Thoughts on boy's name shortlist

(44 Posts)
zoomzoom28 Tue 18-Mar-14 13:26:28

DC2 is due in May and we are struggling to come up with a name if it is a boy (we don't know if it is a boy or a girl).

We have a shortlist but don't feel strongly about any of the names and seem to have a problem with most of them. On the shortlist are:

Toby - not sure if we'd use Tobias on BC or just Toby.
Oliver - popularity puts me off and I can't work out whether nn would be spelt Ollie or Olly. Would it get annoying having to correct it all the time?
Rafferty - am inclined to think this will date but I do like it.
Frederick - as with Oliver, I can't decide whether nn would be spelt Freddie or Freddy.
Giles - a pretty uncommon name and I can't work out why.
Monty - will this make everyone think dog rather than boy?!
Rupert - the bear connection.

What do people think?

Any other suggestions are welcome - I seem to like names that end in ie/y but, with the exception of Oliver, prefer ones which aren't as popular as Archie, Alfie, Charlie etc. Names we have considered and discounted or can't use include Murray, Barnaby, Digby, Humphrey and Percy.

Many thanks!

Delphiniumsblue Tue 18-Mar-14 13:29:58


EyelinerQueen Tue 18-Mar-14 13:33:33

I hate the name Oliver, Ollie even more so.

I like Fergus and Rafferty from your list. Fergus particularly.

Monty, Giles and Rupert are all wet toff names. Really not keen.

Middleagedmotheroftwo Tue 18-Mar-14 13:39:25

Toby - love it
Oliver - nice, but too popular (but def Ollie)
Rafferty - a bit 70s? But I like it
Frederick - Freddie, but not keen
Fergus - OK if you're Irish
Giles - for posh boys and farmers
Monty - it's a nn. How about Montgomery
Max - love it
Rupert - like it

Just realised I like all of them, so not much help. Sorry OP blush

BlueStarsAtNight Tue 18-Mar-14 13:43:51

I like Frederick (Freddie), Giles, and Max best.

Oliver (Ollie) is nice but too popular.

Monty I do think pet.
Rupert I do think bear.
Rafferty and Feargus are just not my cup of tea.
Toby is ok but I've always thought it sounds a bit wet (sorry anyone with a Toby!).

What's your surname like?

scarletforya Tue 18-Mar-14 13:46:41

Wet toff names is right. Sorry Op, Oliver is about the only nice one there.

RalphRecklessCardew Tue 18-Mar-14 13:48:54


Or Giles, because of Buffy.

SimplySara Tue 18-Mar-14 13:50:26

I like Tobias/ Toby and Giles.

I was thinking the exact same thing about Giles - why is it never mentioned/used? I quite like it

DiamondsAndRust Tue 18-Mar-14 13:51:19

Toby - lovely. Would use Tobias.
Oliver - never been a favourite, and too popular for me in any case
Rafferty - cute, in a 'raffish' way, but does seem a bit faddy. Like NN Raff, but would be more likely to use Raphael.
Frederick - OK. Prefer Freddie
Giles - almost a caricature of a posh name. Think of Gyles Brandreth, and the only real person I know with this name completely lives up to the toff/effete stereotype!
Monty - more usable than Giles but still a bit overly posh
Max - a bit on the bland side
Rupert - too obviously posh (in a cuddly, bear-like way!) for me
Fergus - like it

For me it would be a choice between Toby/Tobias, Fergus and maybe Rafferty.

Finley/Finlay NN Finn
Henry (bit popular)
Laurence NN Laurie

DiamondsAndRust Tue 18-Mar-14 13:52:47

Oh, and I'm a tad biased towards Toby, as I taught an absolutely adorable one last year (spelt Tobi, as shortening from Tobias). Really lovely boy.

Jemimapuddleduk Tue 18-Mar-14 13:53:21

What about Miles?

zoomzoom28 Tue 18-Mar-14 13:57:18

Thank you for the comments so far - they're definitely helping!!

Surname is long, hard to spell and pronounce (I don't want to include it here as it would out me!) so we tend to prefer short names which don't have too many different spellings (hence my issues with Freddie/Ollie etc).

Toby/Tobias seems to be the current front runner, although BlueStars, my DH also seems to think it's a bit wet. I'm not sure why!

minipie Tue 18-Mar-14 13:57:36

Toby/Tobias, Frederick (nn Fred, Freddie) or Fergus would be my picks

Definitely not Monty. Why is this so popular - have none of you seen Withnail?

Only1scoop Tue 18-Mar-14 13:59:27

Like Toby, Max or Frederick 'Freddy'

RiverTam Tue 18-Mar-14 14:00:28

Tobias is nice, not so keen on Toby though it's OK.

Rafferty I quite like.

don't really like or dislike the others. Monty is a dog's name!

SoonToBeSix Tue 18-Mar-14 14:02:12

Love Toby, Max also makes me think dog.

Only1scoop Tue 18-Mar-14 14:20:27

I know 2 Giles ....extremely posh and 40

Twighlightsparkle Tue 18-Mar-14 14:22:11





Onesleeptillwembley Tue 18-Mar-14 14:26:49

Your names are ok, mainly not to my taste though. I'm just surprised at Rafferty in there. The others are all classic names. That's rather common.

Dollybird99 Tue 18-Mar-14 14:33:41

My husband is called Giles. Neither wet, a toff or effete.........

Nocomet Tue 18-Mar-14 14:34:33

The only Giles I know is an accountant.

He was also the most mischievous, perpetually in hot water, but somehow escaping the HT's office, live wire, at my very ordinary comp.

We went to the same (now RG) university and neither of us were posh.

hunreeeal Tue 18-Mar-14 16:10:18

Frederick/Freddie, Max, Oliver/Ollie and Fergus are all nice.

KLou1105 Tue 18-Mar-14 16:40:22

Love Toby/Tobias, also like Oliver but not Ollie! And Frederick/Freddie is nice too :-) have u considered maverick? This was on one of our many short lists

Really dislike Monty sorry, friends dog has this name!

ExcuseTypos Tue 18-Mar-14 16:45:39

I think if you've got a long, difficult to spell surname, Max is the winner for me.

Kantha Tue 18-Mar-14 16:52:14

Frederick and Oliver - too popular for me. So many Freddies round my way especially.

Giles - see Farmer Giles of Ham

Toby/Tobias - love it, quite popular - top 50 I think.

Rafferty - a bit cool and right now.

Rupert - my favourite name. DH wouldn't permit it for DS2 because of the wet toff associations. Love the bear, and the 3 Ruperts that I have known in RL have all been lovely non wet non toff people. smile

Kantha Tue 18-Mar-14 16:54:43

Forgot Max - like that too.

zoomzoom28 Tue 18-Mar-14 19:31:09

Thank you for all the responses - it's useful to get opinions on the names as we're not discussing them with anyone in RL.

The name I just can't get my head round is Giles! I'm not too bothered by the Farmer Giles association and appreciate that it is perhaps on the "posher" end of the scale but don't think it is any more so than Miles, for example, (which has also been suggested), yet Miles is much more popular. Food for thought!

Like Fergus, rest are a bit posh for me. Though actually Giles isn't too bad. Prefer Miles and it isn't seen as posh in Scotland.

How about:

Albert/Albie or Bertie

some of these are a bit posh for me too but seem to fit with your other names.

Love Rupert and am surprisingly fond of Giles, but not sure how workable it is irl. Like Oliver and Frederick a lot (but hate Freddie/Freddy).

Roderick maybe instead of Frederick?

sparkbubbles Tue 18-Mar-14 20:42:02

What about Milo?


TeaAndALemonTart Tue 18-Mar-14 20:48:48

Toby is awful and Tobias even worse imo. So drippy, like Timmy.

No offense intended.

I like Fergus, nn Gus.

Toby - Reasonable, but I would definitely use Tobias on BC because Toby is too nicknamey/informal.
Oliver - I liked Oliver too, but DP vetoed it. I didn't worry about the NN spelling because I was planning on calling him 'Oliver' anyway and figured he would probably change his mind at some point on how he wants to spell his NN himself when he is older.
Rafferty - I didn't realise this was a name, it sounds like a synonym for grumpy "don't go all rafferty on me".
Frederick - I like this one, and Freddy/Freddie is so cute on a little boy. grin
Fergus - I like it, seems like a good strong name.
Giles - I can't disassociate it from Giles the librarian in Buffy but DC's generation will not get the reference anyway so no comment.
Monty - I like it but agree it does sound a bit dog-ish.
Max - I like it, it's quite a power name.
Rupert - Far too twee for me.

Bowlersarm Tue 18-Mar-14 21:17:14

Tobias nn Toby - is lovely.
Oliver nn Oli - is lovely.
Rafferty - not keen
Frederick nn Freddy/Freddie - ok
Fergus - don't like
Giles - I don't like giles, but I do like Miles!
Monty - don't like
Max - ok, but bit boring
Rupert - love, love, love but wasn't brave enough to use it myself

Picklebean Tue 18-Mar-14 21:21:32

I know a family with an Oliver (Ollie), Freddie and a Rafferty. All gorgeous boys and the combination works well.

Britchic Tue 18-Mar-14 21:48:59

Toby - quite nice
Oliver - yep too popular
Rafferty - love this
Frederick - hmmmm
Fergus - not keen
Giles - don't like, but could be due to it being an ex's name!
Monty - don't like
Max - love
Rupert - quite nice

How about... Sebastian, Hugo, Jasper, William?

mrsbug Tue 18-Mar-14 21:57:25

I like Frederick best
Followed by Max

aGirlDownUnder1 Tue 18-Mar-14 22:26:41

Toby- Love it especially with Tobias on bc
Oliver- so popular
Rafferty- love it
Frederick- it's ok
Fergus- love it
Giles- sounds very posh
Monty- sounds very posh and twee
Max- meh
Rupert- don't like it and very posh

Mireio Wed 19-Mar-14 00:02:58

Yes, go with Giles! I know a very handsome Giles in his 30s.

Otherwise, Fergus or Rupert. I'm so bored of Toby and Ollie.

HippoCritic Wed 19-Mar-14 04:15:08

I love Oliver, never met one actually. I love Ollie as a nickname so much, btw.

Toby- I like Tobias, but not Toby, sounds a bit dull, sorry.

Rafferty- love it, and the nn Rafi/Raffi.

Frederick- sensible sounding, kind of a solid option. I don't like or dislike it iyswim, it just is. Would fit a lot of people, loads of nickname potential but would be more the sort of name I'd use if I honesty couldn't decide, as a safe name if no name particularly stood out?

Fergus- really dislike.

Giles- posh and old, imo, so sounds a bit odd for a kid.

Monty- a bit too cutesy, posh.

Max- strong and handsome sounding.

Rupert- sounds dated and posh. Really dislike it, sorry.

So I LOVE Rafferty, Max and Oliver, but prefer Oliver. smile

zoomzoom28 Wed 19-Mar-14 12:56:31

Some interesting suggestions - quite liking Gregory and I do like Jeremy, although it is the name of an old boss which puts me off - shame though!

I think we're going to take Monty off the list - just too dog like. At least we're making progress!

CleverOl10 Wed 19-Mar-14 15:35:10

We have an Oliver who is Ollie and love it!
Like Toby, would be on my list if it hadn't been a family dog name.
Husband is Gregory and he loves Greg but hates Gregory.
Not keen on Freddie.
Miles is better than Giles. Not sure why.

jellybeans Wed 19-Mar-14 15:56:27

Toby - nice
Oliver - too popular
Rafferty - dislike
Frederick - dislike
Fergus- dislike
Giles - dislike
Monty - dislike
Max- great name
Rupert - dislike

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