Harris for a boy?

(57 Posts)
harverina Thu 25-Jul-13 11:06:53

Hello grin

I am 25 weeks pregnant so plenty of time to decide about names. Don't know the sex of the baby either but dh is a nightmare to pin down about names so I need to start early!

I previously put a thread on asking opinions on Archie. It had mixed opinions, though pretty positive. The more I say Archie the more undecided I am about it!

So dh had suggested Harris. I like Harry but we wanted a name with some Scottish link as we are Scottish. Dd is called Eilidh.

So, what do you guys think about Harris?

Is it really a surname?

Thanks on advance grin

harverina Thu 25-Jul-13 11:11:25

I should add, I also started a thread asking for opinions on George, which I like, but dh wasn't so sure...anyway Kate and William stole it wink

shoobidoo Thu 25-Jul-13 11:22:18

I'm not keen, sorry. Sounds like a surname and nickname Harry is SO overused.

Love your girls name!

Panzee Thu 25-Jul-13 11:24:48

Means bum in Cockney, if that matters to you.

Leeds2 Thu 25-Jul-13 11:30:32

It is too surnamey for me.

weebarra Thu 25-Jul-13 11:30:55

I like Harris. It's not uncommon up here. Do you live in Scotland?

badtime Thu 25-Jul-13 11:32:22

No, 'Aris' is bum in Cockney (Aris[totle] - bottle [and glass] - arse).

JollyHolidayGiant Thu 25-Jul-13 11:32:48

My DS is called Harris. You'll get a lot of surnamey comments from MNers but I've found that's really not relevant in Scotland where surname names are much more mainstream. In 2012 Harris was the 29th most popular boys name in Scotland.

Littlecherublegs Thu 25-Jul-13 11:53:58

I really like Harris - and Harrison.

SelectAUserName Thu 25-Jul-13 11:57:17

So long as your surname isn't Hawk(e), it's a good name.

GaryBuseysTeeth Thu 25-Jul-13 12:00:33

Right up the 'Aris, means arse to me too.

I like Harrison...and your DD's name!

MadBusLady Thu 25-Jul-13 12:08:14

I'm not usually a fan of surnamey names but I like it. He might be Harry everywhere though because people will mishear or assume, so make sure you like that and don't mind it being popular.

FoxyRevenger Thu 25-Jul-13 12:10:50

Harris is lovely. How about also...Nairn, Fraser, Arran, Innes, I know a wee boy called Elgin too...

TigerSwallowTail Thu 25-Jul-13 12:12:45

Yes I love this name, I don't think it sounds too 'surnamey', ds plays with a Harris at school.

Rhubarbgarden Thu 25-Jul-13 13:09:10

I like it. Much nicer than Archie.

harverina Fri 26-Jul-13 14:29:07

Thanks for replying grin as soon as I started the thread I lost my signal so haven't had a chance to come back on until now (I have been away on hol).

Yes we live in Scotland.

I do like Harry too so it wouldn't bother me if that was to be his nickname. I know Harry is popular too but, again that doesn't bother me too much either as it would not be his true name iykwim.

Dh has vetoed Nairn and Innes. He has vetoed a lot actually and come up with very little sad

8thplace Fri 26-Jul-13 16:24:54

I really like Harris too ( better than Archie)

Have you considered

JogOnKitty Fri 26-Jul-13 16:26:41

I like it but I have a Harris smile

harverina Fri 26-Jul-13 16:55:11

8thplace I'm afraid I don't like any of those names shock

harverina Fri 26-Jul-13 16:56:04

Jogonkitty - does your Harris get referred to as Harry? What have the reactions to his name been like?

JollyHolidayGiant Fri 26-Jul-13 17:58:46

One person has referred to my DS as Harry. But they shorten everyone's name. A couple of people have thought that Harris must be short for Harrison. Everyone else has been very positive and we've had lots of nice comments smile

JogOnKitty Fri 26-Jul-13 18:59:20

Reactions have been positive or asking if my family were scottish (were not.)
Never been refered to as harry more often people think its Harrison, which strangely Im not keen on.

I like Harris, I know a few smile

Other suggestions:


BestIsWest Fri 26-Jul-13 21:59:19

I always thought Harris was a Welsh name. Funnily enough I had this discussion with my (Scottish) boss last week.

DuttyWine Fri 26-Jul-13 22:19:49

I never realised Harris was Scottish, where I work it's a really popular south Asian Islamic name usually spelt Haris... I've looked after many lovely Haris' and one Harrison who we called Harry.

I never even think of it as a surname either!

JollyHolidayGiant Sat 27-Jul-13 07:26:23

Harris is an island off the West coast of Scotland smile

Weegiemum Sat 27-Jul-13 07:34:42

Harris is an island in the Outer Hebrides where I lived for 8.5 years, it's the lower part of the island which has Lewis at the top. It's a beautiful place, we're going back next week, actually!

Other good scottish names not mentioned here:

jnl0612 Sat 27-Jul-13 07:35:46

I have a friend with a ds called Harris its a lovely name grin

Dillydollydaydream Sat 27-Jul-13 07:42:58

I like Harris.

How about


Layl77 Sat 27-Jul-13 07:51:33

I like it smile

Queazy Sat 27-Jul-13 08:54:40

I love the name Harrison and you could shorten it to Harris too x

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Sat 27-Jul-13 09:12:55

It's one of 'those' names down here, South Coast.

weebarra Sat 27-Jul-13 09:27:59

"Those names"? hmm

MoreThanWords Sat 27-Jul-13 09:33:07

My Harrison doesn't get Harry!

JogOnKitty Sat 27-Jul-13 13:52:50

Ooo what do you mean 'one of those names' ? hmm

ProphetOfDoom Sat 27-Jul-13 13:55:58

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JogOnKitty Sat 27-Jul-13 13:59:53

We're from Yorkshire and it always ends up getting pronounced as 'Arris. I didnt realise it was rhyming slang for arse! Ds would find that very funny.

harverina Sat 27-Jul-13 16:44:36

Oh lots of positive opinions yay! grin Thanks very much.

Really like Brodie weegiemum, not sure it goes well with my surname which also starts with B (famous baker in Glasgow). I will suggest it to my dh.

What does one of "those" names mean?!

Thanks again smile

Knitella Sat 27-Jul-13 16:57:31

I'm Scottish and think it's a lovely name. Not surnamey or nicknamey to my ears. Goes well with your daughter's name too smile

harverina Sun 28-Jul-13 22:52:58

Thanks smile Is it a trendy name or traditional? Don't think that dh and I could pull off a trendy name!

In Scotland I would say it's neither tbh. I know 2 Harris' , one is quite posh and has a brother called D uncan and the other is "normal" and has a brother L ogan. So I would see it as a name that would fit in anywhere as a lot of Scottish name are.

harverina Sun 28-Jul-13 23:48:48

Ok that's helpful - it's not on the popular names list, and although this is positive, it makes me worry that it is too strange and that people will think wtf?!

Nope, it's not strange. It's easy to spell, sounds they way it's spelled, is the other half of Lewis. I'd view it as slightly off the beaten track but normal and easy to live with. It's not in the Farquar/Montgomery league, but then it's not Kyle or Jordan either.

I'd put it in the same bracket as Fraser, Blair, Craig, Kerr, Innes etc if that helps. I wouldn't be surprised by a Lawyer, Plumber or Sportsman called Harris. That may just be me though grin

JollyHolidayGiant Mon 29-Jul-13 07:40:17

Harverina... It IS on the popular names list. It was 29th in Scotland in 2012. In fact it was the biggest climber up the list in 2012.

Link to the Scottish registry office 2012 tables:


Gregor is lovely too and would go nicely with Eilidh.

harverina Mon 29-Jul-13 10:36:47

Thanks jolly, just noticed that this morning - that actually reassures me a bit! I was just looking at the uk list initially.

I think it's a definitely maybe, along with Brodie and Archie gringringrin

makingdoo Mon 29-Jul-13 16:36:43

Can I ask how you pronounce your DDs name OP?

I like Harris. Just added it to my fictional baby name list!

outragedofsuburbia Mon 29-Jul-13 16:39:00

Its ok as long as he doesn't move to London. It really is used a lot to mean bum.

nj13 Mon 29-Jul-13 20:41:03

I like Harris! I live in Scotland too so does not sound strange to me plus my son is called Lennox! I get lots of compliments on it but then again it isn't to everyone's taste! and as you know you cant please everyone smile
good luck x

harverina Mon 29-Jul-13 22:18:47

Outrage it is pronounced ailay (does that make sense?!)


harverina Mon 29-Jul-13 22:19:43

Sorry it was makingdo who asked how to pronounce Eilidh....baby brain!!!

tabulahrasa Mon 29-Jul-13 22:30:24

It might be an accent thing but eilidh is more ailly when I say it.

I like Harris, like Lewis but not as common. I know loads of Lewises, but only one Harris.

makingdoo Mon 29-Jul-13 22:30:41

harverina thanks for that. Been trying to say it all evening but think I'm being a bit thick!
I keep saying elly / Ellie but that's not right is it!

Sorry didn't mean to hijack!

harverina Mon 29-Jul-13 22:35:54

Dh has just commented that it would have been easier for me to say its like Hayley but without the H!

Yeah I like Lewis too, however, my cousins little boy is called Lewis and he lives around the corner and will go to the same school. Otherwise I think I would have seriously considered Lewis.

tabulahrasa Mon 29-Jul-13 22:38:55

Ha - that made it look like I was correcting your DD's name, lol...I meant I'm not sure if it's sn accent difference or just a difference in trying to write it phonetically.

Now I've seen your next post and yes that's how I'd say it too.

makingdoo Mon 29-Jul-13 22:43:26

That makes sense now thanks! It's very pretty.
I think it was my Irish accent stopping me picking it up.

Still love Harris grin

harverina Mon 29-Jul-13 23:22:06

Tab it's ok! I didn't think you were grin Eilidh often gets called Ellie by my English relatives. The spelling throws people! Poor girl has a rubbish surname to spell too!

Harris and Eilidh, Brodie and Eilidh, Archie and Eilidh. Mmmm not sure!

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