Brandon or Connor?

(52 Posts)
EmFlat Fri 03-Jan-14 15:15:25


Hubby's top-two names would be Connor or Ciaran (yep, Irish family history), but mine would be Brandon or Connor... you'd think we should pick Connor because at least we both like it.


I've an Uncle Connor on my Mum's side of the family, and I can't help but link that name with him. And my late Grandad, who was actually Cornelius but always called Con.

Neither hubby nor I want to name our DS (due mid-March, by the way) for any family member, living or deceased... we'd prefer DS to have a name unique to him, so that no-one gets 'misty-eyed' every time they speak to him.


How to solve this? Hubby is so lovely that - of course - he'd say 'Let's choose Brandon if you prefer it', but then I'll have perma-guilt that I got my way (as you know it'll feel like that no matter how nice hubby is) and we didn't pick a name he'd put in his top two. Should we come up with another name altogether? Oh lord, I'm sounding so stupid about this...


UriGeller Fri 03-Jan-14 15:16:58

Yes, good idea, come up with another name altogether!

bridgetsmum Fri 03-Jan-14 15:17:09

I don't really like either of those confused sorry, Connor is v popular and Brandon is just a bit American or something!!
If you want an Irish name, how about Declan?

Conor is lovely but not with the two n's.

With your associations it sounds like it definitely wouldn't be a blank canvas name for you.

Game of Thrones has made me like Brandon. Especially Bran as a nn.

If you like Irish names that begin with C:


EmFlat Fri 03-Jan-14 15:30:34

Don't apologise, bridgetsmum! smile I also think Connor's being used a LOT these days, and do worry about people's association of Brandon with a USA-type name...

wink BunnyLebowski me too! GoT is a firm fave with both hubby & I, but I also think of Colonel Brandon from Sense & Sensibility... mmm, Alan Rickman. Hubby likes Cillian and Cian, but I'm concerned about English peeps pronouncing it with a soft 'C'... like Cilla Black.

Yep, can't help but make associations with every name I hear. Dammit, the poor child is going to be called 'Hurricane' at this rate wink that's his current nickname, anyway grin

bridgetsmum Fri 03-Jan-14 15:30:55

Yes Cillian, that's a good name took
My ds has a pal called Cillian and he's lovely

bridgetsmum Fri 03-Jan-14 15:33:57

We live in Ireland so trying to think of more of my kids friends names:

PennySillin Fri 03-Jan-14 15:34:13

I like Connor, not keen on Brandon prefer Brendan, doesn't sound so american. I like Declan & Cian.

bridgetsmum Fri 03-Jan-14 15:35:04


EmFlat Fri 03-Jan-14 15:36:23

I LOVE Patrick! But it's already vetoed because of our surname and potential nicknames... 'Paddy Flaherty' wink oh yes.

Theonlyoneiknow Fri 03-Jan-14 18:03:24

What about Callan, or Coll ?

I know à sibset called Cooper and Brandon

MrsMaryCooper Fri 03-Jan-14 18:11:21


KenDoddsDadsDog Fri 03-Jan-14 19:06:16

Conor with one n or Brendan instead of Brandon. Both fab with your surname!

squoosh Fri 03-Jan-14 19:26:16

Conor with one N, it gets a lot of grief on here and I feel a bit defensive for the poor name.

Brandon is a bit Irish-American but it's also the name of a lovely Irish speaking village in Kerry.

I do laugh a bit when people suggest Declan, I always think it's the Irish Gary or Wayne. SO 80's!

I prefer Connor to Brandon but prefer Ciaran to them both smile Ciaran was my OH's pick for our younger son, I wanted Keir. Ciaran means little dark one, the -an bit meaning little. We didn't thnk he would be little, so we compromised on Ciar grin

I also like Cormac, Colm, Callum and I also have a Craig.

NoComet Fri 03-Jan-14 19:30:36

Sorry the others are Chevy to me

Brendan is better and their are some nice Irish suggestions above

I love Callum and Caleb (but that's Welsh I think?

squoosh Fri 03-Jan-14 19:33:16

Caleb is Hebrew in origin.

Nataleejah Fri 03-Jan-14 19:35:36

Connor or Conner

notadoctor Fri 03-Jan-14 20:03:13

I love Connor but can see where you are coming from with your concerns about associations...

I like Bran for Brandon too.

How about Conrad? Has a similar feel, I think.

Skrifa Fri 03-Jan-14 20:32:12

I love Connor (I have one!)-


EmFlat Fri 03-Jan-14 23:55:40

Oh, bless you all for such fab advice and feedback! Gotta love MNers smile

Had a chat with hubby about Conor, and he understands it's a bit risky as my family's bound to link the name to Grandad... too much potential for a weepy-eyed Grandma! My Mum, that is wink. Took UriGeller's advice and have put some new names on the list of potentials, though I do still like some of your suggestions! Ciaran keeps popping up smile

Although, the way DS keeps kicking me at the moment, he risks being called very rude names instead... hmm

Ciaran is lovely still prefer Ciar though obviously grin

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MaeveBehave Sat 04-Jan-14 19:20:52

Too many conors. It is like jack.
Go for Brendan instead of Brandon
Brandon sounds like u r a big 90210 fan. Brendan is more solid and classic. Like dominic. I like cornelius too. Brandon is dreadful.
Prefer just Bran ( after fin mccool's dog! Not all bran. Englush people will obviously think "like all bran?", so brendan the safer choice.

MaeveBehave Sat 04-Jan-14 19:24:27

My son would have been a Diarmuid but didnt think it would work in england.
I also like cormac.
My family has a donald and a fergus. So "exotic" (compared with fergal and donal they are!)

mathanxiety Sun 05-Jan-14 08:00:38

I hate Brandon. It screams 90210.

Brendan is a far nicer name.

Lots of great names mentioned. I love Cormac, Colm and Cillian. You could spell Cillian with a K -- Killian and avoid the soft C conundrum.

or Colmán
Eoin (equivalent of John)
Eoghan (equivalent of Eugene)

mathanxiety Sun 05-Jan-14 08:03:11

And Seamus - often overlooked but a great name imo.

EmFlat Mon 06-Jan-14 20:04:05

Heheh, my Dad suggested Finbar! But the abbr. of 'Finn Flaherty' might not work...

Sooo many good ideas! Thank God we've at least 9 weeks to go back and forth between them grin Thank you all again xxx.

Dylan, Rory, Max & Cormac
Dylan, Rory, Max & Conrad
Dylan, Rory, Max & Austin
Dylan, Rory, Max & Crispin
Dylan, Rory, Max & Fergus

YoungBritishPissArtist Sat 11-Jan-14 22:14:04

I know a Brandon, really sweet 19 year old boy - he often complains that people call him Brendan smile

wiltingfast Sat 11-Jan-14 22:49:28

I love Connor but I see you seem to have moved on from that! Such a simple strong name, I really like it.

Pol (fada on o)

wiltingfast Sat 11-Jan-14 22:51:58

Oh also

Oisin (usheen fadas on O and second i)
Odhran (orun)

Probably too difficult for life in the uk though.

Theonlyoneiknow Sat 11-Jan-14 23:05:52

How is Oisin/Ossian pronounced?

HoneyandRum Sat 11-Jan-14 23:44:52

An Irish friend named Conor told me it is one 'n' for a first name and two in a surname. Don't know how accurate that is.....

mathanxiety Sat 11-Jan-14 23:49:34

Oisin is USH-een. There's no fada on the O, though, just on the second I.

Ossian I have no idea..

That sounds like a good rule of thumb, HoneyandRum. The surnames Connor, Connors and O'Connor all have two Ns.

Hedgehog80 Sat 11-Jan-14 23:50:24


HoneyandRum Sun 12-Jan-14 10:37:23

I have friends called Cathal and Tadgh born in the UK, Birmingham and London respectively. They both told me the difficulties that almost anyone without an Irish background has in pronouncing their names or even knowing how to attempt to pronounce them. They both chose names for their children (boys and girls) which were familiar and easily pronounceable because of their own frustrations. I love Irish names but unfortunately you can expect a lot of confusion if you step too far away from Liam, Conor etc.

Oh and a friend Enda from N. Ireland is always being called Edna even though he is about 6' 3'' and extremely male.

CaptainCorellisVentolin Sun 12-Jan-14 11:02:45

I hate Brandon.....That was actually a full sentence since it is exFW's name and yes, he is indeed Americansmile

Love Connor though! It was number one on my list for DS but was vetoed by that stoopid American confused

CaptainCorellisVentolin Sun 12-Jan-14 11:03:19

I hate Brandon.....That was actually a full sentence since it is exFW's name and yes, he is indeed Americansmile

Love Connor though! It was number one on my list for DS but was vetoed by that stoopid American confused

CaptainCorellisVentolin Sun 12-Jan-14 11:03:54

And it seems I have a stoopid phone too hmm

ReluctantBeing Sun 12-Jan-14 11:04:01

Brandon is a naughty name. Go for Connor.

pygmy Sun 12-Jan-14 11:15:25

Connor is much much nicer. I prefer the Conor spelling though; looks more authentic.

EmFlat Mon 20-Jan-14 20:14:00

Ah, Hedgehog ... hubby's name is Rowan! grin bit confusing.

And Captain, you makes I laaaaf wink (true Bristolian saying, there)... fair enough with your reasoning, though. Association is hard, always makes you think of people you'd prefer to forget wink xxx.

Arudonto Mon 20-Jan-14 21:12:34

Conor should be spelt with one N not two.two ends tends to be for the surname version.
it means lover of hounds in its original form by the way if that makes a difference. conchobhar pronounced roughly con co var(must double check spelling) is the old irish name for conor.

1974rach Wed 22-Jan-14 18:47:00

I had an Uncle Cornelius, such a great name - he was known as Neil or Con

Definitely not Brandon, Conor is better.

Clawdy Wed 22-Jan-14 19:44:54

Have known some very naughty Connors....

Yama Wed 22-Jan-14 19:59:55

I love Shay.

IamGluezilla Wed 22-Jan-14 20:39:01

Just RTFT and math anxiety's list has fab names.

mylittlesunshine Wed 22-Jan-14 20:41:35

Don't like Brandon, my little boy has 3 Connor's in his class so it's popular not sure if you would want that or not.

DrivingForce2014 Wed 22-Jan-14 23:18:12


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