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Struggling with names

(23 Posts)
Leffie Thu 26-May-11 23:44:41

Week 36 and still need to decide on a name for our first born.
The Last name starts with 'O'
Thanks for your opinions

Carl or Karl
Edmund or Edmond

MelinaM Thu 26-May-11 23:49:27

Love, love, love Barnaby, Caspar and Edmundsmile

Oscar is rather trendy popular at the moment, Thomas is quite popular too.

Not a fan of Carl/Karl nor Quentin. Max is nice enough, but I feel it's a little ordinary iykwim.

Barnaby's the one for mesmile

kreecherlivesupstairs Fri 27-May-11 07:57:18

Duncan, I see you omitted Duncan. Do consider it or Gavin. Failing to do so will upset me a lot.
If you must have YOUR choice, Edmund is best.

hulabula Fri 27-May-11 12:06:15

I really like Edmund, Quentin, Thomas and Caspar - lovely strongclassic names. Max and Oscar are more 'faddy' in comparison.

My dad is a Karl and I actually think it might come back into fashion soon.

mopsyflopsy Fri 27-May-11 12:09:34

Love Quentin (in fact we have a Quentin Charles smile), Thomas and Elias. With your last name starting with O I'd possibly avoid Oscar and a first name ending in a consonant probably sounds best. e.g. Quentin Oxxx or Thomas Oxxx.

meditrina Fri 27-May-11 12:11:02

Not Barnaby (initials BO!)

BabesandJugs Fri 27-May-11 12:14:26

Oooh no not Barnaby - i'm afraid in my brigade, that is the annoying bear on CBeebies hmm

I suppose it also depends on the area you live and whether names such as Caspar, Quentin, Edmund would 'fit in' or be a stark contrast if you understand where i am, coming from?

I love Oscar, but agree it's very popular now, also love Thomas - although Tom, Tommy i'm not so sure of?

Elias i love - and i think Carl is one to watch out for, it sounds great and isn't too popular.

I'll be groaned at but Max is a very fixed 'dogs' name in our circle.

poppydaisy Fri 27-May-11 12:14:34

All lovely names. My favourites would be Edmund (Ed), Quentin (Quin), Thomas (Tom). Agree that Max and Oscar may date more as they feel a little 'trendy'. And good point about BO grin.

rachel1970 Fri 27-May-11 12:18:52

Love Barnaby but unfortunately it doesn't work with an O surname. Also love Quentin, Thomas and Caspar. Max and Oscar are dog names round here but I also feel that they're less 'classic' than the others (i.e. more fashionable at the moment).

hellokitty123 Fri 27-May-11 12:28:34

Like all your names. Carl is one you don't hear very often these days, but is a nice name - you may be ahead of the curve smile. Quentin is also lovely and not that popular yet. Charles is nice but he may end up as Charlie, which I'm less keen on. Edmund, Elias and Caspar are ok and Max and Oscar are indeed very widely used already. Does any of the sound best with your surname?

Domesticbodess Fri 27-May-11 12:57:34

Now I do like Carl - short and sweet but not used very much.

bigbluebump Fri 27-May-11 13:09:07

Charles (Charlie), Maximilian (Max), Edmund (Ed), Oscar (Os/Ossie) and Thomas (Tom) are all quite popular names - they're lovely but may date more as they've been used a lot recently.

Carl, Quentin, Barnaby, Caspar and Elias are less used names that will probably 'age' better although you can never forecast if any of these shoots up the tables in the future. But they're lovely, classic names. I like Quentin and Caspar in particular. Agree that B names are out with your surname grin.

Leffie Fri 27-May-11 14:02:13

Wow, thank you all for your great feedback!! So much food for thought!

Carl was initially at the top of my list with the middle name Edmund:
Carl Edmund.
Our surname is of Irish origin so I thought that Carl grounds it quite well. I'm amazed/happy quite a few of you like it too!

Thanks for The Barnaby input..had no idea about that CBeebies character. Did have to ask my partner what BO stands for grin had not thought of that!
It's now unfortunately off the list together with Oscar, the OO initials just don't work.

Am still torn with Max, I had a Max in the family (German origin), so for me it has a traditional ring to it but you're right, at the moment it's so popular... hmm

Out of the other options Quentin and Thomas flow best with the surname. Have to come up with some middle names now. Perhaps George?

Another list contender was Gideon. What do you think?

thanks again!!

redvelvetmooncupcake Fri 27-May-11 14:08:41

Aw, I love the idea of someone's initials being OO!

bigbluebump Fri 27-May-11 14:13:48

How about Quentin Carl or Thomas Carl? George also works well as middle name.

I'm afraid I don't like Gideon very much. Nickname would be Giddy?

othersideofchannel Fri 27-May-11 14:19:52

Max, Oscar and Tom/Thomas are quite popular. I think Thomas was even in the top 10 list last year if I remember correctly. Quentin is lovely (quite popular in France) as is Charles. I'm less keen on Edmumd or Caspar. I think Casper is a clown in German (Kasper), this may or may not bother you of course smile. I'm also not that keen on Gideon.

excellentadventure Fri 27-May-11 15:18:58

Not keen on Gideon, but while considering possible nn I thought of Dion which is uncommon but quite cool imo. Would go well with a O' surname.

shoobidoo Fri 27-May-11 15:35:57

All nice names but if you're looking for a less overused classic name then I think Edmund, Quentin and Caspar are lovely. A short single syllable middle name would balance it out nicely e.g. Edmund Carl or Quentin George. Gideon is ok but I don't really like the 'Giddy' sound at the beginning.

Leffie Fri 27-May-11 16:22:19

Yes, i agree; shame that Gideon does not have a nice nickname, although Dion is indeed cool!!

I just checked and Quentin is Nr.31 in France. That's actually a plus as I have close familiy living in France, so they'll be able to pronounce it without problem too, yay!
The short middle names work indeed a treat.

Thank guys, this is great brain storming and helps me a lot. : )

oohlaalaa Fri 27-May-11 16:45:09

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oohlaalaa Fri 27-May-11 16:46:39

oooh, forgot Quentin, really dislike this name. Sorry.

excellentadventure Fri 27-May-11 18:04:22

Bear in mind Quentin is pronounced Kon-Tan in France. Dion would be prn the same way in English and French.

evamummy Fri 27-May-11 18:45:07

Really like Barnaby, Quentin and Elias. Not keen on Gideon or Edmund, I'm afraid.

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