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AIBU to call my son Leo?

(32 Posts)
IWishIWasAFrog Mon 26-Sep-11 15:16:55

Was pretty certain that we would call DS2 (due last Saturday but no sign of him yet!) Leo as a first name. Middle name Nicolaas (family name). Just told an (older) friend of MIL's, her first reaction was oh, you can't call him that, Tony Blair called his son that and he is so slimy confused

So, baby name jury, AIBU to call my son Leo? DS1 is called Ben and we have a difficult Dutch surname that always needs spelling or correcting, need a short name that will 'work' and sound the same in Germanic languages and English.

GetOrfMo1Land Mon 26-Sep-11 15:17:48


headfairy Mon 26-Sep-11 15:19:35

YANBU, I like the name Leo. I'm a Leo (star sign that is, not my name grin) and it's a lovely name - mind you, I used to have a heartbreakingly handsome friend who was called Leo so I might be biased. Somehow I feel all Leos are heartbreakingly handsome now.

Not Leo Sayer though.

He's not heartbreakingly handsome.

At all.


IWishIWasAFrog Mon 26-Sep-11 15:19:53

Really? I'm no TB fan but surely you can find assosciations with most names?

greenzebra Mon 26-Sep-11 15:20:00

how ridiculous that someone would say that to you. Leo is a great name and I dont think of Tony Blair when I hear it, some people say stupid things about names, it goes very well with Ben also.

This is why when I was pg we didnt tell anyone the names we had thought of.

sunnysunchild Mon 26-Sep-11 15:20:02

Nothing wrong remotely with Leo. I don't immediately think of Tony B when I hear the name.

Call him Leo if you like the name!

GwendolineMaryLacey Mon 26-Sep-11 15:20:15

Of course you're not BU. Leo is a lovely name and before I read your OP I couldn't think for a moment why you shouldn't use it. Having read it, it's a completely dud reason for not using a name. Forget the silly woman and use it if you like it smile

Hope he arrives soon!

Wimminsinit Mon 26-Sep-11 15:21:11

Leo is lovely. Your friend sounds a bit bonkers.

MogandMe Mon 26-Sep-11 15:22:19

I read it as Lego hmm

So YABU to call him LEGO
YANBU to call him Leo - much more normal name!

IWishIWasAFrog Mon 26-Sep-11 15:22:31

thanks headfairy, you don't have a magic wand to get labour going do you? I thought it was a name that would do in all situations iykwim, cannot be shortened to anything, doesn't really rhyme with anything (thinking of horrible schoolyard nnames)...

meditrina Mon 26-Sep-11 15:23:26

I'm afraid I think "Blair" too. But only you can decide if that's enough to put you off.

Leon, however, doesn't have the same taint.

Meteorite Mon 26-Sep-11 15:24:13

Presumably you're not giving birth to Tony Blair's son, so YANBU smile

Witherhills Mon 26-Sep-11 15:25:04

I love Leo too.
Have no idea why I would be reticent to use it, but I would

Meteorite Mon 26-Sep-11 15:25:06

(no offence to Leo Blair by the way, I just mean your baby will be your family's Leo, nothing to do with anyone else who's used the name).

lolajane2009 Mon 26-Sep-11 15:25:40

I think Titantic tbh, not Blair.

CitizenOscar Mon 26-Sep-11 15:27:33

It's a great name. Don't be put off!

Saggyoldclothcatpuss Mon 26-Sep-11 15:29:33

As long as you use Leo, and not something poncey like Leonidas, or Leontes!

IWishIWasAFrog Mon 26-Sep-11 15:29:50

thank you thank you thank you! Feel a bit better now. Friend is MIL's schoolfriend who also lives in the UK and thinks she is a bit posh

Fillybuster Mon 26-Sep-11 15:30:13

Its a fab name....don't let anyone put you off! My son is called the same thing, but in another language. And I know 3 Leos in my dds year, and they are all lovely.

Good luck with the birth smile

GlaikitFizzog Mon 26-Sep-11 15:31:20

Well I called my DS Blair, tell you MIL she is lucky you aren't using that grin!

I love Leo, I am one, hear me roar! Its got feck all to do with your MIL what you call you DS, she had her shot with her DCs.

ShoutyHamster Mon 26-Sep-11 15:31:22

She's bonkers - Leo is lovely.

Now if you were planning to call him TonyBlair Nicolaas, I would see her point.

ShoutyHamster Mon 26-Sep-11 15:32:05

My DH is a lovely Leo too (starsign, not name)

Not that I believe in all that jumbly grin

TheyCallMeKipper Mon 26-Sep-11 15:32:19

It is a lovely name. That is a truly daft reason, and I have no idea why your friend would say such an odd thing hmm

Ephiny Mon 26-Sep-11 15:32:31

I like it, fantastic name. Had completely forgotten that it was the name of Tony Blair's son and I doubt that would be the association most people make (not that it's the worst thing in the world if they do surely?).

Leon is nice too.

GlaikitFizzog Mon 26-Sep-11 15:34:45

Oops, must read things properly! Not your MIL but MIL friend! My opinion still stands though.

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