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Help with Charlie?

(18 Posts)
PeterSpanswick Sat 23-Jul-11 10:23:09

Have finally narrowed it down to either Charlie or George with DH swaying more towards Charlie but neither of us are keen on Charles.

Would Charlie be ok as a name in it's own right? It doesn't sit well with me as Charlie seems more of a nickname than anything but can't think of another name we could shorten to "Charlie". Any ideas appreciated!

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 23-Jul-11 10:32:07

No ideas on what would shorten to Charlie sorry. People do used shortened names but I'm really not a big fan of Charlie/Archie/Alfie type names, there are just too many of them about.

savoycabbage Sat 23-Jul-11 10:34:15

I agree with Jilted. You should pick George if you don't like Charles.

GwendolineMaryLacey Sat 23-Jul-11 10:40:51

Charlie is a nn. I can't bear nns on birth certificates. Agree, if you don't like Charles, use George.

FannyPriceless Sat 23-Jul-11 10:51:22

May I just say, your thread title made me laugh. Which aspect of charlie use do you need help with?wink

<sorry, ignore me. as you were>

PeterSpanswick Sat 23-Jul-11 10:53:10

That's exactly what I'm thinking! Love Charlie as a pet name but like Jack e.t.c. it doesnt seem to stand alone - can't imagine putting it on the birth certificate for example. Gah!

PeterSpanswick Sat 23-Jul-11 10:54:55

Haha have a feeling I will need help with most aspects of Charlie when he arrives! The name is just the beginning! grin

PaperBank Sat 23-Jul-11 12:43:55

George is very nice smile

Charlie is OK as nickname for Charles, but I prefer full names on birth certificates.

iklboo Sat 23-Jul-11 14:57:04

Charlemagne would, but it's a bit unwieldy!

pilates Sun 24-Jul-11 08:54:24

I would put Charles on birth certificate and use Charlie as a nn.

I love the name George, one of my favourites.

StoopidBint Sun 24-Jul-11 09:11:29

I know of 2 boys called Charlie - they are both Charlie on their birth certificates too.

If you love Charlie, use it! It's a great name IMO.

Cherrypi Sun 24-Jul-11 10:16:39


MsChanandlerBong Sun 24-Jul-11 10:18:02

IMO if you have your heart set on Charlie but hate Charles, then you should put Charlie on the bc (even if you do dislike the idea of a 'nn' on a bc). If you are never, ever going to call him Charles then he will probably find it a pain strange that he has a different name on his official documentation to what he is known as in his everday life.

Just my opinion based on personal experience of my sister (who has a longer name on her bc that is never used apart from official documentation and she finds it a complete administrative nightmare) but I am aware that a lot of people disagree with me.

MsChanandlerBong Sun 24-Jul-11 10:18:56

Cherrypi oooh, yes, Charlton is good! I like that!!

PaperBank Sun 24-Jul-11 11:14:07

Or there's always Chorlton grin

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 24-Jul-11 14:22:54

grin at PaperBank

mskatemc Sun 24-Jul-11 16:58:15

My Grandad's middle name was Charlie; my grandmother always wanted him to pretend it was Charles but he was jolly proud of it. Funnily enough hers was Jennie (as is mine) but she never wanted to be Jennifer!

startail Sun 24-Jul-11 17:21:51

I'd be perfectly happy to have the shortened form of my name on my BC. I've never been called by my full name, it isn't me.
DD's second name is a nn, doesn't work with her first name in full.

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