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But he looks like a Seamus...

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awkwardmoment Fri 20-Sep-13 17:03:16

Namechanged to avoid outing myself wink

When I was pregnant, we chose (or rather, did not disagree) on the name James for our son. DH is Irish and there was a fair amount of banter around his side of the family calling him Seamus.

Here is the ishoo...

As soon as he was born, I gazed lovingly at my wrinkly little James...

...only to discover that he looked more like a Seamus shock

Stupidly, I did not say anything, as we'd been referring to him as James since the 20 week scan and Seamus had been a bit of a family joke.

That was two months ago. I've been calling him James, but he still doesn't look like one.

AIBU to start calling him Seamus? DH is in agreement that the name suits him more than James.

I mean, it's not like he'd notice, right?

runs away

hearthwitch Fri 20-Sep-13 19:41:42

Irish too and my da and his da and a long line of them were christened James but are all called Seamus

ChrisTheSheep Fri 20-Sep-13 19:51:24

Go ahead and change it! I second the advice to do the paperwork properly, though.

I'm also relieved how many people like Seamus as a name: it's a potential choice for DC2 if they turn out to be a DS2. FIL and Seamus Heaney were friends, and it would be a lovely tribute, but I wasn't sure how it would go down in the UK. I'm really glad it wouldn't be the same as naming him something like Gilleasbuig etc.

squoosh Fri 20-Sep-13 20:02:21

I love Seamus, it's such a friendly and confident name.

squoosh Fri 20-Sep-13 20:02:51

'it is not 1980's rural Ireland where everyone knows who Mickey John John is, a letter addressed to Foxy Tom, Clonmel will actually be processed by the post office and reach the intended recipient.'

This made me snort! So true as well.

dontmixthecolours Fri 20-Sep-13 20:06:34

Seamus is my all time favourite boys name. Go for it!

ArabellaBeaumaris Fri 20-Sep-13 20:06:50

I love the name Seamus, change it but yes do the paperwork. DP is known by a name not his given name & it is a right pain.

PeppiNephrine Fri 20-Sep-13 20:07:24

Thats rural Ireland now, never mind the 1980's.

Apparentlychilled Fri 20-Sep-13 20:12:06

I have a Seamus (also nn Shay or Seamie), named after DH's side (his middle name is James)- he's English and I'm Irish and as a said unthread, Seamus is the Irish for James.

Go for it!

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