(75 Posts)
mootime Wed 31-Jul-13 11:38:50

Having just been laughed at by DH (and all of you!) for my suggestion of Herb, DH has suggested Humphrey.
What do you all think of that. I quite like it. I also like Huxley, but he thinks that is a dogs name!

curlew Wed 31-Jul-13 11:42:08

Humph is awful as a shortening. Hump is worse. Don't do it.

Teamjavert Wed 31-Jul-13 11:42:53

No,no,and a thousand times no. It's awful.

Onesleeptillwembley Wed 31-Jul-13 11:43:29


Mummysaysno Wed 31-Jul-13 11:45:51

It's sort of so awful it's gone out the other end and is no longer awful...I find myself quite liking it!

mootime Wed 31-Jul-13 11:48:22

Oh blimey! We are having a bad day on the name choosing front...
Any suggestions would be good.

DoItTooJulia Wed 31-Jul-13 11:49:36

Oh, I like Herb. It was on my list for ds2.

What's Wong with Herb??

DoItTooJulia Wed 31-Jul-13 11:49:56

Wrong. NOT Wong.

ArabellaBeaumaris Wed 31-Jul-13 18:42:14

I like Humphrey!

Littlecherublegs Wed 31-Jul-13 18:48:03

I don't like Humphrey or Herb, sorry.
Don't mind Huxley though!

You seem to like names beginning with 'H' so how about:
Harris / Harrison

racingheart Wed 31-Jul-13 19:19:14

I've only known three Humphreys in my life.

They were all good looking, uncommonly brilliant and very witty. One was drop dead gorgeous and all the women at uni had a crush on him. He moved to Oz, not sure what happened then.

So it's a name I associate with rather successful men.

Love it.

Nothing wrong with Herb either. What a lovely name. But I do love old fashioned names.

ZolaBuddleia Wed 31-Jul-13 19:23:21

It feels rather pompous to me, a sort of braying idiot type name. Huxley's good though, as is Hal.

Reminds me of Humphrey the cushion.

Probably a bit before your time.

cookielove Wed 31-Jul-13 19:26:05

Humphrey reminds of the little grey elephant, very cute i must say!!

I like Huxley

mootime Wed 31-Jul-13 19:26:11

Ooh see, I see a Humphrey a bit like that. All the famous Humphrey's I can think of were cool (Bogart, Lyttelton). Maybe it can go on a short list.
I do also like Hugo (and do appear to like names with an H).

I also like Clement but DH is not keen. Only 22w, so plenty of time to choose.

Still looking for suggestions though!!

mootime Wed 31-Jul-13 19:27:20

Ah! Cross posts! I was referring to Racing's description of a Humprey (not as a braying idiot type!)

Witt Wed 31-Jul-13 19:45:52

Makes me think of Humphrey Lyttleton and he was brilliant. I like it.

Alohomora Wed 31-Jul-13 19:48:46

I like Humphrey, it's quaint and lovely. Clement is really nice, too!

NotMyChashkaChai Wed 31-Jul-13 19:50:15


Onesleeptillwembley Wed 31-Jul-13 19:52:53

You can get two of your names in one song; 'Where you been today, Huxley pig, humph, humph'. Seriously, they're all pretty bad.

sonlypuppyfat Wed 31-Jul-13 19:54:36

I thought of Humphrey the cushion how anyone can name a baby that is beyond me

Yika Wed 31-Jul-13 19:57:27

It's a terrible name, sounds like a joke. How about Hereward, Hartley or Harley.

Bowlersarm Wed 31-Jul-13 20:00:49

At least you would never have to worry about it being over popular OP grin

FriskyHenderson Wed 31-Jul-13 20:03:31

I'd think Humphrey Lyttelton.

BlissfullyIgnorant Wed 31-Jul-13 20:04:47

...was a cushion in Hickory House in the 70s.
Huxley, on the other hand, sounds a bit intellectual.
Does it go with your surname

squoosh Wed 31-Jul-13 21:44:16

Herb or Humphrey? It's like the Sophie's Choice of awful names.

I'll be trembling with fear to read your next suggestion.

I like Huxley though!

Kikibee Wed 31-Jul-13 21:46:26

I rather like the name, I much prefer it to awful names like Connor or Tyler

mootime Wed 31-Jul-13 21:53:02

Ouch Sqooch!
I was thinking that its probably a good thing not to mention my other DC's names...

squoosh Wed 31-Jul-13 22:03:43

Sorry moo! After posting that I did think 'hope that doesn't seem too harsh'.

As I say I really do like Huxley!

LondonMother Wed 31-Jul-13 22:08:04

I love it and I also think of Humphrey Lyttelton and Humphrey Bogart. It's easy to spell and easy to pronounce and he probably won't be one of half a dozen Humphreys when he starts school.

exoticfruits Wed 31-Jul-13 22:14:22

Very true, bowlersarm.

RoadToTuapeka Thu 01-Aug-13 00:38:48

Humphrey is dreadful! My friend had a DS now aged 2 called Herbie. Herb is ok I guess. I like Huxley. Huck/Hux seem reasonable nicknames.

sleepingbeautiful Thu 01-Aug-13 04:39:54

We have an aging pet tortoise named Humphrey...
Not keen on Huxley. It's ungainly sounding.
Does it have to begin with H?
I can only think of:
Hubert (tad better than Herbert - at least Hughie could be nn)

Showing my age here but.............Watch Out There's A Humphrey About!!!! A milk advert from the 1970's!!!!! grin

MaMaPo Thu 01-Aug-13 05:54:36

Makes me think of Humphrey B Bear, a terrible kids show in the 80s in Australia. I vote no.

Numberlock Thu 01-Aug-13 06:00:17

We must be similar age Lottie as that was my first thought too!

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Thu 01-Aug-13 06:16:43

I think of Humphries or camels (though why camels I have no idea)

AgathaPinchBottom Thu 01-Aug-13 06:20:09

I like it! Reminds me of Humphrey Bogart. A very beautiful friend of mine has recently had an adorable Humphrey. I think you should go for it and don't worry about it dividing opinion.

Choccyhobnob Thu 01-Aug-13 11:06:21

hellhasnofury I get the camels thing. There's either a joke or a song about a camel with 3 humps called Humphrey!

Makes me think of that little grey elephant on the Humphrey's corner brand of things.

I like Huxley though even though I can't get the Huxley pig song out of my head, but that was a cute programme!

MrsMongoose Thu 01-Aug-13 15:39:49

I LOVE It! It's going on my list!

Twirlyhot Thu 01-Aug-13 17:52:33

I agree with your DH. Huxley sounds like a dog's name and Herb is wrong. I don't love Humphrey but it's way better than the other two.

IfUSeekAmy Thu 01-Aug-13 18:24:49

My friends labradoodle is called Humphrey and we call him Humperdinck . please don't now add Humperdinck to your list!

LynetteScavo Thu 01-Aug-13 18:35:13

I love the name Humphrey. It's a fine name indeed.

But it's just as much a dogs name as Huxley, but maybe that's because I knew a dog called Humphrey.

If I had a dog, I'd call him Hamish. <Random>

LynetteScavo Thu 01-Aug-13 18:35:35

Actually, Huxley is a pigs name.

ArtemisCake Thu 01-Aug-13 18:43:55

Love Humphrey, it's due a revival.

Ruprekt Thu 01-Aug-13 18:45:08

Truly awful.

Awful for baby, toddler, teen and adult.

neomamma Thu 01-Aug-13 18:54:08

I like it! I think it can be really cute for a baby, it's got a soft sound without being feminine. I'd think Humphrey Bogart!

DaveMccave Thu 01-Aug-13 19:38:12

It's cute! I know a little one, he gets Humph. I also like Huxley though, after Aldous, not the pig smile

Viviennemary Thu 01-Aug-13 21:52:32

It's dire.

Frikadellen Thu 01-Aug-13 22:23:12

I like both Herb and Humphrey

LazyMonkeyButler Thu 01-Aug-13 22:26:37

This is the only Huxley I know of.

Humphrey is just nasty.

HoikyPoiky Thu 01-Aug-13 22:27:25

No, no and triple no. It's awful.

LazyMonkeyButler Thu 01-Aug-13 22:29:15

Are you willing to share your other DCs names? It might help us to think of something that would go nicely, that you or DH haven't currently thought of.

cuillereasoupe Fri 02-Aug-13 07:45:12

I don't like it. If you want an unusual-ish H name, how about Howard?

mootime Fri 02-Aug-13 09:58:37

Ok. So likely to out myself in RL by giving out my other DC's names, but its mid thread so pretty hidden!

We had an Albert (Bertie) who died, hence no Herbert. Our living children are Wilfred and Thea.
If its a boy, it doesn't have to start with an H at all. Anything really.

So please suggest others!

alarkthatcouldpray Fri 02-Aug-13 10:02:57

If you like Herb maybe you'd like Moss? Short for Maurice here in Ireland but now a name in its own right.

Littlecherublegs Fri 02-Aug-13 10:43:05

I know an Albert who has a brother Earnest and a Wilfred who has brothers Arthur & Frank.

I love Thea!

You may also like:
Kenneth (I know a baby Kenny!)

squoosh Fri 02-Aug-13 10:46:30

I know a little Irish Moss alark, he is gorgeous and really suits his name. Just don't call him Mossie!

squoosh Fri 02-Aug-13 10:56:38

Mootime I'd like to make amends for my somewhat harsh response to Herb and Humphrey by telling you that Thea is one of my very favourite girls names.

mootime Fri 02-Aug-13 11:08:53

Ah so not all bad taste then!
Quite like Moss or Maurice, but not sure if it goes. Although very good with our surname.

umbrellahead Fri 02-Aug-13 17:37:00

You're children's names are all gorgeous and vastly nicer than Humphrey! There is nothing wrong with Humphrey though so I wouldn't discount it just because it's not to the taste of some strangers on the internet. As for suggestions, how about -


ThatsSoVanquish Fri 02-Aug-13 18:45:30

Just to clarify, are you having a baby or an ickle tiny elephant?

mootime Fri 02-Aug-13 19:37:30

Well, if you could see the size of me you might well think the later!
I'm also not going to discount a name from a poor reaction here. It's just good to gauge its reception, and get ideas. I LOVE all my children's names, and they all get a great reaction in real life, but a fairly mixed one on here.

I love Rupert and Hugo but DH thinks they are too posh.
He's also vetoed Kit and Sidney, just because...

I guess I'm hoping to find something that I love as much as my other dc names.

KateCroydon Fri 02-Aug-13 21:14:46

Kinda like it.

Littlecherublegs Fri 02-Aug-13 22:12:11

Ok will have another go! Some random names that popped into my head:


rosyryan Fri 02-Aug-13 22:16:09

I think it's hideous but it takes all sorts to make a world!

Bluestocking Fri 02-Aug-13 22:23:45

Humphrey is a great name - I have a childhood friend with that name in RL and he is fab. My only other associations are Bogart and Lyttelton, both super cool dudes. Herb is nice too but I think would usually be assumed to be a diminutive of Herbert?

sleepingbeautiful Fri 02-Aug-13 22:39:03

I rather like Wilfred, Thea and Edmund...

Wilfred, Thea and Gerald
Wilfred, Thea and Irwin
Wilfred, Thea and Eustace
Wilfred, Thea and Floyd
Wilfred, Thea and Percy
Wilfred, Thea and Orson
Wilfred, Thea and Morley
Wilfred, Thea and Lionel

mootime Sat 03-Aug-13 08:03:58

Ooh. Douglas and Percy now going on the list!
This is v helpful.

formicadinosaur Sun 04-Aug-13 01:05:48

Hugo? Willoughby? Wilf?

formicadinosaur Sun 04-Aug-13 01:06:54


BOF Sun 04-Aug-13 01:56:34

Ignatius (Iggy)
Hoagy (as in 'Carmichael'?)

almapudden Sun 04-Aug-13 02:29:18

I really like it but I'm not sure I's very Edwardian. Mind you, there are loads of Alberts and Wilfreds around these days, and it's not that different in tone.

almapudden Sun 04-Aug-13 02:33:07

Oh sorry op, I wrote that post before I read your post about your children's names. But it is very similar in tone!

I know a lovely, very cool teenage Hubie (Hubert) - I like it a lot as a name.

mootime Sun 04-Aug-13 15:34:33

Alma, that's ok. I agree they are a simiar tone.
I do like Hubert, but think we can't have anything ending in "Bert" incase school friends etc choose the nickname Bertie (which is how we refer to Ds1).
Thinking of stealing Montgomery (Monty) from another thread!

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