

Thanks for suggestions so far- lots of great ideas. I love Romilly, and my lovely friend's name- so maybe that's a go grinalthough DH not get biggest fan blush
It's weird how others affect your choice of name rather than just picking what you actually want.
Thanks all x

binkybonk Sun 02-Dec-12 10:35:17

*her not get

Fifis25StottieCakes Sun 02-Dec-12 10:38:29

Binky, i tried to use it for first dd, the dp was having non of it, i was so sick of names i said right you name dd1, dd1 hates here name. Now he likes Romilly, took a while. I feel your pain.

Fifis25StottieCakes Sun 02-Dec-12 10:45:32

Binky, i tried to use it for first dd, the dp was having non of it, i was so sick of names i said right you name dd1, dd1 hates here name. Now he likes Romilly, took a while. I feel your pain.

binkybonk Sun 02-Dec-12 14:02:17

Just wrote long reply and mnet message said 'cannot connect' angry
Romilly was rejected out of hand by DHangry
I will try stealth tactics for assimilating it as his idea wink
Iris1 I love iris and its def a middle name as a family name on both sides, but too many too close for a first name. Lots of lovely suggestions but boys names I like taken by the many many cousins...! Although I like Edward- Eddie- but DH said everyone will think of Charles and Eddie?!! Didn't know what he was on about till he sang the song- do you think people other than my DH will honestly think of that when they see two little boys called Charlie and Eddie?!!

Fifis25StottieCakes Sun 02-Dec-12 14:35:52

I tried for Ethne for DD3, i knew it was going to be hard and i got talked out of it. Regret it now though

Iris1 Sun 02-Dec-12 14:50:48

I think Charlie and Edward are lovely names, really makes me picture two lovely kind boys. I wouldnt worry about Charles and Eddie tbh because your boy is Charlie not Charles and i really dont think its something to worry about. There is always the possibility of Teddy as nn. I think its adorable for a little boy.

natsmum100 Sun 02-Dec-12 15:19:22

I wanted to call DD Amelia with nn Millie but I had one of those in my class at the time. I so regret that I was put off. We now live hundreds of miles away. So, unless your names have been taken by close family, don't be put off names you love.

Leafmould Sun 02-Dec-12 18:57:24

Just keep banging on about in. Sounds like your dh was rather intransigent about he first child, you it's sort of your turn now!

PurpleTinsel Sun 02-Dec-12 19:02:51

I think whether you use a name that someone else got to first depends an awful lot on how close you are to them.

OP - Charles (Charlie) and Eddie means absolutely nothing to me. I've got no idea what I'm meant to be thinking about there.

OhEmGee25 Sun 02-Dec-12 20:08:05

Teacher here too. Hi!
I love Reuben, Callum, Isla and Lydia smile

MyNewVenture Tue 04-Dec-12 17:15:53

Firstly, I'm really glad that as a teacher you chose Charlie as I thought it may be a 'naughty boy' name that teachers avoided. I love the name Charlie

I think Ollie sounds lovely with Charlie. Friendly sounding but also sensible if they end up as lead partner of a law firm!

binkybonk Thu 24-Jan-13 15:07:58

Help!!!! confusedconfusedconfusedconfusedconfused

Right, am re-invigorating this thread as I'm in dire need of help. Baby due in 10days. Sorted for girls but cannot decide on a boys name or even think of one I don't mind
Thanks for lists above but I just need as many names as possible thrown at me now!!
Bit more background as it rules out lots of names listed above- DS has lots of cousins. Tons of male cousins, whose names I like but they are all within 4 years of each other so I think too close to tread on toes. They are:
Max, William, George (x2), Oliver, Sam, Joseph, Thomas.
DS already has Henry as a middle name- wasted! I like that!
Still quite like Fred but DH 'gone off it' (wtf?!!! He chose it!!)
Like Harry but feel it can't be shortened or lengthened, might sound 'unfinished'.

Charleymouse Thu 24-Jan-13 15:25:16

Harrison nn Harry?

itsallinmyhead Thu 24-Jan-13 15:33:16

I have a nephew, Charlie, whose sister is Niamh.

I have DD Chloe 14yrs and named her before I heard every other girl around the same time being named Chloe, too, but she suits it. grin

I also have a 7 week old DS Jude. I love his name and don't know any others.

NowPlayingZone Thu 24-Jan-13 16:11:57

Alex, Ben, Dominic, Daniel, drew, Edward, Edmund, Edgar, Edwin, Ethan, Elliot, Evan, Elijah, Frankie/franklyn, Fraser, felix, Finn, Gabe, Greg, Hamish, Hugh, Harvey, Harris, Isaac, Jacob, jack, Jeremy, jerome, Joel, James, jasper, Joshua, Lawrence, Louis, Leo, lucas, Monty, miles, nathaniel, Noah, Noel, Oscar, Owen, percy,Ralph, rupert, ray, Reece, Rory, Ross, Russell, Rufus, Sebastian, Seth, spencer, theo, tobias, Vincent, Vernon, zack....

amck5700 Thu 24-Jan-13 16:41:12

Lloyd, Ciar, Ciaran, Jonah, Lawrence, Gregor/Gregory, Adam, Benedict/benjamin,
Kerr, Nicolas, Edgar, Nathan, Sean, Thomas.

RooneyMara Thu 24-Jan-13 16:50:12


RooneyMara Thu 24-Jan-13 16:50:58

I've got a Freddie btw! It's great. He's 3 weeks old. smile

Mollydoggerson Thu 24-Jan-13 16:55:25


Mollydoggerson Thu 24-Jan-13 16:56:54

Sorry Carlo and Carla are bonkers with Charlie, all the same name!

Matthew? Can be Matt or Mattie.

Or use Henry as a first name with Charlie as a second name - then the two boys would always have a special link, and tbh, most people would never even notice as how often do middle names actually get used in life? Charlie and Henry sound good together....

rockinhippy Thu 24-Jan-13 17:05:54

Boys - Leon, Bertie, Teddy, Eddie (Edward) Johnny, Harland(which could be Harry or Harls) Alfred, which you can then sneakily shorten to Freddie wink Rory, Frankie (or Franklyn) Jimmy, Jerry (Jerome)

FranglaisMaman Thu 24-Jan-13 17:39:36

I think:
Charlie & Harry
Charlie & Henry

Think they make a good brother set. The fact you used Henry as a MN for Charlie wouldn't put me off personally.

Darksideofthe80s Thu 24-Jan-13 17:45:06

Rhuari or Reuben or my fav Seth

DessieLou Thu 24-Jan-13 19:32:04


I know a Charlie & Joshua

binkybonk Fri 25-Jan-13 01:52:10

Fab suggestions! Thanks grin
MN solves my problems once again.
I think Charlie and Harry/ Henry does sound good but there are lots of names that have got me thinking.
Ta smile

Lollybrolly Fri 25-Jan-13 02:17:45


toffeelolly Fri 25-Jan-13 02:40:13


DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 25-Jan-13 03:13:12

I was going to suggest Henry because unless you refer to DS as Charlie Henry it seems a shame not to use it if you love it.

Someone on Baby section said the other day Peter is making a comeback?

Patrick is nice, you can shorten to Paddy.

Tell DH you adore the name Basil (Baz). He'll probably come round to any hitherto airily dismissed choice of yours sharpish.

anonymosity Fri 25-Jan-13 05:21:10

I say plough on indeed and name them what you want. I named my dd differently (gave favourite name as 2nd name) because a local friend had a dd of the same name. Now we live 6000 miles away and it would have made not one jot of difference.

Yfronts Fri 25-Jan-13 14:13:38


Just go with a name you love and apologise to friend.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 25-Jan-13 14:17:20

In fact look at it this way. You give up on Henry and choose another name. Then the next baby boy born to one of your circle gets called Henry! How would you feel?!

EbbNFlow Fri 25-Jan-13 14:22:42

I know a Charlie and Lily, Charlie and Max and a Charlie and Ethan.

Louis (Loo-ee not Lewis)

pixi2 Fri 25-Jan-13 14:27:03

My friend has a Sebastian and we call him seb. I think it goes nicely with Charlie.

Benjamin (Ben)

pixi2 Fri 25-Jan-13 14:28:57

Peter is definitely making a comeback in my area, expect to see lots coming up to nursery and reception soon.

MeganBD Fri 25-Jan-13 14:39:22

ahh I know, it's so frustrating! you have my sympathies - I just lost my one and only girl's name - Lily- because my sis in law has used it.

It's a name that goes way back in my father's family and has such meaning for me - sniff!

Anyone got any ideas for a Lily replacement? thanks

amck5700 Fri 25-Jan-13 14:46:31

Megan, Lilian? Alice, Emma, Amy, Lucy?

MeganBD Fri 25-Jan-13 14:51:25

Thank you smile

Lilian might be too similar - as in she'd become a Lily within seconds I think.. But I like Amy & Lucy.. food for thought, thanks!

Sasparillo Fri 25-Jan-13 14:57:39

I really think Charlie & Harry (which I would most cetaiy use if I had another boy) would make a great sib set smile I have a Charlie & Daisy, which I absolutely love smile I quite like Charlie & Edward too (Ted). Good luck deciding xx

Mellymog Sat 26-Jan-13 19:53:25

I'm a teacher and expecting DS2 in June. We have a short list of 3 at the moment

Milo, Arlo and Seth

DS1 is Noah and i'm annoyed at how popular that has become.

WalterandWinifred Sat 26-Jan-13 20:14:51

I've got a Charlie and William.

My other favourite boy names were Harry,

I would have had
Emmeline or
Beatrice had they been girls.

I don't think you can worry too much about duplicating a name, unless its really unusual.

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