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(23 Posts)
JojoMags Wed 22-Dec-10 15:51:01

What do you think? Better than Nathaniel?Would it get (disastrously) shortened to Aids?

Pinkjenny Wed 22-Dec-10 15:52:00

I prefer Nathaniel, tbh. Love Nate too. Was on my list for ds. Aidan is nice, though. Although, I preferred Big, if I'm honest grin

TinselInDisgrace Wed 22-Dec-10 15:52:55

DS1 is Aidan. It never gets shortened to aids. He absolutely adores his name.

CuppaTeaJanice Wed 22-Dec-10 15:55:10

It would prob be shortened to Adie, rather than Aids!!

It's a very nice name. The only downside is it sometimes gets associated with less 'classy' names like Kayden, Jayden, Brayden etc.

The only Nathaniel I know was always known as Flannel. Better than Aids, but not much!!!

tammytoby Wed 22-Dec-10 21:05:59

I prefer Nathaniel - more classic and elegant than Aidan. Not sure about the nickname Aids or Aidie ... you never know what his peers choose to call him...

LittleYellowTeapot Wed 22-Dec-10 21:10:12

Nathaniel/Nate is a gorgeous name.
I like Aiden but don't like the Brayden/Hayden/Kayden thing.

Minione Wed 22-Dec-10 22:48:02

Aidan is a lovely name. It is not of the Brayden/Kayden ilk, its a saint's name ffs.

Nothing wrong with Nathaniel, either, but Aidan gets my vote.

rachel234 Thu 23-Dec-10 10:29:45

Aidan is ok, but I don't like Haydan/Jaydan type names. Not sure about nicknames - does it need to be shortened? Aidie/Aid?

dietcokesholidaysarecoming Thu 23-Dec-10 10:34:49

Aidan is beautiful and timeless. It's a saints name. It not too common as in popular and chavvy.

Nathaniel reminds me of a natwest wade piggy. Quite like Nat as a nn though.

dietcokesholidaysarecoming Thu 23-Dec-10 10:38:21

I don't think you can compare it to the new style Hayden or jayden names.

It will get misspelt though- aiden is commonly an appearance in our Xmas cards. Have heard of ayden and Aden too.

Obviously I am bias and prefer Aidan

dietcokesholidaysarecoming Thu 23-Dec-10 10:40:18

Oh and sometimes people shorten it to Ade- Im not keen and therefore don't encourage it. When he starts school though I can't stop it!

usualsuspect Thu 23-Dec-10 10:46:11

I like it but then I quite like jayden/brayden etc

CuppaTeaJanice Thu 23-Dec-10 13:45:50

Grrrrrr.....Hayden is a traditional name and so is Aidan.

You'll see by the above posts that both will inevitably be lumped together with awful JaydenKaydenBraden names and you'll end up irrationally wound up when you hear one of them being screeched across the playground.

There doesn't seem to be the same association with other names that happen to rhyme with less desirable names. I bet mums of Ben and Annie don't get comparisons with Ken and Fanny!

purplefeet Thu 23-Dec-10 13:51:46

Aidan is a good name. I met an Aidan named after some actor - think he's called Aidan Quinn or something, was in Legends of the fall, so the baby Aidan's mum told me. I've never heard of him myself.

Nightstar Thu 23-Dec-10 15:49:52

I absoltely love the name Aidan. And Aidan Quinn is extemely talented!

I think it's actually quite an upper class name. I know one and it's never ever shortened, his name is Aidan, we've only ever called him that.

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 23-Dec-10 21:08:58

Love the name Aidan and only know one who is in his 30's.

Much nicer than Nathaniel, but there again the only Nathaniel I know is in my DS class and is a little brat lively.

ShoshanaBlue Sun 26-Dec-10 02:51:48

I love Aidan.

Komondor Wed 29-Dec-10 15:28:00

Both Aidan and Nathaniel are good names.

5DollarShake Thu 30-Dec-10 13:48:41

DH is an Aiden (with an e) and his name is very rarely shortened - ocassionally to Aido by friends. wink

ValiumTinselton Thu 30-Dec-10 14:33:38

I like Aidan and have never associated it with Aids!

I think in the USA though, Aidan spawned the kaden, jaden, zayden names. Obviously Aidan is in a totally different category but some people who are ignorant of Aidan's origins might lump them all in together.

TheManWhoSoldtheWorld Thu 30-Dec-10 14:50:07

I know two men named Aidan. One is called Ade/Adey and the other is never shortened at all. I think it's a lovely name.

I like Nathaniel too though, so not much help!

Thinkofanumber Thu 30-Dec-10 23:46:33

DS is Aidan, very often gets spelt Aiden or Haydn ('h's are dropped where we live, I spent 3 years thinking DH's cousin was Anna instead of Hannah).
I love it and when shortened we call him Dan.

Thinkofanumber Thu 30-Dec-10 23:48:54

I like Nathan too btw, was on our very short list.

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