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Shall I be brave?

(29 Posts)
bankerbabe Tue 12-Jul-11 21:41:29

Hi, I really really love the name Phineas but everyone I mention it to dislikes it. I love the nickname Phin (or may go for the spelling Finn to make his life easier).

Is it usable?

mo3d Tue 12-Jul-11 21:45:06

I like Finn. Would his name be Finneas if you change the spelling?

CandiceMariePratt Tue 12-Jul-11 21:45:28

I like it

spottyock Tue 12-Jul-11 21:48:12

It's not one I would choose but not totally out there either. There are 2 cartoon friends called Phineas and Ferb who are very cool and funny.

thisisyesterday Tue 12-Jul-11 21:52:46

oh i came on expecting it to be something really bizarre! Phineas is lovely

bankerbabe Tue 12-Jul-11 21:53:05

Wow some positive feedback.. at last some people would good taste ;)

mo3d, I may spell it Finn just in case he hates his name when he's older - Phin is difficult to disguise whereas he could be Finn without any questions. Not 100% on that detail yet.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Tue 12-Jul-11 21:55:42

Not fond, sorry - Phineas Nigellus is the not terribly nice Slytherin ex head of Hogwarts, if that matters to you!

posey Tue 12-Jul-11 21:59:42

I really like it, but have to agree re the Finn/Phin spelling. Nice name, not weird, just less popular than some.

diggingintheribs Tue 12-Jul-11 22:05:31

Isn't it the name of one of Julia Roberts twins?

Not that that should put you off!!

I like Finn but I think Phineas is a bit try hard. But if you love it go for it. Everyone hates DDs name but I love it!

Give him a standard middle name then he can always swap to that of he hates it. I wouldn't cal him Finn short for Phineas - seems a bit odd. He can always change to Fin in later life!

OriginalPoster Tue 12-Jul-11 22:09:38

Little boys might turn it into 'penis' if they were sounding it out with phonics, you know how they can be at a certain age sad

eandemum Tue 12-Jul-11 22:13:48

"Muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuum bankerbabe is thinking of using Phineaus"

kalo12 Tue 12-Jul-11 22:19:04

Finn and all variations is very popular round here

bankerbabe Tue 12-Jul-11 22:28:27

I didn't say that was an issue for us did I kalo12 hmm

kalo12 Tue 12-Jul-11 22:33:54

bankerbabe - your thread is entitled - shall i be brave? So I wanted to let you know that it wouldn't seem odd.


Fatimalovesbread Tue 12-Jul-11 22:46:08

I love Finn and reading this I think i'd even consider Phineas.

I do like different names, but then again i'm still TTC so who knows how i'll think when i'm finally picking a name.

Have you any other favourites?

mamalovebird Tue 12-Jul-11 22:49:36

It's lovely, there'll always be people who won't like it. If you like it, go for it.
I chose a 'boring' name for my DS but I don't care, I like it and it suits him.
You'll know it's right when you see him.

bankerbabe Tue 12-Jul-11 23:20:14

And do you prefer James or John as a middle name?

MelinaM Tue 12-Jul-11 23:32:09

Love Phineas / Phinneaus! Go on, go for itsmile

Both lovely mn's, but James wins by a smidge for mesmile

Sam100 Tue 12-Jul-11 23:33:30

As Spottyock says phineas is a very cool kid on tv here. So most kids of a certain age (my lot aged 5 to 9) would think it a super cool name!

qwerty123 Tue 12-Jul-11 23:46:27

Phineas James is a winner. Go for it!

bigbluebump Wed 13-Jul-11 08:53:52

Phineas is lovely.

BUT, I wouldn NOT shorten to Finn for 2 reasons: Firstly, Finn is mega popular and already used by thousands of little boys (and will date imo), Secondly, it is easier to have the same initial for nickname and proper name (for labelling clothes, things etc).

GingaNinja Wed 13-Jul-11 09:13:36

Nice name I think. BUT if shortened to Fin/Finn/Phin - your offspring's surname has nothing to do with fish does it? My SIL really liked the name Finn (we're in Ireland) but last name Gill meant that my nephew would have had a name from 2 parts of a fish! God alone knows what the nicknames would have been.

Definitely have a 'normal/boring' middle name he can switch to if he wants.

everlong Wed 13-Jul-11 14:17:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

HereLiesDobbyAFreeElf Wed 13-Jul-11 14:21:33

grin eandemum.

I like it, sounds like a cool name. Phineas and Ferb (sp) is a kids tv show, and my DC love it.

MugglesandLuna Wed 13-Jul-11 14:44:51

If you dont mind it being linked with either Fogg or Ferb then use it I say!

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