Middle names for Sebastian and Rafferty

(34 Posts)

Hi all,

I am hoping for your help. I'm pregnant with a boy, only 23 weeks but now we know it's a boy our conversation usually comes around to names.

My DH and I can't agree on our favourite. His favourite is Sebastian, mine is Rafferty. I'm hoping that you can suggest some middle names which go well with either which might help us think which one we like better. Think we'll wait til he arrives and see what he looks like before we pick the name for definite, but thought it would be good to have some options.


selsigfach Sun 05-Jan-14 17:31:46

I think Sebastian Rafferty sounds lovely.

brokenhearted55a Sun 05-Jan-14 18:40:41

Something short.

James Edward John etc

Thanks guys. I think we wouldn't want to use them both together, so we can choose whichever one we don't pick as a name if we have a second boy.

Agree that something short would probably better for both names.

Only1scoop Sun 05-Jan-14 19:35:11

Do you have a family name to use as middle name perhaps? They are both quite long so maybe a short middle name or just the Christian names are both nice on their own.

Rosencrantz Sun 05-Jan-14 20:57:47

Sebastian Martin and Rafferty Jude!

wetaugust Sun 05-Jan-14 23:22:19

Sebastian - Great.

Rafferty - Horrible.


Haha, I know it won't be everyone's cup of tea wetaugust, but I really like it. Love the nicknames Rafe and Raffy, and think its a name which will suit him at all ages.

My DH wasn't keen at first but has come around to it, although he still prefers Sebastian.

I'm the exact opposite.

I love Rafferty and it's nicknames. Absolutely hate Sebastian. It's a wet toff's name.

I don't mind Sebastian too much, but I'm not too keen on Seb, and with the name being fairly long I imagine we'll revert to nicknames with it. DH likes the idea of Bastian for a nickname but that reminds me of Bastard which isn't what I was intending for PFB.

ImperialBlether Mon 06-Jan-14 00:31:43

What about Raphael?

I really like Raphael, but in my Geordie accent it feels like it's a bit too Mediterranean and exotic for us.

manicinsomniac Mon 06-Jan-14 02:03:40

Rafferty is super posh but I love it! It's so cool and quirky. Raffi is a very cute nickname. I don't like Rafe.

Sebastian is ok. I've taught lots and lots though (private school) whereas I've never yet come across a Rafferty.

Rafferty James
Rafferty Ethan
Rafferty Isaac
Rafferty Isaiah
Rafferty Zayne
Rafferty Alexander

Sebastian Harris
Sebastian John
Sebastian Mark
Sebastian Paul
Sebastian Patrick

My grandad is the only person who might get a mention in the middle names.

Do people think
Rafferty Joseph


Sebastian Joseph

Sound better?

Only1scoop Mon 06-Jan-14 10:58:19

Think Sebastian Joseph sounds nice....although if you are really set on Rafferty then you should use it. I mean how often does a child ever use its middle name. Don't let that influence your decision. Personally I like both the names of your choice.

wetaugust Mon 06-Jan-14 16:20:17

Rafferty is super posh

confused Where on earth did you get that idea from? confused

I can't think of a single 'super-posh' Rafferty. I can think of several well-known Ralphs ( can be pronounced as Rafe).

Sorry - In my book Rafferty is one of those surnames-being-used-as-first-names, which is not posh.

squoosh Mon 06-Jan-14 17:31:49

Rafferty super posh??

Um no, it really isn't. I'm not saying it's 'chavvy' but it's just a surname. It's like saying Smith or Robinson are super posh.

MarysDressSways Mon 06-Jan-14 17:32:32

Yes I'd say it wasn't at all posh, but who cares! If you like it, go for it. And I think Joseph sounds nice with both names.

TwosaCrowd Mon 06-Jan-14 18:00:45

Sebastian James goes really well.


Sebastian Miles and Rafferty Miles.
I like them both.

Rafferty Miles sounds like he should be famous!

MadameJosephine Mon 06-Jan-14 19:21:22

Sebastian joseph is gorgeous. Not keen on Rafferty, I know its a boys name but its always seemed a bit frilly and feminine to me, sorry

salonmeblowy Mon 06-Jan-14 19:28:09

How about Francis as a middle name?
Sebastian Francis (swoon)
Rafferty Francis

TalkativeJim Mon 06-Jan-14 19:30:32

Like Sebastian more than Rafferty...

Sebastian Heath
Sebastian James
Sebastian John

Rafferty Pingu

<tries to put OP off Rafferty>

TalkativeJim Mon 06-Jan-14 19:31:07

Or, Rafftian or Sebastery?

BobaFetaCheese Mon 06-Jan-14 19:36:27

Sebastian Henry
Seb Vincent

I like James, John, Edward & George as middle names for both, I like Seb Joseph better than Raf Joseph.

We waited until they arrived to name both our boys, DS1 didn't have a name until he was 5 days old, DS2 we didn't settle on a name until he was a month old blush

What's your surname initial?

Surf25 Mon 06-Jan-14 19:47:34

Sebastian Oliver
Sebastian Joel
Rafferty Gene
Rafferty Joel

Like Joseph with either first name choice.

OP I didnt think you were really asking opinions about your and partner's fav name choices - don't let folk put you off either name and go for the one you love that 'suits' him when he comes :-)

Sometimes the way the names sound together depends on your surname - can you tell us the first initial and or number of syllables?

Surname will start with a D, rhymes with Robson.

Thanks for all of your suggestions. I knew that Rafferty might have a bit of a marmite effect, but I still love it. I suppose the fact that it's only in the top 300 means it won't be for lots of people but I really like that it isn't going to be too common too.

However all if your suggestions are definitely increasing my love of Sebastian, so that's really good too.

Tibby2 Mon 06-Jan-14 20:50:14

Rafferty cash?
Rafferty daniel
Rafferty frank
Rafferty kit
Rafferty francis
Rafferty jack

Def prefer rafferty not a fan of sebastion

thegambler Sun 15-Jun-14 17:55:32

I don't really see the point in a middle name for decoration only. Family traditions etc are understandable.

BlueStarsAtNight Sun 15-Jun-14 18:02:54

Sebastian Beau
Sebastian Jay

Rafferty Owen
Rafferty Luke

thegambler Sun 15-Jun-14 18:21:05

Don't bring a child called Rafferty to Newcastle. With the recent vogue for naming kids after their places of conception, Rafferty's is one of Newcastle's more "characterful" pubs.

thegambler Sun 15-Jun-14 18:23:26

"Surname will start with a D, rhymes with Robson."

Dobson by any chance ?

burgatroyd Sun 15-Jun-14 18:54:17

Rafferty for me sounds like taffeta. Ridiculous and not very helpful!

RiverTam Sun 15-Jun-14 18:59:08

something very short and plain, to set Rafferty off (Sebastian's OK but I hate Seb). One syllable. Can't actually think of anything off the top of my head!

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