Please vote for just one: Reuben, Daniel, Ethen, Max or Sasha

(125 Posts)
Artigene Sun 27-Jan-13 08:31:44

That's it really. Sasha's full name would be Alexander.

I also like Wlliam but DH won't consider it!

Artigene Sun 27-Jan-13 08:32:43

Oops, typo in The thread title. Ethan not Ethen.

banterbus Sun 27-Jan-13 08:35:05

Reuben. Love Roo as nn when he's a baby!

JollyGolightly Sun 27-Jan-13 08:36:02

I'd choose Sacha but spell it this way.

muddledsheep Sun 27-Jan-13 08:36:44

Reuben here too! Mine is 3 and utterly gorgeous smile

AThingInYourLife Sun 27-Jan-13 08:38:22


meditrina Sun 27-Jan-13 08:38:29

Sasha (this spelling is fine as it follows the standard Cyrillic transliteration)

fall-back: Daniel

Bakingtins Sun 27-Jan-13 08:40:01

Daniel, but I also like Reuben and Alexander.

soimpressed Sun 27-Jan-13 08:42:36


TheDeadlyDonkey Sun 27-Jan-13 08:42:43

Reuben or Daniel

Ethan but I'm biased!

DizzyHoneyBee Sun 27-Jan-13 08:47:03

Reuben, not seen too many of those at work recently. We have a handful of Sashas, all girls though - sorry.

TwistAndShout Sun 27-Jan-13 08:48:22


Definitely not Ethan

botandhothered Sun 27-Jan-13 09:03:09

Reuben. Only know 1, and he is 14.

gingermcflea Sun 27-Jan-13 09:04:40

Classic. Good nickname. No spelling issues. Not faddy.


InNeedOfBrandy Sun 27-Jan-13 09:08:10

Sasha or max

Lavendersbluedillydilly1969 Sun 27-Jan-13 09:18:56

Reuben here.

NewYearNewHat Sun 27-Jan-13 09:21:40

Max is definitely the best out of those.

givemeaclue Sun 27-Jan-13 09:24:07

Hi, for a boy sasha is spelt sacha.

Sasha is the girls spelling

BikeRunSki Sun 27-Jan-13 09:24:27


IncognitoIsMyFavouriteWord Sun 27-Jan-13 09:30:31

Reuben love it.

SoggySummer Sun 27-Jan-13 09:31:58


Sasha is too feminine to me. I know its a non gendered name but my automatic reaction on hearing the name is to assume female first.

gingermcflea Sun 27-Jan-13 09:33:13

Just couldn't choose Reuben for the spelling issues - the last three posters have each spelt it differently.

Artigene Sun 27-Jan-13 09:34:13

Sacha is the Germanic spelling, Sasha is French. The spelling doesn't denote the gender. It's s family name and all the male ancestors were spelt Sasha.

InNeedOfBrandy Sun 27-Jan-13 09:38:39

Reuben is so common now I know at least 10

delilah88 Sun 27-Jan-13 09:40:50

Daniel. Not Sasha!! That is a terrible name!!

ScumbagCollegeDropout Sun 27-Jan-13 09:44:13


Perfectly good name. Not many young ones around now. Works well for all ages. Dan and Danny both great nicknames.

Polkadotfanatic Sun 27-Jan-13 10:51:43

Reuben means ''behold...a son!'' would use it for that reason alone smile

Sacha no matter what it's a diminutive of is too feminine sounding imo.

Ethen/Ethan - Bit 90's to my ears (sorry not meaning to offend anyone just my opinion)

Max - cute. I like.

Daniel - timeless classic, but doesnt have the ''sparkle'' of Reuben or Max to me.

Enjoy your bundle of joy smile

Lafaminute Sun 27-Jan-13 10:54:56


Mellymog Sun 27-Jan-13 11:14:58


ImNotaPheasantPlucker Sun 27-Jan-13 15:53:25


ZolaBuddleia Sun 27-Jan-13 17:58:48

Sasha, but why not just give him that name, rather than something completely different?


Reuben, if DC 3 if he comes along that's what I would like to call him. Max is cool too, Maximilian though, not just Max.

Lexiesinclair Sun 27-Jan-13 18:02:54

Max! I love it.

ajandjjmum Sun 27-Jan-13 18:03:28

I have a Max William - so that would be my vote! smile

sweetestB Sun 27-Jan-13 18:06:16


omletta Sun 27-Jan-13 18:07:18


oldebaglady Sun 27-Jan-13 18:07:44

Rooby-do grin

SminkoPinko Sun 27-Jan-13 18:08:35


ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Sun 27-Jan-13 18:08:57

Sasha - I have always loved the name

IslaValargeone Sun 27-Jan-13 18:08:59


Artigene Sun 27-Jan-13 18:51:10

Thanks. Reuben seems to lead followed by Sasha then Daniel.

Sasha is my fave but DH loves Reuben, the others are our compromises but we may well resort to a compromise. I will think more about Reuben though.

. I note comments about Sasha being feminine but I'm not too worried about that, in most of the world it's the diminutive for Alexander and used by males.

BeaWheesht Sun 27-Jan-13 18:52:06


exoticfruits Sun 27-Jan-13 18:53:22


FriskyMare Sun 27-Jan-13 18:54:44


Viviennemary Sun 27-Jan-13 18:57:23

I like Alexander best. But not keen on Sasha. I thought it was a girls name.

telsa Sun 27-Jan-13 19:28:38

Sasha. Lovely.

Spookey80 Sun 27-Jan-13 19:32:54


Rhubarbgarden Sun 27-Jan-13 19:33:55


Artigene Sun 27-Jan-13 19:37:40

In Germany it's illegal to register a female Sacha. In Russua and the Slavic countries is predominantly male and always a nn for Alexander. In the US it's predominantly female. I can think of 2 famous bearers of the name: Sacha Baron Cohen (male) and Sasha Obama (female). So hard, I don't want to saddle him with a name he will think is too feminine.

Daniel is the safest option isn't it?

ellesabe Sun 27-Jan-13 19:38:06


IrnBruTheNoo Sun 27-Jan-13 19:48:36


toffeelolly Sun 27-Jan-13 19:52:39


3monkeys3 Sun 27-Jan-13 19:57:16

I love Sacha, but wasn't brave enough to use it. We still went with Alexander and call him Alexi. Assuming you're braver than me, I vote Sasha.

Shybairns Sun 27-Jan-13 19:57:22


Wildwaterfalls Sun 27-Jan-13 20:00:43


dancingted Sun 27-Jan-13 20:31:57

Alexander would be first choice but not Sacha
And Daniel.

Greenwing Sun 27-Jan-13 21:38:00

Daniel - by a mile.

Alexander would also get my vote so long as you DO NOT give him sas/cha as a nick name. I have known two - both girls. Not easy for a boy to have a girly name when he is growing up.

AlwaysHoldingOnToStarbug Sun 27-Jan-13 21:54:14


Jellykat Sun 27-Jan-13 22:11:57


QueenOfCats Sun 27-Jan-13 22:17:13

Sasha - love it!

blondieminx Sun 27-Jan-13 22:19:50


All the others quite popular atm and Daniel is classic, lovely name.

AntimonySalts Sun 27-Jan-13 22:19:55

Reuben. Not Ethan.

Devora Sun 27-Jan-13 22:21:43


Daniel, but then I'm biased.

TheDoctrineOfSciAndNatureClub Sun 27-Jan-13 22:22:53


MarianForrester Sun 27-Jan-13 22:23:39


QuickLookBusy Sun 27-Jan-13 22:24:47


Are you in the uk? If so, I do think Sasha is very feminine.

PenelopePisstop Sun 27-Jan-13 22:26:44


Don't saddle him with Sacha it's far too effeminate. Think of him as teenager, they are self conscious enough.

mummybare Sun 27-Jan-13 22:28:05


Snazzynewyear Sun 27-Jan-13 22:28:24

Alexander for Sasha

doodledoodoo Sun 27-Jan-13 22:28:43


Reuben and Max make me think of dogs.

Ruprekt Sun 27-Jan-13 22:29:07


My Max says it is the best name in the world. Short and easy to spell and not too many nicknames for it.

doodledoodoo Sun 27-Jan-13 22:29:10

Sasha makes me think of a girl...

Snazzynewyear Sun 27-Jan-13 22:29:15

He can change to Alex or Xander if he's a self-conscious teenager. That's what I like about Alexander, great name in itself but lots of flexibility too.

Artigene Sun 27-Jan-13 22:34:20

Exactly Snazzy. We would christen him Alexander and register him si at school but at home he'd be Sasha. He may grow to love having an unusual name with family history but if not then be could use his fullname or use any other diminutive: Sandy, Alex, Alexi, Xander.

dH loving the popularity if Reuben on this thread. He also suggested Daniel so, as he puts it, he's winning!

jellybeans Sun 27-Jan-13 22:41:53


EllenParsons Mon 28-Jan-13 03:32:02

Reuben or Daniel

StraightTalkinSheila Mon 28-Jan-13 07:10:19

Reuben! I have one wink and he is lurrrvely.

Wishfulmakeupping Mon 28-Jan-13 07:37:39


IrnBruTheNoo Mon 28-Jan-13 09:11:23

Did I mention Reuben?

Artigene Mon 28-Jan-13 13:01:49

The results so far seem to be:

Reuben: 27
Daniel: 17
Sasha (fn Alexander): 12
Max: 11
Alexander but not Sasha: 3
Ethan: 1

mama2bebe Mon 28-Jan-13 13:39:46


mama2bebe Mon 28-Jan-13 13:40:39

*Reuben is lovely

chaya5738 Mon 28-Jan-13 15:50:24

Oooooh, I love your list! It is basically the same as ours was except we didn't have Ethan and included Isaac and Nathaniel.

I prefer Reuben and Sasha.

Max is too popular now (although I do like the name).

I really don't like Ethan and think it is of quite a different type from the others on your list.

Annoying how some people keep popping up saying is a girl's name. Umm, no it's not. It is also a boy's name in lots of countries and cultures. Broaden your minds, people!

Artigene Mon 28-Jan-13 20:50:09

Great taste Chaya. I love Nathaniel too but haven't put it on the list as I'm less keen on Nate and Nat. Isaac is nice but I know a few little Isaacs at the mo.

If we have another boy he'd be Ethan, so I'm voting for that


in that order

thislittlewineofmine Mon 28-Jan-13 20:56:10

I love Ethan

thislittlewineofmine Mon 28-Jan-13 20:57:10

Just noticed you spell it with an e. I prefer Ethan with an a to an e but still nice!

Lifesagame Mon 28-Jan-13 20:57:41


Lostonthemoors Mon 28-Jan-13 20:57:49


Lostonthemoors Mon 28-Jan-13 20:58:08

Then max


Can you use Sasha as a middle name if you really love it?

ShowOfHands Mon 28-Jan-13 21:03:23

Had it been my choice alone, ds would have been Sacha. I LOVE it and it's a male name to me. Most of the world would agree. DH liked it but I was outvoted so ds is Raphael instead!

I know 3 Reubens under 3 and it seems to be a bit faddy atm.

Pick Sasha. Gwan gwan gwan. Lovely name.

lopsided Mon 28-Jan-13 21:07:00

Sasha is lovely, I don't think it's girly. It's the nickname for Alexander. I know a couple (work with some Russians).

However it is very likely that in the UK he will use Alex outside the home when at school.

All your names are nice but I like Max the least.

Snog Mon 28-Jan-13 21:07:38


Littleplasticpeople Mon 28-Jan-13 21:09:45

Sasha. Gorgeous name.

Kilkers Mon 28-Jan-13 21:11:10


DearOldWrinklyMum Tue 29-Jan-13 12:33:23


OlyRoller Tue 29-Jan-13 12:37:18


Minty82 Tue 29-Jan-13 12:46:05

Ooh, Reuben, Daniel, Max and Alexander are four of my absolute favourite names, but none made it onto our list because one is DH's name, one is my brother's, one is the name of a close friend's child and the remaining one DH didn't like! Don't like Ethan I'm afraid, and don't have strong feelings either way re Sasha as a nickname, but definitely see it as sufficiently masculine.

I'd go for Daniel or Max, personally. Daniel if pushed!

bringmeroses Tue 29-Jan-13 13:34:32


Happysurprise Tue 29-Jan-13 13:40:53

Rueben - Ben for short if he does warm to it for a more traditional name?

tomverlaine Tue 29-Jan-13 13:45:19

Max and Reuben seem really common at the moment

Artigene Tue 29-Jan-13 14:21:03

I often hear MN say Reuben is very popular and daddy but the stats don't bare that out. In 2011 the Office if National Statistics counted:

4581 Ethans (plus 14 Ethens = 4685)

3928 Daniels (plus 309 Dannys and 23 Dans = 4260)

3043 Max's (plus 492 Maxwells, 328 Maximilians, 226 Maximuses, 100 Maximillians and 91 Maxims = 4280)

2819 Alexanders (plus 1,129 Alex, 25 Sachas and 13 Sashas = 3986)

941 Reubens (plus 43 Ruebens, 318 Ruben = 1302)

So basically Reuben is far and away the least popular name on our list. People who say its popular, do you actually know many or arr you just seeing the name a lot on baby name threads?

Artigene Tue 29-Jan-13 14:21:38

Faddy not daddy!

extracrunchy Tue 29-Jan-13 14:30:25


MrsHBaby3 Tue 29-Jan-13 15:08:07

Rueben wins by miles, and love Rue as nn, Sasha to me is a girls name, sorry

pinkandyellowbutterfly Tue 29-Jan-13 20:28:28

DANIEL definately. An unbeatable name.

Alligatorpie Tue 29-Jan-13 20:49:31

Funny all the people saying Sasha s a girls name. When I posted about Sasha for my unborn dd seven months ago, everyone said "it's a boys name!"

as I have a female Sasha, I would spell it Sacha. Love the name!

Also love Reuben

Alligatorpie Tue 29-Jan-13 20:50:33

And Sasha Obama is really called Natasha.

oldebaglady Tue 29-Jan-13 20:50:58

it is a boys name, I know that in my head so if you asked me which it was I'd say "boy", it just sounds like a girls name to me IYKWIM

Stixswhichtwizzle Wed 30-Jan-13 23:46:30

Reuben is lovely

FriedSprout Wed 30-Jan-13 23:53:07

Reuben, then Daniel, then Max. Sasha sound too feminine to me.

amazingmumof6 Fri 01-Feb-13 12:42:57


birdofthenorth Sat 02-Feb-13 22:07:49

Reuben (Max a close second)

CruCru Mon 04-Feb-13 13:02:22


chubbychipmonk Mon 04-Feb-13 13:04:54

Daniel (my DS name) love it!

VinegarDrinker Mon 04-Feb-13 13:07:29

Reuben or Ethan

MrsJohnDeere Mon 04-Feb-13 13:10:51


(Much prefer William though)

captainbarnacle Mon 04-Feb-13 13:14:53

I know LOADS of Reuben's, under the age of 6. Really don't like that name now.

TenthMuse Mon 04-Feb-13 13:33:51

Reuben, then Daniel.

googlyeyes Mon 04-Feb-13 14:10:05

Definitely Reuben. It's gorgeous

For me, Sasha is too feminine. It's all very well saying it's considered a man's name in Russia etc but if you're living in the UK that's pretty irrelevant!

shoobidoo Mon 04-Feb-13 14:37:26

I know a couple of male Sashas, all short for Alexander, and love the name!

Max, Daniel and Reuben are quite 'trendy' at the moment and Ethan I really don't like.

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