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sylphid Tue 25-Sep-12 16:33:41

What do you think?
I live in London, but am not English/British. Are there any cultural or any other references that I need to be aware of - any horrible/famous Fabians?

WhatWouldVegansDo Wed 03-Oct-12 18:31:59

But Fabienne is literally Fab! smile Congratulations on your daughter, how exciting!

Sylphid Wed 03-Oct-12 16:09:03

WhatWouldVegansDo - grin I've already suggested it to DH - he was mortified. We'll go for Marta - the only girls name we can actually agree on.

WhatWouldVegansDo Wed 03-Oct-12 13:48:40

Fabienne? smile

Sylphid Tue 02-Oct-12 22:51:43

And after all this discussion - I found out today that I'm actually having a girl! The sonographer said she was "very confident" it's not a boy.
So there will be no Fabian for me - I already have a sone and I don't think I will have more kids. But good luck to all Fabians out there! x

FunnysInLaJardin Fri 28-Sep-12 23:05:02

lovely. DS2 was born in Feb 2010 and he is Raphael or Rafe for short. Martha was my favourite girls name alongside Hester (Hetty) so must be a vein of thought there somewhere!

Sylphid Fri 28-Sep-12 22:47:27

Little Fabian due in Feb 2013 - if the sonographer is right. Otherwise - Fabian is going to be Marta.

Ham69 Fri 28-Sep-12 22:45:47

I think it's a great name. Good choice, congrats.

MrTumblesCrackWhore Fri 28-Sep-12 22:39:52

I teach a Fabian and think it is a rather beautiful name. He is one of a twin and he definitely got the better deal.

FunnysInLaJardin Fri 28-Sep-12 22:32:09

yay, brill choice Sylphid grin When is DS due?

Sylphid Fri 28-Sep-12 22:29:32

Thanks - DC2 will be Fabian smile

Kelerina Thu 27-Sep-12 09:17:52

For some reason the first image that popped into my head was a man in late twenties with sleek long brown shiny hair, with flowy shirt on unbuttoned to the naval......kind of creepy lothario type. Not sure why??

rachel1970 Thu 27-Sep-12 08:37:47

I like Fabian and would pronounce it Far-be-an, emphasising the Fah/Far. Pronounced Fay-be-an it sounds American to my ears.

Waitforit Wed 26-Sep-12 17:46:35

I have two in my class currently - one is pronounced with a long a and the other with a short a (they are from different contries), so it can be either way.

mayanna123 Wed 26-Sep-12 12:15:01

Popular in Germany, along with Florian.

FunnysInLaJardin Wed 26-Sep-12 11:40:54

Britta Fabius the roman was called Fabian or Fabius the Delayer as far as I know and defeated his foes by delaying tactics. This suited our Fabian very well as he was 12 days over due grin

BrittaPerry Wed 26-Sep-12 07:41:50

It wouldn't be the leftiest name I've heard :-). Going to lefty events, i have heard kids called Karl, Kier and Emmeline... (Ok, the last one is us...)

I thought the Roman was called Fabius and defeated an army bit by bit?

BitOutOfPractice Wed 26-Sep-12 07:31:19

For me the Fabian society reference would be a big plus. I'd give you a secret lefty handshake or something and nod approvingly at your historical knowledge wink

MaMaPo Wed 26-Sep-12 07:25:27

A very, very small subset of Australians might think of this song, about a nasty reindeer called Fabian, by a musical comedy group.

I wouldn't let that stop you if you love the name!

poppydaisy Wed 26-Sep-12 07:11:46

Fabian is very popular in Germany where it is pronounced Fah-bee-an with the emphasis on the Fa (to rhyme with far).

sylphid Tue 25-Sep-12 23:49:02

'fah' is really 'fa', not 'far'

sylphid Tue 25-Sep-12 23:36:34

It has to be Fah-be-un (with emphasis on the first sylable) - so that it works in both English and my mother tongue (Croatian). I hope it doesn't sound too weird in English?

cazzimazzi Tue 25-Sep-12 22:33:45

I have a Fabiana, pronounced Fa-bee-ana. We're Italian and apparently it's n old Roman surname to do with growing beans hmm

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 25-Sep-12 22:27:17

and loads of people call him Fah be En and he corrects them saying it's Fay be Un. He's not a girl you know!

LCarbury Tue 25-Sep-12 22:26:24

I like it a lot. My friend has a Jamaican uncle called Fabian, but that is the only one I know of. I would say FAY be un too.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Tue 25-Sep-12 22:24:52

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