Kit, Wilfred or Diggory... If you hate all 3, stay away!

(107 Posts)
Thirstysomething Fri 26-Jul-13 03:28:25

Any opinions? Am too tired to be slated if you hate them all! I think we might chicken out and do Diggory as a second name, but dh loves the nn Digger and we know a Diggory, so it probably seems less unusual to us than it might do to others!

nooka Fri 26-Jul-13 03:46:30

Diggory makes me think of The Magician's Nephew, Digger makes me think of the very sweet Shirley Hughes story.

I really like Kit as a nn for Christopher but not as a stand alone name

Not sure about Wilfred, but t fits the quirky but not stand out criteria which is always good.

Thirstysomething Fri 26-Jul-13 03:50:55

Think we would have Christopher nn Kit if we used it as a first name, but if it was second name we would just have Kit. If that makes sense!
Was trying to choose between Wilf and Kit, then Diggory suddenly came up... Think we might be too chicken for it though.

Thirstysomething Fri 26-Jul-13 03:51:59

PS Wilfred and Christopher (Kit) both family names

Mollie272 Fri 26-Jul-13 03:52:23

I like Kit a lot. Digger is a cute nn too, not sure about Diggory though.

MissOtisRegrets Fri 26-Jul-13 03:58:12

I like both Kit and Diggory, not as keen on Wilf - Christopher Diggory perhaps?

I love Digby, which could also produce the nn Digger.

AngusAndElspethsThistleWhistle Fri 26-Jul-13 03:58:14

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Mollie272 Fri 26-Jul-13 04:03:12

I could never put my finger on why I didn't like the name Wilf before A&ETW - (great name btw!) and I think that's it!

Really like Digby too.

Thirstysomething Fri 26-Jul-13 04:11:01

Other people up at this time, yay! You feeding? Or just night owls...?

Mollie272 Fri 26-Jul-13 04:16:24

My DH was called out for work and I can't get back to sleep - should really go and try again! He'll probably get home just as I'm drifting off

Thirstysomething Fri 26-Jul-13 04:35:20

Please go and revel in sleep! - I would love to be drifting off... But newborn dictating otherwise sad

MissOtisRegrets Fri 26-Jul-13 04:40:20

Feeding. 6 month old still BFs every 2-3 hours!

Thirstysomething Fri 26-Jul-13 04:41:53

Omg - I wouldn't survive, you are amazing.

sleepingbeautiful Fri 26-Jul-13 05:12:06

Really don't like Wilfred/Wilf. I find it a bit drippy sounding.

Like Diggory A LOT. My boys name I'd have used if DH got no say was Digby. Digger is a fun nn.

Kit is ok. I know 2. One is a dashing 30 yr old in PR, the other is a border terrier ;) I do like Christopher though.

IceNoSlice Fri 26-Jul-13 05:18:50

Love Kit.

Really like Wilf too, although seem to be in the minority based on other comments. It is characterful and cool. I know a baby Wilf and it suits him.

YoniSingWhenYoureWinning Fri 26-Jul-13 05:22:39

Kit by default.

GettingVerySleepy Fri 26-Jul-13 05:39:09

Kit short for Christopher

BlueStarsAtNight Fri 26-Jul-13 06:34:31

I love Kit and would probably go for Christopher Diggory, but only if you don't hate Chris as you can guarantee some people will end up calling him that.

I'm not keen on Wilfred (unless it ends up as Freddie which I like).

RappyNash Fri 26-Jul-13 06:37:22

I love Diggory smile

Kit and Diggory are both brilliant!

And congratulations on your squishy newborn flowers

VelvetStrider Fri 26-Jul-13 08:02:30

I love Kit, it was on my boys name shortlist, however all the long versions seem a bit wimpy - the sort of boy who wears corduroy slacks and collects stamps. Christopher, Christian, Kitson etc.

Diggory - people will just assume you're a Harry Potter fan. Digger is the name of a dog/cartoon construction vehicle.

Wilfred is quite cool in an 'eccentric old man running a secondhand book store' way. Wilf and Freddie both reasonable nicknames, Willy less so...

whyno Fri 26-Jul-13 08:03:26

Adore Wilfred. Is DS middle name and sometimes wish it was his first.

Also love Kit.

Don't like Diggory.

goingdownhill Fri 26-Jul-13 08:19:38

Kit is a fantastic name. The others are not to my taste. Congratulations on your newborn. smile

Onyabike Fri 26-Jul-13 09:18:32

Kit. By far!

zoetstoffen Fri 26-Jul-13 09:35:43

Diggory or Digby are high up on my list for a second boy, sadly husband dislikes them both. We named our first Kester which is often floated here as a name to use to get the nn Kit.

Zynzong Fri 26-Jul-13 09:41:24

Digger Barnes! I like Diggory! Not enough to use it myself but I wouldn't laugh at somebody else who used it. You can't have a David, a John and a Diggory though.

Wilfred is a bit blah in comparison, a version of William but not William. Wilbur, Wilfred

Kit is nice but only as a nn for Christopher. A Kit needs a fall back more than Diggory or Wilfred. I can imagine an adult male called Diggory or Wilfred. But what if Kit is 42 and nursing a lunchedsenseless belly? You just have to give him something stronger than 'kit' ten to fall back on.

KateCroydon Fri 26-Jul-13 10:06:41

Love Kit (Kester/Christopher) and Diggory is a great middle name. Wilfred is a bit comedy.

hawkmcqueen Fri 26-Jul-13 10:21:12

Love Kit as nn for Christian, just to throw that one out there. Christopher nice too. Then either of the other names would be nice as middle name:

(Kit) Christopher Diggory
(Kit) Christopher Wilfred

or even Christopher Wilfred Diggory

birdofthenorth Fri 26-Jul-13 10:39:16

I love Kit. I thought I liked Wilfred but in reality when I met parents calling after a little Wilf it didn't quite fit for me. Not sure about Diggory but I quite like Digby!

squoosh Fri 26-Jul-13 10:57:34

Kit is lovely.

I will politely refrain from commenting on the other two suggested names. I will say that I had a lovely Highland Terrier called Digger, best dog ever.

TheRealFellatio Fri 26-Jul-13 10:58:28

Kit is nice the other two are awful. Digby is better than Diggory if you must have something diggy at all. grin

cuillereasoupe Fri 26-Jul-13 11:36:21

I like Kit, not keen on Wilf. I was thinking of Diggory for my own DS due in October until my French partner pointed out it sounded like "dix gorilles" grin

FingersCrossedLegsNot Fri 26-Jul-13 13:07:50

I love them all but have a real soft spot for Kit!

valiumredhead Fri 26-Jul-13 13:09:49

Kit! Great namegrin

Still18atheart Fri 26-Jul-13 13:14:07

Think all three are great names but in order of preference

Bowlersarm Fri 26-Jul-13 13:15:36


Great name. smile

Sorry but don't like the other two.

mamaknows Fri 26-Jul-13 14:00:32

Has to be Kit for me, absolutely love it!

Not really as keen on the other two names though I'm afraid.

EatYourCrusts Fri 26-Jul-13 14:02:50

I like Kit best.

NobodyPutsTomArcherInTheCorner Fri 26-Jul-13 14:03:02

Kit. But as a nn for Christopher.

Big no from me for the other two though, sorry.

JacqueslePeacock Fri 26-Jul-13 14:04:45

Kit short for Christopher. Much nicer than the other two I'd say.

I like Diggory.

willyoulistentome Fri 26-Jul-13 14:08:36

Kit's great. The other two - not so great.

KnittedWaffle Fri 26-Jul-13 14:11:01


notso Fri 26-Jul-13 14:16:14

I LOVE Digby but DH vetoed, I think it's nicer than Diggory.

Kit is ok, but many, many mumsnetters love it.

Wilfred/Wilf don't like I much prefer Alfred/Alfie.

squoosh Fri 26-Jul-13 14:20:18

I know a Digby and always think 'Biggest Dog in the World'.

FoxyRevenger Fri 26-Jul-13 14:22:12

Oh, I love love love Kit. But I have a Kate so couldn't use it for DS.

Wilfred...not great.

Diggory...really, really no.

Frettchen Fri 26-Jul-13 14:38:39

I love Diggory (have just named my puppy Digby and he gets called Digger some times)

Kit is also great, although as a previous poster said, Christopher might lead to 'Chris' or 'Topher' as NNs so be prepared in case it doesn't work out the way you want it to.

Not keen on Wilf/Wilfred.

ZolaBuddleia Fri 26-Jul-13 14:41:59

I also wouldn't risk Christopher, as I hate Chris and Topher is pretentious in the extreme. Love Kit though.

Diggory - how close is your relationship to the one you know? It's so unusual, might they feel a bit like you've copied? Agreed, Digger is ace.

Wilfred - I only like Wilf, but I REALLY like it.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Fri 26-Jul-13 17:18:37


Not Diggory. Awful (sorry, but I really think it's one of the worst names that has popped up on here)

Thirstysomething Fri 26-Jul-13 20:48:24

Wow, ouch. Didn't think I really cared what other people thought about names - personal choice and all that. But slightly blinking at that.

AngusAndElspethsThistleWhistle Fri 26-Jul-13 20:51:07

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CheerfulYank Fri 26-Jul-13 20:55:25

I like Diggory! smile

hurricanemum Fri 26-Jul-13 20:59:13


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squoosh Fri 26-Jul-13 21:01:46

Wilfred always reminds me of Wilfred Owen and for that I reason I see it as being a very sad name.

thegreylady Fri 26-Jul-13 21:02:46

I like Kit short for Kester and I love Diggory too. Wilf(red) is nice but In think it will be difficult to carry off.

SirChenjin Fri 26-Jul-13 21:04:59

Love Kit and Wilfred. No no no no no to Diggory

Kit. Lovely name and I knew a very handsome one

LemonBreeland Fri 26-Jul-13 21:13:54

Have not heard of Diggory before but love it!

Not keen in Kit, but a friend of mime has a little Wilf and I like that too.

Badvoc Fri 26-Jul-13 21:16:25

I like all of them!
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KingRollo Fri 26-Jul-13 21:16:36

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Floggingmolly Fri 26-Jul-13 21:21:18

Why in the name of Jesus would you call a child Diggory???????

MaryBateman Fri 26-Jul-13 21:22:18

Diggory was a comedy/buffoon character on Coronation Street a while back.

And as much as you might hope to influence a nickname it doesn't often work out like that. What if the kids at school call him Gorry instead of Digger? And that's the one he'll go with, the one that his friends call him. We absolutely refused to recognise one nickname for DS's name when he was little. Guess what all his mates now call him? He's long since grown up but that's how he's known to all his pals.

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Fri 26-Jul-13 21:22:46

I love Kit.

I really really like Christopher (or Kester) nn Kit. Wilfred is fine but I keep coming across small Wilfs. Diggory is nice but personally I'd find it hard to separate from The Magician's Nephew .

BackforGood Fri 26-Jul-13 21:35:53

Of course, because of your title, you're not really going to get the opinions of a cross section of society.
Not sure the point of asking an opinion, if only positive opinions are allowed. I know you are asking for an 'order' rather than a direct 'do you like' but it's only going to be from a small % of posters because of your title.


notadoctor Fri 26-Jul-13 21:45:38

1. Wilf
2. Kit
3. Diggory

Absolutely love both Kit and Wilf.

trixymalixy Fri 26-Jul-13 21:49:35

No to diggory. Wilf is quite wet sounding. I like Kit though.

I knew someone whose knickname was digger, his real name was David.

Wbdn28 Fri 26-Jul-13 22:33:05

Wilfred, with Freddie as nickname

Rhubarbgarden Fri 26-Jul-13 23:08:45

I like Kit and Wilfred.

Diggory sounds like a joke name.

MrsOakenshield Fri 26-Jul-13 23:13:49

love Wilf/Wilfred.
Not sure about Kit.
Hate Diggory but prob got something to do with working for an absolute knobber called Digby a while back!

iklboo Fri 26-Jul-13 23:14:43

Kit & Wilf. Not keen on Diggory (it makes me think of didgeridoo) but it's not up to me.

MaryBateman Fri 26-Jul-13 23:15:51

1. Just no to Wilfred. My second cousin is called Wilfred, He's in his 70s and it still doesn't suit him. He's still young and fun and well Wilfred just isn't. To me it's a name that should be left to the past. Like Athelstan, Godwine or Godefryd.

2. Kit- it sounds like a nickname for another name. And if he hates it when he's grown up he's got nowhere to go with it. He might change his name by deed poll to Simon/Gordon/Gervaise/Bernard.

3. Diggory. Just no. You can call him Alphonse and give him the nickname Digger. Never give your DC a name that you think the nickname will be a base for. It will always backfire as his mates will be far more inventive than you. And whatever surname you put Diggory with, he will always sound like a Victorian mill owner.

Homebird8 Fri 26-Jul-13 23:20:19

I love all three although I do know a rottie by the name Wilf. A soft and handsome creature he is though.

I love Kit as a nickname for Christian.

And I wanted Diggory but DH didn't.

ToomuchIsBackOnBootcamp Fri 26-Jul-13 23:23:02

I like Kit, I can imagine both child and man as Kit.

Wilfred, bit old mannie in a flat cap for my taste, but Freddie is fine.

Diggory. Hmm. First thought was "wasn't it Cedric Diggory who got killed in Harry Potter?" Maybe if you don't want constant HP references, and I'm sure those books will still be popular when your Ds is older, best avoid?

You can still use nickname Digger and name him anything at all!! I have a couple of family members whose NN bear no resemblance whatsoever to their given names, they came from funny events/circumstances when they were younger. One of my friends kids first words was "digger" btw so you could use something like that as a cover story for coming up with the NN!

squoosh Fri 26-Jul-13 23:24:23

I agree with MaryBateman, Diggory does sound like a Victorian mill owner. A Dickens character called Diggory Snodgrins.

ArtyFartyQueen Fri 26-Jul-13 23:25:11

Love the name Kit, think its quite unusual but a lovely name!

MaryBateman Fri 26-Jul-13 23:37:45

Yes Squoosh I can just see Diggory Snodgrind. Portly, red faced with mutton chop whiskers. Scowling about his pension age workers wanting toilet breaks every five hours!

Thirstysomething Sat 27-Jul-13 00:05:10

Hi Backforgood, my reason for not asking for negative opinions is that we have decided he will be one of those three names and I really only wanted to hear from those who like one/all of them too - ie people with the same taste. I was just trying to pick my favourite with a bit of feedback, since it was the middle of the night!
I know I am limiting my audience - but that was sort of the point of my thread title.
If I saw a title saying "Chase, Kevin or Snotgrass... If you hate all three stay away". - then I just wouldn't bother commenting!
I would say that vitriolic comments are just pointless - they are hurtful and bullying and unnecessary - it is just as easy to say 'I like x and y, but not keen on z' and it has just as much impact, without hurting anyone's feelings. Everyone has their own opinions on names and you aren't going to change someone's mind with bitchiness.
Anyway, thanks all for all the positive comments, we have made up our own minds and it has been great to get the constructive feedback from those who were kind enough to give it politely.
Phew, last child so no more name decisions to make now!

Thirstysomething Sat 27-Jul-13 00:09:33

PS to be clear, am not saying that Backforgood was vitriolic, you made a good point, I was just answering your question!
Right, off now, bye bye Baby Names topic, I have enjoyed lurking and occasionally posting here for five years!

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 27-Jul-13 01:03:14

Kit is fab.

Wilfred is ok.

Please god no not Diggory.

Homebird8 Sat 27-Jul-13 06:19:49

Enjoy your little one whatever you chose!

Layl77 Sat 27-Jul-13 07:01:39

Kit is nicest

Wishfulmakeupping Sat 27-Jul-13 07:07:40

I really like Wilfred such a cool name, kit is sweet is its a nn for Christopher.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Sat 27-Jul-13 08:16:34

Sorry to offend.

I like kit, wilfred is ok, but i didn't realise you wanted us to like all 3! I though it was a choice.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Sat 27-Jul-13 08:17:00

Congratulations on your baby.

She didn't say she wanted you to like all three. She wanted you to like at least one of them ("those who like one/all of them") and not to be actively rude about any of them you don't like ("it is just as easy to say 'I like x and y, but not keen on z' and it has just as much impact, without hurting anyone's feelings.").

I do wish posters on Baby Names would remember that as well as the OP on a thread, who hasn't yet named her child any of the names, their posts are quite likely to be read by people whose own DC have those names already. I'm quite happy for people to post that they "don't like" any of my DCs names, or that they are "old fashioned" or "trendy", but posting that they are "awful" or "yuk!" or "terrible" or "the worst name ever on this board" is just rude.

(None of mine has any of these particular names, by the way. But DD1's name has been slated quite viciously in the past, although oddly enough every time I see it mentioned on the board now it's with people saying how nice it is. Maybe I was just ahead of the curve...)

pygmy Sat 27-Jul-13 12:11:40

I like Wilfred best.

Thirstysomething Sat 27-Jul-13 12:34:44

Thanks all! He is Wilfred Kit and we are v happy with it... If Diggory goes in at all, it will be as a third name!!!.
Thanks for the congratulations message Jamie Xx

pygmy Sat 27-Jul-13 12:48:41

Great name!

brokenhearted55 Sat 27-Jul-13 16:43:20

Diggory ....great name

impatienttobemummy Sat 27-Jul-13 19:35:48

I really like Wilfred considered it myself

MummyPig24 Sun 28-Jul-13 02:55:05

Wilfred gets my vote

wanderinglonelyasacloud Sun 28-Jul-13 21:34:48

Great name! Wilfred, wilf is a lovely name and kit too.

MultipleMama Sun 28-Jul-13 21:50:22

I acutally like Kit and Diggory.

ArabellaBeaumaris Mon 29-Jul-13 06:32:36

I like all 3 names although they are not my style. I think I'd go for

1. Wilfred
2. Diggory
3. Kit

ArabellaBeaumaris Mon 29-Jul-13 06:33:06

Oh, just saw you've chosen. Love Wilfred Kit. What are your other DC called?

ThursdayLast Mon 29-Jul-13 07:00:41

I love Wilfred.
Kit ok as nn.
Really not been on Diggory.

Which does he look like?!

tableandsofa Mon 29-Jul-13 18:52:23

Christopher nn Kit

Love Kit and Wilfred but not Diggory,

yawningbear Mon 29-Jul-13 21:01:36

Congratulatons flowers, love his name, I may be slightly biased but I do love the nn Wilf and Wilfred goes beautifully with Kit, top name smile

formicadinosaur Tue 30-Jul-13 10:11:10

Wilf and kit are fab

zingally Tue 30-Jul-13 14:47:39

I like Kit a lot... But I think it takes a real personality to pull it off. I'd play safe and go with Christopher on the BC, just in case.

Leonas Mon 12-Aug-13 15:54:34

Kit is lovely and Diggory is a character from one of the C.S. Lewis books (Magician's Nephew perhaps) so it has lovely connotations for me smile

Laquila Mon 12-Aug-13 17:01:29

LOVE Kit and Wilfred (esp. nn Wilf!!) but Diggory doesn't really so it for me.

FrussoHathorAKADaisythecow Mon 12-Aug-13 17:03:14

I like kit. I imagine kit to be the sporty type.

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