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Which nickname do you prefer

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sophiesmummie Fri 10-Jun-11 13:24:18

Our ds, almost 3 months now, is called Quentin Charles.

We've all been calling him lots different names - Quen, Quenny, Quinn, Quinny, Charlie and Quentin. DH likes Quinn whereas I prefer Quentin and dd loves Charlie (from Charlie & Lola), so I thought I'd ask whether you had any strong views as to which nickname to 'encourage' smile?

poppydaisy Fri 10-Jun-11 13:54:10

I like Quinn.

acatcalledbob Fri 10-Jun-11 14:18:12

With time you'll find that one nn is used over the others. I don't think you can choose a nn, it's normally something that comes naturally, that's the whole point, otherwise it's just another name grin

SloganLogan Fri 10-Jun-11 15:12:50


Cattleprod Fri 10-Jun-11 15:17:36


Or just 'Q' would be a really cool nickname!

Quinn is a bit too similar to quim imo.

sophiesmummie Fri 10-Jun-11 15:44:02

Thanks all. Tinny is cute - hadn't thought of that. Q is cool too but wouldn't be a 'proper' nickname that he could use at school (I mean, it would be just an initial smile). I had to look up the meaning of Quim blush but would Quin (with one n) still be similar - I mean the n and m sound quite different to most people, don't they?

I also like Charlie but there are so many around including in our circle of friends, so I'd prefer to use a variant of Quentin if possible.

Catsu Fri 10-Jun-11 16:08:39

I found with both dcs that whichever nn I used was the one which stuck. I think due to thd fact that I was the main carer and so introduced them myself mostly. Plus I write all thd thank you cards, Xmas cards etc and now everyone we know calls both dcs by the nicknames I used. Dh even uses them now!
So if you prefer quentin then stick with it and I guarantee that's what he will end up as!
I do like Quinn though personally.

meditrina Fri 10-Jun-11 16:13:39

Quinn, to me, is a wholly separate name. Two syllables seems OK for day to day use, so I'd stick with Quentin (maybe letting it abbreviate to Quenn/y in speech). Or go all James Bond and have "Q"

ChippyMinton Fri 10-Jun-11 16:23:47


meditrina Fri 10-Jun-11 17:10:50

Quent might be OK - except to readers of 18th century literature as "queynte" = cunt.

ChippyMinton Fri 10-Jun-11 17:33:37


LetThereBeRock Fri 10-Jun-11 17:34:12

Quentin.It's much too nice to be shortened. Quinn is a completely different name.

quirrelquarrel Fri 10-Jun-11 18:25:51

Love Quinn.

I don't think it's that different.

deste Sat 11-Jun-11 23:21:00

I bet if you left it the boys at school would shorten it to Tony.

Trinaluce Sat 11-Jun-11 23:43:23

Q - or QC smile

MelinaM Sun 12-Jun-11 00:04:45

Quinn I think of as a female name, and so will a lot of other people due to the popularity of that Glee programme, Quentin is a lovely name as it issmile

5DollarShake Sun 12-Jun-11 03:37:22

My BF's brother is Quentin and known universally as Q.

rachel1970 Sun 12-Jun-11 12:05:10

I wouldn't shorten it, although Quinn is cute for when he's smaller.

chimchar Sun 12-Jun-11 12:12:01

Tin tin would be my first chioice. smile

chimchar Sun 12-Jun-11 12:13:09

Meant to add, I was in school with a quentin and his name was never shortened.

PatriciatheStripper Sun 12-Jun-11 12:58:00

Me too, no Quentin in my knowledge or acquaintance has been called anything else.

MsTeak Sun 12-Jun-11 15:44:31

I knew a Quentin and he was known as Tin-Tin!

rachel1970 Sun 12-Jun-11 15:46:17

Actually I know a Tintin but never knew what his real name was - maybe it as Quentin...? But it could also be Justin or Martin I guess.

thursday Mon 13-Jun-11 00:31:53

Quentin is great, i think Quinn is a good abbreviation, or just Quent. i wouldnt go with Charlie though, seems a massive shame to give the boy a lovely unusual name and then use a really common one!

fraktious Mon 13-Jun-11 02:41:22

I know I Quentin called Ken by his family.

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