Henry or Ethan?

(41 Posts)
sheeplikessleep Wed 07-Aug-13 09:17:19

We have two DSs - Oliver (Oli) and Benjamin (Ben).

We had sort of decided on Henry up to this point (I'm 37 weeks tomorrow), but DH is having concerns that it is too "posh" for us. I'm having different doubts that Henry is too similar to Ben and the 'ee' ending of Oli too.

There are no other names we particularly like. However, Ethan is one I've always liked and DH is quite open to it.

I just wondered which of the two would you go for in our situation, or any others you think we would like?

Any help appreciated - both DS1 and DS2 were born at 37 weeks, so I'm expecting things to kick off ASAP!!


HRHwheezing Wed 07-Aug-13 09:19:01

I prefer Henry. A classic name that doesn't date like your other two boys names.

sheeplikessleep Wed 07-Aug-13 09:20:07

See that is why I also prefer Henry too.
Just a bit concerned it is too 'samey' to our other two...

Queazy Wed 07-Aug-13 09:31:16

Henry smile

HahaHarrie Wed 07-Aug-13 09:46:55

I love Henry. Although, I do know a primary school Henry who gets a lot of grief thanks to Horrid Henry. Something to keep in mind.

If it helps, brothers of Benjamins and Olivers I know are Thomas, Samuel, Harry, Anthony, Patrick, James, Frankie, Ralph, Finlay, Johnny (John) and Peter.

ExcuseTypos Wed 07-Aug-13 09:50:48

No I don't think Henry is too like Ben and Oli.

I much prefer it to Ethan.

Iheartcustardcreams Wed 07-Aug-13 09:51:39

Henry. Lovely name. There are a lot of Ethan's here (SE).

Leeds2 Wed 07-Aug-13 09:53:27

You could have Henry on the birth certificate, and call him Harry.

Personally not so keen on Henry, but I like Harry and Ethan.

sheeplikessleep Wed 07-Aug-13 09:53:57

Fairly consistent then grin

sheeplikessleep Wed 07-Aug-13 09:54:23

x-post Leeds2


sheeplikessleep Wed 07-Aug-13 09:57:52

Thanks so much for posting.
Would anything here think 'ooh, that's a bit similar to the other two?'

shelley72 Wed 07-Aug-13 10:00:30

I have ds with same name as one of yours OP. Henry was our chosen name for dc3 a few weeks ago. Except she wasn't a boy so we didn't get to use it sad. I love Henry. I really wanted a Henry. Dh also thought it was posh sounding, so compromise would have been Harry for everyday use.

Enjoy your new baby!

sillymillyb Wed 07-Aug-13 10:09:28

I have a Henry, so am totally biased, but I think its lovely and goes well with Ben and Oli smile

My only point would be that my Henry gets Hen a lot as a nickname, but I think Ben, Oli and Hen sounds good too..... and obviously your Henry might not get called that.

herethereandeverywhere Wed 07-Aug-13 10:14:31

Wouldn't think similar at all! But if you chose Ethan I'd think it didn't fit with the other two names which are timeless classics. Henry is a better fit. smile

sheeplikessleep Wed 07-Aug-13 10:17:00

You've all convinced me that I've spent too long thinking about this and over worrying unnecessarily!

Now I just need to convince DH that we are "posh" enough to carry it off grin

roguepixie Wed 07-Aug-13 10:18:14

Love Henry (one of my DDad's middle names) - it is timeless and classic. What about Ethan as a middle name?

sheeplikessleep Wed 07-Aug-13 10:21:16

Rogue - because our surname begins with 'L', so probably not.

We have sort of decided on Nathaniel for a middle name if we go with Henry.

hatsybatsy Wed 07-Aug-13 10:21:25

love henry - not sure it is very posh these days?

Other Oli's and Ben's near here have brothers called:-


sheeplikessleep Wed 07-Aug-13 10:34:47

I hate deciding on a name, is there anyone who enjoys picking a name?

I am such a worrier though.

sheeplikessleep Wed 07-Aug-13 10:36:06

George and Daniel I'm not keen on.
Joseph we have friends with sons called.
Nathan DH isn't keen on, as a first name anyway.
Sam is DS2s middle name.

sheeplikessleep Wed 07-Aug-13 10:36:35

Thanks all for posting your thoughts grin

squoosh Wed 07-Aug-13 10:36:47

Of the two I definitely prefer Ethan.

Lighthousekeeping Wed 07-Aug-13 10:44:17

I wouldn't go near Henry. Lovely name but it is so common. It's not a posh name anymore. Every third baby I see is called Henry. I see a lot.

I don't mind Ethan but prefer Nathan or Elliot?

Ruththetooth Wed 07-Aug-13 10:49:43

I prefer Henry with Oliver and Benjamin.

Onyabike Wed 07-Aug-13 11:22:19

I definitely prefer Henry to Ethan, but I'm very much a fan of traditional boys names. Either is fine, so just go with the one you prefer and don't over think it! smile

lastnightidreamt Wed 07-Aug-13 11:25:33

I love Henry and think it goes well with your other names. Really not keen on Ethan, and I don't think it is the same 'sort' of name as your other two.

What about Alexander, Harry, Toby, Matthew?

Saffyz Wed 07-Aug-13 12:14:57

Ethan is a classic Biblical name. It means "strong and optimistic, solid and enduring, permanent".

Henry is great but Ethan is more interesting.

toobreathless Wed 07-Aug-13 12:19:33

Henry, lovely & classic.

RonaldMcDonald Wed 07-Aug-13 12:22:09

Always Henry

Razzdazz Wed 07-Aug-13 13:35:01

Henry was on our list if dc4 was a boy. Our other boys are James and Samuel. Also loved Hugo.

peacypops Wed 07-Aug-13 13:59:20

I'm thinking of Henry too for DS3 due in a few weeks although when I mentioned it to five year old DD she said 'like Horrid Henry?' so I'm a bit concerned that it may get that kind of reaction from others (especially children). Not really a fan of Ethan and it's very popular where we live. Think it is quite a different type of name to Oliver and Benjamin too (which are both fab names!)

CPtart Wed 07-Aug-13 14:44:26

I know one born only yesterday.

siluria Wed 07-Aug-13 15:06:02

Henry, definitely. It's a classic so it isn't posh, IMO, and it's nothing like Ben at all x

Keztrel Wed 07-Aug-13 15:32:45

Henry. Don't like Ethan. You can always call him Harry, which sounds a bit less posh I think!

OrangeJuiceSandwich Wed 07-Aug-13 16:05:22

Not Henry. It's just too common and I wouldn't want DS to be one of 4 or 5 in his class.

Ethan sounds better with the other 2 names I think.

sheeplikessleep Wed 07-Aug-13 19:25:15

Thanks all for posting.

TBH, there is only one other (8 year old) Henry I know here or even aware of, so maybe it is less common here? The whole common thing doesn't overly bother me either.

The Horrid Henry association is a concern though, hmmm.

Alexander - we know two last babies called Alexander!
Harry - quite like, but my feeling was that this would be more popular than Henry? (There are far more Harrys around here)
Toby - OK, but not overwowed by it
Matthew - already in the family

driftwoodsands Thu 08-Aug-13 11:52:05

Henry. Great name, don't be put off by Horrid Henry. Nobody will give it a 2nd thought. Have you considered Seth, Edward or Arthur as they all seem to go with your other names?

DramaAlpaca Thu 08-Aug-13 12:16:47

I like Henry & think it goes well with your other names.

How about Rory?

formicadinosaur Thu 08-Aug-13 17:02:28

Ethan makes me think of methane and for that reason I'm not keen.

Henry is as posh as Ben and Oscar. The horrid Henry would make me a little reserved.

Ruby1080 Thu 08-Aug-13 17:09:14

I prefer Henry, and I think it goes really well with your other boys' names. If I heard Oliver, Ben and Ethan, I'd think Ethan had got the shitty end of the stick tbh.

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