Which of these four boys' names?

(50 Posts)
jaffajiffy Thu 14-Feb-13 22:13:17

Please help DH and me. We are 33wks and no movement on these 4 names for our first child:

James (we'd call him Jem while small)
Hewan (DH's grandfather who died recently. We love the name and it's DH's middle name)

-My first initial is J and I wonder if we should have an unique initial each?
-our surname ends in 'ton' so I wonder about the names ending in 'an' sounding a bit twee with the surname?
-is meaning important? James means "supplanter" which isn't that nice. Rowan means "red". Hewan doesn't have a meaning, and Lewis is "fame and war". None too inspiring!

Maybe I'll leave it til I've pushed him out and decide then!

Thanks in advance.

colette Thu 14-Feb-13 22:18:26

James , also quite like Rowan .

BabyRoger Thu 14-Feb-13 22:21:48

I like them all (sorry, no help!)

I wouldn't give too much thought to meaning, personally. My DD's name means 'golden princess' and my DS's name means 'crooked hill or nose' I have not named them after either of these things!

Maternitygold Thu 14-Feb-13 22:22:35


forgottenpassword Thu 14-Feb-13 22:25:25

James, definitely the nicest. Hewan would be a good middle name but don't think I like it as a first name.

Ruprekt Thu 14-Feb-13 22:26:50

James Hewan is probably the best. Prefer Jamie as a nn.

diamondee Thu 14-Feb-13 22:28:55

I've never heard of Hewan before but I love it

Skyebluesapphire Thu 14-Feb-13 22:30:07

James Hewan sounds good.

I have relatives who are both J and they have called each child a J name too. God knows how they decide who opens the post grin

Hewan is really cool. Then Rowan.

poppydaisy Thu 14-Feb-13 22:30:17

I like Hewan - nice, underused name and great associations for you!

How about Hewan James?

Hassled Thu 14-Feb-13 22:30:33

James, by a country mile.

Rowan is usually a girl's name, isn't it?

And no, I don't think meanings matter at all.

Leeds2 Thu 14-Feb-13 22:31:47

James Hewan.

Rowan, to me, is a girl's name.

smellysocksandchickenpox Thu 14-Feb-13 22:32:05

james or rowan, I cant choose which - they're 2 of my fave names.
not lewis

MikeOxardAndWellard Thu 14-Feb-13 22:36:08

My dd would have been James if she was a boy. Lovely name.

BabyRoger Thu 14-Feb-13 22:39:32

I only know boy Rowan's. Rowan Atkinson?

meditrina Thu 14-Feb-13 22:41:48

James Hewan

I don't think the duplicated initial matters that much when it's one per sex.

MyHeadWasInTheSandNowNot Thu 14-Feb-13 22:53:46

James (we'd call him Jem while small) << Really? That sounds very 'girly' Boring IMO

Lewis - Not too keen

Rowan - I know one and he's lovely, so probably my pick of your 4 smile

Hewan (DH's grandfather who died recently. We love the name and it's DH's middle name) - nice reasons to use the name, but it's a bit unusual and I expect he'd spend a lot of his life saying 'No Hewan - not Ewan - or 'No Hew - not Hugh'... but again, not a really big deal.

I would avoid the same initial - but not the end of the world.

'an' and 'ton' are fine.

Meaning isn't important to me. I like the meaning of my name, but it wouldn't bother me if it was something like supplanter.

Push him out, spend a few days waiting for him to stop looking red & cross and then decide smile

CityMa Thu 14-Feb-13 22:56:25

Rowan James or Hewan James.

TheSecondComing Thu 14-Feb-13 22:59:50

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Floggingmolly Thu 14-Feb-13 23:01:17

Love James, only like Rowan for a girl, don't like Lewis and Hewan is just odd.

TheWave Thu 14-Feb-13 23:06:28

Agree with CityMa
Rowan James or Hewan James

VerySmallSqueak Thu 14-Feb-13 23:08:04

Rowan or Hewan.

cece Thu 14-Feb-13 23:31:02

James Hewan would be my choice. But I'd use Jim as a nn.

GW297 Thu 14-Feb-13 23:45:03

James (not Jem as nn though!)

Narked Fri 15-Feb-13 00:40:51

I don't think the 'an' '-ton' thing sounds twee at all.

James is lovely. Rowan and Lewis are fine but not favourites of mine. Hewan I've never heard of before but like.

As Hewan might get misheard as Euan I'd probably go for James Hewan -ton. Hewan James sounds good though. In fact James flows well as a second name with all the others.

I like Jem as a shortening of James, have only heard it for Jeremys before. Not keen on Lewis I'm afraid.

I'd prob go for Hewan James tho, I love family names, and it's always good to have a nice solid middle name in case their teenage self decides they want to be 'boring'!

Hewan is very open to mishearing/misspelling tho, so if your family are meek and mild it might be best to go for James or Rowan - unusual names can work better for strong personalities, as they are more comfortable correcting people.

LulaBear Fri 15-Feb-13 01:28:49

James is gorgeous and will never become old or dated. Plus dozens of nicknames if you grown tired of James- Jimmy, Jamie, Jay, Jam.

Hewen or James Hewen

meditrina Fri 15-Feb-13 07:11:42

Jem's been in use as a nn for James for centuries (check your Dickens and earlier). Also Madge's husband in the Chalet School books!

And I think it's a lovely nn. If you go for it, I hope it sticks life-long.

VictorAndBarry Fri 15-Feb-13 07:13:30

james Hewan - and Jem is a nice variation.

jaffajiffy Fri 15-Feb-13 08:34:18

Thanks for all your helpful comments. Surprised Lewis doesn't get many votes! We will think about Hewan being a life of spelling and correcting.

Still got a few weeks to think. Thanks again.

Jemimapuddleduk Fri 15-Feb-13 08:41:24

Hi jaffa, my vote is for Rowan (also on our short list and totally gorgeous) or Hewan for the family connection.
Good luck

HouseOfBears Fri 15-Feb-13 08:45:08

I'm casting first vote for Lewis! In order, I'd pick:


Hewan I would put as the middle name though due to family connection.

jaffajiffy Fri 15-Feb-13 09:12:02

Hi jemima! We've come a long way since we met on other, sadder boards smile

<hijacks own thread>

Glad to see Lewis gets a vote.

ceebie Fri 15-Feb-13 13:02:37

james too dull - sorry.

rowan too associated with Mr Atkinson - although that will pass.

lewis and hewan best!

smellysocksandchickenpox Fri 15-Feb-13 17:57:59

LOVE louis, hate lewis, but can't put my finger on why

MoonHare Fri 15-Feb-13 18:42:05

Not at all keen on Lewis. James is solid and safe. Rowan is nice in an arty vaguely hippyish way but Hewan is fab, never heard of it before but love it and you have great reasons for using it - it has to be his middle name at least, which would rule out Rowan as additonal name imo, leaving;

James Hewan or Hewan James.

stripeypjs32 Fri 15-Feb-13 21:04:15


MajesticWhine Fri 15-Feb-13 21:09:33

I like them, probably in this order
Lewis, Hewan, James
all very nice.

but don't like Rowan at all. I too think it's a girl's name.

KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 15-Feb-13 21:43:46

James Hewan. Hewan is lovely , never heard it before .
Hate Rowan and Lewis.

neolara Fri 15-Feb-13 21:49:20

I have a Jem, so I'm going for James (nn Jem).

Rowan then James.

Sashapineapple Sat 16-Feb-13 23:06:01

James or Lewis, not mad keen on either but don't like the other two at all.

SanityClause Sat 16-Feb-13 23:07:35

I like Hewan. I've never heard of it as a name, before, but it sounds like a nice solid name, IYKWIM.

slambang Sat 16-Feb-13 23:15:05

Jem is a lovely and traditional old name. Also Jem's the brother in To Kill a Mocking Bird - it has my vpte.

Allalonenow Sat 16-Feb-13 23:20:45

I like Lewis best, a super name with a long history, Chaucer's son was called Lewis.
I do not like Rowan, especially for a boy, though just about acceptable for a girl, and have never seen Hewan with that spelling. James is a good standard no nonsense name.

MerryMarigold Sat 16-Feb-13 23:20:50

Interesting variety there. I'd say they are quite different. James, to me, is a bit boring, and I think you may regret it. (I've noticed people's dc1's tend to have 'safer' names and then with subsequent children, people relax into names that are more interesting). I really like Hewan, especially as it has a sentimental reason too...

LittlePushka Sun 17-Feb-13 22:26:37

Hewan,...lovely. Still lovely when his mates hall hime Hew. unusual and deeply respectful of your family.

Dont think any of your other considerations are to be concerned about. Good luck smile

MerryMarigold Mon 18-Feb-13 10:16:58

Good point. Hew is a lovely nn! I don't think there have been many negatives on Hewan, which is rare on a baby name thread. Go for it!

jaffajiffy Mon 18-Feb-13 15:14:05

As a result of this thread, we have discarded Rowan (as it's too like Hewan) and confirmed Hewan as either first or middle name. Leaning towards Hewan at the moment.
I'll pop back and let you know once he's here (33weeks now)

Thanks so much, everyone!

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