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Vamos Fri 21-Sep-12 15:41:28

We want to give our son a hispanic name to fit his father's Latin American roots but we will be living in England. Our favourite name is Emilio but my Mum says he will get teased and called Emily. Do you agree? Is it too Spanish for England? Does anyone else like this name? We also like Mateo and Aurelio.

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Fri 21-Sep-12 17:16:10

It maybe depends where you live. In London there are babies with all sorts of names from all nationalities and no-one bats an eyelid.

I know an Emilio and it's never struck me as unusual.

I don't personally like it though much prefer Mateo, which is really lovely.

Aurelio always sounds a bit feminine to me.

Montsti Fri 21-Sep-12 18:49:51

I love Emilio - couldn't use it as would've been daft with my surname and also no Hispanic links! Go for it - I don't think it would be an issue.

Montsti Fri 21-Sep-12 18:50:18

Not too keen on your other choices - sorry..

MolotovBomb Fri 21-Sep-12 19:02:52

Hi, I'm from the West Midlands so there is a lot of ethnic diversity here. I don't think that Emilio would be problematic; not feminine in the slightest.

Mateo is another wonderful choice.

Personally, I'm not keen on Aurelio which is too feminine-sounding to my ears. There is a girls name - Aurelia - which is becoming increasingly popular and it is too similar to that IMHO.

Another Hispanic boys name that I particularly like is Enzo.

timetoask Fri 21-Sep-12 19:07:00

What about Xavier? It is very Spanish but not unheard of here in the uk. It's a lovely name and can be pronounced javier in Spanish.
Out of your list the only one I like is Mateo.

MolotovBomb Fri 21-Sep-12 19:12:02

Ooh, Javier is gorgeous ... much prefer it to the Xavier spelling, too (and Javier Bardem is a bit of alright minus the fright-wig in No country For Old Men!)

But I think a problem in the UK would be English-speaking people's pronunciations. They'd say 'Jah-vee-yay' before learning it's 'Ha-vee-yay'. A potential irritant for your little man, OP.

Paddington Fri 21-Sep-12 19:31:33

I come from South America and my husband is English. We decided to give our children Spanish first names and English middle names. Our boys are called Tomás & Rafael. The boys' friends have no problem pronouncing their names and tell their parents off if they pronounce them incorrectly! We live in the Midlands. My order of preference would be Mateo, Emilio & Aurelio.

Vamos Fri 21-Sep-12 20:28:03

Thanks everyone! Really useful. We live in Cambridge so I think it is probably diverse enough around here. We already used Javier on our second son, and we do get people struggling to pronounce or spell it. I thought that Javier Bardem had popularised it but lots of people pronounce it wrong. I agree with you about Aurelio, I think its probably too feminine. I like Rafael but my husband doesn't! I'm glad that you think Emilio doesn't sound too feminine or unusual as I still really like it and you have reassured me. My only small problem with Mateo is that it means "gift from God" and we aren't religious.

sittinginthesun Fri 21-Sep-12 20:31:10

Live Emilio.

NellyJob Fri 21-Sep-12 20:33:42

Emilio is great, and not too tricky..
really like Javier too, very cool name.

TobyLerone Fri 21-Sep-12 20:34:06

I like Emilio, Rafael and Mateo.

I'm pretty sure that you don't need to worry about the meaning of Mateo. Many traditional names have biblical meanings. My DS's name is Joseph and I'm not remotely religious.

NellyJob Fri 21-Sep-12 20:34:27

plus nobody will call him Emily, it sounds quite different

KaraStarbuckThrace Fri 21-Sep-12 20:37:46

Does your son have his dad's surname? We looked at a Spanish boy's name (I'm of Spanish descent) but DH has a very very English surname so it just would be odd.
I like the names you have chosen, think I like Mateo the best.

PicklesThePottyMouthedParrot Fri 21-Sep-12 20:39:00

I really like mateo.

hermioneweasley Fri 21-Sep-12 20:41:36

Emilio is great. I also like Ivo and Arturo.

DancehallDaze Fri 21-Sep-12 20:51:33

Emilio should be fine, people would know Emilio Estevez.

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Fri 21-Sep-12 21:07:31

Arturo is lovely, really like that.

Vamos Fri 21-Sep-12 21:12:32

Yes, you're all proving my mother wrong! Thank you! Yes our surname is hispanic so it will fit well.

FergusSingsTheBlues Fri 21-Sep-12 21:13:53

We called our son gabriel (born in Spain), and are sticking to our guns on the pronunciation, no gayyyyyybriel or us. So far, so good. Nobidy has ever called him gayyyyyyyyyybriel to my knowledge. Apart from the priest when he was baptised lol.

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Fri 21-Sep-12 21:17:42

How are you pronouncing it Fergus?


FergusSingsTheBlues Sat 22-Sep-12 21:52:04

No, gabriel with the same stresses as daniel

Theas18 Sat 22-Sep-12 22:08:01

Lots of ethnic diversity here abouts. Emilo would fit with the girls names locally-lots of Emily Emilia Millie etc so maybe not to easy to love with initially at lEast because thesse girls names are really common.

Ds has a mate called Alessandro. Nice name but a boy called Alice will be teased, even in the nicest schools. He's a big rugby player now so doesn't get trouble now but a deal of friendly banter....

Mateo is fine. Good name and mat will fit in well in the UK.

But if Emilio is really your favourite go for it. You could go for Leo as a nick name to avoid the shouts if Em across the playground.

DS is 16 now with a very multicultural selection of mates. There is anglicising of names, but mostly they are a tolerant bunch

sashh Sun 23-Sep-12 06:22:57

I had the hots for Emilio Estevez in the 1980s.


And of course I love the name.

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