Boys names are so hard. Help!

(36 Posts)
Dreya Mon 10-Feb-14 20:56:09

My dc2 is due any day now and we are expecting a boy. When I was pregnant with dc1 I had a very short list of boys names that I quite liked and a much longer list of girls names that I loved and we chose our favourite, Giselle, as soon as we saw her little face smile

Here is our list:
Gabriel
Finn
Jude
Giles
Fabian
Jules (Dh added this recently)

I still like them all but not sure I really love any. My DH likes Gabriel most but hasn't always. I have been waiting to hear the perfect name and also telling myself that when I see my baby boy we will just know what to name him.

Can anyone of you lovely people suggest the perfect name for our Ds based on what we like already or perhaps something entirely different?!

TIA

pygmy Mon 10-Feb-14 21:02:45

Personally, I like Finn best; but I do have a very beautiful 12 year old one.

Queenofthehill Mon 10-Feb-14 21:06:33

I have a lovely Leon...

Dreya Mon 10-Feb-14 21:09:06

What other names were on your list Pygmy?! Dh isn't as keen on Finn as I am I dont think. If he was it would be the one.sad I knew a gorgeous little Finn and used to babysit him over 20 years ago and I have liked the name ever since. I have never met another.

Dreya Mon 10-Feb-14 21:10:19

Queen, I have a cousin called Leon smile smile

SicknSpan Mon 10-Feb-14 21:15:21

We're in a her similar situation Dreya with our dc3 so I don't envy you! We have used all the boys names we like for our 2 sons. Have a list of sorts for this one, but still waiting for "the one" to jump out and grab me. Loads of girls names that I would happily give a daughter- no problem choosing there, she'll be Eleanor Beatrice (Nell for short). Unless dh relents and I get to call her Cecilia ;)

Boys names are hard though, you're right.

Ivan (my current fave but do vetoed tonight, grumble grumble)
Max
Tom
Nathaniel (Nate)
Henry
Joseph

Manchesterhistorygirl Mon 10-Feb-14 21:17:11

We have a Gabriel and it's a lovely name. He's no angel though. grin

Dreya Mon 10-Feb-14 21:28:45

Both lovely names SicknSpan. Cecilia is gorgeous though! We know lots of Max/Maxwells. I quite like Nate actually, more than Nathaniel. Nate sounds good with our surname. Nate. Hmmm.....

Dreya Mon 10-Feb-14 21:32:46

My husband just said 'As in Nate dog?!' and said it with our surname and agrees it sounds good! I think it's because it's short and snappy. Not sure, but it's going on the list so thank you!

tammytoby Mon 10-Feb-14 21:34:27

I like Fabian and Gabriel from your list.

We have a lovely Quentin smile.

SmallBee Mon 10-Feb-14 21:36:30

Dreya I think your list is brilliant but here is what I liked before I found out I was having a DD!

Theodore (Theo/Ted/Teddy)
Noah
Moses
Ruben
Joseph
Eli
Alexander
Oscar
Benjamin
Luke
Alfred (Alfie/Freddie/Fred)
Leon

pygmy Mon 10-Feb-14 21:48:40

Dreya, I also have a Louis and a Hector.
I also love Edgar, Otto, Magnus, Ivo and Gilbert. Oh and Arthur and Felix, but have used them as middle names.

Theo
Gabriel
Rupert
Ruben
Rufus
Milo

Were our boys names......

But we had an Alice grin

Ictoanntu Mon 10-Feb-14 22:19:31

Love Fabian.

Dreya Mon 10-Feb-14 22:25:53

Thank you all for your suggestions so far but none of the names grab me. It's odd because I like some of them like Louis for example for other people's children but wouldn't use them myself.

Nate is off the list now too. This is so difficult.

BoyMeetsWorld Mon 10-Feb-14 22:37:13

Not read the rest so sorry if all dupes but these were the others on our short list which we didn't use...

Marius
Dashiell
Saul
Idris
Lochlan

SweetPeaPods Mon 10-Feb-14 22:40:11

We have a Finn
Also on our list was Nate, Rory, Zach, Eli, Caleb, Charlie & William.

SweetPeaPods Mon 10-Feb-14 22:41:04

Sorry forgot Lucas, Micah and Reuben. DH said no to all 3

Dreya Mon 10-Feb-14 23:11:48

Sweetpeapods may I ask how old your Finn is? I have read some previous threads on here and it would seem it's really popular (Dh really doesn't want a popular name) yet I have only ever met one and he is in his 20s now. It is also an old family name on my mum's side (I'm half Irish) and she would be thrilled if we chose it.

SicknSpan Mon 10-Feb-14 23:17:57

I only know of 3 Finns, one is 12, one is 7 and the other 5. Don't think it's an especially common name but not so odd that it's noticeably weird, if you get my meaning.

Glad I helped with Nate, even if only for a little while!

Good luck smile

peacefuleasyfeeling Mon 10-Feb-14 23:33:42

How exciting! I really like Jude and Gabriel from your list, and skimming down the thread I see some of my favourites from when DD2 was born; like some previous posters I had Ivan, Idris, Eli and Ambrose on my list in the event of DD being a boy. But my absolute favourite, which I can share now that I know everyone's definitely arrived at the party chez Peaceful, is Elmo. Just lovely. Timeless, classless, would sound the same in any country and language (important to us). It's so lovely I sometimes think it would be worth another try... I wish you the very best of luck!

SweetPeaPods Tue 11-Feb-14 03:51:25

Dreya he is 8m, we haven't met another one yet.

florascotia Tue 11-Feb-14 09:14:12

Finn is nice. But Finlay (also nice) has recently been very popular and often gets shortened to 'Finn'.
But, as others have said, who cares how popular a name is if you really love it?

Mrsfullhouse Tue 11-Feb-14 09:25:25

How about going with Phineas, shortened to finn, this way it's not too popular, has a funky nickname and solid irish roots for your mother?
Also sounds divine with Giselle! [Smile]

Mrsfullhouse Tue 11-Feb-14 09:29:11

I'm also going to chuck in....

Tobias
Asher
Rowan
Felix

And going to do a proper smile because I seem incapable of doing one with my pregnant sausage fingers!

SmallBee Tue 11-Feb-14 15:44:43

I used to know a Finnbar as another Finn option. smile

Dreya Mon 17-Feb-14 21:43:58

peaceful and mrsfullhouse I really like Idris (not so sure about Phineas though) but our surname ends in 2 ss's so it doesn't sound right. We are still no closer to deciding. We're going to have to call him baby for a while I think! Thank you all for your suggestions and if you think of any more, keep them coming. smile

Really like Gabriel, Jude and Fabian, and am v fond of Julian (but not Jules).

Gideon
Jem (Jeremy)
Ross
Owen
Rowan
Francis
And I'll throw Roland in just in case - nobody ever likes it though!

We had Gabriel and Nathaniel on our list too. Also Elliot and Kit.

Remmy123 Tue 18-Feb-14 10:34:20

I like Jude from your list. My favourite is Finn. My son is called Finn (Finn Oliver) and we do not know any other Finn�s in the area (Surrey).

Some others (just thinking about some boys who are in my older son�s class):

Charlie
Jesse
Ellis
Ethan
Luca
Joseph
Harley
Elliott
Sam

Remmy123 Tue 18-Feb-14 10:38:10

PS. My husband is Irish and i really wanted an Irish name which also confrimed our 2 year old's name Finn - i love it! i have noticed on Mumsnet it is known to be popular, but as mentioned i do not know ANY.

My older son is Jack which is also popular, but there isnt one in his year at school or at his football club.

You have to be careful when naming boys, I always used to say to my husband 'would you like to have been called A, B or C' that helped us decide

BlessedAssurance Tue 18-Feb-14 10:54:42

Heck, boys names are difficult. I had a name picked for a girl two seconds after finding out i was pregnant but a boy's name? Nothing. I am 35 weeks and still no name. On your list op Gabriel is lovely. NN - Gabe. I also love Finn but not for my child, i have idea why.

Lottystar Tue 18-Feb-14 17:21:23

We have a Gabriel too so I'm utterly biased. Gorgeous name I'm always getting compliments for. Gabe is very masculine as a nn too. I like Jude from your list.

Other ideas:

Benedict
Raphael
Caspian
Sebastian
Lucien

Dreya Sat 01-Mar-14 22:01:53

Well, my beautiful boy is finally in my arms and he is most definitely Finn! Thank you all for your help and comments thanks

pygmy Sun 02-Mar-14 08:38:46

Congratulations, fabulous name choice! smile

Dreya Sun 02-Mar-14 23:49:57

Thank you Pygmy smile smile

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