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does the baby name we love go with our surname??

(38 Posts)
BillysClaire Thu 28-Jul-11 15:01:03

Hi everyone.

I am new on here, just trying to get some advise and peoples opinions on whether the baby name we love goes with our surname.
Our 2nd child is due in the autumn and we are having another boy smile We absolutely love the name William and always have but we are not sure if it goes with our surname, which is Billingsley.

honest opinions on the name William Billingsley...

Thank you confused.. confused

kat2504 Thu 28-Jul-11 15:07:04

I'd certainly try to make sure it wasn't abbreviated to Billy!

MrsOzz Thu 28-Jul-11 15:07:55

Well it is a but of a mouthful. But I think Billingsley is quite a mouthful with whatever name:

James Billingsley
Joshua Billingsley
Harry Billingsley

So if you love William then use it smile

TobyLerone Thu 28-Jul-11 15:09:38

Billy Billingsley? hmm

sancerrre Thu 28-Jul-11 15:10:19

It goes perfectly due to the repetition of the L's. Sounds like a very successful lawyer type.

Iamkenny Thu 28-Jul-11 15:10:52

I suppose it does partly. William Billingsley, Will Billingsley - it is a bit of a mouthful to say.
You could get away with it. It's just the l's that get in the way.

But yeah it could work though there are names of the same ilk that go better (I'm thinking Charlie/Charles, Harry etc)

Congratulations and hope that helps

hocuspontas Thu 28-Jul-11 15:11:42

Sorry but it reminds me of when I hear names like Phil Phillips or Dave Davies - no imagination on the part of the parents!

I think I'd go with a one-syllable name or at least a different vowel sound. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John type names.

GwendolineMaryLacey Thu 28-Jul-11 15:13:01

I love Billy Billingsley, it sounds great.

BillysClaire Thu 28-Jul-11 15:14:17

I wished we liked another name but we are really struggling.
We love traditional names but we have so many nephews that most of the nice names have already gone.

We love William and Will for short. But agree people could call him billy.. which wouldn't work sad

InstantAtom Thu 28-Jul-11 15:15:49

Very similar... people are bound to come up with Bill Billingsley before too long. I agree with Iamkenny that another name in similar style might go better.

George Billingsley
John Billingsley
Aidan Billingsley
Miles Billingsley
Edward Billingsley
Oliver Billingsley
Samuel Billingsley
Frederick Billingsley
Daniel Billingsley

princessdave Thu 28-Jul-11 15:19:05

My MILs maiden name was Billingsley! I'd never heard of it before but I like it. William is lovely but Billy Billingsley might be a bit much... Daniel is a good fit as InstantAtom suggested. My MIL has a brother called Peter but I think his nickname is Arthur which I quite like too. Good luck!

BillysClaire Thu 28-Jul-11 15:26:19

Thanks everyone.

Like the list InstantAtom, Samuel/Sam is 1st sons name smile

I quite like alfie and Harry too but hubbie isn't keen.

BillysClaire Thu 28-Jul-11 15:31:00

anymore new suggestions would be great too thank you smile

princessdave Thu 28-Jul-11 15:50:17

Alexander (Alex)
Robert (Bobby / Rob)

BillysClaire Thu 28-Jul-11 16:26:35

how about Jacob/Jake Billingsley?

or even Jacob William Billingsley?

princessdave Thu 28-Jul-11 16:39:37

Like and like BillysClaire!

scarlettlips Thu 28-Jul-11 16:49:04

IMO too many I's and L's...It's just a bit of a mouthfull all together. We have the same problem with our surname and the name was William too!

What about Thomas/Tom??

BikeRunSki Thu 28-Jul-11 16:51:41

it's fine. I think people overthink names "going" far too much. Once you put them together and get used to them they "go" whether you liek it or not.

BillysClaire Thu 28-Jul-11 16:54:24

love thomas too but its my nephews name.
what do u think about jacob/jake?
maybe jake william or jacob william?

InstantAtom Thu 28-Jul-11 17:11:56

Jacob William Billingsley sounds great smile and Jake for nickname is also very nice.

iklboo Thu 28-Jul-11 17:13:40

Jacob/Jake sounds lovely
Sam & Jake

BillysClaire Thu 28-Jul-11 17:20:19

ooh thank u..yeah i am liking that too.

i like jacob william billingsley / jake william billingsley

and quite like harry james billingsley too???

seeker Thu 28-Jul-11 17:23:58


SoupDragon Thu 28-Jul-11 17:24:31

People most likely won't call him Billy if you've introduced him as Will. They may say "oooh! Billy Billingsley!" when first introduced I guess but, actually, that doesn't sound too uncool smile

whostolemyname Thu 28-Jul-11 17:55:17

I like it OP, if you both like it, go for it!

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