Matthew or Finlay??

(54 Posts)
chubbychipmonk Fri 18-Jan-13 23:53:19

Already have a DS with quite a traditional name. Am 32 weeks pregnant with DC2 and we can't agree on a boys name! I like Finlay, DH likes Matthew. Opinions please?

Yika Sat 19-Jan-13 00:00:19

Both nice but Finlay is a bit trendy. Matthew is more classic and I prefer it for that reason.

Pancakeflipper Sat 19-Jan-13 00:07:29


Matthew (disclaimer I am very bias because ds is called Matthew)

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 19-Jan-13 00:12:37


Tommy Sat 19-Jan-13 00:16:58

another Matthew fan here

Matthew. Classic and timeless.

onyx72 Sat 19-Jan-13 00:20:43

Matthew. It's timeless and my DS's name.

Ham69 Sat 19-Jan-13 00:54:57

Matthew's my evil twin brother's name- I'd go for Finlay!

ZooAnimals Sat 19-Jan-13 06:01:58

I like both. I actually slightly prefer Finlay, but because it's sooo popular I'd probably go with Matthew.

DessieLou Sat 19-Jan-13 06:06:36

I concur. Matthew is classic & timeless, Finley is nice but a bit trendy for my liking. :-)

Oooh, I didn't realise Flinlay / Finley was considered trendy! It's my five week old DSs name!

Hoviscat Sat 19-Jan-13 06:19:14

I like fact my 2yo is Finley Matthew! grin

exoticfruits Sat 19-Jan-13 06:21:34

Definitely Matthew.

echidnakid Sat 19-Jan-13 07:19:53

Both are nice but Matthew for me too. There's something very handsome, masculine and classy about Matthew.

DancingInTheMoonlight Sat 19-Jan-13 07:28:03

Matthew but I'm biased as i have a ds called Matthew :-)

legallyblond Sat 19-Jan-13 07:35:43


meditrina Sat 19-Jan-13 07:37:03


weegiemum Sat 19-Jan-13 07:39:40

Matthew was our boy choice for dc1 (girl!)

We went off it, dc2 is Aidan

Was our boy choice for dc3 (girl!)

I prefer Finlay, only I'd spell it Findlay. Didn't know it was considered trendy though, round here every 3rd baby boy is called Callum and every other 3rd is Dylan!

chubbychipmonk Sat 19-Jan-13 22:38:47

I wouldn't have said Finlay was trendy either, I've always just really liked the name. My only issue with it is that at least there's only 1 way to spell Matthew however Finlay's name is inevitably going to be spelt Finlay, Findlay, Finley, Findley . . .will he spend his whole life with his name spelt wrong??!

chubbychipmonk Sat 19-Jan-13 22:39:49

Love it Hoviscat!

TheBuskersDog Sat 19-Jan-13 22:57:25

I agree with others Matthew is classic and timeless whereas Finlay has become an 'in' name lately, but that is often why people become aware of a name and start to like it.
When we gave our 20yo son the name Oliver it quite unusual. When I had my youngest son 16 years ago there were hardly any Oscars, Noahs or indeed Finlays (only know one 16 yo Finlay) but now they're all very popular.

Bowlersarm Sat 19-Jan-13 23:00:18


I have a Finlay so am biased!! Haven't met another one at nursery or now school. Just go with which you like best; its irrelevant what other people's kids are called!

chubbychipmonk Sat 19-Jan-13 23:12:49

Thehairy, do you find people spell his name wrong?

Yellowchair Sun 20-Jan-13 07:25:02


Pocket1 Sun 20-Jan-13 08:19:31

Matthew - my brother is a Matthew and he's one of the loveliest men I know. Good name, good person smile

Occasionally, but not enough to annoy.

Abigail9580 Sun 20-Jan-13 13:39:37

Finley. But I'm bias as my 5m old is a Fin. And his dad is a Matthew!! Think both are good. Why don't you make one his middle name, then if you decide you like the middle one better then just swop them.

Blanketsandpillows Sun 20-Jan-13 14:32:53

Matthew for me

forgetmenots Sun 20-Jan-13 15:17:47

Both names are lovely and I think both are classic, but Finlay is having a real spike in popularity. If that doesn't bother you go for it!

Finlay Matthew or Matthew Finlay are lovely names.

bigbluebump Sun 20-Jan-13 15:26:52

Matthew is more timeless and will age better than Finley/Finlay/Finn - it feels quite 'faddy' to my ears, probably because it has been a little overused.

Matthew. Although be warned it will eventually be shortened to Matt so bear that in mind. We liked either but to me Matt was an older boy kicking a football about rather than a baby. DSis Matt now at school to all his friends and some of the teachers and he likes it.

And Finlay may well get shortened to Finn.

MrsJohnDeere Sun 20-Jan-13 15:45:39


Two in my family, both adults, have never been shortened to Matt by themselves or others.

chubbychipmonk Sun 20-Jan-13 17:43:51

I quite like Matthew shortened to Matt (when he's older) but less keen on Finlay being shortened to Finn. Am really stuck now!

Ragwort Sun 20-Jan-13 17:45:21

Matthew (Matt), lovely name.

WowOoo Sun 20-Jan-13 17:47:02

Another Matthew fan.

Reaa Sun 20-Jan-13 17:49:17


Bakingtins Sun 20-Jan-13 19:50:58

Matthew - biased because I have one, and pleased to hear the MN jury agree. It's a classic name, and there are not many little ones about.
I have had people ask me how to spell it though confused

Lovely meaning too "gift of God"

My DS is a Findlay and it was very unusual when he was born in 2001 - the only other Findlay I'd heard of was the son of Sharron Davies. It has become much more popular in recent years though, lots of 6-7 year old Findlay's running around. I like to think it's because so many people met my lovely boy as a delightful toddler that they wanted to name their child after mine wink

Somewhat bemused that Findlay is considered faddy & trendy, it's a very traditional Irish/Scots moniker.

forgetmenots Sun 20-Jan-13 23:54:45

Me too blotted, I'm in Scotland and think of it as a very traditional name, particularly when spelled with a D, and Irish names like Fionn too.

goinglone Mon 21-Jan-13 10:44:39

Finlay. Strong classic old Scots name.

chubbychipmonk Mon 21-Jan-13 21:11:10

Which do you all prefer. . Findlay or Finlay?

ilovecolinfirth Mon 21-Jan-13 21:13:15


forgetmenots Mon 21-Jan-13 21:19:40

I prefer Findlay but the spellings without a D are more common at the moment (I like traditional!)

bigkidsdidit Mon 21-Jan-13 21:36:27


MidnightMasquerader Tue 22-Jan-13 00:47:57

Finlay will date, but if that doesn't bother you, then not a problem.

Matthew is by far the better choice. Matt is a great shortening when he's older. Matt/Matthews always seem to be lovely.

Yfronts Tue 22-Jan-13 13:34:27

Matthew is lovely

Findlay with a d!

Locketjuice Tue 22-Jan-13 13:41:08

I'm biased I have a finnley, and yes always spelt wrong!

Chubby - I prefer it with the D and that's certainly how my DS spells his name, but really I would go with what you prefer. I found that once written down, Findlay looked more like how I imagined his name to look than if I'd spelled it Finlay/Finley/Phynnleigh. I know that sounds a bit airy-fairy but it worked for me!

chubbychipmonk Tue 22-Jan-13 20:36:15

I get what you mean Blotted, I've been writing it down with all different spellings but think I prefer it now spelt 'Findlay'.

blindworm Thu 24-Jan-13 14:14:55

I have a nephew called Finlay, and even his nursery spells it Finley, so maybe the spelling is an issue. Prefer it Finlay to Finley or Findlay though.

monica77798 Thu 24-Jan-13 14:52:19

I actually prefer Finlay over Matthew, even if it is very "trendy".

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