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boy's names - Loris? Sylvan?

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Karuna13 Wed 15-Dec-10 21:59:29


We've been debating over boy's names and after mentioning 'Loris' in jest realised it had connections that both DH and I liked.

But, I've never heard it used, what do you think?

An alternative, or middle, name that's running through my mind is Sylvan. My late mum's name was Sylvia and I'd love to weave this into the name somewhere - a bit more tricky for a boy than a girl.

Loris and Sylvan both (unintentionally) seem to fit a nature / woodland theme following on from DS1 Rowan.

What do you think? Boyish / Girlish? / Asking to be beaten up in the playground?!

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ElfPantsAtMidnightMass Wed 15-Dec-10 22:10:51

Hi Karuna

this is a Loris.

Sylvan means living in the woods doesn't it? Not bad but might get called Sylvia?

Avocadoes Wed 15-Dec-10 22:14:39

Love Sylvan. I know a gorgeous man called Sylvan. It would be a great tribute to your late mother.

Loris is too close to Lois for me. And Doris. Very feminine sounding.

Karuna13 Wed 15-Dec-10 22:29:34

Hi Elfpants,

LOL at the ticklish slow loris - that's where our jest started, but thinking on it the name seemed to have a real appeal.

And Avocadoes - the 'Doris' thought had crossed my mind, not quite the playground nickname you'd choose for your little one.

But, it has to have some other associations .... doesn't it??

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MuffinMouse Wed 15-Dec-10 22:40:30

I like the sound of Sylvan. But if I'm very honest - both sound a bit like girls names to me, especially Loris. I know that lots of people like unisex names so maybe it won't be an issue...Personally I'd poll some men to get a real feel for how it'll be received in terms of teasing/not.

Iamcountingto3 Wed 15-Dec-10 22:47:59

Loris is too much slow Loris for me, but I suspect that's not an animal everyone knows. Except on mn of course.

Quite like Sylvan, but I think it'd have to be the right child to carry it off & avoid teasing at secondary school...

ElfPantsAtMidnightMass Wed 15-Dec-10 23:19:54

What about Lorcan? I really don't think Loris is an ok name, unless you'd consider siblings called Ay-ay and Sloth <ponders OP's hormonal state and considers retracting these ideas>

What about Leander?

Karuna13 Wed 15-Dec-10 23:27:58

..... mmmm Sloth, now there's an idea! [visions of calling 'sloth, come here please' to a hyperactive toddler]

Is the slow loris association such an obvious one??

DH immediately thought of Loris Capirossi (italian motorbike racer)!

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clumsymumsnowdriftbaby Thu 16-Dec-10 00:02:20

i love sylvan,

but then i also love names like Florian,giacomo and rupin for boysblushand my dc's are named sky and arlo.grin

i think it goes nicely with rowan btw and i love the meaning.

loris is nice too,but i prefer sylvansmile

1percentawake Thu 16-Dec-10 19:50:42

I really like Loris - had considered for my DS who is now Laurie so similar!

Sylvan is nice - like Florian as suggested above too!!

AllieW Thu 16-Dec-10 19:56:24

I find both of them quite girly, which may or may not be a problem for you. Not keen, sorry.

LetThereBeRock Thu 16-Dec-10 20:57:37

I like Sylvan,but I certainly wouldn't use Loris. It's a family of primates.

EauRudolph Thu 16-Dec-10 20:59:54

I agree with Allie, they both sound like they could be girls' names.

LetThereBeRock Thu 16-Dec-10 21:19:46

I prefer Sylvanus to Sylvan actually,though both are nice.

LetThereBeRock Thu 16-Dec-10 21:20:03

I think it's a little more masculine too.

ElfPantsAtMidnightMass Thu 16-Dec-10 22:42:05

But on the downside, it has "anus" in it.

And the Sylvanian family jokes become ever more likely.

What about Calidore?

ateles Sat 18-Dec-10 19:48:31

slow loris's are named after the Dutch word for 'clown' as they thought the animal had a clown like face. Don't know if that would put you off.

Karuna13 Sun 20-Feb-11 22:42:55

bump - Am getting closer and closer to my due date and still hooked on Loris / Sylvan for DS2.

Your thoughts?

Many thanks

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PurveyorOfWoo Sun 20-Feb-11 22:50:28

My brother is called Sylvan so I am biased. It really suits him. We grew up in a small conservative village and he never really had a problem. He gets called Sylv for short.

Loris just reminds me of the small animal.

OliveMalay Mon 21-Feb-11 00:30:47

Of the two, I prefer Sylvan. Loris sounds like Boris or Doris, which I'm not keen on.

How about Sylvester?

Or if you like tree names what about Aspen, Rowan, Lynden, Walden, Oliver?

Clary Mon 21-Feb-11 00:35:57

Not keen on wither I am afraid.

When PG with DS2 I made a list of names that included Fairfax. Glad it stayed on the list tbh. I would put Loris in the same place.

Can only think of Slow Loris, some kind of lazy animal. Or Lois.

Sylvan sounds too much like Sylvia tbh.

OliveMalay Mon 21-Feb-11 00:40:19

How about Lawrence instead of Loris?

mathanxiety Mon 21-Feb-11 05:14:07

How about Solomon or Simon?

Or Lorcan as suggested earlier?

Or Daragh -- a nice Irish name and refers to the oak tree.

I think Loris and Sylvan both sound a bit girlish. I know an 80-something man named Loren but even he has trouble making reservations, talking on the phone, etc., as people think he's Lauren..

gapbear Mon 21-Feb-11 15:53:11

Slow loris!

You do know that if he isn't terribly bright or is a daydreamer his name will haunt him (and you), don't you?

Kirangel33 Sat 03-Nov-18 13:33:57

Hey Karuna! Just seen this and I wondered if you named your son Loris after all. People didn’t seem keen but I named my son Loris in 1988 and everyone has loved the name! It’s been a very lucky one for him!

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