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Having a boy's name wobble...opinions/alternative suggestions to these names greatly appreciated

(10 Posts)
Helzapoppin Sat 30-Jul-11 20:23:53

DC2 is due in 9 days (eek!). We thought that we'd got names sorted but now I'm having a serious boy's name wobble.
We'd chosen Arthur Frederick George Surname. DH prefers Rafe Frederick George Surname but was happy with Arthur.
My worry about Arthur is that it is set to become really popular (that's not a problem in itself, but the rest of us have really unusual names). DH loves Rafe, I think that it sounds lovely but a bit hooray and I'd be condemning my son to a life as a banker or antiques dealer.
If it helps, DD is Arabel Marguerite.

Any thoughts? Any alternative suggestions?

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sat 30-Jul-11 20:28:58

Don't like Rafe.

Frederick is my favourite - Frederick George Arthur.

Blu Sat 30-Jul-11 20:31:15

Rafe is lovely, but 'Rafe Frederick' is a bit tongue twistery.
Art is a nice nn for Arthur.
Arthur Rafe George?

RickGhastley Sat 30-Jul-11 20:31:43

Don't like Rafe either, sounds pretentious and hooray.

Really like Arthur, Frederick and George and they all sound lovely with your daughter's name.

bagelmonkey Sat 30-Jul-11 20:35:40

Frederick George Arthur would work
Not Frederick Arthur George (FAG)

thisisyesterday Sat 30-Jul-11 20:36:42

problem with Rafe Frederick is that the double F sound all runs into each other when you say both names out lout

you could do Rafe George Frederick though?

I like both names actually.

RickGhastley Sat 30-Jul-11 20:36:52

Other suggestions:

Wilfred/ Wilf
Clement/ Clem
Edmund/ Edgar

Helzapoppin Sat 30-Jul-11 21:03:18

Thanks for the thoughts. Some lovely alternative suggestions Rick. Wilfred is one we have thought of and I really like. I also really like Henry, but DH said no because of Hooray connotations! BIL is Francis so I suppose that is out. Hugo is lovely too but too many of my family are North Norfolk farming stock ('Hooooogo'!)

Albert is rather lovely, and Bertie for short. I may start campaigning for that!

EightiesChick Sat 30-Jul-11 21:07:22

Stick with Arthur. It's a very good name. Personally I don't like Rafe - it does have particular class connotations in a way that Arthur doesn't.

LaTristesse Sat 30-Jul-11 21:25:23

Much prefer Arthur, unless you're in an area where it would likely be pronounced with an F.
Really don't like Rafe I'm afraid, reminds me of Rafe Spall who makes my skin crawl...

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