Wilfred?

(32 Posts)
lisbapalea Sun 29-Sep-13 15:27:35

What's the consensus on Wilfred? Is it a bit Shoreditch try-hard? Could nickname be Will as well as Wilf?

Had always liked William, but DD is Katy, and think that Katy and William is a bit too Royal family-ish now. Also have had to ditch George for the same reason.

Other ideas, along with their reasons for veto are:

Jonathan - vetoed as Tomas will be the middle name, and John Tomas is slang for a penis. Thanks DH Lawrence for messing that one up for us...

Samuel - vetoed as when couple with Tomas and our surname the initials will be STD.

Frederick and Edward - Freddie/Eddie sound a bit duh-duh-duh-duh (think machine gunfire), when said with our surname.

Any other suggestions?

If baby is a girl, she will be Hannah Lucia (Lucia to be pronounced with a soft 'c', as that is Swedish), not sure if that helps give an idea as to our tastes - we definitely err on the side of classic / traditional (boring?).

All opinions and ideas gratefully received!

MrsMongoose Sun 29-Sep-13 15:31:14

I like it, but if you're trying to avoid a royal vibe it is still too close. You'd still have a Kate and Will!

sonlypuppyfat Sun 29-Sep-13 15:36:34

Wilfred is just horrible all these old men names! Why?

lisbapalea Sun 29-Sep-13 15:40:11

Ha puppyfat I do know what you mean, and I think I was clutching at straws when I thought of Wilf as an alternative to William!

Any other suggestions?! I don't want a trendy old man name, but I also don't want to land a son with dubious initials etc, and I am struggling!

I do like Oliver but am worried by its ongoing popularity and the thought he would be one of many at school.

sonlypuppyfat Sun 29-Sep-13 15:49:38

I know it is tricky. I think you can't go wrong with bible names there's loads of choice more solid Ones in the New Matthew Mark etc.Or you could go with a theme mine all have Welsh names. Good luck choosing.

OttilieKnackered Sun 29-Sep-13 15:51:47

I think Wilfred is great. Could be Will, Wilf or Fred.

kelda Sun 29-Sep-13 15:52:10

Wilfred is fine. I quite like Wilbur as well.

kelda Sun 29-Sep-13 15:52:31

What about Gilbert?

lisbapalea Sun 29-Sep-13 16:09:01

I quite the idea of Gilbert, with a nickname of Gil, but don't think we could carry it off!

I do like Daniel, but DH needs to be convinced that alliteration with our surname isn't a problem.

We also like James, but there's a celeb called James (Jimmy) and our surname which puts us off. Admittedly not a high profile celeb, or someone you'd expect to be on a front page, but still makes us wary.

Hmmm. I am just waiting for a 'thunderbolt' moment with boys names and it isn't forthcoming so far...

badtime Sun 29-Sep-13 17:43:01

I used to know a Wilfried (Austrian father, I think), who was known as Wil (stil pronounced like 'will').

rockybalboa Sun 29-Sep-13 17:52:50

I looooooooooooooooove Wilfred!! It didn't suit DS3 or we would have used it. Still makes me a bit sad that we didn't.

Cassieyellow Sun 29-Sep-13 18:06:56

Toby, Hugh, Owen, Henry ??

WinteronPluto Sun 29-Sep-13 20:05:08

I don't like Wilfred at all, sorry.

I like Edward and also Daniel.

Alot of people who like William also like Alexander - does that suit you at all?

I'm not a big fan of James, but no particular reason!

lisbapalea Sun 29-Sep-13 20:39:42

Dh has just fully vetoed Daniel as well as Wilfred (which to be honest I don't think I was convinced by).

Stupid question, but what's the full/proper name which gives Gus as a nickname?

Winterton I have an irrational aversion to Alexander. Feel it is a bit grand when full length, and then I either think of the Alex from the game Guess Who (childish, much?), or a complete bell-end that I used to work with, so that one's out I'm afraid.

missmargot Sun 29-Sep-13 20:45:44

I know a little Wilf and the name really suits him, I like it a lot.

tammytoby Sun 29-Sep-13 21:53:17

I really dislike Wilfred, sorry.

How about Henry, Quentin, Sebastian or Augustus (if you're after Gus as nickname)

kiwik Sun 29-Sep-13 23:15:30

I love Wilfred, but DS1 is Gilbert and often called Gil. I'm keeping it on my list for DS4, although it will probably get vetoed by DH.

Ham69 Sun 29-Sep-13 23:21:27

I would assume Angus was full name for Gus. Like it.

lisbapalea Mon 30-Sep-13 03:23:05

Hmm, I like Angus. Dh is half Scottish so it is quite appropriate (I'm right thinking it's a Scottish name aren't I?).

Will see what dh thinks.

pygmy Mon 30-Sep-13 08:08:22

I love Wilfred.

poppydaisy Mon 30-Sep-13 13:06:45

Don't like Wilfred at all, sorry.

I like Jonathan from your list.

NewBlueShoesToo Mon 30-Sep-13 13:14:43

I taught a Wilf, quite liked the name but just wait until you get to Oxford Reading Tree books.

EnglishRose1320 Mon 30-Sep-13 13:17:16

My OH really wanted Wilfred and although I liked it wasn't convinced so we used it as our Ds2 middle name.

Um similar names you might like,

Matthew
Henry
Benjamin
Joseph
Solomon
Benedict

It is so tricky and so personal, whatever you pick someone will disagree so go with what you love. Ds1's name was picked out for ages, Ds2 just came to us when we saw him.

elcranko Mon 30-Sep-13 16:03:00

They would still be Katy & Will whether you used Wilfred or William! I would go with William, not keen on Wilfred at all, sorry!

Tuhlulah Mon 30-Sep-13 16:04:36

Okay for a hamster.

lisbapalea Mon 30-Sep-13 17:40:30

Wilfred has been ditched, as has Angus as it sounds weird with Tomas as a middle name. We know too many Bens / Benjamins, and ditto Matthews / Matts, so those have also been vetoed. Joseph could be a contender but it is FIL's name.

So the new shortlist, in no particular order, is:

Edward Tomas (maybe Eddie D[surname] doesn't sound like machine gunfire after all)

Samuel Tomas George (and we get over the STD thing, if we add a 2nd middle name)

Oliver Tomas (and we get over the fact that Oliver is the 2nd most popular boys' name)

Jonathan Tomas (and we get over John Tomas being slang for a willy)

Luke Tomas

Henry Tomas

Any thoughts / preferences? I think I have looked at every single boy name in the UK today and these are the ones I keep returning to.

EnglishRose1320 Mon 30-Sep-13 18:07:37

I'd go for Edward or Henry personally

jalapeno Mon 30-Sep-13 18:11:51

Any reason why you can't have Tomas as the first name? Seems odd to veto first names based on the middle name. I love Jonathan but wouldn't go with Tomas as a second name for the willy reason! How about an extra middle name to separate the two names e.g. Jonathan Edward Tomas Surname?

We are expecting a boy and our shortlist is essentially the same as yours grin. Leaning towards Luke at the moment but will wait to see him before making a decision.

Since we have similar tastes (except Alex, I have one of those!) how about Isaac, Gregory, Dominic or James?

lisbapalea Mon 30-Sep-13 18:32:47

jalapeno I know what you mean about using Tomas as a first name, but it was my brother's name and he died just 2.5yrs ago so I feel it might be a bit too much to use his name as a first name - I don't want his family to feel that I am replacing him, but I definitely want to honour him which is why it's a 'must have' middle name. I am sure he'd be pleased he was causing me such a headache!

Good idea on the Jonathan though - if we're prepared to add a second middle name for Samuel then we should do the same for Jonathan!

Also forgot James from my revised list - if we forget the link to the d-list celebrity it could work!

I do like Gregory and Dominic though so thanks for those ideas! Not too keen on Isaac although I have no idea why not!!

jalapeno Mon 30-Sep-13 19:46:03

Sorry to hear that Lisbapalea having his name as a middle name is lovely smile

I also like Samuel which I have now added to my list!

WinteronPluto Mon 30-Sep-13 20:54:02

I think it's either Angus or Augustus. There might be other possibilities though.

mootime Mon 07-Oct-13 16:59:01

We have a Wilfred and not trendy or try hard! He loves it, and we get lots of compliments on it. He goes by a mixture of Wilf and Wilfred.

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