Hamish...

(27 Posts)
Playboxpony Wed 02-Oct-13 11:57:36

....it was thrown in as a bit of random wildcard name but now I just keep going back to it and think it could be the one. Or am I just being pregnant-crazy-with-names? Is it a bit much (e.g. a bit twee, too "och aye the noo")? We are both Scottish by the way (not that that should make a difference I guess) but the baby won't be born in Scotland. We live abroad so it would be very unusual where we live but not unpronouncable.

I know that some friends and family will think it's very wacky and "out there" (that shouldn't affect me I know, but...) (our DS1 has a very classic, normal name).

We have always loved Archie for a boy's name for years but my friend called her son that, so Hamish seems the best alternative.

The other boys' names we like are William or Murray.

What would a wee Hamish get for a nickname?
What do you think?

NotAnotherPackedLunch Wed 02-Oct-13 12:02:28

Great name.
There was a Hamish in my class at school and I don't think his name was ever shortened.

squoosh Wed 02-Oct-13 12:03:34

Love Hamish!

It's a good strong, masculine name. You know where you stand with a Hamish.

And it's much, much nicer than Archie, William or Murray in my opinion.

squoosh Wed 02-Oct-13 12:04:47

I suppose Hames would be the most obvious nickname, not that it needs one.

CordeliaRose Wed 02-Oct-13 12:41:45

I love it too. I agree that it's a good, strong, masculine name - and it suits baby, boy, teen and man! I wouldn't say it was twee at all.

dizzy77 Wed 02-Oct-13 12:44:40

I wish I had some Scottish roots, lots if lovely names. Since Hamish is Scottish for James I think it's a great way to keep a link.

I love it. I know a little one (he's Mishy!)

curlew Wed 02-Oct-13 12:55:32

I would be put off by "Ham". And people will call him that- you can't stop people shortening names.

Shame, because it's nice otherwise.

Makinglists Wed 02-Oct-13 12:56:02

I love it but then I'm biased as we have a little Hamish. We're not scots but DH family has a lot of scottish ancestors. We call him Mish or Mishy

squoosh Wed 02-Oct-13 12:57:06

Ham would never have occurred to me, I seriously doubt it would be widespread.

curlew Wed 02-Oct-13 12:57:07

Imagine watching him in a football match and hearing "Ham! Over Hear! "Ham- Pass!" the whole time......

squoosh Wed 02-Oct-13 12:58:28

In my experience nicknames are based more on the sound of a name rather than the spelling.

mmmdonuts Wed 02-Oct-13 12:59:34

It's adorable. I wish I could use it but we haven't got any Scottish roots at all!

Love it though I am biased as I have a Hamish Edward ;nn ham sandwich) brother to Archie William and sister Carrie. Have fad strong reactions to his name (he 's 5 months now) but we all love it grin

I know a lovely Hamish. I think it's a very nice, 'warm' sounding name and not too popular either smile

Playboxpony Wed 02-Oct-13 13:31:15

Oh thank you for such positive feedback! I am loving your responses - they are just what I wanted to hear actually :-) :-) I also think it's a warm, solid name that really suits baby, toddler, teen and man too and it's not over popular or too radical.

Mish and mishy are gorgeous nn too. I hadn't thought of them. I don't think it would be shortened to Ham necessarily either (more likely Hame/hamesy as someone else said).

Thanks!

curlew Wed 02-Oct-13 13:40:22

Don't like Hame either!

Mish is nice.

Let's all try it on our children when they get home and see what they'd shorten it to!

I would not shorten it to Ham, my nephew who 's 10 called it him on holiday as he wasn't sure how to say Hsmish and it just stuck! We called him ' little Ted' when I was pregnant but he's just not been a Ted/ Teddie of any sort just a Hamish grin

GrandstandingBlueTit Wed 02-Oct-13 18:43:47

Hamish is fabulous and, IMO, much nicer (and far less date-able) than Archie.

Um, 'Ham' wouldn't occur to me. 'Hame', maybe. But Ham, no.

curlew Wed 02-Oct-13 19:31:05

My overacting imagination- ds says he would probably say " Hame" under pressure in a football match, but wouldn't shorten it at all day to day.

allyfe Wed 02-Oct-13 19:31:54

We have a Hamish and I adore the name. I met someone else who has a Hamish (who was Scottish by birth and not just via parents, like my husband and I), and she said is he a real boys boy? She suggested that a Hamish should be a real boys boy! As far as I'm concerned Hamish doesn't have a nickname, but his daddy calls him Ham pie sometimes and Ham ish!! Not helpful :p

curlew Wed 02-Oct-13 19:33:20

He says they might mess around with ham sandwich or something if they saw it written down- but they can find something like that in any name- they once changed the r to a d on the front of a boy called Patrick's planner and thought that was the height of sophisticated humour.........hmm

SkodaLabia Wed 02-Oct-13 19:36:43

Love it! I also really like the nn Ham.

LynetteScavo Wed 02-Oct-13 19:36:44

I love, love, love the name Hamish. smile

Murray is OK, William is not thrilling.

Hamish is classic, timeless, and yet there probably won't be another in his class.

Playboxpony Thu 03-Oct-13 07:49:36

Thanks everyone. It's definitely a very strong contender, and I like that it's a wee bit different. I'm liking all the nicknames too!

PicardyThird Thu 03-Oct-13 07:56:15

Hamish is a fab name.

ProfondoRosso Thu 03-Oct-13 08:03:04

Hamish is gorgeous! Not really any need to shorten it either - I know a few adult Hamishes and none of them have NNs. Hamie sounds alright, though. smile

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