Baby boy name - Humphrey or Odhran

(66 Posts)
swild Wed 11-Sep-13 20:29:50


We cannot decide on baby boy name for DS who is now 7 days old! We are at polar opposites with me really liking Odhran and husband wanting Humphrey and thinking of a meet in the middle name of Aneurin.


MildDrPepperAddiction Wed 11-Sep-13 20:38:10

Odhran. I love that name. I wanted it for DS but DH wasn't keen.

ZolaBuddleia Wed 11-Sep-13 20:40:46

Not keen on Humphrey, very wet and chinless IMO. Like the others though. Know an Odhran, he's very nice if that helps!

DifferentNow Wed 11-Sep-13 20:41:40

Humphrey is scrumptious. Lots of people (including me) won't know how to pronounce Odhran and he will spend his life correcting misspellings and mispronunciations.

CatAmongThePigeons Wed 11-Sep-13 20:43:32

I know a gorgeous Odhran! It's a lovely name, much nicer than Humphrey IMO.

Leeds2 Wed 11-Sep-13 20:53:17

I don't like Humphrey at all.

I have never heard of Odhran, and don't know how to pronounce it. When I saw it written down, I read it as Odd-run.

Whatwhatwhat Wed 11-Sep-13 20:54:07

I always think of Bodhran when I hear the name Odhran. That's what an Odhran in college became known as. Not a great nn!

Shellywelly1973 Thu 12-Sep-13 13:38:11

Odhran, great name! !

hellokitty123 Thu 12-Sep-13 14:31:42

Humphrey - great underused classic!

Not sure how to pronounce Odhran, am guessing Odran?

Humphrey Aneurin would be lovely imo.

ZolaBuddleia Thu 12-Sep-13 15:07:41

The one I know pronounces it Oran. Or - ann.

Mollydoggerson Thu 12-Sep-13 15:16:09

Humphrey is lovely, big teddy bear.

Odhran - I am not so keen, nickname can be Odie. It's may be slightly awkward I think.

squoosh Thu 12-Sep-13 15:32:40


If only to save him from the horror that is Humphrey.

Aneurin reminds me of anuerysm,

Kikibee Thu 12-Sep-13 15:34:18

Ha ha ha ha, great joke grin

squoosh Thu 12-Sep-13 15:36:52

But if you don't live in Ireland I think calling him Odhran will be a bit of pain in the bum. People won't have a clue how to pronounce it.

Still better than Humphrey though.

holycowwhatnow Thu 12-Sep-13 15:40:28

And if you DO live in Ireland, having him called Humphrey will ensure he gets beaten up on the way home from school. Odhran is lovely.

Sleepthief Thu 12-Sep-13 16:35:39

Aneurin is by far my favourite of the three. To me Humphrey sounds like a joke name and IMO Odhran is just ugly (especially when there are some many beautiful Irish names to choose from. Aneurin is interesting and has gravitas (although iPhone keeps changing it to aneurism, so fair point grin)

Sleepthief Thu 12-Sep-13 16:36:43

By the way, I'm Irish so that's maybe why Humphrey is a joke name to me...

JamieandtheMagicTorch Thu 12-Sep-13 18:10:47

Ooh I love Aneurin (nn Nye). Choose that!

forgetmenots Thu 12-Sep-13 18:32:47

Odhran, every time. Really dislike Humphrey.

exoticfruits Thu 12-Sep-13 18:36:02

Don't like any of them.

hellokitty123 Thu 12-Sep-13 20:40:28

Don't think people think 'joke name' when they hear Humphrey Bogart.

nextyearitsbigschool Thu 12-Sep-13 20:52:30

I'm afraid I would think "poor child" if I heard of a Humphrey.

thistlelicker Thu 12-Sep-13 20:55:44

None of the above sorry

SirChenjin Thu 12-Sep-13 20:57:45

Don't like any of them, sorry.

LynetteScavo Thu 12-Sep-13 21:00:29


I can't believe you can't clearly see this is a brilliant name. I think you must be sleep deprived.

flowers Congratulations on your baby!

TheBuskersDog Thu 12-Sep-13 21:01:30

Showing my age but 'watch out there's a Humphrey about' and Humphrey cushion.

lljkk Thu 12-Sep-13 21:06:15

Sorry I am blanching at either. Humphrey is maybe ok.

CheshireDing Thu 12-Sep-13 21:29:18

Neither, sorry.

Humphrey is you must (although sounds more like cats name).

I wouldn't know how to pronounce the other, or spell it if I just heard it. If I saw it on a CV I would probably think it was the name of a big Welsh guy grin

WeAreSeven Thu 12-Sep-13 22:18:41

"Excuse me , but how do you pronounce your name?"
"It's Oran"
Problem solved!
Go for Odhran, I love it!
I do know a few, even here in Ireland who modify it to Oran which you could always do if you were worried about people being able to pronounce it.
Not keen on Humphrey, to be honest, or Aneurin.

Dominodonkey Fri 13-Sep-13 00:25:33

Humphrey is absolutely awful.

Never heard of the other one so find it hard to have an opinion. If it is pronounced Oran as some suggest then think that sounds quite nice.

burberryqueen Fri 13-Sep-13 00:33:01

Humphrey and Aneurin are both dreadful, sorry.
I did know an Oran, but honestly thought it was invented

RoadToTuapeka Fri 13-Sep-13 02:58:10

I don't like any of them. Poor child if he ends up with one of those three names. Odhran is maybe the least awful if only because few people will take an adult Humphrey seriously.

Hooya Fri 13-Sep-13 06:44:48

Like Humphrey and Aneurin though blush I don't actually know how to pronounce it, but nickname Nye is lovely. And a lovely history as it was the founder of the NHS I think?

If you like Odhran do it. I know enough people with unusual names who have to spell them, it's just not a big deal and starts a conversation about where they are from etc.

SelectAUserName Fri 13-Sep-13 07:29:44

I know an Oran but he (or his parents, I suppose) spelled it Oran.

Even though there have been cool Humphreys such as Bogart and Lyttleton, my instinctive response to it is to laugh, and that's not great, is it? blush

Aneurin is okay but my phone wants to autocorrect to aneurism as well.

burberryqueen Fri 13-Sep-13 07:52:01

I don't actually know how to pronounce it
i do not mean to be offensive but even in Wales this name seems to be restricted to the over 80s

Pachacuti Fri 13-Sep-13 08:25:03

Names that are "restricted to the over 80s" are exactly the sort of names that are probably about to become huge for babies, though.

They are all fine -- Humphrey has grandfather chic, Odhran has Celtic chic and Aneurin has both grin. But they are very different and I don't know how you're going to decide.

ZolaBuddleia Fri 13-Sep-13 08:42:58

Aneurin is my fave, but I think that might be because of Mr Barnard.

burberryqueen Fri 13-Sep-13 08:51:05


SlightlyItchyBraStrap Fri 13-Sep-13 10:04:55

They're all great, roll the dice!

TidyDancer Fri 13-Sep-13 12:05:43

Eek sorry, I think Humphrey and Odhran are awful.

Aneurin (which my iPad wants to autocorrect to aneurism....) is marginally better, but is still not really very nice.

nurseneedshelp Fri 13-Sep-13 12:14:15

Sorry think they're both awful. .....

IslaValargeone Fri 13-Sep-13 12:19:29

Most people aren't going to say "Excuse me, but how do you pronounce your name"?
Most people are going to be like the posters here who don't know and take one look and think 'Odran' It's an awful name.

Artijoke Fri 13-Sep-13 12:20:29

Love all three. Humphrey is probably my fav but I have to admit we weren't brave enough to use it.

rachel234 Fri 13-Sep-13 13:49:15

I vote for Humphrey - classic, cool and easy to pronounce/spell. I also prefer Humphrey Aneurin compared to Odhran Aneurin. Congrats on your ds!!

WeAreSeven Fri 13-Sep-13 15:49:52

I have a very Irish surname. Even Irish people who meet me ask how to pronounce it and if I don't know how to pronounce someone else's name I ask. I am not bothered about it, people only ever ask me once and then they get it right.
And if everyone stuck to the "no names that an English person might not be able to pronounce" ( and I do mean English, not Scottish or Welsh) then most people in the UK would be John or Mary and their would be no Siobháns, Niamhs, Eilidh's or Seáns or Cerys's.

elcranko Fri 13-Sep-13 16:19:40

Love Odhran!

PoppadomPreach Fri 13-Sep-13 16:25:08

I had a tortoise called Humphrey. He was never the "cool tortoise" and teased by the other tortoises. I felt very guilty about it and vowed never to use the name again. It is awful.

mathanxiety Sat 14-Sep-13 04:44:51

Odhran would be my choice. I wouldn't inflict Humphrey on anyone.

It's a whim of your H's - maybe something to do with not yet being able to wrap his head around the new arrival - and he needs to get real. The name you choose has to last a real person all through his life.

Aneurin otoh is a lovely name (imo)

You wouldn't think of Aran? No way you could use Aneurin as a mn for that, or Odhran either really...

mathanxiety Sat 14-Sep-13 04:47:11

Woops - you're not thinking of Aneurin as a mn <misread> -->
Choose Aneurin as the first name.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 14-Sep-13 12:21:21


It's pronounced Ah-nay-rin though. Never been quite sure how Mr Bevan was nicknamed Nye. Aneurin Barnard is a young and very handsome actor <swoon>

Then Odhran. As someone said up thread if people didn't know, just as I didn't until this thread, they can ask and be told.

Never Humphrey.

Alisvolatpropiis Sat 14-Sep-13 12:23:14

I wouldn't worry about autocorrect changing things. It doesn't even capitalise Wales!

Also - first time I types Hermione on my phone it tried to change it to gremlins hmm

ohmymimi Sun 15-Sep-13 20:51:01

Definitely Aneurin and Nye is a great nn.

FacebookWanker Sun 15-Sep-13 20:59:40

I like Humphrey, although it makes me think of Humpty Dumpty...

Tweediewalker Sun 15-Sep-13 21:33:09


swild Mon 16-Sep-13 20:37:27

Can I ask what you did call your DS? We are still undecided and I am feeling the pressure from everyone now.

MERLYPUSS Tue 17-Sep-13 10:16:51

Humphrey was an ugly pig/elephant cushion thing in pipkins. Sorry, i'm showing my age here but that's what I thought at first. Eeek.

curlew Tue 17-Sep-13 10:19:14

Humphrey is awful!

You are naming a child, then a man, not a stuffed toy. Don't name people who can't consent something that's a joke or a whim. It's irresponsible.

Pachacuti Tue 17-Sep-13 12:21:32

Humphrey is perfectly fine. I know a baby Humphrey.

Twenty-five years ago I encountered my first baby Noah and thought hmm - it's been in the top 100 names for ten years now, currently at #14 and still on an upwards trend. Wilfred is following the same sort of pattern but about 10-15 years behind and early signs are that Humphrey is tracking about 5-10 years behind Wilfred.

In twenty years' time it'll be wall-to-wall Humphreys as far as the eye can see, you mark my words.

(I still didn't let DH name DC3 Basil, though. And not just because she was a girl)

TalkativeJim Tue 17-Sep-13 13:07:36

All are fine actually!

Aneurin is getting more popular in Wales, usually shortened to Nye.

I like Odhran.

Humphrey is fine. Personally I would prefer an Orrie or a Nye to a Hump, so I'd discount the last.

What about Hugo?

evamummy Tue 17-Sep-13 13:44:42

Between the two, I'd pick Humphrey - people will know how to pronounce and spell it. Seems like a good solid underused name. I don't think you'd need to shorten it, rolls off the tongue easily imo.

Odhran I'd not know how to pronounce.

obviouslyneedsupernanny Tue 17-Sep-13 13:56:38

I prefer Odrhan although I've never heard it before

obviouslyneedsupernanny Tue 17-Sep-13 13:57:09

Sorry spelt it wrong!

bananamummy Tue 17-Sep-13 13:59:15

Humphrey - underused classic, easy to recognise and spell.

Odhran - hard to spell/pronounce for many. Don't like the 'Odd' sound at beginning.

Weegiemum Tue 17-Sep-13 14:02:24

I love Odhran and know 2, plus an Oran (can't do the wee sloppy accent on the O). But my dc go to a Gaelic speaking school so names like this are quite ordinary.

Don't like either of the others. Aneurin looks like its making a political point and Humphrey just reminds me of Yes, Minister <shows age>

TalkativeJim Tue 17-Sep-13 23:04:10

Put them all together.


Problem solved!!

terilou87 Wed 18-Sep-13 21:38:48

Love odhran also have a friend with this name who is lovely so I'm bias! , his parents are Irish so this is a normal name for them, his name is pronounced or-ran
Also not keen on Humphrey it reminds me of frumpy

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